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Author:  marpilli [ Sat Sep 19, 2015 12:32 pm ]
Post subject:  NTX 2015 Fall Trip

Last year Paul_C and I went on a two-day ride (out-and-back) to Cooper Lake state park. I'd take that route again except for two reasons.

1) There's no easy way to get to the other side of lake Lavon without using 78. Right now (with the construction), 78 is a death trap for any cyclist in my opinion. Won't do it...

2) It was about 80 miles each way and that was a bit too much for me on a loaded bike. I'd like to stick to 50-60 miles per day if possible.

So, I started browsing around for something different to try this fall. Possible targets included: Isle du Bois, Johnson Branch, Eisenhower State Park, Bonham State Park, Caddo Grasslands, Clear Lake Park (Princeton), and any camping spots along the NETT.


Decided on this:

Frisco, TX to Eisenhower SP – approx. 65 miles

Eisenhower SP to Isle du Bois SP – approx. 55 miles

Isle du Bois SP to Frisco, TX – approx. 30

This should give me plenty of time to eat, sight-see, and just enjoy myself along the way.


On to figuring out the route. Primarily road with the occasional gravel. I don't mind riding along major roadway (no highways); but, I'll try to veer off to adjacent back roads when possible.

Preliminary route: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid= ... sp=sharing


Now just have to figure out when to go... It looks like most of our weekends in October are booked with family activities as well as the first two in November. I may just take a few days off of work and make the trip during a week sometime.

Author:  Sslikesnake [ Sat Sep 19, 2015 5:17 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: NTX 2015 Fall Trip

DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT ride your bike ElDorado through Little Elm. US380 shoulder is much better, IMHOP.

Or heck, take the greenbelt back from IDB.

Author:  marpilli [ Sat Sep 19, 2015 8:48 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: NTX 2015 Fall Trip

Sslikesnake wrote:
DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT ride your bike ElDorado through Little Elm. US380 shoulder is much better, IMHOP.

Or heck, take the greenbelt back from IDB.

Good info, thank you. Is there a sidewalk? I wanted to swing by Little Elm Craft House on the way back if possible. :lol:

I didn't think the greenbelt was open yet...

Author:  Sslikesnake [ Sun Sep 20, 2015 11:54 am ]
Post subject:  Re: NTX 2015 Fall Trip

marpilli wrote:
Sslikesnake wrote:
DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT ride your bike ElDorado through Little Elm. US380 shoulder is much better, IMHOP.

Or heck, take the greenbelt back from IDB.

Good info, thank you. Is there a sidewalk? I wanted to swing by Little Elm Craft House on the way back if possible. :lol:

I didn't think the greenbelt was open yet...


Part of the Greenbelt is open to FM428 already. The other section is passable, but all kinds of gunk was deposited on it, so they've closed it. I'm going to scout it soon, so I'll let you know.

Little Elm Craft House sounds like a fantastic idea. I believe there is some sidewalk, but not the whole way, but not until you get into central LE. From 380 south to there is all kinds of 2-way 55mph roads.

Author:  marpilli [ Sun Sep 20, 2015 2:19 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: NTX 2015 Fall Trip

Let me know what you find regarding the greenbelt. I'll go drive my proposed route along Eldorado and see what it looks like...

EDIT: From Google maps it looks like I could use Eldorado to cross the bridge (and stop for a beer) and then head north on Lobo and use back-roads all the way to 423. Hmmm....

Author:  Sslikesnake [ Sun Sep 20, 2015 7:20 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: NTX 2015 Fall Trip

marpilli wrote:
Let me know what you find regarding the greenbelt. I'll go drive my proposed route along Eldorado and see what it looks like...

Will do.

marpilli wrote:
EDIT: From Google maps it looks like I could use Eldorado to cross the bridge (and stop for a beer) and then head north on Lobo and use back-roads all the way to 423. Hmmm....

Yes, this ^.

Author:  marpilli [ Sun Sep 20, 2015 8:28 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: NTX 2015 Fall Trip

Sslikesnake wrote:
marpilli wrote:
EDIT: From Google maps it looks like I could use Eldorado to cross the bridge (and stop for a beer) and then head north on Lobo and use back-roads all the way to 423. Hmmm....

Yes, this ^.

Saweeeet... :D I'm planning on a beer (or two) on my return trip...

Author:  marpilli [ Sun Sep 27, 2015 3:33 am ]
Post subject:  Re: NTX 2015 Fall Trip

I did some recon on my Day 3 route. Eldorado actually has really nice sidewalk all along it. Would be no problem to ride there if traffic was bad.

