I check here every time I get an email that there is a reply Most of the decent roads for riding a GS off the pavement will be on the NW side of Houston and heading North up the West side of I-45. The further out you get from Houston, the more dirt/gravel you will find because they are paving everything down that way. On the East side of I-45, you have to get out past Conroe before you can find much dirt. Generally, you find dirt/gravel on the West side of I-45 and more sand on the East side, especially the further East you go. If you get up North of Hwy 105 between I-45 and Hwy 6, there are a bunch of county roads and some decent forest service roads. Once you get West of Hwy 6, there is less dirt and more of those little one lane chip sealed county roads. If you don't mind sand, there are a lot of fun little county roads NE of Huntsville heading out FM 980, 3487, and 230 going toward Trinity and Lovelady. My GS is down for a refit right now in preparation for a trip to Montana. Updating headlights, new PIAA light mount, new tires, new crash bars (AltRider bars crapped out and are a pain because I have to remove then to get the head covers off the motor). So I won't likely be out riding it until after I get back from Montana, which will be late July when it is nice and HOT! The KTM is down for new tires and headlight for the same trip.