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Run the Jailbreak Austin – 2011 – Race Recap

Burnet, TX – May 7, 2011

I have to say that it is a bit difficult remaining objective when you actually have friends that organize the race and you also work with/for the same race on a business level. Trying to leave the favoritism behind, we (DFW Mudcrew) traveled down to Burnet, TX to tackle the “Run the Jailbreak” breakin free hill country escape. This was already nothing like any of the previous races I had attended, which included The Spartan Sprint, DFW Mudrun, The Survival Race and Warrior Dash.

Yes it is true, this was better than Warrior Dash! Granted, lets keep it in context, while WD has close to 15k people attend, there were no where near that many, I think the approximate head count was close to 3000, it was the setting at Reveille Peak Ranch that made the difference. The setting was amazing, the pavilion overlooking the lake was perfect. When we arrived, it looked as if I was walking into the “Buffalo Chip” campgrounds (biker reference, if you don’t know look it up) and there was obviously a nice party the night before. I am guessing the camping was a hit!

DFW Mud Crew

So here we are, out in the middle of Nowhere, Texas and it appears as though this has a lot of potential. The band starts playing, the food is being served, corn-hole boards are ready to go (bean bag toss), the vendors are lined up, Monster Energy drinks in hand, this is going to be a great day. One of the perks of working with the event organizers is the ability to volunteer (free run!). So I did, and I was lucky to handle the fire hose with the Directors son. Together our job was to hose down the runners right after the start. All I can say, is yes I reverted to the 13 year old kid like my compadre in crime. While I was trying to be nice, my counter part was going for head shots on everyone, I went for the ground, then tried to move them into the slippery slope section. The best part…if you fell down, you were done, we totally kept the hose on…unti you got up and ran away. Every half hour a new batch arrived and the footing just got worse every time!

I know you are waiting for my review, well I can say that this was an AWESOME course. It had monster hills, challenging terrain, a cool slide and some great obstacles. The only draw back was that they didn’t have it chip timed, so trying to remember or find your time was difficult if that matters to you. I finished 3rd in my heat with a time of 32:02 with it being right around 2.86 miles according to my buddies GPS.

Course: This Course was way more than I expected, the big hill alone was a killer, but I can’t say enough how great this course was. I thought the Spartan course in Smithville was hard because of the three consecutive hills, but this was a little bit more challenging, because most of the front of the course was uphill at a slow incline. Not until you really went down the long water slide did you come back down. I loved it so much, I actually ran it twice. The second time, the last wave of the day, I ran with a friends son, my 13 year old buddy, who was no slouch finishing in 38 minutes. We ran the entire course together, at his pace and it was awesome!

Registration: Despite the small area near the entrance, they had the packet pickup pretty much under control and we were in and out without any hiccups. I was even able to snag one of the “white” shirts!

Atmosphere: Beside the run, the location was phenomenal, no wonder Spartan Race snatched up this location for its 2012 Sprint race location. The lodge are overlooking the lake is awesome, enough shade for everyone, we played corn-hole, jammed out to some awesome tunes and it wasn’t a beating like at Warrior Dash with a million people. One of the obstacles the A-frame was right in front so people were cheering others over the obstacle. By far the best after party of the year. I hated that we had to leave and drive back to Dallas!

If Jailbreak 2012 can live up to the 2011 race, then they definitely have a fan in me, it is going to be hard to get over that already established bar, but I think they can do it, I have faith! If you want a code to get a discount, here is your discount code!

Jailbreak Austin 2011

First Run

Time: 32:00

Distance: 3.36

Finish: 3rd in wave

Second Run:

Time: 38:03

Distance: 3.36

Finish: no clue

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3 Men – 3 Sisters (Guest Post)

Three Men Ride to Meet Three Ladies.

By: Brett “Bubba” Blythe

My infatuation for all things motorcycle all started when I received my first dirt bike at age 10.  The Honda 50cc dirt bike, small in size large in fun.  We would take many dirt bike trips as a family that lamented my love for the two wheeled machine.  Fast forward to age 16, I received my cycle endorsement and my first road trip as a driver to Sturgis.  This trip sealed the deal for as the best way to take a vacation and see America.  We have taken vacations, small trips, big trips, pulled trailers filled with clothes and dirt bikes.  All of these trips have led the following account of my trip to Texas to ride the Three Sisters with my dad and older brother.

This trip was the first time the three of us have taken a trip together.  I live in Michigan and I flew down to Dallas to where my dad and brother live.  This was sure to be a trip for the bucket list, I was sure even before the plane left Grand Rapids that this was going to a great trip.

I have ridden some beautiful highways and byways in my day, from the Blue Ridge Mountain Parkway in North Carolina to the Black Hills of South Dakota.  I was sure that Texas being as big and beautiful as she is that she also had some great scenery to offer, and boy was I right.

