Dallas to Wichita Falls

Old 06-01-11, 02:02 PM
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Dallas to Wichita Falls

Anyone here made this journey by bike?

I'm planning to do it, self-supported, in mid-July and looking for routing tips.

It will be three days and two nights but I can easily add on another day.

Thanks.
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Old 06-01-11, 08:27 PM
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It's 130 miles by car, I would want to plan an out of the way route for biking and it would be considerably longer. I might even want to drive it by car first just to be sure one of the chosen routes didn't turn out to be really narrow and really busy.
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The Spanish Fort randonneuring route comes back from Spanish Fort via Nocona, Montague, Forestburg to Boliver. That's all pretty good riding if you can incorporate it into a route. You probably wouldn't want to get north of Nocona there as you don't have many places to cross the Red River up there.

If you don't care about scenery, just riding up the shoulder of Hwy 287 might be as good as anything. I haven't been up that way since last summer, but I'm thinking there IS a shoulder most of the way. Google Streetview should show whether that's the case.

Beware of heat, wind, and long desolate spots between supply points. The last three years, I've ridden the Hotter-n-Hell in late August, and in each case, it's been cooler than some of the weather we had in July. It can be rough. If you wind up cranking into a headwind at 10 mph and it's 40 miles to the next water, you better have a bunch with you.
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Between Fort Worth and Bowie, there's a lot of Hwy 110 that follows the old Fort Worth and Denver railroad track (now BNSF.) That cuts down on the elevation changes a bit. I've never ridden any of this area on a bike, but I used to drive it a lot.
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Thanks. I've been making the trip by car since before I can remember (born in WF, lots of family still there). I usually travel with three water bottle cages. I'm going to add another cage AND bring a Camelbak.
And, yes, I think riding from Ft Worth will work out better than from Dallas.

I think this is what I'll be doing:
Day 1: Take the TRE over to Fort Worth and ride from there. Then go around through Azel and spend the first night at Wise County Park on the north end of Lake Bridgeport (~57 miles).
Day 2: Will be just under 30 miles up to Selma Park at the top of Amon G Carter Lake.
Day 3: It's ~50 miles to Lake Arrowhead State Park.
Day 4: is just 15 miles to my grandmother's house and I can roll in early, before the birthday festivities start (she's turning 94).
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I dont know where you live in dallas, but I see bikes on 380 often. If you were in plano or something i'd go down 380 for the wide shoulders and support of stores along there. Outside of that I'm not really sure the best way to go. I live in burkburnett if you need any help.
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Thanks, Christobevii3. That's very kind of you to offer.
I'll be leaving on Thursday. And I have family making the drive from DFW to WF on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This gives me bailout/support options on days 2, 3 and 4. Also, my wife is a gem and says she'll gladly scoop me up, if I need it.
We live northeast of White Rock Lake, but I grew up in Plano. As a kid, we always took Hwy-75 up to 380 and then over to 287.
The tentative route I've plotted takes advantage of campgrounds along the way.
Thanks again.
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Selma Park was a bust. They have no potable water there and the nearest store to buy some is about 10 miles away. As a result, I rode day 2 & 3, plus the extra 10 miles to the store in one day. I ended up at my grandmother's house a day early.

It was hot as all get out and I rode 160 miles in two days, but other than Selma Park, I had a blast.
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