TX - Waco Run - Dallas to Waco

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  1. Nathan

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    Waco Run 2010

    A scenic and spirited drive planned for the Metroplex MINI club of Texas.

    Credit for this map and route go to agranger.

    It will take you through the roads of NE Texas... taking the long way from Burleson (south of Fort Worth) to Waco.

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    Denny's
    An optional breakfast from 8:30am to 9:30am. 868 NE Alsbury Blvd, Burleson, TX PS: Don't drink too much coffee... the leg between Glen Rose and Waco will feel much longer to you if you don't heed my w...

    Convenient Gas Station
    If you have time, it's a good idea to fill-up now!

    Meeting point
    Look for the other MINIs in the parking lot of the bank and grocery store... It is hard to miss 30-40 MINIs parked together! Turn right out of the parking lot onto Alsbury Rd.

    Driving Route from Burleson to Glen Rose
    It is easy... just follow the green line! This route is very tame and can be congested at times. We will break into smaller groups of 5-10 cars each. Sorry... no real twisties here and it's too diffic...

    Turn #2
    (3.0 Mi) Turn left at the traffic light onto NW John Jones Dr. / 731 / Elk Dr.

    Turn #3
    (4.5 Mi) Turn right onto SW Wilshire Blvd / 174

    Turn #4
    (14.6 Mi) Turn right onto US-67 / Loop 367, heading Southwest

    Turn #5
    (38.7 Mi) Turn left at the traffic light, marking the intersection of 67 and 114, and enter the parking lot of the Exxon. Get gas and head to the bathroom... it's gonna be a while before we stop again...

    Turn #6
    (0.0 Mi) Reset your trip meter to 0.0 miles and then turn left out of the Exxon parking lot

    Turn #7
    (0.1 Mi) Turn left at the traffic light onto 67, continuing on the same direction we were headed on the way here.

    The Glen Rose Loop
    MAJOR TWISTIES AHEAD! These are the best roads that I've seen in Texas for the MINI. If you can hold on to your breakfast, you will love this route on the pink line!

    Turn #8
    (3.0 Mi) Turn right onto 205 / 59, following the sign to "Dinosaur Valley State Park"

    Turn #9
    (5.8 Mi) Bear left at the un-naturally orange dinosaur to stay on 205

    Turn #10
    (9.1 Mi) Turn left onto CR 1004

    Turn #11
    (11.1 Mi) Follow the road to the left. CAUTION - The next right-hand turn is off camber with a severe downhill slope and a cattle crossing right after the turn. SLOW DOWN!!!! The "Dip" sign isn't refe...

    CAUTION! UNSAFE TURN
    (11.6 Mi) SLOW DOWN! This turn is off camber, down-hill and has a cattle crossing right after the turn that you can not see until it is too late!

    Turn #13
    (13.3 Mi) Turn left/straight at the stop sign onto 51.

    Turn #15
    (15.1 Mi) Turn left at T onto 67

    Turn #16
    (16.5 Mi) Turn right onto CR 2011 at the unmarked road

    Turn #17
    (19.6 Mi) Turn left onto CR 2012

    Turn #18
    (21.2 Mi) Turn right at stop sign onto 203

    Turn #19
    (24.0 Mi at top of hill) Turn left onto CR 2009

    Turn #20
    (27.1 Mi) Turn right at stop sign onto CR 2008.

    Turn #21
    (30.6 Mi) Turn right at the stop sign onto 144 If you just wanted a nice morning drive with the club, you can turn left here to head back to Glen Rose. The roads from this point on are a bit less twis...

    Exxon in Glen Rose
    There are bathrooms available here... It's gonna be a while before you have this opportunity again!

    Exxon in Glen Rose
    If you are going to drive in the 'spirited' run group, please let the folks in the 'scenic' group get gas first as they will be leaving much sooner. The 'spirited' group will depart 20 minutes after t...

    Glen Rose to the Baker Family Ranch
    A nice drive to get us most of the way to Waco. A nice new addition from Clifton to Valley Mills, suggested by Waco local Sara Baker.

    Baker Family Ranch
    The Baker family owns a ranch here. Sara Baker, a MM.org member, has offered us the use of their airstrip for a photo opportunity (conditional on weather).

    Photo Op. at the Baker Ranch
    A quick 15 minute stop to line up the cars and take a quick picture (weather permitting)

    Bathrooms at the Baker Family Ranch
    If we stop to take the pic (weather permitting), the Bakers have previously offered us the use of their bathroom, for those of you who didn't heed my warnings to lay off the coffee at Denny's. If you ...

    Turn #1
    (0.0 Mi) Reset your trip meter to 0.0 Miles and then turn right out of the parking lot onto NE Alsbury Blvd.

    DIP! SLOW DOWN!
    (11.9 Mi) Please pay attention to the sign and slow down for the dip!

    Turn #12
    (12.5 Mi) Turn right onto CR 1005

    Turn #14
    (14.3 Mi) Turn left with 51

    Llama Farm

    Turn #22
    (48.4 Mi) Turn left onto 22 / 2840 / W. Morgan St.

