Up at 5:00 AM Wednesday morning, Ricardo and I were on the road by 6:00 AM. Our destination? Six hundred miles down the highway to Terlingua, Texas. Terlingua, the goast town that once was a massive silver mine. Terlingua, the gateway to Big Bend.
Pulling the "toy hauler", loaded with my BMW R1200GS and Ricardo's "girlie bike", we made the trip in just over 12 hours. The first five hours took us through the massive and busy Eagle Ford Shale oil boom towns of Freer, Encino, Carizzo Springs, Eagle Pass and through my favotite, Del Rio. Then it was off across 300 miles of desert, through Comstock, Sanderson, Marathon, Alpine and on down towards Big Bend. All baren but beautiful desert. Desert? It rained the whole way. And the temperatures, normally 105 to 110 in July, hovered in the seventies.
Arriving in Terlingua about 7:00 PM, we grabbed a motel for the night and waited until this morning to set up camp at Maverick Ranch RV Campground. Our setup is perfect although the rain continues. However, we took the bikes for a short tour this afternoon so they would know what was in store. Dinner tonight at Bob's BBQ consisted of a rack of succulent ribs and, of course, peach cobbler.
Tonight we will sleep in the Play-Mor and arise early for some exciting mountain riding. Down River Road, through Presidio and on into Mexico.. Our destination, the Peguis Canyon, south of Ojinago, Mexico. The next ten days will be filled with adventure as we ride some of the most beautiful areas of Texas.