Recon Jerry's Place, in Gholson Texas
length & notes:
Wee Track 1.5 miles
an extra air filter and your sand tires.
sure your steering stabilizer is working correctly.
this is the same place we raced at in 1998, it's not the
same track. Last time we parked in the trees, and raced
around the field, this time, we park in the field, and
race around in the trees!
I've tried this two ways and from the
metroplex, both ways take about an hour and a half.
So it's easy enough I guess. Ya
just go south on I-35 ( E or W ) and the I-35s will meet
just north of Hillsboro. Continue on south through
Hillsboro, and on to the little town of West. The exit you
want is the first exit past West, it's #351, FM1858, turn
right. The exit is sharp, goes onto a two-way road, and is
only about 15 feet long, so be careful. About 9 miles later,
you'll get to a TEE. That's Hwy 933 ( remember that
for later if ya need a hotel )Go left. Now take the next
right, it's real quick, about 75 yards. Once you turn right,
you'll be back on FM1858, keep goin' until you hit another
TEE, you'll see the city hall and fire dept. To your right
is a light blue school building...go that way ( right ) and
turn left by the school, that's Hamilton rd. Go until the
road starts to turn into a dirt road and turn right onto
another dirt road, that's Mary Ware rd. It's a little
over a mile to Jake Sparks rd. and it only goes to the
left, so go that way. The track is about a mile and a half
on your left...look for the dust.
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As you pull in the gate the Pee Wee track will be to your
right and the campground is straight down the road. I
always like the way Donnie lays out a track, dunno
why, just that there seems to be the right amount of tight
and open...or something. I kinda thought this place was
pretty rough and cobby, on my first lap, but after a few
people had ridden it, it smoothed out...and got silty and
dusty...bring your respirator!
The track is probably gonna be mostly sand, well silt
actually. Silt on top of hardpack, in some places. It's kinda short and kinda
fast. The track winds along by the south and west side of
the camping area doing some twisties through the cactus,
with a couple of dips and rises here and there.
Eventually, it comes out into a field that was a plowed
grain field of some sort at one time, and riding across
the furrows is fairly unpleasant. Bumpy, I mean. It's
probably about a quarter mile across the field, where
you'll make a U-turn and head back. If you're fast, and
your steering stabilizer is in good working order, you
should be able to get about 75 mph out of it. I thought I
had my scooter tapped out on a couple of the longer
straights, and when I got back to the trailer, I glanced
at the "max speed" thingie, it said 60mph, or so
thought. Later when I got to the car wash and took it off
to wash the bike, I took a closer look...80 mph. Be
you go down the straight back into the woods for about 2
minutes, and then you pop out into the field again...high
speed, u-turn, high speed, into the woods for about
two minutes...repeat...four more times. I think we cross
that field 8-10 times, and in between, there's a little
tight woods stuff. It's a little tight in some areas,
well, not really "finger smackin'" tight, but
the woods are kinda dense with vines and such, so it's
hard to see around the corners, and the silt makes it hard
to turn very sharp when you suddenly realize which way you
have to go. Be careful on your first lap. Also, the
downhill, has about 3 feet of powder at the bottom of it
and the front wheel wants to sink into it, it's ok, just
watch out on your first lap..
There were some vines and uncleared areas to
catch your jersey on when I rode the track, but that was a
week ago, and it should be cleared by now. As it always
is here in Texas, dust will be a factor, but the weather
guide says rain on Thursday. We'll see.
The PW track is mostly flat
grass-track, and fairly clear, so it should be easy to keep an eye on
the kiddos. There are a few hundred yards of wooded section
and ...domestic obstacles in the back part of it. It's
just about a mile and a half, and has maybe, one down
hill, and one uphill, and it uses the barn that we raced
through a few years back. It's a little spread out though, but that
should make it pretty fun for the little guys. I had a
blast on it...as usual.
Bumps. Flat enough but with bumps. According to
Donnie, this is the field we raced across last time. It's
flat and seems large enough. No shade. Don't go racing in
the big rig across the campground, no matter how flat it
looks. If you do, you'll surely break momma's good plates
in the back, or at least pitch your scooter out. And there
are ants. And lots and lots of stickers, wear your shoes
at all times. And according to Jerry, snakes...and
spiders, and all sorts of wild animals...including
turkeys, and not just the ones on the bikes.
we were out on the track it looked like there was ample
trails out there that we weren't on, in fact we'll need
about 300 road crossing guards so get ready to volunteer
now. Or at least be warned that the racetrack crosses
access roads at least 15 times over on the west side of
the property by the river. Anyway, I assume you can
get around easy enough. Spectating ought to be great.
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:
says that Waco is only about 15 minutes south if you go
down Hwy 933 ( remember? ) so the best chance for a clean
hotel is in Waco and the ones that are closest to the I-35
and 933 junction are as follows.
6 1509 Hogan Ln
Waco, TX 76705
Inn 1405 New Dallas Hwy
Waco, TX 76705
Inn 1504 Interstate 35 N
Waco, TX 76705
Inn 4259 Interstate 35 N
Waco, TX 76705
can call 'em for exact directions from 933 / I-35.
yeah, Jerry says that there is a good steak house down the
road a piece, if you head south on 933 then take the
eastbound road to Elm Mott...whatever.
is private land so, as usual, it's only open for the race.
Gate will open at noon on Friday.