You weren't lying about the haul from Alpine to the park, 85 miles from our hotel. It did give us a chance to stop in Terlingua/Study Butte a few times. I'll start off by saying her X impressed me the whole time. Drove smooth, handled well on-road and off, and averaged about 17.8mpg after all was said and done.
I don't feel like typing out a detailed report about everything so I'll just keep it short then post up some pics. On Sunday we started out in Terlingua then went to the park to hike the Lost Mine Trail, then went back to Terlingua for dinner at La Kiva, which was one of the most bizarre places I've ever been. Monday, we had lunch in Terlingua, then headed back to the park to drive Old Maverick then River Road. The west side of River Rd was pretty rough but nothing too hard to handle, and I was able to haul butt through the east side. We stopped near the end to take in the stars, then got on the road to head home. Here's some pictures:
The toilet at La Kiva:
Big Bend hike day:
To end the day, we stopped by the bar at The Holland Hotel just down the street from our hotel in Alpine for a couple of drinks. Keep an eye out for beers from the Big Bend Brewing Company hitting your local stores in the coming months.