Wyoming's oldest soda fountain

Chugwater Soda Fountain in Chugwater, WY celebrated their 100th birthday. Google maps photo.
Chugwater Soda Fountain in Chugwater, WY celebrated their 100th birthday. Google maps photo.
Chugwater, Wyoming is on I-25, between Denver, CO and Mt Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota
Chugwater, Wyoming is on I-25, between Denver, CO and Mt Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota
http://thenewworld.typepad.com/the-new-world/2012/07/welcome-to-chugwater.html
http://thenewworld.typepad.com/the-new-world/2012/07/welcome-to-chugwater.html

On the way from Denver, CO to Mt. Rushmore, about 35 miles north of Cheyenne, WY on I-25 is the town of Chugwater, population about 244.

"The Chugwater Soda Fountain is Wyomings oldest and still operating Soda Fountain. We make sodas the way they did at the turn of the century. Sodas, shakes, malts and great tasting soda fountain drinks in a variety of flavors."  http://www.chugwatersodafountain.com/


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New York's Grand Canyon of the East

Waterfalls at Letchworth State Park near Buffalo, NY
Waterfalls at Letchworth State Park near Buffalo, NY
Letchworth State Park is 60 miles SE of Buffalo, NY
Letchworth State Park is 60 miles SE of Buffalo, NY

"Letchworth State Park, renowned as the "Grand Canyon of the East," is one of the most scenically magnificent areas in the eastern U.S. The Genesee River roars through the gorge over three major waterfalls between cliffs--as high as 600 feet in some places--surrounded by lush forests. Hikers can choose among 66 miles of hiking trails. Trails are also available for horseback riding, biking, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Letchworth offers nature, history and performing arts programs, guided walks, tours, a summer lecture series, whitewater rafting, kayaking, a pool for swimming and hot air ballooning. Experiencing Letchworth by hot air balloon is unforgettable, as seen in this video clip."

http://nysparks.com/parks/79/details.aspx

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Roanoke Virginia Highway 311

Virginia Hwy 311 runs through Paint Bank as it crosses the mountains north of Roanoke into West Virginia.  The Paint Bank General Store, Swinging Bridge Restaurant, and Tingler's Mill are all at the one location.
Virginia Hwy 311 runs through Paint Bank as it crosses the mountains north of Roanoke into West Virginia. The Paint Bank General Store, Swinging Bridge Restaurant, and Tingler's Mill are all at the one location.
The Paint Bank General Store - Google maps photo by TWatkins
The Paint Bank General Store - Google maps photo by TWatkins

"The Paint Bank General Store has "a little bit of everything"... come see for yourself when you visit our authentic, small-town general store located in the heart of Paint Bank.

From the old wooden floors to the tin ceilings of yesteryear, the heart of the old-time, genuine country store is still present. You will find everything from grocery items to gift items. You can purchase our own delicious, farm-raised buffalo meat, with have many different cuts available, including burgers & rib-eye steaks. Call the store to order by phone either for pickup or we can ship to you.

Upstairs you will find many gift items and our year 'round Christmas shop. Feel free to take a stroll across our real swinging bridge and enjoy our realistic wildlife displays and carvings.

After your shopping is done, be sure to visit The Swinging Bridge Restaurant, located inside The Paint Bank General Store. Established in 2006, The Swinging Bridge offers you a unique dining experience in a cozy setting. Outside dining is available on the screened-in back porch. On your way out to visit Tingler's Mill, stop for a game of horseshoes or corn hole. Bikers, take note! Scenic Highway 311 (Paint Bank Road) takes you right into town."  http://www.paintbankgeneralstore.com/

Tingler's Mill in Paint Bank, VA - Google maps photo by TWatkins
Tingler's Mill in Paint Bank, VA - Google maps photo by TWatkins

"Tingler's Mill has a long and varied history. As a present-day decorative fixture of Paint Bank, its presence makes a grand statement about revitalization and historic preservation. In the past, however, it was an important element of everyday life in the town of Paint Bank, Virginia, serving area farmers and residents as a source of grain and flour by grinding corn and wheat."  http://www.tinglersmill.com/


Nearby Lewisburg, WV serves up it's Chocolate Festival each spring, to benefit the United Way.  http://lewisburgchocolatefestival.com





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Virginia - Big Walker Lookout on US 52

View from Big Walker Lookout on US52 near Wytheville, VA - Google maps photo by likethelivindead
View from Big Walker Lookout on US52 near Wytheville, VA - Google maps photo by likethelivindead
105 scenic miles on US 52 from Mt Airy, NC to Bramwell, WV. Click the map to see it in Google maps.
105 scenic miles on US 52 from Mt Airy, NC to Bramwell, WV. Click the map to see it in Google maps.

