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Weather permitting, I am headed out to Galveston TX for the "Lone Star" rally as November can be dicey riding weather in Colorado and New Mexico.

For those of you that have been to this rally, any recommendations? I do see from the maps that Houston seems to love their "toll roads".

-Thanks in Advance!
 

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Weather permitting, I am headed out to Galveston TX for the "Lone Star" rally as November can be dicey riding weather in Colorado and New Mexico.

For those of you that have been to this rally, any recommendations? I do see from the maps that Houston seems to love their "toll roads".

-Thanks in Advance!
what kind of suggestions are you looking for? I live in Houston and we go down and get a beach house every year. It's an absolute blast. assuming you coming in I10 you really won't need to take any toll roads. I10 to 45S and you're there. Now depending on the time of day there may be some better ways to get through traffic.

As for the event, tons of vendors, both on the strand and the seawall. and non stop partying! Let me know if you need anything else and maybe you can come hang with us down there. A couple of us on here are going that I know of.
 

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what kind of suggestions are you looking for? I live in Houston and we go down and get a beach house every year. It's an absolute blast. assuming you coming in I10 you really won't need to take any toll roads. I10 to 45S and you're there. Now depending on the time of day there may be some better ways to get through traffic.

As for the event, tons of vendors, both on the strand and the seawall. and non stop partying! Let me know if you need anything else and maybe you can come hang with us down there. A couple of us on here are going that I know of.
As far as "suggestions", I was curious about any local riding, or should I just plan on staying in Galveston during the rally? Also, are there any "must see" places or events? Should I buy a VIP pass?

I am getting into town later Thursday afternoon, staying at the Perl Inn. Not a great place according to the online reviews, but the price was right for a weekend rally. I plan to head home on Sunday (>1,000 miles, so 1-1/2 day travel time).

It would be great to hook up with people from the area. I am traveling solo unless my brother "mans up" and joins me from Florida. I will send you a PM with my contact info.

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As far as "suggestions", I was curious about any local riding, or should I just plan on staying in Galveston during the rally? Also, are there any "must see" places or events? Should I buy a VIP pass?

I am getting into town later Thursday afternoon, staying at the Perl Inn. Not a great place according to the online reviews, but the price was right for a weekend rally. I plan to head home on Sunday (>1,000 miles, so 1-1/2 day travel time).

It would be great to hook up with people from the area. I am traveling solo unless my brother "mans up" and joins me from Florida. I will send you a PM with my contact info.

-Thanks.
South Texas is straight and flat! No real riding or anything of note to check out (unless you want to go visit Nasa). I wouldn't buy the VIP pass we have a couple friends who do but that just gives you access to rooftops to watch bikes roll down the strip reving! everything is pretty wide open as far as access is concerned. We do a ride on Saturday to surfside (Bluewater Highway) every year to a bar down there have lunch and a couple drinks and ride back it's usually a pretty good sized group and you're welcome to tag along, oh and don't be fooled by the name, there is no such thing as blue water in South Texas!

Pearl In won't be bad like you said it's a rally and it's actually very close to most of the action. we stayed at a house right behind it a couple years ago.

We're going down about mid day Friday with more of the crew showing up later in the evening. I got your PM and will shoot you my number. If you need anything before hand give me a shout, if not let's get up for sure and we'll show you how we do it down here in the Lone Star State!
 

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Weather permitting, I am headed out to Galveston TX for the "Lone Star" rally as November can be dicey riding weather in Colorado and New Mexico.

For those of you that have been to this rally, any recommendations? I do see from the maps that Houston seems to love their "toll roads".

-Thanks in Advance!
How long do you want to take to get to the rally. Depending on how you come there is some good riding in Texas and even some good roads around Houston. If you stay to the west of the state until you near I-10 you can hit the sisters then head east. There are some good roads between New Braunfels and Houston between I-10 and 290. Once you hit Houston there is not much except for a straight shot to the beach. Head down to Surfside and ride in on 257. Its straight but a nice ride down the beach.
 

