Rest Stop 4 is ready for its first rider. On the left, James, from Houston Cycling Centre, is our rest stop mechanic.
The first riders arrive at RS4 approximately 1 hour, 40 minutes after the start. One of the riders commented his bike computer said they averaged 22mph over the 38 mile route from the start to RS4.
Riders stream in to RS4 for a welcome break and refreshment.
James, the mechanic from Houston Cycling Centres. Conditions were good: Temps in the high 60's/low 70's, dry, good roads in a rural area, healthy riders. He had a light day. ,
There was plenty to select from at RS4's tables. Party mix of various pretzels and chips, animal crackers, cookies, tortilla chips, doritos, bananas and oranges.
Gatorade and water were availble at the other table.
The crack team of Edmund, his wife Cuqui, and his daughters Natalia and Leyra, kept trays stocked and riders smiling.
Natalia went out to the road and did duty as the RS4 flagperson calling out to riders to turn in to the rest stop. She and her sister later added a chair and a handmade sign to help direct riders.
As you can see, the terrain around RS4 is rather flat. Bridges over bayous and sloughs and highways are about the only forms of hills down here on the Texas coastal prairie.
We had pretty much a continuous stream of riders stopping at RS4 from about 10:00am thru 1:30 when the last rider stopped by.
The buildings in the distance is the Brazoria County Sheriff's Department Detention Center--the county jail. It's the inspiration for the bike ride's name: The Great Escape, and the motto or subtitle: Ride like you stole something.
Bike Mechanic James, works on a BP MS 150 Ride Marshal's wheels.
A happy and proud Ride Marshal poses with his ride as James makes the finishing touches to his work.
One little twist and the wheel is true. James' work is done and the Ride Marshal presses on to the finish..