I-77 runs through Virginia / West Virginia from Columbia, SC on it's way to Cleveland, OH. It crosses over and through the Appalachian Mountains (there's even a couple of tunnels). But there is another way - US Highway 52 meanders through the countryside. Catch US 52 north out of Mt. Airy, NC (Andy Griffith's hometown) for a ride you won't soon forget.

The old Sheriff's car in Mt Airy, NC reminds us of the Andy Griffith Show. Mt Airy was Andy's real hometown.
The old Sheriff's car in Mt Airy, NC reminds us of the Andy Griffith Show. Mt Airy was Andy's real hometown.

Approaching Fancy Gap, VA you climb over 1000 feet on this twisty stretch of road. In Fancy Gap, I've enjoyed both The Gap Deli and the Lakeview Restaurant (good catfish, but no lake view), and you can grab a drink or snacks at the gas station or the Dollar General. There's also an entrance for the Blue Ridge Parkway, where you can visit the Blue Ridge Music Center (south) or Mabry Mill and restaurant (north - just past Meadows of Dan), each within 20 miles. While you're in Meadows of Dan follow your sweet tooth to Nancy's Candy Company. The black licorice is wonderfully soft, unlike most hard licorice you find today.

Mabry Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Meadows of Dan, VA
Mabry Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Meadows of Dan, VA

"The sounds of the fiddle, banjo, and guitar are likely to welcome you when you visit the Blue Ridge Music Center. Experience regional traditional music each day of the week with FREE local Mid-Day Mountain Musicians playing on the breezeway of the visitors center from Noon - 4 PM.

The Music Center hosts a summer Roots of American Music Concert Series. Concerts take place in our beautiful outdoor amphitheater (capacity 2,500) at the base of Fisher Peak, feature local, regional, and national touring performers and bands, and are presented most Saturday evenings from late May through September."

http://www.blueridgemusiccenter.org/


See the Mayberry Trading Post page on Facebook.

Mabyerry Trading Post just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at MM180 between Fancy Gap and Meadows of Dan, VA has an interesting assortment of goodies for sale, but no gas here.
Mabyerry Trading Post just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at MM180 between Fancy Gap and Meadows of Dan, VA has an interesting assortment of goodies for sale, but no gas here.

Continuing north of Fancy Gap on US 52 there are nice views both north and south of the next town, Hillsville, where US 58 is turned into a huge flea market each Labor Day.

North of Hillsville, US 52 quietly crosses the New River, far below the busy I-77 overpass before continuing north to Wytheville and on to Big Walker Lookout and the BW Country Store.

"At an elevation of 3,405 feet, Big Walker Lookout affords one of the  most spectacular views of the Appalachian Mountains to our visitors."

http://www.visitwytheville.com/big-walker-lookout.html


 "A "Rails to Trails" project, the New River Trail State Park meanders through Grayson, Carroll, Wythe and Pulaski counties in southwestern Virginia and parallels the scenic and historic New River for 39 miles. Hiking, biking, horseback riding and boating on or near the trail. There are many different access points along the trail, with the southern end beginning in Galax going 57 miles to the Town of Pulaski in the New River Valley. Information and parking at Shot Tower Historical State Park; at the Fries visitors center; and at the Cliffview visitors center, near Galax." http://www.virginia.org/listings/OutdoorsAndSports/NewRiverTrailStatePark/


Pinnacle Rock State Park near Bramwell, WV - Google maps photo  by MarkTurner777
Pinnacle Rock State Park near Bramwell, WV - Google maps photo by MarkTurner777

 

"Located along Route 52, near historic Bramwell in Mercer County, Pinnacle Rock State Park is one of the more interesting day use parks operated by the West Virginia State Park system.

Towering above the rugged mountains of southeastern West Virginia, Pinnacle Rock is an unusual sandstone formation reaching 3,100 feet above sea level. This park provides a relaxing picnic area in an unusual scenic setting. http://www.pinnaclerockstatepark.com/

The Corner Shop in Bramwell, WV has a soda fountain and candy counter.  Burgers and other food is served.
The Corner Shop in Bramwell, WV has a soda fountain and candy counter. Burgers and other food is served.

