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    Big Bend Country

    Paul and I have run away from home - and snow and cold - to visit the desert. Sure is a change from the usual summer weather here.

    Since yesterday was a little chilly, Paul took the time to compose this:
    http://web.bigbend.net/users/glaves/texastrip.htm

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    Looks like you've discovered a SMALL part of the reason that Texas IS God's country !!!

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    Voni & Paul, nice travelogue. Thanks!

    I've ridden across the Texas panhandle but have never made it to West Texas. You're helping to keep alive my scheme to eventually get there.
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    Great writeup! Big Bend is on my short list - this just makes me want to go all the more!

    Hope you have a great escape and enjoy your time together!

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    Big Bend is on my 'to do' list and now more than ever. Thanks for posting the link - great report and pictures!

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    Glad y'all liked the page. If you have the time, follow the "click here" links, and the the links from those links. You can spend quite a bit of snowed-in time browsing if you want to. Some of this stuff fascinates me.
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    Very cool write-up! Waiting for more

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    I highly recommend Big Bend during the winter months. The temperature during the summer is hot, sometimes very hot.

    I recommend going to Marathon, TX, Lajitas, TX, and a half day trip to Terlingua, TX. Also, while you are in that part ot Texas, visit Langtry, TX, home of Judge Roy Bean.
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    Wanderlust is alive!

    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves
    Glad y'all liked the page. If you have the time, follow the "click here" links, and the the links from those links. You can spend quite a bit of snowed-in time browsing if you want to. Some of this stuff fascinates me.
    Thanks for taking the time to share some of your adventure.

    Now know where all the F650's have gone...the're on the road!

    I guess that is Larry McMurtry country you are passing through, he is one of my favorite authors, enjoy your respite from your Kansas winter.

    On your way home don't forget Archer City and its famous Dairy Queen (McMurtry's, Walter Benjaman at the Dairy Queen).

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    Here are some similar shots ...

    Ft. Clark (Brackettville, TX) where the original movie "The Alamo" was filmed. Among other notables, Gen George Patton was stationed here.
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    Lunch in Delicias, Chihuahua

    Voni asked Harriet and me to come to Alpine, TX a few weeks ago to help celebrate Paul's XXth birthday. We did, and HE PAID THE BILL! So I promised I'd take them to one of my favorite restaurants - El Borrego II in Delicias, Chihuahua. Last Thursday I did just that!

    I left home at 4:00am so I could pick them up around 8:30. I brought the car because I already had the Mexico temporary import sticker on it and it would be a hassle (and expensive) to cancel it, get stickers for all 3 bikes, cancel them at the end of the trip, etc., so I made an "executive decision" and we went in my Honda Accord.

    Arriving at the border about 10:00, we went to Immigration to get them their required paperwork. It was handled in 5 minutes by a friendly, efficient Immigration officer, who told me (in Spanish) that for a visit of only a day, they did not need to pay the (about $20) fee (each) normally collected for the tourist forms. We thanked him and I contributed to the Immigration officers' coffee fund, a PURELY VOLUNTARY gesture on my part, not necessary nor asked for by anyone. He was, though, a nice guy and they aren't paid a lot.

    A couple of miles into the interior of Mexico (legal term - we had passed out of the frontier zone into the interior) we stopped at a military checkpoint and were waved on. This is probably due to my being recognized by one of the soldiers, as I used to pass this way frequently up to a month-and-a-half ago. We continued on, down a 2-lane well paved and maintained road for a bit over 150 miles, covering the distance in a little less than 2 hours. You do the math! At Camargo we turned northand headed for Delicias, about 40 miles away. After paying 2 different $4 tolls (Mexican toll roads are EXPENSIVE), we arrived in Delicias and went to the restaurant. Paul and Voni had 6 tacos each and I modestly had 8. That plus 3 drinks set me back less than $15 (dollars, not pesos).

    We left the restaurant and I took them sightseeing. Since my (ex)boss told me on January 23 that my position was eliminated - effective immediately, I have been hunting for another job. And since I used to work with Mexican contractors in Mexico, I wanted to visit one of the ex-contractors and leave a resume. So I dragged Paul and Voni along and took them to a large commercial laundry while I talked to the owner. We then left and headed back the way we came, but not before stopping at a supermarket and buying a couple of quarts (yes - quarts, not litres) of Bacardi rum ($9 each) to take as an offering to Harriet, who couldn't come even though El Borrego II is her very favorite restaurant in Mexico.

    Upon our arrival, again, at the military checkpoint, they checked us out this time. Finding nothing except 3 gringos who had spent the day in Mexico, they smiled, said sorry for the delay, and bade us farewell. We turned in Paul and Voni's Mexican paperwork and had their passports stamped going out (important if they stamped the passports coming in, which they had done) and crossed the bridge to the US after paying the 20 peso ($1.95) toll. Texas charges a tax on all liquor, wine, beer and cigarettes brought across the border. Isn't it too bad that we crossed after the tax-collector had gone home for the day? We headed north to Marfa, passing through a Border Patrol checkpoint a few miles south of Marfa. In Marfa, I turned east toward Alpine to return them to their motor home and Sarge, their large, friendly dog.

    We stopped in Alpine for dinner and then went to the RV park, where it being 9:30pm, they twisted my arm to stay the night in the RV. Sarge didn't snore; I hope I didn't. I awakened about 6:30 and got dressed and let Sarge out. Paul then came into the kitchen/dining area and we started talking. Shortly afterward Voni joined us and, again, twisted my arm to stay for breakfast. And for all you who know the Lady in Red, I am here and now reporting that she also wears red pyjamas as well as red leathers and red jeans.

    After breakfast I said my good-byes to Paul, Voni and Sarge and headed back to El Paso. We had a great time as well as great tacos!

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    We've been having too much fun to update the website but since Phil posted his update, we thought we'd better add the pictures.

    And our gratitude for a really WONDERFUL day. Phil was a gracious host - in two languages.

    Go here:
    http://web.bigbend.net/users/glaves/texastrip3.htm

    Next up. New tires for the RED F650. And a visit from my big bro, Mike Cornett .. .

    To be continued.

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    We're loaded up like the Beverly Hillbillies to head for our new home in Big Bend Country. Winter there. Summers we'll travel the world.

    http://web.bigbend.net/users/glaves/adobe.htm

    Out the door now.

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    Wow!

    Congratulations! I remember seeing that place on the way back from our off road adventure!

    We'll have to drop in and say "hi" sometime!

    PS, has anyone mention the tarantula migration that takes place around October? The road looks like it's flowing, with all the little fuzzies headed in one direction.
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