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Old 12-05-07, 05:48 PM
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White Rock Advice?

Hi, folks. My wife is running the White Rock Marathon this weekend, so I thought I might go over there either tomorrow (Thursday) or the next day and ride around the place, because I've never been there. I'll be looking for places to wait for her to pass by, and to figure out parking. I think I'll combine that with a bike ride. I'll be driving over from the Southlake/Grapevine area. I plan to take 635 around to somewhere not too far from White Rock Lake.

Looking at Virtual Earth, it looks like I could take the Hillcrest exit from 635, and go south on Park Central. Just after I get onto Park Central, it looks like there is a small parking lot on the right, which borders a bike path. If I take that path southbound, it looks like I would follow along near Park Central, cross Forest Lane, go under 75, along Royal, under Skillman, under Loop 12, on Lawther, then into the trail around the Lake.

For those of you familiar with all of this, does it sound like a good ride? Is it safe (from muggers and/or traffic)? Is the trail open all the way? Or should I just drive all the way to the lake, and make a couple of loops there and then drive back home? If I do the whole ride out and back, any idea how far that would be? I'm looking to do about 20 to 30 miles, nothing farther because my wife will be with me and she wants to save her legs for the race.

Thanks for any recommendations!
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Old 12-05-07, 09:07 PM
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The route you describe is just fine. I wouldn't worry about muggers or anything in the daytime. In the night, it would be kind of creepy.

Those parking lots you describe are also used for soccer games. Sometimes, they are overflowing for that reason. A couple of weeks ago, I was out there and it looked like cops were towing cars parked on the street. If the first lot is full, go on down to the second or third, avoid parking on the street. Lots of times, though, there will be cars parked out on the street and still have spots open in the lots.

The trail actually goes north across 635, only that section is "closed" due to construction (but I think people still ride over there).

When you get down close to White Rock Lake, there is some construction going on. But where they have the trail torn up, they actually have a lane of the road blocked off for use as bike trail, so it's fine.

Right there where the Creek trail joins the Lake trail, it can be kind of confusing.

For a good bit of the way around the lake, it is actually better to ride on the roads than on the trail, which is rough and therefore slower- this is on the north or northeast side especially, I think.

On the south end, there is a loop over the dam. I don't know if bikes are prohibited there, but it's best avoided if you just want to ride.

If they have any kind of marathon going on there, I would think the Lake trail would then be closed to bikes? Check into that if you plan to ride around it.
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Thanks for the tips! I'm planning to ride either Thursday or Friday. The marathon isn't until Sunday.
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