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ACF-50 Anti-corrosion Spray

"When applied ACF-50 forms an 'Active' ultra-thin clear film that will kill any existing corrosion cells and will protect your bike against new corrosion forming. On areas such as switches or under the tank and seat, one application will last up to 12 months. Other more exposed areas will need topping up more regularly. ACF-50 has the ability to 'chemically neutralise road salt' and water will bead on contact and literally bounce off. Ideal for the bike that is used all year round in all weathers, a superb service spray as ACF-50 is also a lubricant and penetrant (without loosening structural attachments) and if you put your bike away for the winter, applying ACF-50 will ensure that moisture will not be allowed to cause any damage! Untreated moisture will creep into cracks and will not freely evaporate - ACF-50 actively ejects moisture from these areas." http://www.acf-50.co.uk/motorcycle/streetbike.htm

 

"ACF50 comes from the aerospace industry and the list of companies approving the product is rather serious. Firms such as Boeing Helicopter, Cessna, British Aerospace and Sikorsky all find the product acceptable, as does the FAA ... Application is easy on a bike and a tin lasts a long time. The best approach is to put a tiny blob on the surface to be treated and wait for it to disperse between any cracks. For example, the un-plated horn on our Suzuki V-Strom was an absolute certainty to corrode but it remains perfect after four years.

 

Any surplus can be spread externally with a finger or brush. Surprisingly, because chemically things which work are normally dangerous, ACF 50 is completely non-toxic and your finger won’t drop off if you touch it.

 

Once applied, the treatment lasts up to two years. ... As a by-product, it’s not a bad light duty lubricant for things like locks and cables, as well as being approved by its Mil-Spec (Mil-C-81309E Type II) for use in switches and on contacts."  http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/2013/03/article/acf-50-corrosion-preventative-review/

 

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Malibu, CA area - Latigo Canyon

Latigo Canyon Rd near Malibu, CA - Google maps photo by teebone.
Latigo Canyon Rd near Malibu, CA - Google maps photo by teebone.

California has some serious riding fun. The mountains north of Malibu north of LA have many twisty roads for your enjoyment, like the 10 miles on Latigo Canyon Road.  Looks like a west coast version of Tennessee's "tail of the dragon".  Anyone counted these curves?

 

Map of Latigo Canyon Road heading north from the Pacific Coast Hwy in Malibu, Calfornia
Map of Latigo Canyon Road heading north from the Pacific Coast Hwy in Malibu, Calfornia

Mulholland Highway

Mulholland Highway, north of Malibu, is a favorite among local California motorcyclists.
Mulholland Highway, north of Malibu, is a favorite among local California motorcyclists.

"Mulholland HIghway is an amazing road, a ribbon of blacktop that meanders through the Santa Monica mountains overlooking Los Angeles. It’s a popular destination for anyone who loves to drive or ride. But one section is revered above all: The Snake, a two-mile stretch that ends with what could be the most crashed corner in Southern California."  http://www.wired.com/2014/02/mulholland-the-snake/

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Oregon's Historic Columbia River Hwy

Take a few hours and ride east from Portland, Oregon along the Historic Columbia River Highway. Stop at Vista House for the great views. You also pass Wahkeena Falls, and Horsetail Falls (aka Ponytail Falls). This old highway is a delight for motorcyclists and hikers.

Crown Point Vista House is a scenic view along the Columbia River east of Portland.  Google maps photo by Dennis Cheasebro
Crown Point Vista House is a scenic view along the Columbia River east of Portland. Google maps photo by Dennis Cheasebro

"The Vista House was built in 1916 at the same time as Highway 30 (what is now the Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway, and the only way to reach Crown Point). The building was designed to be a place of refreshment and enjoyment of the Columbia Gorge.

The octagonal building with its green ceramic tile roof houses a museum, gift shop and interpretive display of historic and geologic points of interest in the Gorge."

http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=108

Historic Columbia River Highway runs east from Portland, Oregon. It's highly recommended for motorcycles.
Historic Columbia River Highway runs east from Portland, Oregon. It's highly recommended for motorcycles.

"Beautiful Bridal Veil Falls is an elegant and graceful lady that can be fully appreciated from the deck of a viewing platform rebuilt in 1996. The creek hustles down from the top of nearby Larch Mountain, tumbles over the cliff and eventually flows into the mighty Columbia River.

 

No visit to the Columbia Gorge should be considered complete without a tour of the area of Bridal Veil and a visit to Bridal Veil Falls State Park."

http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=107

Bridal Veil Falls in spring, Oregon State Parks photo.
Bridal Veil Falls in spring, Oregon State Parks photo.


