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Day 5 Big Bend National Park Motorcycle Ride April 2007

188 miles – Alpine, Ft Davis, loop 166, Ft Stockton

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Hwy 118 view of McDonald Observatory

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Day 5 Route

This is day 5 of our Big Bend National Park Motorcycle ride. My brother Gary headed back home because he had to go to work Friday night so we said our good byes and he headed off. Gary made it all the way back to West Columbia that day. 500 plus miles. This morning was clear and cool as we headed to Ft. Davis. Ft. Davis is my favorite place in Texas. “The coolest town in Texas”. Ft. Davis has this distinction because it is the highest (a mile high) town in Texas. Ft. Davis area is also grassier and has more trees than the surrounding area. During the summer it gets into the 90’s for highs and at night it cools off to in the 60’s and sometimes in the high 50’s. When it does get hot, it is tolerable because of the lack of humidity. We didn’t stop in Ft. Davis because it was early and we would be back around lunchtime after riding the 166 loop. We rode up to the McDonald Observatory for a rest stop but because we got there around 8:00 something they did not open until 9:00 so we just waited until 9:00.  Some of us got a snack and coffee and then we rode the rest of the loop back to Ft. Davis. We had lunch, looked through the shops and Limpia Hotel and rode out to Ft. Davis Historical Park. The fort is my favorite fort in Texas. Many of the buildings have been restored and they are restoring more as time goes by. Every time we visit there is something new. After touring the fort we were off to Ft. Stockton to spend the night. We rode up Hwy. 17. Hwy. 17 is really scenic too. We rode to Balmorhea but did not stop. Balmorhea boast of having the largest spring fed swimming pool. From 22 to 28 million gallons of water flow through the spring-fed swimming pool each day. At Ft. Stockton we checked in at the motel and then walked down the street and ate Chinese food.

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Scenic loop 118 – 166

215 Scenic loop 118 - 166 Links to the other days of our ride… Day 1 – 259 miles – Georgetown, Fredericksburg, Ozona Day 2 – 257 miles – Ozona, Ft. Stockton, Alpine, Terlingua Day 3 – 187 Miles – Terlingua, Santa Elena Canyon, Chisos Basin, Boquillas Canyon, Terlingua (all in Big Bend) Day 4 – 182 miles – Terlingua, Presidio, Marfa, Alpine Day 6 – 165 miles – Ft Stockton, Big Lake, San Angelo Day 7 – 195 Miles – San Angelo, Llano, Georgetown If you liked this post you may also like “Big Bend/Carlsbad Motorcycle Trip September ’09” or “Our First Big Bend Motorcycle Ride“.

Day 4 Big Bend National Park Motorcycle Ride April 2007

182 miles – Terlingua, Presidio, Marfa, Alpine

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Lajitas Resort

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Day 4 Route

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We woke up to a beautiful day. Got off to a good early start and saw a lot of beautiful scenery between Terlingua and Presidio following Hwy. 170 (the river road). Hwy 170 meanders along near the Rio Grande most of the time. Larry Talley liked this part more than Big Bend. Along the way we stopped at Lajitas Resort. The resort was really nice but a bit expensive. From there we rode on and stopped at a picnic area to take pictures and stretch our legs. From there it was on to Presidio to eat lunch at El Patio Restaurant. We read about El Patio in Ride Texas magazine. It said it was perhaps some of the best Mexican food in West Texas. I must say it was the best food of the trip for me. I look forward to eating there again! We gassed up and header north to Marfa. Unfortunately the winds had picked up which made it a bit rough riding. It had got quite warm by the time we got to Presidio but as we climbed in elevation, as we got closer to Marfa it cooled off a lot. We stopped in Marfa and toured the Paisano Hotel and the courthouse. The courthouse had been redone a few years ago. From there it was on to Alpine to spend the night. That night we ate at the Raita restaurantt. The restaurant  is owned by Grady Spears the cowboy chef.

