I got thrown by one of those dynamic message signs in Winnie... it said:
FERRY WAIT TIME
EST 15 MIN
AT 8:00 PM
For those that don't know, the Bolivar ferry is the shortest route to Galveston from Beaumont and I guess since it's spring break TranStar is actually giving out the wait times since they only do when the ferry is busy.
Since I had nowhere to be and all the time in the world I decided to go down and take a ride. It's about a 50 mile drive from the SH 124 exit (just past the sign) to the ferry's dock, about all the way being two lane roads. Here's a map with the route from IH-10 to the landing marked.
Well, by the time I got to the landing (a little before 9) there was no wait. In fact, I got there just as they were loading one up and drove right on.
The wind was coming in pretty strong off of the gulf so the ride wasn't exactly the smoothest ever, but I wasn't complaining. I don't think I've rode it since middle school.
I decided to go back home the looooooooooooong way, through Houston.
I enjoied it.