Marathon, TX–population 500

Traveling through West Texas has been a TRIP. There is about a town every 50-70 miles. Imagine biking along the 90 west and seeing nothing or no one for hours. No gas stations, houses, people. Nothing! Our ride into Marathon was 55 miles from Sanderson. We had brutal headwinds the whole way, but what are you gonna do? We had heard that this town was a must see from cyclists that we had run into earlier on our trip. There was even this out-there cyclists hostel where the first night’s stay was free! The guys bought food for dinner at the grocery store and then checked into the hostel. They sat atop the roof and watched the sunrise. They met a new friend, Blaine, who had moved to Marathon the day before for a two month photography internship. The guys made a fire and Blaine cooked dinner. We all conversed and star-gazed. One of the most memorable nights of the trip–Check out the experience we had!

Taking in the sights after a 55 mile day full of headwinds on the 90 west.

Taking in the sights after a 55 mile day full of headwinds on the 90 west.

Taylor enjoying the sunset atop the roof at the cyclists hostel in Marathon, TX.

Taylor enjoying the sunset atop the roof at the cyclists hostel in Marathon, TX.

Dinner & fire at the hostel with our new friend Blaine. She moved to Marathon for a two month photography internship with a local legend.

Dinner & fire at the hostel with our new friend Blaine. She moved to Marathon for a two month photography internship with a local legend.

Taylor staying warm.

Taylor staying warm.

 

La Loma del Chivo Cyclist's Hostel. Marathon, TX. First night's stay free!

La Loma del Chivo Cyclist’s Hostel. Marathon, TX. First night’s stay free!

We ran into Gary while biking to Marathon. He was heading east (like a smart one) and enjoying what he called a "classic Texas tailwind." He is doing the Southern Tier as well, but ending in St. Augustine. He's from Canada and decided to take some time off work and bike the country by himself.

We ran into Gary while biking to Marathon. He was heading east (like a smart one) and enjoying what he called a “classic Texas tailwind.” He is doing the Southern Tier as well, but ending in St. Augustine. He’s from Canada and decided to take some time off work and bike the country by himself.

Biking into Marathon. 90 West

Biking into Marathon. 90 West

The Dudes in front of a Texas Game Warden's truck. The two shared a nice convo with the three Game Wardens about our trip before leaving Sanderson, TX. They were completely incredulous about our voyage. They also were hesitant to be in the photo. They surely had to keep up their hard-ass, rugged, West Texas image.

The Dudes in front of a Texas Game Warden’s truck. The two shared a nice convo with the three Game Wardens about our trip before leaving Sanderson, TX. They were completely incredulous about our voyage. They also were hesitant to be in the photo. They surely had to keep up their hard-ass, rugged, West Texas image.

Our motel owner showing Darren his snake collection. Just in front of Darren's left foot is the most deadly rattlesnake known to man.

Our motel owner (from Sanderson, TX–the town before Marathon) showing Darren his snake collection. Just in front of Darren’s left foot is the most deadly rattlesnake known to man.

Sign at our motel in Sanderson, TX.

Sign at our motel in Sanderson, TX.

A view from the roof of the La Loma del Chivo Cyclists Hostel in Marathon, TX.

A view from the roof of the La Loma del Chivo Cyclists Hostel in Marathon, TX.

Sign at the grocery store. Marathon, TX.

Sign at the grocery store. Marathon, TX.

The Bear soaking in some rays while atop the roof at the Cyclist's Hostel in Marathon, TX. Population 500--and first night's stay free!

The Bear soaking in some rays while atop the roof at the Cyclist’s Hostel in Marathon, TX. Population 500–and first night’s stay free!

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