I thinking of a trip to Texas Hill Country sometime in February! I have my Butler map ready, and have a working knowledge of Texas from around Ft. Worth down to Corpus Christi, and have been across the Mexican border through Brownsville many time back in my youth, in the 70's. I was stationed at Ft. Hood for a couple of months before moving over to Vietnam, and had a great time with my girlfriend (now my wive of 40 years) exploring the beaches of Galveston and Padre Island. This is my first trip further west in Texas, and am wondering if the weather in February will accommodate camping? I'm a cold weather rider (it was 0 degrees this morning in my town on my way to Mickey-D's coffee at 6:00 for a 10 mile ride each way) so I'm not all that delicate and can stand camping down into the high 20"s, but wonder if it will be any colder than that in this part of Texas at this time of year. I understand that there could be exceptions, and will stay aware of changing conditions, but just wanted to get a feel for the average. Looking at some information, it looks like Big Bend National is closed in January for animal habitat maintenance, but think it will be opened by February. I'm retired, so it doesn't really matter what time in February would be my best bet, and can easily wait till the end or beginning of March if need be.
As far as routes, I've got the Butler map as a starting reference, and would welcome any advice on secondary gravel roads that would be conducive to a F700GS who is a fairly new off pavement rider. On pavement, I'm just a bit over the 100,000 mile mark, (not all miles on a BMW though, but don't hold that against please...:-), ) so I feel confident mostly for this to be a solo ride.
Thanks in advance for any advice...Walt E.