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Davis Mountain Day Trippin’

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by MT Pockets, Apr 24, 2021.

  1. MT Pockets

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    Well, we stopped for lunch in Balmorhea and have pretty good signal here at La Cueva de Oso (Bears Den). I’ll try to catch y’all up on our travels this morning. B989E3F9-E286-49C3-A516-C0C51CE727D9.jpeg AEE29D81-C73B-4B77-870A-C3B5EC7EB797.jpeg We left Headquarters and had to stop and check water on the way out. Sure enough, it’s time to fill this one up. 5F8F05D2-511B-4CB8-B33D-1519B5DA179D.jpeg It’s always nice having kids along. “Hey son! Go open the valve for the trap tank.” C2EBCF71-82BB-4AE0-A138-9F3CFB4DB41A.jpeg Alright, now we can go see what kind of fun awaits us today! :clap
    I think we are going to head toward The lower country and see what the dirt roads look like around Balmorhea.
    02A53FE2-5842-49A8-AA69-8CB12F497B8B.jpeg Fist, we stop and top off the tanks. I remember the clicker for the automatic gates today, but every gas can at the ranch was empty! B989E3F9-E286-49C3-A516-C0C51CE727D9.jpeg AEE29D81-C73B-4B77-870A-C3B5EC7EB797.jpeg 5F8F05D2-511B-4CB8-B33D-1519B5DA179D.jpeg C2EBCF71-82BB-4AE0-A138-9F3CFB4DB41A.jpeg 02A53FE2-5842-49A8-AA69-8CB12F497B8B.jpeg
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  2. MT Pockets

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    It seems that since the oilfield slowed down, perhaps the county is able to keep up with road maintenance a lot better down here. All the roads were in pretty good shape. While that is nice to see, it doesn’t make for the most fun. We made a pretty big loop this morning. I’ll just share some pics and spare everyone my frame by frame narrative! 01531D9E-58D3-4ED1-B299-48E0E5488962.jpeg 7CA056F0-3048-4D57-B27E-CF1E7E4D66A5.jpeg ECEFF9A0-AEBF-40AB-BFE5-62DFB73973A6.jpeg 7236C00C-B18A-43D5-91AE-CC4EFA52042D.jpeg E15D340F-3B00-497F-BA0A-2BFE6D491B79.jpeg 72F1F993-CA4C-4660-BA59-B2D18A3F7A8C.jpeg 782CB5B3-B58E-4F97-B345-2381ABE38A94.jpeg 7CD7A3C0-26B5-466A-87B7-D5D228F77972.jpeg BF31041F-D84E-471C-8923-498D9CFCCF53.jpeg BCC32DE0-0DBA-4A31-A42C-359C43F405A0.jpeg
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  3. MT Pockets

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    After a nice lunch and some visiting with each other and a few tourists, we loaded up again. EF43EB4D-3C9C-4AAD-BD82-7C753E3BE046.jpeg Our awesome spring fed swimming pool has been closed down for three years now. Initially it was for some repairs, then more repairs, then COVID, now pretty extensive remodeling. Everyone around here sure is ready for it to open back up. 362FAED4-9660-4869-8168-D7473E54D6BF.jpeg 6CF7FE77-8F08-45AD-AB98-FB2EB5F056B1.jpeg At least we can see some progress and people actually working today. If you have never had the opportunity to visit Balmorhea State Park, put it on your list. Of course, you’ll have to wait until they open back up.
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  4. MT Pockets

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    Just past the park, towards Fort Davis, is a roadside display called Thundering Hooves Memorial. It is worth checking out. Our neighbor who organized it is pretty passionate about saving horses headed down to the slaughter houses in Mexico. BC795871-EFA4-4F1E-B16A-559626F61DF3.jpeg 238B3890-67C7-4270-9A52-15C295852BF2.jpeg 54632287-3EBA-42AF-9E17-F0B1BE36D1E0.jpeg 9700D707-442D-4C9C-B6C9-F0F8D55F6A50.jpeg 37ADDB1F-56D5-4305-A016-7117C6A6FA0D.jpeg
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    94C9581E-2E09-431E-B8C7-128909BFC7F3.jpeg F1B10CA1-C17E-4AAA-8A60-9CBAD96D9AC8.jpeg Ok,ok I know we stopped at Calera on the last ride. It is just a neat piece of history and my son always likes to visit. 91755B4B-8B1B-447A-AF0B-CDA25AFD6B69.jpeg
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  6. MT Pockets

