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Lone Star Rally

on Zombie Island

Two-wheel embrace the perfect storm

Texas, Oct. 29–Nov. initial thoughts that my mind when I saw the cool sweeping across the Texas headed for the upper Gulf were, “No way, it can’t be, not this year.” The Lone Rally has suffered a brutal of battling the weather gods in past, and this did not look Back in 2005, Hurricane forced the Lone Star to reschedule from the end of September to the end of

And then last year Ike slammed the Island with an impact that the rally was back on its heels until it snowed the day before Lone was to start. And now, after the hurricane season Texas had in a long time, it was raining in And it would continue to rain all day on Thursday and Friday.

But then… the sun came out and all was right with the least Galveston’s little of the world.

Although the first two of the event were definitely Saturday and Sunday simply …. The ride down had bundled against early temperatures but, once you hit the Strand District, the leathers off, the flesh came out with crystalline skies, low and ample sun, the attendees at the Lone Star Rally saw of the best weather conditions the rally’s birth in 2002—it was a storm,” but in a good way. And mixture did not go unnoticed by bikers across the Lone Star as thousands crossed Galveston Bay to out their own section of island during the last major rally of the year in Texas.

The Lone Star Rally was along a five-block section of The a strip of cobblestone in the historic of downtown Galveston. One block Harborside Drive runs to The Strand and is home to the docks and eateries. It has also always the burden of handling the rally’s and displays.

Over the years, the gradually expanded to include of the Island including Moody (with its many concerts) and the Center (housing during years a bike show, a contest, a women riders and a camping show.) In recent additional property was grabbed a lengthy section of Seawall that runs along the was also closed down to vendors. In response, the Galveston Council has fought for years to in this ever-enlarging event, special efforts concentrating on the closure of the Seawall sector.

And for years, the rally promoter back, waging war to not only the turf he had secured but to incrementally his domain. It has been a rocky between the City Council and Star, with threats by the to relocate and counter-threats by the Council of in someone else to manage the But earlier this year the owner sold his percentage of the to his partners, who apparently do not hold fervent claims for expansion.

So in there was no closure of Seawall with those vendors located there being onto Harborside Drive, and Market Streets and a few side instead. (Mechanic and Market run parallel to The Strand.) And the Galveston Center stood vacant all while the Bike Show and the Ms. Star Contest were at Pier 21 on Harborside, while the Riders’ Conference was conducted at the Joe’s Crab Shack.

And organizers estimated the crowd at police placed the number at the realistic figure of 150,000. But this huge crowd to wedge into the reduced of property pretty well—except for the

Prime real estate

the rally, The Strand is restricted to and foot traffic. And as in times cruising and parking along The was once again available by a $10 pass. Even though it is central and the rally’s major I avoid parking along strip because of inconsiderate who don’t think twice double parking, blocking riders from leaving.

The ill-mannered practice was once rampant and by late Saturday the bikes were three on both sides, causing shouting matches. I ended up five bucks to an attendant at a parking lot two blocks off The Strand.

At one prior to last year’s Star Rally, many residents and some local balked at the idea of holding a bike event following Ike. But rally promoters differently and launched the “Rally to in an effort to assist the Island in its to recovery. And even though by time the Island had restored its and power shortages, the lack of rooms presented a major in 2008.

Numerous hotels and were still repairing damage and weren’t open, those that were in were occupied by construction and FEMA employees. This there were plenty of available. But apparently whatever was spent on refurbishing these the owners were determined to wholly during the 2009

Rooms that were for $55 on Thursday jumped to as high as on Friday and Saturday—a hard to swallow during these I can only hope that passed on this opportunity to bailout funds to these and opted for more reasonable They were available but you had to do detective work to find

As for those gougers, there’s next year’s hurricane and fate has a way of settling the score.

A run kicked off this year’s on Thursday, with more a dozen stops placed in convenience stores and restaurants. It ran Saturday, when David ended up with the winning Saturday morning the Breast Awareness Ride took to the of Galveston with monies benefiting the Susan G. Komen Research Foundation.

The Ranch was also held that departing from Stubb’s in Houston with local personality Outlaw Dave the pack to the Island. Keeping in with the concept of this a “free rally,” live was provided throughout the weekend on set up at Pier 21 and Saengerfest Park.

concerts (paid admission) held at Moody Gardens Amphitheater, with Texas Pat Greene performing on Friday and Skynyrd headlining Saturday along with special Edgar Winter and Leon A Leather — Lace Ball was incorporated into the price of the Skynyrd concert.

All aboard

For those not interested in or music, you could take The cruise to visit Galveston’s ground for bottlenose dolphins, a few hours on a fishing trip, the bay onboard the Captain Kidd, a “pirate” schooner, or visit the a 123-year-old, three-masted, iron-hull ship. The Elissa is the Official Ship of Texas and was also the for Saturday’s spirited No Limit Hold ’Em Poker Tournament the Asthma Coalition of Texas.

But one of the anticipated events of the rally was the to win Jean Lafitte’s Chopper, a creation built by the now-defunct IronHorse Motor- cycle earlier in the year. The winner of treasure hunt was Rachael who successfully figured out where the to the bike were hidden a collection of clues gathered participating stores and vendors the Island.

Lions and tigers and

The World’s Largest Biker Costume Promenade was held on The on Saturday evening. Witches and devils and demons all competed for the grand prize. No … costumes or bike displays, no and no drug-oriented costumes were to enter (wait, these are right?). Rick Shinpaugh top honors with his custom pulling a coffin.

A mild evening after the added fuel to the party-fires The Strand, with only the cry of call!” having the power to the covens of ghouls and vampires, them out to scurry to their before dawn.

Although was lighter, Sunday continued as a party most of the day with of music and an ample supply of weather. Needless to say, Marys were the drink of the

So the 2009 edition of the Lone Rally was a great success. now seems to be a peaceful tone the new rally owners and City with both making and reconciling their differences, a win-win situation for both With an ease in tensions, the was even able to secure a contract with the city, the event would remain on the through 2011.

Now if only can strike a deal with the

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