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Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: North Texas
Bikes: Cannondale T1000, Inbred SS 29er, Supercaliber 29er, Crescent Mark XX, Burley Rumba Tandem
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We rode almost all of the route this past March for RollAid 08.
From San Antonio to Beeville, 90 percent of the route has a wide, but rough and or broken shoulder pavement. The shoulder disappears completely for a mile or so, here and there, but traffic is pretty sparse and polite.
There are almost constant shallow hills which can get a little tedious when coupled with a headwind. At MS150 time, I dunno what the prevailing winds look like, but in March they're straight out of the Southeast at 15-25 mph.
From Beeville to Portland, the shoulders are better and it's quite a bit flatter and more pleasant. Once you get to where the offshore breezes come in, it's mighty nice.
We did the stretch from San Antonio to Beeville in one pull, starting from the Alamo about noon, and arriving at camp in Beeville at 9pm or so. The stretch to Portland was foreshortened due to exigencies of the tour.