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    Here are some pics with a little more information and history about Calera. This area has been inhabited constantly for thousands of years. Lots of neat history and some pretty cool springs and such. However most of it is on private land. I will refrain from posting such things here so as not to encourage folks to trespass. 99BCF367-4704-40F1-B9BC-89ECDB48B22D.jpeg 0FC4F2F5-F2F9-4910-80F8-DEA11B53A8D1.jpeg 7986E048-C460-4760-8EDF-5473FA94CED8.jpeg 01CD211D-7D06-49BF-B9BD-D44C7CE6FA36.jpeg 2FD6CAA6-C0C5-4F29-A6F5-65067D7D56FE.jpeg
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  7. WeazyBuddha

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    I had no idea that there were elk in that area. Native or introduced?

    Some day I may ride up to Alpine to visit a friend but the stretch between the Hill Country and Alpine seems kinda boring.

    Thanks for posting!
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  8. MT Pockets

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    “Cool! Hey Dad, check this out. What is it?”
    How many of you guys know what that is?
    Bonus points if you’ve used one. Yep, I’m getting old too. DCEF941D-CEE3-4844-92FB-7281F883D526.jpeg There are some neat ruins to check out around the mission where it is open to the public. Please don’t hop the fence. We take trespassing pretty seriously out here. C309C383-CE0D-4D86-8E91-B66FB2CEAA01.jpeg 02FA4407-BF10-4535-9DF5-5EF896F21CFB.jpeg C5D4FFD6-6BB2-49D7-A4F5-14898A11E3CF.jpeg 7F06EB30-5572-4F03-8391-C3C9EDF96B3E.jpeg 367BDFAD-5F25-48AB-B653-099BEB940CBA.jpeg 6D11A552-03C0-4105-ACD3-7BC657F70071.jpeg I guess it is time to head back to the ranch.
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  9. MT Pockets

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    Here are a couple of pics of Sleeping Beauty Mountain. If you squint just right and really use your imagination, you’ll see her laying there.
    737D4A85-87CB-48E1-8B10-4B2E8FC23CB6.jpeg C5E88571-47DE-40D3-A300-873EADD9319A.jpeg Well, we will wind up another day of riding and do evening chores. 0352E268-6582-4E06-BEF8-AA3B5A747C57.jpeg 53CD21F9-D88D-4B51-939A-BC8B72DDFBAC.jpeg Happy trails everyone! Catch you all on the next ride.
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  10. MT Pockets

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    I agree that stretch is rough. Especially if you slab it on I-10. Try some secondary roads. There is actually a lot of beautiful country to see.
    The elk are re-introduced. They were wiped out years ago in this area. There is a pretty healthy population in the area now.
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    Great to see some of that area. My wife and I were out there a few years ago. Saw the fort and even the show at the observatory. A friend used to have a place out there but sold it a few years back. I'd like to go back out there and explore a little more around the area.
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  12. tragerbon

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    Love West Texas, so many minimally populated areas : )

    Thanks for the ride !
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    Last time I was there I hiked to the overlook at the top of that rock outcropping with my friend from Alpine. Little water, heat, age, and decrepit carcass conspired to make me earn the nice view. :gerg :knary

    I've never ridden the bike up there but I'd like to. I just need to put together a path that avoids IH10 and ties the least boring back roads on the stretch West of the Hill Country that is just a bunch of nothing. Maybe it's best to get on 10 and just get that whole stretch out of the way as quick as possible? :dunno
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  14. MT Pockets

