May 11, 2022 2 min read

Impossible Route: FAR WEST TEXAS

"Hey JB, we got the green light to go ahead and shoot season two, so I need the craziest route that you could possibly think of. What do you got?

Well, it's funny you should ask because I've been doing a whole bunch of research on Big Bend. It's the most remote place you could think of. Not only that, I mean, it completely defies what you think of with Texas. 8,000-foot mountains, canyons – I mean, these are very, very ambitious. Several sections go through super steep mountains. There's this abandoned volcano caldera called the Solitario. It's gnarly. I mean, it spans basically two bike-packing routes plus connecting them between that you're supposed to do in like six days. I mean, that's literally the type of terrain. It's really loose, chundry sand, pebbles, cactus – yeah, just wild out there.

And how many water stops or towns are we going through?

Well, I mean, that's the thing. I mean, this is more remote than the core of Death Valley as far as towns. I mean, it's pretty out there. There's like one town in the middle, Terlingua. But yeah, I mean, it's 350 miles. I mean, it's gonna be perfect for a three-day trip and I think the kind of thing where if we use the grizzle and we have like the water bottle cages on the fork, we should be a lot better off, you know? I think it would be our chance to kind of redeem ourselves from Death Valley because we got our castles kicked.

Yes, but I spent all of season one complaining and laying on the ground contemplating my existence in the cosmos. I need to redeem myself. So you say it's a three-day route? Let's do it in one shot, non-stop, all 350 miles through the night.

Okay, that sounds terrible. I mean, I'm up for it. I'll give it a shot. I don't know, I don't know if it's a good idea. Are you cold? Cold? Yeah".
And so, Impossible Route Far West Texas was born...

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