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Here's what stopped Ken Hoffman in his tracks during the BP MS 150

Here's what stopped Ken Hoffman in his tracks during the BP MS 150

BP MS finish line
Our intrepid columnist joined some 9,000 cyclists for the annual charity ride.  Courtesy photo
Hoffman BP MS150 Belville sign bikes
Beliville makes a good stopping point. Photo by Ken Hoffman
Hoffman BP MS150 Belville Newman's Bakery french toast
This bakery shut our cyclist down.  Photo by Ken Hoffman
BP MS finish line
Hoffman BP MS150 Belville sign bikes
Hoffman BP MS150 Belville Newman's Bakery french toast

This year’s BPMS150 was clear sailing, with blue sky and gentle breezes for about 9,000 riders raising $14 million for Multiple Sclerosis research and patient care. Here’s how smooth the ride was: I normally pull into Bellville, the Day One lunch stop, around 11 am. That’s when Dairy Queen on East Main Street opens, and I settle in for a burger, fries, and Blizzard — the lunch of supremely conditioned athletes.

My buddy Mark George and I reached Bellville at 10:30 am, a new world record (for us). Maybe it was the breeze whooshing us along, maybe it was the Daily Warrior drink I chugged the day before at Smoothie King. It’s got blueberries, bananas, peanut butter, dates, almonds, and blueberry juice. (This sounds like a Blizzard that’s good for you.)

With DQ closed, we went across the street to Newman’s Bakery. Talk about serendipity! This place is terrific, a full-service, great-smelling, old-fashioned bakery and cafe. They need to expand into Houston, near my spring/summer home in West U.

I had French toast, bacon, and scrambled eggs. Mark had pancakes, bacon, over-easy eggs, and a cinnamon bun. I bought a half-dozen Black-Eyed Susan and pecan cookies to go and stuffed them in my bike bag. I can’t believe I wasted all those lunches all those years. All I could think about the rest of the ride was that French toast.

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