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Day 2 Big Bend and Carlsbad Caverns National Parks Motorcycle Ride

Friday Sept. 18 Junction to Marathon (258 miles)

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Map Day 2 Junction to Marathon TX

Today is the second day of our Big Bend and Carlsbad Caverns National Parks motorcycle ride. Come follow along and enjoy the scenery and ride.

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I-10 Heading from Junction to Ft. Stockton

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Picnic area just east of Ft. Stockton

We had breakfast at another restaurant just down the street. We gassed up and headed to Marathon. It was cool and great riding weather. The only stops we made were at a picnic area just outside Ft. Stockton for lunch and then in Ft. Stockton we stopped at the Wal-Mart. It never fails, we stop at least one Wal-Mart on our bike trips. This was no exception. Shirley lost part of her heel on her boot and needed something else to wear. From there it was off to Marathon after a few misdirection’s from Gladys (The name Kristy & Janet gave my GPS).

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Converted Carriage House where we stayed.

In Marathon we stayed in a converted carriage house which was built in 1898. We could have stayed in the main house (Captain Shepard’s Inn) but it was not available  due to renovation. The Carriage House was interesting… Nothing fancy but it was fun staying all together in one house.

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Inside the Carriage House

We had planned to go to “Shirley’s Burnt Biscuit Bakery” but it was not open. Shirley the owner was on vacation. That was a disappointment because she makes wonderful fried pies. If you are ever in Marathon, a stop at Shirley’s Fried Pies is a must.

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Shirley’s Burnt Biscuit

After we got checked in and unloaded everything we went to explore the town, but everything was pretty much closed. This was around 4:30 or 5:00 pm. We ended up buying some frozen pizza from a grocery store called “the French Grocer”. After dinner we stayed out on the porch of the Carriage House and talked. If Jo had brought her dominoes we would have played “Chicken Foot” but Jo didn’t pack them so… We were in bed by 10:00 (11:00 Georgia time)

 

Tomorrow we head to Big Bend National Park. We will be staying at the Chisos Basin Lodge. Come ride along and share the fun with us.

Below are links to the other days of this ride.

If you are thinking about riding to the Big Bend area, checkout the links below. The links have valuable information on the Big Bend Area of Texas and tips we have learned about long motorcycle rides over the years.

  1. Motorcycle Travel Information For The Big Bend Area ofTexas
  2. Long Distance Motorcycle Touring Tips

If you enjoyed reading about this motorcycle ride to Big Bend National Park you may like our other motorcycle rides there too.

  1. Our first motorcycle ride to Big Bend National Park
  2. Spring motorcycle ride to Big Bend National Park April 2007

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Have Goldwing Will Travel…  I hope we see you down the road somewhere. Ride safe…

Favorite Photos from Our Motorcycle Travels

This is a collection of our favorite photos from our motorcycle travels. Over the years we have ridden many miles, to some of the most scenic places here in the U.S.. We have taken a lot of photo’s… Some of them , in my opinion, are good… But then it is hard not to take a few good ones when you have such scenic subject matter. Many of these pictures are found in post in this blog. Each picture caption has a link to the post for those of you who would like to read and see more… or you may want to ride or drive to see them. The post have many details to help with planning your trip.

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Below are some of the rides we have done over the years. There might be one for you. Check them out.

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Day 1 Big Bend and Carlsbad Caverns National Parks Motorcycle Ride

Thursday Sept. 17 Georgetown to Junction (271 miles)

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Map Day 1 Heading to Big Bend National Park

Today is the first day of our Big Bend and Carlsbad Caverns National Parks motorcycle ride. Come follow along and enjoy the scenery and ride.

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Gas stop in Georgetown when leaving. Headed to Big Bend National Park

We headed out about 7:30 after stopping for gas and ice for the cooler. The weather was just perfect, not too hot or cold. The route we took was not a direct route so we could see a different part of the Hill Country. We left Georgetown via Hwy 29 and took the back roads from Liberty Hill to Marble Falls. From Marble Falls it was on to Fredericksburg to the Pioneer Museum. We got to the museum before it opened so we had a cup of hot chocolate across the street from the museum while we waited for the museum to open.

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A home in Pioneer Village in Fredericksburg

The museum is on 3 acres of shaded grounds, landscaped with plants native to the Texas Hill Country. It allows you to see the life of Fredericksburg through exploration of historic structures, authentic objects, photographs, and much more.

While on the museum grounds we checked out an event to showcase the museum facilities for various events such as weddings or other gatherings. Shirley got a demo massage while we snacked on some of the free snacks there. We were starving by that time and the snacks tided us over until we could stop later.

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Picnic just outside Hunt

From there it was on to Kerrville, Hunt, Vanderpool, Utopia, Leakey and Junction where we stayed the night. Just before we reached Hunt we stopped at a picnic area by the Guadalupe River for lunch. The road from Utopia to Leakey was scenic as it wound its way through the hills. The elevations there was about 2500 feet so the temperature much cooler and nice.

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The Deer Horn Tree Junction Texas

We stayed at the Legends Inn. Legends Inn was mentioned in Ride Texas Magazine as a great place to stay for the buck. We visited with a couple of bikers at the motel and talked about our current and past travels in the area, ate dinner at a restaurant recommended by the woman at the motel front desk. It was ok but not as good as she described it.

Tomorrow we head to Marathon, Texas. Come ride along and share the fun with us.

Below are links to the other days of this ride. Come follow along as we ride.

If you are thinking about riding to the Big Bend area, checkout the links below. The links have valuable information on the Big Bend Area of Texas and tips we have learned about long motorcycle rides over the years.

  1. Motorcycle Travel Information For The Big Bend Area ofTexas
  2. Long Distance Motorcycle Touring Tips

If you enjoyed reading about this motorcycle ride to Big Bend National Park you may like our other motorcycle rides there too.

  1. Our first motorcycle ride to Big Bend National Park
  2. Spring motorcycle ride to Big Bend National Park April 2007

For even more content please checkout and LIKE our Facebook page.

Have Goldwing Will Travel…  I hope we see you down the road somewhere.