Texas - Need route. Bells, TX - Plano, TX
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08-24-09, 11:48 AM
Howdy folks, I'm going on a long tour from Kansas City, MO to Austin, TX. I was looking for a good route from Bells, TX near the Oklahoma border into downtown Plano near the DART transit center. If anyone has any experience riding in this area I'd love to hear from you. Thanks in advance!
Hey there, ProlificTom!
Would you rather ride a straighforward route down the side of highways or meander a bit on quiet, scenic country lanes?
"That's right, you're not from Texas,
But Texas wants you anyway." Lyle Lovett
When are you going to hit Plano? Quite a few BF members in the area if you need transport other than your bike, etc.
08-25-09, 11:49 AM
be sure and check out the Carpenter's Bluff bridge over the Red River. Dont take Hwy 78. ( I suspect you already know this )
All those little roads betwixt Bells and Van Alstyne are super cool. Highly recommended. But they do wind around a lot.
69 South from Bells is ok, 2 lane + shoulder, medium traffic, not so bad but not my favorite for riding pleasure. 160 S from Whitewright is better but that little road paralleling to the West is more fun.
Same with 78, it's ok as long as you're north of Farmersville but you don't want to go down the E side of Lake Lavon. Avoid 380.
121 S from Desert is 2 lane + shoulder but again, higher traffic.
Once you get to Blue Ridge, take 545 W toward McKinney, then left on 1377 to Princeton, cross 380 on the county roads to Lowry Crossing then Fairview.
Once you get to Fairview, this mapmyride uses frequently biked roads to get to DART. BTW there's a Performance Bike Shop across the street from the DART station, (NE Corner Parker and 75) behind the Taco Cabana which I also recommend. Avoid Parker during rush hours.
/ oooops you said downtown Plano. map revised. there's a great LBS, Plano Cycliing and Fitness, at 18th and 75 about a block from that route.
08-25-09, 11:58 AM
btw you're not planning to take 69 all the way thru Okla, are you? that thing's nasty, and shoulderless for long stretches.
08-26-09, 12:49 AM
Wow. Thanks for all the info Creakyknees! It's hard to tell the quality of roads from the satillite photos and your tips will be most helpful. And, no, I'm not taking 69 through OK. I got a good lead on a route from a cyclist in Tulsa for the entire Oklahoma portion. Finished off the Kansas route a few weeks ago and with your help Texas is shaping up nicely as well. Just gotta figure out the spider webs south of Fort Worth now. Is DART pretty bike friendly? My plan is to skip the northern metroplex by taking it to Irving where I've got kin.
also, tcs, I'm interested in a variety of routes. I may plan a scenic and a straight-away and see how I feel after the previous five or six days on the saddle before i decide.
and to jsharr: I'll be undertaking the trip in early to mid October. No firm dates yet. It's dependent on my lift back up to K.C.
08-26-09, 10:22 AM
yeah DART's bike friendly. many busses have front racks now, and all the trains allow bikes. I'd just avoid rush hour.
08-26-09, 10:44 AM
I take my bike on DART buses several times a week. If you can tell me what part of Irving you are headed for, I can give you the route info.
If times can be worked out, would be glad to meet you in Plano with a "cold drink" etc. I live just a few miles from downtown Plano.
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