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    Quote Originally Posted by JerseyJeeper View Post
    How long is the drive, I need to evaluate vacation time. Can a bike be rented (if I fly)?
    It's about 2200 miles from my house in the Catskills. Drive time says around 40 hours. OUCH!
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    WOW, add that to a day to recover.

    Quote Originally Posted by GaryL View Post
    It's about 2200 miles from my house in the Catskills. Drive time says around 40 hours. OUCH!
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    Hey Jersey Jeeper,
    Come winter time, Lt. Dan packs up his bikes from GSM Motorent in Townsend, TN and heads down to Big Bend (Terlingua) where he rents them out. He's a very cool guy and he's helpful with riding suggestions even if you just stop by and ask. He can tell you all about flying in and getting to Terlingua... it's a long way from the nearest commercial airport. Here is a link: https://gsmmotorent.com/

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    LMAO! Lets saddle JJ up on a Honda Grom and drink all the beer before he gets back to the camp site. Times 10 "Likes" on the link RT.

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    Stopped by {Mark Sampson} Big Dog's Web Site today and was reading about his Texas adventure with his wife....they ended up at Big Bend on New Year's Eve and Day...park is closed but there are parts you are allowed into you just can't sleep there....except at the lodge and the Private Campground

    However the reason I posted, they came across a couple of "Desert Rats" as they approached Big Bend....anybody Recognize the TW? Attachment 188216


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    Despite being "Closed" Big Dog has some good photos of the Big Bend portion of his trip....
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    Guess there is satellite TV and them fancy new fangled video-tape machines now but back in the day I found the ranchers back there outside the park would happily put a fellow up for the night in exchange for some conversation and a chance to exchange a story or two. Once got invited to a javalina hunt in the morning but my sense of work ethic had me decline. Even had a flat tire on a 16..5" split rim fixed and was scoldded for offering to pay. Of coarse I was off the beaten path so wonderful Texas hospitality ruled. Sure beat driving back to Marfa after a long day in the field only to discover anyplace to eat had closed hours before.
    So go for it Hoot, pad the trip with a few more days & slow down to the calm pace of Terlinga time.
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    Thanks! I appreciate your help and input..

    Quote Originally Posted by Rhodetrip View Post
    Hey Jersey Jeeper,
    Come winter time, Lt. Dan packs up his bikes from GSM Motorent in Townsend, TN and heads down to Big Bend (Terlingua) where he rents them out. He's a very cool guy and he's helpful with riding suggestions even if you just stop by and ask. He can tell you all about flying in and getting to Terlingua... it's a long way from the nearest commercial airport. Here is a link: https://gsmmotorent.com/

    Here is his bikes set up in Terlingua.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred View Post
    Guess there is satellite TV and them fancy new fangled video-tape machines now but back in the day I found the ranchers back there outside the park would happily put a fellow up for the night in exchange for some conversation and a chance to exchange a story or two. Once got invited to a javalina hunt in the morning but my sense of work ethic had me decline. Even had a flat tire on a 16..5" split rim fixed and was scoldded for offering to pay. Of coarse I was off the beaten path so wonderful Texas hospitality ruled. Sure beat driving back to Marfa after a long day in the field only to discover anyplace to eat had closed hours before.
    So go for it Hoot, pad the trip with a few more days & slow down to the calm pace of Terlinga time.
    Well said Fred. We will be running at 70 MPH to get there and then have to dial it back down to around 25 and enjoy the ride. I will bring a Stun gun just in case the Hootster gets out of hand but it might get turned on me. 2200 miles sure can wind a fellow pretty tight.

    It's really not that far of a jump from Teralingua to Tequila and beers. Sure wish we had some back up on this trip.

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    Has anyone checked, even with the government shutdown Arches N.P. is still open.
    Maybe Big Bend is too.
    I've never been there, but it looks like a good place and time for riding.
    Is this the same dates as the get together in Moab?
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    WARNING!

    To anyone going to Big Bend who hasn't been there before:

    If you go you will have to go again.
    Nobody can visit that magical place only once...it is highly addictive!
    And you won't see more than a tiny fraction of it on a single trip.

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