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How long do you want to take to get to the rally. Depending on how you come there is some good riding in Texas and even some good roads around Houston. If you stay to the west of the state until you near I-10 you can hit the sisters then head east. There are some good roads between New Braunfels and Houston between I-10 and 290. Once you hit Houston there is not much except for a straight shot to the beach. Head down to Surfside and ride in on 257. Its straight but a nice ride down the beach.
I plan to take two days to get to Galveston from Colorado Springs. It is about 1050 miles each way. I was planning on taking a route similar to what you described (New Braunfels) on my return trip. I'll adjust the return route a bit. Thanks for the pointer.

I do not see a highway "257" on my map. Is there another name or number?

Right now the weather appears to be holding so I am about 80% for making the ride.

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"257" is the blue water hyway, it's actually "county road 257" also known as "san luis pass rd" it's the road from galveston south along the beach to surfside beach and a nice litte ride, a good bar just as you leave galveston is "woody's" a local stilt bar that used to be on the seawall but was moved to the beach and put on stilts to evade hurricane flooding. up hwy 6 from galveston is the galveston co. fairgrounds where one of the largest campgrounds is located and similar to buffalo chip in sturgis with bands and vendors. https://www.facebook.com/BlowoutBikerProductions. i try and make it but i ride with the american legion riders and we escort wounded warriors from san antonio to kemah tx on galv. bay every year the same weekend as the ralley, where they get free sportfishing and other recreeation for free for the weekend. it's a nice 20mi. drive north of galv. on state hwy 146 with lots of veterans showing the colors and displays from all branches.
 

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I plan to take two days to get to Galveston from Colorado Springs. It is about 1050 miles each way. I was planning on taking a route similar to what you described (New Braunfels) on my return trip. I'll adjust the return route a bit. Thanks for the pointer.

I do not see a highway "257" on my map. Is there another name or number?

Right now the weather appears to be holding so I am about 80% for making the ride.

-Thanks
We're doing a ride on Saturday down Blue Water Hwy to Surfside from Galveston. Meet time is 10:30 should be a good turnout. You've got my number so hit me up when you get here, we'll be there Friday night. Ride safe on the way down!
 

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"257" is the blue water hyway, it's actually "county road 257" also known as "san luis pass rd" it's the road from galveston south along the beach to surfside beach and a nice litte ride, a good bar just as you leave galveston is "woody's" a local stilt bar that used to be on the seawall but was moved to the beach and put on stilts to evade hurricane flooding. up hwy 6 from galveston is the galveston co. fairgrounds where one of the largest campgrounds is located and similar to buffalo chip in sturgis with bands and vendors. https://www.facebook.com/BlowoutBikerProductions. i try and make it but i ride with the american legion riders and we escort wounded warriors from san antonio to kemah tx on galv. bay every year the same weekend as the ralley, where they get free sportfishing and other recreeation for free for the weekend. it's a nice 20mi. drive north of galv. on state hwy 146 with lots of veterans showing the colors and displays from all branches.
Snarly,

Thank for the information about "Woody's" and the BlowoutBikerProductions campground. I checked into the campground. They have $20 day passes. I also have a copy of the camp activities during the rally for anyone that is interested (see attached).

Also, my hat is off to you for your support of Wounded Warriors!
 

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We're doing a ride on Saturday down Blue Water Hwy to Surfside from Galveston. Meet time is 10:30 should be a good turnout. You've got my number so hit me up when you get here, we'll be there Friday night. Ride safe on the way down!
Looks like the weather is going to "hold" enough for me to make the ride to the rally. It is snowing today, but supposed to warm up tomorrow and Wednesday. I'll give you a buzz Friday. I get to Galveston early Thursday evening. I hope to see David Allan Coe Thursday evening at 6:00, (God willing and the creeks don't rise" :).
 

