Monday, March 3, 2014

Epic Road Trip # 2 - Day 5

3/3/2014 - Comstock, TX to Alpine, TX

Today we woke up in beautiful downtown Comstock, TX and it was an Artic 28 degrees! I didn't pack right for this kind of weather. And the wind, which was howling at 20+ mph made it feel absolutely sub zero! It is a wonder my truck even started.

On our way to Big Bend National Park, we stopped in Langtry, TX, where Judge Roy Bean was the Justice of the Peace and 'the law west of the Pecos.' The Judge Roy Bean Visitors Bureau has a wonderful display about him and you can go in the original 'Jersey Lilly' building and the Opera House he built. His story is very interesting.

We stopped here at the Wagon Wheel Cafe Store for breakfast burittos which were quite good. The lady who ran the place was telling us about all the bicyclists who stop at her store. It is located on the Adventure Cycling Southern Tier Route and it is the only place to stop for many, many, many miles in either direction.

We traveled through here, but none of the cacti were blooming as it was 30 chilly degrees!

Big Bend National Park is beautiful. It is made up of 3 different ecosystems - desert, mountains, and river. The Chiros Mountains are the only mountain range to be completely contained inside a national park. We took the scenic, and much longer route along the Rio Grande River through the park. It was stunning as only the Southwest US can be!

After leaving the park we stopped at the Terlinus Ghostown, which isn't a Ghostown anymore. It seems a group of long lost hippies, artists and other such characters have inhabited the town and are revitalizing it. It was a very interesting stop.

Some local scrap metal folk art on display in Terlingua, TX.

Some of the beautiful scenery along the Rio Grande River.

We were going to stop in Marfa, TX for the evening, but when we arrived, the reasonably priced hotel was full and the other hotel wanted $ 190.00 !!! We continued on to Alpine, TX which was only 25 miles down the road.

We got lodging at the Antelope Lodge which is quite quaint.

We went downtown and had a very nice dinner at Guzzi Up, a converted gas station.

Tomorrow we are off to Fort Davis National Historic Site.

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