I just road the TAR routes this weekend with a friend....some notes while riding...
1. White Mountain road about 1 1/2 mile from the turnoff on 55 next to the Rocksprings Golf course is now CLOSED with a new large six foot fence. The other routing option is to take highway 674 from Rockspring and connect with CR 674 to connect to White Mountain Road. I tried going down the fence line on the private side for an opening to White Mountain Road for about six miles but to no avail.
2. I discussed with the Legends Inn owner and he said several ranchers have been vocal that certain dual-sport riders have been "chasing" their cows on the the various ranches. I don't know if there is any truth to this.
3. I also encountered several country roads that have a new combination lock. It is on public roads but I guess the property owners are trying to control who uses the road.
If it IS is a public road, I guess you could use wire cutters and then patch the fence wire as you ride through leaving a written message on the locked gate telling the rancher you can't lock out the public domain...
1. Which side of the golf course/airport were you? North or South? I know Garmin is convince the county road is south, but the road sign for it is at the north end. However on many maps it shows both as possibilities. I've always turned at the sign since I got to it first. You other route you suggest is the one we avoid because there is a section in the middle that may or may not be public road. I may need to ride out there and check it out.
2. Yeah, this is a biggie. Definitely be careful around livestock. Specially the sheep. They seem to be the jumpiest. We have to remember that these animals are the landowner's income source. You don't want them trying their tractors in your server farm, so don't ride your bike into the middle of their animals. Take it nice and slow. It's a ride, not a baja race.
3. I would say never cut wire. If there is a lock then it is time to reroute and figure out the problem later. Something may have changed since your maps were made. Some of these roads revert back to private only when the residents take over maintenance. Better to just move along than generate any ill will, specially if the landowner's are right.
If there is a lock then it is time to reroute and figure out the problem later.
1. White Mountain road about 1 1/2 mile from the turnoff on 55 next to the Rocksprings Golf course is now CLOSED with a new large six foot fence.
2. I always slow down and stop waiting for the farm animals to cross. However, the Legends Inn owner seemed to indicate that the dual-sport rider actually got off the county road and were riding on private property chasing animals. I can't imagine anyone stupid and thoughtless to do this.
The correct road to turn on from Hwy 55 is CR 310. It is north of the airport and the golf course and it is marked as CR 310. It joins/becomes White Mountain Road a few miles south of the airport. The old White Mtn Rd was gated off a while back and, as Rusty noted, GPS maps haven't been updated. I included this change in the new Hill Country guide but it's not in the older TAR guides.
Ok...also CR 322 coming into CR320 is gated with a combination lock near Junction.
Did it look like this?
There are 2 roads listed as CR 322 on both City Navigator (GPS) and Google Maps. One of them is actually a private road with gate & lock. The pic above is one I took of that private road back in 2006 while exploring the area. The other road listed on the map as CR 322 is the actual CR 322 and was open as of last year.
I placed an order for a ride guide last week, and have booked my room at the Hills in Junction. I will pay my TAR registration fee on-site Thursday when I get there.
Still looking for anyone who wants to meet up in San Antonio on Thursday around noon-time and ride up to Junction. I know of some cool dirt roads between San Antonio and Bandera heading towards Kerrville but after that, I'm clueless.
I am curious as to how both City Navigator and Google list it as a public road, yet, it is classified as private. Could it be a new status change from the past two years?