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Springfield Neighborhood Tour-2020
« on: May 03, 2019, 12:52:48 AM »

For those interested, I have had plans for a Springfield neighborhood tour planned for as soon as possible (date pending). This fact isnít well known, but it appears that our Springfield here was the birthplace of spring training (in the late 1800s). The exact site is said to have been Waterworks Park, now a sad-looking piece of history in the area of Springfield that is right where it
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Re: Texas Road Meet? (Looking At El Paso Or Fort Worth)
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2019, 12:59:44 AM »

How would you be able to host it unless your family is willing to fly with you from Jacksonville to El Paso or DFW?

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Re: Texas Road Meet? (Looking At El Paso Or Fort Worth)
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2019, 10:48:07 AM »

So you're asking for there to be one. Got it. Not sure if there's ever even been one.

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Re: Texas Road Meet? (Looking At El Paso Or Fort Worth)
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2019, 11:02:32 AM »

Now we have fictional road meets?  :pan:
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Re: Texas Road Meet? (Looking At El Paso Or Fort Worth)
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2019, 12:10:46 PM »

So you're asking for there to be one. Got it. Not sure if there's ever even been one.

Gene V. hosted a meet in the DFW area several years ago. That trip remains my only foray into the Lone Star State.

I also think the recent Shreveport meet may have ventured into Texas, at least briefly.
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Re: Texas Road Meet? (Looking At El Paso Or Fort Worth)
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2019, 12:29:47 PM »

I also think the recent Shreveport meet may have ventured into Texas, at least briefly.

Just to the border and back, at least to the TX/AR/LA tripoint and perhaps also another place.
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Re: Texas Road Meet? (Looking At El Paso Or Fort Worth)
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2019, 01:21:28 PM »

I also think the recent Shreveport meet may have ventured into Texas, at least briefly.

Just to the border and back, at least to the TX/AR/LA tripoint and perhaps also another place.

I think we did it so we could go 75 on a two lane road.
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Re: Texas Road Meet? (Looking At El Paso Or Fort Worth)
« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2019, 06:01:10 PM »

I also think the recent Shreveport meet may have ventured into Texas, at least briefly.

Just to the border and back, at least to the TX/AR/LA tripoint and perhaps also another place.

I think we did it so we could go 7570 on a two lane road.
FTFY and indeed we did.

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Re: Texas Road Meet? (Looking At El Paso Or Fort Worth)
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2019, 06:37:00 PM »

I think we did it so we could go 7570 on a two lane road.
FTFY and indeed we did.

There are two-lane roads in east Texas with 75 mph limits. Just not that one, and maybe not any others near Shreveport.
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Re: Texas Road Meet? (Looking At El Paso Or Fort Worth)
« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2019, 07:12:43 PM »

Now we have fictional road meets?  :pan:

We should have a road meet centered around I-366 construction.
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Re: Texas Road Meet? (Looking At El Paso Or Fort Worth)
« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2019, 08:26:52 PM »

Now we have fictional road meets?  :pan:
We have before, but always on April 1.
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Re: Texas Road Meet? (Looking At El Paso Or Fort Worth)
« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2019, 08:35:27 PM »

I also think the recent Shreveport meet may have ventured into Texas, at least briefly.

Just to the border and back, at least to the TX/AR/LA tripoint and perhaps also another place.



I think we did it so we could go 7570 on a two lane road.
FTFY and indeed we did.

Until a month ago you could go 75 on TX 289 in Grayson County, but the city of Sherman voted to reduce it to 70 on its (entirely rural) segment and TxDOT responded by dropping it to 70 through the whole county. Hasnít slowed me down much!
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Re: Texas Road Meet? (Looking At El Paso Or Fort Worth)
« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2019, 02:11:35 PM »

I live in Fort Worth. I don't know that I could organize the whole shebang but can definitely lend a hand.
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Re: Texas Road Meet? (Looking At El Paso Or Fort Worth)
« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2019, 09:37:32 PM »

Texas is way overdue for a road meet.  Having visited Texas (mostly Houston area) two or three times every year for a dozen years, I have come to love (most) Texas roads.

One thing I love about Texas that I have seen nowhere else:

Especially in NE Texas (near the Red River) a slower vehicle will routinely ease onto the shoulder to allow faster traffic to pass without crossing the center line.

Simple common courtesy (did I say "common"?  No, in most of our world, this is quite "uncommon". 

This habit should be taught in every teen's initial driver's training.

Everything is bigger in Texas, as the major interchange flyover ramps will testify. 

I don't know if bigger is necessarily better, but Bigger Is Way Cooler.  Awesomeness never grows old.
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Re: Texas Road Meet? (Looking At El Paso Or Fort Worth)
« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2019, 12:06:38 PM »

Gene V. is now actively considering a Texas meet. Apparently the subject came up at Memphis a few weeks ago.
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Re: Texas Road Meet? (Looking At El Paso Or Fort Worth)
« Reply #15 on: May 20, 2019, 03:06:48 PM »

One thing I love about Texas that I have seen nowhere else:

Especially in NE Texas (near the Red River) a slower vehicle will routinely ease onto the shoulder to allow faster traffic to pass without crossing the center line.

