U.S. 360 Tour – Day 6 from Del Rio TX to Seminole Canyon State Historic Park TX (U.S. Border Patrol and Indian Paintings)

Latest update on my purpose-driven cycling journey around the American perimeter.

44 miles (71 km) – Total so far: 337 miles (542 km)

Ate breakfast at the motel, surrounded by wildcatters ready to brave the wind and heat and earn a living the hard way. Today was an easy day, with somewhat low mileage and a good tailwind. Within the first ten miles, I crossed the Amistad Reservoir, a lake that Texas shares with Mexico. It was very apparent what the Texas drought is doing to the state, especially in these remote areas, when you see the big canyons that used to be filled with water. This is tough, dry country, made only tougher and drier when there is even less water. The two-lane bridge over the lake, with no shoulder, was dicey, especially with a cross-wind testing my biking skills. God was with me today though, because only two trucks passed me on the mile long bridge.

Down the road a bit, I ran into a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint. Met two federal agents (who are prohibited from posing in pictures) and their equally impressive drug-sniffing German Shepherd. These men are great and I thanked them for keeping us safe. One of the agents asked if this route was a special one for cyclists because he sees them routinely. I answered in the affirmative and he half-jokingly said that we are all crazy. I kinda agree with him.

Passed through the very small town of Comstock, famous in the late 1800’s for sheep, goats, and rail, all of which have now vanished. Interestingly, Comstock has apparently been home to an inordinate number of Texas Rangers. Good stuff.

Finished the ride at Seminole Canyon State Historic Park, an expansive park bordering Mexico. It’s a tough, but interesting place. Indian Paintings dating back thousands of years adorn the rocks and canyons in the area. This is camping the hard way, but beggers cannot be choosers. Not many services in the area.

I ran into one Eastbound cyclist today a few miles West of Comstock. An exhausted looking fellow named Don from Victoria, British Columbia. Don is heading to Florida. Only passed through one town today, Comstock. I saw absolutely no living wildlife today, but I did see a number of gigantic centipedes crossing the road, hopefully not heading for a sleep-over in my tent tonight.

It’s all good.

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Surly Pearl overlooking the depleted Amistad Reservoir
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Looking back over the bridge over Amistad Reservoir
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Said a little prayer for getting me safely across
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Typical landscape today
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Nice little (temporary) stop at the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint
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Comstock Texas, and the famous Comstock Motel
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Looking back on U.S. 90
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Desolate, but unique Texas state park
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Home Sweet Home, and not for the faint of heart
Looking back toward Mexico
Looking back toward Mexico

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2 thoughts on “U.S. 360 Tour – Day 6 from Del Rio TX to Seminole Canyon State Historic Park TX (U.S. Border Patrol and Indian Paintings)”

  1. Brian-
    I am so impressed with what you are doing. Thinking of you every day on this big life event. BTW, you are going through some famous geology road cuts, and the upcoming one this side of Marathon has the Caballos Novaculite exposure. I think your road cut picture west of Comstock is the Boquillas Limestone.

  2. You are my inspiration in so many ways – thank you for keeping us posted on your courageous journey.

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