Friday Sept. 18 Junction to Marathon (258 miles)
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
- Big Bend and Carlsbad National Parks Motorcycle Ride
- Day 1 Thursday Sept. 17 Georgetown to Junction (271 miles)
- Day 3 Saturday Sept. 19 Marathon to Chisos Basin Lodge (66 miles)
- Day 4 Sunday Sept. 20 Chisos Basin Lodge to Van Horn (234 miles)
- Day 5 Monday Sept. 21 Van Horn to Lamesa (259 miles)
- Day 6 Tuesday Sept. 22 Lamesa to San Angelo (231 miles)
- Day 7 Wednesday Sept. 23 San Angelo to Georgetown (199 miles)
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.
If you enjoyed reading about this motorcycle ride to Big Bend National Park you may like our other motorcycle rides there too.
- Our first motorcycle ride to Big Bend National Park
- 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…