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Day 5 Big Bend and Carlsbad Caverns National Parks Motorcycle Ride

Monday Sept. 21 Van Horn to Lamesa (259 miles)

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Map Day 5 Van Horn to Lamesa via Carlsbad Caverns

Today is day 5 of our Big Bend and Carlsbad Caverns National Parks motorcycle ride. Come follow along and enjoy the scenery and ride.

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Our Biker Babes with El Capitan Mtn. in background at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

We got an early start and headed up Hwy 54 from Van Horn to the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. This road was in the words of Janet “an awesome road”. The scenery was incredible. We stopped at a picnic area to take pictures of El Capitan the highest peak (8749’) in Texas. From the headquarters we walked a nature trail to some ruins of what once was a “Butterfield Stage Stop”

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park Natural Entrance

From there we rode on to Carlsbad Cavern National Park and did a self guided tour of the cavern. Janet and I had been there in the early nineties but forgot the road to the cavern was so pretty… Again, a nice motorcycle road. We spent about 4 hours at the cavern. After the tour we ate lunch at the caverns.The food was great and the cost reasonable. I also found out once you turn 62 (yeah, I’m that old) for $10 you can get a lifetime pass to all national parks. With this pass you get to bring 3 other people with you. So now we need to start looking at going to more national parks… Free is good.

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Leaving Carlsbad Caverns National Park

From there we rode on to Lamesa, Texas. This was the only day it had got hot. I think it was Hobbs, New Mexico on one of the bank signs the temperature read 98 degrees. It wasn’t too bad (dry heat) compared to some of the heat we had just had back home in Georgetown.

Today was another good riding day. The temperature started cool gradually warming to hot but all in all it was a good day…  Great scenery riding with great friends. Lamesa was nice trails end.

Tomorrow we head to San Angelo, Texas. 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.

Day 4 Big Bend and Carlsbad Caverns National Parks Motorcycle Ride

Sunday Sept. 20 Chisos Basin Lodge to Van Horn (234 miles)

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Map Day 4 Chisos Basin Lodge to Van Horn

Today is day 4 of our Big Bend and Carlsbad Caverns National Parks motorcycle ride. Come follow along and enjoy the scenery and ride.

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cabin we stayed at in Chisos Basin Lodge in Big Bend National Park

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The window at Chisos Basin

We had breakfast, before heading out back down the mountain, at the Lodge Restaurant. Breakfast was good as was all the food we have eaten at the Lodge over the years. Then it was on to Van Horn via Study Butte, Terlingua, Lajitas, Presidio and Marfa. Highway 170 from Study Butte to Presidio has always been regarded as one of the top ten best roads to ride in Texas, and today we were not disappointed. Though we have ridden this road before I still anticipated riding it again. It is a nice motorcycle road because of the scenery and all the ups and downs and curves.

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Leaving Chisos Basin early morning

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Old movies set on Rio Grande

Along the way we stopped to see the Contrabando movie set where several western movies were filmed. Last year in September the Rio Grande flooded and the flood had ruined a lot of the set but it was still a nice stop.

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The Wild Hogs

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Ft. Leaton

Next stop was Ft. Leaton, which was actually a trading post. There wasn’t much as far as exhibits so we did a lot of guessing about what parts of the fort were. It was still interesting though.

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El Patio Restaurant in Presidio

We ate lunch at the El Patio Mexican Restaurant in Presidio. We ate there 2 years ago and the food was great but of course you would expect it to be great being a border town. We were not disappointed this time either.

From Presidio it was on to Marfa up Hwy.67. We gassed up in Marfa and took Hwy 90 to Van Horn. We have never traveled that hwy to Van Horn before. It was basically flat and for the most part straight. You could see hills and mountains in the distance but it was just good ranch land as far as you could see.

Van Horn today is mostly, from what we have seen of it, a good stopping point along I-10. It has about 15 motels and several gas stations. There we several things to see in Van Horn but we didn’t get there early enough to do any of those things.

Van Horn’s motto is “Van Horn is so healthy they had to shoot someone to start a cemetery.” The man who said that was shot and killed not long afterward. True

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Tomorrow we head to Lamesa, Texas via Carlsbad National Park. 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

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

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