Texas is a huge State. It has many types of landscapes and terrains to see. Viewing it from the seat of a motorcycle is an awesome way to experience it. I have ridden in the state 4 times in the last few years and still have left to see.

My first ride in the Lone Star State was in December 2012. I just missed a major ice storm in Oklahoma City and headed South to Abilene for my first night on the road in Texas.  The weather was chilly but not as cold as it would soon be.  As I was heading for that nights stop, the landscape was mostly flat with a lots of mesquite trees, shrubs and wind turbines. I began to get a feel of the vastness of this part of the country. There are flat roads and blue skies as far as you can see.Pic 1Pic 3Pic 4Abilene is in the central part of Texas, west of Dallas.  This type of scenery is common for a large part the area but there is much more to see.

With all of this openness, the wind can make the ride a bit challenging. At one point, a tumbleweed the size of small car blowing across the road forced me to make a quick decision. Good thing there was no other traffic!

If you like to ride fast (legally), Texas is for you. Most of the two lane roads have speed limits of 70 or 75 miles per hour. On the interstates the speed limit is 80 or 85. This is much different from in my home state of Iowa where the highest speed limit is 55 on two lanes and 70 on the interstates. The drivers are courteous and will pull over on to the shoulder when they see you coming up behind them. 

I stayed the next night in Fort Stockton passing through San Angelo in the way. The following morning the weather was clear and COLD. 29 degrees F. I headed West on Interstate 10 to Van Horn where I turned North toward Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Yes, mountains in Texas too. And salt flats!

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I rode back though Texas in the spring of 2013.  This time riding across  a little farther North through the small towns of Plains, Brownfield and Snyder. This is oil territory. There are oil well pumps everywhere and you can actually smell oil in the air. I rode back through Abilene on my way to College Station.

From Abilene East the landscape is much more like the Midwest with more deciduous trees and forests, and rolling hills. I stopped at the Texas A and M University campus and got a photo of the memorial to the students killed in the 1999 bonfire accident. There where 12 students killed. The memorial consists, in part, of twelve structures facing toward the students home towns.

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 Pic 11While staying in College Station I was able to take ride that took me in big loop around the outskirts of Austin on a Saturday. Barbecue is big in Texas and riding through the countryside you can smell the meat cooking. 

On one other trip through Texas I rode through the panhandle towns of Littlefield (Birth place of Waylon Jennings), Amarillo, and Pampa. I had perfect riding day. Sunny, clear and about 75 degrees. It was awesome cruising at 75 miles per hour on 2 lane roads with very little traffic.

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Amarillo is large railroad hub and it's amazing to see the amount of train traffic that passes through. It makes one think about the huge amount of goods shipped through this country daily. Just to the West of the city is the famous Cadillac Ranch sculpture featuring 10 of the car in a row buried nose down. 


There is much more to see in this incredible state including the Gulf coast and the big cities of Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston. I plan to ride Texas many more times and I recommend that, if you get the chance, you should too.

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