Recon of Samuell Farm in Mesquite TX
Date: 19 MAY 02
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Notice the lack of trash...or roost...or beer cans.
Look at this beautiful area...and yes, we race right
through it! So act civilized!
This is the
East camp / Pee Wee area
And the front gate, the west camp is to the right and the
east camp is...well you know
here for a short Photographic tour of this track
Samuell Farm is a
340-acre farm, that at one time featured a variety of
animals to allow one to experience life on a working farm,
to recall the farming days of the late 1800s to early 1900s. The
park eventually cut back care of the exotic
animals that were once there, but a beautiful park still remains. Now used as a quiet campground for reunions,
birthday parties, Boy Scout outings, civil war
re-enactments, and...most recently...Cross Country
Motorcycle Racing. Features include 5 ponds for
fishing, lots and lots of picnic tables, play areas for
the kiddos, antique tractors, hayrides, covered pavilions,
civilized restrooms, and miles of hiking and horse trails.
It's easy to get too. It's close by.
just one catch. It's a City Owned Park...think
about that for a second.
simple, this one. On hwy 80 goin' east like to Terrell,
take the second exit east of I 635, that would be Belt
Line Rd. Stay on the service road, passing Belt Line, and
you'll see the track on the right about a half a mile
down. There's a old time steam engine under a shed there.
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The track is eight miles long. Mainly flat. Hard black
dirt. If it doesn't rain, bring your hard terrain tires
for sure. The track cutters have done a fantastic job of
giving us a track that flows. This one's gonna be fast.
Not too much technical stuff, though there are some tight
areas here and there. I say "tight",
what I mean is that I had to put the four wheeler into
reverse once and reposition for one of the turns. There
are about six or seven creek crossings, that the promoters
have put bridges ( Jet Ski pallets ) over allowing for a
mud free crossing. In one area they actually installed a
steel bridge with hand rails and everything just for this
start will be on the west side of the west camping area,
and will turn left into the trees. And the track generally
stays to the west and south of the main gate. The track
most resembles Marty Cathey's track at Jacksboro, only
with black dirt. Smooth, flat, fast as hell, nothing to
hit your handguards on, and very, very, pretty. You'll get
to use all five of your gears ( six, if ya got 'em ), on
the grass tracks, of which there are several. And there
isn't a single rock anywhere. You will see some exposed
roots in the woods so be careful in those areas. There are three or four
nice, smooth cross country jumps, one at the end of a long
straight in a grass track, that would allow you to clear a
gravel road...if ya got the nads. We all thought this
place was going to be under water when it came time for
the pre-race recon, but the only mud on the track was an
area about the size of a PW50, where it looked like
someone had spilled their water cooler. The promoter
assured me that it would be rerouted so we wouldn't have
to get mud on our bikes. The rest was bordering on makin'
dust...but not quite. If it rains though...well...
let's hope it doesn't rain! If so, this
reporter is not responsible for any variations in the
report as stated.
Pee Wee track is on the opposite side of the property,
adjacent to the east camping area. It's 1.5 miles in
length, and is about the same as the big track without any
water at all. It's safe and poses little difficulty
other than getting over the sticks, branches, and small
brush, that the tractor has knocked down.
it's completely fenced in...there may even be bleachers
there for the spectators.
Superb. The main gate is in the middle. We'll go
through a gravel parking lot to get in. While you're in line there
at the gate, the west camping and the start will be on
your right, past the windmill. This is mainly a flat grassy field.
This is where the racers will no doubt wanna
be. The track comes close to the back side of it several
times, will be good for spectating, and setting up
pit-stops. On your left as you sit at the gate, is the
east camping area, it's slightly smaller, also a big
grassy field, and had a lot of features, like being
adjacent to the Pee Wee track, the pic-nic tables, the air
conditioned bathrooms, and the children's play areas. The
pee wee oriented families may wanna check out that side.
Both sides are beautiful. Check out the pictures. Bring
your fishing pole there are plenty of stocked ponds.
yeah, bring your Mosquito spray as well.
long as we're talking about camping, I might as well tell
ya, that they don't allow open camp fires and they don't
allow alcohol on the property. The word is this, if you're
seen with a beer can you'll be asked to get rid of it. YOU
WON'T BE TOLD TWICE. The second time is removal from the
park. And folks, this is out of our hands here. This is a
state owned, COUNTY SHERIFF PATROLLED, park. Please don't
try to fight it. You'll only have a shitty weekend, and
they won't give you a refund when they throw you out. And
if you cause the other thirteen hundred of us to get
thrown out...well... let's not think about that.
Patman will say this though. What you do in your camper is
your business. And I'm not gonna expect anyone to
"taste test" every paper cup in the camp.
Oh yeah, they pride themselves in the cleanliness of the
park they're giving us. I know this to be fact. I was
digging in my pocket for a pen to take notes with today,
and a gum wrapper fell out on the ground. Within thirty
seconds there were two Sheriffs cars, a helicopter, and a
K-9 unit all around me. Do I need to say not to
trash up the place!? Tell your friends. Tell your kids.
Put a note on the handlebars of your bike. Don't drop a
cigarette butt, a gum wrapper, or a drop of oil on the
ground out here...please don't test 'em on this. They will
win, you ( we ) will lose.
If you get a room at the Country Inn, and get a east
facing room, you can actually watch the race from your
room!! You can see some of the track from the
highway. They said that they will put the grand stands in
front of the pee wee area, and there are gravel roads that
run all around the area, that should allow you to see 70%
of the track pretty easily. After I had been there only a
few hours, I was able to get just about anywhere without
getting lost. But please go slow. Yes, we always say
that, but this time it's out of our hands. This is a
PATROLLED CITY PARK and you will be in deep doo-doo if
you speed ANYWHERE in this park. And we'll all
be in deep doo-doo if we let you. So the officers and the
spotters ( of which I am one ) will be doing what we have
to do, to keep us from being thrown out. Tell your
friends. Tell your kids. Put a note on the handlebars of
your bike. Go Slow.
Inns & Suites, 317 E Highway 80, Mesquite, TX
INN & SUITES 118 EAST HIGHWAY 80
MESQUITE, TX 75149 (972) 216-7460
Tues-Sat 9am-5pm. Exit Beltline Rd US 80. But remember
this is not for riding. This is kinda like a Boy Scout
camp. They WILL NOT let you in with a motorcycle.