    Turn #24
    (49.1 Mi) Turn right onto 1991

    Turn #25
    (60.3 Mi) Turn left onto 219 / E. 5th St

    Turn #26
    (60.9 Mi) Turn right onto 708

    Turn #31
    (82.8 Mi) Turn right onto Baker Rd. We may not make this stop... the airstrip is grass and if there has been much rain, it will be too muddy. The decision to stop or skip will be announced on the day ...

    Turn #32
    (82.9 Mi) Turn right onto the Baker Ranch and park in line on the airstrip

    The Elite Circle Grill

    Turn #33
    (83.0 Mi) Turn left out of the airstrip onto Baker Rd.

    Turn #34
    (83.1 Mi) Turn right onto 1637 / China Springs Rd.

    Turn #35
    (96.1 Mi) Turn left onto Steinbeck Bend Dr / FTM 3051, just after the Waco Regional Airport

    Turn #37
    (102.3 Mi) Turn right onto Franklin Ave / Taylor St.

    Turn #38
    (102.6 Mi) Turn left Onto University Parks Dr.

    Turn #28
    (68.6 Mi) Turn right, following 708

    Turn #29
    (69.6 Mi) Turn right/straight at stop onto 56

    Turn #30
    (77.4 Mi) Turn left onto 1637 / China Springs Rd.

    Turn #27
    (61.5 Mi) Bear left, following 708

    Turn #23
    (48.7 Mi) Turn Right at S. Cleveland, following 22

    Turn #36
    (98.9 Mi) Continue straight at Lake Shore Drive onto N. MLK Jr. Blvd / N. Lake Brazos Dr.

    Turn #39
    Bear right onto State Loop 491, also known as La Salle Ave. This turn is just past the giant gold dome roof of the Ferrell Center... you will have your very own turn lane.

    Turn #40
    Be careful of the traffic circle. Take a lap or two around for fun, then pull in to the Elite Circle Grill for lunch.

    Goin to Lunch
    Join the group from the Baker Ranch (if we stop) and head to the Elite Circle Grill for lunch... Rosemary Chicken, Fajitas and Dr. Pepper Ribs! Mmmmmmm.

    The largest traffic circle in TX!
    Always head to the right (counter-clockwise) and be careful... folks in the US are not used to traffic circles and there may be some erratic driving here!
     
  2. T8rChick

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    Always a great start to the motoring year!
     
  3. agranger

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    Just a ping to wake this thread up...

    I know that Nathan put this drive here to share some wonderful (at any time) roads, but the Waco Run is on Jan 7, 2012 this year.

    Please come to WacoRun | An outing from Dallas to Waco to share in the fun!
     
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    We're in Aaron! I think I'm driving this time!!!
     
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    And we're off! Someone said 30 MINIs!!!
     
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    Without pics.............it's not happening! :D
     
  8. Nathan

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    This was always one of my favorite drives.
     
  9. agranger

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    38 MINIs from the north side and 13 people came up from Houston (another 6 MINIs, maybe), for a total of 44 cars!

    The Waco Run #8 (The Ocho) came off without a hitch, no MINI harm and no tickets that I know of.

    Photos to come!

    A first this year: A guy in an older Camaro got in the middle of one of our run groups and stayed with us through 4-5 turns through twisty roads. During a stop to wait up for the group to reassemble, someone went back to talk to him. He saw the group of MINIs, figured that we were headed towards some great roads and joined in on the fun! He drove with us for 20+ miles before pulling off. The event is so much fun that everyone wanted to join in! :D
     
  10. pmsummer

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    Old thread, I know (but so am I).

    Drove much of this route last Saturday, from Austin to Granbury, to pick up my Clubman S. It was a melancholy trip up, saying goodbye to my high-mileage SVT Contour in the fog-enshrouded hills between Belton and Glen Rose, but a pleasant, sunny drive back, looking at the bluebonnets from my 2009 Clubman S.
     
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    agranger MINI of the Month June 2009
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    Yea! Welcome to the MINI world.

    Now that you are MINI'd up, be sure to join us next January for the full run. Seeing 50+ MINIs all in one place and chaging up the twisties is a blast!

    Mark it on your calendar: Jan 5, 2013!

    WacoRun | An outing from Dallas to Waco
     
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    I'll have to try an schedule a trip to Dallas the day before and join you on the return trip. Sounds like fun!
     
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    Is this still being done? I'd love to join in on the fun, but see no mention of it on Metroplex Mini forum.
     
  14. agranger

    agranger MINI of the Month June 2009
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    Yep. This event is still happening!

    Dave, who runs the event now, will be announcing soon. He's roped me into working up the map packets again. The end point will be the Dr. Pepper museum in Waco, with a catered lunch there, I believe.

    I'm not 100% sure of the date, but I'm 95% sure that it is Saturday, Jan 3, 2015.
     
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    agranger MINI of the Month June 2009
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    Oh yeah... keep watching MetroplexMini.org. It will most likely pop up there. If I see a thread and remember, I'll come back here and post a link for you.
     
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    agranger MINI of the Month June 2009
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    Ask and ye shall receive: Waco Run 2015 - Saturday , January 3rd 2015 - MetroplexMINI

    For anyone in the Texas area... this is one of my favorite events. It was my first group drive with my R53, way back in 2005. I ran it for 5-6 years before moving to CA, but every year I feel an urge to hop on a plane and make this drive.
     
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    Thanks for the link. I'll be keeping my eyes on this closely.
     

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