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North Texas - A Trip To The Past

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Ride Stats:

  • Distance: 159 miles / 255.9 km
  • Ride Time: 2-4 hours
  • Approximate Fuel Costs: $12.08
  • State: Texas
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Feeling a bit nostalgic, I decided to hop on my new Electra Glide Ultra Classic and tour the land that my ancestors helped tame. My GGG Grandfather, Wyatt, came here with his family after the civil war and settled in the Van Alstyne area. I'm the 6th generation to live in this area. I've planned this route for a week, trying to ID as many twisty roads as I could fit in and still hit the ancestral high spots. My first destination was Wolfe City. That is where my Grandfather bought an Armoire / Dresser that he and my Grandmother had since they were married in 1935. Of course the furniture store was long gone but the sidewalks that he walked were still there.I then headed to Bailey where my dad was raised as the son of a sharecropping cotton picker. Then on up to Bonham where he went to high school. Between Bailey and Bonham I stopped at the cemetery where my G Uncle is buried. After turning 94, he died. It was 2 years ago to the day of my ride. I'd visited him many times in the rest home where he was cared for. He reminded me so much of his big brother, my grandfather.I then took the coolest route to Whitewright so I could tangle with FM697. Now THAT road is a hoot. About 14 miles of wiggle waggle that can be enjoyed at any speed.I then headed South on 75 to Van Alstyne. I dumped off the highway and stopped for some grub and coffee at the McD's. I then headed East thru some dips and twists on FM121, turned South on 3356 and then to the entrance to Worden Cemetery where my GGG Grandfather, Wyatt, is buried alongside his wife of 58 years. My GG Grandparents are buried there as well along with a couple of generations of uncles, aunts and cousins from the late 1800's and early 1900's. It's a small cemetery that has a great view of the local scenery.That was my last stop unless you count the carwash on the way home.It was a great route and is one that I'll share with my son this weekend. He's in College and is coming home to check out this dad and his new harley.

This is a motorcycle ride in the state of Texas. This motorcycle route has 5 scenery characteristics and other road conditions to help you plan your road trip. This motorcycle map was created by Wyatt in February. Click here to see other Motorcycle Roads by Wyatt

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Ride Scenery:

Historic SitesParksLakesRuralFarm Land

Best Time to Go

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Road Characteristics:

Straight RoadSweeping Curves RoadTwisty RoadRolling HillsLight TrafficSmoothAdequate Gas StationsAdequate

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chasingthesun says:

I have not ridden the entire route but the section that i did ride is very nice. Weather will be perfect today so I think its time to check this one off the list. Check back with update and maybe some pics.

Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 5:27 AM

Wyatt says:

Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM


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