| West Texas
(Cars may be substituted
for the faint-of-heart)
Motorcycle Road Trip
Richard and Judy's Excellent Adventure
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.
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."
hope Richard and Judy's trip is an inspiration to others and we want
to thank them for sharing.
Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing
Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history, stories,
landmarks and recent or vintage photos, please contact