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Finally, Summer 2020 is on the way!

July 14, 2020

Yes, the Summer issue of Ride Texas is arriving in your mailbox a month late. Yes, it is also a little bit thinner than usual. The Coronavirus pandemic affects every part of our lives today, and the magazine didn’t escape its impact.

We still think motorcycle riding is an excellent social distancing activity. In this issue, we have an article on why getting out on your bike is beneficial. We still advise you to take proper precautions and make wise choices.

Ride Texas is all about events. In this issue’s “On the Horizon” feature, we have lots of suggestions for activities and destinations, but we have one idea to recommend, confirm the status before you depart. While putting this issue’s calendar together, we found that many events listed had to cancel or got postponed until 2021. These were rallies and rides that we had already included. Things are changing rapidly.

Despite the turmoil the COVID crisis has created; we are pleased to report several new businesses servicing the motorcycle community have opened up recently. The most exciting of those is the new Big Bend Biker Hotel in Alpine. We preview the new accommodations designed with motorcycle travelers in mind in the Texas Business feature plus a couple of new shops and a rental service born in Texas.

We are still riding! If you’re out there with us, be smart about it and be safe.

PS: If you’re wondering, the cover shot is of Rick Fairless and his daughter Lena leading a pack of riders through an underpass at the 2019 Distinguished Gentlemans Ride.

Events

Motorcycle Grand Tour of Texas

March 1 - December 15

This tour is a self-guided motorcycle tour that has stops throughout the state of Texas. The tour is open to all types of motorcycles (as defined by Texas Law) and riders/passengers. All riders must be at least 18 years old and licensed to operate a motorcycle. Riders are to be safety conscience and obey traffic laws. Participants in the tour will visit tour stops that include roadside attractions, historical sites, memorials, unique geography, and biker friendly businesses. For…
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$1.00 – $3.00

Railroad Heritage center

October 22 @ 9:30 am - December 28 @ 4:30 pm

Railroad Heritage Center: History steams into downtown with the Texas State Railroad Society’s presentation at the Railroad Heritage Center featuring a 37′ x 17′ HO scale model train display. Marvel at model train displays, hands on exhibits, history, artifacts and train memorabilia. 808 W. Oak Street 7 days a week during Christmas in Palestine! $3.00 per adult $1.00 per child A 37′ x 17′ HO scale model railroad
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$20.00 – $120.00

The Polar Express (TM) Train Ride

November 13 - December 28

The Polar Express™ Train Ride: November 13 – December 28 Read along with the story as the historic steam strain makes its magical round-trip from the Palestine Depot to the North Pole. Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot cocoa, a treat and a special gift for each child.
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$25.00

Old Town Carriage Rides – Palestine

November 14 @ 6:00 pm - December 19 @ 11:45 pm

Old Town Carriage Rides Saturdays November 14 thru and December 19 and a special opportunity to ride December 24th, Christmas Eve. Departing from the Shelton Gin, climb into a beautiful classic carriage and enjoy a ride throughout the Historic Main Street District aglow with holiday lighting. Each ride can hold 2-4 adults, groups with children may accommodate more riders. $25.00 per ride. For questions or more information, please call 903-804-0494. Private rides are available (price…
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$10.00

Grinch’s Lair at the Historic Anderson County Jail

November 20 @ 12:00 pm - December 20 @ 6:00 pm

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, November 20 to December 20. Hours: 12 p.m.- 6 p.m. He’s mean, he’s green and he’s in Palestine. The Grinch will take you on a tour of his home. Characters from the beloved book are staged throughout the historic attraction.
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