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Arkansas 2 hour detour

This 2 hour detour off I-40 shows what Arkansas offers to motorcycle riders.
This 2 hour detour off I-40 shows what Arkansas offers to motorcycle riders.

West of Little Rock on I-40 take this 2 hour detour into the Arkansas countryside between Russellville and Clarksville. If you've never had the pleasure of riding here, this route will show you some of what you're missing.

See the Google map with directions. 

Early morning fog on Arkansas Hwy 21.
Early morning fog on Arkansas Hwy 21.

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69 miles in 2 days, Virginia & WV

Harrisonburg, VA is only 69 miles south of Winchester, VA on I-81, but 488 miles on our more scenic route.
Harrisonburg, VA is only 69 miles south of Winchester, VA on I-81, but 488 miles on our more scenic route.

 

Ride for a couple of days, mostly in West Virginia on two US highways. US 50 is the northern leg from Winchester, VA to Parkersburg, WV and crosses the western tip of Maryland for about 10 miles.  See the Google map.

 

The southern leg is on US 33 from Ripley, WV to Harrisonburg, VA. There's more to ride just south on US 250, which travels northwest from Staunton, VA all the way to Sandusky, OH on Lake Erie.

 

This ride is just south of Pittsburgh, near Front Royal, VA (the north end of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive) and is easily accessible from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. It touches I-77, I-79, & I-81. Enjoy the ride.

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The Freedom Rock - Iowa

The Freedom Rock created by artist, Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II, stands along Iowa 25, south of I-80 near Menlo, IA.   www.thefreedomrock.com
The Freedom Rock created by artist, Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II, stands along Iowa 25, south of I-80 near Menlo, IA. www.thefreedomrock.com

"The Freedom Rock is a large (approx. 60+ ton) boulder located in rural Iowa that is repainted every year with a different Thank You for our nation's Veterans, to honor their service to our country.  The artist, Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II, was inspired by the movie Saving Private Ryan, as well as, wanting to give Veterans a unique recognition on Memorial Day."  http://www.thefreedomrock.com/

 

The Freedom Rock is about 50 miles west of Des Moines, Iowa.
The Freedom Rock is about 50 miles west of Des Moines, Iowa.

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Coal country curves on VA / KY border

There's plenty of curves on this stretch of Hwy 160 crossing the KY / VA border
There's plenty of curves on this stretch of Hwy 160 crossing the KY / VA border
Country music legend, Loretta Lynn
Country music legend, Loretta Lynn

 

On the Kentucky side you can stop in Lynch and visit an underground coal mine at Portal 31. Two miles further west stop at the Kentucky Coal Mine Museum in Benham, where "Country music legend Loretta Lynn, "The Coal Miner's Daughter," has housed some of her personal collection on the third floor of the museum. Her floor of the museum is now open." 

http://www.benhamky.org/Museum/

 


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Palo Duro Canyon, Texas Panhandle

Deer poses for a photo. Palo Duro State Park, Texas.  Google maps photo by Sergio Rebolledo.
Deer poses for a photo. Palo Duro State Park, Texas. Google maps photo by Sergio Rebolledo.

 

"As the second-largest canyon in the United States, it is roughly 70 mi long and has an average width of 6 mi, but reaches a width of 20 mi at places. Its depth is around 820 ft, but in some locations, it can increase up to 1,000 ft. Palo Duro Canyon has been named "The Grand Canyon of Texas" both for its size and for its dramatic geological features, including the multicolored layers of rock and steep mesa walls similar to those in the Grand Canyon."

 

 

Palo Duro Canyon State Park near Amarillo, TX.  Wikipedia photo by Leaflet - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7743612
Palo Duro Canyon State Park near Amarillo, TX. Wikipedia photo by Leaflet - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7743612

 

Looking to go camping?  "Choose from campsites with water and electricity, primitive drive-up sites, equestrian sites, or backpack camping areas. Stay in one of three cabins on the canyon’s rim or four limited service cabins on the canyon floor. Rent our new pavilion for a wedding, reunion or meeting."

 

 

Palo Duro Canyon State Park near Amarillo, TX. Google maps photo by Bobby McCracken.
Palo Duro Canyon State Park near Amarillo, TX. Google maps photo by Bobby McCracken.

