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  • Wow, that post was like a walk through my childhood. Growing up in San Antonio, my parents and I spent many vacations in those places you so beautifully and kindly described. I have a huge soft spot in my heart for Marfa, Big Bend, Guadelupe State Park and Terlingua.

    We always stayed a night at the Gage Hotel before heading down to camp in the basin of Big Bend – usually during spring break when it was freezing cold and we were the only people in tents alongside RVs. Guadalupe peak was the first I ever “bagged” (it’s the highest mountain in Texas). And Marfa is where my parents still go to escape the world.

    Thank you for featuring and praising this part of the world. A lot of people have a negative image of Texas, especially the “barren west.” But you showed that it’s as beautiful as my memories!

    Are you passing through the hill country? Whereabouts? I still live in San Antonio, and while I can’t really offer you interesting lodging (I live in an apartment in the city), I might be able to make some suggestions.

    March 03, 2010
  • Wow! What an awesome discription of West Texas! I’m heading out that way in a couple of weeks to ride with Beth (Texas Mountain Trail)and now I’m beginning to think four days just won’t be enough time to see it all, much less ride it!!

    Thanks for sharing your journey!

    March 03, 2010
  • What a wonderful write up of my part of West Texas near San Angelo! Thank you for writing an accommodating reflection of a part of Texas that many people have no idea exists. I hope some day you can come back this way and spend more time. Be careful!

    March 03, 2010
  • As a Texan I am so thrilled that you are enjoying your time here so far. I myself cannot wait to make it to West Texas and have been planning a trip in my head to many of the places you mentioned for quite a while. I will have to add many more now after seeing all of your pictures and recommendations.

    The Hill Country is awesome! It is the place that I grew up camping with my family and still love to escape to to this day. You will love it!

    March 03, 2010
  • […] Our West Texas Adventure | The Path Less Pedaled by Laura You will hurt if you climb this road on a bicycle, but it will be absolutely worth it when you get to the top and have the chance to experience this amazing spot. Camping is $14 per night, and there is drinking water and a sky full of … […]

    March 03, 2010
  • Nolan Kuehn

    This native Texas was filled with pride, and I was enthralled like those posting before me, as I was able to relive many past adventuresome trips to West Texas and the Big Bend. I hope your remaining days in Texas are as interesting. We have a lot to offer!

    As you get nearer San Antonio, please contact me, and I can help you negotiate some of the traffic around here. I live north of S.A., 25 miles from the Alamo.

    March 04, 2010
  • Another Texan weighing in with thanks for the kind words. (We can be shotgun toting yahoos, we just have to be provoked first.) If you get around Junction, that’s where I grew up. We’re on the western edge of the Hill Country and from there east, the country just gets more beautiful. (My home town actually has its own Tour de Forts bike event now. In my day it was all horse races and rodeos. Ride safe.)

    March 04, 2010
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    March 04, 2010
  • McHale

    I just wanted to let you both know that I’ve really been enjoying your blog- the words, the photos- it’s all wonderful and always a welcome study break! We’re looking forward to seeing you in Baltimore when you make your way out here!

    March 07, 2010
  • Wise

    Travel that area each year. Start at the caves and try a different way south each trip. Thank you for a good mind trip!

    March 08, 2010
  • tucker

    I am now looking forward to spending a ton of time in TX on my tour. Being a uprooted 5th generation Texican, I am looking forward to spending time in the land of my ancestors.

    March 13, 2010
  • […] with nice white bands on the underside of tail. … Mail (will not be published) (required) …Our West Texas Adventure | The Path Less PedaledHighway 67 out of Marfa, Highway 118 out of Alpine, and Highway 385 … On Highway 118, […]

    March 24, 2010
  • What a nice area to ride. I spent over 20 years in San Antonio and never made it to the Big Bend area. These pictures are great and looks like you had some ideal weather for riding and camping out. I bet the night skies were incredible!

    January 01, 2011
  • […] our next destination should be West Texas.  I was already sold on this idea when Russ and Laura visited this region 3 years ago when they cycled across the country.  Beth’s presentation was just the icing on the […]

    November 11, 2013

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