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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-27-2010, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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Sunday OCT 24, 2010 Sorry – no twisties

Well this is the weekend for the annual "Wings Over Houston Airshow" and I'm going to see whats happening. It's a beautiful day, blue skies with puffy white clouds...in fact its so nice outside, even some of the Harley riders are waving. I've got the cheap seats. On the far side of Ellington Airfield, behind the fence...




I can't really see much - so I'm outta here (there really is an airplane up there)



I'm ready to ride...to Kemah...




Bacliff...


Guess I'll go to Galveston (that really is a curve) I almost scraped a peg.



I haven't been to Galveston since before Hurricane Ike and I still have vivid memories of TV reports showing the storm surge overtopping the 17 ft high sea wall. It put the entire Island under water. I want to see how things look down here after 2 yrs.

I need a picture of the Causeway


As soon as I get above the water I feel a nice cool breeze, like riding through air conditioning. I get to the other side and its warm again.

After I get over the causeway I have to decide whether to exit 61st and go strait to the Seawall or stay on Broadway Avenue and head down towards Stuart Beach. Or I could take the ferry across to Bolivar Peninsula, but I think today I want to head south. I stay on Broadway and decide to stop at McDonald's to get rid of some of the water I drank back in Kemah.

I continue down Broadway, do a u-turn after I pass the cemetary and go back for a picture.


a lot of the people buried here were killed by a hurricane on SEP 8, 1900



OK, Broadway has too many stop lights and they're timed so that you have to stop at every cotton pickin' one. It's time to go to the Seawall. When I get to 37th St I turn right and go on down a block or two and spot the old Episcopal Church



to be continued...
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Crap! I totally forgot about the airshow. I practically live right next to ellington field too!
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...continued


Galveston is blessed with many Victorian style homes and one day I'll come back and hunt down some of the more ornate ones. These just happen to be across the street from where I took the church picture...


here's a couple that have been nicely restored




and here's one that needs a little TLC.




When I get to the seawall, I see the gulf is a little choppy today and not too many people are at the beach. They must have all gone to the airshow, probably had better seats than I did.






The glow coming off the water is spectacular, and there are a few surfers out.




Heading Southwest I come down off of the seawall to the lower part of the Island at sea level and realize my gas guage is on E, oh crapp, how far to the next gas station?



I said hello to the officer. I always prefer conversing with them when it's not official business, “beautiful day” “yes, really nice out” and he proceeded to tell me how I had it much better than he did, being on the bike and all. I had to agree, I've got it pretty good.


Well thank goodness I found some gas, and I'm thirsty too and hungry, funny how I seem to forget about these things when riding. I went inside and found a Monster and a Gatorade, couldn't decide what I wanted so I bought both of 'em and a package of cheese crackers which I crammed in my mouth two at a time. The Monster was gone in one slug, then I used the Gatorade to wash down the crackers.


I finished my drink and got back on the road. I had to follow two fire trucks that weren't going anywhere fast. Finally they turned off and I could get back up to speed.


This part of the Island has a lot of public beach access and I stopped at one to get a picture of the new beach houses.




When I get to the south end of the Island there is a toll bridge over San Luis Pass. I paid my $2.00 and after crossing over I ended up on the Bluewater Highway, probably one of the smoothest roads in Texas. It has been completely rebuilt since Ike destroyed it. Sections of the road that had been completely washed out are now actually on the beach. I could see where the tide came up and left sand covering about half of the outside lane. The wind was blowing and picking up some of the dry sand, which was peppering me pretty good at the speed I was going. Now theres some bug splatters permanently etched into my windshield. I thought about stopping for a picture, but the blowing sand and cameras don't mix so I kept on rolling.


When I arrived at Surfside Beach I was told the restrooms were “outback”



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I stood in the shade for a little while playing with my “smart phone”, trying to pull up a map and I discovered that I didn't have a clue how to use it. I had studied the map a little bit before I left home but when I got to Surfside Beach, I wasn't sure if the road continued along the coast, or if I would have to turn inland. So I went inside the store and borrowed one of their maps. They had a real nice laminated Tx State map that I almost bought for $8.95 but decided to save the money and buy a GPS later.

