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    when there, be sure to ride up to the observatory.



    then head for the guadalupe mts.




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    Quote Originally Posted by username
    i liked fort davis.

    Omigosh - is that a chile relleno on a BUN?

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    No ... chile relleno is battered.
    This looks like a green chile on a hamburger ... with cheese.

    You mean THIS observatory ... ???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudbug
    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.
    My favorite movie! "This may not have been the way things were... but the way they should have been."

    Voni and Paul - you all camped in the same place we did during our visit to Big Bend... what a great place to spend New Year's eve... not another soul in sight.



    Thanks for the report!

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    Quote Originally Posted by StevieWonder
    No ... chile relleno is battered.
    This looks like a green chile on a hamburger ... with cheese.

    You mean THIS observatory ... ???
    is that the same as this one?



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    One more picture

    Eastern part of Big Bend, December 2005. Rio Grand river with Chisos Mountains in the background. Rio Grand Village in Big Bend Park, on the right.
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    This all just keeps me sMiling!

    Great pictures and I can see them every day first hand

    Green Chilies are my favorite!

    And cool we found your campsite Visian.

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    Thanks for the report. Fantastic!

    How 'bout Marfa,



    or Hwy 170 from Presidio to Terlingua?



    Hwy 170 is a must if your within a couple hundred miles.

    I really like Big Bend.

    Kevin

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    I love Marfa! Yesterday I was in Marfa Book Company
    http://www.marfabookco.com/marfabk_coffee.html
    to pick up some special tea Robbie Ray had served at dinner Saturday night when I heard, "Are you Voni?"

    It was Keller Doss, a fellow BMW rider who was a friend of Chuck Wetzel. He told me the real riding was here,
    NOT in the Hill Country. He compared that to middle Ohio but with a few more hills.

    He's got a point.

    But I'm glad I've ridden both.

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    I rode to work here on the northwest side of Houston this morning. If y'all keep this conversation up, I'm going out and climb on the bike and head for the Big Bend and the Davis Mountains. I wonder if I'll be missed?

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    If you don't, we'll miss you.

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    I love that part of Texas. And its true that Ft. Davis gives something of a respite from the hot weather around it during the summer. Ft. Davis also has some fine B&Bs and day hiking. The Marfa lights are cool, and still a mystery, and Alpine has one of the best restaurants around: The original Reata (sadly, the highrise Ft. Worth Reata was destroyed in a tornado). And the Gage Hotel in Marathon is very cool. I've never been to Big Bend, though. Shameful, really, as I've lived in Texas for over 30 years.
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    Here's another way to visit. One of the best links from our web page:

    http://virtualguidebooks.com/Texas/WestTexas.html

    Stunning photography!

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    Yesterday's Ride

    Harriet and I had gone to Alpine to help celebrate Paul's XXth birthday a few days ago and we had made plans for me to come back on Friday to ride with him and Voni. We decided to ride from Alpine to Lajitas, then along the Rio Grande river to Presidio, then to Marfa where we'd split, me for home and them back to Alpine.

    I left El Paso on the '95 K1100LT at 5:00am. It was cold - high 20's or low 30's. The Weather Channel had lied; it was colder than what they had predicted and the wind was blowing hard - probably up to 30mph from the side (North). Nonetheless, I persevered, turning my electric vest to high and switching on the heated grips as my legs froze while fighting the wind and cold. I stopped for gas in Van Horn, but had no time to go into the truckstop to warm up. I covered the next 74 miles to Marfa in an hour or less. The abandoned "town" of Lobo has a sign, "Kinky Friedman for Governor" along the route. "Fat Albert", the radar carrying balloon used to track low-flying drug-smuggling planes was on the ground, probably because of the wind. Going through Marfa, gas was the cheapest I'd seen for weeks ($2.319 for premium unleaded), so I topped up and rode the rest of the way to Alpine.

    Paul and Voni were waiting for me at the Holland Hotel dining room, which has a large picture of a BMW bike over the bar. We had a great breakfast and multiple cups of hot coffee (I had to thaw out), then left the restaurant for "home" - their motorhome parked 6 miles south of Alpine. I met Sarge, their (large) dog and received Sarge's "Lick of Approval". Sarge was warm, and that was what mattered to me!

    Riding south toward Terlingua was uneventful (nice road for a while before turning flat and straight) until going up a hill, Voni's right bag comes open and a pair of gloves falls out. Since I'm last in line, I stop and retrieve the gloves. I meet Paul and Voni coming back to see why I'm no longer following behind them. The gloves are put back into the bag and the bag is closed and, later on, strapped down with a bungie. After passing many mountain bikes (there is a mountain bike convention/race/whatever), we arrive in Lajitas to see Henry Clay III, the beer-swilling goat at the Lajitas Trading Post. There we meet a couple of riders from Houston (I don't remember their names but the BMW carried the TX license plate "OBERST" - Hi, Colonel) who had already bought a beer to give to the goat. The goat obligingly drank the beer and waited for more.

    We rode west along the river to Presidio - 67 miles of up/down/curve, up/curve/down, curve/up/down, etc. And the rock formations (mostly on the Mexican side) are fantastic. If you get a chance, it is a "must" ride.

    We gassed in Presidio ($2.379 for regular unleaded) and headed north toward Marfa after stopping at Subway for lunch. Just north of the Shafter ghost town, we stopped and viewed the flat prairie. Here, I told Paul and Voni, a couple of months ago I drove through here and saw a dromedary (1-humped camel) just a hundred yards or so off the highway. Alas, it was not to be today as the only thing we saw in the field was a yellow airplane taking off. We passed the Border Patrol checkpoint (Citizenship? - U.S!) and arrived in Marfa uneventfully. I again stopped at the $2.319 (premium) gas and filled the tank and said good-bye to Paul and Voni.

    The ride was FUN. I hope to be able to go for another ride with them while they are still in the area. For me it was 210 miles to Alpine, then 207 miles with Paul and Voni, then 185 miles home, total 602 miles. It was a nice day's ride.

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    Sweet ... except for that cold thing. At least it wasn't wet AND cold !!

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