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tjrockit 12-30-2009 09:17 AM

Austin TX, Dirt Roads within a 100 mile radius and beyond
 
Hello folks,

A few of us started a Google Map that has roads marked as dirt or not that are within a 100 mile radius of Austin.
The map includes markers, pics and commentary from the riders.
If you would like to help collaborate on the map, send me a PM with your email address and I'll add you to the list.

Here is the area we are currently targeting but if anyone wants to add info on other dirt roads in the Central Texas area, then great. The more info, the better planning for trips. :freaky

http://yodogsmith.smugmug.com/Motorc...31_ZyBcP-O.jpg

Here is a link to the Google "Hill Country Dirt Roads, Texas Dual Sport Rides" Map

<iframe marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=112716355273119241896. 000479b4b905703969e2f&ll=30.798474,-98.261719&spn=1.651432,2.334595&z=8&output=embed" frameborder="0" height="350" scrolling="no" width="425"></iframe>

:deal
Blue markers are dirt roads.
Red markers are paved roads.
Green Thumb tacks are points of interest.
The squiggles are water crossings.
-PIC or -VID after a road posting indicates a photo or video

Much of the research of the roads have been of personally riding the roads after comparing the "Roads of Texas" map and Google maps. We started to include paved roads after we explored those areas that we were not sure of so that we wouldn't have to guess anymore if they were dirt or not.

Additional info can be found here:
http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=44379

If you would like a collaborator to add any info with pics, please just post the road info, your commentary and any pics in this thread and a collaborator will add them.
Also let us know what it is near so we can find the road easier. :evil

If you are a collaborator, here is a quick reference on how to add pics to the Google map.

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r...ting_Image.jpg

Personally, I like sizing the pics to 350, so you can change the style="width:242px" to style="width:350px"

YouTube Video on how to use the Google Maps

<object height="340" width="560">
<embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/TftFnot5uXw&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" height="340" width="560"></object>

How to embed a YouTube video is covered in the video above but here is a quick explanation.

Copy the embed code (shown in the screen shot below), then when you are editing the Google Map, switch to "HTML" editing mode and paste that in and save it and whoa-la, you've got it.

CAUTION: If you edit a posting in "Plain Text or Rich Text" mode that already has a YouTube video embedded in it, you will lose the code for the embedded video and you will need to switch back to the "HTML" mode and re-paste the embed code to correct it.

http://www.24hourtrading.co.uk/blog/...tube_embed.jpg

Current Weather Forecast for your trip planning. The pic gets updated daily.
Or go to the website http://www.keyetv.com/weather/

http://www.keyetv.com/weather/images/maps/7day.jpg

ghostrider1964 12-30-2009 11:23 AM

I fall just in your circle, but most of my riding is Bosque county. Lots of dirt roads and water crossings:deal

tjrockit 12-30-2009 11:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ghostrider1964
I fall just in your circle, but most of my riding is Bosque county. Lots of dirt roads and water crossings:deal

Do tell, I'd be interested in knowing some roads up there I could go explore. :D

ghostrider1964 12-30-2009 12:40 PM

Come ride...Going on a Hew Years Day run:deal Meet in Meridian at the Courthouse 12 noon:1drink Prepare to be wet, oh and supper at Loco Coyote which is fantastic food by anyones standards:deal

Dahveed 12-30-2009 04:33 PM

Is this the same map as posted on RDS forum? Looks suspiciously the same.

BTW, those are some giant water crossings there. Better bring floatation for the bike to ride those roads...

tjrockit 12-31-2009 06:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dahveed
Is this the same map as posted on RDS forum? Looks suspiciously the same.

Yes, I'm trying to get a few more people who are interested in collaborating on the Google map. :evil

Mr2mch 12-31-2009 07:13 AM

Link to Paved Co Road Maps on TWT-Coryell,Bosque,Burnet,Lampasas,McLennan,Williamson
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by tjrockit
Yes, I'm trying to get a few more people who are interested in collaborating on the Google map. :evil

I posted the pics of my paved co roads maps over on TWT...here is a link

http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthre...641#post696641

I don't have any pics of the scenery or such & only know a few of the rd numbers or names.Most of the stuff in Coryell Co is paved as you can see on the map pic.Very entertaining roads though.

tjrockit 01-03-2010 04:41 PM

Added a few more pics to RR310 and RR315 from the Jan 2, 2010 new years ride.

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r...r_crossing.jpg
http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r...310_motard.jpg
http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r...rider_down.jpg
http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r..._Deep_Sand.jpg
http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r..._w_sidecar.jpg

mars 01-03-2010 08:23 PM

I see that Central Texas is still a tuff place to dual sport.

http://marsman.smugmug.com/Personal/...50_tJXpW-M.jpg
15 minutes from my garage

http://marsman.smugmug.com/Personal/...24_L9Jsw-M.jpg
40 minutes the other direction

reading this reminded me how much time i spent planning trips that took days to get to riding, that couldn't come close to this. I just wish there was a way to have my Texas friends and this beautiful country together.

cheers.

john marshall

tjrockit 01-07-2010 11:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mars

I wish that was 15 minutes from my garage!! :eek1

I'm originally from Colorado and I really miss the mountains. I'd love to do the Mexico to Canada TAT sometime while I can still ride. :freaky

Dahveed 01-07-2010 12:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tjrockit
I wish that was 15 minutes from my garage!! :eek1

I'm originally from Colorado and I really miss the mountains. I'd love to do the Mexico to Canada TAT sometime while I can still ride. :freaky

Yeah, 15 minutes from my house, all the dirt is still privately owned! Of course I bet this guy really misses the big traffic jams and all the warm weather (HA! its 28 degrees as I write this) we have down here. :baldy

He probably has a map project in google maps to track all the paved roads around him...:lol3

mars 01-07-2010 12:47 PM

85 percent of the state is open to the public as public owned and most of the private land owners will let you travel across. 15 thousand miles of recreational trails that you can access for a 10 dollar sticker. I can't believe the outrage over the stickers. If I could just get a good Threadgills meal here or a burger from Dirty's.

RideDualSport.com 01-07-2010 03:17 PM

Thanks for the awesome google map! Its a great idea and I use it a lot!
Cheers

tjrockit 01-07-2010 06:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RideDualSport.com
Thanks for the awesome google map! Its a great idea and I use it a lot!
Cheers

Glad you're getting use out of it. It's cool to see more and more people starting to find it and contribute. :thumb

Dahveed 01-07-2010 07:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mars
85 percent of the state is open to the public as public owned and most of the private land owners will let you travel across. 15 thousand miles of recreational trails that you can access for a 10 dollar sticker. I can't believe the outrage over the stickers. If I could just get a good Threadgills meal here or a burger from Dirty's.

Well, here in Texas, most of the private land owners are NOT interested in having anyone else on their land. There reasons are valid. If people get access to their land, then its only a matter of time before people are dumping stuff there, or having fires and parties and leaving a mess for the owner to pick up. Its really quite sad. It only takes 1 bad apple to ruin the bunch.

$10 for 15,000 sq miles of public land is a good deal. Those fees go to help support the maintenance of the land. We have public land here in Texas, but often its restricted against motorized vehicles. There are a few public places, but you got to get the $8 sticker.


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