I turned right on to Tx State Hwy 332, which took me over the bridge off of Fossett's Island and on to the road to Lake Jackson.

When I got to Clute, I decided to stop and get some Chinese Food





I knew I didn't want to take the big slab (Hwy 288), so when I got to Old Angleton Rd. I turned left, figgerd my choice in rds would most likely take me to Angleton. I saw some interesting things on the way...


Oyster Creek...





I rode a little bit of Gravel...





and saw a rustic old house...





and an open air Cowboy Church...





I missed the services, but I figured the Good Lord wouldn't mind me using the restroom.





The driveway was all soft dirt, and with my OEM kickstand I could see a tipover in my future for sure, so I skipped the rest room stop.

I got to Angleton and turned right on Hwy 35, Pretty much a straight shot home.


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I live in Lake Jackson, and stay at the dorms in UH during the week. You screwed up going to the facilities at the Surfside Valero, what a crap hole, haha. Should of went up SH-332 to the Beach Buc-ees, or one of the two Buc-ees on Old Angleton RD. Could have experienced the cleanest public restrooms in the area. But I'm aware that when you gotta go, you gotta go... Lake Jackson is head quarters for Buc-ees. They are rare everywhere else but here. There's one on I-10 and one on I-45. In this area we have 3 in Angleton, 2 in Freeport, 2 in Lake Jackson, 2 in Brazoria, one in Clute, one in Richwood, one in Pearland. Brazoria county is crawling with the Beaver bastards....

Nice to see other Versys.... Versii? Versailles? cruising around my area. They seem rather rare compared to the HDs, the HD wannabes, and the crotchrockets.


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OH. As you may have discovered from the map, the road does not continue past surfside. Galveston Island linked Surfside Beach with San Luis pass are pretty much the longest contiguous beach road. Byran Beach is the next island, which has mainland access via bridge, but not with Surfside because of the Freeport Ship channel. The next island is mostly the San Benard Nature preserve, you can access it through Sergeant via a really screwed up draw bridge. After that is Matagorda Island State park, which you can get to through VIA the town of Matagorda (I haven't been there yet).

After that I think it's Mustang Beach with Port Aransas which you can get to from the mainland via Ferry, and then drive on the island to the Padre Island area, where you should be able to get back over to the mainland via a bridge in the Laguna Madre. I think theres a road that goes pretty far south on Padre island, but I know it evetually becomes beach, I don't know if you can travel the whole beach down to South Padre or not, it would probably take forever.

But yeah, Surfside to Galveston is some of the best coastal motorcycling in Texas, since you can ride along the beach, and not actually deal with the sand.

Also, the next time you're around these parts, continue down the bluewater highway pass the 332 bridge into surfside beach proper, at the dead end take a left and continue down. You'll get to jetty park. There's long jetty there thats about 4 times the size of the ones in galveston, that goes for what seems like a half mile out into the gulf, marking the ship channel. At the end of the jetty theres a big marker light and a bunch of dolphins hang out at the end of it. Check it out.

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Great shots of the Gulf Coast area. You remind me now that the weather is cooling off a bit to take another trip down from Tomball. I did a similar trip with my Goldwing buddies in the Spring - no slabs, all back roads. Great riding.
I was down in Angleton this past weekend at MSRH. Unfortunately, since I was working as track marshal I had to take the quickest way from Tomball - I45 to 288 at 5:00AM.

Note to rumbo75: you should have come to the track last Sat. I was short one corner worker and could have used your services. You would have earned a free track day.

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Note to rumbo75: you should have come to the track last Sat. I was short one corner worker and could have used your services. You would have earned a free track day.
Holy crap! Well I had no idea.....

By the way, what's it like to be a corner worker? Do you just sit out there all day and bake? I'm interested in a track day, but I don't have the proper gear for it.
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I grew up in Galveston/Texas City/ La Marque.

Neat lil factoid: All this old buildings and the entire island was lifted and raised up 10+ feet to defend against storms like the one that wiped the island out in 1900.

http://www.1900storm.com/

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