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3 out of 5 Rider Rating 3
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Bushland - Tascosa Surprise

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By JavaDave (15 McR Points) on Jul 03, 2016

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Jamkar
10 McR Points
July 3, 2018
Not a bad for the area. Beats riding down I-40,…
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Kyle82
13 McR Points
October 15, 2016
Currently on FM 1061 a major road project is…
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Written Directions

From Bushland, TX (a few miles west of Amarillo on I-40), go north on FR 2381 about 6 miles, then NW on FR 1061. The northwest end of the route is intersection of FR 1061 & Hwy 385 near Tascosa. This is a great alternate route between Amarillo and Raton, NM.

Scenery

As you start north from Bushland, you'll see nothing but flat -- just like you were seeing on I-40. However, about 3 miles north, the road will suddenly dip behind a hill and drop you into a canyon that starts twists and turns, ups and downs that don't end until you reach Hwy 385. Scenery is mesquite trees and ranches, but it's the canyons, bluffs & sudden vistas that make it special. Be watchful for deer, jack rabbits and other wildlife -- even the occasional rancher on a horse!

Drive Enjoyment

Road is two-lane, usually well-maintained, lots of gentle curves, hills & valleys. Traffic routinely runs 65-70mph, and traffic is usually light. The stop sign at the intersection of FR 2381 & FR 1061 is the only one on the entire route.

Tourism Opportunities

There are no roadside amenities at all between Bushland and Channing. If you have trouble, the local ranchers are typically courteous and helpful if you approach them politely.

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Jamkar
July 3, 2018
10 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Touring
Not a bad for the area. Beats riding down I-40, plus the addition of passing lanes that help get around the RV traffic going to northern NM and Colorado. Rides beware of local traffic and blind corners from county roads. Scencary is ok and the condition not bad.
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Kyle82
October 15, 2016
13 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Touring
Currently on FM 1061 a major road project is going on. Not sure of an end date on this project, at the time they're doing dirt work preparing passing lanes. I took it one day to Amarillo, won't take it again on the bike until it's done. Best option if you're coming from the east continue on I40 until you hit Vega, then head north on 385. Gas up in Vega otherwise 45 miles until you hit Hartley the next gas option on 385. Channing has gas but it's pay inside only. Hartley has pay at the pump and store is closed after 12 noon Saturday through Monday morning. Once road work is done I will be enjoying this route again. Gave it a 3 only due to the road construction. It's deserving of a 5 after paving is complete.
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