SLING EXPERIENCE 2023 RIDE ROUTES

Thursday Afternoon April 13th, 2023 - 2:00 PM

Downtown Houston Graffiti Photo Ride

Who loves photos of Slingshots with beautiful street art as the backdrop?  Join us for this short ride downtown, as we stop at two locations with several graffiti murals in each area.  We’ll be stopping at the Graffiti Building, and St. Arnolds Brewery for about 20 minutes each.  Explore each area to get the perfect photos, before we take the quickest route back to the hotel.  (Estimated 2 hours total.  Ride leads: Danna and Storm.)

45 North, Exit Pease / Emancipation, Right on St. Emanuel, Graffiti Park on Left.  Leave Graffiti Park, turn right on Chartres, Left on Runnels, turns into McKee, then turns into Hardy, right on Lyons, photos nearby. Return to hotel.

THURSDAY AFTERNOON RALLY POINT 1 – 2:30 PM: 
Graffiti Park – 2102 Leeland St, Houston, TX 77003 

THURSDAY AFTERNOON RALLY POINT 2 – 3:15 PM:
St. Arnolds Brewery – 2000 Lyons Ave, Houston, TX 77020 

Thursday Evening April 13th, 2023 6:00PM

Galveston Sunset Cruise, The Strand, Tall Ships Festival, Seawall

Join us as we head down to Galveston for a beautiful cruise around the island during sunset!  After a quick stop at Bucee’s to get gas and snacks, once we get in Galveston we’ll exit and cruise down Harborside, where there is a Tall Ships Festival kicking off as several ships make a stop in Galveston.  We’ll line up and cruise through The Strand, a historic strip with many small shops, bars and restaurants, before making our way to the Seawall, cruising along the coast.  We’ll stop along the Seawall for more pictures, before making our way back to Houston. (Estimated 3.5 hours total.  Ride lead: Mark)

45 South, Stop at Bucee’s, Continue 45 South, Exit Harborside, Make a left.  Make a right on 20th, another right on The Strand, then left at 25th.  Right at Seawall to Diamond Beach, turn around and park on Seawall.  Return to hotel.

THURSDAY EVENING RALLY POINT 1 – 6:30 PM:
Bucee’s – 6201 Gulf Fwy, Texas City, TX 77591 

THURSDAY EVENING RALLY POINT 2 – 8:00 PM: 
Diamond Beach (Seawall) – 10327 Termini-San Luis Pass Rd, Galveston, TX 77554 

Friday Morning April 14th, 2023 - 11:00 AM

Bridges and Tunnels Ride, Nasa, Kemah, and Washburn

This will be a nice ride going over several different bridges, passing through the Kemah Boardwalk area, and going through the Washburn Tunnel.  We’ll head South on 45 and take the Nasa 1 overpass, which leads to a nice winding road going past Nasa and Clearlake.  We’ll take a bridge over to the Kemah Boardwalk area, and take a quick tour past the many attractions in the area, exit the area, and stop at our first rally point.  We’ll then head north via a couple different highways, before our next Rally Point, then go through the Washburn Tunnel, before heading back to the hotel.  (Estimated 2 hours 15 minutes.  Ride Lead: Storm)

Take 45 South, Exit Nasa Rd 1, Make a right on Hwy 146, Left on 9th (pause to regroup), Loop through Kemah area then head back north on Hwy 146, stop at 1st rally point.  Continue north on 146, to 330 North, to I-10 West, Exit Federal and make a left, stop at 2nd rally point.  Continue south on Federal Rd, through Washburn tunnel, turns into Richey Rd, take all the way to 45 South, make a left, Green Tree on right.

