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Marathon Road

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Offline Frogdown

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Marathon Road
« on: October 11, 2009, 04:10:58 PM »
Has anyone driven Marathon Rd lately?  What were the conditions?  I am NOT asking about the paved road from Marathon.  Marathon Rd is a dirt road from Terlingua ranch across to 385.

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Offline MBill

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Re: Marathon Road
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2009, 05:28:07 PM »
I was on it a couple of weekends ago and it was in excellent condition.  There was the ever present area of silty-like sand closer to the Terlingua Ranch entrance side, but not too bad at all.  Overall, all roads that I encountered in the park at that time were in very good shape. (Black Gap was rough though)

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Offline Matador

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Re: Marathon Road
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2009, 05:40:47 PM »
Drove it yesterday (Sunday) in 4WD truck with no problems. Never had to engage 4WD, but a low clearance sedan could have difficulty in a couple of washouts.  Vegatation is overgrown since last time 2 years ago, but no pinstriping encountered.P

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Offline riverrat

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Re: Marathon Road
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2014, 05:54:22 PM »
Re kindling a very dead thread but we were thinking about doing this drive while out there around this coming New Years. I know things can change rapidly out there but sometimes things stay the same, too. ;) Any updates will be appreciated!

Moderator Note: see the Terlingua Ranch Road topic.
« Last Edit: November 22, 2014, 08:50:19 PM by RichardM »
Living so close to paradise, it is unbelievable.

 


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