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Thanks for the continued updates Jason!

 

Question: what's the realistic drive time from Houston Hobby Int'l airport to the boardwalk area?

 

I, like a few others, may just jaunt out there some Saturday night after work and fly home Sunday evening. So we need some kind of realistic time frame to work with.

 

Thanks,

 

 

JJ

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The drive from Houston Hobby to the Kemah Boardwalk is a straight shot down 45 south. It will take u approx 30 mins from the parking lot of the car rental to The Boardwalk. It is so easy to get there Stevie Wonder could find it.

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how is it a straight shot? 45 is 7/8 miles from the boardwalk. I drove from Nasa Road one and then turned on some FM road.(Not questioning, but if you know a better way to get there it would help me too.)

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From Hobby the quickest way to get there is to take I-45 South to FM 518 (League City - Exit 23). Turn left on FM 518. At the split for FM 518 / FM 2094 continue going straight which will take you onto FM 2094. FM 2094 dead ends at SH 146. Turn left on SH 146, and then right at the first light...follow the signs to the boardwalk.

 

From I-45 to Kemah it is about 8 miles.

 

You can also take NASA 1 from I-45 to 146 and then take a right on 146 and you'll see the Boardwalk...but if you are coming from 45, 518 is quicker.

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Track work continues...

 

They were busy putting the steel on the first drop this afternoon after the area barely escaped getting soaked. There are scattered storms around the area but so far no rain in Kemah. If the weather holds for the rest of the day I was told that the track work should be finished up tonight and the ride should start testing later in the week after being inspected.

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Almost done!

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Steel is being placed on the first drop.

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Water jugs for testing.

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Ticket booth. According to the sign hanging next to it, Boardwalk Bullet is currently "closed for adjustments"

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Ride entrance

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I'll be in Houston on the weekend of the 11th after treking around Texas for a week. My hopes have risen.

 

Thanks for the updates Jason! By the way, what's up with the steel on the first drop (right hand side of picture) where it jogs?

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Drops 1-3 look pretty decent in pictures. 2 probably is the one riders will suprised with most. 1 up close looks mild, but at a long distance it looks like a thriller. Monday started sunny with some clouds. Testing at end of the week??? alrighty then... BRING IT! shoot I volunteer to be a test jug.

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I'm assuming that the ride will open either this weekend or early next week, which is great because I have the O.K. to visit a week from this coming Sunday!

 

Thanks for another great update.

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That first drop is just sick. I'm getting desperate to ride this ride. As crazy as it looks, I can see this becoming one of those rides that slowly gets neutered after about five or ten years. Can't wait for the reviews to come in though.

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I'm assuming that the ride will open either this weekend or early next week, which is great because I have the O.K. to visit a week from this coming Sunday!

 

Thanks for another great update.

 

They are planning for around 100 hours of testing and the ride has to be inspected before they can start. I imagine it will be closer to 2 weeks before it opens. I'll run by after work and see if they've finished the track work and post an update.

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Steel is still being installed...can't be too much left now....

 

Hey Jason, any wearables in the Saltgrass souvenir shop yet? I've already shipped off a few trinkets to friends in faraway places. (cute keychains) When I asked the employee if there were any Boardwalk Bullet shirts, she asked "what's that"?...

 

I swear, I'll call in sick to work if I have any notice that this thing is opening soon. I work at a busy airport and have had it up to *HERE* with the heat, thunderstorms, delayed passengers... GG, take me away.............

 

Bless you Jason, for keeping the coaster-loving world informed.

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