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    Thumbs up . . . . . . . . . . . Big Bend National Park - Sotol Vista




    Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive
    - Sotol Vista
    - The view is one of the best in the park.
    - overlooking Goat Mountain, The Santa Elena Canyon and Kit Mountain





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    Cool . . . . . .Big Bend National Park - Santa Elena Canyon



    Over untold ages, the gritty Rio Grande River has worn its way through the limestone Mesa de Anguila, carving a narrow gorge 1,500-foot-deep.

    The cut of Santa Elena Canyon can be seen for miles and miles



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    Smile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Historic Big Bend National Park



    It must of been a rough life for the residents of the house. The house was on a small hill to keep from being flooded out with high water.

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    Smile . . . . . . . . Big Bend National Park - Big Bend country





    ÔÇöAccording to Indian legend, when the Great Creator made the earth and had finished placing the stars in the sky, the birds in the air, and the fish in the sea, there was a large pile of rejected stony materials left over. Finished with His job, He threw this into one heap and made the Big Bend

    The name Big Bend is applied to the area surrounded on three sides by the Rio Grande, where this great river swings deeply southward into Mexico. All of the area in Brewster and Presidio counties south of the Southern Pacific Railway is commonly considered as the Big Bend country. Big Bend National Park lies within the southernmost tip of the area and is only a portion of the Big Bend country






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    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mule Ears Peaks, Big Bend NP




    Mule Ears Peaks, the name for these twin peaks requires no explanation

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    Cool Rio Grande Village, Boquillas Canyon, and Hot Springs




    Pictured above:
    one of the few tunnels in west Texas

    Enter park through Maverick entrance (west end), and ride approximately 48 miles to Rio Grande Village, Boquillas Canyon, and Hot Springs

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    Some (irrigated) large cottonwood trees on the Rio Grande Village Farm




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    Big Bend - Chisos Mountain




    Big Bend - Chisos Mountains





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    Talking . . . . . . . . . . .Big Bend country - ÔÇ£Stoody BeeyootÔÇØ



    WELCOME TO THE BIGGEST LITTLE MALL IN TEXAS!

    HOME OF HISTORIC STUDY BUTTE STORE This is the Big Bend's Walmart, as the nearest Walmart is more than 150 miles away in Fort Stockton. When was the last time you were 150 miles from a Walmart? When I am adventure riding, the further I am from a Walmart, the better the ride always seems to be.

    Study Butte -(pronounced stoo-dee beaut)- named for a rancher who pronounced his name ``Stoody''

    Study Butte/Terlingua (Tur-lin-gwa) owes its existence to the mercury mining (cinnabar) industry established in the area around 1900, now Study Butte and Terlingua (Tur-lin-gwa), are the homes to many retirees and adventurous motor bikers





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    Thumbs up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Big Bend - Terlingua, Texas


    The porch, upper left of photo

    The mid-1880s discovery of cinnabar, from which the metal mercury is extracted brought miners to the area, creating a city of 2,000 people.

    The only remnants of the mining days are a Chisos Mining Company ghost town of Terlingua, Texas


    Terlingua, Texas cemetery


    Goat Track Trail, Terlingua, Texas

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    Smile Big Bend National Park - The Chisos



    Big Bend National Park - The Chisos





    Looking up into the "Window" from western foothills of the Chisos Mountains, Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive










    Looking up into the "Window"
    western foothills of the Chisos Mountains
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    Smile . . . . . . . . . . . . Big Bend National Park - The Chisos





    Looking up into the "Window" from western foothills of the Chisos Mountains





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    Exclamation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Big Bend National Park

    There are things in Texas worse than a mere fifty miles of rock and sand. IÔÇÖd rather be broke down and lost in the wilds of Big Bend, any day, than wake up some morning in a penthouse suite high above the megalomania of Dallas or Houston.
    -Edward Abbey






    While most motorcycles will stay on the 112 miles of paved roads in the park, those with a dual sport motorcycle can enjoy over 150 miles of unpaved roads. Remember: stay on established roadways. No "off-road" allowed. All vehicles must be street-legal.

    Standard Road Conditions:

    Dagger Flat
    ALL VEHICLES
    Bumpy but ok for cars; very sandy near end of rd.

    Grapevine Hills
    ALL VEHICLES
    Usually passable for all vehicles to trailhead

    Hot Springs
    ALL VEHICLES
    Narrow road; no RVs, Trailers or wide vehicles

    Old Maverick
    ALL VEHICLES ??
    Rough; often impassable after heavy rains.

