The North Texas Moto Journal Blog

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2016 HW3

This is the third year for Justin Philipson’s How the West was Won rally.  Justin chooses great places for ride starts and he and his scouts do a lot of homework ahead of the rally...

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Always in my Head

July 30, 2016 I do love riding.  I enjoy the long-distance facet of the sport with exploring, seeing and clearing the mind all part of the ride.  But there’s always something in my head wherever...

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Chandler, OK

July 13, 2016 Again I wanted to get away on the moto for a quick trip, but not too far away.  I’m still working on the IBA Pressed Penny Insanity.  With around 70 collected so far,...

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Branson, Pressed Pennies and Route 66

May 20, 2016 Restless for a ride…  The weather’s been weird this spring with lots of rain.  But, it looked promising for an overnight ride into Missouri with a side objective of smashing pennies...

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Vernal Equinox and Pressed Pennies

March 20, 2016 Business meeting in Austin.  Nice weather.  Hill Country roads.  Moto.  Good combo. I picked up on a new excuse to ride earlier this year – the Iron Butt Association Pressed Penny...

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2015 HW3 32-Hour Rally – Albuquerque

October 15, 2015 I was making my way west to “Tucumcari Tonight” trying to find the original path of Route 66 along the way.  I did not have to get to the tech inspection...

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Iron Butt Rally 2015 in Albuquerque

July 9, 2015 The 11-day Iron Butt Rally 2015 was coming to an end.  I wanted to see finishers arrive in Albuquerque.   I know some of these riders from the Texas area and others...

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Big Money Rally 2015 – Epilogue

May 23, 2015 When I began the 2015 Big Money Rally on January 1st, my goal was to collect the 144 points in order to achieve finisher status.  I had no idea I would become...

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Big Money Rally 2015

January 1, 2015 Reno John Austin has been orchestrating the 5-month long Big Money Rally for several years now.  Don’t get any idea that money actually is involved in the rally (other than me...

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100,000 Miles

December, 2014 This year marks 100,000 miles on BMW motorcycles, a milestone of sorts recognized by the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America. My reentry into motorcycling has been a wonderful addition to a great...