Yo Texans - 40-Mile is on the way

Discussion in 'Tejas and the Gulf States' started by 40MileDesertRat, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. 40MileDesertRat

    40MileDesertRat Born Again Pagan

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    Good info and thanks. Need to make the wife happy as well.

    I'm going to work up a GPX file and post it. This thing has gone from a loop to a couple of figure eights. I am looking forward to getting out of Las Vegas and meeting some real people again.

    Bruce
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  2. 40MileDesertRat

    40MileDesertRat Born Again Pagan

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    Wow, I been following the fires in Texas. My sympathy to all of you that have been affected by this tragedy.

    Bruce
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    FotoTEX Long timer

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    Thanks for the comment about the fires. And thank your fellow Californians for sending help. It is appreciated by us.
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  4. 40MileDesertRat

    40MileDesertRat Born Again Pagan

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    Here is the route.......

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  5. Cycledelic Relic

    Cycledelic Relic follow old goatpath

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    Hey 40mi.....
    Before you leave,see if you can get your hands on a brand new map of the XCLNT roads to ride in the hill country by Butler Maps. The map was supposed to be released today. It is mentioned on their site but not listed yet. Need to contact them instead.
    Here's a couple of links...

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=650431

    http://www.butlermaps.com/

    There are TONS of twisty roads to ride in the area & THIS IS THE MAP YOU NEED.......not kiddin...a lot of work went into create'n it.

    just a few.....Old Hwy 9 from Fredericksburg to Comfort (old railroad tunnel bat cave) ALMOST ANY COUNTY ROAD IN GILLESPIE CO
    RR1341 Kerrville to Comfort Skyline Drive below Comfort FM152 Llano to Castell .....etc.
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  6. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    lol. Rod, I sent him a pm a few minutes before you posted. ;)

    After looking at his route I titled the pm "Oh, Hell No!!" :huh We can do better than that. Don't want him to go home without seeing some good stuff.
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  7. Cycledelic Relic

    Cycledelic Relic follow old goatpath

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    I just have ta remember....he said no cow trails....

    Hopefully I can convince them that the paved county road goodies north & west of Fredericksburg are more like cow freeways....

    watch for loose critters....I don't think the low water crossings will be a factor at this time....
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  8. 40MileDesertRat

    40MileDesertRat Born Again Pagan

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    OK guys, its not going to be this kind of a trip...

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    Its going to be more like this kind of a trip.....

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    To make things even worse, it's gonna be on the wing-thing....

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    But she is going to be with me.....

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    So, I'll do the cows trails next time.
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  9. 40MileDesertRat

    40MileDesertRat Born Again Pagan

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    Looked at the site and didn't see the HC map. I'm buying if you say its good. Not out of here until the 10th. So I have time to get it and I will call them tomorrow.

    Bruce
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  10. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    Hey! I had one of those LTs!! It'll corner just fine! I understand, I think. I'll keep you moving, but off the freeways. Just can't stand the thought of those freeway things. :huh

    Edit: And that new Wing will be fine, too. Nice talking to ya. Y'all have fun.
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  11. Cycledelic Relic

    Cycledelic Relic follow old goatpath

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    Hey Bruce....I guarantee you won't be dissappointed if you buy the Butler HC map. I've got the full set of their other state maps for CO,UT,MT,WY,ID & CA .....Very impressive!!

    Check out their vendor thread here on ADV to see what other folks are saying....

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=598717

    I'm hopin to get mine this week

    PS: The "cow freeways I referred to......all paved & easily ridden on most any bike. Some cattle guards to cross (with livestock roaming the area) & low water crossings that will surely be dry with this drought (Loudon Rd just west of Fredericksburg is the exception...it's slick slabs on this one!!) Don't cross any water covered low water slab until walking it even if only a trickle.They get VERRRY SLICK with algae!!!

    You'll get a true feel for the countryside on these roads.No cuts through hills & the road follows the "lay of the land" (IE twisty/hilly/FUN FUN FUN)

    ENJOY YOUR "ROAD SOFA" ADVENTURE those bikes are great if "two up" travelling
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  12. bigdon

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    Couple of comments.

