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Old 03-28-2005, 08:05 AM   #1
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Full moon in Big Bend

The stars aligned right, and the weather looked
good so after some groveling with the boss
I got thursday and friday off. Successfully
enlisted my riding bud Cary for our 3rd trip.
Been 4 years since then, now if I could get
him off the FP.


Going NW to get to big bend isn't the quickest
way, but at least there are some nice roads
that way,

First rest stop, on Lime creek road



Then we took 1431 to marble falls




Weather was perfect



Since Llano was on the way now..... A stop at coopers
bbq was in order



Full, we take a new route west, FM 152



We spent a mile on I 10 and got off
at 41 going toward mountain home and the
33X roads, but not before another break



I've always wanted to try this road that goes
between 335 and 336. In this map you can see it starts on the east
side as 3235, and ends up as 2631. It was a
bit of a challenge on an LT



But cary gave it all it was worth until a big 'ol
rock impeded his progress up a steep hill


I felt sorry for leading him astray, but we righted
the beast after unloading it and were soon off

We were lucky it was recently graded. Still
it was the most challenging bit I've been
on



The LT suffered no damage until we got to these
huge iron gates blocking our way. I stopped
to check it out but Cary ran right into the gate
proclaiming "I am not going back through that!"

The big gate swung open, then closed on him
and knocked the mirror off. Fixed in Camp Wood
with super glue

Wasted and hour and a half going down 10
miles of dirt road. Now we race the sun
heading south out of camp Wood toward
bracketville and sleep in Del Rio.



BRB

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Old 03-28-2005, 09:13 AM   #2
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The B1 Buzz

The ride from Camp Wood
to bracketville was uneventful
except for a suicidal jackrabbit
that was barely missed. It was dark
by now and FM 334 was proving to be
a good place for deer.

Us 90 is pretty boring to del Rio,
and the camp site is 25 miles
further west on the shores of lake
Amistad.

Last time the camp sites were as empty
as the lake. This time was different

Camp site



Dusty light truck



sunrise brought drizzle and clouds

The neighbors



The lake




The camp site




The road was wet
but by the time we rolled into Sanderson
things were lookin good


Soon we were on our way to Marathon



US 90 was sure a lot more scenic than i remember



On my first trip out in 98, we entered a valley
and i could see a fighter jet a mile or 2 off in the
distance crossing the highway at about 1000 feet. From Laughlinor dyess

It then executed a 90 degree bank heading east,
turns out it was about 10miles away, and it was a B1.
We stopped and stared at it forgetting about the camera.
Then I thought maybe there was another and
just as I looked south the second one emerged
between some hills. It took about 5 seconds
for it to get to us and disappear.

I had given up hope this time of seeing one,
but sure enough 15 miles out of marathon
one suprised us in some hills:
blink 1 - spotted at about 2000 feet @ 10 oclock
blink 2 - now overhead
blink 3- almost out of sight when the sound hits
us. No time for a camera shot

We stopped at the only place open in
Marathon for health food

Frito pie for cary



A burger for me




Next up is the park

Eric

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Old 03-28-2005, 09:46 AM   #3
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It's only 70 miles to the park HQ, scenery
takes a while to get to




Since when are bluebonnets native to big bend?




$5 later we are in like flynn



Much braver in the dirt now




We stop again to reflect






Check out where this mountain fell down, happened
in the last 30 years I'm told. Rocks bigger
than buildings litter the valley floor




Took so may pics I filled up the camera



Pretty close to HQ now





The east village and chisos campgrounds were
full, but we found this tasty primitive site a few
miles from the east village, so after showers
and stocking up on beer we bounced down a few
miles of 4wd trail to get there



You can see the dirt road disappearing in the horizon here



camping 2 days in a row



My shot at the front page



Sunset in BB


moonrise over the ridge



moonset from my tent



Start of a new day.. nobody messed with our
bikes either :)



We had expended our supplies



Off to the Store!

Candelilla camp site, Godzillas sister apparently



The road out




Lunch break


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Old 03-28-2005, 09:57 AM   #4
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Awesome pics!

What a way to start a Monday morning, with nothing better than a great report with awesome pics! We just got 6" of new snow and it's still going, so I am jonesin' for a ride big time... Your post is only making it worse, so I live vicariously through you... Thanks for sharing eric2!
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Old 03-28-2005, 10:01 AM   #5
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Cool pics.

Last time I was there I took an ST (and was a wuss), so I stuck to the pavement. I see I missed much.
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Thanks guys. Saturday we left camp and went back to
the store for supplies, then it was off to study butte.
Since we were riding back easter sunday, we skipped
the Chisos basin and riding 170 to Presidio,
and set out for alpine where we would eat and think
about Ft Davis

Chisos basin




Pit stop in study butte




The weather had been great, the low the night
before about 60, and about 85 as we left the park
going N on 118 this at about 10 AM



By noon we were dining in Alpine, storm clouds
on the horizon temps dropping into the '50s


I threw on a bunch of layers of clothes at the gas stop
under my rainsuit and we headed home :(

Taking 67 up to Ft Stockton, we had about
a 40mph crosswind, and the rain started in earnest
20 miles out. Temp is now ~ 45 F. The further
east we went the worse it got and after 150
miles of this we called it a day in Ozona






Easter Sunday and it's 39 out, the wind is still
howling, but there is sunshine. 250 miles,
few stops, and no pics. Just glad we didn't
get this front while camping out in the wild

other trip pics here

Best,
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Old 03-28-2005, 07:00 PM   #7
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Nice snaps....

You buddy on the LT seems to be a real trooper.
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Old 03-28-2005, 07:33 PM   #8
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Nice Report and great pics. The dirt road that dropped the LT looks like my driveway. Next time in Ozona try staying at the Truck Stop on Taylor-Box Road/I10 about 6 miles east of town. It's an indoor oasis that seems really out of place. From the outside, it just looks like a truck stop.
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Old 03-28-2005, 07:56 PM   #9
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Great report! I was there three weeks ago and had a similar experience with two B1 bombers, by the time I could stop to get the camera they were gone.
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