Heart of Texas Adventure Ride

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Central, Texas & Gulf States' started by Ridin'nFishin, Nov 9, 2013.

  1. Ridin'nFishin

    Ridin'nFishin Been here awhile Supporter

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    Heart of Texas Adventure Ride.
    This is a ride where you don't have to drive/trailer halfway across Texas to start the ride. A ride where you can start at the nearest point to where you live or a meet up point for you and your riding buddies. A ride where you don't have to do the whole route if you don't have the time nor the interest to ride the total route.
    This route will have plenty of options for gas, food, water and places to lay you head, hotel/motel or camping. These routes have shortcuts and bypasses to make it shorter or you can ride 1 of the 6 loops. The outer loop now 1939 miles. It can be done in apx 6 days, dependent on your skill level and how you like to ride. This is not a race or an endurance competition! Ride your own ride, ride safe, ride another day!
    This ride has many possibilities. Maybe connecting with other routes in different states? This can be a ride where there is help along the way if you break down, Adv Riders are all over the country.



    Some of these roads are from my own tracks and plenty from other riders. Thanks to everyone who shared their tracks helping me to create this ride.

    Edit: 8/26/2019 Completed and ready to ride!!!

    These are the complete tracks and are probable to big to load on your gps as they are. You can load them on your computer and redraw them to suit yourself. I used BaseCamp.

    I have the outer loop broken down to 6 tracks and are in the nest post.

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  2. Ridin'nFishin

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    Here are 6 tracks that make the outer loop.

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  3. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    Thanks for sharing!
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  4. Ridin'nFishin

    Ridin'nFishin Been here awhile Supporter

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    This is a work in progress and I have included these portions of the routes that need to be scouted and verified.

    If you can scout some of these areas, that would be great.

    I will keep this post up to date.

    Thanks

    Edit: 8/26/2019 Completed and ready to ride!!!
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  5. BigDogAdventures

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    thanks so much for these routes---am heading down that way very soon and will load all this into my gps with other stuff I have which will leave me with lots of options.

    One question---------you never said at all what kind of routes these are.

    But just wanted to know if these are routes where you mostly tried to stay off the pavement---------------or all on the pavement ????

    Edit---google earthed it---------looks offroad to me !!!!!

    I notice your route goes across that swinging bridge---I marked that waypoint years ago---so this year I get to go over it---yeeeeeehaw.
    Awesome.

    And-----is there a ride report somewhere to see some of this great riding ????

    thanks
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  6. Ridin'nFishin

    Ridin'nFishin Been here awhile Supporter

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    Hey Mark,

    Thanks for inquiring about the routes. I have been working on them off and on for a while now.

    Lets see if I can answer your question. No single track here for sure. Lots of pavement. I tried to stay on back roads as much as possible, gravel, sand and dirt roads. Some deep sand in East Texas depending on rain or not, if it is wet there can be some slick and sticky mud in places. A lot of the paved roads in the western parts are great roads, some single lane and two lane rough paved roads.

    I think that any size adventure bike will do the job, big bike friendly, yes. If I were heading out on it today, I would probably take my 1100GS, I do think my KLR650 or DR650 would do the job very well also. I know you have the little battle warrior (WR250R) that would do the job also. I don't think a plated dirt bike would be my choice, but hell, run what ya brung.

    Anymore questions, just ask.
    What bike do you plan on riding down here?
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  7. BigDogAdventures

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    I'm bringing my Husqvarna TR650Terra.
    I know I look grouchy in this photo---but I assure you I'm not.
    From what you said--looks like the best bike I have for the ride down there.
    Right now where this picture was taken is 8" of snow---and a road that is solid ice.

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    No dirt bike that's for sure---but not near as heavy as the big adventure bikes. After putting about 10,000 miles on it ----it excels at "easy" offroad and road. I just did install 9 gallon Safari tanks on it and this will be it's first outing with these tanks on a long ride. I plan on being down there about 3 weeks and will haul it down South out of the frigid temps here in Southern Illinois------unload the bike------do my ride and then return to the truck. I think better weather down Texas way is in the very near future.

