We left for Big Bend Ranch on Friday in the middle of the afternoon. We drove West through the Hill Country to IH10 where we continued west to Fort Stockton. From Fort Stockton we turned Southwest on 67 and headed through Alpine and Marfa to Presidio. At Presidio we head back East on Hiway 170 for just a few miles.
We could also have taken 169 just South of Marfa and headed through Casa Peidra. This would have allowed us to bypass Presidio, but we do not think it is all paved, and since we were driving at night at the end of a long day we chose to stay on pavement.
When you leave hiway 170 you do leave the pavement, and you are still a number of miles from the park entrance and a bout 30 miles from the main Ranger Station at Sauceda.
This road is wide and graded, but is washboard in a lot of places.
It was well after dark and somewhere approaching midnight when we hit the dirt. The offroad lights did come in handy.
Originally we only had the PIAAs on but I decided to turn on both sets, and it was at that point we realized we were not driving through flatlands...
The drive was slow in the dark, but we made it to the Sauceda Ranger station without seeing another soul or another vehicle. We backed quickly into a parking area and popped the top to grab some well needed rest.
...and just minutes after we arrived at the ranger station the coyotes began their songs...
Greg in Austin
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