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Offline jboutelle

"Ranch Roads" in North Texas
« on: April 25, 2012, 03:44:16 pm »
Anybody know whether the ranch roads in the north part of the Texas panhandle are OK for road bikes? Are they paved? Any shoulders? Generally safe? Thanks for any help/advice.

Offline ronnie421

Re: "Ranch Roads" in North Texas
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2012, 10:01:44 pm »
I live in S Tx.  but have traveled the N Tx area pleanty of times and basically, they are all the same... dirty, unpaved, full of rocks (not pebbles... ROCKS) and not a comfortable ride.  I would not punnish my bike on those roads.  Every now and then, you'll find a road that goes off the paved road that seems almost ok, only to find out after 4 or 5 miles that it turned into a nasty, harsh, unpaved road like the one I described.  I  would stay away from them. Good luck.

Offline BikeFreak

Re: "Ranch Roads" in North Texas
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2012, 09:59:45 am »
Maybe using Google Maps or Google Earth you can zoom in and determine the road conditions??

Lucas

Offline reed523

Re: "Ranch Roads" in North Texas
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2012, 07:43:37 pm »
I grew up in the southern Texas panhandle.  Lots of true "ranch roads" are private and wander aimlessly.  Most county roads are graded dirt/gravel.  As another poster said, not much fun.  Dust is a major issue when a car goes by you.  "Farm to Market" roads are paved, most do not have shoulders, but traffic is generally light.  If you want to PM your route, perhaps I can offer a little better advice.  Don't miss Palo Duro Canyon.  There is also a long Rail to Trail through a nice section of country.  http://www.traillink.com/trail/caprock-canyons-state-park-trailway.aspx