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Old 10-14-2018, 10:24 AM   #41
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Re: Texas routing help needed - please

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Be aware that the Sam Houston Tollroad on the south side of Houston is under construction and widening. This weekend it is completely closed at Cullen and traffic is being diverted onto the 2 lane feeder. What a freaking mess. If you can avoid the beltway then I would do so. They are also working on tieing in 288 to the beltway so that could be a mess as well.

My only other concern would be I-45 between Galveston and the South beltway. The last time we were there it was under major construction and traffic was a complete mess. Someone who knows that part of 45 can fill you in on the current mess of rebuilding 45.

Thanks. I did go to the Transtar pages and I don't see anything that would impact the tollroad that night other than some exit closures.
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Old 10-14-2018, 01:23 PM   #42
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Good feedback. Thanks. I'll have to check Waze as we're getting ready to leave the hotel and see if there are any hot spots going south that would cause me to decide to use the turnpike.

Of course, considering "rally luck" it will look clear and then just as soon as I pass the Turnpike there will be an accident ahead on the Expressway.

Waze is a good strategy. I used it almost every drive around the metroplex.

There is a southbound HOV lane you can use on Central. The start moves around a bit due to construction; looks like itís around Plano Parkway now. It runs to LBJ, where you take a ramp up and exit to the service drive, then renter the main lanes from the right just south of LBJ. It is a win if traffic is backed up in the mile or two prior to LBJ, but if traffic is moving it is best to stay in the left mainlane and motor on through.
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Old 10-14-2018, 02:04 PM   #43
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...everybody sleeps in a little bit at the end of the week...
...but not on Sunday afternoon.
I just rolled in from a NE Texas twisty loop. Bumper to bumper southbound 45 at 1:00 pm from about Legacy to... the Equator. No construction or accidents, just a lot of stupid.
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Old 10-14-2018, 05:53 PM   #44
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A bit late to inform you, but I-45 is under heavy construction from Dickinson to NASA Road 1 and you are guaranteed to stop several times in that 5 mile stretch - would probably take at least 30 minutes during Friday rush hours.
I don't anticipate being in that section until somewhere between 7 pm and 10 pm. According to TranStar they don't close down the lanes until 9 pm so hopefully I can get through before then.
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Old 10-14-2018, 08:49 PM   #45
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Posted two hours ago... ugh...

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Old 10-14-2018, 09:20 PM   #46
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Re: Texas routing help needed - please

from the Storm Prediction Center
https://www.spc.noaa.gov/

Day 4-8 Convective Outlook
NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
1213 AM CDT Sun Oct 14 2018

Valid 171200Z - 221200Z

...DISCUSSION...
The threat for severe thunderstorms is negligible across the CONUS
during the Wed/D4 to Sun/D8 period. High pressure and a cold front
will shunt a moist, unstable air mass largely offshore by Thu/D5,
the exception being FL with the threat of a few convective showers.
Some low-level moisture return will occur during the Fri/D6 to
Sun/D8 period across southeast TX eastward along the northern Gulf
Coast, but winds aloft will remain weak there with an upper high
centered over the Gulf of Mexico.

..Jewell.. 10/14/2018

I'll be here (Chicago) at work starting tomorrow night (11-7) thru Saturday morning. I'll watch the thread and try to keep the weather updated for you if you would like.
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Old 10-15-2018, 08:02 PM   #47
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Yes, please. I'll check the forum on Thursday to see what the latest is. Thanks
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Old 10-15-2018, 09:55 PM   #48
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I’ll be out back working on an ark...
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Old 10-16-2018, 12:38 AM   #49
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Re: Texas routing help needed - please

Oct is the 2nd wettest month in texas, Sept is #1.

Did you get that undercarriage thing taken care of on your Goldwing ? Hard to imagine alligators in the desert
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Old 10-18-2018, 08:40 PM   #50
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Oct is the 2nd wettest month in texas, Sept is #1.

Did you get that undercarriage thing taken care of on your Goldwing ? Hard to imagine alligators in the desert
October is the wettest in Arizona history since they began keeping records around 1886.

Yes, the lower cowling was replaced. I had asked him to keep the old one so I could hang it in my garage, but he forgot and tossed it...

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Old 10-19-2018, 12:02 AM   #51
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Day 3 Convective Outlook
NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
1205 AM CDT Thu Oct 18 2018

Valid 201200Z - 211200Z (20th 7am to 21st 7am central time)

...NO SEVERE THUNDERSTORM AREAS FORECAST...

