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Old 09-06-17, 09:50 PM   #1
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Houston Buffalo Bayou Hacks

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

I rode from Richmond & South Eldridge to Tanner & Brittmoore beginning 4:00 pm in about 2 hours and 10 minutes, which included a 15-20 minute detour to check on Beltway 8 and Boheme.

Final route was east on Briar Forest to Memorial, then west on Memorial to Plantation Road, which runs north to Memorial City. The Briar Forest bridge over BB is dry as are the approaches. Briar Forest was completely choked with motor vehicles from BW8 to Memorial. There were open patches westbound on Memorial but I still moved faster than mv traffic. I used a combination of bike lane, sidewalk and lane splitting, depending on the situation. I did not have a functioning horn and it really would have come in handy. I had to move slowly and deliberately; there were a lot of sudden unexpected vehicle movements. Red lights meant even less than they normally do, if that is possible. I even ended up running one myself.

I rode up to the Terry Hershey east end parking lot, which is dry. There is high water starting about at Faust going on toward Boheme. The pedestrian bridge is out of the water and has about one foot clearance. I went north on the BW8 southbound Briar Forest exit ramp and that route was blocked by a constable. He told me the whole area was shut-off. I couldnít tell if there was a dry transfer from the ramp to Boheme; even if there is, it would require jumping the fence and probably isnít very practical. The constable told me they are going to have to pump out the BW8 bowl between Faust and Boheme.

The police at the Kirkwood & Briar Forest checkpoint told me both Kirkwood and Wilcrest are impassable.
I have not been out to Highway 6 at Barker Dam. It shows as flooded on Waze. I expect that to open up before Eldridge and Dairy Ashford.

For comparison, I drove same route but opposite direction today using the Voss bridge at about noon and it took me 2:30. Bike commute across BB can be significantly faster in this current situation.

As level drops, better routes will dry up. If you find some, please note date and time.
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Old 09-08-17, 06:16 PM   #2
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Friday 9/8 3:00 pm: The access road from Faust to Boheme remains closed to cars and has high water, but you can get past it on the grass next to BW8 northbound main lanes.
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Friday 9/8 7:00 pm. I have a friend that tells me Hwy 6 from Memorial to Briar Forest is now open.
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Has anyone been on Hershey Park this week? I went to Memorial Mews off Memorial Dr. and it kinda looks like the trail is going to be messy. I walked down to where it goes under Memorial Dr. and noticed that 1/2 of the concrete path on the other side of the bayou was covered with water (where the gazebo is located). If that area has water, then I suspect that other areas closer to West Belt has water. Don't know about the Barker spillway if that's good to ride.
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Has anyone been on Hershey Park this week? I went to Memorial Mews off Memorial Dr. and it kinda looks like the trail is going to be messy. I walked down to where it goes under Memorial Dr. and noticed that 1/2 of the concrete path on the other side of the bayou was covered with water (where the gazebo is located). If that area has water, then I suspect that other areas closer to West Belt has water. Don't know about the Barker spillway if that's good to ride.
I rode east side TH from Eldridge to Park Row Friday 9/15 10:00 am. The Memorial and I-10 underpasses were a little muddy but should dry out today.

I believe all N/S streets are now open.

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Well I went to THP yesterday to check it out for myself. What a mess! the smell wasn't too great either. I parked at Memorial Mews entrance. I noticed that the trail on the other side of the bridge on Memorial where the gazebo is was half way underwater where you go under Memorial Dr. so I went over the top of the Memorial Dr. bridge to get to the other side. Well, ran into a dead end for the bridge that crosses over the bayou was boarded closed so I had to turn around and cross over at the Eldridge bridge to get on the other side of the bayou. There were a couple of trees down over the path at that bridge that is closed. When I got ot Hwy. 6, the path that goes under Hwy. 6 has water and where it drops down has debris on the path. Turned around and headed back east towards Beltway 8 but had to stop at Dairy Ashford for there was WAY too much mud for me and couldn't even see the path. There is debris in the trees and the banks of the bayou. This is going to take a long time to clean up.
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going to be just like it was after the tax day storms last year - except maybe worse. I'm curious as to how the newly replace banks held up, and if any other areas caved into the bayou. THP was closed for like 5 months and they just finished with new pavement and everything and now it's all screwed up again probably.

keep us posted though because as soon as I get my bikes to a bike shop i plan on riding to work again.
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My bottom picture was taken Right at the east side of the underpass at Dairy Ashford. You can't even see the asphalt path anywhere because it's covered. Also at about the middle of the asphalt path between Kirkwood and Dairy Ashford was covered with about 2" deep of sand and dirt from the bayou. It was passable but thick. I was shocked that there was no signs about the park being closed. I suspect that's coming soon. I think I did see some erosion in a couple of areas between Memorial Mews parking and Dairy Ashford but didn't break any of the asphalt but is within feet of it. I didn't go east of the Dairy Ashford bridge. Someone could take the high road or path and check it out but would probably be best ot use a mountain bike or a hybrid with 38 tires or something. My FX3 now has 28s and am not excited about riding dirt paths.
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Monday 9/18 2 pm. Went again on TH east side from Eldridge to Park Row right after rain. Very slippery. Bayou is at least 1 foot below underpass level.

North Eldridge from Park Row/Dairy Ashford to Clay is now free of water but not open to cars. I got permission from the guard to use it headed north.

Note added 10:00 pm: This afternoon's rain was heavy north of Addicks. Level of reservoir went from 96.7' to 97'. My experience is that at ~97' the crest of Eldridge is covered. It was nice while it lasted...

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