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2019 Big Bend Ride

posted Jan 2, 2019, 12:07 PM by Mark Jensen   [ updated Mar 12, 2019, 5:11 AM ]
Our first major ride of 2019 is a return to southwest Texas and the Big Bend area.  We were here in 2017 and it will be great to return to an area that we have enjoyed for many times since the Polar Bear Ride of 2004.  Get your rooms booked ASAP as this is the end of Spring Break and there could be problems finding lodging if you wait too long.


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Lodging Info

Wed, March 20 – Brady, TX – Best Western (325-597-3997) 2 beds $89.99+tax AARP rate

Thu & Fri, Mar 21 + 22 – Study Butte, TX – 

     Primary: Big Bend Resort & Adventures (432-371-3382) 2 beds is $119+tax/night. 1 night charged when reserving and 72 hour cancellation policy. 

     Optional: Chisos Mining Company (432-371-2254) 2 beds is $96.05 including tax/night.

Sat, Mar 23 – Alpine, TX – Quality Inn (432-837-1530) 2 beds $116+tax AARP rate


Wed, March 20 - Everyone make it to Brady at your leisure for the evening - Approx. 241 miles direct.  Mark will have a more scenic route with a lunch stop at the Burger Bar Cafe in Llano if that is something you would prefer to do instead of a straight ride to Brady.

     Dinner (6:30) at Mi Familia Mexican Restaurant 

Thu, March 21 - Ride to Study Butte/Terlingua - 390 miles

     Lunch at Oasis Cafe in Marathon

     Thu (6:30): Dinner at the Starlight Theatre

      - Alternative dinner choice is la Kiva Restaurant and Bar

Fri, March 22 -  Ride to Presidio, Marfa, Ft Davis, McDonald Observatory, Alpine, and back to Study Butte/Terlingua - 284 miles

     Lunch at Ft Davis Drug Store

     Fri   (6:30): Dinner at the High Sierra Bar & Grill

      - Alternative dinner choice is la Kiva Restaurant and Bar

Sat, March 23 - Ride through Big Bend National Park with stops at Santa Elena Canyon, Boquillas Canyon Overlook, and Chisos Basin (Lunch).  Head to Alpine for the night - 249 miles

     Lunch at Chisos Mountains Lodge Restaurant

     Dinner (6:30) at the Reata Restaurant

Sun, March 24 - Head for home - 504 miles. 

    Lunch at Underwood's BBQ & Cafeteria in Brownwood

Approximately 1,668 Miles Total

2019 Big Bend Ride Registration

2019 Big Bend Ride Registration