| West Texas
Motorcycle Road Trip
(Cars may be
substituted for the faint-of-heart)
Richard and Judy's Excellent Adventure
All photos courtesy of Richard and Judy Berger
Elena Canyon in
Big Bend National Park
are an excellent way to see Texas -
especially the less congested roads of West
Texas. But beginning and ending your trip in Kansas
is only recommended for seasoned riders.
Over the years we have heard from a variety of people who have taken
the time to write and tell us about their Texas trips - like the
young Polish man who (while training in Dallas) spent five weekends
in a row driving to Big Bend. Five weekends in a row (!) We wish
we could publish every story we've received, but it's not possible.
We are, however, able to feature this trip taken by Richard and
Judy Berger since they gave permission to use some of their outstanding
photos. Skill, serendipity and just plain luck (like catching rain
over Terlingua) have made this trip one deserving a closer look.
an unannounced arrival in Texas, their
trip begins with Archer
City and after a brief disappearance, they surface in San
Saba before descending into the Hill
Country to Luckenbach
They then head
out to the Badlands of Langtry,
Presidio and up through Marfa
and Fort Davis to Pecos.
The Bergers took the road less traveled to include Orla,
Mentone, and Notrees
before getting delayed by rain in Lamesa
(a seldom heard phrase therabouts) on their return run to Kansas.
Berger's enthusiasm for Texas is infectious. You've got to like
people who take time out to smell the chickens in Bandera or make
friends with the courthouse werewolves of Mentone.
Photo courtesy Richard Berger
makes friends with about half the population of Loving County while...
holds a wind-blown sign in place until the Loving County emergency
sign crew could arrive.
Berger's initial letter to TE:
"We're from Kansas and took a week-long motorcycle trip to West
Texas a week ago.It was a fantastic trip and we relied heavily
on your entertaining and useful website for the pre-trip planning.
I put together a slide show of the ride. Please feel free to use any
of the info or pictures on your website that I've posted there."
Richard and Judy Berger
Valley Center, Kansas
The Bergers, who take week-long rides 2-3 times per year, also take
weekend trips around their home state. Our request for some Kansas
coverage brought this answer:
"I'll let you know if we ever do Kansas like that, but to be honest,
there's really nothing here to look at. Well, I guess we do have the
sod house, [world's largest] ball of twine, meteorite and the worlds
deepest hand-dug well."
We hope Richard and Judy's trip is an inspiration to others and we
want to thank them for sharing. Their complete Texas Odyssey as can
be seen at http://www.richardnjudy.us/texas0404/
Their Texas trip will link to other trips they have made in the western
in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas,
asks that anyone wishing to share their local history and vintage/historic
photos, please contact