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San Antonio Tx from Ontario Canada

Postby pgfireman » Mon May 25, 2015 12:57 pm



I have a conference to go to in San Antonio TX in June ( I know, hot) my crazy side is beckoning and suggesting I ride. It's 28 hours by Google maps, so I figure three long days each way on the 'slab. But, there's a lot of states I have never been through on the way and it intrigues me. The options shown are (from Detroit) 75, 71, 65, then 40 from Memphis or 24, 69, 70, 57, 55 to 40 in Memphis then on from there. I'm pretty sure I can handle the 1000 km or 600 mile days (done it before) and I know the heat is going to be strong as soon as I get close. What advice or tips can anyone add for me? (Apaprt from fly, I already heard that one! ) Thanks,



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Re: San Antonio Tx from Ontario Canada

Postby cbx4evr » Mon May 25, 2015 1:34 pm

Are you asking for route advice or suggestions for the hot weather/

If its regarding riding in hot weather I have linked a very good article about hot weather riding and related gear. I purchased some of the LD Comfort garments that were suggested and it made a big difference. I don't do well in hot weather and I refuse to ride in shorts and a t-shirt.

http://www.ironbutt.com/ibmagazine/Iron ... 66_Hot.pdf
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Re: San Antonio Tx from Ontario Canada

Postby pgfireman » Mon May 25, 2015 1:36 pm

Thanks for the reply. I'm not so worried about the heat - more directions etc. I wont ride in shorts etc. either - but I will ride with light protective gear over thin stuff.

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Re: San Antonio Tx from Ontario Canada

Postby NVSB4 » Mon May 25, 2015 3:12 pm

The way things have been going so far this year, I would worry more about weather than heat.
There have been more thunderstorms in May than ever before.
However the "forecast" for June shows relatively mild with highs only in the mid 80's.
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Re: San Antonio Tx from Ontario Canada

Postby redbug » Mon May 25, 2015 4:44 pm

Howdy, Your directions 75.71,65,40 would be the way. Fuel before you get into Memphis and Little Rock. Then I-30 at Little Rock into Dallas, then I-35 into San Antonio.
Memphis Is the home of Elvis (4 hour min on tour of home) and lots of BBQ (till your belly is full) .Now south of Little Rock AR. You need to get off the interstate for a while. Pick up US70 over to Hot Springs Then US70 down to De Queen AR. pick up US71 S to I-30 or US70 to US270 To "Y" City and US71 south back to I-30. I like the 270 route myself.Now I don't know how much extra time you have so If you want more info let me know.
Butler maps now have apps for both phones and you can plan a route with there app. They have a excellent Ozarks only map.which you will be in part of the time. Have a great ride. Oh by the way, the Alamo does not have a basement.
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Re: San Antonio Tx from Ontario Canada

Postby pgfireman » Tue May 26, 2015 7:12 am

Great advice, thank you that sounds like the way to go. I know Memphis a bit, did business there - been to Graceland a couple of times, Staxx, Sun Studios and the Gibson factory. Love em all. My fav' for ribs is The Rendezvous but Whits makes good bbq (for a transplanted Brit living in Canada) too!. Thanks kindly for the advice, i will let you know how it goes. As for the weather I see it on the news, I guess when it comes down to the wire I will cage it if I have to.

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Postby littlebeaver » Tue May 26, 2015 7:43 am

Yes, La Margarita at the Market Square is a excellent Tex Mex restaurant, Everyone goes to Mi Tierra there at the square but the food is better at La Margarita, it's on the west end of Commerce street (Market Square), I am from San Antonio and its a favorite for sure,, Mi Tierra is louder, brighter and has a party atmosphere with live music, the food is good there but I just like the other place better...

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Re: San Antonio Tx from Ontario Canada

Postby pgfireman » Tue May 26, 2015 9:02 am

Perfect! Thanks for the tips I'm already hungry. I will steer that way.

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Postby littlebeaver » Tue May 26, 2015 9:26 am

Don't mess with any of the Bandito's Motorcycle club members down there, If you see a group of them riding, don't pass them up..... Avoid them if you see any of them at a bar, just go to another bar.. These guys are nothing to mess with, they are known for being aggressive.... :shock: San Antonio is a beautiful place, people are very friendly and there are lots of sites to see.....If you get a chance go up to the tower of the America's, there is a outside observation deck and you can walk around the tower and see for miles.....It's so cool riding the elevator up to the top, it's got a window to look out as you go up 800 feet. :shock:

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Re: San Antonio Tx from Ontario Canada

Postby pgfireman » Tue May 26, 2015 11:22 am

Duly noted re: the Banditos. I appreciate the warning. The tower sounds great, I will look for it.

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Re: San Antonio Tx from Ontario Canada

Postby NVSB4 » Tue May 26, 2015 12:25 pm

littlebeaver wrote:Everyone goes to Mi Tierra there at the square but the food is better at La Margarita


I agree about La Margarita being "más auténtico".

littlebeaver wrote:If you get a chance go up to the tower of the America's


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Re: San Antonio Tx from Ontario Canada

Postby texwing » Wed May 27, 2015 9:44 pm

Regarding your Texas leg, if you want to see some Texas country, might consider cutting across some back roads from Texarkana to SA. Plus, I-35 south from Dallas is notorious for heavy traffic and miles of backup should you be unlucky enough to get behind a traffic jam or accident...forget Friday or Sunday afternoons, everybody's going home. Austin corridor can be stop n go, too, there is a bypass, but has a toll.
Some nice country off the interstates, if you have the time.
Enjoy your ride.
Planning a trip out to New Mexico in June myself, west of SA through some hill country across wide open West Texas. The old saying is you can watch your dog run away for three days!
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Re: San Antonio Tx from Ontario Canada

Postby littlebeaver » Thu May 28, 2015 7:44 am

He is so correct about I-35 from Dallas to SA., 90 mph is about how fast they drive in the fast lane, bumber to bumber too, freaks me out everytime....Trucks, trucks, and more freakin Trucks too, sometimes I just take 281 south, I will shoot over south of Fort Worth, to bypass all that mess in Austin, 281 is a great road for a bike ride, not that much traffic at all... :D But But with all this heavy rain and flooding I'd stay on the interstate....

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Re: San Antonio Tx from Ontario Canada

Postby redbug » Thu May 28, 2015 8:41 am

Yes you guys are right about the Dallas to the south and north. How bout this , pick up US 271 off of I-30 at Mt Pleasant and go south from there. Even 59 over from Texarkana is a good route. Find time to go around Dallas area unless you want to see it.
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Re: San Antonio Tx from Ontario Canada

Postby pgfireman » Thu May 28, 2015 1:24 pm

You guys are great! Thanks that one of the reasons that I love this forum. I really appreciate the advice and the local been there done that knowledge. I'm just firming things up now and then the anticipation will really kick in!




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