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River road east

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peggy

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Re: River road east
« Reply #15 on: December 13, 2012, 08:21:55 PM »
Did you have to walk down to Rooney's, or was the road still open?

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peggy

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Re: River road east
« Reply #16 on: December 13, 2012, 08:39:42 PM »
It was hot along the rio in June


The La Clocha campsites had good river views.


And you could see San Vicente, Coahuila, Mexico.



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peggy

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Re: River road east
« Reply #17 on: December 13, 2012, 08:41:15 PM »
Cool rocks, and more rocks.





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Re: River road east
« Reply #18 on: December 13, 2012, 08:55:39 PM »
great photos...i cant wait. i love ruins. and i am fascinated by the small towns on the other side of the river. I was really hoping that they were going to have the boquillas open by winter. especial after that canceled "soft open"

any more pix of road conditions?

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Re: River road east
« Reply #19 on: December 14, 2012, 09:06:58 AM »
Paint Gap #3  - Not RR East but a nice place to camp close to the blacktop. It is really rough going through the Gap, but not far.



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Re: River road east
« Reply #20 on: December 14, 2012, 10:24:53 AM »
Paint Gap #3  - Not RR East but a nice place to camp close to the blacktop. It is really rough going through the Gap, but not far.



Isn't that PG 4?  I stayed at what I thought was PG3 a few weeks back, and it was on the left (West) side of the road as you were heading in  Then again, it was late when I rolled in and we got up and left really early, so I can't swear it wasn't PG2.
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Re: River road east
« Reply #21 on: December 14, 2012, 10:36:03 AM »
Paint Gap #3  - Not RR East but a nice place to camp close to the blacktop. It is really rough going through the Gap, but not far.



Isn't that PG 4?  I stayed at what I thought was PG3 a few weeks back, and it was on the left (West) side of the road as you were heading in  Then again, it was late when I rolled in and we got up and left really early, so I can't swear it wasn't PG2.

Ooops! My mistake...it is #4
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Re: River road east
« Reply #22 on: December 14, 2012, 12:54:17 PM »
Beautiful. Yeah, painted gap is on my list.

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Re: River road east
« Reply #23 on: December 14, 2012, 02:51:11 PM »
Beautiful. Yeah, painted gap is on my list.

Paint Gap has easy access and the road is great......untli you actually go through the gap, and then it is pretty rough.
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Re: River road east
« Reply #24 on: December 14, 2012, 03:58:47 PM »
Beautiful. Yeah, painted gap is on my list.

Paint Gap has easy access and the road is great......untli you actually go through the gap, and then it is pretty rough.

My experience in 2007 (in a Subaru Outback) was that getting to PG4 from PG3 was a bouldery risk I wouldn't take again. Maybe it's been improved since then? And you might feel differently with your vehicle, of course.
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Re: River road east
« Reply #25 on: December 14, 2012, 04:32:57 PM »
Beautiful. Yeah, painted gap is on my list.

Paint Gap has easy access and the road is great......untli you actually go through the gap, and then it is pretty rough.

My experience in 2007 (in a Subaru Outback) was that getting to PG4 from PG3 was a bouldery risk I wouldn't take again. Maybe it's been improved since then? And you might feel differently with your vehicle, of course.

I have a 4WD F-150 and I thought that the "Gap" was rough. I wouldn't try it with good clearance and skid plates.
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Re: River road east
« Reply #26 on: December 14, 2012, 04:45:38 PM »
what about PG1 and PG2

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Re: River road east
« Reply #27 on: December 14, 2012, 04:48:25 PM »
what about PG1 and PG2

1,2 & 3 you can do in a minivan.

2 &3 are right next to each other, so you might not have a lot of privacy.

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Re: River road east
« Reply #28 on: December 14, 2012, 05:00:53 PM »
painted gap is our last night, at that point i don't think i would care if i had a neighbor. last year we had a neighbor at crouton springs, and we had a really good time meeting new people and chatting about our travels over a brew.

i guess i had focused so much on river road, maybe because of its notoriety. i guess it would be also good to know about old ore up from RGV to Ernst tinaja?

last year i had driven with a ford transit connect (sadan clearance) the entire length of grapevine and pine canyon. how do these roads compare to the ones mentioned here?

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Re: River road east
« Reply #29 on: December 14, 2012, 05:01:47 PM »
what about PG1 and PG2

1,2 & 3 you can do in a minivan.

2 &3 are right next to each other, so you might not have a lot of privacy.

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Agree with this.

PG2 & PG3 would be a great base camp, but I'm not sure I'd want to hang out there all day. Would probably see (relatively speaking) a lot of traffic. Also, I don't recall any shade there.

Climbing the Paint Gap Hills (east side of Paint Gap Rd) to the final high escarpment (point 4263', facing ENE) is a worthy 1/2-day trip. Spectacularly dense lechuguilla near the top, and a couple (at least) of cool-bedrock minor drainages. Also, great views from the top all around. Might want to plot a basic course on a GPS if you use those; that would help you with the quickest path, and avoid what look like a few small box-canyons. No technical skills required.

Dripping Springs ruins are within easy walking distance from PG2/PG3, and Onion Spring & the Onion Flat dike would be a good full-day round trip, but would require reasonably good navigation skills.
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