The Way Home

The trip home is seldom as fun or exciting as the trip to any destination. The trip is just highways and gas stations. The evening stops on this trip were great, however. It’s 1625 miles from Terlingua, TX to my home in St. Petersburg, FL. I did the trip in 3 days, which was very comfortable.

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On Monday I rode with Andy and Nancy to their home in New Braunfels, TX. We left at 6 and had an easy ride. It did rain the last 25 miles of the trip.

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There are deer all over town. They hang out everywhere. These two are in Andy and Nancy’s yard.

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On Tuesday I rode to Mandeville, LA and stayed again with Skip and Karen. Again I had about 25 miles of rain.

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Wednesday was the last day. I rode through a couple hours of rain, but the rain and clouds kept the temperature down so the passage across the Gulf Coast was tolerable. I did get a little rain on US-19 in Florida so the string of rain-on-that-road is unbroken. I pulled into the garage in late afternoon.

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I travelled 4563 miles in 13 days. After unpacking and showering it was time to relax. I washed the 5 For 5 mug I received in Kerrville (I’m one of 14 who have been to all 5 Shark Weeks) and filled it with a beer.

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I don’t have much time for resting. We leave in a few days for New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. Well be attending the Motor Maids convention in Moncton, NB.

Big Bend National Park

Drew was up early today and left for Dallas at 6:15 a.m. He arrived there safely at 4:00 p.m.

After breakfast I spent the day exploring Big Bend National Park. I first rode to the eastern edge at the park and Boquillas Canyon. There were a couple of scenic overlooks along the way.

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I particularly like the blooming prickly pear cactus.

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I hiked the trail to where the river disappears into a narrow gorge.

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Next I went to the middle of the park and took the road up to Chisos Basin. The temperature was comfortably cool.

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From Chisos I went to the western edge of the park at Santa Elena Canyon,

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I retraced my route to the main road and took a few shots of the mountains along the way.

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Sight Seeing

We started the morning with a walk up the road to a breakfast restaurant. We passed the cemetery and some welded-junk art. cemetery_stitch IMG_0307 IMG_0308 IMG_0309IMG_0311 We started the day’s ride on FM-170 along the Rio Grande. We stopped for pictures along the way

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From Presidio we rode north to Marfa.

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Then west to Valentine. Along the way we passed a tethered weather blimp. West of Valentine is a fake Prada store front.

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Our return route took us up to the Davis Mountains, past the MacDonald Observatory, Fort Davis, Alpine, and Terlingua.

 

Kerrville to Terlingua

Friday morning we left Kerrville and headed for Terlingua. Peter and Nat from Montreal rode with us. We rode the first 150 miles in rain. The lunch stop in Del Rio was a welcome respite.

From Del Rio we headed west on US-90. We stopped for pictures at the Pecos River.

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Our riding partners:

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At Marathon we headed south and into the park.

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We stopped for a few pictures as we rode through the park.

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We final arrived at our destination, the Eldorado Hotel in Terlingua Ghost Town.

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We had dinner on the upper level of the hotel’s office/restaurant/bar.

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The sunset capped a great day.

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Riding Around

This morning’s first event was the taking of “the picture.” We rode to a park near the river, lined up all the Road Glides, and took the official photos. This is a tradition started at Shark Week I when we had about 33 bikes. We have over 100 this year.

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Drew and I went back to the hotel for a couple of hours of downtime before leaving for Javelina Harley-Davidson. The Harley dealer provided lunch and discounts on parts, service and clothes.

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From the dealer we went to Luckenbach, TX. Waylon and Willie weren’t there, but there was a guy with a guitar singing Hill Billy songs.

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We went through the store and got a soft drink. Of course there was a bar cat.

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After we got back and showered, we hung around the pool. There’s going to be a band playing the bar tonight, so we’ll check it out.