This is fairly widespread in Texas.  The first time I witnessed it (back in the 1990s) was in Ector County, when no fewer than three oncoming truckers and the one I was following all moved onto the shoulder to let me pass.  During my most recent trip to Mexico (last year), I'd say I saw a dozen vehicles doing this on US-277 just between Sonora and Abilene.

Actually, letting someone pass is specifically spelled out in Texas state law as a legitimate reason to drive on the shoulder.

For what it's worth, this is ubiquitous in Mexico, where the shoulder stripe is very often dashed instead of solid specifically to encourage the behavior.
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Re: Texas Road Meet? (Looking At El Paso Or Fort Worth)
« Reply #16 on: May 20, 2019, 03:45:55 PM »

One thing I love about Texas that I have seen nowhere else:

Especially in NE Texas (near the Red River) a slower vehicle will routinely ease onto the shoulder to allow faster traffic to pass without crossing the center line.

This is fairly widespread in Texas.  The first time I witnessed it (back in the 1990s) was in Ector County, when no fewer than three oncoming truckers and the one I was following all moved onto the shoulder to let me pass.  During my most recent trip to Mexico (last year), I'd say I saw a dozen vehicles doing this on US-277 just between Sonora and Abilene.

Actually, letting someone pass is specifically spelled out in Texas state law as a legitimate reason to drive on the shoulder.

For what it's worth, this is ubiquitous in Mexico, where the shoulder stripe is very often dashed instead of solid specifically to encourage the behavior.
Perhaps this should be encouraged or considered elsewhere.  Obviously where it's safe and reasonable to do so, and perhaps some states may need to change their laws to reflect such behavior.   The end result may lead to less road rage incidents and deter some drivers from performing illegal (and perhaps dangerous) overtaking maneuvers.

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Re: Texas City Meet? (Looking at Austin City Limits)
« Reply #17 on: June 18, 2019, 10:19:04 PM »

Iím thinking that after the upcoming Pittsburgh (412) Road Meet, an Austin City Limits (512) Meet could be in order. We just need to figure out if and when itíll happen.

Since you're suggesting it, you should host it!
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Re: Texas City Meet? (Looking at Austin City Limits)
« Reply #18 on: June 19, 2019, 07:16:27 AM »

Since you're suggesting it, you should host it!
I can't say if I would be able to, however. Distance is a factor and I currently donít drive (would prefer to live elsewhere before learning how to drive again, preferably somewhere where the cost of living isnít that bad, at least when it comes to buying and/or renting). Also, there has been that notable lack of Amtrak service between New Orleans and Orlando via the historic Sunset Limited since Katrina (although it did run past Orlando to Miami in the mid-90s via the Silver Meteorís route).

We totally understand that some folks in our community don't/can't drive, and we also understand that distance is a factor. I don't fault you in any way for those things. However, it doesn't make sense when you are requesting road meets far away from where you live and expecting others to host them... when you don't even know whether you can attend those meets yourself. If you'd like to host something, make a plan, stick with the plan, and go for it. No one is stopping you.

Hopefully you'll be able to start driving at some point and/or have access to your own transportation to get you anywhere in the country where you'd like to go... and hopefully host one of these meets you're talking about. :)
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Re: Texas City Meet? (Looking at Austin City Limits)
« Reply #19 on: July 02, 2019, 09:05:08 PM »

If folks were up for a North Texas meet, are there any specific points of interest to be considered? I'm kind of a novice roadgeek, but if I were to organize something, these are a few of the things I'd include:
  • Brunch in Fort Worth at a few of the best taco places
  • Old alignment of US 80 through FW
  • Western terminus of I-30 just outside FW
  • US 180 and historic Bankhead Highway through Weatherford and Mineral Wells
  • Quick jaunt North on TX-16 to the Possum Kingdom Bridge
  • South to I-20 to start the loop back toward DFW
  • Dinner at the SmokeStack in Mingus/Thurber
Does that sound reasonably interesting/worthwhile? Anything along the way worth mentioning?
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Re: North Texas Road Meet(?)
« Reply #20 on: July 03, 2019, 12:58:50 AM »

If youíre gonna stop in Mingus to eat, might as well just venture a few more miles and eat at Maryís.
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« Reply #21 on: July 03, 2019, 08:47:07 AM »

If youíre gonna stop in Mingus to eat, might as well just venture a few more miles and eat at Maryís.
Nah, the SmokeStack will do.

As for a brunch taco stop, Iíd recommend the top-notch Velvet Taco on Seventh Street (Old US 377) at Carroll Street, at the Montgomery Plaza in the Linwood area.
Velvet Taco is good but a bit hipsterish and parking can be nightmarish. Was thinking Los Taco H's on US 287 and Rosedale as they tend to have a lot of parking earlier in the day and have my personal favorite taco out of the 425+ I've had in the area.
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« Reply #22 on: July 03, 2019, 08:50:14 AM »

If youíre gonna stop in Mingus to eat, might as well just venture a few more miles and eat at Maryís.

Never been but it would be along the route. Will have to check it out. Was considering the Smoke stack mainly for the proximity and the novelty factor.
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« Reply #23 on: July 03, 2019, 10:24:25 AM »

I almost drove old 80 back in May, but had to get home and prep for my Wyoming trip.
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« Reply #24 on: July 03, 2019, 11:41:27 AM »

I almost drove old 80 back in May, but had to get home and prep for my Wyoming trip.
Did you take New US 80 instead?

No, I wound up just coming home.
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