    Try and stay in Marathon at the Gage Hotel and eat at the White Buffalo Bar. It's awesome.

    Leave the Black Areostitch home ,that thing will melt you in Big Bend. I wear one but it is Silver and not too bad but the Black:eek1
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  13. 40MileDesertRat

    40MileDesertRat Born Again Pagan

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    Agreed on all of the above. But I may have to bring nomex to get through Arizona.
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  14. Cycledelic Relic

    Cycledelic Relic follow old goatpath

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    Wish ya luck on the route thru the smoker
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    40MileDesertRat Born Again Pagan

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    Thanks to all. The wing-thing is leaving Sin City for Texas Saturday at zero dark thirty.

    Cheers,

    40-Mile
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  16. Cycledelic Relic

    Cycledelic Relic follow old goatpath

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    Hey Bruce...
    Looks like you're gonna take TX158 to Sterling City then San Angelo like I suggested. Got another note for ya though....Stonehenge II has been moved recently from it's orig location on FM1340 at Hunt. Not sure of the new location but you can prob Google it if needed. Can ya send a list of some of the roads besides the obvious (aka 335,336,337,674...etc. 337 is the most dramatic ) Might have a few more suggestions close to your planned route. RR152 from Casteel into Llano? Looks like ya might be headed to Longhorn Caverns near Burnet...cool old cave & bldgs + Pk Rd 4!! Enchanted Rock on FM965 which is a pretty cool road itself. Luckenbach is the place everyone wants to stop at. Bands,Beer,Bikes....


    UPDATE: found it in case you haven't...




    <DT>Directions: Stonehenge II<DD>Relocated to the grounds of the Hill Country Arts Foundation. I-10 exit south into Kerrville. Turn right when you get to Hwy 27/Main St. Take Hwy 27 to Ingram (about 5 miles). At the second light in Ingram go straight through the intersection toward Hunt, which will put you on Hwy 39 (Hwy 27 will angle off to the right toward Mountain Home). After the light, watch for the Johnson Creek Bridge; immediately after the bridge you will see the sign for the Hill Country Arts Foundation on the left.<DT>Phone:830-367-5120

    Also...more suggestions for places to stay if needed...
    Country Inn & Cottages in Fredericksburg...several of us have stayed there.....good people
    4 J River Way Cabins & campground south of Leakey near Garner St Pk on RM1050 ...nice place..variety of cabins. On the river
    Stone Village Motel in Ft Davis on TX118 north of "downtown" ..the units on the street had killer komfy beds!

    OH & be aware of heavy weekend bike traffic+attending LAW on the 3 Sisters (335,6 & 7) Lots of tourists in genereal in Fredericksburg








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  17. 40MileDesertRat

    40MileDesertRat Born Again Pagan

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    Could not have done it without you. I'm thinking a few side trips along and around the route. Just need to see how it goes. As to the three sisters, that will be a weekday thing for us. If we do this right, I will not be in any heavy traffic, or high rent areas on the weekends.

    I'll keep you posted.

    Bruce
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  18. Cycledelic Relic

    Cycledelic Relic follow old goatpath

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    Glad I could help....Anything ta make your ride in this TX heat more fun.

    Got my Butler map yesterday (like Homer thinkin bout donuts)........
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  19. slowoldguy

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    Now that looks better. ;)
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  20. Cycledelic Relic

    Cycledelic Relic follow old goatpath

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    Keep thinkin bout more stuff...
    Bruce,If you are plannin on stoppin at Carlsbad Caverns on the way either here or back, You might want to be sure to get there before the last tour departs thru the natural entrance. (either 2 or 3PM..don't remember) That's the best way to enter the caverns...much better'n the elevator!

    TX118 Study Butte up to Alpine/Ft Davis & beyond is a good road too. There are border checkpoints to pass thru on 67 118 & 385 . Presidio gets REALLY HOT...I usually just run the twisty part of FM170 then back & north on 118. Decide when ya get there & feel the heat...
    & don't forget to head up to the Basin in Big Bend for some heat relief.
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