Texas - Melon Patch Tour
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Dubbed the "Best Fed Ride in Texas", it is slotted for Aug 8 in De Leon, Texas. I am considering driving up there for the ride but would like to hear from other who may have ridden it before and get their impression of it. Is it worth a 450 mile round trip drive with an overnight hotel stay in Stephenville? How are the road conditions and the course itself? The website raves about the rest stops, so are they really that great? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
07-08-09, 12:32 PM
They roads in that part of the state are heavily chip-seal.
It is generally rolling hills, but there are some falt areas as well.
I am not familiar with the ride, the exact route, or the rest stops, so can only offer generalities, sorry.
07-08-09, 12:35 PM
Check on www.bicycle-stuff.com (http://www.bicycle-stuff.com) for reviews, if any.
I doubt the ride itself (or very few rides, for that matter) is worth driving 450 miles for, but it would make a good excuse to get out of the house. I like driving through the countryside, myself.
07-08-09, 05:04 PM
We had ridden the Melon Patch tour for as long as I can remember. It is always a great time. The rest stops are always loaded with the usual stuff, plus they may have frozen plumbs or peaches to boot. The roads are in North Texas, which means chip and seal, but they are all older roads(no fresh pavement) and won't beat you to death. The ride usually brings a good crowd, but as a previous post stated, I'm not sure it would be worth a 450 mile round trip. But that is up to you.
Hope this is the info you were looking for.
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