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Decided I was working too hard and saw a window where I could get away for a week. The last two years I worked wildfires in Fort Davis, Texas and the roads and history around there looked like a great destination.
 

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My first day, Saturday the 26th, was less than 200 miles to Gibsland, LA for the Bonnie & Clyde Festival. They were "caught" by the law on a road southwest of Gibsland.

I rode along with our GWRRA chapter, MS-F. Martena still has trouble with riding so she went in the car. We had seven bikes head over there to join the four that went the day before. They did some drama around a bank robbery and one of when Bonnie & Clyde were ambushed at the location southwest of town. It was an interesting day. They had some neat old cars and one was a 1934 Ford like the one Clyde liked so much.

First picture is our motorcycle group crossing into Louisiana on I-20.
Second is the engine in a 1934 Ford.
Third is my wonderful wife (she is letting me roam around the country unescorted) Martena by that restored 1934 Ford.
Fourth is me with Clyde and Bonnie, Clyde just wouldn't go away.
 

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Crownfire, you look like the one not to mess with in the shot with Bonnie and Clyde.
 

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On Sunday the I woke up and started riding west. Martena went back home with MS-F. I met up with DanB, in Tyler. We rode together to Corsicana and had lunch. Afterwards Dan headed back home and I kept going through Waco, Austin, and San Antonio to Evalde. Over 550 miles and a good day. Temperature got up to 93 and it was pretty warm. But I kept moving and the roads were all quick and smooth. Travelled from the pines and into the mesquite brush of south-central Texas. Tomorrow I start slowing down and seeing the countryside.

First picture is DanB when we stopped to eat in Corsicana. Thanks for the eats!
Second is the train I passed while riding west on Hwy 90 from San Antonio to Uvalde. I thought of Eric and snapped the picture on the go. That area is starting to get into the wide open spaces and I'm betting Eric would feel at home.
 

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Crownfire, you look like the one not to mess with in the shot with Bonnie and Clyde.
If they had me along they would have been fine. Ha!
 

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Sounds like a great trip, glad you got to get away. In just twelve more days me and the Mrs. will be headed to Yellowstone. Just hope we don't get snowed out like we did two years ago. 93 will probably be the "cool" temp for the day by the time we leave. Have fun and safe journeys to you.
 

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Being a medical professional I highly recommend your decisioin...it will be a great ride and it is even better as a distraction....:D Enjoy and be safe.....
 

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Sounds like a great trip, glad you got to get away. In just twelve more days me and the Mrs. will be headed to Yellowstone. Just hope we don't get snowed out like we did two years ago. 93 will probably be the "cool" temp for the day by the time we leave. Have fun and safe journeys to you.
Year before last, I approached the east entrance of Yellowstone from Cody, Wy on Hy 14 on the 16 of June. The east entrance had opened that day. There was still 6ft. of snow on the sides of the road. The only camp ground open was the RV campground at the north end of the park and it was full. All of the other camp grounds were still full of snow. The lake was still iced over. The lodges were preparing to open, but were still closed.

I was riding and it was snowing and blowing 30 miles an hour out of the west. I headed for Livingston and got a room there for the night.

That was my Yellowstone experience two years ago.

I will recommend visiting there after the 4th of July..... like I recommend people who are gonna visit the PNW. Our summer doesn't get official until the 4th. I would highly recommend calling the park and see how things are there. That is pretty high up in the mountains.
 

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Crownfire, going back home, are you passing near Dallas-Ft Worth? If so, what date? I'm a mile north of IH20 at TX360. I'm buying.

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Mark , thanks for the ride report. And yes I love the open spaces. I wish my train was powering along ike that one. Have a great trip, good to see you met up with Dan and joined him for a few miles. Eric
 

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Mark, keep the reports coming you always do a fine job with them. Ride safe & glad you got some down time.
 

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Great shots Mark. Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.;)
 

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Thanks for the pics Mark. Ride safe and enjoy the trip..
 

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Crownfire, going back home, are you passing near Dallas-Ft Worth? If so, what date? I'm a mile north of IH20 at TX360. I'm buying.

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I'm riding around you this time. Friday I'll be riding across Oklahoma into Arkansas. Although I hate to miss a free beer, but that usually means I have to reciprocate and then I'll end up needing a place to stay. I love riding in Texas and there is still a lot to see, I'll be back.
 

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I hope you have been giving your camera a work out and have some photo's for us. Eric
 

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I'm riding around you this time. Friday I'll be riding across Oklahoma into Arkansas. Although I hate to miss a free beer, but that usually means I have to reciprocate and then I'll end up needing a place to stay. I love riding in Texas and there is still a lot to see, I'll be back.
I assume you're in Alpine tonight? Kind of back tracking but the main hotel in Marathon has the best breakfast Huevos Rancheros.
 

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Day two, Sunday I left Uvalde with the sun coming up. Uvalde had flags all around the courthouse square for Memorial Day. Just after Del Rio I started riding up the Rio Grande River. Stopped where the highway crossed the Pecos River and in Langtry, where Judge Roy Bean took care of legal affairs. This is his second building as the first burned down in the 1890's and he then built this one. At Marathon I paid the highest price for gas; $4.169 per gallon, at least so far. Lots of pictures so this is the first part of the day.

First picture is Uvalde, TX Courthouse Square.
Second is Uvalde County Courthouse.
Third is the Conizo was blooming all along the way. Also called purple sage, I was looking around for Roy Rogers and his singing group all day.
Forth is the US Hwy 90 bridge crossing the Pecos River.
Fifth is the Jersey Lilly Saloon, Langtry, TX. The Judge Bean was not in today.
 

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At Marothon I headed south into the Big Bend National Park. A great ride and I took a side trip up into the Chisos Basin which went up into a mountain bowl. Just an excellent detour up into where trees could grow and the temperature dropped 10 degrees from the elevation change. Continuing west I followed DanB’s advice to take TX Hwy 170 from Terlingua to Presidio. It made for a longer day but that ride along the Rio Grande was great. A narrow road that had many ups and downs through the draws and curves on the hills. The Rio Grande along here is no barrier what so ever. I'm sure that is why there was a heavy contingent of Border Patrol present along the border. I went through two checkpoints where the drug dog circled all the vehicles and they asked about citizenship. The roads were absolutely empty, even on this holiday. Most of the time I had the road all to myself and could stop where ever I pleased to look and snap pictures. Which I did often;

First picture is US Hwy 90 somewhere in Val Verde County, TX. A lot different from the Hwy 90 I'm used to on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Second is the entrance to Big Bend National Park.
Third is of the mountain tops in the Chosos Basin area of Big Bend NP. The air smelled so good of pine and something else that I couldn't figure out.
Fourth is along TX Hwy 170 in Presidio County, TX. The highway you can see going over the hill in the upper left and the middle right the dark area is a canyon the Rio Grande is squeezing through.
Fifth is the Rio Grande along TX Hwy 170. Yes, that little stream is the Rio Grande. It isn’t 100 feet off the road and 30 feet wide. Everything across the river is Mexico.

It was an excellent day having put 532 miles on the Honda.
 

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I assume you're in Alpine tonight? Kind of back tracking but the main hotel in Marathon has the best breakfast Huevos Rancheros.
Yes, I'm in Alpine. Tomorrow heading over to the Fort Davis area. Maybe next trip I'll stay in Marathon.
 

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Great shots Mark. Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.;)
Yes Master. You are wise. Lucky for me I love what I do and get a lot of satisfaction taking care of our natural resources.
 
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