Talimena Scenic Byway Tour

Talimena Scenic Drive

We are only days away from our Day-Trip to the Talimena Scenic Byway tour (July 25th).

We are starting early in Hugo, OK at 8 a.m.  Book at hotel room for Friday night, 7/24 at HiWay Inn Express ($87/night) of Hugo (2111 E Jackson St Hugo, OK 74743  580-326-5100) or Holiday Inn Express in Paris, TX (~$130/night) and we’ll head out 8 a.m. in Hugo, OK and head to the Talimena Scenic Drive.  Please let Raymond know if you can attend.

Friday: Join a few of us for dinner (think 6p) at The Village at Fairview – 75 & Stacy Rd – we’ll take a non-direct route to Paris, TX and then onto Hugo, OK.  Friday maps are here.  We will meet up at 7:00 p.m. in the Container Store parking lot closest to Stacy Rd.

Some Restaurants to Consider at The Village:

  • Twisted Root Burger
  • Zoe’s Kitchen
  • Gloria’s
  • Patrizio

Saturday (Approximate Schedule):
8:00a:    Starting from Hugo Hotel
9:15a     Talihina Rest stop/Gas (81.5 miles from Hugo) (~15 min stop)
10:00a   Stop at Overlook (~29 miles from Talihina) (~15 min stop – pictures, etc)
11:45a   Mena, AK (~106 miles from Overlook, gas stop)
12:15p   Queen Willimena Lunch Stop (~31 miles from Mena to Queen Willimena State Park)
1:45 or 2:00p      Leave Queen Willimena to head back to Texas
3:30p     Stop at Choctaw Travel Plaza (~108 miles from start, gas and restrooms)
5:45p     Arriving in McKinney Area (~130 miles from Choctaw Travel Plaza)

Here are the maps for Saturday

Update: August 1st: Social Event (Not a tour) You can RSVP at EventBrite.

Jack and Billie Rogers, members of the Lone Star Chapter since 2008, have offered to open up their home in Arlington to our chapter members for a social event on Saturday, August 1st, 2015 from 4p-8p.

While no alcohol will be served or allowed, this event will feature food, movie time and telling stories and getting to know your fellow members of the club.  Jack and Billie have a pool available for members who wish to swim.  There is an outside pool bath room but no shower available.  Be aware that the pool is deep with little shallow areas.  House and pool are not child friendly.  We recommend not brining children to the event as we cannot provide for their safety. 

If you can join us, we’d love to have you RSVP to this invite with either a maybe (so they can give a caterer an initial number) or a Yes (so we can get a final count).

August 29th: Gimmick Rally.  First annual Gimmick Rally will occur but we need at minimum of 10 cars (with a driver and navigator).  This Rally is a scavenger hunt and is self-paced, non-timed and street-legal.  Brian George is leading the rally and pre-registration (which is letting Brian George know you want to participate) is required.

Update: September 12th: Half-day tour from Lone Star Park Come early to see the Auto Cross Group do some runs.  We’re working to make this a show and tell event for all BMWs in the area.  We will leave Lone Star Park about 1 p.m. and head somewhere interesting for dinner possibilities.  More details to come.

Whitewright Tour Maps Now Available

UPDATE Sat, June 20th: Half day tour to Whitewright, TX (sort-of) with brunch thrown in.  We’ll start in McKinney at the RaceTrac at 1004 E University Dr 9 a.m.  If we need to split the group into two run groups, we will use two different destinations.  Primary brunch destination is Cattleman’s Cafe in Blue Ridge (Gerald scoped it out and said if we get close to 20 people, they will not be able to fit us all).  The secondary destination is The Breakfast Stop in Boham.  Both maps may be used tomorrow, so please bring both along with you.  Raymond Mimick will be leading this tour so please let him know if you are coming along.

Maps: McKinney to Blue Ridge

Maps: McKinney to Bonham

Both routes cover a similar section of road and both will run through Whitewright for a short stop to take pictures if desired.

Whitewright Tour this Saturday and More

We have a tour to Whitewright, TX scheduled for this Saturday.  If you would like to participate (and possibly claim Father’s Day as an excuse), please let Raymond Mimick (rmimick@iname.com) know you will join us (to make sure we have everyone before we start).

Below is our latest news on the touring-front:

Generally, we have about 16 cars attending our tours as of June 2015.  We welcome all to join us.  With this many cars, we highly recommend purchasing a 40-channel CB radio (this is different than an FRS radio) to hear about road conditions and participate in group discussions (if this is your first time, this is not required to get a taste of the road).  Locally, a number of us have used Bonnie & Clyde’s off Harry Hines in Dallas.  The Midland radios have worked well and if you want to only receive announcements, the handheld version will work.

Please review the Touring Etiquette so we are all on the same page.

Sat, June 20th: Half day tour to Whitewright, TX (sort-of) with brunch thrown in.  We’ll start in McKinney at the RaceTrac at 1004 E University Dr 9 a.m. head up toward Sherman and stop near Whitewright (CJ’s Grand Street Cafe is closed for renovations; working on alternate in Bonham).  Maps are being prepared once we know our breakfast/brunch destination. Raymond Mimick will be leading this tour so please let him know if you are coming along.

July 25th: Talimena Scenic Drive from Hugo, TX to Queen Wilhelmina State Park and back again.  Book at hotel room for Friday night, 7/24 at HiWay Inn Express of Hugo (2111 E Jackson St Hugo, OK 74743  580-326-5100) and we’ll head out 8 a.m. and head to the Talimena Scenic Drive.  Please let Raymond know if you can attend.

New: August 1st: (Not a tour) We will have a social event at Jack & Billie’s House in Arlington, TX in the late afternoon/early evening.  More details to come.

New: August 29th: Gimmick Rally.  First annual Gimmick Rally will occur but we need at minimum of 10 cars (with a driver and navigator).  This Rally is a scavenger hunt and is self-paced, non-timed and street-legal.  Brian George is leading the rally and pre-registration (which is letting Brian George know you want to participate) is required.

New: September 12th: Half-day tour with Lone Star Park destination around lunch time to meet up with the Auto Cross Group.  More details to come.

Touring home page: http://lscbmwcca.org/upcoming-events/driving-tours/

Tioga, TX Tour Saturday June 6, 2015

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Tioga, TX Tour

Starting At Cars and Coffee Saturday June 6, 2015

Join us this coming Saturday, June 6th for a brief tour after Cars and Coffee to Tioga, Texas where we will have lunch at Clark’s Outpost BBQ (http://www.tmbbq.com/clarks-outpost-2014/). We will meet at 9:45 am at the SMU campus in Plano near Classic BMW. The address is 5216 Democracy Drive, Plano, Texas. Look for Brian George and his Jet Black BMW Z4. The tour will cover approximately 119 miles of fantastic North Texas roads with panoramic countrysides and some tight twisties. We will take a quick break during the drive most likely around Lake Kiowa. Our final destination is Clark’s Outpost BBQ in Tioga where they not only have great BBQ, but are also known for their delicious homemade pies.

Maps for the drive are available on the web site at https://lscbmwcca.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/cars-and-coffee-june-2015.pdf.

From:  5216 Democracy Drive, Plano, Texas

When:  9:45 am

To:  Clark’s Outpost BBQ in Tioga, Texas

Please RSVP to Brian George (bgeorge0049@gmail.com – 469-400-0049).