West U Warm up - Houston, TX. Did this ride last Sunday, 2-11. Was up visiting some friends, so I decided to ride it.
The good stuff: roads were smooth and there were no hills (if that's what you are looking to avoid), even though I like the rollers to mix it up. Rest stops were well supported including bike shops doing minor repairs, etc. right there. Plenty of food and drink. Great turnout despite the cold, wet weather. Overall very safe with little traffic.
Not-so-good stuff: Just a flat, boring route. No rolling hills, etc. No one's fault, just the terrain, ya know. Most people I tried to ride with were pretty sketchy, definitely not comfortable in pacelines or willing to do any work, so I just did the job of a mule and pulled around whoever was behind me. I am sure the ride marshals meant well, but a little too "barky" with the orders, you know, like someone who is given a little power and makes too much of it. And big thumbs down for having us sit there in the rain for a long stretch as they rolled out the start in sections. Really wasn't that big of a group, so it could have gone out in one shot or let them out faster. We just sat there and got soaked. Not a great start to the day. Nothing at the end to designate the finish. Everyone just pulls into the parking lot, packs up and goes. Must have been a real downer for some people that never completed that type of ride.
Sorry, won't be going back...