The scouting is complete. There is a remote combination of dirt/gravel/semi-paved one- and two-lane roads leading from my house on the prairie all the way to Muenster, Texas.
Depending on what you might call "scenic", some of the route probably is. Some smooth roads, some rough. Some flat lowlands adjacent to creekbeds, some steep sections that climb out of the valley up to windswept ridges where one can see miles in all directions.
Not much in the way of services. There are, however, small farm houses in the middle of nowhere, guarded by big dogs that are more threatened by bicycles than pickup trucks.
There are places that are not much more than quiet.
As of today, the first 3 Saturdays in December are all viable options. I'll be looking for suggestions from the DFW group of Bicycling Authors, Bloggers, Bold-face Liers, & Exaggerators (BABBLE) on which date will work best.
The general plan (subject to refinement) is to depart my place around 8:00, ride roughly 40 miles on rough stuff to Muenster, pause for lunch, and return by pre-parked auto. If there only 2 or 3 of us, we'll use my pickup to drive us back. If there are more participants, I'll need help with the driving logistics.
I'm in! It's been a while since I've ridden that distance but I think I'll survive.ReplyDelete
I rode about that much before lunch today. I'm highly interested; let's see how the dates fall out versus familie activities that pop up. If Myles and I both go, maybe we can car-pool.ReplyDelete
This looks like a run for Buddy...ReplyDelete
Forty miles, huh? My posterior wants to hold a conference call with the other parts of my body just thinking about it.ReplyDelete
Actually, the 12th is no good for me. We have a wedding to go to. :(ReplyDelete
Looking forward to reading the reports about this ride ... looks to be very beautiful!ReplyDelete
I wish I could go. Let's see how my work schedule is.ReplyDelete
Thanks for organizing this, Chris!
We're hoping you'll be there, Chandra.
I serioiusly wish I could join in on that ride!ReplyDelete
Jerome, you'll need to get up pretty early in the morning to be here by 8.ReplyDelete
Tell you what, come down the day before and spend the night at my place. You probably need a break from that rugged weather up there.
It was awesome. Thank you all, especially Chris, for organizing this very nice event!ReplyDelete
I second Chandra's sentiments.ReplyDelete