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DATES Halloween Ride

  • Saturday, October 29, 2016
  • 9:00 AM
  • Sunday, October 30, 2016
  • Purtis Creek State Park - Eustace, TX

DATES Halloween Ride
October 29-30, 2016

Ride Start at 9:00 AM

 START LOCATION:     Purtis Creek State Park (Eustace, TX) to Tyler
ROUTE OPTIONS:      Saturday is 51 or 57 miles and Sunday is 47 or 60 miles
RIDE LEADERS:        Scott and Mindy Mashburn
CONTACT INFO: / Mindy 214-395-9565 / Scott 214-641-5607

It's time for the annual Halloween Ride through beautiful East Texas to Tyler. We will meet in Purtis Creek State Park in Eustace (62 miles from Dallas) and ride to Edom for lunch at The Shed. Thereare funky little art galleries and shops there as well. We will then continue on to Tyler, staying at the Comfort Suites Hotel.

As always, we will hold a happy hour there, so bring your snacks to share and your beverage of choice. Tyler is now "wet" for beer and wine! Hurray! They sell it in grocery stores, gas stations, etc. So you do not need to bring your booze with you unless you have that special bottle you've
been dying to drink! There are quite a few restaurants within walking distance for dinner after that.
Breakfast is provided by the hotel, and we will ride back to Purtis Creek State Park where DATES will provide a picnic lunch spread.

Here are the details:

Ride start is 9 a.m. To get to Purtis Creek State Park, take US 175 E toward Kaufman. After Mabank, take exit to County Road 2938 and turn left. Go about 4 miles and merge onto 316 till you see the park entrance on the left.

There is NO SAG, so you will have to carry your overnight gear, food, water, tools, etc. We will provide maps/cue sheets and GPS routes, and if you are late, they will be left on the windshield of our car (silver Lexus SUV).

I will block rooms at the Comfort Suites, and you will need to make your own reservation. 903-534-0999. These rooms will be released 2 weeks prior to the event. They are under the DATES name.

Costumes and bike decorations are optional but always fun!!

Please RSVP to Mindy at by October 1, so she will know how many to make the lunch reservation for.

UPDATE on 9/19/2016 - It is time to start thinking about signing up for the Halloween Ride! It will be on Saturday, October 29 and 30. Twelve rooms have been blocked at the Comfort Inn and Suites in Tyler at a rate of $90 plus tax. Please call them at 903-534-0999 to reserve your room for Saturday, October 29. When you do, let ride leaders Scott and Mindy Mashburn know at or texting 214-395-9565. Details of the weekend are in the September newsletter.

UPDATE on 10/24/2016 - We are looking forward to seeing everyone for the Halloween Ride on Saturday and Sunday, October 29 and 30! If you have not RSVP’d, please let us know by Wednesday, so we can get an accurate head count. or 214-395-9565.

Parking at Purtis Creek State Park will cost $12/car. If you have a state park pass, it will only set you back $2!. This was approved by a new interim park superintendent, Mickey Little, in case there is any questioning of this deal. 


From Purtis State park to Tyler. Short Route.

From Purtis State park to Tyler. Medium Route (standard route).

From Purtis State park to Tyler. Long Route.

Return trip to Purtis State park. Short route

Return trip to Purtis State park. Long route.

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