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Gregory Youngblood

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New from Ft Worth area. Just did PINS Dec 23 and SPI Dec 31, both to the east cut. SPI is very short and no problem at all in low tide. Took about 1 hour each way. PINS has lots of soft sand and tree stumps to watch for. Took about 6 hours round trip at low tide. Was surprised by the PINS beach deer. LOL
How much ground clearance is needed and any reason for low range? Most of the beaches I've driven on around Galveston at least didn't need lots, mostly good tires and driving. Used to go out in 2wd cars all the time when I lived there ages ago.

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How much ground clearance is needed and any reason for low range? Most of the beaches I've driven on around Galveston at least didn't need lots, mostly good tires and driving. Used to go out in 2wd cars all the time when I lived there ages ago.

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My RAV4 is stock height and no low range. The only challenge I have is following existing tracks in loose sand, too deep.

If you stay near the water and the damp sand a 2wd car could make it easily at SPI.

There is a large, long tree that will stop you on PINS about half way. Mine made it over the tree but would hit the rear receiver hitch.
 
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My RAV4 is stock height and no low range. The only challenge I have is following existing tracks in loose sand, too deep.

If you stay near the water and the damp sand a 2wd car could make it easily at SPI.

There is a large, long tree that will stop you on PINS about half way. Mine made it over the tree but would hit the rear receiver hitch.
I have a 13 explorer with about 8 inches and it usually makes it anywhere I've wanted to go. No low range though.

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Yes sir! Myself and a couple other vehicles are doing the run from Bolivar side to Sabine Pass that morning. We will likely primitive camp at Sea Rim state park that night. We plan to do some kayaking at Sea Rim park when we arrive from the 87 route Saturday morning/afternoon.
Wish I were down there. Sounds like fun.

Enjoy yourselves and be safe.
 
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Will do. Sorry I was thinking you were local to the area. :grimacing:
No worries. Used to be local, originally from Houston and lived in Galveston off and on through the years. Still go down there roughly every year to visit friends and family.

Thinking of the bolivar side of things, highway 87 was something i wanted to take but never got to travel. I always tended to go the other direction, over san luis pass, or I went across to bolivar and through Winnie to get to Beaumont, staying on just part of 87.
 
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No worries. Used to be local, originally from Houston and lived in Galveston off and on through the years. Still go down there roughly every year to visit friends and family.

Thinking of the bolivar side of things, highway 87 was something i wanted to take but never got to travel. I always tended to go the other direction, over san luis pass, or I went across to bolivar and through Winnie to get to Beaumont, staying on just part of 87.
Yup Ive done many of the same as you've mentioned. This has been my year long attempt at putting a Texas Coast route together. Like many things, life gets in the way. Now that Im more free, Im thinking of doing the full coast run I described above on my next 3-4 day weekend.
 
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Yup Ive done many of the same as you've mentioned. This has been my year long attempt at putting a Texas Coast route together. Like many things, life gets in the way. Now that Im more free, Im thinking of doing the full coast run I described above on my next 3-4 day weekend.
Sounds great. I've also wanted to drive the beach around Port Aransas and around as much as possible. Actually, driving as much of the coast on the beaches, including camping, would be a blast.

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Old 87 Beach Run was a fun success! At least compared to this guy...

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Ran it down to Sea Rim Park and did some kayaking. Sea Rim was a little crowded for us and adult beverages must be kept hidden, so we turned back and literally raced against high tide to find this remote spot without a soul in sight. No one passed us for the remainder of the day or night.
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Camp set up, full moon out, and 6 bundles of oak firewood to burn.
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The sunrise was amazing and couldn't be justified through pics, so I used @Michael techniques and app he shared to "enhance" the experience.
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Good times. We will hit you guys up the next time we do it again. Still looking at a 4 day summer coast run from Sabine to PINS. If it works out, Ill fill you all in beforehand.