FRIDAY MORNING RALLY POINT 1 – Noon: Checkpoint
Gas Station 1802 2nd St, Seabrook, TX 77586 

FRIDAY MORNING RALLY POINT 2 – 12:45 pm
7 Eleven Gas Station, 1402 Federal Rd, Houston, TX 77015 

Friday Night Rideout April 14th, 2023 - 9:00 PM

NRG Stadium, Rice Village Invasion, River Oaks Large Houses, Mid-town

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Another epic night ride as we mob ride through H-town!  This ride will have drones along our route, so make sure to wave when you see them!  We’ll make our way over to NRG Stadium where we pause for a quick photo op, then stop at our first rally point a couple blocks away.  We then invade the highly popular Rice Village area from multiple angles, (creating quite the spectacle), then stop at our next rally point about a mile away on Kirby.  We’ll then continue through some very nice homes along Kirby, to a nice winding road with scenic views of Downtown Houston (Allen Pkwy), rolling through a portion of Downtown and Midtown, before our last rally point, and then make our way back to the hotel.  (Estimated 3.5 Hours, Ride Lead: Storm)

South on Mosely, Right on Airport, Right on Telephone, stop at first Rally Point.  Take 610 West, Exit Kirby, Make a right, stop at second Rally Point.  Continue North on Kirby, invade Rice Village (Rice Ave / University Ave) then continue north on Kirby to third rally point.  Continue north on Kirby, turns into Allen Pkwy, Right on Smith, Right on Gray, arrive at final Rally Point.  Back to Hotel

FRIDAY NIGHT RALLY POINT 1: 9:30 PM
Swift Gas Station, 4670 Telephone Rd Ste A, Houston, TX 77087  

FRIDAY NIGHT RALLY POINT 2: 10:15 PM
Kroger 7747 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77030
 

FRIDAY NIGHT RALLY POINT 3: 11:00 PM
The Centre at River Oaks  3025 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098 

FRIDAY NIGHT RALLY POINT 4:  11:45 PM
Marshalls 1450 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019 

Saturday Morning April 15th, 2023 9:00AM

Police Assisted, Galveston Beach Seawall and Cherry Hill

Let’s go enjoy some of that coastal beach sun and wind!  Police will assist us with getting onto the freeway as a group.  After a quick stop at Bucee’s to get gas and snacks, we’ll head down to Galveston for a nice cruise along the seawall.  We’ll stop at each end of the Seawall for pictures (Diamond Beach and Cherry Hill), before making our way back to Houston. (Estimated 3.5 hours total.  Ride lead: Mark)

Police Assisted Entrance onto 45 South, Stop at Bucee’s, Continue 45 South, Exit 61st, Make a Right, Right at Seawall.  U-turn and stop at Diamond Beach, Ride Seawall to Cherry Hill, Take Seawall back to 61st, make a Right, left at Broadway / 45 North back to Hotel.

SATURDAY MORNING RALLY POINT 1 – 9:30 AM
Bucee’s – 6201 Gulf Fwy, Texas City, TX 77591 

SATURDAY MORNING RALLY POINT 2 – 10:30 AM
Diamond Beach (Seawall) – 10327 Termini-San Luis Pass Rd, Galveston, TX 77554 

SATURDAY MORNING RALLY POINT 3 – 11:30 AM
Cherry Hill (Other end of Seawall) –
 

Saturday Night Massive Ride Out April 15th, 2023 8:00 PM

Police Assisted, Memorial Park Tunnels, Drones and Smoke Bombs Shoot in the Park, Four Leaf Clover Shoot, Downtown Skyline, Minute Maid Park, Toyota Center, Graffiti Park

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This is one of our most epic rides!  Police will assist us with getting on the freeway as a group, as we make our way to Houston Community College on 610 West (about 40 minutes away), to officially start our ride.  This ride will have a few drone operators and photographers along the route, so be sure to smile and wave!  We’ll make our way to the tunnels on Memorial Drive, then enter Memorial Park where we will be setting off some smoke bombs for some amazing drone shots.  Keep it tight and follow the person in front of you.  When we leave Memorial Park, we’ll have another great drone shot opportunity as we fill up the “Four Leaf Clover” with Slingshots.  Again, keep it tight, take it slow, and follow the Slingshot in front of you.  We’ll take Memorial all the way into Downtown with beautiful skyline views, drive past the Theater District, Minute Maid Park, Discovery Green, Toyota Center, and end near the Graffiti Building.  We’ll then make our way back to the hotel, possibly driving down Emancipation through other night life attractions in the area. (Estimated 3.5 Hours. Ride Lead: Storm)

