This page contains the 2021 tour list and the maps we used for the tour group. Road conditions may have changed or destinations may no longer be present (ie, restaurant has closed or changed hands). Enjoy our past tours or look for some ideas for your future road travels.
This list may change through out 2021:
Fri, 1/1/2021: Hair of the Dog. Join us for our sixth-annual DFW copy of Houston’s Hair of the Dog event celebrating a new year with twisty roads and enjoyable friends. We’re looking to bring everyone back closer to Fort Worth at the end or to a restaurant with outdoor, heated seating area. Starting Point: Starbucks 1952 S Main St Weatherford, TX 76086 @ 9:00a; Ending Point: The BBQ Ranch(http://www.thebbqranch.com/menu.html) @12:20p
10250 Western Oaks Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76108. Maps
Sat, 2/20: Gimmick Rally 1p-6:30p from Downtown Decatur, TX. A Gimmick Rally is a scavenger hunt looking for the answers to clues along a pre-defined route. We’ll set a time-limit to the event and keep us within reasonable distance of the city. The winner is the one that answers the most Gimmicks with arrival time and check point times being the tie-breaker. Starting Point: Sweetie Pies Ribeyes (201 W Main St, Decatur, TX 76234). Arrive early if you want to have lunch there. We will end in Roanoke, TX. Clues Answers
Sat, 3/13: East Texas and Palestine Tour
Due to the road conditions along the route desired to head to Corsicana, we’re changing this to trip from Seagoville to Palestine and ending in Canton, TX. Starting from the Walmart in Seagoville (behind the Denny’s – 220 US-175, Seagoville, TX 75159), we’ll head out and down to Palestine and back. We’ll end the trip at Duke’s Travel Plaza in Canton, TX (about an hour from Dallas on I-20). If you can join us, please email email@example.com to let us know you’re coming. For those who want lunch, Craft 64 has outside and inside dining and the Duke’s Travel Plaza has a few options, too. Maps and we used pages 13-17 from the 2015 trip once we reached the rest stop in Palestine.
Sat, 4/3 (Easter Weekend): Cranfills Gap – starting from QT in Burleson nearest to Joshua, TX (2690 SW Wilshire Blvd, Burleson, TX 76028), we’ll take our group out and drive some interesting roads to end in Cranfills Gap at the Horny Toad Bar & Grill. Maps
Sun 4/11 – Wed 4/14: Big Bend National Park in West Texas, stopping in San Angelo along the way, but also enjoying the twisty road from Terlingua to Presido. We will do a quick stop at the McDonald Observatory and explore the area – maybe even see some Marfa lights this time. Watch your emails for more information on signing up and our plans.
Sunday (Day 1):
- 9:00a start from Cleburne Albertsons/Home Depot area
- Arrival at San Angelo The Grill for lunch and fuel
- Probably on the road by 2:00 (hopefully)
- Fuel stop in Fort Stockton around 5:00p-5:30p
- Reach Gage Hotel around 6:30p; Dinner onsite at 7:00 (let me re-check my times and I may move it to 7:30 or 8:00 – do you guys have a preference)?
Monday (Day 2)
- From Marathon, TX, we’ll head South into Big Bend, stop at the entrance for our tickets and maps
- At the Junction, we’ll head East to the end of the park
- Turn around, stop at Junction for fuel and restroom
- Stop in the Chisos Basin for lunch and relax
- Drive to Santa Elena Canyon area (may not do any hiking – but let me know if that is of interest to at least walk out to the river)
- Drive the Texas-Mexico border road to Presidio
- North to Marfa and Hotel Pasiano
- Dinner at the hotel’s restaurant Jett
- Post-dinner – any interest in looking for the Marfa Lights?
