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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-14-2020, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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First Real Ride Since Moving Bike to Dallas 18 Months Ago

Ok, so here goes...I’m finally on vacation this week for the first time all year and am planning to ride up to Muenster tomorrow. Don’t really know the roads here (lived here since 2010, but never really ridden here—ridden mostly in California where me and the bike are from).

Hopefully will get much more time to ride this fall/winter/spring (too hot for me in the summer).

Would really appreciate suggestions on day rides of 200-300 miles around where I live (near Southlake). Any ideas welcome!

My almost new 2017 baby with only 3,500 miles is finally gonna get ridden tomorrow!
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Muenster is close to the remnants of a WWII POW camp. Let me see if I can find it on a map or something.

https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/...isoners-of-war (general background)

http://www.texasescapes.com/WorldWarII/Camp-Howze.htm (the one near Muenster)

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ca...!4d-97.1621418 (map pin point)

There also used to be some roadside metal art somewhere out that way. I was always tagging along and never can remember how to get there. For years it was the same stuff but when I showed my SiL later, it had been changed.

Here it is! Near St. Jo.

https://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/8491 (background)

https://www.google.com/maps/@33.6372....6992526,11.9z (Map pinned - approximately)

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OK FJRDude,

You are so gonna have to do this ride, in the Fall, this year:

http://www.talimenascenicdrive.com/

60 miles of twists, turns, and beautiful scenery! All on top a mountain ridge!!

I have done this ride a couple of times, and plan on doing it many more!!

On our next trip, up there, we will stop by and grab you! LOL
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Here is a nice section of road that I ride quite a bit. Take the 677 North out of Saint Jo. Right on 373 until you reach 2382. Right turn that sends you back to Saint Jo. Not much mileage, but I good ride. Enjoy. . . .

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I miss Texas, I lived in San Antonio for a number of years and being back in Wisconsin I sure miss the quality of the roads and the riding season, or should I say year!
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You canít go too far wrong riding around Muenster. The roads are rolling and the countryside pretty. Itís not going to be Mt. Paloma or Summit Rd. Or any such thing, but itís OK. Try taking a Loop north from St. Jo through Spanish Fort and down to Nocona.

The two North Texas Sport bike roads are FM455 West of US75 and FM697 from Whitewright up to Sherman. The former is well known and patrolled - probably lots of development now, Iíve been gone for a couple of years.
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Nunia720 can then tell you about the 3 Twisted Sisters, in the Texas Hill Country!!

https://www.motorcycleroads.com/moto...ds-335-336337a

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I realize this is a tad late but I only saw your posting today (9/17) and I was in Colorado and Arizona last week. I live in Denton and this ride is one that I ride somewhat frequently as a day ride.

Hwy. 114 N. -> Hwy. 156 N. -> Justin,Tx.
Hwy. 156 (Justin) -> Hwy. 407 W.
Hwy 407 W. -> 2264 N. (Watch for it!)
Hwy 2264 N. -> Hwy 287 N. (Decatur; only a couple of miles)
Hwy 287 N. -> Hwy 1810 W.
Hwy. 1810 W. -> Hwy 59 N. -> St. Joe
Hwy. 59 N. (St. Joe) -> Hwy 82 E. -> Muenster
Hwy 82 (Muenster) -> Hwy 373 S.
Hwy 373 S. -> Hwy. 922 E.
Hwy. 922 E. -> Hwy 377 S. (Tioga) - this will cross I-35
Hwy 377 S. (Tioga) -> Hwy 455 W. (watch for it!)
Hwy 455 W. -> Hwy. 2450 (Bolivar) - this will cross I-35
Hwy. 2450 (Bolivar) -> Hwy 156. S. (Krum)
Hwy 156. S. (Krum) -> Justin (and back Hwy. 114 S. to home)

Total ~214 mi., Google says 4 hours. Map it out, it will make more sense.

I encourage you to look at the roads surrounding this route and you'll find some alternatives that are nice. Hwys. 455/922/730 are somewhat "major" roads that get you from one to the other. Ping me if you'd like.

Have great rides.
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OK FJRDude,

You are so gonna have to do this ride, in the Fall, this year:

http://www.talimenascenicdrive.com/

60 miles of twists, turns, and beautiful scenery! All on top a mountain ridge!!

I have done this ride a couple of times, and plan on doing it many more!!

On our next trip, up there, we will stop by and grab you! LOL

Watch your speed. It's a state(?) park and speed limits are strictly enforced. At leaf peeping time (and most others) there's a high chance that you'll encounter many slow moving vehicles, some of which will be clustered together and all having as many cylinders as wheels and be pretending to be rolling roadblocks. Without some sort of ECM and bike-to-bike comms (so you can talk to each other when one has passed and can be eyes for you around the next bend) it's wise to hang back and only pass when legal.
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Yeah, that ride is meant to be taken at a safe speed, because the views are amazing!! There are many pull-offs, to stop and take pics. We did it in the Spring and Summer, and it was still beautiful!!

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