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Old 11-30-2014, 10:19 AM   #1
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Big Bend National Park & Terlingua Dual Sport Rides

My girlfriend and I got back last week from a too-short of a trip to Big Bend National Park and the Terlingua area. We trailered the KTM 690 Enduro and Honda CRF 250L about 600 miles and spent two days riding out from and back to the Terlingua Ranch Lodge.

This was my first time to play with my son's GoPro and as a result I had to upgrade my computer to do the video edits. Guess it was about time anyway since the current computer is about 10 years old.

I haven't finished all the edits yet, so I'll post links to the ones that are complete and update this page when new uploads to YouTube are done.

The videos are not too exciting, but it gives someone planning a dual sport ride to the area a good idea of what the scenery and typical road conditions are like around Big Bend, Terlingua Ghost Town, and the Terlingua Ranch Lodge where I love to stay. The Bad Rabbit Cafe has good grub and the star gazing is unbelievable! Also, the Starlight Theater in Terlingua is one of my all-time favorite restaurants.

I have cleaned up the GPS track logs, so if anyone wants them feel free to email me at:
BobcatBART@gmail.com
For best quality set the videos to 1080p and watch in full-screen...




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Old 11-30-2014, 12:29 PM   #2
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Very nice!

Looks like fun! Looking forward to the others. I'll be there in two weeks.
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Old 12-01-2014, 09:01 AM   #3
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Looks like fun! Looking forward to the others. I'll be there in two weeks.
Are you staying at the Terlingua Ranch Lodge? I love walking to breakfast from the cabin every morning.

BTW - Part 1 of 1 was just uploaded.
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Old 12-03-2014, 02:53 PM   #4
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Are you staying at the Terlingua Ranch Lodge? I love walking to breakfast from the cabin every morning.

BTW - Part 1 of 1 was just uploaded.
Enjoyed the additional videos. Looks like good fun! The few stills you took are nice too. I'm actually planning to camp in the Basin campground at BBNP, but I've never been to Terlingua Ranch Lodge and it looks intriguing.
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Old 12-04-2014, 12:13 PM   #5
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I do believe we saw you two at the porch.

We were in the cage last week (Subaru Forester).

We did pass these two on River Road in the park, but I don't know who they are:



Videos look great. I love those roads!

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Old 12-05-2014, 09:52 AM   #6
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Enjoyed the additional videos. Looks like good fun! The few stills you took are nice too. I'm actually planning to camp in the Basin campground at BBNP, but I've never been to Terlingua Ranch Lodge and it looks intriguing.
Thanks. It's been fun editing and uploading the videos. Until this trip I've always stopped to take pictures (gets really annoying for whoever is riding with me ).

If you have the time for a day-loop, I highly recommend a ride north out of the park on 118, head east on Terlingua Ranch Road, enjoy breakfast/lunch at the Bad Rabbit Cafe on Terlingua Ranch (about 15 miles off 118, last 3 miles are dirt), then backtrack towards 118 and turn right on the split-off for Marathon Road (where Terlingua Ranch Road turns back to pavement).

The ride from the Bad Rabbit Cafe to Highway 385 (via Marathon Road) is about 23 miles. From there head south on 385 to Dagger Flat Road (go east), then you'll connect to Ol' Ore Road for an awsome ride south that will dump you out a couple miles west of Rio Grande Village. Let me know if you want any GPS track logs.

BTW, I just uploaded the Marathon Road video - link above.
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Old 12-05-2014, 09:56 AM   #7
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I do believe we saw you two at the porch.

We were in the cage last week (Subaru Forester).

We did pass these two on River Road in the park, but I don't know who they are:


Videos look great. I love those roads!

John
Thanks John! I seem to remember seeing a Forester in the parking lot - I pay more attention to Subarus now that I have an STi and used it to pull the bikes from north Texas.

I didn't see those guys, but ran into a nice family of 3 on dual sport bikes that are lucky enough to live a few miles from the Tail of the Dragon.
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Old 12-05-2014, 10:32 AM   #8
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Nice...thanks for posting!!
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Old 12-06-2014, 06:56 AM   #9
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Great job on the videos! Looks like some really fun riding there.
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Old 12-06-2014, 08:41 AM   #10
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Final video (Old Ore Rd) just finished its overnight 11-hour upload.
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