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Old 05-09-2006, 07:10 PM   #406
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Friday 5/12

anyone want to take a shortie .... say 3 hours or .... 9 or .... 20 or.....
on friday 5/12???

Needing suggestions. need dirt/gravel/churt within striking distance of New Braunfels/San Marcos. I have some designs on the area up around bertram, oatmeal, joppa, etc but can change all that for better.

austinites, speak up!!! you guys know the turf

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Old 05-09-2006, 11:29 PM   #407
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MisterCindy, there are loads of folks up in your neck of the woods. There is a weekly bike night in Plano.

http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9423

There are all kinds of bikes showing up, KLR's included. We just did a DS trip up to the Ozarks a week ago and to Clayton, Ok, about four weeks before that.
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Old 05-10-2006, 09:02 AM   #408
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Old 05-10-2006, 08:16 PM   #409
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Zapp22, I'd love to join you but I'm heading out to west Texas for the weekend. Don't know that my 500lb GS pig would keep up with your 650 in the single track chert anyway. You might try the two wheel Texas site...lots of dirt riders in the area.
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Old 05-11-2006, 08:08 PM   #410
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I recently purchased a 2006 DR650. I grew up in El Paso, but have now lived in the Houston area for 17 years. Now in Katy, to be more precise. When in El Paso I used to regularly do this ride on my KLR650. It started on the Westside of town, and went across the desert to a little town called Animas, NM and then on to the Gila wilderness in Arizona. You hardly had to travel on any pavement the whole way. Are there any rides similar to this around here? It would have some challenging areas, but a lot of old railroad beds that you could go flat out on for a while too. Thanks.

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Old 05-11-2006, 09:12 PM   #411
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I recently purchased a 2006 DR650. I grew up in El Paso, but have now lived in the Houston area for 17 years. Now in Katy, to be more precise. When in El Paso I used to regularly do this ride on my KLR650. It started on the Westside of town, and went across the desert to a little town called Animas, NM and then on to the Gila wilderness in Arizona. You hardly had to travel on any pavement the whole way. Are there any rides similar to this around here? It would have some challenging areas, but a lot of old railroad beds that you could go flat out on for a while too. Thanks.
I am all ears for something like this near Houston, too.
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Old 05-11-2006, 09:51 PM   #412
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Tough to do in the Houston area. Next to zip in the way of public lands. Even the county roads are usually paved in most counties adjacent to Harris County. Once you get further out, like up by Montgomery, Huntsville, Livingston, then you really start to see a lot of dirt county roads. There are very few Forest roads to be ridden in the Sam Houston NF as many are closed to motorized travel.

I have a route from Hunstville to North Austin that is about 70% dirt that is pretty fun. Austin out to Big Bend you can do maybe 40-50% dirt if you take an indirect route and don't mind riding 12-15 hours to do it in one day. Anytime you start getting near the major cities, dirt starts getting scarce. They are paving everything West of Austin as fast as they can.

By the way, there is now a regular bike night out in Katy on Thursdays. Tonight was their first meet and they got about 25 people to show. Specific details will be in the Upcoming Rides/Trips/Events section on the TWT site. Might be a good way to meet some of the other folks in your area. I am pretty sure some of them are DS types.
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Old 05-12-2006, 06:48 AM   #413
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Austin to Huntsville dirt

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I have a route from Hunstville to North Austin that is about 70% dirt that is pretty fun.
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Could you send me that route? I'm think'n on riding from New Braunfels to Onalaska to Tarkington (near Cleveland) to visit family this summer...taking the scenic route. I'm from Onalaska, so I know the area east of Lake Livingston. Went to Sam for college, so I know that area some...well what was dirt in the 1980s, but from New Braunfels to your neck o' the woods by back road would be great. I could intersect with the route somewhere east of Austin.
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Old 05-12-2006, 06:50 AM   #414
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anyone want to take a shortie .... say 3 hours or .... 9 or .... 20 or.....
on friday 5/12???

Needing suggestions. need dirt/gravel/churt within striking distance of New Braunfels/San Marcos. I have some designs on the area up around bertram, oatmeal, joppa, etc but can change all that for better.

austinites, speak up!!! you guys know the turf

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Native told me that AF1 is having their grand opening this evening
and he plans to attend, they are in new braunfels, butt to answer your
question about some dirt riding. Head to Blanco, a good warm up
would be 46 west to the 311 split, take 311 to rebecca creek road
to 281 and turn north for a few clicks past johnson city to round mountain.

The area between willow city, llano and round mountain is mostly unpaved
and has some neat trails that will take you to llano and bbq mecca eventually.

This a nice back road that starts @ the rest area where 290 hits 281
and leads all the way into johnson city. It has the largest oak tree
in blanco county



We took the round mountain road ( about 8 miles north of 1323)
back down to 1323 a few weeks back



heading west on 1323 there's another nice road that heads north
all the way to 962: CR 308. Looks like 308 cuts over to 3347

View of 308 from fm 962



Sand pit on 308



the best road out there braches off of fm 3347, CR 309
leads to 315 and out to hwy 16. Crosses Sandy creek a few times

Althuis davis is what 3347 turns into, it has a 4 mile
section of dirt. You may be able to find a way from it to
the willow city loop



Most roads west of 16 are roughly paved but nice anyway,
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Walks, I can send you the route, but it starts up in Round Rock and heads pretty much due East from there.
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Wished i had today off it's a beauty of a day
What makes you think we had the day off? Playing hookey from work.

Here's Zapp making his way out of a cow trail we followed.
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Walks, I can send you the route, but it starts up in Round Rock and heads pretty much due East from there.
No problem. I can work my way up through Bastrop, then Lincoln, then hit 79...which probably intersects with your route somewhere along the way.
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Old 05-13-2006, 10:43 AM   #418
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I have a route from Hunstville to North Austin that is about 70% dirt that is pretty fun. Austin out to Big Bend you can do maybe 40-50% dirt if you take an indirect route and don't mind riding 12-15 hours to do it in one day. Anytime you start getting near the major cities, dirt starts getting scarce. They are paving everything West of Austin as fast as they can.

Can you please send me details on this route? I am heading to Austin next weekend, and would love to do it this way. Thanks.
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Old 05-13-2006, 02:50 PM   #419
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Anyone that want the Huntsville to Austin DS route, please PM me your email and I will send you the GPS track file. It is a Garmin file, so let me know if you need it in the GPX format instead.
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Old 05-13-2006, 11:48 PM   #420
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I was out that way today too. Swung by AF1 early afternoon and nothing going on. Headed out 46 and saw a spread out group of Aprillia riders, maybe 20 in all. 46 was crowded and not all that great. Crossed over 281 and explored a buch of small CR's. Spring Branch Rd parells 281 north of 46, kinda dull. Missed the turn I was looking for onto Urschell Rd and ended up on 281 again. Ran up to 473 which is a fun road, ran that over to Old #9 highway. Good, mostly fast stuff.

Want to explore more up around Crabapple Rd, Old Blanco Rd and so on. Looks like a number of good roads. One I found last weekend was Blanco CR 410, between 290 and 165. Southern 7 miles is paved but the 3 miles or so off of 290 is gravel with a very interesting water crossing. You're down in the river bottom for about 100 150 feet or so on rock.
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