Caprock Canyon

Caprock Canyon formation near Amarillo, TX. Google maps photo by Jeff Lynch.
Caprock Canyon formation near Amarillo, TX. Google maps photo by Jeff Lynch.
Bison herd at Caprock Canyons State Park near Amarillo, Texas.
Bison herd at Caprock Canyons State Park near Amarillo, Texas.

Caprock Canyons State Park has more formations, 2 hours southeast of Palo Duro. Plus you can check out their Bison herd. "History was made on Aug. 19, 2014 at Caprock Canyons State Park as cow #120 took the first steps to lead the Texas State Bison Herd into their new range within the park. The herd now has over 10,000 acres to roam. This legendary bison herd was started by famed cattleman Charles Goodnight and his wife Mary Ann in 1878. It is one of the five foundation herds credited with saving this magnificent animal from extinction." 

 

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The Oregon Sisters - McKenzie Pass

Close up photo of the 3 sisters peaks seen from McKenzie Pass. Google photo by wolfram.burner
Close up photo of the 3 sisters peaks seen from McKenzie Pass. Google photo by wolfram.burner

 

Warning! Highway 242 has steep drop-offs with no guard rails.

It is not recommended for inexperienced riders.

 

The 3 sisters peaks rise above the lava field. Google maps photo by Orbiker.
The 3 sisters peaks rise above the lava field. Google maps photo by Orbiker.

"Dee Wright Observatory (Hwy 242 is closed Nov - June) is an observation structure at the summit of McKenzie Pass in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. The structure is an open shelter constructed with lava stone. It is located in the midst of a large lava flow, and offers an exceptional view of numerous Cascade peaks."

 

"The observatory is an open shelter built with lava stone found at the construction site. The viewing windows are cut to specifically highlight the neighboring mountains. These "lava tube" viewing holes allow visitors to easily identify the different Cascade peaks. There is also a 36 inch (90 cm) diameter, bronze azimuth-like "peak finder" on the observatory’s roof to help visitors locate nearby geologic features as well as the surrounding mountain peaks. From the top of the observatory, visitors have a panoramic view of the Cascade Mountain Range including Mount Hood in the far north."

 

"The half-mile long Lava River Interpretive Trail begins at the observatory, and takes visitors on a 30-minute walk through lava beds. The trail is paved and easy to follow. Interpretive panels, located along the trail highlight the geology of the area. The trail also offers open vistas of the surrounding landscape."

 

 


Oregon highway 242 to Dee Wright Observatory at McKenzie Pass is closed November thru June.
Oregon highway 242 to Dee Wright Observatory at McKenzie Pass is closed November thru June.


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Kaaterskill Falls 260 feet - Catskills NY 23A

Bastian Falls on Highway 23A in the New York Catskills. Google Maps photo by bsilva81
Bastian Falls on Highway 23A in the New York Catskills. Google Maps photo by bsilva81

"Kaaterskill Falls is a two-stage waterfall of Kaaterskill Creek, located in the eastern Catskill Mountains of New York, on the north side of Kaaterskill Clove, between the hamlets of Haines Falls and Palenville in Greene County's Town of Hunter. The two cascades total 260 feet (79 m) in height, making it one of the highest waterfalls in New York, and one of the Eastern United States' tallest waterfalls.

The waterfalls are one of America's oldest tourist attractions, being depicted or described by many books, essays, poems and paintings of the early 19th century. Long before Alexis de Tocqueville's famous essay on America, Kaaterskill Falls was lauded as a place where a traveler could see a wilder image, a sort of primeval Eden. Beginning with Thomas Cole's first visit during 1825, they became a subject for painters of the Hudson River School, setting the wilderness ideal for American landscape painting. The Falls also inspired "Catterskill Falls", a poem by William Cullen Bryant."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaaterskill_Falls


"This is one of the most popular hikes in the area, in part because everyone likes waterfalls, and in part because it’s a relatively short hike to a huge, 260-foot payoff, divided over two drops.

Another highlight along the way is the smaller-but-still-awesome Bastion Falls, which flows past the trailhead and is easily visible from the road."

http://hikethehudsonvalley.com/kaaterskill-falls/

Kaaterskill Falls is 50 miles south of Albany, New York.
Kaaterskill Falls is 50 miles south of Albany, New York.

Mike Todd has posted some nice photos in a Picassa Web Album here.

