Mark your calendar: TAR is May 3-6, 2018

The Texas Adventure Ride is a 4 day, dual sport adventure ride and rally occurring in Junction, TX and offers an opportunity to enjoy the great dual sport riding in the Texas hill country. All riders are invited to attend.

Lodging – You will be staying in Junction, TX for three nights (Thursday – Friday – Saturday nights).  Each rider must make their own lodging accommodations.  Ride headquarters is the Best Western hotel, right off Main Street in Junction.  A hot breakfast buffet is included with the cost of your room.

Rally HQ – Best Western Hotel
244 Dos Rios Drive
Junction, TX 76849
325-446-3700

Price $77 for a single or a double. Breakfast is included.

Alternate hotel – Rodeway Inn
2343 N. Main Street
Junction, TX 76849
325-446-4588

Price $52 for a single or a double. Breakfast is included.

When calling either hotel to make your reservation, tell them you are with me (Richard Gibbens) to get the above rates.

In the event that the Best Western gets sold out, there is a Roadway Inn right next door and a hot breakfast is included. There are also a number of motel options in town.

Make your reservations early. May is a busy month in the hill country and the properties in Junction often sell out. Even if you aren’t sure if you will be able to attend make your reservation now – you can always cancel it if needed.

Ride Organization- Each day riders select where they want to ride that day.  We have taken the liberty of providing recommended routes for both Friday and Saturday – routes that we believe include the finest dual sport and paved roads in the hill country – but riders are free to choose to ride wherever they want.

Riders meeting: If you want to ride with other riders, there is a riders meeting each morning in the parking lot of the Best Western.  The riders’ meeting is your opportunity to find a group to ride with. The most experienced rider present should take charge, conduct a safety briefing, and facilitate riders organizing into groups.

Daily Schedule:

Thursday

  • 6 – 8 pm :  Arrive, rider check in, Best Western hotel lobby
  • 6 – 8 pm : Social gathering, Best Western breakfast room and lobby

 

Friday

  • 6:00 – 8:00 a.m., breakfast buffet for those staying in the Best Western
  • 8:00 – 8:30 a.m., Riders Meeting, Best Western parking lot
  • 8:30 – 6:00 p.m., Ride
  • 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., dinner on your own
  • 8:00 – 10 p.m., informal rider social, Best Western parking lot

 

Saturday

  • 6:00 – 8:00 a.m., breakfast buffet, Best Western Hotel
  • 8:00 – 8:30 a.m., Riders Meeting, Best Western parking lot
  • 8:30 – 6:00 p.m., Ride
  • 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., catered dinner (location to be announced)
  • 8:00 – 10 p.m., informal rider social, Best Western parking lot

 

Sunday:  End of event

Pre-Planned Routes: We provide suggested routes for both Friday and Saturday. These routes consist of both pavement and dirt, but the emphasis is riding as much dirt as possible. Each day’s route is about 250 miles long and will take most or all of the day to complete. There are gas stations along both routes but your motorcycle should have at least a 120 mile range to avoid running out of gas between stops. Both routes pass through several towns, allowing the opportunity to buy snacks and lunch during the ride.

The pre-planned routes will be emailed to all registered riders in .gpx format for use with a GPS . Each rider should bring his/her own map and a GPS.

MAPS- No paper maps are provided for this event. Due to the extensive amount of area covered in the recommended routes, there is no single paper map that covers all the recommended roads.  The best paper map that we know of is the Roads of Texas Atlas, published by Mapsco.  The Road of Texas atlas contains every road in the pre-planned routes and is a much better paper map source than any others that we are aware of.  We strongly urge you to purchase copy of The Roads of Texas atlas (even if you have a GPS.)  It is available on-line and at most major bookstores or online.  (Note – don’t confuse the Roads of Texas Atlas by Mapsco with other atlases.  The Mapsco atlas is the best atlas we have been able to find.  By the way, we have no affiliation with Mapsco, we just think their atlas is the best map source for this event.)

We recommend studying the routes before hand and then bringing the appropriate pages from the Roads of Texas Atlas with you as a backup/reference.

GPS The pre-planned routes will be emailed to all registered riders in .gpx format for use with a GPS . Each rider should bring his/her own map and a GPS.

Bike Type – Any dual sport or adventure type bike should be suitable for this event.  Only public roads are include in the pre-planned routes; there is no public off-road riding in the hill country.  While there are no off-road areas, the dual sport roads in the area range from well maintained gravel to un-maintained, rutted dirt.  Any dual sport / adventure bike is likely capable of navigating the routes but rider skill is another matter.  Riders should use their best judgment as to whether a particular section of road is suitable for their individual riding skills.

Finally, there are a lot of fun, paved roads in the hill country so that road bikes and/or cruisers have lots of riding opportunities. However the pre-planned routes contain lots of dirt roads and are not likely a good choice for road bikes or cruisers.

Who is in charge? John Thompson and I (Richard Gibbens) are jointly hosting this year’s event. John will be running the event in Junction.

Registration: $50

Included with your registration are rally attendance, pre-planned routes Friday and Saturday, commemorative rally swag, and the group catered meal on Saturday evening.

Registration ends Wednesday, April 18th, 5 pm so that I have sufficient time to order the commemorative items.

You can still register after April 18th but won’t be guaranteed to receive the commemorative item.

How to register:

  • Paypal: You can register and pay using paypal. Send payment to me at rgibbens@austin.rr.com. Please include a note letting me know your full name and what you are registering for (I run multiple events every year so letting me know why you sent me $50 helps me keep things straight). I will email registration confirmation to you once your paypal payment has been received. If you don’t receive an email confirming your registration then please contact me so we can resolve the issue.

 

  • Mail: You can register by sending $50 check, money order, or cash to me at
    • Richard Gibbens
    • 12609 Red Bud Trail
    • Buda, TX 78610

Please include a note letting me know your full name and that you are registering for the Texas Adventure Ride. If you include your email address (and I can read your handwriting) I will email a registration confirmation to you. If you don’t receive an email confirmation from me, please contact me so we can resolve the issue.

Want to help out? We always need help organizing these events. If you are willing to help, please contact us.