I first visited Terlingua, Texas, 20 years ago to cover the Chihuahuan Desert Challenge mountain bike race for Mountain Bike Action magazine. Terlingua is not the kind of place that you pass through on your travels (it is over 100 miles from the nearest Interstate off ramp), yet I always knew I’d get back to the isolated West Texas desert that’s located on our border with Mexico.
Lance Sallis (who you may remember from our Utah adventure) returned his buddy’s Yamaha 450WR and picked up a used KTM for himself. It didn’t stay “used” for very long because Lance performed a frame-up restoration that resulted in a better-then-new motorcycle. He wanted a baptism-by-fire first ride so we agreed to meet up in Terlingua, conveniently located between The Big Bend National Park and the Big Bend State Park. The place offers dual-sport rides to the North, West and East (heading South takes you into Mexico).
We ran out of time before we could ride the Old Ore Road so that’s our excuse for going back to Big Bend next year. But we don’t really need an excuse. Terlingua and the surround vicinity offers enough riding opportunity for this to be a yearly pilgrimage.
Jimmy trying to catch up to Lance on his fire-breathing KTM. Go ahead, click on my name because I don’t want you to have to link to YouTube.