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Wisconsin's River Road, 250 miles

"Enjoy history, bluff-top views, outstanding trails and charming river towns along the Wisconsin Great River Road—Wisconsin’s only designated National Scenic Byway. The Wisconsin Great River Road parallels the Mississippi River for 250 miles ... Nearly two-thirds of the Wisconsin Great River Road passes along or through protected natural areas ... Scenic overlooks along the Wisconsin Great River Road are some of the best places in North America to see bald eagle ... The Wisconsin Great River Road passes through a region filled with farms, orchards and pastures ... For an unforgettable family road trip, a great getaway or a weeklong vacation, explore the Wisconsin Great River Road."

http://wigreatriverroad.org/

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US 12 Minneapolis to the Pacific Ocean

Beartooth switchbacks have snow in June. Photo by Tony Taylor.
Beartooth switchbacks have snow in June. Photo by Tony Taylor.
Red Lodge, Montana is just 2 hours south of US 12.
Red Lodge, Montana is just 2 hours south of US 12.
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Idaho has beautiful scenery like this ride along the river. Photo by Tony Taylor.
The Salmon River, Riggins Idaho, elevvation 1801. Photo by Tony Taylor.
The Salmon River, Riggins Idaho, elevvation 1801. Photo by Tony Taylor.
1700 miles on US Highway 12 from Minnesota to the Pacific Ocean
1700 miles on US Highway 12 from Minnesota to the Pacific Ocean

See Google map with directions.

 

Over 1700 miles of US highway 12 begins at Wayzata, MN and ends in Washington state at the Pacific Ocean. A highlight of this ride is central Idaho, the Lewis and Clark Trail.

Lewis and Clark were some of the first to travel this road. Photo by Tony Taylor.
Lewis and Clark were some of the first to travel this road. Photo by Tony Taylor.
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$200 off 3 in 1 Adventure Air jacket

$200 off Explorer Air Adventure 3 in 1 Jacket - now $199.99
$200 off Explorer Air Adventure 3 in 1 Jacket - now $199.99

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$130 off Bilt Spirit Waterproof Jacket

Save big on Bilt Spirit Waterproof jacket thru 5/22/16. Now $99.99
Save big on Bilt Spirit Waterproof jacket thru 5/22/16. Now $99.99

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Highway 92 - the Colorado Dragon?

Colorado 92 may be unknown, but has curves and views like this
Colorado 92 may be unknown, but has curves and views like this
Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP by Lisa Lynch
Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP by Lisa Lynch

 

"Big enough to be overwhelming, still intimate enough to feel the pulse of time, Black Canyon of the Gunnison exposes you to some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock, and craggiest spires in North America."

 

https://www.nps.gov/blca/index.htm

 

Painted Wall is one of the highlights of a visit to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, near Montrose, Colorado. This NPS photo by Lisa Lynch shows the Gunnison River flowing along the bottom of the shear canyon walls. See this and other photos at the link below. 

 

https://www.nps.gov/blca/learn/photosmultimedia/index.htm

60 mile round trip on Colorado 92 may just be Colorado's unknown "Dragon"
60 mile round trip on Colorado 92 may just be Colorado's unknown "Dragon"

Is this 30 miles on Highway 92 (above) Colorado's version of the "dragon"? Combine these two maps for a half-day adventure from Montrose, Colorado featuring some nice curves, scenery, and the not well known Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

South rim of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is on Hwy 347 just east of Montrose, CO
South rim of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is on Hwy 347 just east of Montrose, CO


"However, my favourite feature is the “Plan winding route” function which suits my spur-of-the-moment sense of adventure and the need to try different roads. I reckon it’s brilliant and just what many bike riders have always wanted. We don’t always head out with a clear intention of where we are going, so this is very handy for those riders."

http://motorbikewriter.com/tomtom-rider-gps-review/


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Luxury camping in NW Georgia

Yurts and other camping options in NW Georgia at Cloudland Canyon State Park

"Cloudland Canyon has many options for overnight camping, and a few yurts for some glamping. These more modern, quirky yurts are an extremely popular choice among those looking for a few more amenities than a tent provides, so make sure you reserve early."

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/georgia/glampgrounds-in-ga/

Cloudland Canyon State Park is 2 hours from Atlanta, a few miles from Chattanooga
Cloudland Canyon State Park is 2 hours from Atlanta, a few miles from Chattanooga

"Cloudland Canyon State Park is a 3,485 acre (14.10 km²) Georgia state park located near Trenton and Cooper Heights on the western edge of Lookout Mountain. One of the largest and most scenic parks in Georgia, it contains rugged geology, and offers visitors a range of vistas across the deep gorge cut through the mountain by Sitton Gulch Creek, where the elevation varies from 800 to over 1,800 feet.[1] Views of the canyon can be seen from the picnic area parking lot, in addition to additional views located along the rim trail. At the bottom of the gorge, two waterfalls cascade across layers of sandstone and shale, ending in small pools below."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloudland_Canyon_State_Park

Cloudland Canyon waterfall - photo by Ronmacal at English Wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons., Public Domain
Cloudland Canyon waterfall - photo by Ronmacal at English Wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons., Public Domain
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Back of the Dragon - VA Hwy 16

There's a slideshow of aerial photos from VA Hwy 16, aka Back of the Dragon. 

