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Old 03-10-11, 01:40 PM
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3 Friends and I are planning on riding from Dallas(UT Dallas to be exact) to Beavers Bend Oklahoma and back over spring break. The route will be directly from UTD up to Copper Lake State Park and so on.
I was hoping to get some advice from people who have gone touring in Texas before. What kind of roads should we take? How can I avoid getting hit by a truck? Any other experience would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-10-11, 04:04 PM
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The randonneuring routes are generally on low-traffic FM roads and paved country roads.
Consider taking DART to the outer limits to get past some of the metro mess.
I'll look at the map more later.
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Google suggests THIS If i wanna sleep at copper lake

Or THIS to sleep at the Caddo National Grasslands
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You can pick small country roads but sometimes it is hard to tell what they are really like just from the map. I've been on roads with low traffic and good shoulders, and sometimes on roads with a lot of traffic and no shoulders. If I was going to do a trip like this I would at least try to check out the roads using google street view.
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That is Cooper Lake, not Copper Lake. But either route looks doable. I notice there's one or two places where you sort of bypass a town (Like Wolfe City) and you may want to swing through the town for supplies.

I'm not aware of any visitor facilities at Caddo National Grasslands, it's just a bunch of pasture as far as I know.
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I live in Richardson and ride the area a lot. That google map route to Cooper Lake looks good once you get out in the country, but be advised that the stretch of Hwy 544 in Plano can be very busy with high speed traffic, and 78 between Wylie, past Lake Lavon Dam, into the town of Lavon, is nasty. Dirty littered shoulder, lots of high speed traffic. Sadly, there's not much alternative, so I'd just say to avoid peak traffic times.

For finding good county roads, pick up a copy of "The Roads of Texas" which contains every road, even the unpaved ones, and designates whether they are paved, gravel, dirt, or highway. In general once you're outside the city, the FM hwys are fine, the state hwys are usually fine as long as they have a good shoulder, and the US hwys are to be avoided if possible since they tend to have more traffic and nastier shoulders.

I use Google maps Streetview feature to scout roads.

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I've camped in the Grasslands on several occasions. Some of the camp grounds have electric and water, some are fairly basic.
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I've camped in the Grasslands on several occasions. Some of the camp grounds have electric and water, some are fairly basic.
Had to check, I haven't explored up there that much, but yes, there are campgrounds and all:
http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/texas/recrea...rec_opps.shtml
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I've been on plenty of great roads for riding and they suddenly turn into white crushed rock.
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