By Dave Edinger | Texas
In mid-November, when most of the country was suffering under a harsh and early winter, my wife, Missy, was working within walking distance of the beach in Southern California. So, I looked at the weather and the map and left Austin, Texas on my Ducati ST3S and headed west. Normally we all avoid long trips on the highway, but I-10 has a speed limit of 80 mph and very little traffic to negotiate. The long wide roads allow the rider (yours truly) to enjoy the gradual unfolding of the landscape from the highs and lows of the Texas Hill Country to the relatively flat but subtle differences in terrain of the deserts of New Mexico, Arizona and California.