Visitvirginiamountains.com has a nice slideshow of aerial shots from VA Hwy 16
Visitvirginiamountains.com has a nice slideshow of aerial shots from VA Hwy 16

 

"Thirty two miles and over three hundred curves, the Back of the Dragon is the premier riding road in the nation! Ideal for sports cars or motorcycles, this road offers the most spectacular views you can find in the Appalachians. Crossing three mountains in its course from Marion, Virginia to Tazewell, Virginia, the Back of the Dragon offers knee dragging curves, switchbacks, limited access and elevation changes that no other motorcycle route can offer." http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/BackoftheDragon/

 

Virginia Highway 16 has lots of curves between Marion and Tazewell, VA.
Virginia Highway 16 has lots of curves between Marion and Tazewell, VA.
Virginia Travel Guide

This laminated, easy to fold Virginia map is a great, quick reference tool while travelling.
This laminated, easy to fold Virginia map is a great, quick reference tool while travelling.

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Florida to the Adirondacks

 

Part 1 of our journey takes us 600 miles north to Durham, NC, home of Duke University. We'll mostly follow US 301 to Orangeburg, SC and then US 601, US 1, and US 501 with about 20 miles on I-85 near Durham. See the Google map.

In Florida, you can pickup US 301 anywhere north of Tampa. You'll have a few smaller cities, like Wildwood, Ocala, and Starke, to deal with traffic lights. There's also a lot of open space in between. In Baldwin, near I-10, you can stay on 301 or follow our route via FL 121 before connecting again with 301.

If you're familiar with US 1 along the Florida east coast, you'll be surprised to find it inland in North Carolina. You'll pass the former Nascar track, Rockingham Speedway, which is now up for auction.

Further north, Southern Pines is a quaint little town in the heart of golf country. Nearby Pinehurst is world famous. "Pinehurst No. 2, the centerpiece of Pinehurst Resort, remains one of the world’s most celebrated golf courses. It has served as the site of more single golf championships than any course in America and, in 2014, hosted 14 days of championship play with back to back U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships for the first time in their history."  http://www.pinehurst.com/golf/courses/no-2/

If you have the time to spend, this 600 mile ride is much more enjoyable than I-95. Leaving Durham, we're taking US 15 north thru Virginia and Maryland, into Pennsylvania. Click the button below.

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Georgia waterfall ride

Panther Creek Falls in Rabun County, Georga

"Georgia is known for having some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the entire country. We’re talking truly breathtaking cascades. Some people will flock all the way from out-of-state just to hike those gorgeous Georgia trails and wind up at a majestic waterfall. But did you know there’s a way to see a majority of the most alluring waterfalls in Georgia in just one trip?

 

That’s right. We have come up with the ultimate waterfall road trip. Whether you’re already making your summer bucket list, or you’re ready for a last-minute weekend getaway, we’ve found 10 of the most stunning waterfalls in all of Georgia and made a comprehensive road trip for you to use as your guide. Get this; the trip is less than 200 miles and clocks in at just above five hours travel time."

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/georgia/waterfall-road-trip-ga/

 

200 mile ride in north Georgia covers 10 waterfalls
200 mile ride in north Georgia covers 10 waterfalls

 

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Switchback on Idaho Highway 11

Switchback on Idaho highway 11 - Google maps photo
Switchback on Idaho highway 11 - Google maps photo
Idaho highway 11 has multiple switchbacks
Idaho highway 11 has multiple switchbacks

If you're looking for solitude and have an extra 4 hours, you might enjoy this 71 miles to nowhere. Then the pavement ends and dirt continues east to Riverbend, Montana and I-90.  See the map of the entire route.

 

Idaho highway 11 leads to highway 247, which becomes dirt in the middle of nowhere
Idaho highway 11 leads to highway 247, which becomes dirt in the middle of nowhere

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Virginia and Maryland on US 15

Banana split anyone?  Pa Pa Jim's on US Highway 15 - Troy, VA.
Banana split anyone? Pa Pa Jim's on US Highway 15 - Troy, VA.

