I chose the title of this report because it was something of a Deliverance moment in some respects...both for the folks we met and for me personally...I didn't get bent-over by any rednecks but definitely found some answers out in the desert. This is the first report I've posted in a loooong time...life has been in the way - but since my riding partner selkins is busy with work, he's stuck with me starting the report and he can chime in as time permits. I know he got tons more pics than me and probably has a more effervescent writing style. I ride a beat-to-shit GS Adventure that I abuse relentlessly...and my writing (and riding) style could best be described as dark. So follow along if you want to see some Big Bend (and other) pics...or don't :huh The plan was laid last spring - selkins and I met in North Carolina to ride the BRP and while solving the worlds problems one night, decided that rather than leave his bike in the garage in Minneapolis all winter, he should bring it down to Texas, store it at my place (and I'd get some work done on it), and we'd work in a trip down to Big Bend in the process. Of course, after having to ride through Nashville, TN in early May while the flash floods were hitting (can you say 2ft water crossing on I-40 on a GS ), we could've agreed to meet on Mars and I'd have been game. So we set the date and the plan was set. selkins was heading down from MN, I was heading from DFW, and we agreed to meet at the Gage Motel in Marathon. Of course, it's always nice when a plan comes together: We met at 3pm, had another 2+ hrs of good riding time, however Scott felt that a better way to start the trip was to buy a six-pack of Tecate, park the bikes, and relax...which is exactly what we did. Took a few pics, split a few six packs, and ended up in the Gage bar with a couple of people buying us drinks...I'll let Scott fill in the gaps there Here are some pics of the Gage, and I'll return to my day and update more later. Nice rack eh? stay tuned, riding photos to follow.