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Re: DFW RTE East Texas Curving Grounds 19 MAR 16
« Reply #25 on: March 22, 2016, 03:51:50 pm »

It was educational for me to learn that Texas is second only to Minnesota in the amount of fresh water lake shoreline.

Nice write up for sure.  Did your GPS track the route so you could retrace it or look at it and see where you have been?
I'm not sure if I would be able to recall all you did - Of course if you live there it should be easier to remember where you've been.   :great:

Even though it is too cold to ride here (for me) with lows below freezing, at least in my lifetime I have never seen a temp of 110° here.
Last year I think we hit 90° twice (maybe) and the year before (2014) we never hit 90°.
So I guess there are pros and cons to most things and Summertime here is pretty good as I can't remember thinking it's too hot to ride.
But Winter here sucks, whereas I assume there are very few days it gets too cold for you to ride - but it does get to hot?  ???


I'm wondering who told you MN and TX have the most fresh water shoreline.
I think I would have to see some info to prove that to me.

I found this and think it's probably closer to the truth.

The Great Lakes coast measures approximately 10,500 miles (16,900 km);[15] however, the length of a coastline is impossible to measure exactly and is not a well-defined measure (see Coastline paradox). Of the total 10,500 miles (16,900 km) of shoreline, Canada borders approximately 5,200 miles (8,400 km), while the remaining 5,300 miles (8,500 km) are bordered by the United States. Michigan has the longest shoreline of the United States, bordering roughly 3,288 miles (5,292 km) of shoreline, followed by Wisconsin (820 miles (1,320 km)), New York (473 miles (761 km)), and Ohio (312 miles (502 km)).[49] Traversing the shoreline of all the lakes would cover a distance roughly equivalent to travelling half-way around the world at the equator.[15]

Could it have been MI instead of MN?

We have a lot of lakes in MI and when you add the Great Lakes, I have to believe that we are #1 if not at least #2 in the USA.  JMO.




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Re: DFW RTE East Texas Curving Grounds 19 MAR 16
« Reply #26 on: March 23, 2016, 05:13:26 pm »
Thanks, Karl. Yes, my GPS tracked the return trip. I was too lazy to look at it. The first part of the trip was the most scenic anyway.

Wow, to only hit 90° F a couple of times per summer. That would be quite different indeed, from Texas. I'm sure you have your fair share of trade offs, though, like mosquitoes and black flies. We have mosquitoes here, but they're not nearly as bad here as they are up north around the great lakes or in Florida. This "winter" in Texas was more like fall. It never really got cold at all. I rode throughout most of the winter season.

I ride here in the really hot stuff, but it's not pleasant. It's more like riding inside a hair dryer. It's easy to put on more clothes when it's cold. It's a lot harder to shed clothes due to the heat - and remain safe with the necessary protective gear.

The part about Texas being second only to Minnesota in lake shoreline was stated on a plaque at the Texas fish hatchery we visited.
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Re: DFW RTE East Texas Curving Grounds 19 MAR 16
« Reply #27 on: March 23, 2016, 08:14:09 pm »
Thanks, Karl. Yes, my GPS tracked the return trip. I was too lazy to look at it. The first part of the trip was the most scenic anyway.

Wow, to only hit 90° F a couple of times per summer. That would be quite different indeed, from Texas. I'm sure you have your fair share of trade offs, though, like mosquitoes and black flies. We have mosquitoes here, but they're not nearly as bad here as they are up north around the great lakes or in Florida. This "winter" in Texas was more like fall. It never really got cold at all. I rode throughout most of the winter season.

I ride here in the really hot stuff, but it's not pleasant. It's more like riding inside a hair dryer. It's easy to put on more clothes when it's cold. It's a lot harder to shed clothes due to the heat - and remain safe with the necessary protective gear.

The part about Texas being second only to Minnesota in lake shoreline was stated on a plaque at the Texas fish hatchery we visited.

Thanks for the info Jim.

The mosquitoes are not bad here - in the UP near Lake Superior they are much worse. 
Very few Black flies here either unless your on a horse farm - Some regular flies but not to bad compared to other places I've been.
The Summers here are pretty good for the most part - it's just that it's a short season. May - Sept some years.  It can be a bit longer or shorter
depending on the year.  Maybe if global warming kicks in our season will start sooner and end later.  Fine by me.

No offense, and I know your just reporting what a "plaque" said - but unless that plaque stated numbers to back it up, like the info I posted,
well lets just say you can't believe everything on a plaque.  I know because of where I live, I don't believe that MN and TX have more than MI. 
If they were only including inland lakes - well maybe, but because the Great Lakes are fresh water I think they would have to include those - maybe they didn't.