This weekend was it—the
MS150. The MS 150 Bike Tour is a two-day bicycling adventure
from Houston to Austin that raises funds to help people living
Multiple sclerosis (MS)
usually strikes adults in the prime of life – between the ages
of 20 and 50. It is a chronic disease of the central nervous
system affecting the brain and spinal cord. One new case of MS is
diagnosed every hour.
This year, I read they hope to
raise $10,000,000 from this ride. They'll exceed that amount I'm
It’s about 175
miles from Houston to Austin, and about 13,000 people ride
it on bicycle every year. I have ridden a bicycle several
years, so this year I wanted to do something different.
Being a motorcycle marshal was
pretty darned fun over the past two days. I’m not sure how many
total miles I ended up riding, but it was about quadruple the
On the morning of the first
day I met a new friend, JP. He has an F650 as well, and he and I
pretty much stuck together all weekend. This be him…
(You can click any thumbnail picture to enlarge
This be some of the 13,000
There has to be adequate
facilities for so many people…
One of the most amazing things
is that every year the locals all gather and make a huge showing
to support all of the riders along the route. Check out this
… I went back by him about 6
hours later and he was still playing his heart out!
Most of my day was spent
changing flat tires.
Sometimes I helped by
providing tools, most of the time I was the one doing the
changing. Too bad motorcycle tires are not as easy to change on
the side of the road…
|Some folks pull
trailers with their kids in the back. I guess if you don’t
have a kid, you go with what you got…
||There are lots of
lovely farm houses along the route…
Obligatory motorcycle picture follows…
JP and I take a break at one
of the rest stops…
And that was it for day 1.
The bicyclists camp in
LaGrange, but I’ve done that before—too noisy, too hot… not
me. I took a 30-minute ride to the farm and slept in a comfortable
Beep, BEEP, BEEP!!!
5:00AM sure did come early! I loaded up and was out the door
in the fog by 5:45, fueled up, and found my spot to begin
day 2 of riding.
I’d been planning my shot for
Foto Assignment "On The Move." so I took
several trying to get something that looked nice…
I pretty much fixed flats as I
made my way towards the finish line…
I turned around to do it all again…
I came upon this…
One of the
bicyclists went down pretty hard.
of the bicyclists walked their bikes through the accident
area while the fella waited in the ambulance for life flight
Once we saw “the bird”
overhead, we cleared room for it to land…
loaded the unfortunate fella up…
headed out in a remarkably short period of time…
think after watching that many bicycles, this ole boy deserved a
pretty much summed it up.
made a few more runs up and down the route..., and I thought I
would stay to watch "The
Turtle" (the name given to the last rider) cross the
finish line... it's apparently a huge celebration as he or she
makes it across the line..., but with over 175 miles to get home,
I decided to call it a day and get home before dark.
was quite fun and rewarding to be a motorcycle marshal. Nice to
meet another F650 guy in Houston too. It definitely was a
different perspective on things. The only thing I would have liked
to have had would have been a HAM radio. JP did, and he relayed a
lot of what was going on to me, but hearing the play-by-play in
real time might have been interesting.
it until next year…
… thanks for coming along!