    Croton Springs
    ALL VEHICLES
    Slippery mud after any rain

    Paint Gap
    HIGH-CLEARANCE
    High-clearance past PG 3 campsite

    Old Ore Road
    HIGH-CLEARANCE
    Recommended
    High-clearance vehicles only

    Glenn Springs
    HIGH-CLEARANCE
    High-clearance vehicles only

    Pine Canyon
    HIGH-CLEARANCE
    High-clearance vehicles only; rough, rocky, & slow

    Juniper Canyon
    HIGH-CLEARANCE
    High-clearance vehicles only; rough, rocky, & slow

    River Road East
    HIGH-CLEARANCE (sand)
    High-clearance vehicles only

    Texas Tip
    There are two "river roads" in the area of Big Bend National Park. One is the scenic paved state highway Texas FM170 (El Camino del Rio) connecting Lajitas to Presidio to the west of the park; the other is the fifty-mile primitive dirt road connecting Castolon to Rio Grande Village inside the national park.

    River Road West
    HIGH-CLEARANCE (sand)
    High-clearance vehicles only

    Black Gap Road
    4X4 ONLY
    4x4 required! never maintained

    North Rosillos Rd
    HIGH-CLEARANCE
    Deep ruts and sand; little-traveled

    Dirt Road Definitions
    All Vehicles
    These are maintained gravel roads where a standard 2WD drive passenger vehicle is able to travel at low speeds, on long, dry straight-of-ways, without losing control due to wash boarding, ruts, or dips. In hilly areas or in curves, the safe speeds may be significantly lower.

    High Clearance
    These are primitive roads where a high clearance 2WD vehicle is able to travel safely at low speeds on long dry straight-of-ways, without losing control due to wash boarding, ruts, or dips. All high clearance 2WD roads may be rocky with areas or soft gravel or sand that makes travel unsafe for sedans or RVs.

    Four-Wheel-Drive (4x4) Roads
    These are primitive roads where a high clearance 4WD vehicle, in four-wheel- drive, driven by a driver experienced in 4WD drive techniques, can drive the road without getting stuck. All 4WD roads may be rocky, with deep sand or gravel and steep hills.




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    Lightbulb Heath Canyon, TX Abandoned International Bridge (La Linda Bridge)

    Quote Originally Posted by BMWRich58 View Post
    There's a guy from Illinois at the Chiso campground,riding a black F650 named Bob. Tell'em I said "Hi" and will see him at the Pecatonica Flea Market.


    Hi Bob
    Bob's my buddy whom I bought my R100GS from. Last winter Bob sent some photo of dual sporting in the Big Bend area, and told me to stop on down to the Bend.







    Heath Canyon, TX Abandoned International Bridge (La Linda Bridge)

    AKA Hallie Stillwell International Bridge

    La Linda Bridge is about five miles east of Big Bend National Park, but over a 100 mile round trip from the west entrance.

    The closing of the bridge created the longest stretch of U.S.-Mexico border without a legal border crossing, almost 400 miles, between the Presidio, Texas-Ojinaga and Del Rio, Texas-Acuna crossings.

    Closed and barricaded since 1997 by the U.S. Department of Treasury due to smuggling activity. . . Across the river lies the Mexican Abandoned mining village of La Linda, now owned by the Mexican goverment. There are no paved roads reaching La Linda on the Mexican side. La Linda began life as a fluorspar (mercury ore) mining town.

    The bridge was built in 1964 by Dow Chemical to transport acid grade florspar ore from La Linda, Coahuila, to the railroad at Marathon. Dow sold the bridge to Dupont in 1972.



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    Alright, my K75s have been my PMT for 9 years, I have 80K miles on my butt since 2000, 65K of which is in-and-around-town, so I don't mind pleading ignorance.

    What's old-schooling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VanFrederick View Post
    What's old-schooling?
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oldschool
    www.advrider.com/ old-skool

    oldschool
    3 entries found.
    Function:
    adjective
    Date:
    1803
    1 : adhering to traditional policies or practices

    2 : characteristic or evocative of an earlier or original style, manner, or form


    And from that Urban Dictionary
    old school

    Anything that is from an earlier era and looked upon with high regard or respect. Can be used to refer to music, clothing, language . . .motorcycles
    example:
    Client: We have three PC's running MS-Dos 6.
    Consultant: ...that's old school.

    old school
    Anything that refers to a previous generation of a subject/idea/object/etc. Typically, they are highly regarded and sometimes the very thing that started it all

    Old School is in the Merriam-Webster, the (ing) suffix is the made up part. I make up words occasionally.

    I like to see and photograph old things, like schools, churches, bridges, court houses. It will be a rare day when I take a photo of a new school, church or court house.

    I also travel the same way I have been traveling for the last 32 years. I travel on an old Airhead, no cell phone, lap top, XM radio, Bluetooth or any of the other do daddies riders must have except for an older GPS.

    I guess Oldschooling sounds better than oldthinging. I think "old's cool".

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