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Old 09-01-2012, 09:47 AM   #46
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I am so ready to escape Orange tomorrow after work.. and the plan is to head WEST!!
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I hope you didn't get stuck in that mess on I-10 outside Beaumont yesterday morning - looked nasty as we were going by
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:24 AM   #47
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I hope you didn't get stuck in that mess on I-10 outside Beaumont yesterday morning - looked nasty as we were going by
No but I was stuck in Sealy (west of Houston, heading to San Antonio) on Friday night because of bad traffic (and drivers).
I usually try to skip Beaumont and I-10 from Orange. I ride on 73 West to Winnie and then I-10 to Houston. Alternatively, I ride on Hwy 90.
I hate riding on I-10. It sucks: trucks, 18-wheelers, cars "camping" on the left lane all the time. It drives me insane!


But what a ride this weekend! I am back in the office today. I will post my pictures and RR tonight or tomorrow.
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Old 09-04-2012, 03:24 PM   #48
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:15 PM   #49
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Big Bend RR

OK I know this all thread started as a RR for the Hill Country.
Well now it's about the ride for Labor Day weekend to Big Bend from Orange Texas. I got pumped-up by pictures online and by recommendations from txplants about Big Bend.

Let me tell you, from Orange TX (near the Louisiana Border) it is FAR
But whatever, it was a good ride, and Big Bend is so beautiful it is absolutely worth it.

I left Friday directly from work. My bike was sitting outside, all packed up, during the whole day. My colleagues at work saw it and were wondering what the heck I was doing with this two-wheeled bus.
My goal was to reach San Antonio on Friday night so to start fresh on Saturday with more interesting roads (Highway 90) to Big Bend. I did reach San Antonio Friday night, but because of bad traffic (stuck near Sealy) and a lengthy stop to buy gas, a sandwich and the inevitable beef jerky at Buc'ees in Lulling, I got to my hotel room at around 11:30 PM.. It was funny to see the reaction of the valets when I showed up on my bike. They did not know how to get my luggage or how to go park my bike.. So, I did it myself!

The view from my room was not bad, as seen in the next morning.[IMG][/IMG]

On Saturday, I had a pretty smooth ride. I headed West from SA to Del Rio. Nothing to report except for a big event in Uvalde for which highway 90 was just closed without notice. After 30 minutes trying to find my way around it (I was far from being the only one lost there), I headed full steam west.

I stopped to take a few pictures. I really like the Pecos river (which I believe flows into the Rio Grande).
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On the way, I did not see many cars. At some point, the only ones I saw on the roads were the border patrol!!
If you like emptiness and nothing, this is the place to ride.

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It was pretty hot in the desert, close to 95 F according to my air temp indicator. There was a lot of crosswinds. Amazingly though, the bike did not move. I was surprised, given past experience with my Africa Twin: tall bikes are typically sensitive to crosswinds. One thing that is annoying with crosswinds is that a lot of air came from under in my helmet, making my eyes sensitive and provoking a fair amount of buffeting.
Other than that, the bike was remarkably good. She even had to swallow some low grade 87 instead of premium 93 grade gas because that's all I found in the small town of Sandersan. No problem.

I arrived at the entrance of the park (from Marathon) at around 3:00 PM. I'm sure this is a classic picture.
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At this point the landscape became very nice: desert and mountains.
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I headed to the campground at Chisos Basin, right at the center of the Chisos Mountains.

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Note the hi-tech iPhone bracket!
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The campground was really nice and I got a spot where I felt I was in the middle of nature.

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check out this panoramic shot right around my camp site:

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Once everything was ready, I cooked dinner
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And enjoyed the sunset through the window:



Stay tuned, there'll be some more!!
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:55 AM   #50
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Here is a map of the itinerary...





Yea at this point of the trip, I had something like 730 miles on the clock. That's a long ride but the landscapes are really beautiful once on highway 90, past Del Rio.
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:44 PM   #51
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Simply awesome, hopefully one day I will ride and camp in Big Bend as well !
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:44 PM   #52
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Fantastic!! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 09-07-2012, 05:46 PM   #53
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Great pictures! Keep them coming!
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Old 09-08-2012, 03:32 PM   #54
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One day in Big Bend..Really..

After a nice night in my tent with temperatures around 65 F, I started my only full-day in the park at around 7:30. After a breakfast cooked with the micro-stove (!), I decided to organize the day as follows:
1) morning = ride the Ross Maxwell Scenic Road (about 30 miles) and hike to the Elena Canyon to see the Rio Grande.
2) Hike the Emory Peak (10 miles round trip) and enjoy the view from the highest point of the park.

The ride on the scenic road was really nice with many photo stops. However, at about 6 miles before the end, the road was closed because of floods. No Elena Canyon hike!

It's okay, the scenic road itself was really enjoyable, as the pictures prove it!
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Picture of the Mule Ears:
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My bike in the desert:
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Tuff Canyon
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Desert View


The hike to Emory Peak was amazing. I'll post some pictures later!
Enjoy
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Old 09-08-2012, 04:23 PM   #55
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some desert pano vistas

Enjoy these two panoramas of the desert...

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Old 09-10-2012, 12:53 PM   #56
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good stuff.

we did go to Austin and I do have photo and I have started organizing them but I havent written a ride report and it looks like I will be busy this weekend.

We left saturday morning from waffle house at I10 and hwy6. The previous night everyone we knew said the traffic was really bad from people getting out of town for the holiday.

anyway, another austin trip end of this month is up on the plate
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good stuff.

we did go to Austin and I do have photo and I have started organizing them but I havent written a ride report and it looks like I will be busy this weekend.

We left saturday morning from waffle house at I10 and hwy6. The previous night everyone we knew said the traffic was really bad from people getting out of town for the holiday.

anyway, another austin trip end of this month is up on the plate
Thanks. There will be many more pics coming.. Hopefully tonight
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Hiking in Big Bend

OK Guys. Hiking was definitely the highlight of this trip I have to say. You see so much. It took me about 2 hours and 30 minutes to hike up to the highest point of the Big Bend: Emory Peak, which culminate at 7,825 ft (2385 m). To get there, it is a 5.1 miles hike (8.2 km) and about 2,500 ft (762 m) elevation gain. Enjoy the pictures.

Sign at the start of the hike.
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View through the "Window"


Watch for bears...(and mountain lions too)


Trial going up


Enjoy the view


Enjoy the view #2


Near the summit


View from the top


Climber


View from the top


Communication system


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Window coming down


It was a nice hike!!
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Old 09-11-2012, 02:23 PM   #59
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Great pics and post...live in UK and v jealous. looking forward to more.
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Great pics and post...live in UK and v jealous. looking forward to more.
Thanks mate. You can always do like me: move to the USA
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