    I think I'll be alone--working on a couple riding partners but nothing has happened yet.
    I'll definitely work in some of your route---I've worked on that already and turned your routes into tracks. But won't go East much and will end up in BigBend---then maybe on up into New Mexico to run the "RimRoad" if weather allows.
    I replaced my KTM950 with this bike.

    May try the James River Crossing---but am nervous about being out there by myself---I've seen many a rider go down on that crossing.
    I"ve got a long list of places I'll go to---to long to post here---but one town I want to hang out in for a bit----is Marfa, Texas.
    May sound Stupid-----but the least populated county in the U.S. is in Texas---may go there--shut off my bike---and just listen.

    Can't wait to get out of the deep-freeze.

    Again--thanks for everything !!!!

    Mark
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    The Tr650 will be great and will have a blast.

    Marfa is a cool little town with some good place to eat and stay. Ride out and see the lights.

    James River Crossing, IMHO. By pass it, it isn't worth it to me. I have been across it on my KLR, made it without falling and will not do it again. I have no interest in ruining my day with a flooded bike, getting wet in the winter when the water is cold. Not my kind of fun.

    Can you send me your tracks you made so I can check them out? I very much like to have your tracks after your ride. I have tons of my own tracks in the TX Hill Country, I live in San Antonio. PM your way with email.

    Thanks
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    The last thing I want to do is fill my motor full of water---the very last.
    It was OK with a 1982 XR200---filled it full the day I bought it----but not with my big fuel injected bike.
    thanks for your opinion

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    3 of us just got back from a 5 day loop through the Hill Country, mostly on gravel.

    We did the James River Crossing. I was first (because I was leading and made it across on my 2011 Texas ride) on my 1200 GSA and made it about 20% across and down I went. I got off the crossing and finished in the creek gravel:

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    Dirtfarmer slowly paddled his way through next.

    2Whelman was next on the new watercooled GS. He did not make it far and down he went (3 times).

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    PS. The blue bonnets were just starting to bloom while there:

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  11. Bonuz

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    I live South of Houston almost to Galveston. As soon as I figure out how to save tracks etc... I will upload so cool coastal routes.
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    Bonuz,

    Were you able to capture these routes? I am planning on picking up a CRF in 4-6 weeks and looking for some good testing routes in the Houston area. I already have a solid full day ride mapped out through Sam Houston Nat Forest and area but would love to get some costal routes in as well.
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    It's really awesome to see and thanks for sharing that kind of info or pictures
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  14. aklein318

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    If anyone wants a 400 hill country ride we just did. Lots of fun. Stopped in Hunt for the night, but this trip could probably be done in a day.

    Map is in 2 parts. Pick your own start/end points.

    Half is paved, other half is class 1/2 dirt. Few unlocked gates. Best scenery in texas

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    Thanks Aklein
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    Thanks for the tracks. I'm heading that way tomorrow. Anyone riding this week?
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  17. Ridin'nFishin

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    Sorry for my tardiness to the thread. I'm glad you guys have an interest in the routes. As I said it is a work in progress. There have been some changes in the routes and tracks listed above. When you ride it you will have a couple of u-turns, 9-mile road in East Texas is closed. I have not updated the route in a couple of years, but I do have good solid proven tracks for a lot of the routes and revised routes. If you pm me your email address I will send them to you and I will try to get them loaded here asap. If you notice some changes let me know and I will revise where needed.

    Edit: 8/26/2019 Completed and ready to ride!!!
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  18. GeneralClortho

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    I appreciate you guys posting these up. In two weeks I am going to make the move from my CRF250L to a DR650, get a GPS and aftermarket fuel tank on order and kick this thing off!
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  19. fbga

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    Hey @GeneralClortho do you have any of this Sam Houston Forest GPX files you can share?
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    Edit: 8/26/2019 Completed and ready to ride!!!

    New tracks in posts 1 and 2.

    Ride safe.


    When it cools down an little I plan to ride the outer loop.
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