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TIme it takes to drive Old Ore Road?

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Offline Repoman73

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TIme it takes to drive Old Ore Road?
« on: January 15, 2017, 08:48:41 AM »
Can anyone give me an estimate of how long it takes to drive the entire Old Ore Rd from South to North?  I'm thinking of camping down near Rio Grande Village on my last night in the park and I'd like to drive up it on my way out.  However I have a long drive home so I may not have time.

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Re: TIme it takes to drive Old Ore Road?
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2017, 09:05:33 AM »
It took me about twice as long as I expected, so subtracting out the stops I made to hike around, it took around 5 hours, but I was not in a hurry and was mindful of my tires. YMMV.

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Re: TIme it takes to drive Old Ore Road?
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2017, 09:35:18 AM »
Yes, it all depends on how often you stop.  But even without stopping to look around, it will be half a day...

The last 7 1/2 miles (going S to N) from McKinney Spring campground to the main road took us nearly an hour and a half when we were camped there...
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Re: TIme it takes to drive Old Ore Road?
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2017, 12:28:51 PM »
I agree with Flash: about 5 hours, maybe closer to 4 if you push it on the smoother dirt sections. Provided those are dry. Wet, the bentonite clays can be gooey and require some thought.  The uneven bedrock sections and the sharp hairpins always require a snail's pace.  It's a great road, with a little bit of everything. You'd have to resist stopping to sightsee, so 4-5 hours would be a pretty relentless drive. But at least you'd see it all, and could make mental notes for a more leisurely return trip in the future.
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Re: TIme it takes to drive Old Ore Road?
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2017, 12:54:37 PM »
Agree with the others (~5-6 hrs). IMO, it's not the kind of road that you take to see how fast you can take it unless you're on a quad or bike. It will eat your tires and suspension if you go too fast in many places due to the rocks, not to mention beating up your body before a long drive back home. My advice is to take your time and enjoy the scenery, as there are many interesting spots to get out for a short hike. There are numerous sites to camp on Old Ore if that is an option for you. Or, you could just come back again.
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Re: TIme it takes to drive Old Ore Road?
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2017, 05:08:07 PM »
Not too hijack the thread but what are the estimates for driving time to the Telephone canyon campsites from the south end?

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Re: TIme it takes to drive Old Ore Road?
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2017, 05:24:12 PM »
Not too hijack the thread but what are the estimates for driving time to the Telephone canyon campsites from the south end?

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I've done it many times from the north end but not from the south just to go there since it's longer.  I would guess around three hours vs. around 2 hours from the north end.

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Re: TIme it takes to drive Old Ore Road?
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2017, 05:44:31 PM »
It is 14 miles from the south end and 12 from the north but my understanding is the south end is not as rough/faster.  So wouldn't it be at least equal if not a bit faster?

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Re: TIme it takes to drive Old Ore Road?
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2017, 06:30:56 PM »
In addition to the twisty parts, there are some long flat smooth runs coming from the north that can be cruised fairly quickly.  There are couple of draws that can be washed out if not maintained recently and the hill just past McKinney Springs tends to be a bit rough.  We ran the entire length of OOR last year but again we didn't time any of the runs.  Do it from the south and let us know.  Maybe we are just creatures of habit and it IS better from the south.  We'll be going out in a couple of weeks but unless the sites we want are taken, we probably won't do OOR this year.  If we do I will time it.

PS If you are already near the south end and if you include the time it takes on pavement to get to the north end the south end may be quicker.  If I was starting at PJ, I would still come in from the north end.

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Re: TIme it takes to drive Old Ore Road?
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2017, 07:30:32 PM »
Awesome information Al, it's that kind of insight that makes you and BBC worth every second I spend here.  Thanks

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Re: TIme it takes to drive Old Ore Road?
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2017, 01:18:58 AM »
We just got back from Big Bend today.  I didn't time our southbound run down Old Ore Road either, but I can tell from my photo information that we turned onto OOR at 15:19 and had folding chairs set up at Roy's Peak Vista campsite by 17:15, so that's two hours. 

We left RP campsite around 9:00 and stopped at a few places for pictures and exploring, probably taking about an hour in total.  Then we got to Ernst Tinaja at 12:30 and had the privilege of watching a family of hipsters swim in the tinaja and hang out on beach towels like they were at the Barton Creek Greenbelt.   I know it was 12:30 because when we arrived at ET1 there was a man with an expedition trailer patiently waiting for the hipsters who had overstayed their checkout time to pack up their stuff.    So about 2.5 hours of driving time from RP to ET.

Last photo from Ernst Tinaja area was at 13:14 and then a 15 minute walk out.  We got gas at RGV at 14:20, so that makes about another 45 minutes.   So, not counting stops, it was 5 hours and 15 minutes, plus or minus.   

Here's a picture of our vehicle and my driver.  She's still on the learner's permit but handled Old Ore Road and the River Road like a champ!



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Offline Jonathan Sadow

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Re: TIme it takes to drive Old Ore Road?
« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2017, 02:21:13 AM »
I'm not sure why you guys seem to be kind of slow.  About five years ago I camped out one night at Ernst Tinaja.  I drove there from the south terminus of the Old Ore Road, and it took me about 20 minutes to get to ET1 from there.  The next day I drove the rest of the road from ET1 to its northern terminus, and it took me a little more than two hours.  So while I've never driven the entirety of the Old Ore Road continuously, cumulatively it took me about 2 hours.  I will note that I drove straight through and didn't make any stops.  Maybe it was faster to drive back in 2012....

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Re: TIme it takes to drive Old Ore Road?
« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2017, 08:11:56 AM »
I just did the drive south to north last month. Total driving was about 3:30. We probably spent closer to five hours with stops. 

 We were driving a 2WD F150 and hit hard at a couple places.

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Re: TIme it takes to drive Old Ore Road?
« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2017, 09:34:24 AM »
Here's a picture of our vehicle and my driver.  She's still on the learner's permit but handled Old Ore Road and the River Road like a champ!

Wow!   What an awesome place to learn to drive!  City streets will be a breeze!

(I learned on a dirt road on my grandparent's farm, but it was flat, no rocks, no washboards, no stairsteps - jealous!)   :D
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Re: TIme it takes to drive Old Ore Road?
« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2017, 06:19:01 PM »
I let my then13-yr old drive my FJ40 for about 3 miles of Old Ore Rd. He loved it!
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