The Northeast Texas Trail (NETT) is a rail-to-trail program that is working to develop a trail system through 19 cities from Famersville to New Boston, 130 miles one way. The vision of the trail is held by the Northeast Texas Trail Coalition who has applied for their 501c status. They are working long-term to develop the full distance of the NETT and its estimated 90-100 bridges. The potential for eco-tourism relative to the trail is tremendous. When the rail was laid steam engines needed water every 8-10 miles so that is where stations and later towns were established. Today the NETT is everywhere from pristine asphalt to granite to rail bed to completely overgrown. Some sections are currently impassable due to growth or adjacent landowner disputes over trail use.

To bring attention to the NETT (and to have a little fun) Dean Nix from Dallas plans to ride the trail from end-to-end and back. This 260 mile ride has never been done but one day it will be commonplace. His plan is to complete the ride in three days from July 11-13. It will be a “Plastic” ride so Dean will buy food and lodging on the way. He will share posts about his preparation. He will post from city to city while on the trail. Those posts will be via a Facebook group named “NETT Awareness Ride”.

NETT Map

Ask to join the group and follow along. When done Dean will post more commentary and observations on the trip including the GPS track, restaurants, lodging etc.

There will also be the ability for people to following via live GPS Tracking. The GPS Tracking site is: http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0aaBfDMJqEf1IWC7MteqyCM94CKlUcqlR.

It will update every few minutes. It will update for the whole trip including times that he may be stopped or even sleeping. It will show “canned” updates that Dean can provide like “I’m OK” and “Stopped for Water or Nutrition”.

Please save these pages, share them with friends and visit frequently as he shares his preparation and details before during and after the ride.