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Chispa Road

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Offline presidio

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Re: Chispa Road
« Reply #15 on: September 18, 2018, 02:10:43 PM »
Great stuff.  Never saw a single other person there. Thanks for jogging my memory. Haven't been back at all this century.

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Offline ggowins

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Re: Chispa Road
« Reply #16 on: September 17, 2019, 08:43:58 PM »
We are going to take another stab at traversing Chispa Road this week.  We will be a bit more prepared this time, with two vehicle, as well as tools to work on the road if there are any washouts again like last year. 

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Offline BlindWilly

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Re: Chispa Road
« Reply #17 on: September 18, 2019, 03:37:01 PM »
We are going to take another stab at traversing Chispa Road this week.  We will be a bit more prepared this time, with two vehicle, as well as tools to work on the road if there are any washouts again like last year.
What are y'all driving?
"No matter where you go, there you are"
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Offline ggowins

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Re: Chispa Road
« Reply #18 on: September 18, 2019, 05:35:35 PM »
We are going to take another stab at traversing Chispa Road this week.  We will be a bit more prepared this time, with two vehicle, as well as tools to work on the road if there are any washouts again like last year.
What are y'all driving?

I have a Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4 with a diesel and Quadra lift

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Offline ggowins

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Re: Chispa Road
« Reply #19 on: September 19, 2019, 04:37:32 PM »
No joy again this year.  Decided to approach from the south this time, starting in Candelaria.   We made it to the gauging station, but the road was washed out completely, just the Rio Grande River.

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Offline alan in shreveport

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Re: Chispa Road
« Reply #20 on: September 19, 2019, 09:38:31 PM »
Bummer - got any pictures ?

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Offline BlindWilly

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Re: Chispa Road
« Reply #21 on: September 20, 2019, 09:45:59 AM »
No joy again this year.  Decided to approach from the south this time, starting in Candelaria.   We made it to the gauging station, but the road was washed out completely, just the Rio Grande River.
Well poop!
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Offline ggowins

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Re: Chispa Road
« Reply #22 on: September 22, 2019, 06:30:35 PM »
Here are some pics of the short trip up Chispa Road from Candelaria.  First was a rough draw crossing, the next couple are from the gauging station.   The road goes across the river into Mexico, which was on the topo map.  But what was missing was that Chispa Road was supposed to continue up the US side of the Rio Grande.  A small dam was built and that area dredged out to make that pool 3.5 to 4 feet deep. 

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Offline Flash

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Re: Chispa Road
« Reply #23 on: September 22, 2019, 08:44:12 PM »
Thanks for the photos. Curious, I looked around on Google Maps until I could spot the gauging station. Looks like a bypass was constructed around those bluffs and rejoins the older route of Chispa Rd.
- Flash

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Offline ggowins

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« Reply #24 on: September 22, 2019, 09:18:34 PM »
Well, damn.  We did think about that when looking at the topo after hitting the dead end, but didn't see any tire tracks going off that direction.  The only tracks went to the gauging station.   We did see the road that keeps going off to the east on the topo, but looking in that direction it kept going east, far away from Chispa Road.  Oh well, will have to try again next trip out.  We did drive Pinto Canyon Road, and that was a great trip.   

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Offline alan in shreveport

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Re: Chispa Road
« Reply #25 on: September 23, 2019, 06:52:42 AM »
Not to sound like a broken record , but do you have any pics from your Pinto Canyon drive ?  Are there any ranch ruins, artifacts , etc. along the road ?  I plan on making that drive (Pinto C.) in November.  I've recently read  " In the shadow of the Chinatis" and it seems like some of the ranchers lived near the road. I haven't been able to spot anything on Google Earth.

The good news is, as you say, you still have Chispa Road on your to-do list.

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Offline ggowins

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« Reply #26 on: September 23, 2019, 07:54:12 AM »
I'l have to see if one of my uncles have any pics of Pinto Canyon.  Unfortunately I didn't get any, except of the Pinto Canyon sign as you enter the ranch.  We did see a truck at a ranch house just off the road in one of the narrower canyons, as well as ruins of what looked to be an old mining operation in several places.   We didn't get out and explore because the sign asked you to stay on the road through the private ranch.  Interestingly, there is a new BBQ place opening up on Pinto Canyon Road just outside of Ruidosa.  They had their TABC application posted at the road stating they want to sell beer.

Not to sound like a broken record , but do you have any pics from your Pinto Canyon drive ?  Are there any ranch ruins, artifacts , etc. along the road ?  I plan on making that drive (Pinto C.) in November.  I've recently read  " In the shadow of the Chinatis" and it seems like some of the ranchers lived near the road. I haven't been able to spot anything on Google Earth.

The good news is, as you say, you still have Chispa Road on your to-do list.

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Offline alan in shreveport

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Re: Chispa Road
« Reply #27 on: September 23, 2019, 10:16:03 AM »
"they want to sell beer."  - hopefully they'll have their permit by November

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Offline ggowins

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Re: Chispa Road
« Reply #28 on: September 23, 2019, 10:25:52 AM »
They have a website!

http://jimsbarbq.com/

 


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