The Team is now back to the intersection where we turned left and headed down Klondike Gap Road.
FR540 is also apparently known as Guadalupe Ridge Road in these parts. From this intersection you have about eleven miles of vistas and beautiful scenes for your pleasure. If you are looking for places to get off the gravel to camp, there are lots of them. Some could handle a large motorhome or fifth wheel with a little care. Hundreds of places more can handle smaller rigs like the Castle or small motor homes. Even MORE can handle car camping, tent trailers, truck bed mounted campers. This is a very large area up here.
The Truck meandered on and on slowly as we did not want to miss any sights. It seems to me that the entire section of FR540 could be ridden easily on a bicycle set up for climbing hills. Medium width tires would be ok but definitely not narrow high speed road tires. The road surface is to too loose for them. The elevations are from 5800 to nearing 7000 feet.
After you stop at one viewpoint pull off after another on both sides of the road, you finally make it to the premier vista point on the road.
There was even bushes of flowers celebrating that the Team made it this far.
The land way down below you is at 6000 feet of elevation. It is named Dog Canyon. It runs all the way back into Texas at the Dog Canyon Campground of Gumo. It should get another visit soon by the Team. We were there a couple of years ago and had no idea there was a road above us for folks to view us.
There are some signs for interpreting what is before you. To me this is one of the prettiest vistas of my life. Maybe some snow would really make it sparkle.
But wait a minute we are not to the end of the road yet. The Truck was insistent that my feet bring me back to the Truck seat and let us get to the end of the road since it was getting late. OK and we moved on. The road onward is not remembered well because my head was swiveling back and forth looking at all the wonderful camping sites in the trees. The Team came upon the parking lot at the more or less end of the road. The gravel stopped here but two “roads” went on through the woods to unknown destinations.
One of the roads is described in the Laurence Parent book as one for torturing you vehicle. Here is a picture of the start of that road/hiking trail 201.
You can barely see the first big rock in the center of the road. It is flat on this side with about an 18” drop on the far side. From there the “road” gets serious. You would need a very agile vehicle and a couple of spotters to get you down the mountain to where it hits the Klondike Gap Road.
In the area around this parking lot is a nice area of about two acres that has been being used for camping. In fact a young couple with a Honda minivan was setting up a tent when the Team was there. A camper does have to bring everything required with his equipment. There is not any water supply anywhere closer than Queen. It is remote, very remote but still easily accessible even by a class A motorhome.
The Team headed back down the road after doing a small amount of checking things out. It is about an hour and a half back down to the Castle at Brantley Lake State Park. There was great wishing that more daylight was available to see more on the way back.
Blogger is doing some odd stuff to my blog tonight. I apologise if it comes out looking wierd.
Overall this is a very good trip for trying to have tooooo much fun.