Day Trippin’ in Dallas
Due to the apocalyptic, ring of fire like weather conditions we’ve had in North Texas for the last few months I haven’t been on a long ride in ages. The minute the weather cooled off I knew it was time to spend some serious time in the saddle so I took last Friday off and did just that. I volunteered my buddy Dennis, who’s also a neighbor and realtor, to ride along.
Just after 9am we left far North Dallas via Meandering Way to the start of the White Rock Creek Trail at LBJ and Hillcrest (sorta). We headed south until we came to Forest Lane and hopped onto the service road at Central for breakfast at Cindy’s New York Delicatessen. Cindy’s good.
After fueling up we took a new (to me) paved path that’s just north of Cindy’s which allows you to go under Central where we made our way to Forest lane which took us to the Cottonwood Creek Trail.
They only recently finished the Cottonwood so this was a section I had not seen nor ridden. It’s awesome. We stayed on the trail until it ended at the White Rock Creek trail. I brought my Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Tab along for the ride. It has a camera which also take panoramic shots, this is one of them:
In fact all of the photos in this article were taken with either my Samsung tablet or my Samsung Galaxy Vibrant phone. Magic mobile picture makers. Here’s another panoramic shot:
We took the White Rock Creek trail to, well, White Rock lake. Here was something I don’t think I had ever seen – the White Rock lake spillway was almost bone dry, virtually no water at all was running over it:
After riding much of White Rock Lake we took residential streets over to Mockingbird Station and hopped on the DART light rail to take us part of the way back home. I pedaled into my driveway about 5pm. It was a long, very enjoyable day on two wheels.
These are some of the least traveled and most peaceful bike trails in Dallas, well at least on a work day that is. You hardly ever come in contact with cars so you don’t have that hyper “I could get killed any minute” thing going on in your head. So you’re able to relax and just keep an eye out for other cyclists and pedestrians, which is easy to do.
This is a great ride for those who enjoy long hours of solitude and relaxation. Not to go all new age here, but this was a very calming and contemplative ride for me. In spite of everything being scorched from the heat the scenery was still gorgeous and peaceful and without all the traffic noise it’s remarkable quiet. Perfect for conversation with another rider (or two), or just enjoying the quiet.
If you like day trippin on two wheels and you’re looking for a long ride with very little interaction with automobiles (and the noise that goes with traffic) then create a route that combines the Cottonwood Creek and White Rock Creek trails. And if you don’t know already, White Rock Lake itself is the magic kingdom for cycling (very crowded on the weekends though).
These are just a few of the great hike and bike trails you just might see and enjoy, if you’re Biking in Dallas.
ps: guess who could use a chain ring guard on his Electra Ticino 16d?
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