As we began to contemplate adding a new jeep to the garage, rolling out new ideas for the website, and planning new adventures we decided to go forward with changing the name of our website. Mudbug Adventures will stay up but all future posts will be added to our new site Our Jeep Adventures. We hope you’ll like the new Facebook page and keep up with Our Jeep Adventures!
Jeep Wrangler JK- Installing Smittybilt XRC Atlas Rock Sliders
We finally decided to replace the damaged tube rails on the Jeep. The passenger side was dented heavily and was pushing against the pinch joint towards the rear wheel. Another good bump could easily cause body damage. It took quite a bit of time to decide on the new rock sliders. We had chosen a few but there were long lead times on getting them due to manufacturing delays. This post has moved to https://ourjeepadventures.com/jeep-wrangler-jk-installing-smittybilt-xrc-atlas-rock-sliders/
Naming A Jeep
So many Jeeper’s have a deep pride in their rig. They are quick to point out the little decorative parts they painted to make it theirs. They talk about the tires, lights, bumpers, and all the other bolt on parts they replaced or added. All of the decisions THEY made to customize their Jeep. But when it comes to a name? Many are dumb founded, unable to come up with a name even after the intimate relationship they have forged with their rig.
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We Broke The Jeep
A couple weeks back we took the Jeep to Northwest OHV Off Road Park. After repairing both exhaust manifolds we thought it would be a good time to have some fun. We met up with Waco Wheelers at the park in anticipation of an exciting day. This post has moved to https://ourjeepadventures.com/we-broke-the-jeep/
Jeep Wrangler Oil Pan Seal and Critical Collar Gasket Replacement
Since purchasing our Jeep Wrangler we have taken a couple of short drives. We kept our trips short because we wanted to find any issues that might begin to show from driving it. The Jeep is used with 137K miles and even though it had a certified CarFax report you never really know how well the previous owner took care of it. The first symptoms began showing after our short drive to Glen Rose, TX. This post has moved to https://ourjeepadventures.com/jeep-wrangler-oil-pan-seal-and-critical-collar-gasket-replacement/
Progressive International Motorcycle Show 2019
The 2018-19 Progressive International Motorcycle Show coming to Texas See All The Latest Bikes From All The Major Motorcycle Manufacturers Ultimate Builder Bike Show, Demos, Entertainment, Celebrity Appearances 100s of Vendors And A Whole Lot More!
4 January 2019 at 10:00 – 6 January 2019 at 13:00 [Read more…]
Motobird Adventures: Motorcycle Adventures for Women
Born under the stars, in front of a bonfire on a Baja beach, the idea of adventure was the focus from inception. Motobird Adventures is a motorcycle tour company for women riders and their friends, owned and operated by a woman rider. The plan to focus on women riders is about fostering different energy than the majority of what the motorcycle industry provides. Women tend to be an afterthought in the motorcycle world, hardly given the time and consideration we deserve. [Read more…]
Dinner Ride to Godley
We finally did all of that work around the house that we had planned for the last couple weeks. Most of it was yard work and after a long day of that, we were tired, hungry and didn’t feel like cooking anything. There had been something like a 50% chance of rain all day but we didn’t even get a drop. Sundays chance for rain had gone up considerably so we thought it would be a good opportunity to get take a short ride and get some fantastic food.
We called our friends George and Pat to see if they wanted to go with us, which they did, so we decided to meet up with them at the dealership. Scott and I arrived quite a bit early so he could look at some new winter jacket options. The one he has this collar ring that has never broken in and he says he always feel like he’s being choked while wearing it. We did find one that fit him very well so we’ll keep it in mind and do some more shopping before making a final decision.
George and Pat rolled up, did a few circles in the parking lot, and then we headed out. The ride was very short, about 50 miles round trip, which was fine especially since we were seeing pockets of rain clouds scattered around. We only got sprinkled on one time the entire evening somehow managing to ride in between the pockets of rain. There were some wet roads from showers in one area that left quite a bit of standing water. At one point we had to make a turn off the road coming down a hill on a wet road. I ended up getting a bit sideways while trying to stop. Thankfully I did good though, let off the rear brake which brought the bike back into line. I didn’t panic, knew how to handle the situation, and the crisis was averted. When Scott saw this he decided to go past the turn since the skidding caused me some issues in slowing down enough to make the turn. He didn’t want me to skid more while trying to slow down too fast or turn too wide and have an accident so we just eased to the side of the road past our turn and decelerated safely, made a u-turn and went on our way.
We arrived in Godley and ate at the Del Norte Taco restaurant. They seriously have the best taco’s I’ve ever eaten. The line to order was 10 people deep so we had a seat and waited for it to subside. It took quite awhile as more people kept coming but it was nice to relax and enjoy the evening with George and Pat. As usual, the tacos were wonderful and we spent a couple hours there having a good time. Alas, all good things come to an end, night fell upon us and we still had to ride home. So we parted ways on full stomachs and good memories and headed home in the quiet of the night.
These are a few pictures I took when we got there, and for the record, Scott doesn’t like having his picture taken so i was pretty pleased to get one with him some what smiling.
Strawn, TX & Fort Worth HOG Skills Day
The weekend turned out to be far more than I anticipated. Originally our plans were to work around the house on Saturday and participate in our chapters skills day on Sunday. We got up early Saturday morning and the temperature was a nice cool 65 degrees and was only supposed to get up to around 85 for the high. We didn’t want to miss out on the nice weather so we planned a short 248 mile ride to Strawn, TX to have lunch at Mary’s. They are well known for their chicken fried steak and I had never been there. So off we went with chicken fried steak on our minds! And the ride of course!
As promised, the food was wonderful, I ordered the small steak and Scott ordered the medium portion. They have a large portion but I simply cannot imagine eating a monster like that! Even the medium one is gigantic. There is nothing fancy about Mary’s though, just good food and good value. The destination definitely makes for a nice short road trip with purpose. On the way home we went through Stephenville, TX and saw a lot of possible reasons for going back there. A lot of antique shops lined the road as well as some restaurants that I thought might be good to try.
There were a LOT of bikes on the road as well. Looks like the cooler weather brought out some of the riders that like to stay out of the summer heat. Scott got some GoPro footage of some of the groups as they passed by. Never know, you might be one of them if your riding around north Texas!
Sunday was the Fort Worth HOG Chapter’s monthly skills day event. Again, as always, I stress what an incredible event this is. Our road captains are simply the best, period. They do so much for the chapter that it is hard for most people to grasp. Skills day is one of those sacrifices they make for our members. They arrive early, set up courses, teach, monitor, mentor, while we ride and improve our riding skills. For over 3 hours they give their time so we can become better riders. Most of them are also part of our competition team and the mentoring advice they have is invaluable. The end result is a safer rider which transposes to every aspect of riding.
We try to never miss a skills day. The previous parking lot we used was apparently bought or leased by a developer and was fenced off due to construction. The chapter officers spent a couple weeks previous to the days event to find us a new place to have skills day which turned out to be very nice. Everyone seemed to really like it a lot. There was also another great turnout of riders. It seems as of late that skills day is growing in numbers. We have always had good turnouts but now more than ever.
There are two videos on this post, one for each ride we took. I took a lot of video of Scott on skills day so I apologize in advance that a greater portion of that video is of him.
Fort Worth Harley Davidson Water For Life Charity Ride 2013
We headed into Billy Bobs for the total tally and presentation of what the Water for Life charity is all about. The amount raised this year totaled 60K.