Recon of Trinity River, Dallas, TX.
Date: 30 JUN 02
Race Schedule here.
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Mapquest Map by clicking the Map below, once there, zoom and
print as you need to.
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are some specific area maps, & photos.
CLICK HERE FOR THE VIRTUAL TRACK TOUR !
The gate, 183 is on the left. It's only 12 ft high, if ya
got a big rig, go the the right.
Remember the rules of Mesquite? This is city property, the
law will be on site, don't screw up.
Who did this? Please don't leave anything on city
property. Please. I'm not sayin' this as much 'cause I'm Mr.
Goody Goody, as I'm sayin' it 'cause they wont let us come
NO RIDING ON, OR UP THE SIDE OF THE LEVY
NO PUBLIC CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL !
NO BULLSHIT !!
Well, we finally get to race one where we can sleep at
home if we wanna.
track is 8.1 miles long. Hard terrain tires ( if it don't
race before the break, drink water, it's gonna be hot and
LAST, LAST MINUTE
rains ( Friday evening ) made the track perfect, the camp
ground nice and dust free, and sadly, the entrace over the
levy too slick for most to pass. It'll be OK later,
so ya better wait 'tlll afternoonish, to go to the
I was out at the track
today, and if you didn't know it had rained you couldn't
tell it had rained. It's hard as a rock, and dusty.
I was out there this afternoon, readin' some of the graffiti
on the bridge, it occurred to me that we're actually racin'
in the city...I mean IN THE CITY. You
know..."the city"? You don't
understand? Let's put it this way, I'd make sure my
camp was...uh...secure, before I turned in, if I were you.
Ok I gotta tell you these other things as well. Just to
keep things straight. If they hadn't told me I wouldn't
know either, so now I'm tellin' you folks.
you may know, this is ( once again ) on city
property...like Mesquite. Please don't leave as much as a
gum wrapper on the ground. Nothing. It can be seen
from 183 and I35 and will be considered "unsightly
residue of those nasty motorcycle racers". Please be
on you best behavior. There may be news coverage ( again
), so put on your Sunday best. Notice the pictures of the
camp area in the Virtual Tour, it's fairly clean. Let's
leave it that way.
Please refrain from camping in the clearing at the east
end of the levy. That's there so the big rigs can turn
around to go down the pit road. If you block it, we'll
have a mess.
You may want to bring fireworks but don't.
The law will be on the scene, as in Mesquite, and
fireworks are illegal on city property. Also, please
don't ride your fourwheeler or scooter on the levy. The
city will not tolerate it. It will leave trails that can
be seen from the highway. Don't ride on top and
don't practice your hill climbing. It wont go well for
you. Park your pit bike at the bottom and carry your
chairs up to where you wanna sit. Cars only on top. This
is considered a road, and if you don't have a Texas
license plate you don't belong there.
forget the Summer Party! Saturday night. After the Pee Wee
And let's not back off the drive to cut out pit speeding.
Remember 10 mph.
You'll probably come in on 30 or 80 from the east, or I-35
up from the south. Or maybe even loop 12 from the west.
There are so many ways to get here that it's best to look
at the map. Remember, you can print, zoom, print and zoom
again, until you get a good idea of where you're going.
The area is north and west of the downtown area of Dallas.
In the end, you'll wanna find yourself on I35E or 183. The
track's in the Vee that those two hwys form where they
come together ( look at the map )
of you will come either up or down I-35, or maybe 183, the
track is in between them. Either way, exit on Regal Row.
Exit to the west from I35 and to the east of
note, if you're coming in on I35E, and exiting on Regal
Row, the west bound direction of Regal Row ( the way
you're going ) has some considerable construction going
on, so to avoid most of it, turn right on King James,
go down to Round Table, turn left and go till you get to
183 exit Regal Row, go east, turn left on Governors Row,
then left again on Round Table and on to the track.
Look at the map!
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beginning to se a pattern forming with the tracks that
Donnie lays out...there great fun! Like Mesquite,
this track was laid out by Donnie,
Phil, Jerry, and a couple of
others. And like Mesquite it should be loads of fun. It
has ..."flow". Also like Mesquite, the
ground is hard and black. No sand. But you can count on
that gray dust.
There's about 5 miles
in the woods, but not like woods that you'd think. They've
taken a tractor around most of it, and even though the
woods are so dense that you can't see the sun, it's about
two fourwheelers wide most of the way!
In and out of
dried up creek beds, up and down, with about thirty or
forty little places to get some small air, it's like an Olympic
toboggan run. I found myself laughin' most of the way, as
I rode around on my four-wheeler. It's that much fun.
There's also about
two miles of open grass track that can all be seen from
the top of the levy. This area looks extremely fast, but
is hindered by the thousands of rain ruts that run all
through the area. Were talkin' ruts like a big truck
leaves when it gets stuck in the mud here! And they're
hidden by the grass! It's rough as a cob!
Donnie, say's he'll try to run the blade around it before
the race to smooth it somewhat, in the meantime be
careful, during practice, they'll throw you down.
only one hill to speak of, and it's not very tall, but
kinda steep, so it has an alternate. There are 2 or three
water crossings, but unlike Mesquite, they have gravel in
the bottom, and shouldn't be a problem...shouldn't.
the day I was out there, I over heard the track being
described as "awesome", "supremely
awesome". and "Fu***ng awesome".
I guess it's OK then.
Pee-wee track is about 1.6 miles, and is all flat track.
It doesn't go into the woods at all, so you should be able
to watch your tyke around the whole thing from the levy.
Be careful, the ground is hard as a rock, and there are
rating : this is a rating of how wide the track is, in
other words "can you drive a fourwheeler around it
with out getting stuck?". In this case the rating is
excellent! A fourwheeler will make it all the way around.
So will a small pick-up!
Jersey factor: this is a rating of how well the track
cutters cleared a track of vines, branches, and face
slappers. Again, the rating is very high here. There
were a few "fresh cut" areas that may grab your
new jersey, but for the most part they've cleared a wide
path. ( unlike the last place )
As you approach the gate, there will be an overpass to
your left. If all ya got is a truck or something short you
could go that way. The pee wee track is just to the left
of the overpass ( 183 ) on the other side of the levy.
Camping is from there back under the bridge to where the
grass track and start areas are, about a half a mile to
ya got a bigger rig, taller that 12 feet, and I mean 12
feet, go up the hill to your right. You'll have to drive
up on top of the levy until you get to a downramp, where
you can turn around and follow the road back to the
camping area. ( see pictures )
and Lots of camping area. Not a lick of shade though, so
bring your own. The area has all been mowed and is fairly
flat, though the camping area is on the same ground as the
grass track...that would be the one with a thousand ruts
in the ground. It's not bad, but don't just go haulin' ass
across the field or you'll surely spill your beer.
grass track and pee wee track will be a hoot to watch from
the top of the levy, and that's several miles of track
there. I did see a few road crossings out on the main
track, and we go along the river at least once, although
Donnie said he was addin' a second section into the
riverbed this week.
a Ramada that's sponsorin' the event, right next to the
track their number is, 214.634.8550
place is strictly off limits until race day. Don't take a
chance on a ticket here, it is after all, city property.
But they are gonna open the gates at 14:00 on Friday.