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Old 03-06-2012, 05:54 PM   #61
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Nice report and history lesson.
Thanks! Much more to discover along the way.

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Bryan, great RR of the Big Bend area. It's on my list of places to ride.
Thanks Tom! Lots of great rides around the area. Lots to see.

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Hiya Cannon!



The history is the best part!
Hi Brad! There will be a test on this afterward.
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Old 03-06-2012, 06:03 PM   #62
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Old 03-06-2012, 07:56 PM   #63
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You said you were using Garmin Topo maps. Would that be the 24K or 100K map? I'm thinking about buying the 100K for my own trip planning. Fantastic report as usual.
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:58 PM   #64
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Always educational.
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You said you were using Garmin Topo maps. Would that be the 24K or 100K map? I'm thinking about buying the 100K for my own trip planning. Fantastic report as usual.
Thanks. I use the 100K topo and 100K is what is pre-installed on the Oregon. It works fine for most of what we do. Of course, the topo isn't updated with highway changes like the City Nav is, but it still works fine.
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Old 03-07-2012, 06:07 AM   #65
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Continuing on the Fort Davis day ride loop.



I guess I should have carried a spanish-english dictionary so I could translate some of the signs I came across.





This Food Shark operation looked interesting. They have a bunch of old cars (60s-70s) associated with their enterprise as well.


Pretty nice court house in Marfa.




Although I didn't, you can take an elevator up into the dome for a view of the downtown. (Wiki photo)


The old opera house.




Old jail. Pretty good size for such a small population.


Wayside for the Marfa Lights.


Viewing area.


The viewing area at night.


This is another of those mystery light attractions. As always, the sightings seem to have some relationship with vehicle traffic.


They do like to promote it though.


This poster was at the wayside. The changes described are pretty evident as you travel around the area.




But what I was really looking for at the site was the old Marfa Army Airfield which was adjacent to the wayside.


No buildings left. Many had been relocated for other purposes. The buildings at the campground in Fort Davis came from here.




The old gate leading onto the airfield.


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Do someone say El Cheapo?!




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Old 03-07-2012, 07:53 AM   #67
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Kevin you need to send that picture to El Cheapo. Look carefully at their web site. These guys are funny.

http://www.elcheapoliquorstores.com/marfalights.html
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:39 AM   #68
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Finishing up the Fort Davis loop.

The railroad came though in the early 1880s. This was a big step in helping the area develop (to the extent that it did anyway).




Marfa was a water stop on the line.




Before Alpine had a jail, the Sheriff got permission to lock up two characters in a box car here on a siding. During the night an efficient railroad employee answered a call for more box cars and hauled the car away along with the two prisoners. It took a little shuffling to get them back.


21 people were recently arrested in the Big Bend region for being part of a cocaine trafficking ring. The cops seized a bunch of guns, vehicles, and cocaine in the process. The managers of this RV park in Alpine have been charged with knowingly allowing drugs to be distributed on their property. They could get up to 20 years in the federal big house for maintaining a drug involved premises if they are convicted.


The 1928 Holland Hotel is doing well.


Kind of elegant inside.




There is a museum for the Big bend region on this campus.






Federal Courthouse in Alpine.


This unmarked building next to the courthouse had a lot of security. Not sure what it was. Maybe part of it was a federal lock-up or marshals and FBI people.


Taking the scenic route back to Fort Davis.




Open range road hazard.




In 1881, they built a rural school at this spot. It was a good location because the Texas Rangers had an outpost nearby that afforded some protection.


A bunch of movies were shot (in part at least) on the movie sets on this ranch.








Tbese adobe buildings were built by a guy who tried to settle here in 1854. Indian raids drove him out. The Texas Rangers used these buildings as an outpost for a couple of years around 1880.


A woman from the school had to make a midnight ride from the school to this outpost to warn the rangers that the apaches were coming.


This thing is a garden industries facility. They grow a bunch of stuff that ends up at garden centers and then in your yard.


And so the loop ends. About 170 miles that can be ridden on a street bike. If you make the stops along the way it is an all day trip.


Off for a Saturday night steak dinner . . .


With heart shaped baked potato.
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Kevin you need to send that picture to El Cheapo. Look carefully at their web site. These guys are funny.

http://www.elcheapoliquorstores.com/marfalights.html
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:48 AM   #70
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Old 03-07-2012, 09:24 AM   #71
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What a great report Cannonshot! Thanks!

You know I've been through Texas a lot and I guess I never even saw it. In fact I did my primary flight training at Fort Wolters. I flew all over and buzzed the Brazos regularly, but none of it looked like the country around Ft. Davis!

When MotoGP comes to Austin, I'll ride there and take in the Big Bend country while I'm at it.

In 2010 I rode to Scottsdale from Beantown. I stopped off at Mineral Wells to find Fort Wolters was turned into an industrial park and a prison. The flight line was nothing but broken tarmac. Such a shame. Only a small memorial marked what it once was:



Thanks for the report and keep her coming!

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Old 03-07-2012, 09:37 AM   #72
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Good meals here.


They even have a soda fountain from years ago.
Indeed...good food...



friendly / fun waitstaff.....looks like they remodeled in the last 7 years...(my gosh, it's been 7 years already)..looks like we were standing in the same spot...


...fun report bryan
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Old 03-07-2012, 10:12 AM   #73
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Fantastic Cannonshot. Don't miss the Guadalupe Mountains if so headed by there. > El Paso!

Embedded your CDT ride into my GPS and hope you'll let us steal your Big Bend ride too .

Now a noob question: how do you post/frame/size the topo maps with tracks so well?? You move them to 'Paint' then transfer to Smugmug or whatever before posting em' in ADV?

Thanks and cheers...
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:59 PM   #74
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Great report as usual CS. I was there in Feb. 2010. Magical place, kind of hard to describe for a Kentucky boy, but the place draws you. I'll be going back of course.


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Old 03-07-2012, 02:03 PM   #75
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Ive been looking forward to this RR.
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