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Old 04-21-2016, 09:59 PM   #1
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Question Flooded roads? Going to Navasota/Yankee's Tavern via 290/FM 362/3090

I plan to ride from I-10 West & Echo Lane to Yankee's Tavern tomorrow or Saturday since the weather is clear. I'll take Hwy 290, FM 362, and FM 3090 to get to Yankee's Tavern. From there, I'll head home through Shiro, Richards, Montgomery, and then I-45 South.

This will be my first time on these roads, and I'm uncertain how prone to flooding they, and whether or not they're safe to ride this weekend.

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I am also curious about the road condition. Care for a riding partner? I am familiar with the roads and don't mind leading, but I don't have any clue if they're flooded or not.

Also, not sure if this is intentional, but the map looks like you are not riding 362 from I-10 to 290, which is definitely what I'd do if I were you. And I'd also double back down 3090 after lunch, take hwy 6 like a quarter mile to 90, then 90 to 1774 to 2819, and then north on 1486 will put you in Richards. Just my $.02.
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I am also curious about the road condition. Care for a riding partner? I am familiar with the roads and don't mind leading, but I don't have any clue if they're flooded or not.

Also, not sure if this is intentional, but the map looks like you are not riding 362 from I-10 to 290, which is definitely what I'd do if I were you. And I'd also double back down 3090 after lunch, take hwy 6 like a quarter mile to 90, then 90 to 1774 to 2819, and then north on 1486 will put you in Richards. Just my $.02.
Hi Repth! Unfortunately, after my accident and several close calls while riding with someone else or a group, I made a promise to my partner to only ride solo. Please don't construe my refusal for a riding partner personally. I just can't break that promise.

That was a mistake on Google Maps. It should reflect 362. I also like your suggestion so I'll do that instead, thank you. It's a better route with more twisties.
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Hi Repth! Unfortunately, after my accident and several close calls while riding with someone else or a group, I made a promise to my partner to only ride solo. Please don't construe my refusal for a riding partner personally. I just can't break that promise.

That was a mistake on Google Maps. It should reflect 362. I also like your suggestion so I'll do that instead, thank you. It's a better route with more twisties.
Seems... odd. But ok. I get not wanting to ride with squids, and it's not like we are acquainted, so for all you know I am a typical douchebag. No hard feelings.

Have fun and please report back your findings to us on the roads. I may be out that way tomorrow regardless.

PS: Watch out for the surprise traintracks in the middle of a 15mph right hard turn exiting Richards.
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Just a heads up, I don't know the current condition of 3090 but there's a low section just North of the intersection with 3455 that has flooded and been covered in mud before. Ask me how I know
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Just a heads up, I don't know the current condition of 3090 but there's a low section just North of the intersection with 3455 that has flooded and been covered in mud before. Ask me how I know
yuuuuup, that turns always makes me paranoid......and the furthest northern 15 mph turn. All that powder the farmers drag out off that dirt road.
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yuuuuup, that turns always makes me paranoid......and the furthest northern 15 mph turn. All that powder the farmers drag out off that dirt road.
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Rode 362 today...its dry and clean with no debris in the road
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I just returned home from this ride.

3090 was very fun and relatively hilly compared to Houston. I was glum when I first arrived because there was a road sign saying it was closed. A sweet lady told me to ignore the sign since she lived there. So glad I listened to her since this was a proper riding road. I must say its reputation as a dangerous and "killer" road as told by some riders at a petrol station wasn't warranted. It's nothing like the Cat & Fiddle Road from back home or the Col de Turini. That being said, there's a sharp bend where the sign says 15 mph at the intersection of 3090/186. A few skidmarks shows some didn't heed that limit. The signs showing '6 riders killed since 2007' was unnerving as well, although I wonder if that number is up to date.

And thanks again Repth for the Richards-railroad warning. Almost gunned the throttle before I remembered your advice.

It's easy to forget how vast Greater Houston the outer areas are. Took me an hour to get here from Conroe. It also didn't help that a group of aggressive drivers were on 105 and I-45 South. They were all going between 85-95 mph and changing lanes chaotically. Another thing I've noticed is how few adventure, naked, and sportbikes there are on these roads. It's all Harleys, and half of them don't wave/nod back.

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I just returned home from this ride.

3090 was very fun and relatively hilly compared to Houston. I was glum when I first arrived because there was a road sign saying it was closed. A sweet lady told me to ignore the sign since she lived there. So glad I listened to her since this was a proper riding road. I must say its reputation as a dangerous and "killer" road as told by some riders at a petrol station wasn't warranted. It's nothing like the Cat & Fiddle Road from back home or the Col de Turini. That being said, there's a sharp bend where the sign says 15 mph at the intersection of 3090/186. A few skidmarks shows some didn't heed that limit. The signs showing '6 riders killed since 2007' was unnerving as well, although I wonder if that number is up to date.

And thanks again Repth for the Richards-railroad warning. Almost gunned the throttle before I remembered your advice.

It's easy to forget how vast Greater Houston the outer areas are. Took me an hour to get here from Conroe. It also didn't help that a group of aggressive drivers were on 105 and I-45 South. They were all going between 85-95 mph and changing lanes chaotically. Another thing I've noticed is how few adventure, naked, and sportbikes there are on these roads. It's all Harleys, and half of them don't wave/nod back.

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Something about those tracks is sneaky. I know they're there and still want to make the mistake anyway.

The reputation of 3090 as a rider killer is probably due to the fact that it's one of the few "proper" riding roads in the greater Houston area. That and several of the turns look similar to previous ones but are actually totally different, so it can give less experience riders the feeling that they know what to expect and they push the envelope... Then go over squid falls. I am glad to hear that it's still in good rideable condition.

FWIW, The typical route to Fayetteville including cat spring road and 1291 is all still in good condition, also. That would be an excellent next stop if you haven't been.
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I must say its reputation as a dangerous and "killer" road as told by some riders at a petrol station wasn't warranted.
I personally know of one experienced rider who was killed on 3090 and one that was paralyzed, not to mention quite a few crashes I've witnessed.

Solo riders tend to be more cautious than those trying to keep up with another. That being said, it's still one of my favorites in the area.
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FWIW, the barrier on 3090 was knocked down yesterday. No real way to stand it back up. I didn't see it until I crested the hill and I was already bookin it so I had a pretty big pucker moment as my rear end started hopping trying to get the bike slowed down enough to swerve around it. There's a good deal of sand in the first dozen or so turns. It's totally passable but not anything you'd wanna haul on. After that it was nice and clean.
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I must have totally missed the barrriers..lol.
All roads were clear for the most part.. I just usually take it easy on the streets.
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Those are on the back end before the bridge to get to yankees. I think repth is describing the one at the beginning closer to hwy 6
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Those are on the back end before the bridge to get to yankees. I think repth is describing the one at the beginning closer to hwy 6
Yes, just after you'd turn right onto 3090 from 3455 if you're heading north. If you were coming from hwy 6 and already on 3090, you wouldn't have seen the barrier laying down in the road until you crested the slight hill just before 3455.
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