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Old 12-11-2017, 10:09 PM   #1
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3 Medina County 250 Adventure Motorcycle Ride - Saturday, 1/20/18-Castroville, Texas


A Texas Adventure Riders Association San Antonio Chapter Event

What?
A 250-mile adventure motorcycle ride entirely in Medina County Texas. Saturday, January 20, 2018 What happened on II - Click Here

The ride will start and end at the Alsatian Steinbach House Park in Castroville, Medina County, Texas.

Breakfast
The breakfast spot is Sammy's Restaurant this year as it's right across the street from the Alsatian Steinbach House Park. I'll probably get there by 745a or so. If Sammy's Restaurant becomes too crowded Haby's Alsatian Bakery is available for take out pastries and kolaches, its located directly across US90. And the original home of the bike breakfasts, Taqueria San Juan, is two minutes west on US90.

I'll be handing out unofficial starter stickers at breakfast at Sammy's Restaurant or at the Alsatian Steinbach House Park.


The Route
This is a self-guided GPS ride, as the ride is self-guided a group will need to keep moving to get in the 250 miles before dark, my group did last year but not the 1st.
Additional Notes: Different legs of the route come close to touching near Quihi, they don't but it will require attention to stay on the proper course.

Of course its all about fun, camaraderie and being safe. Some will focus on completing the route, others will just relax and ride to their cut off time and head home.

My group will depart about 9a, subject to change.

Lodging / Dining +
The Alsatian Steinbach House Park or Castroville Park and Ride are options for parking for those that are trailering over. Lodging - The Hotel Alsace & Spa. Camping is available at the Castroville Regional Park, 816 Alsace Street, on the Medina River.

Fremdes Pizza is recommended for anyone interested in a pre or post ride dinner. I plan on having dinner at Fremdes on Friday night before the ride if anyone is in town and wants to join in, about 730p. They have live music both Friday and Saturday night. https://www.fremdes.com/about-fremdes/ Another option is Cora's known for "The Best Nachos in Texas".

If a non-riding companion needs something to do while you are out riding click HERE

A weather date decision will be made at least by the Wednesday before. The ride is on as scheduled.

3 Medina County 250 Adventure Motorcycle Ride Map
*Disclaimer - I build routes on my computer using the Roads of Texas map book as my guide which is the best and most accurate I have used, but not perfect, and Furkot's mapping program. I also haven't ridden all of the route since II. So the route may not be 100% accurate.



Medina County is immediately west of Bexar County in southwest Texas


For those that join my group
When I lead a group I donít stop for lunch, I have several nature break stops and a stop midway out in the country for snacks or a sandwich I bring with me, then of course there are the planned fuel stops.

I stop at every non-obvious corner and wait for the entire group and make sure the last rider sees the proper way to go, there is NEVER a need to ride above your comfort level to keep up, we wonít leave you, I encourage riders to spread out to avoid the dust. The daisy chain method also works well, especially when its extremely dusty to keep the group even more spread out, the rider in front makes sure the rider behind makes the corner and so on until the sweep rider makes the corner. As long as the rider in front takes responsibility for the rider behind no one gets lost.

Please tell someone in the group if you decide to break off from the group, that prevents you being searched for.

Safety and rider etiquette
Having your emergency contact information on you and having that information readily available is critical. This is important not just for group rides but everyday. Even though you may have a buddy along on the ride you may get separated on the road.
At minimum:
Name
Your street
Your town, state, zip code
Driver's license # & state
Emergency contact
Emergency Phone
I taped mine on the bottom of the visor of my dual sport helmet, I also taped another on the back side of my fairing near the dash. The important thing is that it is easy for anyone to find.

Respect landowners and other road users, slow down and ride quietly when passing people, vehicles, animals, homes, etc.

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Old 12-11-2017, 10:34 PM   #2
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Re: 3 Medina County 250 Adventure Motorcycle Ride - Saturday, 1/20/18-Castroville, Te

I'm in.
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Old 12-12-2017, 07:22 AM   #3
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I'm in. I rode this last year and it was a blast.
Don't miss this one you will be sorry.
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Old 12-12-2017, 10:45 AM   #4
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Re: 3 Medina County 250 Adventure Motorcycle Ride - Saturday, 1/20/18-Castroville, Te

Put me down as "Maybe" but good possibility I will attend!
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Old 12-20-2017, 09:30 PM   #5
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Re: 3 Medina County 250 Adventure Motorcycle Ride - Saturday, 1/20/18-Castroville, Te

Looks like I am working.

