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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    I think I'd only recognize about 3 or 4 Mojo'rs if I ran into them, so we'd likely be up for an Austin get together.
    I'll be there - spending 2 or 3 nights at Fort Davis along the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAF View Post
    I'll be there - spending 2 or 3 nights at Fort Davis along the way.
    We plan to leave early Wednesday and we'd like to hit a trail system on the way down. I was thinking about Devil's River Natural Area, but that adds a good 3 hours to the drive time--not to mention it's only open for use on the weekends, it seems.

    Does Fort Davis have significant biking trails? This trail map shows a few miles of hiking trails, but no real details.

    For a state packed with trails, there are not a lot of good options along the way between Austin and Big Bend. A detour through Comfort only adds about 30 minutes, so FRR may be my best bet for an easy on-the-way spin to break up the drive down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    We plan to leave early Wednesday and we'd like to hit a trail system on the way down. I was thinking about Devil's River Natural Area, but that adds a good 3 hours to the drive time--not to mention it's only open for use on the weekends, it seems.

    Does Fort Davis have significant biking trails? This trail map shows a few miles of hiking trails, but no real details.

    For a state packed with trails, there are not a lot of good options along the way between Austin and Big Bend. A detour through Comfort only adds about 30 minutes, so FRR may be my best bet for an easy on-the-way spin to break up the drive down.
    Or just focus on cool West Texas things like the Observatory and what not. It doesn't always have to be about riding.
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    LOL, right. Those sound like after biking activities. Observatory sounds cool though, as both me and the wife are interested about such things.

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    Barry, Devil's River trail requires a 4WD excursion to get to the park itself, about an hour+ once off the highway. Cool trail but not really worth the effort unless one had time to also hike down to the river and Dolan Falls.

    We have just hit the Airport Trails on Wed if we got out there soon enough. The 8hr drive from Austin is a work if driven straight through. We stay through Mon and ride Sun as well. It is certainly a 'ghost town' then after all have left.

    This being our 4th yr to attend as the riding is primo. I'm with you regards the $125 fee in most cases. However, look at this year's cost of Outerbike with no demos or any other festival. You can demo any number of rigs to your heart's delight at Chihuahua Fest. And Sat eve party at Maverick is a good, cheesy time with lots o' beer and swag.

    I see the ROI on the cost of trail stewards and Med folks riding the trails themselves every day and TPWD having watering locations out in the sticks to cover 4-6hrs of daily fun. Basically, a 3-day CYA insurance policy in arguably the best and most remote riding in Tejas.

    Our Austin crew will be at Chisos Mining as well. Come say hello.
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    The event is a fund-raiser for Big Bend Trails Alliance - they build/maintain the trails in that area of planet Earth. I'm thankful that I have the ability to be able to support that group on a yearly basis through this event. They do an awesome job with the trails out there.

    More good news to share is that those awesome trails that BBTA have built and maintain are open 51 other weekends of the year so take advantage of it. The state park trails requires a day use fee or an annual state park pass. The trails and scenery are some of the best in this state.
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    Just rode the EPIC + El Solitario and a few other trails out there solo last weekend. Met a group from Desert Sports who discussed the Fest. Ya'll are in for a real treat. I was surprised how much trail work is done on a network that is so remote to get to. Signage was excellent, but I did have to resort to GPS a few times. If there isn't any heavy rain before the event, the rock cairns will mark the trail in and out of the washes. I highly recommend adding the extra 16 miles of jeep road to get into the Solitario and visiting the Solitario Bar. It should be well stocked for the Fest.
    Currently 3.0". With hard work and dedication I hope to see 2.8" maybe even 2.6"

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    $125 might seem high at first, but over 3 days, that's not much at all, $41.66 a day. I was looking at the price for the short ride at the Epic Rides Oz Trails Off Road. $90 for a one day 20 mile ride.

    Makes $125 for 3 days seem like a bargain.

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    True, until you start adding in family to ride out there. It adds up quick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sherpaxc View Post
    True, until you start adding in family to ride out there. It adds up quick.
    Yep, and I've got $250 more kids than you...

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    Yeah, but youre like a rich Austin tech guy. Im a lowly teacher in backwoods Kerrville.
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    Of course if you're registering a family vs. one rider that will make a difference, but 3 days for $125 vs 1 day for $90 is still more bang for your buck
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    Two weeks to go!

    We will be hosting an "Austinites in the Desert" gathering both Thursday and Friday night. Look for this flag:
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    at space #101 at Maverick RV park. Around 5 pm. We'll go until the fire burns out. We're planning on already to have eaten, but if you want to bring something to throw on the fire, bring it. Or at snack. Bring your beer and a chair. We'll have an ice chest to throw your beer into. Or we might wheel a keg over from the clubhouse if nobody is looking!
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    Temps: Lows 50s/Highs 70. Will be alright.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Tip View Post
    We will be hosting an "Austinites in the Desert" gathering both Thursday and Friday night. Look for this flag:
    Should you run out of beer n vittles, assorted Austinites, Central Texans, and San Angeloans will have plenty ...

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    Damn. Plans fells through.

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    Question for everyone who's been to the festival before, do the festival goers pretty well overrun the restaurants in Lajitas and Terlingua for breakfast and dinner? Should I not depend on these restaurants at all without significant wait?

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    I usually have breakfast at Lajitas and it's usually less than half full. It's situated at the end of the hotel court yard past the bar. I think there is a taco lady that roams the rv park. Haven't tried that yet

    The Starlight and Longdraw restuarants get pretty crowded for dinner. Londraw will close their doors once they get full. Starlight can be a thirty minute wait during the dinner rush. But there is a cool souvenir shop next door to pass the time.

    Can't think of the name, but the restuarant in Terlingua with the black GTO parked out front is usually not crowded.

    Anyone have any other suggestions on where to eat?
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    I’d buy a big ass aquarium and use it as a cooler. When the trip is over, transport a bunch of illegal crawfish back and I’ll slip you a Washington.

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    Lodging for the Fest / One Room

    Hey I had to bag on the fest (DRAG) and that opened up my room reservation at La Posado Milagro, a super-cool hotel in the ghost town. Place is funky and fun (see attached pic). $145 per night, sleeps 3 people FYI. One room left! Grab it if you want to try a cool experience. http://www.laposadamilagro.net/home.html

    La Posada Milagro

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    100 Milagro Road

    Terlingua, Texas 79852

    Main Telephone 432.371.3044

    Cell Telephone 310-991-1058

    Make Online Reservations

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