720, however. Lawdy... No shoulder, two lane, 55mph. :shock:

I must find an alternate between the two red arrows...

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There's a lot of construction (home building) in the area. And, from Google satellite maps, it appears they are building some roads (or at least there are existing dirt roads) for more options. If there's a connection near the yellow or green arrow, I'll be good to go...

Author:  marpilli [ Sun Sep 27, 2015 3:35 am ]
Post subject:  Re: NTX 2015 Fall Trip

And, if any of you are interested in seeing the full (proposed) route, check this out:

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid= ... X1QcnsUq2U

Author:  Sslikesnake [ Wed Sep 30, 2015 2:48 am ]
Post subject:  Re: NTX 2015 Fall Trip

Yeah, 720 around there is dicey. If I got around there, I'll definitely check it out.

Author:  marpilli [ Sat Oct 03, 2015 5:48 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: NTX 2015 Fall Trip

The last couple of days I've been sitting in the floor figuring out how to pack everything into my bike bags for the trip.

Now, a trailer that I bought on impulse arrived....

I'm thinking about just stuffing everything in there and dragging it out on my trip. :)

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Author:  marpilli [ Sat Oct 10, 2015 2:49 am ]
Post subject:  Re: NTX 2015 Fall Trip

Started to figure out what-goes-where for the trip.

From the left: Pack-and-pedal tent, tent poles, tent pegs, burner, utensils, pot/cups, food (some of it), fuel, (top) sleeping bag, sleeping mat, pillow, (bottom) first aid, extra guy line, tenacious tape, liquid soap.

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I'll pack some additional food (oatmeal for breakfast, some snack'ish food). I do plan on stopping for lunch each day. I also need to add a change of clothes to the list. And, any bike repair items (spare tube, multi-tool, master link, etc.)


Here's everything pictured above on top of the intended bag.

From the left: Prototype handlebar sling by Defiant Pack, Relevate Tangle, two Porcelain Rocket Anything Bags, Blackburn Outpost seat pack.

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I'll have plenty of room in the anything bags for clothes/food. Actually, I'll have extra room in the seat pack, also. If I had a full-frame bag (one day), I could probably go without the anything bags at all....

Author:  marpilli [ Wed Oct 21, 2015 12:16 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: NTX 2015 Fall Trip

Extended forecast is calling for rain each day. I don't mind a 10%-20% chance. But, I'm not gonna set out if it's 60% and calling for thunderstorms.

My schedule is kind of flexible over the next few weeks so I may just take off if I find three days in a row with low rain forecasted.

Author:  marpilli [ Wed Oct 28, 2015 12:33 am ]
Post subject:  Re: NTX 2015 Fall Trip

Too many conflicts so I'm cancelling the "official" trip. If I happen to find three days free in my schedule I may just take off and do the route spontaneously... :)

Author:  net wurker [ Wed Oct 28, 2015 1:52 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: NTX 2015 Fall Trip

Bummer, man!

Author:  Ray Dolor [ Mon Dec 28, 2015 8:08 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: NTX 2015 Fall Trip

If you take the trailer, get one of those 35 buck Axiom tail lights, and fix it to the trailer flagpole. Set it at 60 lumen flash setting, and it will be an effective rear daytime light. Nobody can miss seeing that.
Works good at night, too.

Author:  marpilli [ Mon Dec 28, 2015 9:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: NTX 2015 Fall Trip

Ray Dolor wrote:
If you take the trailer, get one of those 35 buck Axiom tail lights, and fix it to the trailer flagpole. Set it at 60 lumen flash setting, and it will be an effective rear daytime light. Nobody can miss seeing that.
Works good at night, too.

That's a damn good idea, thank you. I have it well decorated with reflective tape; but, flashy stuff helps drivers notice for sure....

Author:  Ray Dolor [ Fri Dec 30, 2016 8:11 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: NTX 2015 Fall Trip

marpilli wrote:
Ray Dolor wrote:
If you take the trailer, get one of those 35 buck Axiom tail lights, and fix it to the trailer flagpole. Set it at 60 lumen flash setting, and it will be an effective rear daytime light. Nobody can miss seeing that.
Works good at night, too.

That's a damn good idea, thank you. I have it well decorated with reflective tape; but, flashy stuff helps drivers notice for sure....


There's even brighter blinkies out now, but at 60 lumens, I've had drivers behind me at red lights ask me to turn my tail light off, because it was bothering them. Well, that happened once....

....Oops, I didn't notice this was a year-old thread!

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