Originally Posted by Tourmeister
A question for those of you that have done some dualsport riding in the Big Bend area. Has anyone gone down FM 169 from Marfa and run the loop that goes down around Papalote Escondido, Colorado and thru Wire Gap? If so, is this a route doable on a GS1150 with TKC 80's? I'm just trying to lay out some decent dualsport routes out of Alpine that would take most of the day (9 to 5 hehe). Anyone?
It's been about 3 years since I was on that loop, but at the time the road got very rough past Plata but was no problem. Another good ride is to take 2810 south from Marfa. The pavement ends near the Chinati Mts. and comes out at Ruidosa. Hwy. 170 from Ruidosa to Presidio is fun w/ lots of big dips and long sweepers. (NOT GOOD IF IT'S RAINING!) One note, Hwy. 170 is under construction from Study Butte to Lajitas w/ the pavement torn up and they are putting water on it so it can get muddy & slick. I don't know how much of it is under construction from Presidio to Lajitas at this time.