Day 17 Ft. Davis, TX to Marathon, TX - Gass-powered Tandem: xcountry - CycleBlaze

March 16, 2021

Day 17 Ft. Davis, TX to Marathon, TX

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With a short day of 54 miles, we started at 10 a.m.  We rode mostly SE, as you can see and the winds were SSW, so we mostly had the wind hitting us at our right shoulder.  We have had gale strength winds every day of this trip so far!!!!  Apparently spring winds are normal, but wind advisories are not normal.  

Leaving Ft. Davis, seeing similar columnar rocks
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Looking west, back towards Ft. Davis
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24 miles down the road, we came to the town of Alpine.  It was fascinating!  There are over 40 murals in this small town and it is the home to Sul Ross State University.  McDonald Observatory is north of Ft. Davis and Big Bend National Park is south of Marathon.  There are many tourists in the area because this is spring break for Texas schools. 

Nearing Alpine, TX
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Devra JohnsonLove these murals and the Hotel looks pretty wonderful, too. Looks like you are getting close to your half way point. How strong you must be. Keep up the good work all the way to the finish line.
We are traveling many miles today, too.......but it is by plane to see the Grandkids. At the end of our trip instead of feeling strong, we probably will feel frazzled and in need of a quiet rest.
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Francie GassOh, have a wonderful time with those cute grandkids!
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Fred Gass I agree w Ms Johnson--the mural is nice. I like it but am not entirely sure why.
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Not only does the weather affect our ride, but the road surface is a key factor too.  Texas has a lot of chip seal roads which make for a rough and slow ride.  

Last 15 miles into Marathon, TX
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Tifanie TreterUgh...chip seal.
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We arrived before our rooms were ready, but a half hour before the nearby coffee shop closed!  Ken and I were happy campers with our lattes.

Rocking with lattes at the Gage Hotel
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Fred GassCoupla rockers!
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The Gage Hotel is very nice.  Some of the nicest hotels have been in towns that have nothing to offer except the hotel!  It's all a bit of a mystery to us.

Gage Hotel and 22 mph wind
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Fred GassC'mon, Ken. What's in that cup, really?
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Lobby of Gage Hotel
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Margery GassLovely. What a desk!
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Today's ride: 54 miles (87 km)
Total: 1,744 miles (2,807 km)

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