...SUMMARY...
Isolated thunderstorms are possible Saturday evening from northwest
Arizona into southern Nevada and Utah, along the northern Gulf
Coast, and in the vicinity of Lakes Erie and Ontario.

...Synopsis...
A strongly cyclonic 100-140 kt mid to upper level jet will dive
southeastward across the Midwest and toward the Ohio Valley during
the day, with substantial cooling aloft across the Great Lakes. Cold
air aloft coupled with the relatively warm lakes may result in
low-topped thunderstorms from northeast Ohio into western New York
during the afternoon and evening.

To the south, an east-west oriented front will continue to push
south toward the northern Gulf Coast, where 65-70 F dewpoints will
exist supporting a few weak thunderstorms prior to the front moving
offshore.

To the west, a weak upper low will approach coastal central
California, with steep lapse rates aloft extending eastward toward
the Colorado river valley. Midlevel moisture will spread northwest
across Arizona and into the Great Basin during the evening, with
scattered thunderstorms expected. Small hail cannot be ruled out
with some of the cells due to cold air aloft and modest deep-layer
shear, but severe weather is not anticipated.

So Saturday and Sunday might be drying out in Texas
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Old 10-19-2018, 12:03 AM   #52
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https://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day3otlk.html

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Old 10-19-2018, 12:20 AM   #53
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From the DFW NWS office

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
Dallas-Ft. Worth 56 58 55 70 50 / 50 100 70 20 0
Waco 55 60 58 68 52 / 60 100 80 40 0
Paris 52 56 54 69 47 / 30 90 70 10 0
Denton 54 58 55 71 49 / 60 100 60 10 0
McKinney 55 58 55 70 49 / 40 100 70 10 0
Dallas 56 60 56 71 51 / 50 100 70 20 0
Terrell 56 59 56 69 51 / 30 90 80 20 0
Corsicana 56 60 55 67 50 / 40 90 80 40 0
Temple 56 61 58 65 54 / 60 100 70 40 0
Mineral Wells 54 59 55 70 48 / 80 90 50 20 0

From the League City office
PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
College Station (CLL) 58 69 58 69 56 / 30 50 50 30 10
Houston (IAH) 62 78 64 74 60 / 30 40 40 30 10
Galveston (GLS) 73 80 72 78 66 / 50 50 50 30 20


A good chance you folks will be riding in the rain for most of the day. Be careful
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Old 10-19-2018, 12:27 AM   #54
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I assume you're zonked at the motel in Allen, dreaming of overcast skies but no rain. Oh well, the local forecast (for west & SW of me) is 40% chance of showers but only 0.06" so may get fine riding conditions, at least on the Kilgore -> Conroe leg. High temp is supposed to be abt 70F so that sounds good.

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Old 10-19-2018, 01:07 AM   #55
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Re: Texas routing help needed - please

Thanks all, but in the end I decided to call it off. Although everything looks like it will be much drier today/tonight, with as much flooding as we've seen already in the area just west of Austin I don't want to chance it.

I thought I was just going to have to forfeit my fee, but I did find out yesterday that I can do the ride on another day of my choosing. Since I was thinking of riding Texas for next year's Tour Of Honor I might just make it a week of riding with the TOH and the IBA and the time to get here / get home.

Thank you to all who offered help/suggestions/advice/info; this has really been a good example of what the Moto/LD community is really like.
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Old 10-19-2018, 06:29 AM   #57
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And... they're off. Here is just a few of the many "World's Toughest Riders" (of which I am not one this morning) about to set off on their 1,000+ tour of Texas this morning. I'll be back in April to knock this out. One great thing about this photo is that it shows three of the dominant brands used by LD riders: H-D (various models), Honda (typically the Gold Wing), and BMW (various models). The 4th big one would be the Yamaha FJR and then the Kawasaki Concours.





And this is why I'm not riding today...





The upside is that we will have some specific Rally Planning training this morning at 9 am that I'll be able to attend, and then put it to use tomorrow morning at 6:30 for a four hour "mini rally" around the DFW area.


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That do look bad. Down here the tv guys say warm air is flowing north at high elevations and cold air flowing south at low elv. Causing condensation to precipitation. Meaning ,that wet feeling .
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Old 10-19-2018, 12:46 PM   #59
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Getting worse as the day progresses. I'm sure there will be stories to be told and heard tomorrow at the awards dinner.




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