Texas is big and beautiful. From pine forests to coastal islands, from bubbling springs to sparse deserts, from jagged mountains to deeply carved canyons and wooded hilly grasslands. There’s also the man-made beauty: historic county courthouses, old country churches, rickety old barns and windmills, cultivated fields and pecan groves, amazing barbecue and Tex-Mex cuisine, breathtakingly vast fleets of wind turbines, spectacular roadcuts, and yes, even the old roads themselves.
There’s nothing like seeing it unfiltered, mile by mile on the back of a machine that requires both hands, both feet, and your undivided attention, with the wind and sun on your face.
My name is Blane Conklin and I’m from Round Rock, Texas. This is the story of my motorcycle ride through all 254 counties of Texas. I finished this quest on August 6, 2020. I’ve photographed my 2009 Yamaha V-Star 1300 in front of all 254 Texas County Courthouses.
As my quest has gained attention and interest, I’ve gotten lots of questions. How do I plan my routes? How do I pack? Where do I stay? Where do I eat? Who did I meet along the way? Why did I start this quest in the first place? This purpose of this blog is to answer these questions and others, to publish the photographs of the courthouses I have visited, and to share some of the insights my journey has given me about this big beautiful state.
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