Sunday, January 20, 2013

P4W2 Day 15 Davis Mtns State Park - Sanderson, TX 113 miles

I knew by the time night rolled in today that the cold mountain air of the morning would feel like eons past.  I rolled out of pretty Davis Mountains State Park with everything on to keep me warm, and rolled down hill through the very pretty little town of Fort Davis.  I stopped to snap of photo of the stately Jeff Davis County Courthouse, named after the president of the Confederacy. 

I then passed through Alpine, another tidy west Texas town.  The water and the fish are lacking in these parts, but the wildlife is really amazing.  This morning's best sighting was a flock of wild turkeys right along the side of the road.  Roll by and they are happy.  Stop and they are gone. 

By midday I find myself in Marathon, another quaint town in Texas mountain country that is the gateway to Big Bend National Park.   Over lunch a couple cowboys instructed me on how to find all heads of cattle on ranches thousands of acres in size.  I felt the contrasting lifestyles, perhaps they did too:  cowboy hats and boot spurs vs. sun burned legs and biking tights.   This really is a diverse land of ours.

The afternoon featured the wide open southwest spaces that have dominated my life for the past couple of weeks.  From Marathon, I actually had a double marathon on the almost deserted US Highway 90 in order to make it to my destination, Sanderson.   If one is claustrophobic out here, don't live back east.  All afternoon I could see 50-plus miles in every direction, including all the way down to the Chisos Mountains in Big Bend Park.  In a strange turn of weather, I was actually glad it was not any warmer for a long ride.  What a change from just a few days earlier.

The desert wildlife continued to impress me:  javelinas, white tailed deer, numerous hawks, and my first pronghorn antelope of the trip were all spotted over the last 50 miles of the day.

Sanderson is a small town that is 75% vacated.  One of the locals informed me that this area is in the midst of a severe decade-long drought.  The feel of the town kind of fit the feel of this windy, dry and barren land deep in the heart of Texas.

1 comment:

  1. Tighten up Rudy! I see your map avoids the crazy state of FL, but if you feel the need for a detour we'll welcome you with open arms. Thanks for the blog, great to see how you're coming along!