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Back Road to the Pig Trail

Most Texas riders who come to the Ozarks either know about the Pig Trail or soon will. Many visitors assume that all of AR Hwy. 23 is the Pig Trail, but local riders understand that the designation is actually a 24-mile stretch of AR Hwy. 23, from Ozark north to the junction with AR Hwy. 16 at Brashears, Arkansas. The Pig Trail earned its moniker when it was a popular (though winding to the extreme)…

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…

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…

Honor Roll: Rolling Thunder

STORY AND PHOTOS BY GARRETT STANLEY:  I am not a military veteran, but most of my family members are. All of the men who stood at my wedding are Marines. I’ve heard the stories about the bonds of brotherhood (and sisterhood) and felt the loyalty that they all describe as part of their experience. When someone mentions a fallen comrade who didn’t make it home from battle, there is a universal pause and a moment…

Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles

It’s May, and that means it’s also National Motorcycle Safety Month. For the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), that means rolling out a giant inflatable motorcycle and kicking off its annual “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles” campaign. “Look twice, then look again!” said Lupita Velasquez, who rode in from Corpus Christi to help TxDOT kick off its program at an event held at the lawn of the Long Center in Austin. Velasquez, who…

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