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    If you ever get the chance to come back out, let me know. We would be glad to show you around some of our favorite spots and do some riding. It is just a beautiful little corner of the world.
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    Another beautiful weekend in the Davis Mountains!!! I met up with a new buddy on Friday to buy this cool little Versys to add to the fleet. After making a deal and getting the new ride out to the ranch, we decided that a Saturday ride was in order! 40A99D9C-9FEF-4952-8D66-9F10CC937856.jpeg
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    I had to get a pretty early start this morning. Plans were to meet in Alpine at 8:30. It is a solid 1 1/2 hour ride. I got up before 5 and tended to horses and other chores and was rolling before sunup. Today’s ride of choice:
    Mamacita’s CRF250L. It is a 2013 model with a significant list of upgrades (maybe I’ll post that all one day). Anyways, she’s gone for the weekend and I’m sure she won’t mind!
    3C0C7002-5D42-4C93-99D6-B3F0DFAC7583.jpeg The sunrise is just so beautiful up here. This sunrise pic is below Wild Rose Pass on the way to Ft. Davis. I haven’t really ridden this little 250 much. I actually think I might like it. I’ll let you know at the end of the day! 3E760487-9B46-45AF-9BE0-69733A00E296.jpeg I had to stop and snap a photo of our beautiful Jeff Davis County Courthouse in the morning light. 92040102-E855-41B0-BC7D-10C65A88BFF8.jpeg
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    Everyone meet Jeff. Great guy with a great bike. He’s on a Big Red Pig (650XR). Looks like the BRP and LRP are gonna go kick around the desert today. After topping off our tanks, we decide to head over to Marfa and hit Pinto Canyon road down towards the Rio Grande.
    9C250121-A726-44CE-926D-3BA17EF5C4FE.jpeg Pinto Canyon road starts off as a nice 2-lane country blacktop. It is easy to just roll on and enjoy the scenery. And that is exactly what we were doing when we met a Presidio County Deputy Sheriff with his lights on. Yep, he must be after us. How many people get pulled over for speeding on a 250L? Apparently the speed limit is 55mph on this fine road. No pics of the stop, but we received a verbal warning for our speed and an advisory about increased traffic of illegals and drugs in the area. Awesome contact with Presidio County’s finest. Just remember if you get stopped, that guy has a job to do. A smile and “yessir” will go a long way! 1545ACC3-855E-4C2E-97B8-0F372826BAC6.jpeg
    Finally got to the dirt!!! Pinto Canton Road (Presidio County Rd 10) is pretty well maintained these days, but there were some pretty good rains last night. That should keep it a little more interesting. DFDF1350-576C-41A5-B1AA-0F822C68D8B6.jpeg 7FCB7A8E-A3A8-4468-A2AC-7ACF35A22C00.jpeg
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    Here are a few pics from the trip down Pinto Canyon. The road was in pretty good shape and we made great time. I didn’t stop and take a lot of photos. We were having too much fun bombing down an unoccupied dirt road!!! F4D3E155-3218-4207-9303-0DFE518F9125.jpeg 82D00A45-A0F8-4D43-BEF8-05A6B2568775.jpeg 337BCF9D-808A-4288-B897-E0FFC1E52DEA.jpeg 286511C0-AE8D-409D-BC15-2515CEEFA4FC.jpeg
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    Like all good things, Pinto Canyon Road came to an end. 14F2D26A-7E58-4E7C-A0EF-F610A95590A2.jpeg But, it isn’t so bad. It ends at Hwy 170. This is one of my favorite highways to shred on a street machine. We won’t enjoy the best part of it today on the pigs, but we burn on into Presidio for a little fuel and a bite to eat. 458D21D6-7D77-4E4B-A766-868651A58728.jpeg WTF?!? A snowplow on the Rio Grande?
    TxDOT uses the snowplows to remove sand and rocks from the low water crossings on highways out here. Last night’s rains gave them a reason to roll. 703136FD-A9C8-40AD-ACD6-C5A9DC36339B.jpeg
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    After our pit stop in Presidio, we went a little further down Hwy 170. We headed north on Casa Piedra Road back towards Marfa. 1576C5F4-A7BA-4EA1-B880-F3492A7FA1BC.jpeg Presidio County road maintenance crews have been doing a fine job! Lucky for Jeff and I, it rained last night and washed out a few places and left some mud and sand. 944256E6-2C7B-4EAB-AEDC-949789ABB722.jpeg I didn’t get too many pics along the way. Nothing too difficult to ride, Just enough mud, sand banks, and washouts to keep us on our toes.
    We stopped quickly to check out the remains of Alamito and the Historical marker. EC0FE4ED-789E-491D-89EE-6675D5D823B0.jpeg 85AE4064-C2EC-4C3B-9BFB-66FE722F01C9.jpeg
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