1245-South Texas

Traveling through South Texas was extremely challenging for a novice motorcycle rider. My goal was to avoid the dangerous weather that was targeting Central Texas all the way to the border. I ended up staying an extra day in Alpine, TX in my attempt to avoid the storms and to coordinate my trip to Big Bend National Park. Another rider at the hotel did not investigate the weather like I did and ventured out on the wrong day to visit the park. He was attacked by a hail storm that bruised him all over and dented up his bike. I was in the hotel when that went down. Altering my plans each day and watching the weather on a regular basis, I never got wet.

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IMG_0816Clouds looking west and where I was going. Stayed in this little town for two days trying to wait out the weather.

IMG_0814Looking east. Weather was beautiful – that day.

IMG_0809This was the next day looking East.

IMG_0810This was the only game in town for food. I ate there too many times.

IMG_0807Inside the diner.

DSCN4500Waiting for the weather to try and get me.


Prada Marfa is a permanently installed sculpture by artists Elmgreen and Dragset, situated 1.4 miles northwest of Valentine, Texas, just off U.S. Highway 90 (US 90), and about 26 miles (42 km) northwest of the city of Marfa. The installation was inaugurated on October 1, 2005. The artists called the work a “poparchitectural land art project.”

The sculpture, realized with the assistance of American architects Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, cost $80,000 and was intended to never be repaired, so it might slowly degrade back into the natural landscape. This plan was deviated from when, six days after the sculpture was completed, vandals graffitiedthe exterior, and broke into the building stealing handbags and shoes. (stolen from the web)

DSC_5531I saw this UFO for miles and it was not moving. I was ready for my abduction and for the probe. I was so excited form first UFO on the road.

DSC_5536It turned out to be a blimp hunting for illegal aliens on the border.