The route that my brother had planned for us had us stopping at many great landmark destinations on our way to ride the Three Sisters. We saw the original Dr. Pepper plant, the Enchanted Rocks, a Castle, and many food stops recommended by the Thunder Roads magazines top 10 burger joints.  I will have to say that while the landmarks were cool the real crowd pleaser had to be the roads and views.

The Three Sisters did not disappoint with their twisty turns and their great expanses.  I can honestly say that the views and wide open spaces that are Texas are truly gorgeous.  It was a weekend of many emotions for me.  The beauty of the landscape, the excitement and thrill of challenging roads and laughter and bliss that time spent with my father and brother.

Although we had a few rainy patches that led to mocking and digital evidence that indeed I do not have great rain gear, it was truly a trip to remember.   I am glad that I had the opportunity to not only ride some great roads, see some outstanding landscapes but more importantly spend some time with my dad and brother.

Thank you Texas a great weekend and a lifetime of memories.

EAVB_VYBQYFUENL

South Texas Tour – Day 3

By: Travis “Blydawg” Blythe

Enchanted RockWhen we last left you, I told you that day two ended with us arriving safely back into Kerrville.  Well that is true, but it was not the end of the day.  A couple of things happened throughout the evening I thought I would share. The first being how I almost rear ended an SUV, Bubba almost falling over, and the great Thirsty Murphy adventure.

On our way through Kerrville back to the hotel the “road snakes” just about got me.  Of course I was also day dreaming so that didn’t help the situation. I was thinking about how I needed to create a cool patch to commemorate the 3-sisters ride, at the same time thinking about how I still needed to get my wife a present and then it happened.  I didn’t realize there was a stop light, it tuned yellow and the SUV decided to stop.  Now while of course all of this is happening my brain didn’t quite process what was going on.  When I realized that I needed to stop, with my cat-like reflexes I applied the brakes in my non-locking up controlled stop, like we were taught at motorcycle school, unfortunately what they do not teach you is how to apply your controlled stop on road snakes.  Road snakes are those stupid rubber fillers they put on the road as a kind of patch.  These are different then the tar they use to fill in pot holes.  As I applied my breaks, my rear tire slid on the snake and caused my bike to start a sideways slide.  I did a quick pump of the breaks three different times and all three times I went sideways. While my brother and father were fearing I was going to rear end the SUV, I at no time thought that.  I was worried about going into the intersection! I finally got stopped, I had to weave into the turn lane at the light to do that though, no snakes in that lane!  Boy that gets the blood pumping and the heart racing.

We went to dinner at Acapulco Mexican restaurant, which was voted the best Mexican restaurant 2009 by the Kerrville Daily Times.  I have to admit, it was good! They even had my favorite Mexican dish Carne Guisada!  Now after dinner is when the fun really began, starting with Bubba almost falling over in the parking lot.  As we are leaving, Bubba takes the lead and he politely lets two cars go by.  After he gives the head nod to go, he is barely moving and he just about falls over because he is moving so slow.  He had the proverbial tire jerks to the left at slow speeds and bike tips over causing you to throw out your foot in order to not tip over.  I guess it was just funnier to watch because he was acting so cool with his head nod to the cars.  Seriously, you just can not script this kind of stuff!

After dinner we then walked next door from out hotel and spent some time at Thirsty Murphy’s.  Colin Gunn is the owner and also works as a pilot during the day.   We proceeded to attempt to drink all of the Shiner Bock Beer in the fine establishment.  I know this may not be a milestone to some people, but I was able to hang with my father beer for beer all night long, while little Bubba was only 2 behind (he didn’t have anything at dinner).  As a matter of fact, we were ready for another round when the old man threw in the towel.  A shocking look came across the faces of my brother and I as we could not believe he was throwing in the towel.  We packed it in that evening and headed back to the hotel.  The next day we were shocked again as our father aka “Old Skool” was in the bathroom purging himself of the beer demons from the night before!

Day Three started out with a wee bit of a headache, dad tossing his cookies and top that off with the fact that it was raining, we anticipated a long day ahead.  We departed Kerrville, Texas and headed north on HWY 16.  Just outside of Fredericksburg, Texas we stopped at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.  This is a great park to visit; the enchanted rock has mystical powers the native Indians believed in and many people come to hike, backpack, rock climb and camp.

We departed the area and headed on HWY 16 north.  Since the day was pretty crappy, we decided to haul butt and make it for home.  Finally the sun came out the closer we got to home and made the day somewhat more enjoyable.  We made our way up to Dublin, Texas the home of Dr. Pepper. In Dublin, they use the original recipe which makes the Dr. Pepper with Imperial Pure Cane Sugar.  You can take a tour of the bottling plant and take home all of the DP you can drink.  You cannot find this in stores, so it is well worth the trip if you are a DP drinker.

After we left the DP plant, we concluded our trip and headed on home. The three day adventure totaled just less than 830 miles. This little Texas trip will give you plenty of riding mixed in with great sites, history and Texas landmarks.  You can be your own judge on the restaurants we stopped at, tell me what you think.  Until the next adventure, keep the rubber side down!