Big Bend 2003

Jim Fortner and I headed out of Prosper on the afternoon of March 28th. We were headed to the Big Bend for the weekend. We wanted to take as much scenic route as we could. We left the metroplex going west on I-20 but soon turned south on hwy 16. We meandered through Commanche, Brownsville, Brady, and Menard before it turned dark. While heading west on 190 the sky started to light up with streaks of lightning. We escaped the rain for about an hour before the botton fell out. Once we were wet, there wasn't any use in stopping, so we continued on. Before we made it to I-10 the pavement stopped for construction. We rode on wet clay for several miles during the rain. We were very nervous, but escaped without any accidents. When we arrived in Fort Stockton we were dry. We stopped and had some late night pizza and decided to retire to Motel 6 by midnight.

The next morning we got an early start south to Marathon. We stopped at the Gage Hotel for breakfast. It was a treat and I recommend it. After breakfast, we continued south to the Big Bend. After entering Big Bend, we rode east toward Boquillas. Even though Boquillas was closed we rode around the area and enjoyed the sites. This included riding through the time-tunnel. My friend Don Brown refers to the tunnel as the time-tunnel, because you can forget "all" time when you cross over to Boquillas. It is quite tranquil.

Jim and I returned to the middle of the park and rode up to the Basin for lunch. The views are wonderful. After lunch, we rode through Study Butte and Terlingua on the way to Lajitas. This was a good spot for a break and to walk around and see the on-going resort development.

We left Lajitas by 3 pm because we had a dinner meeting at the Holland Hotel in Alpine. We rode across hwy 170 to Presidio and north through Marfa onto Alpine. We met the Concours group in Alpine for dinner. The meal and fellowship were very good.

After dinner, we rode over to Fort Davis to spend the night in a bunkhouse. I always enjoy staying in a unique shelter and this fit the bill. Fort Davis is a neat stop along your way, and I recommend it.

The next morning we made a loop through the country and back to the Mc Donald Observatory. It certainly has some good viewpoints, but I didn't get to go into the Observatory itself. Our loop brought us back to Fort Davis where we had breakfast at the local drug store/soda fountain. I highly recommend this spot for any meals or snacks! I met some nice Harley folks there at the drug store. They were from Lubbock. One of them, Randy Sanders, took my picture (below) while asking us questions about various Iron Butt rides. Randy will soon be riding his first Saddlesore 1000.

Jim and I left Fort Davis by 10:30 am on our way home. We took the scenic route home through much of the same neighborhoods that we passed going down. My pictures are as follows:


Inside the Gage Hotel, Marathon, TX
Outside of the Gage Hotel
The Dining Room at the Gage
Early morning at the Gage
Jim, riding through Big Bend Park
The time-tunnel going to Boquillas, MX
Jim at the Boquillas Canyon
The view at the Basin (from the restaurant)
Lajitas Cafe overlooking their Golf course
Lajitas, TX (old town)
Campgrounds and Bunkhouse at Fort Davis
A perfect scooter-riding motel
A great backdrop for an overnight stay
Jim is getting that early morning start (35 degrees)
I can see a good night's rest
Plenty of amenities, what more?
Holland Hotel, downtown Alpine, TX
The view from Mc Donald
The ride up to Mc Donald was a treat
Jim and I at Fort Davis (photo by Randy Sanders)
Concours Group at Alpine