Day 4 at Big Bend National Park, Texas

Day four was the same temp as day three….cold (we woke up to 35 degrees, with a high of 50). Kim decided it was a good day to do laundry and clean the RV before we move to the other side of Big Bend. Chris took this opportunity to head out on his motorcycle to avenge Kim’s demise on the Old Ore road a couple days ago. Kim was good enough to actually agree to this:)

Big Bend has many ‘unimproved’ dirt roads, requiring high clearance vehicles. Some require 4 wheel drive, perfect for the KTM 950! As you know by now, all these roads have great views. The Old Ore road was conquered quickly and Chris proceeded to River road and Black Gap road in the southern section of the park. Along the way, Chris happened upon the ruins of the Mariscal Mine which used to produce Quicksilver (Mercury) Ore. As you can see by the warning sign below, that stuff is dangerous.

Black Gap road was a hoot! Chris tried to get some pictures depicting the quality of the road, but they all made it look flat. All the roads had washes and sand, which kept things interesting, but Black Gap Road had these on steroids (it is marked as ‘not maintained’). Large washouts with steep entries and exits along with large rain ruts and boulders made this road a lot of fun.

4 Responses to “Day 4 at Big Bend National Park, Texas”

  1. mike says:

    Merry Christmas ya’lll

  2. Kristin Snyder says:

    Hi Kim! I just wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas! I hope you and Chris are enjoying your journey.

    ~ Kristin

  3. admin says:

    Hi Kristin,

    Happy Holidays to you and your family! Thank you for thinking about us, we are having a great time. I hope you too, are having a great year.

    Keep in touch,
    Kim

  4. admin says:

    Ho, Ho, Ho Mike:)

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