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Galveston Seawall

Average Rating:    (2.25 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Seventeen miles of beach-front cruise. Ride casual or scream, hit the beach areas.
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Latitude
29.266334369464598
Longitude
-94.82677459716797
Trail Directions
Go to Galveston, then to the Gulf side of the island, Mon!
Trail Length
17 miles 1 way
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Paved Path
City/County
Galveston
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
February 20, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: TXstarbuck ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The Galveston Seawall gives a cyclist the best view of the Gulf that can possibly be had on paved surface in South Texas. Why these other reviewers are trashing it is beyond me. Is the seawall rife with tourists in the heat of summer? of course, which is why that's not the ideal time to ride. The perfect time is off season, like right now, February, with the temps in the mid-50s to mid-70s. Not many people out at all on a weekday - except for those runner and bikers training - and not many more on the weekends.
Fresh ocean breeze, gorgeous blue rippled with wave-white, dogs loping in the sand, here and there folks stretched out or sitting in brightly colored beach chairs reading books or listening to iPods. 17 miles each way is the perfect ride for me, I make it about 35 with the little side loops I've devised on my route. This is a wonderful training ride for me with good weather conditions, no auto traffic to worry about for safety reasons and few humans to dodge - just enough strollers and inattentive walkers to keep me on my toes and give me a challenge, which I like.
After your awesome ride, rack your bike and head downtown for some great texmex and reward yourself with one of TX finest offerings, a well-made margarita. Or be really good, like I sometimes am, and hit the organic cafe or have a smoothie made from fresh fruit from the weekend Farmer's Market. Seriously, what's not to enjoy about cycling in Galveston along the ocean, drinking in the rich offerings of the history, culture and natural beauty of the island?

Recommended Route:
Start at either end, go all the way, come back. There's parking at either end and all along the way if you desire a shorter route. To enhance your route or lengthen it, go right at the end of the seawall down to East Beach then loop back up to the Seawall where you left it.

On a super-gorgeous day, break the ride in two and hang out at East Beach if you like the younger, hipper crowd. If you're old (46) like me, take your beach/serenity/people-and-bird-watching break mid-wall or at Stewart Beach.

Enjoy!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If unpaved riding is your thing, Galveston State Park is perfect. I also highly recommend Brazos Bend State Park.

Wanna stay on paved surface? The bayous of Houston offer great rides. My favorite is the Buffalo Bayou trail system (small parts are unpaved, but well-cleared), Braes Bayou and White Oak Bayou also offer really fine rides.



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Review Date
July 19, 2002

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

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1.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Smartenoughtoleave , from Houston for now

Summary:
Galveston is a cespool for filth and ignorance. A great place to visit durring the day, but just like all other Port towns, the freaks and Idiots come out at night. I lived there for 4 years, and have family from there. There are nice people there, but unless you have a good reason dont bother wasting the fuel.

Recommended Route:
there are no Mountainbike trails in Galveston. Pelican Island for a bit of a workout. Maybe.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Good luck finding anything within 150 miles.



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Review Date
March 28, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: cdogg , from Galveston

Summary:
If you want to have fun in galveston bring your old mountain bike and put a rack on it. Get three or four of your friends and buy as much beer as you can hold. Then have fun weaving drunkinly in and out of the tourist an the seawall. Later when the sun goes down, ride from bar to bar slamin shots and just when you think you can't stand any longer, get on your bike and ride some of the 13 parking garages in downtown. Just watch out for Habourside Dr. It's a buzzkiller. Later that night ride home back down the seawall and burn out those beers while dodging the bikers and punk kids you suprise along the way.

Recommended Route:
I have to add my two cents here since the previous guy decided to slam my home for no reason. No, it's not a trail. If you live in League City, don't come here looking for single track.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Memorial Park is the best trail between Austin and Atlanta.



Comments
JuanPablo (11/18/2006)
Just remember to bring your zigzags and if you're there on Juneteenth bring your 9mm,
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Review Date
January 24, 2002

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Dave , from League City

Summary:
Galveston's a tourist trap with shitty beaches. OK for Yankee snowbirds to spend the winter months. I'd rather ride dirt.

Recommended Route:
straight down I45to any right turn in Galveston. You'll eventually run into it.



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