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I'm about to embark on a "Get out of the snow" ride, we have had a real winter here in Western SD.

My plan is to leave here February 28th with my '14 GSA on a trailer, head South and leave the truck/trailer at friends in Alamogordo NM.

From there I will ride South through headed towards Big Bend NP. After checking out BBNP I intend to generally follow the border to Brownsville, then come up the Gulf Coast and head to Lafayette LA for a ride with friends the second weekend in March.

After Lafayette I don't really have any plan other than to be back in Spearfish SD NLT March 20th.

I want to visit the Texas Hill Country and have a beer at Luckenbach, other than that I'm looking for inspiration.

Would some of you Texan's be kind enough to offer some suggestions of things to see, roads to ride etc.?

Thanks,

John Langdell
 

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Ya, I have a suggestion. Hire an Au Pair to watch my grandkids and I will go with you.
 

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Over on the MOA site some weeks ago there was a discussion of a road to avoid that runs east from NM to Texas. Goes thru an oil patch. I didn’t pay much attention to it. PM Henzilla over there. He lives in the hill country and obviously was up to date on the road in question.
 

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Over on the MOA site some weeks ago there was a discussion of a road to avoid that runs east from NM to Texas. Goes thru an oil patch. I didn’t pay much attention to it. PM Henzilla over there. He lives in the hill country and obviously was up to date on the road in question.
Thanks - found his post ( https://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread.php?93133-US-285-CarlsbadNM-to-PecosTX-hazard&highlight=road+to+avoid+new+mexico+henzilla ) , have no intention of riding US 285, planning on this:
https://goo.gl/maps/kEHu3exGYUG2.

Of course, all local and experienced rider input is always appreciated.
 

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couple of suggestions...
2627 off of 385 is a nice road with nice views. iirc. It dead ends at the border with a fence and bridge--absolutely deserted.

Big Bend is a VERY worthy destination, give yourself at least a couple of days of full day riding and exploring. I stayed at the lodge in the park. It was fine and the only game in town unless you head to Terlingua.
St Elena Canyon is definitely fine. If you want some off road, Maverick Rd presents an alternative way back to the lodge.

On the river road between BB and Presidio, there is a famous overlook, big turnout. Be careful stopping there as the slopeS of the parking area extends into multiple dimensions, making it very tricky to stop and dismount. Just be aware and you'll be fine, but it can be deceiving.

North of there are the Davis mountains and Fort Davis. The McDonald Observatory is there and worth a visit. Coupled with the interest in the big telescopes, there is a ring road around the observatory's mountain which is a famous road for it's scenery and rideability...you'll want to do it if you're that close for sure

There are a lot of roads like 285 in west and North Texas. The county and state roads are two lane, sometimes 75mph, but rarely anything but pretty straight. Still the scenery is interesting in a permian basin way. As you'd work your way east toward the middle of Texas the two lane blacktops become curvy and hilly and generally just fine!. State hwy 36 is pretty decent and if you're crossing the state, say from College Station/Bryan toward Abilene and beyond, OR look at 71-87. The area generally bounded by Austin, San Angelo, Sonora, Hondo is pretty good riding and includes Hill Country.

Coming down from Almogordo that way is fine, mostly because you'll be skirting the Guadelupe Mountains. On the SE corner of NM is a state park Sitting Bull falls, very pretty and isolated, but not on your proposed route. Carlsbad Caverns in in that vicinity also

Does the OP know Hill Country, the three sisters, etc?
 

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Big Bend to Brownsville


How about this route? What can we expect for road conditions here as well?
two things I forgot
1--I really enjoyed the river road down there, esp the part between Del Rio and westward toward BB, curvy hilly and FAST...LOTS of border patrol in the area, many checkpoints all in that area, usually no big deal.
2- You said trailering to the south...where are you going to start your ride? NM is mountains and March is still definitely winter there. That said, I love that state. It has an ancient spiritual feel to it, more like the feeling you get in parts of Nevada rather than Colorado. It's OLD and you get that feeling always. Some very nice roads there, and some cool old towns. Good food too.
 

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two things I forgot
1--I really enjoyed the river road down there, esp the part between Del Rio and westward toward BB, curvy hilly and FAST...LOTS of border patrol in the area, many checkpoints all in that area, usually no big deal.
2- You said trailering to the south...where are you going to start your ride? NM is mountains and March is still definitely winter there. That said, I love that state. It has an ancient spiritual feel to it, more like the feeling you get in parts of Nevada rather than Colorado. It's OLD and you get that feeling always. Some very nice roads there, and some cool old towns. Good food too.
Planning on leaving the truck and trailer in Alamogordo.

Alamogordo, Pinon etc as shown in the map above
 

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@bigjohnsd....Alamogordo is at about 3300' elevation. This time of year is mostly warm days, freeze at night. It can change quickly, per latest cold fronts. To get to Pinon from Alamo, you will reach 8800'. Still cold. (cold to us locals). Dry end of mountains, still snow is possible. Pinon to Dell City is high desert. Cell service is zero mostly. I guess you know, but no paved roads. Lots of white powder and rocks. Could not tell, but are you going to Dell via county roads or the NMBDR? The NMBDR is much prettier and a little higher elevation. Make sure you get fuel at each chance. Pinon has fuel when the little store is open. No fuel until Dell City. The had a farmers co-op type fuel pump for credit card only, regular unleaded only, no attendants.

The last time I made that loop, I saw 2 people going down by the county roads. On the BDR going north, I only saw 1 and he stopped to offer assistance (I was fixing a flat).

You did not say if you were going alone and with someone. This is not really good country to go alone. I did it that way, but in hindsight, it probably was not smart. I did leave word where I was going, and when I would be back. I think that would have been little help. At the distances and remoteness, getting help to you could be a 24 hour or more wait.
 

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@bigjohnsd...

Pinon to Dell City is high desert. Cell service is zero mostly. I guess you know, but no paved roads. Lots of white powder and rocks. Could not tell, but are you going to Dell via county roads or the NMBDR? The NMBDR is much prettier and a little higher elevation. Make sure you get fuel at each chance. Pinon has fuel when the little store is open. No fuel until Dell City. The had a farmers co-op type fuel pump for credit card only, regular unleaded only, no attendants.

The last time I made that loop, I saw 2 people going down by the county roads. On the BDR going north, I only saw 1 and he stopped to offer assistance (I was fixing a flat).

You did not say if you were going alone and with someone. This is not really good country to go alone. I did it that way, but in hindsight, it probably was not smart. I did leave word where I was going, and when I would be back. I think that would have been little help. At the distances and remoteness, getting help to you could be a 24 hour or more wait.
Going with a buddy on a Tiger XCa, my plan is to ride 82 out of Alamogordo to 130 to 24 to 506 (Cornocopia Canyon RD?) Google Map Route Linkout of Pinon. I was concerned about NMBDR route/roads being open in the higher country. The section of NMBDR from Pinon to Dell City certainly looks doable
video doesn't look too bad to me. Certainly not as bad as what I rode on the KLR in Baja or on the Dempster Highway.

First trip on the GSA having "graduated" from my FJR and KLR.

Thoughts?
 

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I did not run in to anything too tecnical. You’ve got a partner so you should be good to go. I said earlier there was fuel at Pinon, but meant at Weed. The rim trail is nicer, if you can. They have been having snow in Ruidoso area (7800’), but usually melts quickly at that elevation. That far south you should be good. :smile2:
 
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