Hi DM, closer than Castell is the area west of Round Mountain bound by Hwy 71 and 3347 also called Althaus-Davis road. Going west from Round mntn. turn west on 3347 then north on Burnet co. Moss RD. (310A) that’s dirt. Turn west on 310 for several miles and down and back on Cr 308B. This road is hard packed decomposed granite (dog) with 1/2 to 1”loose on top, around two Sandy creek crossings it gets slightly deep and is a great trainer. The road dead ends at a ranch house and the owner doesn’t mind mc down the road too much. If you see him give him a wave. Returning to 308, west again then left on 315. This is the jewel. Pavement for a couple of miles then 5 miles of gcd, sand, hard packed dirt combinations to the wider Sandy Creek crossing. Do both crossings and return for a double dose. That’s my trainer, I’m in Spicewood and ride that every 6 weeks or so. Always a blast. Pm me, I’m available most times.Jeff - thanks for the advice. I am all for getting proper training for off pavement techniques; esp sand! I have recently researched for dual sport class or instructor within reasonable range with no luck. Considered taking the DRZ to Dragoo big adv bike classes but schedule has not worked.
Sent an email to Hidden Falls today to see if they know of anyone.
As for me knowing someone that has the goods and is willing to take a day to tutor me: I don’t know anyone and that is not something I am comfortable asking the forum.
But I will step up looking for You Tube videos for off pavement riding techniques; there are some good ones out there - just not my preferred way to try to learn!
If possible, send me details via DM on the location of sand you mentioned near Castell!
I might try to see if I can give him some instruction, but he's a complete novice. No experience at all. I think I am going to have him focus on BBNP and the Museums. Thanks!There is plenty of stuff to do in the area, especially BBNP, hiking trails in the park. Museums too. Is he gonna try to ride at all. If so, the Maverick Rd just inside the West entrnce is a great easy dirt/rock road.