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Old 11-14-15, 10:51 PM
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Short Overnight Touring possibilities Big Bend and beyond

Looking for a few possibilities for a couple short overnight loaded touring trips. Looking for a place to park a vehicle, ride 30-50 miles, camp and ride back to the vehicle the next day.

Good roads only, paved. Could be a rail trail/mup also. I'm not used to big hills so the flatter the better. Just don't have 1,000' mountains around where I live. Mostly flat stuff.

I have already come up with a couple ideas, the first being Lajitas to Presidio on FM170 through Big Bend Ranch state Park. Park at Lajitas, camp in Presidio (they have a huge RV park as I remember). They have a campground along FM170 in Big Bend Ranch state Park also if I feel I can't make it the whole way. About a 100 mile round trip.

The other I am thinking about is parking at the Park entrance at Big Bend National Park (Panther Junction) and riding to Rio Grande Village and camping. Then back to Panther Junction. this one would only be about a 45 mile round trip.

I know it can be windy, little shade and no water. I have been to all these areas before, hiking and backpacking.

Can anyone think of any other rides like this in TX between Big Bend and the Dallas/Fort Worth area...we'll be going through this area twice, on the way down and on the way back.

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If anyone is interested, I made it to Texas right after Thanksgiving. Here is a link to the pics of one of the overnights I did between Lajitas and Presidio:

http://www.bikeforums.net/touring/10...-part-1-a.html

It was about a 100 miles round trip on FM 170. Not thesmoothest road in the world. My first long trip on chip seal. I was still vibrating for a couple days when I got off the bike!

I put the pictures in the Touring Forum...Probably would have been better to post this thread there instead as it is more touring related.

Not much else to say except that Texas is sure a huge state. It's just amazing. Did get to go through Fort worth and Dallas and made it to a In & Out Burger joint. We don't have them up in Missouri.
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Awesome stuff dude. This is just more ammunition to convince my wife to do something like this.
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Originally Posted by the sci guy View Post
Awesome stuff dude. This is just more ammunition to convince my wife to do something like this.
Look at what is sitting on the box...this pic was at Rio Grande Village in Big Bend National park. We did a second overnight trip from the Park Headquarters at Panther junction to the campground at Rio Grande Village. About 40 miles round trip. It's 20 miles of down and 20 miles of up but it's graded really well and wasn't too bad for a mostly flatlander like me.

Your state is so big, no wonder the speed limits are so high! 95% of our backroads are 55MPH. Don't have any 80MPH like you'all do!

The second picture is between Panther Junction and Rio Grande Village in Big Bend national park.




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Always stop at La Posada Milagro in Terlingua....good eats. Liked the "What I Like About Texas" video. Great!

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