Author Topic: Route 66 to Southern Tier - Somewhere between Amarillo and OKC/Tulsa  (Read 901 times)

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Offline ega

Good evening -

60 yo from OH on first USA XC tour. Most of it Solo. 
(But toured in 80s in Europe and Canada - just things were different then).
Currently on BR66, West to East.
Camping gear is along, however, numerous campgrounds remain closed, I like a comfortable bed and warm shower, so that is currently primary accommodation mode.

Looking to migrate from the BR66 to the Southern Tier somewhere in the range between Amarillo and OKC/Tulsa.  Would be a plus to skirt Dallas, but not required.  Suggestions? Thoughts? Estimating mid- to late- July.   Thanks In Advance.

Offline John Nettles

Do you happen to have a GPS?  I have gps data to take you from OKC (or Tulsa) to New Orleans from a tour I did about 5 years ago.  My cue sheets are S to N so they won't help.  Since smaller county roads are involved, numerous turns so in the absence of a cue sheet, a GPS would be needed. Unfortunately, I currently do not have the time to come up with the N to S cue sheet in time for you.

Tailwinds, John

Offline ega

"Do you happen to have a GPS?"
Tailwinds, John

Yes.  I'm riding with a Garmin Edge 1030.  I would definitely be interested in your GPS data and the sheets as well.  That would be much appreciated. I assume you have my e-address from profile.  Let me know if you need other information. Thx.

Offline TCS

What's more important for you, the destination, or the journey?

If the destination is the important goal (or if you are time-constrained), then hop on US83 in Shamrock, Texas, and ride the shoulder down to Leakey, Texas.  415 miles, straight shot, Route 66 to Southern Tier, done.

If the journey is the important goal (and if you have adequate time), here's a route from Elk City, Oklahoma to Bastrop, Texas filled with mountains (?  yes!), lakes, a big waterfall, state parks, tiny towns and their fascinating and sometimes quirky museums, wineries, breweries, giraffes and dinosaurs.  It's country lanes wherever possible (all paved).  There are places to camp and motels at reasonable intervals.

I like riding through big cities -- IF I have a good route.  Cities are the yin to the countryside's yang.  Cities are where the biggest museums and best architecture are found.  Cities are where you'll find large, well-stocked bike shops with good mechanics and camping supply stores.  Cities have airports and train stations.  Cities have Warm Showers.

This route crosses Dallas, something over half on bike paths and bike lanes and the rest on tree-lined neighborhood streets.  If you just can't deal for whatever reason, that's cool:  you can put your bike on Red Line light rail in Plano, switch to the #574 bike rack-equipped bus in Oak Cliff and pretty much skip riding the whole city - you'd miss the School Book Depository and the grassy knoll, though.

Give it a look.  About 750 miles in five segments.

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