Recon Pool Ranch, in Athens Texas
length & notes:
Track...10.25 + miles
Wee Track 2.0 miles
forget that there will be pit bike races on the Pee Wee
track ( I think ) on Saturday afternoon at 3:00. Not to mention the Band up on the
hill by the house. And there are SHOWERS up there too!
has made us up a nice track...again.
yeah, there will be HOLESHOT prizes at this one so get
your clutch in shape!
seems to have made it a little wider, and faster
than last year, and has made plenty of provisions for rain
/ water, with extra tractors and bridges available just in
Alright. Here's how I got there. From Dallas, I take 175
south / east. Keep goin' on through Gun Barrel City, on to
Athens. As you start to get close to the town you'll see loop 317 and I think it says Hwy 31 to Tyler on the same sign. Go east ( Left )
think it's the next exit that you take it's called Hwy 19, go north ( left
again ). Now it's a few miles up to your next turn, it's a right,
onto FM 2752, Then left onto FM 3817, there's kinda a big right and then
left sweeper, and next you'll come up to FM3818, go right. Look for the FM
3819 sign on your left, take that one and the ranch will be marked on your
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I rode this place just last week, and as you can imagine
it was wet. The good news was that there was no place that
was not makable.
has, for the most part, kept us on the higher ground and
out of the swamps this year.
start is gonna be a blast, a fairly long straight and
sweeping right hander before ya get to the main track. We'll
be running to the right or counter-clockwise, or backwards
to the direction we ran last year...sorta. Truth is, that
while I recognized a place or two from last year, most of
it is new, and thankfully, he left out the swamps! I
did recognize the last mile or two as the first mile or
two from last year, and there is one section of whoops
that is left over that will surely get your legs burnin'.
I'd run soft terrain tires here. Stock gearing should do,
it's not very tight at all. There's not too
much in the way of rocks, though I did see some on one of
the hills. There were just a few vines and uncleared areas to
catch your jersey on when I rode the track, and I got
poked in the eye at least once. But for 90% of it, I'd say
it's actually wider than last year...nice...fast. If it
rains, the promoter has pre-made many bridges to keep
things moving across the wet spots, and had tractors
available to move them into place.
Pee Wee track is past the first camp area and down the
road on your left about 300 yards in. That
will be a camping area, and for those of you with kids
that ought to be a good spot. The PW track is mostly flat
and fairly clear so it should be easy to keep an eye on
the kiddos. It's a little spread out though, but that
should make it pretty fun for the little guys. I had a
blast on it. The start area was a little muddy when I saw
it, but Ross is prepared to rope off an alternate start
area for the PW races.
Band will be playin up on the hill by the house and
camping area #3.
As I said there are three camp areas. One close to
the Pee Wee track, one as you come in and a big one
straight in on the top of the hill and to your right (
probably 300 yards in) . The land is
cow area so... well you know. There are trees, but mostly
on the outskirts of the camp area so bring your own shade
as the flyer says. The area seemed flat enough so it
shouldn't be too tough on the big rigs.
we were out on the track it looked like there was ample
trails out there that we weren't on, so I assume you can
get around easy enough. This is after all a part time
fourwheeler place ( a couple of times per year ).
I used to be the only one to publish this kinda stuff for
you guys but now it seems to be kinda common
information...I'm raising the bar, huh? Anyway here it is:
Adams House, 711 E Tyler St, Athens, TX 75751,
Best Western Inn, 2050 State Highway 31 E, Athens, TX
Budget Inn-Athens, 305 US Highway 175 W, Athens, TX 75751,
La Donna Motel, 611 W Corsicana St, Athens, TX 75751,
Motel 6, 205 W US Highway 175, Athens, TX 75751,
Spanish Trace Inn, 716 E Tyler St, Athens, TX 75751,
Victorian Inns, 1803 E Highway 31, Athens, TX 75751,
people who own this place only host a couple of
fourwheeler rallies a year, so for now anyway, the track
is only open on race weekend.
hours for this race: Friday 12am-12pm
Sun 6am till whenever you
get ta hell out!!