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Old 07-21-2017, 12:06 PM   #1
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James River Loop

I am planning on trying out the James River loop ride next Saturday (July 29) out of Fredericksburg. Does anyone know the water level of the crossings on the James river or Sandy Creek? I realize things can change in a week, but I will be trucking my bike over to Fredericksburg prior to an early departure Saturday AM, so don't want to make the long trip to be turned around at the first crossing...
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Old 07-21-2017, 01:12 PM   #2
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i sure some one will give you a answer i have not been thru there since end of may, has not rain much here in spring branch anyway but they have been having spotty heavy rain around, might give me an excuse to take a ride next week just to see. just got back from riding east of Blanco and Fischer 90 mile loop most the creeks are almost dry are at there normal levels

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Old 07-21-2017, 07:16 PM   #3
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I would think they would be low . BUMP
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Old 07-21-2017, 09:16 PM   #4
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Re: James River Loop

I drove it in my truck across Sandy Creek last weekend there was little water anywhere.


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Old 07-22-2017, 09:43 AM   #5
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Re: James River Loop

James River crossing doesn't seem to get too low - the way the river widens right there holds water well. Expect it to be about a foot on the south side, I'd suspect.
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Old 07-25-2017, 09:12 PM   #6
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Re: James River Loop

Thanks guys, I appreciate the input. Hopefully with an early departure we won't melt along the way.
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Old 08-01-2017, 10:43 PM   #7
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My son and I made it out for an early morning departure out of Fredericksburg on Saturday. We headed over to cross the Janes river and ended up in Llano for lunch at Coopers BBQ. It was great early, but blazing hot after lunch. We had planned to ride down Sandy Creek road after lunch, but decided not to try it when we saw the road closed sign at HWY 16. I suspect we could have made it through, but given how hot we were, I didn't want to chance it, so headed back to Fredericksburg.....Ended up with a 175 Mike loop, 73 mpg on the WRs. My new Safari tank did great, including testing the tank mounts with a get off on the first James river crossing coming up from the south. Photos later....
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Old 08-02-2017, 08:51 AM   #8
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That sign is always there. Just ignore it and keep going. The road is fine

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Old 08-02-2017, 05:40 PM   #9
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Finally got to the photos....John IMG_1485.jpgIMG_1487.jpgIMG_1482.jpg



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Old 08-02-2017, 06:37 PM   #10
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Looks like a good time was had.
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Old 08-02-2017, 10:11 PM   #11
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Finally got to the photos....John Attachment 42071Attachment 42072Attachment 42073



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Old 08-02-2017, 10:12 PM   #12
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Just figured out how to load photos with Tap Talk....


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Old 08-02-2017, 10:13 PM   #13
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Old 08-02-2017, 10:14 PM   #14
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Old 08-03-2017, 07:33 AM   #15
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Awesome! Thanks for the photos.


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Old 08-06-2017, 05:17 PM   #16
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Looks like the crossing was a success. Got to love the mighty WR250R. 4.7 tank with another 1.5 on the back @ 72 mpg = 440 mile range! You don't have to fill up but every other day.
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Old 08-15-2017, 08:55 PM   #17
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Re: James River Loop

Probably a dumb question here...

Based off of your experience, would it be unwise to cross that on a big bike (Super Tenere)?

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Old 08-15-2017, 10:20 PM   #18
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So I have seen YouTube videos of someone crossing the James River on a BMW GS, so definitely can be done. Having said that, you cross the James River three times on James River Road with the big crossing being the middle one. When my son and I crossed it a couple weeks ago, I layed my bike down on the first crossing and my son layed his bike down on the third crossing. The alge covered limestone was like riding on ice. I have never fallen off something so fast in my entire life. The long crossing was not as bad where we crossed. I am sure others are better at ridiing on algae covered limestone than I am, but I would not care to ride across it in anything heavier than our WR250Rs.
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Old 08-16-2017, 07:33 AM   #19
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Re: James River Loop

JCGeo glad to see you made it out with your son. Sounds like you had some fun.


sigeye here is some thoughts about water crossing.

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I layed my bike down on the first crossing and my son layed his bike down on the third crossing. The alge covered limestone was like riding on ice. I have never fallen off something so fast in my entire life.
So... sounds to me like the recommended way to cross is with a bridge.
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