Texas Motorcycle Road Trip(Cars
may be substituted for the faint-of-heart)
Richard and Judy's Excellent
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
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
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."
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 U.S.
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