(Police Assisted Entrance onto 45 North, exit 610 West to 610 North, exit Westpark, Rally Point at Houston Community College on Right. Pull out on to 610 Feeder heading north, Right on Woodway (Merges with Memorial) – Enter Memorial Park on Left after the tunnel. Drone / smoke bombs. Back to Memorial – Continue East on Memorial – Four Leaf Clover. Memorial Drive turns into Texas Ave, Turn Right in front of Minute Maid Park on Avenida De Las Americas (George R Brown / Discovery Green), Right on Polk, Left on LaBranch (Toyota Center) Left on Leland, right on Emancipation. Stop at Exxon. Return to Hotel)

SATURDAY NIGHT RALLY POINT 1 –  9:30 PM:
Houston Community College 5601 W Loop S, Houston, TX 77081 

SATURDAY NIGHT RALLY POINT 2 – 10:15 PM:
Memorial Park – 6502 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77007 

SATURDAY NIGHT RALLY POINT 3 – 11:15 PM: Exxon, 2350 Pease St, Houston, TX 77003 “Get in where you fit in”) 

Sunday Morning April 16th, 2023 - 10:00 AM

Donut Competition, Mancuso Store Visit, Feeding the Homeless with Ms. Nesie

The Sunday morning excitement starts early with our Donut Competition!  We’ll take a quick ride to Almeda mall for our designated area where we’ll gather together and watch several contestants burn up some tires, then head back North on 45 to Downtown, where we will make a couple of stops to distribute food and supplies to feed the homeless of Houston.  (Please do not give cash.  We will have some food pre-packaged, but feel free to bring your own food or other necessities like wipes, socks, toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, etc.)

SUNDAY MORNING RALLY POINT 1 – 10:15 AM
10125 Kleckley Dr, Houston, TX 77075
Almeda Mall Parking Lot 

SUNDAY MORNING RALLY POINT 2 – 11:30 AM – 
Webster at Main St.
Chartres at Congress St. 
Chartres at Runnells

RIDE TIPS AND OTHER RIDE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Please try to obey all traffic laws, and ride safely.  Be aware of your surroundings at all times.

All routes and rides may include some traffic, construction, or other un-planned inconveniences.  Make the most of every moment, and enjoy the ride!

Please try to fill up on gas before each ride.  View the ride details for each ride, to know if there will be fuel stops or not.  (Saturday night ride will be our longest without any fuel stops until the end.)

If we pause and slow down on a major road, please stay in your Slingshots, we are most likely slowing down to allow others to catch up.  Too many people getting out of their Slingshots may create more large gaps when we start rolling again.  Also try to leave one lane open on the left side for other traffic to get past our group.

When all else fails, just catch us at the next Rally Point.  All Rally Points are listed on the website.

We take it slow at the front of the line, to allow the back of the line to catch up.

Try to keep it tight and not leave large gaps in our line.  This helps the entire group stay together.  When you have “escorts” blocking traffic, please get through the intersection quickly and safely.

Ride your ride.  If you feel uncomfortable, please drop to the rear.

Do not pass up the ride leader without permission.  This is to avoid others accidentally following you.  If you need to break off from the group, please drop to the end of the line.

If you are familiar with our ride route, and are interested in assisting as a Road Captain for a specific ride you may be on, please talk to your ride leader for that specific ride.

Look out for hand signals, specifically one, two, or three fingers to indicate how many lanes we should occupy. Sometimes it makes more sense to get into one lane, sometimes it makes more sense to spread out across lanes.

Take care of your fellow Slingers.  If you see someone with an issue, and no one else has stopped to help them yet, please check on them to make sure they are OK.  The entire group does not need to stop, and the ride leader will attempt to keep the ride moving on schedule.

Most important of all have fun and ride safely!!!!

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