Revel 101 – Texas Hill Country

Central Texas Backroads Tour – Fall 2022
Join a group of Revelers with experienced owners and guides for a fun and educational trip in Texas Hill country. The route features dirt, gravel and paved roads as well as a few stream crossings. Get more comfortable using your van on rougher more remote terrain, learn and try some new things, and have some fun. 

Our base route will be the “Texas Hill Country Tour”

The Texas Hill Country Overland Trial, the Texas Hill Country Trail, the THC Trail, there’s a lot of different names the routes and trails are referred to as by locals. For the sake of simplicity, we’ll call it the Texas Hill Country Tour, which is comprised of a maze of dirt and gravel roads (and yes, you’ll need to burn some pavement as well) that criss-cross the splendor of central Texas’ hill country. And while there is a “main” overland route that is the by far and away the most popular track of the overlanding and touring crowd, there are numerous options that allow the traveler to “choose your own adventure”. Given the relatively tame manner of roads, it’s easy to cover a lot of mileage in a single day. We’ve even heard of folks doing the Texas Hill Country Tour (main route) in a single day. But if you want to experience the scenery, nature, and local culture, we recommend slowing down and spending at least 2-3 days on the main route. 

We will break this into three nights and two driving days. This should give us plenty of time for some van talk as well as relaxation and recreation at our camp stops.

The Plan

  • Day zero – Oxford Ranch Campground
    • 4PM – Group discussion
      • Van readiness checklist
      • Airing down / up 
      • Convoy driving and radio distribution
    • Group dinner from the griddle (provided) and evening drum circle… not really, but maybe a fire and some beverages.
  • Day one – 28-mile drive to the route, and then 70 miles (50% dirt / gravel) to Dos Rios campground on the Llano River
    • Gather at 9AM
      • Sandy Creek crossing (hint – it’s sandy)
      • Route features and ranch road driving
      • Campsite assignments at Dos Rios
    • Depart by 9:30AM
    • Fuel stop in Llano (total driving is about 175 miles, half on dirt/gravel, good to start full)
    • Air pressure adjustment stop
    • Arrive at Dos Rios campground – 2PM
      • Sites have power and water; however, we may have two vans per site.
      • Kayak and tubing rentals are available, lounging in the river with refreshments is popular and it looks like there may be some fish (bass) around as well.
      • 4PM – Tools and spares for Revels at Mike and Karen’s van
      • Dinner on your own
  • Day two – Dos Rios Campground to Fredericksburg. 75 miles, 30 on dirt and gravel, two significant water crossings and a pleasant and scenic tour through Texas hill country. Route may be adjusted pending conditions.
    • 8:30AM – Van recovery gear review and demonstration on the rocky beach.
    • 10AM – Depart 
    • Noonish – One hour lunch stop and air up at the historic Cherry Creek School.
    • 3PM – Arrive at Camp Bankersmith – an old Texas Railroad Town (current population: 0) with full bar, restaurant, working farm, live music, dance hall and camping just outside of downtown Fredericksburg.
    • Some things to do in and around Fredericksburg
      • Wineries, brewery
      • Shopping / antiques
      • Art galleries / museums
      • Enchanted Rock State Park (20 miles)
  • Day three 
    • 8AM-9AM Breakfast sandwiches from the griddle (provided)
    • Depart

TOTAL COST: $950 per van ($900 for Revel Club members)

$400 deposit per van due at registration. (Balance of $550/500 due September 12th).

First-come-first-serve until all 8 spots sold. 

$400 deposit is non-refundable.

Kickoff dinner and final morning breakfast are included. 

 **If you must cancel for any reason and are able to find someone to take your spot, we will refund you your full amount minus the processing fees. 

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