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Riders from the 2016 San Antonio DGR.

Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride 2017

On September 24, hundreds of Texas motorcyclists will join thousands of riders worldwide in the 7th annual Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR). They’ll put on their finest bespoke garb, throw a leg over a jaunty café racer, and ride to promote awareness of, and raise funds for, prostate cancer research and suicide prevention. Last year, San Antonio held its first DGR run; there are also DGR rides set up in Austin, Dallas, Houston, El Paso, and…

Self-Made Motorcycle Man

By Marianne Dougherty, Photos by Jeff Wilson From Ride Texas, Autumn 2015:   To celebrate his birthday every April, John Paul DeJoria, co-founder of hair care company Paul Mitchell and the ultra-premium Patrón Tequila, takes part in the Peace*Love*Happiness Charity Motorcycle Ride in Austin, the city he calls home these days. The event, which was co-founded by DeJoria and longtime friend and riding buddy Gary Spellman, co-founder of Ultimate Face Cosmetics, came about quite by…

Ride to Swim

Texans know that we have some of the best year-round riding to be found anywhere, with our miles of two-lane highways packed with exciting turns and stunning vistas. We also know that it gets hot out there in the summer, so we’re offering you a timely list of some great spots across the state where you can strip off the leathers and take a leap—or a cannonball, or a belly fl op, just not a highside—into cool water after your long, hot…

Marfa Film Festival

Wild, Wild Texas

With miles of the state’s most rugged landscape, it’s a no- brainer that West Texas would be the setting for movies about wild men and wild times. Fandango (1985) starred Kevin Costner and a pre-Brat Pack Judd Nelson. The characters were making a spur-of-the-moment run to Mexico (something many readers can relate to) during the uncertainties of the Vietnam era. Locations included Monahans, the Rattlesnake Bomber Range near Pyote, Fort Davis, and Marfa. Directors have…

Delightfully Dazed

Romantics at heart still swoon over Hope Floats (1998), shot in equally romantic Smithville. Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick, Jr.—yeah, that was a cuddle movie! Smithville has its own film commission and more than a dozen movies to its credit. Roads sweep across the prairies through Elgin. Can you smell the sausage? Scenes for the ultimate Texas football movie Friday Night Lights (2004) were shot in Elgin, at the stadium in the Austin suburb of…

Riding with the Raven

The centerpiece of this scenic and historic ride is the town of Huntsville. Huntsville proudly carries the mantle of Samuel Houston. Sam Houston commanded the Texas army as they fought for independence from Mexico, was President of the Republic of Texas, represented the state in the U.S. Senate, and served as Governor of Texas. His family spent 16 years in Huntsville, and it is where he died and is buried. Located in the Piney Woods—and in close proximity to Houston and Bryan/College…

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Lace, Grace and Gears 2nd Annual Rally

September 28 - October 1

Join us to build the bonds of Sisterhood for All Women Motorcycle Riders and Passengers from across the U.S. and abroad– and break the World Record for the most ladies in a single riding event! This four-day rally will include self-guided Hill Country rides, scavenger hunt, guest speakers, live entertainment, contests, adventure outings, the record-breaking Parade of Sisters, and much more. Participation with registration is open to both female and male riders of any experience…
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Crockett County Deerfest

December 2 @ 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

A community-wide appreciation banquet for hunters, this evening helps raise money for local civic organizations and the West Texas Rehab. Attendees are fed a meal of chicken-fried deer, turkey, axis, deer sausage, deer chili, deer tamales and brisket. Proceeds are raised through ticket sales for door prizes and admission fees. Previous years’ door prizes included guns, $10,000 in Cabela’s gift cards, a Polaris Ranger, and much more. FMI visit www.deerfest.org or call Martin Childress 325-277-9345
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