East Dallas Routes

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Central, Texas & Gulf States' started by Sabre170, Apr 10, 2015.

  1. Sabre170

    Sabre170 Long timer

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    I'm fairly new to the Dallas area. I live on the east side of the city and lately have been looking for good rides in the country just to the east of the city (Rockwall, Kauffman, Van Zandt, Rains, Hunt, Hopkins Counties).

    Any North East Texas riders out there with any recommended routes or roads? I'd prefer to stay paved, but am not scared to go on the FM's/County roads. I will have a GPS assisting me, so any .gpx files out there.....even better!!!

    Any suggestions are greatly appreciated
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  2. guavadude

    guavadude Dirt Nap Enthusiast

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    Whenever I ride to AR from Grapevine, I always take the FM roads that parallel the Red River out near the Caddo Grasslands. From Bonham, take FM273 North, FM100 North, FM79 East, FM197 to Hwy 271. All of those roads up there are good. If you want to keep going, take FM195 East of Paris until it hits FM37.
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  3. Sabre170

    Sabre170 Long timer

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    cool....I have yet to be that far north. I'll check it out some time.
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  4. CollinCountyTX_ADV

    CollinCountyTX_ADV n00b

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    Lots of dirt/gravel still left in Collin, Grayson and Hunt counties all the way to the red river. If you've found any down your way let me know. I haven't been down there on dirt
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  5. Sabre170

    Sabre170 Long timer

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    sorry.....I stay on paved roads. Since posting this last year, I have, however, done a lot of good exploring and found some good routes in the Kaufman-Grayson-Lamar-VanZandt county square zone (with all counties inside of it.
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  6. ADV_Pilot

    ADV_Pilot Adventurer

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    Anyone have a .gpx file for any of those routes? Looking for tracks I can ride from Dallas.
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  7. Sabre170

    Sabre170 Long timer

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    I've got some I can dig up for you.

    About how many miles for a round trip are you looking for? What's a good email address to send them to?
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  8. RidewithAB

    RidewithAB Just Ride!

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    Can you share with me also? Thanks
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  9. Sabre170

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    .gpx files work for you? PM me your email address and I'll get them to you.
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  10. Kylerbry

    Kylerbry BMW F700 GS | 1st Bike ever

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    How exactly do .gpx work? do they work with any GPS device? Is it on a chip? Do i plug it in to my device and it maps a route to my device??
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  11. Sabre170

    Sabre170 Long timer

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    All depends on what you use.


    Some stand alone gps units have memory card you can load routes onto and then from there some show a "bread crumb trail" that you follow (no turn by turn guidance....just follow the line). Others convert it to a turn by turn route.

    I use an old iPhone as a gps. GaleleoPro as a gps app. Load up the .gpx file and then I do the follow the line method. Works great for me.

    You can also just view the .gpx file route in google earth I think (the program....not google maps online ).
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  12. guavadude

    guavadude Dirt Nap Enthusiast

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    Probably best to do a google search and watch a few youtube videos. Garmin should have all the info you need.

    Here's the bullet:
    You have routes which use the map set and computer in the gps unit to determine a path. Tracks are locked down and will not change depending on the unit, so most people pass around tracks. Tracks and routes can be created in an app like Basecamp (get that from Garmin...it's free), or a route can be created on the unit and a track is created on the unit by actually riding the path....it gets recorded as a track.

    You can save these .gpx files on your computer or the internal memory of gps units that allow it. Not all units let you load files, some are too basic. The Garmin Montana is the unit a lot of ADV riders use. The Montana 610 is often on sale, and you'll need the AMPS rugged mount and the RAM mount of your choice.
    There's a ton of info, look for that thread. Also check out the GPS 101 threads for basic info and questions.

    You'll also need a map like the CNNA (Garmin City Navigator North America) since some units don't come with a map. You can get maps on an SD card but it's best to buy them on DVD so you can install them on your unit and your computer.

    So, install Basecamp, buy a Montana 610, AMPs mount, RAM ball mounts and arms, a CNNA 2017 on DVD. Grab a bunch of tracks and go for a ride!

    Or as mentioned above, use a phone or other device. I've tried both and prefer a dedicated gps but there's a lot of discussion about that as well if you search.
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  13. Cutstavo

    Cutstavo Hot diggity dog

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    Hello! Living in Rowlett, just getting into ADV. Wondering if you still have any of those tracks? It's so hard to find somewhere to ride around here!
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