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Texas Hill Country Wildflower Motorcycle Day Ride April 2010

 

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Texas Hill Country Wildflower Motorcycle Day Ride

Janet and I needed to get away, so last Monday we went riding in the hill country to see all the wildflowers. The wildflowers are really pretty this year because of the wet and cold winter we have had. It was nice to finally get out with Janet on the new Goldwing. Janet likes it better than the old bike because it is a lot more comfortable (i.e. nice big cushy seat and backrest). I’m hoping Janet will be a little more willing to ride more often and further on this bike. We have talked about riding to Arizona sometimes. I was hoping that we could ride to Mount Rushmore this September. Janet didn’t get to go on that ride and it was a fun ride and she really wished that she could have gone. We will see. Below are some pictures from our ride last Monday ride.

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Hill Country Wildflowers

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Yucca on cliff at LBJ Lake

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Hill Country Wildflowers

 

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Janet in the Bluebonnets at Buchanan Lake. Ain’t she cute?

We enjoyed that ride so much that we are going on a three-day trip Monday thru Wednesday. The ride will be about 570 mile thru some really scenic hill country roads and again the wild flowers should be really good again. It will be the first time we have traveled over night on the new bike.

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Bluebonnets at Buchanan Lake

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Yuccas by the road

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Above LBJ Lake

If you like this post you may like the 3 day ride we took a few days later. It was a great ride with more wildflowers. Click here to see.

Ride safe.

 

 

Day 6 Big Bend National Park Motorcycle Ride April 2007

165 miles – Ft Stockton, Big Lake, San Angelo

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Flowers along Concho River walk

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Day Route Map

Today is day 6 of our Big Bend National Park motorcycle ride. We were up early and had a good breakfast at the restaurant at the motel. It was better than most free breakfast at motels. We loaded up and headed off to San Angelo via Hwy. 67. The scenery was not as scenic as we had seen in the past few days but it was still nice. We stopped in Big Lake for gas. Big Lake is where the movie “The Rookie” took place. Their high school baseball coach went on to play in the big leagues… We got to San Angel about 12:00 checked into the motel and went and ate at Miss Hattie’s. From there we looked through some of the shops. For dinner we ate at the motel. Janet and I went for a walk along the Concho River walk and Janet took the picture of the flowers you see here. Afterwards Janet and I headed back to the motel and crashed.

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

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 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 3 Big Bend National Park Motorcycle Ride April 2007

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

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Santa Elena Canyon in background from Burro Mesa Pour-off

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Day 3 Route

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Today was a full day in Big Bend. The day started off cool and over cast but the sun soon was out and it was rather warm (hot) when we were near the river (lower elevation). Big Bend is just starting to bloom so we took lots of pictures of flowers. The blooms probably would have been better next week but they were still nice. Our first stop was at the Nail Ranch. Not a ranch any more just the remains of what was the home. It was a chance to stretch our legs a bit and take pictures. From there we rode to the Burro Mesa Pour-off. Took many pictures of the blooming cactus. Janet got this neat picture (see above) of bikes with Santa Elena Canyon in the background. The air was cool and crisp and it felt great. From there it was on to the Castolon Visitor Center where we took a rest stop and got a snack since it was a while before we would be eating lunch. From there it was on to Santa Elena Canyon and it was already hot there. Janet and I have never been there when it wasn’t hot. It was hot but the views were worth it. We took our time there and took lots more pictures. There was a couple canoeing up the Canyon. It looked like fun and I’m sure they got to see even more of the canyon. From there it was on to Chisos Basin and cooler temperatures (higher elevation… 5401 feet) to eat lunch. On the way we stopped at Mule Ears Viewpoint. The ride up to Chisos Basin is really pretty but steep with tight curves. It is a stark contrast to the scenery below. At 4500 feet the first tall trees begin to appear. Higher up you see junipers, small oaks and pinyon pines. Arizona pine, Douglas fir, Arizona cypress, quaking aspen and bigtooth maple are the last remnants of the ice age… Chiso basin is my favorite part of Big Bend. I had originally tried to get reservations at the Chisos Basin Lodge for this trip but you need to make reservations about a year in advance… so we ended up staying in Terlingua instead.

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The motley crew at Santa Elena Canyon. Shirley, Larry T, Gary, Larry C, Jo, Janet & Ivan

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Rio Grande at Boquillas Canyon

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Boquillas Canyon

After lunch we rode to Panther Junction for gas. Because of the 45 MPH speed limit inside the park and little to no wind we all got around 50 miles per gallon. It was getting quite hot by the time we rode to Boquillas Canyon. You have to hike about 0.7 miles to get to the canyon so the girls opted out because of the heat. The worst part of the hike was the first part up a steep path but was easier and cooler as we got down to the river and canyon. From there it was back to Panther Junction. When we got to Panther Junction the headquarters was closed but the restrooms were still open and there was cold water to drink from the fountain. From there we rode back to the Mission Lodge for a well deserved rest.

 

 

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Panther Junction

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Yucca at Chisos Basin with Mt. Casa Grande in background

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Curious Road Runner at Chisos Basin

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 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

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