Mountain Biking in Palo Duro Canyon

The one complaint I have about Palo Duro Canyon State Park is that there are no decent trail maps. The Park map has a few trails marked but there are few, if any, details and the scale is all wrong in places. (Maybe we will Camp Host here some day and make a decent trail map.) We couldn’t tell how hard any of the mountain bike trails were going to be before heading out.

Last night we took an evening walk on the Juniper River Trail. It turned into a bit of a hike by the time we got back to camp. The Mosquitos were very bad so we diverted out to the road and took the long way back. We will probably go back and ride this trail before we leave. You just have to ride all the way around the Park or walk through the flooded river crossing (only #6 is flooded the rest of the crossings were fine) to get to the trail head.

Today, we thought we would bike the Rojo Grande trail. We found it to be pretty technical so we diverted through Chinaberry to the road and headed for the Lighthouse Trail (the one that we hiked on Tuesday.) We knew what to expect and it was a good ride.

We took the Capital Peak Trail back and that was tough – narrow track with tough climbs and a lot of creek bed crossings. Alan is posing in front of Capital Peak.

I took a head-over-heels tumble at one point. There was a hole at the bottom of a drop and I couldn’t stop looking at it which meant my wheel went right into it and stopped. I’m going to have a nasty bruise where the handle bar went into my thigh. I still really enjoyed the ride and got a good workout.

We are staying here until Sunday so we have time for another ride or hike.

Palo Duro Canyon

We had a long drive yesterday, but we made it safely to Palo Duro Canyon State Park. We thought we had selected the same campsite as last time. It turns out that we are a few spots away in a lovely location with an elevated picnic table (92 for future reference.)

Don’t get the wrong idea – I am NOT complaining but it was down right cold when we got up this morning! I am sitting snuggled under a quilt warming in the sun listening to the quiet.

On the Road Again

It is a lot of work to pack up all of the necessities from your house and load them into a 23′ trailer but I don’t mind at all – whatever it takes to get to go camping! We did have to do it in the rain for the first time that I can remember. Luckily, it was only a drizzle by the time we were moving things into the trailer.

We are taking the first trip with our new “lash-up”. This is the first time we will be towing with our new F150. Alan and I have a friendly wager on what gas mileage we will get. Whatever it is, it will be better than what we got with the Avalanche, even with the bigger engine.

Cooler Weather Awaits

We are heading out on a short (maybe 2-3 weeks) trip to find cooler weather. We still haven’t had fall show itself here in North Texas so we are going North. Back to Palo Duro Canyon near Amarillo and then on to Kansas or Oklahoma. Alan wants to visit a Salt Mine in Kansas and I thought it sounded pretty interesting. Check back here again soon . . .