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Old 09-11-07, 08:25 AM
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Houston: Lyondell Bike Around the Bay Oct 20-21

http://www.bikearoundthebay.org/

A fun 2-day bike tour focusing on the natural beauty of Galveston Bay, Benefiting Galveston Bay Foundation, continuing along a scenic route that includes many fascinating sights and highlights. Riders will spend the night in Galveston, Texas where they will enjoy an informal Beach Party at Moody Garden's Palm Beach attraction.

Website used to say -- Day 1: 93 miles, Day 2: 77 miles, totaling 170 miles.
Now says -- Day 1: 80 miles, Day 2: 75 miles, totaling 170 miles.
Not sure what the actual milage will be.

$100 to register for the ride

you'll need lodging for Saturday night. Moody Gardens hotel has a "special" rate of $149 for riders. Cheaper hotels in the area wanted $119, so $149 is pretty good for Moody Gardens Galveston on a Saturday night.

Just posting here in case anyone else is interested. I signed up with another friend. Our wives are driving to Galveston and will meet us for the party that evening ($25 additional when you register).
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Old 09-11-07, 07:02 PM
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Yeah, Chevy42083 and I were talking about that ride on another site.

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Old 09-12-07, 12:02 PM
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yeah, still deciding. Sounds like ALOT of fun... but expensive... well... for a college student

Like maybe I'd rather do 3 other centurys than that one ride

It just looks SOOOOOO fun.
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Old 09-17-07, 07:25 PM
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Now it says day 1: 71 miles, day 2: 75 miles. What gives?
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Old 09-18-07, 04:34 AM
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They have changed the start point for safety concerns.
There is no good way over the bridge on I10 at the Old and the Lost Rivers.
See the 'Ride Details' tab on their website.

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Old 09-20-07, 06:18 AM
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Yeah, I'm sure they are replanning, and re-routing (and maybe doing it on the fly as TXdot changes things up). I don't have a clue what it's like over there.... just basing it on the way construction is on the Katy side of I-10.
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Old 09-21-07, 04:10 AM
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Actually the Old and Lost rivers bridge is not bad. It is the Trinity river bridge that is the real problem.
I don't even like going over it in my car every week. I think I'd swim the river before I tried to take a bike over it.
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Old 10-03-07, 01:48 PM
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Bump for this ride ... 2-1/2 weeks away. Website now says:

Day 1: 71 miles, Day 2: 75 miles, totaling 146 miles.

See you at the bay!
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If you fall off, then you end up in my ambulance.
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I wish they hadn't planned this on the same weekend as Bike to the Beach in San Antonio. I would love to ride both, but I would choose BtB over this one.
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You should be able to get motels a lot cheaper than that in Galveston this time of year. Maybe it would help if you didn't tell them you were cycling?
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Earlier in the month the website was updated with LaQuinta for $75, which isn't a bad rate. But only certain hotels have a shuttle to Moody, which is the end of day 1, start of day 2 location. I guess if you pack your clothes in a backpack you could get your gear from the ride organizers, then *bike* to any hotel of your choice, and then bike back the next day!
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Old 10-13-07, 07:09 PM
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Are thereany other rides in the Houston area? I might be down that weekend and would love to do a group ride down there....
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For those that did the ride, how was it?
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For the first year of this ride, I think the organizers did a fantastic job. The weather could not have been more perfect (read below), which is obviously out of the planner's hands, but helped to make it a great first year for the ride. I had a great time riding, and will definitely ride again next year, if my schedule permits. (2nd annual ride is scheduled Oct 18-19, 2008)

The majority of the route was on good roads. A couple times the roads were a little bumpy for road bikes (Whites Ranch Road at the start of Day 1), and on some roads shoulders were either non-existant or had a lot of debris. But going around Galveston Bay, there are only so many choices for roads, so I can't really fault the organizers for this.

Support was top-notch with support vans/motorcycles visible throughout the route both days. Rest stops were well placed and well stocked. Signs were placed throughout the route clearly marking turns so I didn't need to consult my map once throughout the ride as it was always clear which way to go.

I felt support by local police was phenomenal throughout the ride, with their presence at the major intersections giving riders the right of way. After we crossed from Bolivar Peninsula to Galveston Island on the ferry, I was shocked to see the remaining 7 miles from the Ferry landing to Moody Gardens marked with cones, giving riders an entire lane in which to ride. Even though much of the way was side streets with little or no traffic, it was a nice way for Galveston Island to communicate that the safety of the riders was important to them.

The weather both days was phenomenal. Clear skies, sunny, and very low humidity considering it is usually high humidity along the coast. Day one start was around the mid-60's at 8am and probably only warmed up to the low 80's by ride end. Day 2 started in the low 70's on Galveston and warmed into the low 80's by the time we reached the Houston Race Track. Winds were also favorable. Day 1 was expected to have the primary headwinds out of the southeast, and in the early morning wind speeds were low, probably 5-7 MPH. Later in the morning the winds started to pick up, but by that time we had turned southwest going down Bolivar Peninsula, so the winds were more of a crosswind/partial tailwind, and were not much of a factor. Day 2 winds were stronger which was just fine as we mostly traveled north, so we had a nice tailwind most of day 2. Considering today the temps dropped 20 degrees, winds are in the 20 MPH range out of the northwest, and it rained a good part of the day, we were very blessed with the weather.

It was a neat experience to ride over the Galveston Causeway and Fred Hartman Bridge. Riders were given the far right lane on both bridges in which to ride away from traffic. It was safe and well planned.

Both days ended up at about 73 miles each. The original route was to start and end at the Houston Racetrack, making day 1 about 20 miles more. But due to construction on I-10 the route was changed to start at Anahuac. Because of the change we had to take charter buses from the finish at the racetrack back to the start at Anahuac. This wasn't too bad, but when I arrived at the finish on day 2 a bus was just leaving, and I had to wait 40 minutes for the next bus to arrive. A minor inconvenience -- hopefully next year we will be able to ride the entire route.

Again, the organizers did a fantastic job. Volunteers were PLENTIFUL everywhere you would expect them and then some. For the first year of this ride, they sure did a fantastic job. It is obvious whoever planned the ride has had some experience putting rides together. Everything was as smooth as Chamois butter. The stay at Moody Gardens was nice. Lunches both days were great. I stopped by the Beach Party Saturday evening at Moody, but didn't stay as I had 7 pm reservations with friends to eat seafood.

At first I thought $100 + lodging was a little steep for a 2-day ride. Now, after the ride, I don't know how they were able to provide so much for only $100 and wonder if the Foundation got any money at all. Just kidding, I know the sponsors helped quite a bit, but plenty of snacks, Chick-fil-a lunch on Sat and Jason's Deli on Sunday, Moody Gardens dinner and breakfast, paying officers to work intersections, plus a donation to the Gaveston Bay Foundation ... the $100 sure went a long way. It could not have been cheap to put on this ride as it was first class all the way.
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So are you trying to say you enjoyed it?

Thanks. Except for when I was eating BBQ crab, I was kicking myself for not signing up and riding. From your report, that ride is on my to do list for sure.
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Next year it's on my list... thanks for the ride report.
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[QUOTE=yeamac;5501159]It is obvious whoever planned the ride has had some experience putting rides together.


The Galveston Bay Foundation hired Barbara Metyko, the woman who puts on the BP MS 150 Bike Tour for the past 15 years. She's a definite pro. She's had a relationship with GBF for nearly 20 years, working on their events. They're a first-class operation--nothing they do is half-baked.

This ride will be even better in 2008.
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My daughter and I did this ride on our tandem and I was our favorite ride of the year. We're definitely doing it again this year
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