The Texas Department of Public Safety celebrates 75 years of serving Texas this weekend.
The agency formed in 1935 when the Texas State Highway Patrol and Texas Rangers merged to form the DPS.
Back then, the 1930s Harley Davidson motorcycles were the primary mode of transportation for patrolmen. Troopers said the equipment was unreliable, and so were the Texas highways officers patrolled.
To honor DPS and its mission of courtesy, service and protection, 20 riders left Austin Sunday for a 13-day, 2,400-mile trip around Texas.
"This motorcycle ride around the state is just to help to solidify the anniversary of the Department of Public Safety and give us an opportunity to reflect back on those folks that helped make this Department what it is," Jude Schexnyder, with DPS, said.
Money from the ride entry fees will go to the DPS memorial fund which will pay for a new DPS memorial and go to family members of DPS troopers injured or killed in the line of duty.