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Old 04-05-2014, 06:14 AM   #1
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Boulder -> Austin route recommendations?

If the weather holds, I'll be riding down to Austin next weekend for the MotoGP. Anyone have any route recommendations or places I should check out? Looking at the map, it doesn't look like there is anything interesting between the cities, but maybe there is. I'm giving myself 2 days to get down there and will be on a big dual sport. I'll be camping somewhere as well, so recommendations on that front would be appreciated as well.

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Old 04-05-2014, 10:23 AM   #2
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headed for Austin

1. Take music in the helmet...no matter how you get it there.

2. I 25 to Raton then 64 to Amarillo is good if you need an alternate to the high plains.

3. All the roads in Texas are good, but there's a long ways between spots.

4. Cruise Control is a great friend on a trip like this. Use the Caterpillar O-ring trick, or a cheap throttle lock of any kind is better than none to scratch your nose or shake your right hand now and then.

5. Watch the high wind forecasts/warnings. Take them seriously while on this trip.

6. Take binos and telephoto lens to the race. This is a Huge track. Let us know if the viewing is better than seeing moving dots on the horizon.

7. Know you are envied!
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:00 AM   #3
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cool, thanks. good tips.
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Old 04-05-2014, 01:02 PM   #4
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Detour west to ride the Three Sisters.
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Old 04-05-2014, 02:01 PM   #5
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Detour west to ride the Three Sisters.
This! If you can make San Angelo or Junction the 1st day, you can ride the 3 Sisters & make Austin in 1 day.

Also, I like the Old Tascosa Rd that runs NW out of Amarillo.
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Old 04-05-2014, 02:57 PM   #6
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not a big fan of the tug from Lamar/Springfield down... I do like taking 39 from Springer (I-25 in NM) down to Ute Lake, then up the caprock to Clovis (469/209) and over thru Texico. Not sure what range you've got....but there's no gas in Roy last time I was thru, and I had to divert to Wagon Mound to top off (coming north)

It's all relative ....there's some suckage on all the routes, especially if the wind is blowing in the panhandle and you're on a dualsport
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Old 04-05-2014, 02:57 PM   #7
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where is the Three Sisters?
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Old 04-05-2014, 03:44 PM   #8
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where is the Three Sisters?
http://www.hillcountrycruising.com/the3s.html

we rode the hill country a lot when I lived in Texas - I never knew the loop by that name.
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Old 04-05-2014, 03:48 PM   #9
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where is the Three Sisters?
150 miles west of Austin. Ranch Roads 335, 336, and 337.

http://www.hillcountrycruising.com/the3s.html

Edit: I hit preview and saw that Blake had the same link. I was trying to embed a map, but I can't seem to get what I want from either Google or Bing.


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Sweet, that looks fun. Thanks! I'll plan on riding that on Saturday. I've got a friend in Austin, so I'm sure he'd be up for riding that. He always mentions the hill country, but I didnt' know where it was.
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Old 04-06-2014, 09:09 AM   #11
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if you have time, you best bet is to ride south via the mtns and then south into NM > Taos Box> turquoise trail > Ruidoso > south towards Guadalupe peak > ft davis >marfa > Alpine > big bend (if you have time) > east > into texas hill country.

look at terrain view to see where the bumps are.
i look the old google maps
https://support.google.com/maps/answer/3045828?hl=en
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if you have time, you best bet is to ...
his first post said two days, on a dual sport.
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Sweet, that looks fun. Thanks! I'll plan on riding that on Saturday. I've got a friend in Austin, so I'm sure he'd be up for riding that. He always mentions the hill country, but I didnt' know where it was.
some good roads down that way!
ask him if he has this http://www.butlermaps.com/Motorcycle...ll-Country-Map
otherwise i think BMG has em http://bouldermapgallery.com/catalog/
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his first post said two days, on a dual sport.
does that mean a klr or a gs?
a gs could crunch some of that and still have fun.
a klr no. he might also have time coming home?
he has to come home right?
just trowing out there what is interesting and what could stick.
2 days to Austin generally means slab, but i was trying to be more helpful than just that.
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If you're taking your new F800, I'd seriously consider a taller windscreen.
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