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post #1 of 12 Old 08-06-2008, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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Here in Grayson County Texas a method used to resurface a road is called chip seal. Chip seal is a cheap ass fix to a substandard asphalt surface wherein tar is sprayed onto the surface and crushed rock is spread over that instead of resurfacing with another layer of asphalt. The problems are that the rock is crushed stone sometimes as large as one inch and very sharp and rough, a road rash nightmare for us. This doesn't last long as the tar eventually comes up and the stone goes down leaving a tarry mess even to the cagers when it gets hot. After that in cooler weather you are left in most places with tar that is set and slick as glass dry, let alone wet.

Sorry, just needed to vent. It is an absolute mess here right now.

Is this just in my area or are other areas as bad?

Gray-haired riders donít get that way from pure luck.

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And it's really bad in the current heat you've got.
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Yikes!!!

I think I would actually prefer to stick with my gravel roads instead of that stuff...LOL

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Chip and seal they call it here. Mostly done on county/secondary roads. More of a quantity vs quality thing. They have X miles of roads and Y money to maintain them.
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yes they do it in Missouri also i have seen them take a road that was not that bad as far as roads go and ruen it with that crap alright our tax dollars at work.

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Chip and seal they call it here. Mostly done on county/secondary roads. More of a quantity vs quality thing. They have X miles of roads and Y money to maintain them.
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I wish it were just county and secondary roads here. We have major highways with this crap on it, US 82 miles and miles of it, FM 1417 heavily traveled and ALL other secondary roads. There are dirt/gravel county roads that I would prefer to ride, and do if I can get to where I want to go.

I spoke with a TXDOT guy about this and he got all defensive saying "the county aint got no money"...BS, and that my taxes would have to go up. I have no problem with that if I knew the extra would not be mismanaged.

See from your public profile you are from northern Arkansas. Did Talamena Drive last June....right on! What about the dirt side roads I seen. Are they legal to get on for exploring?
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Flash, I think the Weyerhauser log roads north of BrokenBow OK are still open. That would be some serious fine riding. Haven't been back in there in years (floated the Glover and Upper Mountain Fork Rivers a lot). A current topo map would be advisable.
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Flash, I think the Weyerhauser log roads north of BrokenBow OK are still open. That would be some serious fine riding. Haven't been back in there in years (floated the Glover and Upper Mountain Fork Rivers a lot). A current topo map would be advisable.
Thanks for the tip. Always looking for new places to ride. Went to Broken Bow on my way back from Mena, AR. Good country. Looked like there could be a lot of places to make camp.

Funny story on me......had a job outside of Victoria, TX several years ago. Directions were to go north of town several miles and turn on the Caliche road. Looked an hour for a road NAMED Caliche.
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Good one!

For all you Northrun guys - caliche is what you know as crushed limestone.
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it shows you from north texas may i ask where about?

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