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.
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