 

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Rio Grande along Hwy 170 going to Presidio

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Larry & Shirley at the Hotel Paisano

 

Links to the other days of our ride…

Day 1 – 259 miles – Georgetown, Fredericksburg, Ozona

Day 2 – 257 miles – Ozona, Ft. Stockton, Alpine, Terlingua

Day 3 – 187 Miles – Terlingua, Santa Elena Canyon, Chisos Basin, Boquillas Canyon, Terlingua (all in Big Bend)

Day 5 – 188 miles – Alpine, Ft Davis, loop 166, Ft Stockton

Day 6 – 165 miles – Ft Stockton, Big Lake, San Angelo

Day 7 – 195 Miles – San Angelo, Llano, Georgetown

If you liked this post you may also like “Big Bend/Carlsbad Motorcycle Trip September ’09”  or “Our First Big Bend Motorcycle Ride“.

Day 2 Big Bend National Park Motorcycle Ride April 2007

257 miles – Ozona, Ft. Stockton, Alpine, Terlingua

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Goats at Alpine gas station

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Day 2 Route

Day 2 of our Big Bend National Park motorcycle ride. When we got up the temperature was 39 degrees but a bright sun shiny day. We had planned to leave by 8:00 but because it was so cold we waited and left around 9:00. My cousin stopped by to visit a while since we hadn’t left yet. Once on the road it began to warm up quickly. We rode from Ozona to Ft. Stockton, gassed up, had lunch at a Dairy Queen, then rode to Alpine gassed up and then rode on to Terlingua and stayed at the Mission Lodge for the next two nights. It was great riding in the sunshine and the scenery was great. There isn’t much in Terlingua but the scenery there was spectacular. The café and store across the highway was convenient so we ate all our meals there… The food wasn’t bad there either.

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Mission Lodge in Terlingua where we stayed…

 

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Looking northeast from Mission Lodge

 

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Sunset in Terlingua

Links to the other days of our ride…

Day 1 – 259 miles – Georgetown, Fredericksburg, Ozona
Day 3 – 187 Miles – Terlingua, Santa Elena Canyon, Chisos Basin, Boquillas Canyon, Terlingua (all in Big Bend)
Day 4 – 182 miles – Terlingua, Presidio, Marfa, Alpine
Day 5 – 188 miles – Alpine, Ft Davis, loop 166, Ft Stockton
Day 6 – 165 miles – Ft Stockton, Big Lake, San Angelo
Day 7 – 195 Miles – San Angelo, Llano, Georgetown

If you liked this post you may also like “Big Bend/Carlsbad Motorcycle Trip September ’09” or “Our First Big Bend Motorcycle Ride

Big Bend National Park Motorcycle Ride April 2007

120 Yucca Casa Grande Peak, Big Bend, Motorcycle, Ride, Area, April, 2007

Yucca & Casa Grande Peak

This is our return, Big Bend National Park Motorcycle Ride. In June 2002 Janet and I made our first long ride together to Big Bend with my brother Gary and Ginny his wife, Larry Cooper (my Air Force buddy) and Larry Talley (Larry Cooper’s long time friend and now ours). It was a four-day ride that we learned a lot from… What to do and what not to do… The most important lesson was to add more days and ride fewer miles each day.

Big Bend has become my favorite place to ride in Texas. The climate, culture and scenery are the best.

Ever since that first ride we have wanted to return and apply the things we learned. On this trip we are riding seven days and limiting the miles per day to less than 260. I also added many custom features to the bike to enhance our ride. This is the story about that trip. Come follow along and see how we did…

Below are the links to each day of the ride…

Day 1 – 259 miles – Georgetown, Fredericksburg, Ozona

Day 2 – 257 miles – Ozona, Ft. Stockton, Alpine, Terlingua

Day 3 – 187 Miles – Terlingua, Santa Elena Canyon, Chisos Basin, Boquillas Canyon, Terlingua (all in Big Bend)

Day 4 – 182 miles – Terlingua, Presidio, Marfa, Alpine

Day 5 – 188 miles – Alpine, Ft Davis, loop 166, Ft Stockton

Day 6 – 165 miles – Ft Stockton, Big Lake, San Angelo

Day 7 – 195 Miles – San Angelo, Llano, Georgetown

 

If you liked this post you may also like “Big Bend/Carlsbad Motorcycle Trip September ’09” or “Our First Big Bend Motorcycle Ride”.