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Into the Desert

2014-06-19

tl;dr: I left Del Rio and headed into the desert on Highway 90.

My week in Del Rio was uneventful. I may be one of the tallest people in this city. The folks here move about in small swarms, with all members swirling about an arbitrary point that itself is prone to random changes in direction. It seems like these people have no grasp of situational awareness, but in reality I was never once bumped or jostled. They flowed around my clumsy attempts to avoid them like hunting swallows avoiding a large cow.

The entire week the wind (southeast, 10 to 20 mph) never changed. It pumped a constant supply of moisture up from the Gulf of Mexico, which resulted in random storms popping up.

This morning I went to IHOP to calorie up before hitting the road. Strange thing: I couldn't finish the breakfast, which was just an off-the-menu standard rather than some of my pick-and-choose feasts. I was just too full. And it tasted pretty bad, even by my notoriously liberal standards. I am developing a real dislike of breakfast at chain restaurants.

This part of Texas is great, if you like desert and canyons. Desert desert desert canyon. Abandoned building. Desert desert desert canyon. I honestly didn't think there would be much to see, but just look at how many pictures I took. And being twenty miles from the nearest town is a bit intimidating.

I was stopped at a Border Patrol checkpoint. Yes, I am a citizen. These guys are generally pretty nice.

I stopped at the Judge Roy Bean Visitor Center. That guy was something else. Like Boss Hog, but a judge.

There is a small store in Langry that I managed to get to right before it closed. A Pepsi, Gatorade and BBQ sandwich cost me $12.76. Oh well.

From Langtry, I peddled on for a few more hours. I eventually found a road with a gate that wasn't aggressively locked, and that brought me a little ways off Highway 90. Bugs here are scarce, so I decided to forgo the tent. I could see storm off to the west, but it was moving away. What's the chances it will actually rain?

no idea


leaving Del Rio


Amistad Reservoir


Border Patrol checkpoint


whole lot of this


along Highway 90


Seminole Canyon


windmill


Seminole Canyon State Park


Pecos River


more of this


abandoned buildings along Highway 90


tags


sneaky Border Patrol


Eagle Nest Creek


Eagle Nest Creek


Judge Roy Bean, Justice of the Peace, Law West of the Pecos


Langtry, Texas


and a lot more of this


at a Highway 90 picnic area


really?


Lozier Canyon


here, tire, tire


millipede


good night Texas


bad place to camp

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