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Old 05-04-2013, 07:03 PM   #1
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Llano Estacado of Texas Ideas?

I'd like to explore the Llano Estacado of West High Plains Texas. Say from Amarillo to Lubbock or something like that.

Any of you weather beaten Texans have any route ideas, tracks to share, ideas of where to go/how to get there....ect ect?

Be best on all dirt/gravel roads.

Throw what you know here or send me a PM.

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Old 05-05-2013, 05:21 PM   #2
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Check out The Roads of Texas. A great Resource for things like that. Do it soon before the Heater is turned on...And stays on a long time.
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Old 05-05-2013, 05:34 PM   #3
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Thanks FotoTex, I sure will.
This is going to be a 2014 trip: "Dicovering the Comancheria". So will take in Texas, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma.

Thanks for the help.
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Old 05-05-2013, 05:38 PM   #4
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Check this out.

http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthre...t=lubbock+loop

Supposedly it was called the Staked Plain because it was so featurless that explorer's had to place stakes in the ground so they would know where they had been. It's not as bad as that.

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Old 05-07-2013, 07:55 PM   #5
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Check this out.

http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthre...t=lubbock+loop

Supposedly it was called the Staked Plain because it was so featurless that explorer's had to place stakes in the ground so they would know where they had been. It's not as bad as that.

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Actually it is worse than that.
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Old 05-08-2013, 06:25 AM   #6
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Check this out.

http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthre...t=lubbock+loop

Supposedly it was called the Staked Plain because it was so featurless that explorer's had to place stakes in the ground so they would know where they had been. It's not as bad as that.

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Thanks Meriden. Looks like I need to sign up on the Two Wheels Texas site. Not a problem.

If anyone is a reader and interested: There is a GREAT book about the Comanche empire and the Comancheria:
Empire of the Summer Moon. by S.C Gwynne
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Old 05-08-2013, 11:40 AM   #7
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Thanks Meriden. Looks like I need to sign up on the Two Wheels Texas site. Not a problem.

If anyone is a reader and interested: There is a GREAT book about the Comanche empire and the Comancheria:
Empire of the Summer Moon. by S.C Gwynne
Sure thing.

The wife finished that book about a month ago and really liked it. I'll pick it up this summer. Enjoy your ride.

Oh yea, there's a big canyon up there somewhere, so take care. ;-)

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Old 05-08-2013, 08:15 PM   #8
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Texas Llano Estacado






And every once in a while if you stray off the edge you find stuff like this

And this
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:34 AM   #9
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After seeing the inside of that jail, I sure would not want to spend August in there.
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Old 05-09-2013, 05:36 AM   #10
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After seeing the inside of that jail, I sure would not want to spend August in there.
Or December for that matter.

It's weird how it's just put there in the middle of the middle of nowhere.
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Old 05-09-2013, 05:50 AM   #11
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Maps

Hey there, this rental company is nice enough to allow free downloads of the routes they recommend for customers (I am not affiliated to them btw). I'm pretty sure the Wild West one or the Colorado covers the area you are looking for:
http://www.sportryderrentals.com/Mai.../Ride_Maps.php

Heres the direct link I believe:
http://www.sportryderrentals.com/Mai.../Taos_Ring.pdf

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Old 05-10-2013, 04:28 PM   #12
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Empire of the Summer Moon was a good read. Check out Larry McMurtrys Comanche Moon and Dead Mans Walk if your into fiction. Gus and Capt Call spent some time in the staked plains.
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:14 AM   #13
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El Llano Estacado: Exploration and Imagination on the High Plains of Texas and New Mexico, 1536-1860 by
John Miller Morris.

This is the best book available about the southern high plains.
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:59 AM   #14
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Great pics Stevie!
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Old 05-12-2013, 02:25 PM   #15
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Hey Jim, if you want to ride somewhere flat, why don't you come over here and ride in my backyard, NE Arkansas? It's a heck of a lot closer than the Texas panhandle!

If you want to retrace Indian history, we can search for arrowheads behind my house in the bean field. I have to run the meth-heads off occasionally for wandering around searching for them (that's what they tell me they're doing).

I worked on some of our conveyor at Excel Beef in Friona a few years back. Not much to see in that area until we took a side trip to Palo Duro Canyon. That was impressive!

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