Touring - Texas Maps - 400 miles
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10-29-09, 08:21 AM
Any advice on finding routes / maps for a week long ride in Texas? Looking to do 400 ish miles in a week 60 miles a day type ride. I know adventure cycling has maps for longer cross country type rides.........any thoughts on where I might be able to get similar maps for Texas?
Thanks in advance.
10-29-09, 08:48 AM
Where is your starting point?
10-29-09, 08:49 AM
Check out adventure cycling and look at some of the souther route maps. Otherwise if Texas is anything like PA, the state has a touring site setup for you. Just google search Texas Bike Routes.
10-29-09, 08:52 AM
10-29-09, 09:01 AM
You could, of course, order the relevant ACA Southern Tier sections for Texas. Don't have to buy them all.
The book Best Bike Rides in Texas by Andy White chronicles a few dozen round about rides, many close enough together that you could ride from one to the next.
Other than ACA and the book, it's probably a DIY proposition. You could research the journals here for ideas (http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/?o=RrzNp). I ride in Texas a lot and rarely run into any really bad roads for cycling. Stick to US highways and you'll always have a shoulder. Lots of the state highways also have shoulders or long sections of 4 lanes. Chip seal surfaces are the biggest problem. TDOT loves that awful stuff.
For just a long, smooth, cross Texas route, US 380 in North Texas is great. Conveniently spaced services, mostly flat, light traffic except for Denton/McKinney section. Great historical state park at Jacksboro, and nice city parks in small towns along the route where you can pitch a tent overnight.
10-29-09, 10:11 AM
Over 2,500 Texas maps here:
10-29-09, 10:52 AM
Thanks a ton for the resources..........would like to start the ride from NW Harris County.......thought a ride heading NW toward Austin and then maybe out to the Fredricksburg area and back would be fun.
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