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Mineola Metric 100, mineola, TX

May 2016

This ride continues to struggle with signage. The signage is awful. This has been a common complaint in rider feedback for quite some time now. I don't understand why this is so hard to get right. I've done this ride twice now and both times had to guess at which way to go at several intersections. It completely detracts from what would otherwise be a scenic and enjoyable ride. I am done with Mineola and will not be back. I cannot recommend this ride to others, unless you are skilled in the art of orienteering or perhaps are a descendant of Native American trackers. Save yourself some time, money, and frustration and skip this ride.

It looked like your reviewer may have had the ride confused with another one. To my knowledge, it was an inaugural event. I rode the 27 miler and had absolutely no problems with the signage. The ride was sponsored by Grand Oaks Winery and Vineyard and benefited the East Texas Food Bank and several other charities. They did a great job. The only real improvement I feel was needed was at the intersection where we entered US Hwy 69 after leaving the Mineola Nature Center. We could have used some traffic control there and felt safer. Weather-wise, we had a scare at the beginning when some very angry clouds and winds passed over us. The storms bypassed us, though, and the wind died down and the temps stayed mild. Unlike the Pedal for Paws, the route headed south instead of north and passed through Lindale. This gave us some very different views and some challenging hills and grades (some fun downhill swoops too). As you can tell, I enjoyed it and will love to come back.