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Weather permitting, I am headed out to Galveston TX for the "Lone Star" rally as November can be dicey riding weather in Colorado and New Mexico.

For those of you that have been to this rally, any recommendations? I do see from the maps that Houston seems to love their "toll roads".

-Thanks in Advance!
Freezing rain and snow today. Black ice and many accidents on the roads this morning. Glad I am leaving tomorrow............. November in the Rockies is not the best riding season. Just saying.
 

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Freezing rain and snow today. Black ice and many accidents on the roads this morning. Glad I am leaving tomorrow............. November in the Rockies is not the best riding season. Just saying.
what happens you get down here in heaven and hell freezes over up yonder, how you get home then?
 

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Looks like the weather is going to "hold" enough for me to make the ride to the rally. It is snowing today, but supposed to warm up tomorrow and Wednesday. I'll give you a buzz Friday. I get to Galveston early Thursday evening. I hope to see David Allan Coe Thursday evening at 6:00, (God willing and the creeks don't rise" :).
I left Colorado Springs around 6:00 AM. The temperature ranged between 41F and 89F between home and Wichita Falls TX, where I am spending the night (apparently when you pay $49/night you are at the "No-Tell Motel".) Today's ride was ~600 miles. Tomorrow only 400 miles :). My goal is to get through Houston before rush hour.

I encountered no other Motorcycles today until I neared Amarillo. Woosies! I am ready for Galveston, sun and the Lone Star Rally!
 

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I left Colorado Springs around 6:00 AM. The temperature ranged between 41F and 89F between home and Wichita Falls TX, where I am spending the night (apparently when you pay $49/night you are at the "No-Tell Motel".) Today's ride was ~600 miles. Tomorrow only 400 miles :). My goal is to get through Houston before rush hour.

I encountered no other Motorcycles today until I neared Amarillo. Woosies! I am ready for Galveston, sun and the Lone Star Rally!
come on down it was in the high 70's low 80's today supposed to stay same thru the weekend. i'm gonna ride in tomorrow morn and check the vendors and see what i can't live without.
 

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come on down it was in the high 70's low 80's today supposed to stay same thru the weekend. i'm gonna ride in tomorrow morn and check the vendors and see what i can't live without.
If you have any advice regarding the vendors, please let me know!
 

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If you have any advice regarding the vendors, please let me know!
best prices usually on thur or sun. last yr got a great price on a great jacket with armor, lookin for a modular helmet tomorrow. most of the accessories are usually in the big lot just north of the strand.
 

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Safe travels!
 

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We're doing a ride on Saturday down Blue Water Hwy to Surfside from Galveston. Meet time is 10:30 should be a good turnout. You've got my number so hit me up when you get here, we'll be there Friday night. Ride safe on the way down!
I want to give "boosted20v" a big "shout out" and thank him for meeting up with me at the rally and inviting me to join his "posse" on their Saturday ride. It was a great time! It turned out that the Houston local VROD club were a big part of the ride. My last bike was a 2009 VROD, so it was a fun ride down memory lane. I miss that bike!

The ride down the Coast was beautiful and had many sights. A big change of scenery for a "Colorado Boy".

My time with them was too short. I needed to get back to the rally to meet up with a long time friend (40-years) from Dallas, and pack for the ride home in the morning.

My ride back home went well. The ride from Galveston to Lubbock became increasing hotter. Eventually the temp was in the 90s. Leaving Lubbock the morning temperature was 42, and fog that was thick (think cut it with a knife) and sloppy wet. I experienced high winds (>40-50 MPH) in New Mexico and Colorado as a early winter storm was moving into the area. What a difference one night makes!

After arriving home, it snowed that night, and the next day in Colorado Springs. Timing is everything in Colorado this time of year!

I highly recommend the "Lone Star Rally". It reminded me of earlier and less comercialized times in Sturgis.
 
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