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Old 03-05-2012, 11:54 AM   #16
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Old 03-05-2012, 12:28 PM   #17
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This is on my to-do list.
I'm afraid I lost out this year to a messed up ankle. How late in the spring can you really ride there?
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Old 03-05-2012, 12:30 PM   #18
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Old 03-05-2012, 12:53 PM   #19
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Old 03-05-2012, 12:59 PM   #20
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Big Bend is a place I have always wanted to visit, but never got all the way down to.

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Old 03-05-2012, 01:17 PM   #21
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Old 03-05-2012, 01:39 PM   #22
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Now I'm really regretting missing this on my short trip last month. It looks like I'll get to see all the stuff I missed!

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Old 03-05-2012, 02:00 PM   #23
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Old 03-05-2012, 02:12 PM   #24
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Darn It!

And I was being so productive at work! Now I guess I will have to sit on the edge of my seat for the next installment.

Great pics and back story, from the best! Keep it coming and of course SUBSCRIBED!

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Old 03-05-2012, 03:37 PM   #25
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A little more in Fort Davis.

I looked around Fort Davis a little more before hitting the trail.

This place wasn't open, but the lady cleaning it asked me if I wanted to come in and look around.


Typical historical society type stuff with a lot of interesting gadgets from years gone by. One thing I thought was useful was this water cooler. The water that seeps through the porous rock and evaporates cools the rock cooling the water contained by the rock.


This 1874 building served as a company store and then as the principal store in the area for over 100 years.


The dynamite shack out back was converted into a lovely cottage for an Appeals Court Judge and his wife who loved to visit the area.


The trading company built this hotel in 1912 to support their operations.


This 1910 jail was built to replace the one in the 1880 adobe court house. It was used until 1978 when modern jail standards closed it down.


1884 church. It seems that when I visited some other local towns, the churches were fairly well maintained even though much of the rest of the town was not.


This 1909 structure was the very first automobile garage in west Texas. Pretty nice structure for the time, place, and purpose.


Deer find the browsing better at the old school than on the drought stricken desert.


This 1911 courthouse is pretty nice. This is Jeff Davis County. It is named after Jefferson Davis, former President of the Confederate States of America. Jeff Davis appears to have been very beloved in this area judging from some of the monuments. After he got out of prison (post-Civil War) he visited this area and commiserated with some of his former troops.


During the War of Northern Aggression, Texas was part of the confederacy. The United States Army abandoned Fort Davis and for a while condeferate troops moved in. The rebels took it over to block gold shipments to the union and to maintain access to the pacific coast. During the course of their stay they fought some apaches too. When the confederates left, they buried a couple of cannons that have still not been located.

One thing that impressed me was that this tiny town was proud of their soldiers. I was surprised to see some of the ranks that such a small town produced.


They are also very proud on one of their WWII heroes.


This campground is right in town and was a decent place to stay.


Nice place, reasonable rates. Very convenient. A retired E-9 that did 30 years in the Air Force runs the place. My neighbor thought you had to "work with" him a bit. I told my neighbor that it was probably the 30 years in the service. Good guy. Speaking of Air Force, those wooden buildings at the campground were relocated here from the Marfa Army Airfield that was put in during WWII to train pilots. I think we dropped somewhere around 80 installations in Texas during the war. Great climate for pilot training.


I think this town is around 5-6,000 feet in altitude. Can be a little cooler in the morning than what you might expect.

Warms up fast with the sun though.


Good thing the CannonVan had a heater.


Ran into this medicine man's operation.


He had several nice posters like this one describing the things he could cure. He could break curses too. Since I was feeling pretty good I took a pass on it and went to find breakfast.


The nicest part of town near the square.


Good meals here.


They even have a soda fountain from years ago.
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Old 03-05-2012, 03:51 PM   #26
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Great detail as always, now for the rest of the story!
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Old 03-05-2012, 03:56 PM   #27
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Another epic RR from Cannonshot!
Glad you are along, hope you enjoy it!

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I know you have visited the area a couple of times and really enjoy it. Hope some fo this rekindles some pleasant memories for you!

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This is on my to-do list.
I'm afraid I lost out this year to a messed up ankle. How late in the spring can you really ride there?
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It starts getting HOT about April 1!
Like Don says, the prime season is probably October through April. The climate charts can be misleading because they don't account for what can be the oppressively hot sun and the temperature on the desert floor. Note that during periods of rain, there are some other hazards to deal with that we'll cover later on.


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YES!
Another Cannonshot Ride Report.

Big Bend is a place I have always wanted to visit, but never got all the way down to.

Ready!
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Hello Questor my friend! Nice to see you tuned in. Hope you enjoy the report and get a chance to see the place for yourself.


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Now I'm really regretting missing this on my short trip last month. It looks like I'll get to see all the stuff I missed!

Carry on!
Hope you get to see it yourself soon!

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Thanks! Enjoy the fun!

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And I was being so productive at work! Now I guess I will have to sit on the edge of my seat for the next installment.

Great pics and back story, from the best! Keep it coming and of course SUBSCRIBED!

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Thanks Tim! Hope you enjoy this one. I think it will take me a little time to get it out.

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Great detail as always, now for the rest of the story!
Hi Mark! Glad to have you along!
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Old 03-05-2012, 04:19 PM   #28
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I'm in. I've got a friend who has a place just outside of Fort Davis. She just retired as a Command Sgt Major. She'll be interested to see what you've written. Thanks. Looking forward to the rest of the report.
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Tell her to stop in and chat with the retired E-9 that runs the Overland Trail Campground.
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