Iron Butt Logo

Ride Around Texas

Ride Around Texas  Gold

Ride Around Texas - Rewind

Ride Around Texas - Rewind Gold

Version No. 3.1
Date last revised: April 2, 2022

© 2022, Iron Butt Association, Sheridan, Wyoming
Please respect our intellectual property rights.  Do not distribute this document or portions therein, without the written permission of the Iron Butt Association.


RAT Objective:  Ride the perimeter of Texas, clockwise or anti-clockwise, stopping at 18 mandatory checkpoints, including start/finish point, in order within the alloted time period.

     RAT  - less than 85 hours
     RAT Gold - less than 70 hours

RAT Rewind Objective:  Ride 2 consecutive rotations around the perimeter of Texas, one clockwise and one anti-clockwise, stopping at 18 mandatory checkpoints, including start/finish point, in order within the alloted time period for each rotation.  This is a back-to-back ride and follows typical back-to-back rules.

     RAT Rewind - less than 85 hours each rotation
     RAT Rewind Gold - less than 70 hours
each rotation

Note:  The Ending DBR date/time of the first rotation is the Start date/time of the second opposite rotation. For RAT Rewind each rotation must be less than 85 or 70 hours.  You can not carry over unused hours from one rotation to the opposite rotation.  For RAT Rewind GOLD each rotation must be under 70 hours

The Ride Around Texas History

Read the rules for the iconic SaddleSore 1000 on the Ironbutt Association site.  The rules for this ride are similar and you will get valuable background information.

  See here.

Verification fee:  RAT  - See fee page.
                             RAT Rewind - See fee page.

DBR - Dated Business Receipt

A DBR is a machine generated receipt with the date, time and LOCATION on it.  Check it - do not assume it is correct.  A receipt with an incorrect time/date/location is worthless.  Check and re-check.

Rules for the RAT

The mandatory checkpoints are listed below.  You may start at any of the mandatory checkpoints.  Your finish checkpoint is back to where you started.  Checkpoints must be ridden in order, clockwise or anti-clockwise, around the perimeter of Texas.  You may take any route you wish between checkpoints, but you must stay within the State of Texas.

You must obtain a DBR every 350 miles or less AND in the following jurisdictions and the receipt MUST indicate the city, date and time.  Check your receipts.

  1. Texarkana START location
  2. Port Arthur
  3. Port  Bolivar
  4. Galveston
  5. Victoria 
  6. South Padre Island
  7. Del  Rio 
  8. Panther Junction, Big  Bend NP  (picture of your motorcycle in front of Visitor Center sign is acceptable)
  9. Lajitas General Store  (picture of your motorcycle in front of store sign acceptable)
  10. Presidio
  11. Anthony
  12. Guadalupe Mountains National Park (picture of your motorcycle in front of park entrance acceptable)
  13. Kermit
  14. Texline
  15. Follett
  16. Childress
  17. Paris
  18. Texarkana END Location (if possible, use same gas station as start location)

DBRs are readily obtainable at all communities.  Pictures of your motorcycle may substitute for DBRs at only the following locations:
  • Panther Junction Visitor Center, Big Bend National Park.  (DBRs are available at the Visitor Center and gas station, when open)
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park (DBR is available at the Visitor Center when open)
  • Lajitas General Store (DBR is available at the General Store when open)
  • Port Bolivar (Take a picture of your motorcycle on the Galveston - Port Bolivar ferry while underway) 
You may not leave the State of Texas except for emergencies.  If you do leave the state, you must return to the point where you crossed the border and continue your ride from that point.

Your official time is determined by the starting and ending receipts.  PLEASE check these documents and make sure the clock and date are correct! is REQUIRED FOR THIS RIDE.