I took a few days riding across Texas after picking up my bike in Austin from Alex at Konflict suspension for a LOOOONG overdue service on the Touratech Shock. Thanks for squeezing me in before your trip to the Sonoran Rally.
Stopping at the Fort Davis Mountains State Park for 3 nights I was pleasantly surprised that I qualify for a Texas State Park Veterans Pass that got my entire reservation reimbursed. THANK YOU TEXAS!
Camp is an easy set up in the Yamahauler, just unload the bike and put the screen in the window for added ventilation, that’s pretty much it.
My first riding day started a few min before sunrise on top of the lookout in the park, I rolled up with 1 min before sunrise and was greeted to a spectacular view!
First stop was gas in the town of Ft Davis then south to the Mexican border town of Presidio Texas (about 80 miles). From there, the highway follows the Rio Grand River into the Big Bend NP almost 100 miles away. The views were not what I was expecting! It reminded me of Utah, Arizona or Southern California but definitely not Texas ! There was talk of a “super bloom” of bluebonnets but sadly I didn’t see much more then along the sides of the road.. The outstanding views I rode through more than made up for it though. By the time I made it back to camp, I had just over 300 miles, a respectable day in the saddle.
Day two of riding started slower, it was about a 80’ish mile loop out to the Observatory high atop the Ft Davis Mountains and then back to town another way. Passing a family of Javelina along the way. Lunch was back in the park at the Indian lodge’s Black bear diner. Good food at a bargain. I stopped at the Ft Davis National monument in town, it’s the historic sight of the original fort. One of my Air Force buddy’s helped restore a few of the artifacts. It was very well done. The fort was mainly manned by the “Buffalo Soldiers “ so lots of history there.
Having traversed Texas several times North-South and East-West, I had never seen anything that looks like the areas I rode through in those 3 days, everyone needs to spend some time down there. It’s trualy amazing!