The Ride to Dallas

Date: March 16th 2017

From/To: Mineola, TX/Dallas TX

Daily Mileage: 85 miles

Total Mileage: 1010 miles

Conditions: Overcast, mid 60s, little wind

There’s not much of a difference between Upstate NY and Eastern Texas, not that I can tell. My ride today took me along roads dividing forests and farmland. At certain points I forgot I was in Texas, I imagined myself coasting along Eastlake Road on Seneca Lake sometime in early June back home. The air was dry and cool, the winds were relatively calm, and I spent most of the day climbing the rolling hills towards Dallas. If I had to complain about something, it would be hard to make much of an argument for it. The only problem I faced was U.S. Route 80 West, which became busy as I neared Dallas. I decided to take this route because it was much more direct than the other options GoogleMaps provided. I had to choose between an 80 or 95 mile ride, I decided on the busier route that covered less distance.

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Todays trek from Mineola, TX to Dallas, TX.

I didn’t have any problems until I hit Lake Ray Hubbard (the little bump on my route shown above). The area around the lake had been closed to the public for years, a post 9/11 security precaution, because the lake is a potential threat to the city of Dallas if the dam was to be destroyed. As a result, nobody is allowed into the area around the lake, and of course GoogleMaps didn’t know that. I ended up approaching a turn that was blocked off by a barbed wire fence, saying no trespassing.

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There was no way around this route other than the busy highway. I noticed an emergency phone number on the gate entrance. I called the number, and told them my situation. After some back and fourth arguing, I was finally given permission to cross the lake in a pickup truck. I was driven two miles to the other entrance, and dropped off on the other side of the gate, perfectly set up for my last 15 miles into Dallas.

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I saw Dallas from about 15 miles away. The buildings didn’t appear to get any closer until I was 2 miles away. That was a frustrating part of riding into Dallas.

I finally made it to my cousin Rhiannon and her husband Trevor’s home in East Dallas, also know as Deep Ellum. I was greeted by Trevor upon arrival, and Rhiannon was home from work soon after. They treated me to a delicious and traditional Texas dinner at Hard Eight BBQ in Coppell.

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Trevor, Rhiannon, and I standing in front of dinner!
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Brisket, ribs, sausage, pulled pork, corn, and baked potatoes. Everything was presented in this way, and you ordered whatever you wanted, in whatever quantity you wanted it! What else do you need in Texas!
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The smoker, responsible for cooking much of the delicious food at Hard Eight BBQ.

Texas has definitely been a welcoming place. I enjoyed the evening with Trevor and Rhiannon. We went back to their house after dinner and went to bed shortly after that. They both had to work tomorrow, and I had a long day planned in Dallas as well. Please check back for more on that adventure!

Enjoy The Ride,

-Matt

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