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Offline George Mc

Southern tier motels
« on: December 07, 2013, 02:44:06 pm »
I'm thinking about doing a credit card tour from El Paso to Houston and I was wondering how the motels are. Are they clean? Are they expensive?
Thanks.
« Last Edit: December 07, 2013, 05:24:17 pm by George Mc »

Offline aggie

Re: Southern tier motels
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2013, 06:50:22 pm »
I rode from El Paso to Baton Rouge a couple of years ago.  Only in a couple of spots were the hotels what I considered expensive (Marfa and Marathon TX).  All the others were relatively inexpensive.  Some were bare bones but adequate.  It was a long way between Sanderson and Del Rio so I had to camp in Langtry.

Offline George Mc

Re: Southern tier motels
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2013, 07:36:35 pm »
Thanks a lot aggie. Were hoping to ride from Sanderson to Comstock, 90.5 miles. We have 2 long days, this one and Van Horn to Fort Davis. I'm thinking about getting a camelback and just use it for these two rides. I guess there is no services, between these two rides. I must say, I'm kind of concerned about getting around Austin and San Antonio. I'm thinking about leaving the people I'm riding with and try and make it from La Grange to Katy, where I live. Thanks again for the reply.

George

Offline aggie

Re: Southern tier motels
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2013, 06:39:27 pm »
I rode from Van Horn to Marfa instead of going to Ft. Davis to avoid the climb.  It's easily doable in a day but there isn't much in between.  I stopped in Valentine to eat a MRE.  Valentine isn't much more than a wide spot in the road.

Offline rabbitoh

Re: Southern tier motels
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2013, 03:42:00 pm »
Thanks a lot aggie. Were hoping to ride from Sanderson to Comstock, 90.5 miles. We have 2 long days, this one and Van Horn to Fort Davis. I'm thinking about getting a camelback and just use it for these two rides. I guess there is no services, between these two rides. I must say, I'm kind of concerned about getting around Austin and San Antonio. I'm thinking about leaving the people I'm riding with and try and make it from La Grange to Katy, where I live. Thanks again for the reply.

George

G'day George,

There are plenty of motels in Van Horn, all reasonably priced.

Van Horn to Fort Davis is indeed a long day, with nothing in between, after the service stop approx. 20 miles out of Van Horn. I cycled it in the opposite direction, carried extra water, and found it fairly challenging. The direction from which you intend coming, will mean that all the tougher climbing will be towards the end of the day. That said, it is really a beautiful ride.

Fort Davis has a motel which also offers camp-rooms. The camp-rooms are quite comfortable, with a wash basin but you need to share shower and toilet in a common facility.

I also camped (really just set up my tent), at Langtry. Comstock is very small so it might be a good idea to book accommodation in advance. In Sanderson, the Budget Inn looks after cyclists. It is at the far end of town from the direction you will be riding.

Marathon has a hostel which is at no cost to cyclists although a donation is the correct etiquette. I didn't stay there. There is a motel and hotel in town.

I stayed in many motels on my ride last year and found the majority of them to be quite affordable, clean and comfortable. I never stayed in a dud one.

Have a good ride.
Good Cycling
Dennis

Offline George Mc

Re: Southern tier motels
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2013, 07:14:33 pm »
I think if I were planning this ride I would go like aggie. I rode around Fort Davis a few years ago and it got pretty rough at times. I'm kind of worried about the chip seal as well, because I have rheumatoid and osteo  arthritis and I read it gets pretty bad at time. I'm thinking to leave them guys go and I can take a supported tour in San Marcos a little later. I really wanted to take this tour, but it's like it's going to be every man for himself. The last leg out of La Grange, I'll have to do myself, because they are going on the other side of Houston and I live this side about 40 miles. So I would have to double back. So at the end of the tour I'll have another 85 miles to do myself.

Anyhow, I sure appreciate the replies and I'm sure something will come together now or later. Thanks everybody.

George