Pre-Ride Reconnaissance  

Cow Bone Creek  

TCCRA Race #

Pre-Race Recon of Sandefur Farms, in Cleburne TX

3108 (again )

Date:  13 JUL 03


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 TCCRA Race Schedule here.


You can view a Mapquest Map by clicking the Map below, once there, zoom and print as you need to.



Click the radar map below to go the The Weather Channel for this track's weather forecast.




 Then Click here to get long range weather from AccuWeather.


 Below are some specific area maps, & photos. 

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The track map for you to print and take with you...I'll update this on Thursday so check back.

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And this one just for fun.

( Not to scale, just for fun )

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8.5 miles for the big track, a little over 1.5 for the Pee Wees.


    Amateurs ride first.


Thanks to Jerry Putty for coming out after work last night and showin' me around the track.


Don't forget the festivities at RFC on Saturday night. (again! )





This one's fairly simple, and the directions on the flyer are pretty straight forward and accurate so I'll just copy them here. 


 Everybody knows how to get to I-35W or I-35E, so from either of those interstates, you head south out of Dallas or Ft. Worth until you get to US Hwy 67 which goes south and west.  From I 35 W it's only about 5 miles to the CR414 turn. There's a tall radio tower right there that you can see for miles. Turn left. After a little bit you'll cross a railroad track and it's a couple of miles further to FM3136. There's a "T" there and you'll turn right. CR 414 picks up again in about 800 feet, and it's a left hand turn. From there the track's 1.3 miles and on the left.

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 Well, I've seen this track when it was a sloppy mess, that was nearly impassable. And I've seen it hot, dry, and dusty with an 8 mile rut around it ( left from the sloppy race ).  But I would have to say that last night was the most fun I've had on this track. The ground after the rains we've had this week was just about perfect. Kinda hardpacked, not too much dust, and just a small mudpuddle here and there in the corners in the woods, and a couple at the creek crossings of course.  It was pretty good fun. 

  Since we criss-cross a creek for most of the track, you'll find quite a variance of soil types, from the black dirt and roots in the deep dark woods ( and I mean dark ), to the red hardpack and occasional rocks out in the open areas of Mesquite trees.  A good sharp intermediate to hard tire should work just fine.

  You won't find the east Texas hills out here, but there are quite a few "off cambers", and even more quick little ( and kinda steep ) climbs outta the gullies. Don't worry though, I made the whole track on my two wheel drive fourwheeler. Which should also tell you that it's not too "bark buster" tight.

  You'll recognize some of the previous track here, but not to worry, the promoter has cut some new stuff in there as well. In fact, it's actually a fairly "scenic" course, with the track coming close to a lake, going in and out of the dark woods, and into the open mesquite filled fields. 

   Ya gotta be careful on the first lap though, I was havin' fun ridin along last night and sorta got off in high spirits ( if ya know what I mean ) and almost lost my ass off in an off camber gully. Be careful !!  Remember to use a gear too high, put all your weight on the outside peg, and force the tires into the side of the hill...or else you'll have a scrape like this here ( Patman showing his elbow ).

  Also be careful of sharp rain ruts crossing the track just when you get into fourth or fifth!  And speakin' of rain, don't worry too much about it. We could use the break from the dust. I think we've seen our share of cancellations at this track... But be prepared just in case. I'd have a set of sharp mud / sand tires at the ready, to boost ya up outta those creek crossings ...just in case.

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Camping  The camp area is fairly large,  flat and grassy, not a stitch of shade though. The track is all to the back side of the camp area and both the main track and the Pee Wee track are accessed through a gate in the back corner of the camp area.   Here's a warning though: Be prepared with a tow strap, digging tools, or whatever else you may feel you need to have in the event of rain. The camp area is fairly flat and grassy, but we've seen this place get to the point where getting out can be a little bit of a challenge when it rains heavily.

Come on out even if it rains of course, cause even after the rain we've had the past few days, I was makin' dust as I rode the track last night. I'm just sayin'...be prepared to take care of yourself. 

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Spectator Rating The track kinda heads off to the north and east from the back of the camp area, and there seems to be enough open area that one could find your way to some pretty interesting spectator points. Marty says there is a road that will get you to most places on the track, but as it was gettin' late last night when I did this recon, I didn't have time to explore it. I'll try to mark it on the map and update it before you leave on Friday if I can.
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1896 Railroad House B & B, 421 E Henderson St, Cleburne, TX 76031, (817-517-5529)
American Inn, 1836 N Main St, Cleburne, TX 76033, (817-641-3451)
Best Western Inn, 1707 W Henderson St, Cleburne, TX 76033, (817-556-3330)
Comfort Inn, 2117 N Main St, Cleburne, TX 76033, (817-641-4702)
Days Inn, 101 N Ridgeway Dr, Cleburne, TX 76033, (817-645-8836)
Greenbrier Inn, 100 E James St, Cleburne, TX 76031, (817-645-2477)
Sagamar Inn, 2107 N Main St, Cleburne, TX 76033, (817-556-3631)
Travelers Motel, 1911 N Main St, Cleburne, TX 76033, (817-645-4378)
Western Motel, 1411 E Henderson St, Cleburne, TX 76031, (817-645-4386)

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Hours of Operation

 Gates open Friday at noon.




No actual soil was sampled during the gathering of information for this report.








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