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Terlingua Ranch Road?

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Offline Hang10er

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Re: Terlingua Ranch Road?
« Reply #60 on: August 30, 2019, 06:55:16 AM »
Funny got funnier.

Like Sliimkitty, I thought Casa Grande was referring to himself and missed the whole joke.  As a matter of fact, I wanted to ask about the 1970's Dolphin's running shorts but resisted. 

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Re: Terlingua Ranch Road?
« Reply #61 on: August 30, 2019, 05:25:03 PM »
I think CG got us all on that one!
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Re: Terlingua Ranch Road?
« Reply #62 on: August 31, 2019, 02:54:45 PM »
I think CG got us all on that one!

He didn't get me.
Still though, I kinda wonder if his neighbor isn't a future rendition of CG? ...and they say time travel doesn't exist yet. HA!
Quick, someone send CG a pair of 70s Dolphin shorts to make this time travel story come true.  :icon_lol:
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Re: Terlingua Ranch Road?
« Reply #63 on: August 31, 2019, 05:32:17 PM »
I think CG got us all on that one!

He didn't get me.
Still though, I kinda wonder if his neighbor isn't a future rendition of CG? ...and they say time travel doesn't exist yet. HA!
Quick, someone send CG a pair of 70s Dolphin shorts to make this time travel story come true.  :icon_lol:
Yes, please! 

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Terlingua Ranch Road?
« Reply #64 on: September 26, 2019, 06:31:54 PM »
So how does this sound for a dayís journey? 

Starting at Tin Valley (at the beginning of Marathon Road), head to Persimmon Gap (for park pass)via Marathon Road.
Take Old Ore Road north to south. 
Loop back through the park to Tin Valley via 118.

We could reverse this route and save a little mileage not having to go to persimmon gap for the pass.   However, I figure getting the rough roads out of the way earlier on will make us appreciate the smooth ride back home later.
« Last Edit: September 26, 2019, 08:24:55 PM by Slimkitty »

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Re: Terlingua Ranch Road?
« Reply #65 on: November 12, 2019, 05:31:42 PM »
Well Iím no ďurban warriorĒ, my truck is a farm truck and spends most of its life on dirt roads. Iím also not looking for a wild 4x4 adventure, or to test the limits of my truck. Iíll have my wife and kid with me. We just want to explore a part of the park we havenít accessed yet.  It sounds like OOR is doable, but perhaps in worse shape these days than in previous years.  Iíll be interested to hear from anyone who has recently driven it.  However, I still am curious about the drive on Marathon road from Terlingua Ranch to the northern end of the park.  Anyone been through there lately?
It's been a year or so since I was on Marathon Rd, but there are a few general areas to watch out for. From the ranch, it's smooth sailing out to Sombrero Peak Ranch Rd except for a few foot-deep washouts after the "well-traveled" part. Watch your speed and you'll be fine. They can sure sneak up on you if you just blasting along.

Between Sombrero and Buttrill there are a few spots with very loose and sometimes deep sand. Keep your momentum going and stay in the tracks. After Buttrill ranch, the road takes a sharp left and goes north along a wash. This is the closest to "off roading" you will see unless the park crew has been out grading recently. There may be some rocky steps in places that you may have to get out and look at to pick a route. Probably not, but maybe after a hard rain.

Beyond the wash, you'll find two sharper-than-they-look right-handers. Then you'll get into more sand and in some places the road narrows, with hidden washouts so again, take it slow. I once came face to face with an F350 hauling a large livestock trailer while doing about 30 through there. The old man scolded me with his eyes. After you climb out of the lowland sands, you're close to the park road and should have no more worries.

I don't know when the last Google images were taken, but it looks to be in pretty good shape as of then.

Rocketman provided this excellent outline of Marathon road.  Can anyone give me an update on this road's current condition, from at least the past couple of months?  I would love to travel from Terlingua Ranch into the national park via this route since I'll be staying out that way for a few nights.

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Re: Terlingua Ranch Road?
« Reply #66 on: November 13, 2019, 07:22:46 AM »
There is a possibility I will drive the road next week, will report back once completed
Well Iím no ďurban warriorĒ, my truck is a farm truck and spends most of its life on dirt roads. Iím also not looking for a wild 4x4 adventure, or to test the limits of my truck. Iíll have my wife and kid with me. We just want to explore a part of the park we havenít accessed yet.  It sounds like OOR is doable, but perhaps in worse shape these days than in previous years.  Iíll be interested to hear from anyone who has recently driven it.  However, I still am curious about the drive on Marathon road from Terlingua Ranch to the northern end of the park.  Anyone been through there lately?
It's been a year or so since I was on Marathon Rd, but there are a few general areas to watch out for. From the ranch, it's smooth sailing out to Sombrero Peak Ranch Rd except for a few foot-deep washouts after the "well-traveled" part. Watch your speed and you'll be fine. They can sure sneak up on you if you just blasting along.

Between Sombrero and Buttrill there are a few spots with very loose and sometimes deep sand. Keep your momentum going and stay in the tracks. After Buttrill ranch, the road takes a sharp left and goes north along a wash. This is the closest to "off roading" you will see unless the park crew has been out grading recently. There may be some rocky steps in places that you may have to get out and look at to pick a route. Probably not, but maybe after a hard rain.

Beyond the wash, you'll find two sharper-than-they-look right-handers. Then you'll get into more sand and in some places the road narrows, with hidden washouts so again, take it slow. I once came face to face with an F350 hauling a large livestock trailer while doing about 30 through there. The old man scolded me with his eyes. After you climb out of the lowland sands, you're close to the park road and should have no more worries.

I don't know when the last Google images were taken, but it looks to be in pretty good shape as of then.

Rocketman provided this excellent outline of Marathon road.  Can anyone give me an update on this road's current condition, from at least the past couple of months?  I would love to travel from Terlingua Ranch into the national park via this route since I'll be staying out that way for a few nights.

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