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Old 12-18-2014, 01:00 PM   #1
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Lone Star Loop (2,180 DS loop)

Ive been following with great interest the progress of the Red to the Rio Loop on TWT.
Thought Id share some info on the Lone Star Loop I just finished developing.
The Loop is 2,180 miles in length. I havent verified the numbers but my guess is it is 70% dirt county roads and 30% pavement. Of that 30%, probably 10-15% is blacktop county roads. My goal was to include as much dirt as possible but when you get close to highly urbanized areas, and much of East Texas, its hard to find dirt even on county roads.
I have ridden about 98% of the stretch from US 82 west Of Benjamin south to Rock Springs, a little over 600 miles. The rest of the Loop I have verified on the TXDOT County Grid Map and have flown the entire loop on Google Earth. I have attached a snapshot of the Loop and a Goodle Earth kmz file.
The numbering of the routes begins at Jayton, 90 miles east of Lubbock. I have a master .gdb file consisting of 17 routes and 49 tracks. Also, I have broken the master down into three segments, i.e., three separate .gdb files in order to keep the track total under 20 to fit my Garmin 60 CSX limitations.
If anyone is interested in the .gdb files email me and Ill send then. Also, if anyone has opportunity to ride a portion of the Loop Id appreciate any feedback. My plan is to ride the entire Loop next fall as weather wise that seems to be best .
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Old 12-18-2014, 01:23 PM   #2
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Re: Lone Star Loop (2,180 DS loop)

That was not an easy task I bet. Nice route. Nine Mile Rd in Sabine County is closed . Need to work around that part of the route. I will try and ride some of the East route if some other are interested in a little ride sometime.
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Old 12-18-2014, 01:28 PM   #3
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That looks like a lot of time spent putting this together. Thanks for putting it out there. Yes, sadly, Mr. Bean assured us that Nine Mile is fenced.
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Old 12-18-2014, 01:40 PM   #4
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Old 12-18-2014, 06:56 PM   #5
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Old 12-18-2014, 09:15 PM   #6
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Old 12-18-2014, 09:17 PM   #7
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Re: Lone Star Loop (2,180 DS loop)

Thanks for the input guys!

I've been emailing back and forth with the Sabine Forest Service ... they sent me a PDF map of all "open" roads in the park. According to the map Nine-Mile Road is open westward from the junction with Reeves Road to Nf-121 then on to TX 2261. The map shows no road from Reeves east to the peninsula.

It would be great if someone close to the area could verify if it is open to the west ...
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Old 12-19-2014, 08:08 AM   #8
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Re: Lone Star Loop (2,180 DS loop)

Now, you need to form a nonprofit like the BDR fellows did and get Sterling Noren to film it and produce a DVD. Ill direct it naturally from onboard a fully sponsored BMW 1200 Adventure...



Thanks for great work!

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Old 12-19-2014, 08:12 AM   #9
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Old 12-19-2014, 12:43 PM   #10
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Re: Lone Star Loop (2,180 DS loop)

Exactly where was/is Nine Mile Road? Anywhere near Scrappin Valley?
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Old 12-19-2014, 02:01 PM   #11
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Re: Lone Star Loop (2,180 DS loop)

Riding Henderson to Paris tomorrow.
No video, only phone camera. I'll get vid cam sometime.
Just plugged my gps in to look at route I had loaded in last night
and it's not working now.just went out. freaking electronics.

If something interesting will snap pic.

question on part of the route;
you loop way back to west to Center, there is 139/2787 that you can follow up to 84 pretty close to the bridge at state line, actually lot switch backs to do that.
Back to south of 84 (texas side) there a camping area on the river. A big picnic/launch site that you can put a tent. I assume you still can.
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Not too sure the weather is going to be like it was suppose to earlier.
Weather man was wrong about today. Sunday looks better and Monday even better.

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Old 12-19-2014, 03:28 PM   #12
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Old 12-19-2014, 04:17 PM   #13
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Oooo... me likey.
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Old 12-19-2014, 04:46 PM   #14
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Wow. Lots of work into that one.
Very interested.
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Old 12-21-2014, 08:39 AM   #15
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That looks fantastic, thanks for sharing! I would love to give it a shot....
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Old 12-21-2014, 09:00 AM   #16
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I rode about 30 miles of it yesterday, then it turned colder and wetter.
Just a suggestion as this is your route. I would move that Rusk/Henderson to the East.
Was looking at Google Earth and looks like there is some dirt roads to move it to.
Have two choices there about getting over/past the Sabine. Go into La and turn north to route back on Hwy 31 (short dirt road for part of connection), or go something like 50 miles to the west of Logansport and cross, then back to East to pickup North route (don't remember the route I saw).

Going to try to go back out Monday, tomorrow. Don't know at this time.
I want to get up to Caddo lake and check out the state park there.

At the Toledo Bend dam (maybe 3 or 4 miles from it), there use to be a place to rent cabins w/kitchen/cookware. This place was right on the water.
That would be a nice layover.

Wondering if a separate thread is needed just for posting suggested changes and pic of the route.

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Old 12-21-2014, 02:28 PM   #17
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JB, this actually made me get up off my duff and join TWT. Funny, not two weeks ago I got out on a Saturday and tried to map a route from my neighborhood (north Dallas) to the OAT via dirt. I made it as far as the Oklahoma border. My path crosses yours up near Whitesburo. After the first, i'll be buying an actual GPS and prolly asking you for this route. I'd like to test east and west of I35 as soon as the weather breaks.
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Old 12-22-2014, 06:58 AM   #18
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Re: Lone Star Loop (2,180 DS loop)

This is a pretty sweet route, you obviously took a lot of time to put this together. I hope you are looking for input, but in the area north of Houston there is a route that has potentially more dirt that goes through Sam Houston National Forest. No worries, just a suggestion.
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Old 12-22-2014, 08:30 AM   #19
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This is a pretty sweet route, you obviously took a lot of time to put this together. I hope you are looking for input, but in the area north of Houston there is a route that has potentially more dirt that goes through Sam Houston National Forest. No worries, just a suggestion.
Is the OHV tag required for that?
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Old 12-22-2014, 11:04 AM   #20
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Is the OHV tag required for that?
No not on the dirt road. Only on the trails.
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