Tuesday (Day 3)
- At some point reach Alpine, TX and visit Stable Performance
- Lunch in Alpine – the food trucks did move there the last time we were present
- Head over to McDonald Observatory for 2:00-3:30p (along with a trip around the mountain)
- End in Indian Lodge in Fort Davis
- Dinner somewhere in Fort Davis
Wednesday (Day 4)
- Head back home or to the next adventure
Sat, 4/17: Bluebonnet Tour 9:00a-lunch. Starting from Shell in Palmer, TX (1639 N I-45 Palmer, TX 75152), Dennis will lead our group along the Ennis Blue Bonnet Festival route, enjoying the sites along the way. This will be much closer to a cruise along the route to take in the beauty of nature. If there is rain, this will move to Sun, 4/18. Current plans define this as a brown-bag lunch option, depending on Covid restrictions. Map 1 Map 2
Sat, 6/12: The Touring group is planning a trip out toward Daingerfield, TX with a potential stop at Daingerfield State Park. We’ll start from Buc-ee’s in Royce City (5005 E, I-30, Royse City, TX 75189) at 9:00a and then head East around a few of the North Texas lakes and enjoy some interesting scenery on the route. When you RSVP, can state if you prefer to do a picnic lunch or a visit to Outlaw’s Bar-B-Que (1404 Linda Dr, Daingerfield, TX 75638) for a lunch stop. Maps
Sat, 7/10: We’ll be heading out of McKinney, doing a loop up towards Whitewright and back down to Frisco, TX to end at Hutchins BBQ right around noon. We’ll start at 9:00a from the RaceTrac in McKinney (1004 E University Dr, McKinney, TX 75069) – that’s the East side of McKinney off US-380. Hutchins BBQ in McKinney is currently closed due to a fire back in January so we are good for Frisco. Maps
Sat 7/31: The tour group plans to run the Talimena scenic byway in Oklahoma for an all-day event. We’ll head out early in the morning and reach the Queen Wilhelmina State Park around lunch time. We’ll do some exploring and then head back home. We’ll make a stop in Paris, TX along the way. Maps
Sat 8/14: Caddo Lake Tour: Our trip to Caddo Lake will taking us through some twisty roads along the way. We’ll head over the border to Oil City, Louisiana and look over Caddo Lake from the East. Then we’ll circle around and have lunch on the West side of the Lake. After lunch, we’ll make an easy stop in Jefferson, TX and then head back toward Tyler. For those joining us from DFW area, the group will meet up at Buc-ee’s in Terrell, TX in the west side parking lot at 8:00a. We’ll stop at BMW of Tyler around 9:30. The return route will end us in Rockwall. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to add your name to the list. Maps
Sat, 9/11: Ryan will be leading us to Paris, TX for a tour of East Texas. Plan for a full day. Maps
Tues, 9/28- Sun 10/3: Bootlegger Grand Tour. We will have a dinner Meet and Greet on Wednesday evening (9/29) at 6:00 in Gatlinburg, TN. The 2 main drive days are Thursday and Friday (9/30 &10/1) ending in Little Switzerland, NC. Saturday (10/2) will most likely be an optional drive day leaving from and returning to Little Switzerland, NC. GPX Files from the event are available, please email Raymond Mimick or Brian George to get them.
Sun, 10/24-Wed, 10/27: Eureka Springs Fall Tour. We’ll leave from Allen, TX on Sunday and head up to Arkansas to catch some Fall Leaves and enjoy some twisty roads. Day 1, Day 2 Morning, Day 2 Afternoon, Day 3 Maps. GPX files are available – email Raymond Mimick to get them.
Sat, 11/13: Fall Tour around Possum Kingdom Lake. This tour will start from South of Fort Worth and head around Possum Kingdom Lake, stopping in Graham, TX for lunch. We’ll then return back to the DFW area along a few interesting routes, looking for some fall colors and enjoying a different part of the Texas landscape. Maps. GPX Files are available for this.
Sat, 12/4: Toy Run to Clark’s BBQ in Tioga. We’ll start from Classic BMW and head north and enjoy some twisty roads with the intention to end in Tioga, TX and visit Clark’s BBQ. Make plans to join us that Saturday morning. Maps.
Wed, 12/15: Christmas Lights tour and dinner. Plan to join us as we celebrate Christmas looking at different lights and then having a dinner after looking at lights. This year we’ll navigate the Deerfield neighborhood in Plano and then head to Legacy East or Legacy West for dinner. Check out their web site to see the route.