I rode this in January and it was GREAT!!! If you can make it but are undecided, I HIGHLY recommend this one. Sander puts on an awesome ride!

Have a good time and be safe.
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Old 12-21-2017, 08:19 AM   #6
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Re: 3 Medina County 250 Adventure Motorcycle Ride - Saturday, 1/20/18-Castroville, Te

I am in if I get healed up. Missed it last year, would love to do it this time.


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Old 12-21-2017, 09:34 PM   #7
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Re: 3 Medina County 250 Adventure Motorcycle Ride - Saturday, 1/20/18-Castroville, Te

Looking for some feedback. I have a BMW R1150GS. I am fairly experienced in dirt (raced Motocross for 12 years). I have been riding Jeep roads and such on my GS. (County Roads 308, 309, 310) out in the Llano area. I do water crossings (there a fairly long one on CR 308 crossing Sandy creek I have done without any problems). Do you think my GS would be ok for the Medina ride, I would really like to join everyone if you think it would be ok.


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Old 12-21-2017, 09:39 PM   #8
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Quote I would really like to join everyone if you think it would be ok.

No problem. You will be OK on this ride.
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Old 12-21-2017, 09:40 PM   #9
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Perfect, I am stoked! See everyone on the 20th!


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Old 12-22-2017, 07:52 PM   #10
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Re: 3 Medina County 250 Adventure Motorcycle Ride - Saturday, 1/20/18-Castroville, Te

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Looking for some feedback. I have a BMW R1150GS. I am fairly experienced in dirt (raced Motocross for 12 years). I have been riding Jeep roads and such on my GS. (County Roads 308, 309, 310) out in the Llano area. I do water crossings (there a fairly long one on CR 308 crossing Sandy creek I have done without any problems). Do you think my GS would be ok for the Medina ride, I would really like to join everyone if you think it would be ok.


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The route is big bike friendly. If you have done those roads this route will be a breeze! 3 water crossings at most, concrete bottoms. One may be dry, the other 2 are very shallow, just stay in the tire tracks as normal.



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Thanks!


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Nice video footage.
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Old 12-26-2017, 06:00 PM   #13
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Re: 3 Medina County 250 Adventure Motorcycle Ride - Saturday, 1/20/18-Castroville, Te

looks like fun.. I'll try to make it down
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Old 12-30-2017, 08:13 PM   #14
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Re: 3 Medina County 250 Adventure Motorcycle Ride - Saturday, 1/20/18-Castroville, Te

Reno- what tire are you using? I rode my f800gs w/tkc80's last year, contemplating riding new to me r1200gs with Conti Trail Attack2's , haven't taken it off pavement yet, your thoughts on tires for dry dirt and gravel roads.
If I take the 1200, I can loan the 800 to young fellow in Navy stationed in San Antonio who has been on several pavement rides with us on a Suzuki 1200 Intruder, (not the ideal bike for dirt roads).
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Have purchased the Trail Attack 2ís yet?


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The Trail Attack2ís are about the same as the Metzeler Tourance I will be running on my R1150 GS. If you are concerned about traction the TKC 70ís would offer more traction in the soft stuff. I have found the Metzeler Tourance to work well for Jeep roads and water crossings so I think the Trail Attack 2ís should perform about the same. Hope this helps. Give me a call at 512-738-5911 if you would like to discuss.


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Old 12-31-2017, 10:14 PM   #17
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If I take the 1200, I can loan the 800 to young fellow in Navy stationed in San Antonio who has been on several pavement rides with us on a Suzuki 1200 Intruder, (not the ideal bike for dirt roads).
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Re: 3 Medina County 250 Adventure Motorcycle Ride - Saturday, 1/20/18-Castroville, Te

sanderjavant, new guy here. I have committed to 2 nights hotel in Hondo so will be there Saturday morning gassed up (unleaded that is).

Btw here is the long term out look for 20Jan18 from accuweather.com . Still seems doable so far. Sunday morning shows to be clear skies

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This just popped up on my radar. Its a definite maybe
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Reno- what tire are you using? I rode my f800gs w/tkc80's last year, contemplating riding new to me r1200gs with Conti Trail Attack2's , haven't taken it off pavement yet, your thoughts on tires for dry dirt and gravel roads.
If I take the 1200, I can loan the 800 to young fellow in Navy stationed in San Antonio who has been on several pavement rides with us on a Suzuki 1200 Intruder, (not the ideal bike for dirt roads).

I See your concern



Mine are brigstone battax adventure, only slightly more aggressive but still essentially a street like yours. Did about 50 miles worth last week on gravel/dirt, albeit dry, seemed confident enough.

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