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Old 05-07-09, 07:24 PM   #1
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Texas Mountain Trail Big Bend Bike Ride

This ride was Roy's Dream.
He planned it for months in advance.
It all worked out just great.
Three riders with Chuck as SAG in Dave's car to haul the gear.

1394 car miles, 754 bike miles, 500 photos, 7 days travel.
Temps 60* to 98* no rain, no winds to amount to anything. Perfect Weather.

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East 90 to 385 South



Looking North on 385 from Marathon TX



Buzzards wait for the weak.



385 Check Point



385 South




2627 to The Stillwell Ranch




2627 to The Rio Grande




Roy meets the road. Ouch



68.5 miles to the Rio Grande River.

We all rode back in the car to The Stillwell Camp Site. It was now a Very Hot 98*





I need one reply for more pics.
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awesome so far. more pics please
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We leave The Stillwell Ranch and head into Big Bend Park to The Lodge.
5,800 Elevation



Met Dick and Gunter at The Park sign in station.
They are riding Self Contained.



37 miles to Panter Junction. It was all Up.
Dave rode with a low rear tire.



Roy goes for The Top




6 miles up to the Lodge



He was the only rider to make the top





More tomorrow on the 60 mile ride along The Rio Grande River.

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I love South Texas. Nothing compares to a s. Texas sky. Seems to go on forever. Never been to the Big Bend, but spent plenty of time on the Gulf coast, as my dad grew up in Corpus Christi. Looks like ya'll had a great ride.
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Cool pictures. When I drove from Presidio to Houston, it was nighttime when I went through Marathon. I started counting deer, and spotted 60 deer in a 60 mile stretch there.

I got to drive the Scout Bus (a 40' school bus) up to the Big Bend lodge there. Going around those curves, the center of the bus would hang about 4' into the oncoming lane. Glad it wasn't busy.
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Cool pictures. When I drove from Presidio to Houston, it was nighttime when I went through Marathon. I started counting deer, and spotted 60 deer in a 60 mile stretch there.

I got to drive the Scout Bus (a 40' school bus) up to the Big Bend lodge there. Going around those curves, the center of the bus would hang about 4' into the oncoming lane. Glad it wasn't busy.
Many Deer in the day time.
They don't seem to be afraid.
Chuck took these from the car.





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Absolutely fantastic pictures and scenery. Is there any way you could please provide a route map? Would love to do that ride some day..
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Thank you for letting us live vicariously through your rides.

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By this point, were you hoping that sign was stating you were 17 miles from fajitas?
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We were five miles from the motel and food.





Great Food Here..








Breakfast at The Ghost Town Cafe.

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ha HA hA HOW DO YOU GUYS make it look hilly out there in the desert///must be a camera trick!/Kenneth
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Elevation goes up and down from 4800 feet.
One hill is 15% grade.
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If you want a hill, ride up the Big Bend Lodge.
Here is Dave trying to make it.

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Great pics. Thanks for sharing them.
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That was awesome, beautiful scenery.
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Great pics, 10 Wheels. I always enjoy seeing where other cyclists have been. Those open spaces have me wishing I was still on the road on my tour this summer.
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