Sunday, we took the Ural into Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area. I wrote about it before on: Exploring Dead Ends on a WR250R and in August of 2009. Watch one of the videos below in HD to see the above photo in action!
We were both very exhausted from our advanced riding class, so we though the Ural would be fun. (More on that soon. Uploading 400 pictures to flickr takes some time!) The weather was great both Saturday and Sunday! The first two days without rain in the last thirteen. You’d think we’d been transplanted to Seattle or something. On Sunday, the high was 81F!
I wore my new Firstgear mesh coat. My wife bought a new helmet on newenough.com and the coat was on closeout for $30! I couldn’t resist. A mesh coat in 80F is amazing. It felt like I was just wearing my t-shirt.
We arrived at Carlos after a quick ride up I-35W. I always get excited when I see a minimum maintenance road sign. It means fun ahead.
Carlos is normally very sandy, but I didn’t need 2WD at all. It was also surprisingly dry considering how much rain we have had.
We saw a bunch of geese and their babies running across the road. In one case, the goose ran away down the road. You have to see the video for it. I cut it down to about 15 seconds, but we “chased” him for over a minute and a half before it remembered it had wings and flew away.
There is some really amazing scenery up there.
My wife is turning into a great sidecar monkey. She leans into the turns with me making it much easier to enjoy the twisty roads. I’m still working on teaching her to ride the Ural, but she really enjoys just going for a ride.
We were there for about two hours and never rode on the same road twice. Granted, we were only going about 20MPH. The road was quite rough most of the time with large ruts and some wash boarding. We put in almost four hours and 120kms. It was a great ride and we both had a lot of fun.
Enjoy the videos below! They look best in full screen and with 1080p HD if your computer and internet can handle it.