Ice Cream sold here

 

There's at least 3 chances to enjoy a local ice cream shop on US Highway 15 in Virginia - Effee's Frozen Favorites in Warrenton, Pa Pa Jim's in Troy, and Dillwyn Dairy Freeze in Dillwyn are all on this ride.

US Highway 15 runs 260 miles through Virginia and Maryland, and south to Durham, NC
US Highway 15 runs 260 miles through Virginia and Maryland, and south to Durham, NC

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Going north from Research Triangle / Raleigh / Durham area of North Carolina?  US Highway 15 takes you from Durham, NC to Harrisburg, PA about 40 miles north of the Maryland border. 

 

 

Save up to 40% Off MSRP on Highway Bars for a Limited Time ONLY at CruiserCustomizing.com! No code necessary.

 

 

Turn west on Main Street in Orange, VA to visit

Montpelier, home of our 4th President, James Madison.

 

"MONTPELIER was home to President James Madison, Father of the Constitution and Architect of the Bill of Rights, and Dolley Madison, America’s first "First Lady." It was here at Montpelier where James Madison shaped the ideas that would become the U.S. Constitution. For six months Madison sat in his upstairs library, where he meticulously studied past forms of governments and organized his thoughts into what he believed were the ideal principles for a representative democracy. Madison’s ideas would become the “Virginia Plan,” and later the framework for the Constitution."

https://www.montpelier.org/visit

By Aigrette - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12559450
By Aigrette - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12559450

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Michigan Upper Peninsula

Wagner Falls, Munising, MI - photo by Two Hearted River - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3015941
Wagner Falls, Munising, MI - photo by Two Hearted River - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3015941

Beautiful Wagner Falls, south of Munising earned a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.


800 mile ride loop around the upper peninsula of Michigan
800 mile ride loop around the upper peninsula of Michigan

See larger map with directions


Need a map?

 

UP guide book?

 

Wisconsin?

 



The Pure Michigan website has travel info for the upper peninsula
The Pure Michigan website has travel info for the upper peninsula

A few miles west of Paradise, on Michigan highway 123

Waterfalls at Tahquamenon Falls State Park near Paradise, Michigan
Waterfalls at Tahquamenon Falls State Park near Paradise, Michigan

"Tahquamenon Falls State Park encompasses close to 50,000 acres stretching over 13 miles. Most of this is undeveloped woodland without roads, buildings or power lines. The centerpiece of the park, and the very reason for its existence, is the Tahquamenon River with its waterfalls.

 

 

The Upper Falls is one the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi. It has a drop of nearly 50 feet and is more than 200 feet across. A maximum flow of more than 50,000 gallons of water per second has been recorded cascading over these falls. Four miles downstream is the Lower Falls, a series of five smaller falls cascading around an island. Although not as dramatic as the Upper Falls, they are equally magnificent."

 

http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?id=428&type=SPRK

 


Sable Falls, Grand Marais

 

"Just past the restrooms, you’ll find a sign that directs you to ether the Grand Sable (French for “big sand”) Dunes or Sable Falls. Make a right toward the falls and you’ll arrive at a few hundred wooden stairs just waiting to carry you down to your destination. ... This was our first time to Sable Falls but I’d seen some absolutely beautiful pictures of the place, and it did not disappoint."

 

http://www.thingstodointheup.com/sablefalls/

 

Road H-58 winds along this lakeshore in the Michigan Upper Peninsula near Grand Marais
Road H-58 winds along this lakeshore in the Michigan Upper Peninsula near Grand Marais

Woodland Park Campground, Grand Marais

 

"This sandy, wooded campground overlooks a breathtaking Lake Superior beach in a stand of mixed pines and hardwoods with facilities for the entire family. Owned and operated by Burt Township, Woodland Park is a full service campground with 125 grassy sites plus group areas, fire pits, two bath houses, cable TV, wireless Internet, electric, water hook-ups, dump station, an open-air picnic gazebo, playground, basketball & tennis courts, and public phone with good paved and gravel interior roads. No pull-throughs. Open from April 15 through October 15."

http://www.grandmaraismichigan.com/camping.php


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Lake George to Lake Champlain loop

NY Hwy 9 over the Ausable River - By Mwanner - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18761306
NY Hwy 9 over the Ausable River - By Mwanner - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18761306

Ausable Chasm

 

"Explore the Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks. Come visit Ausable Chasm for an assortment of adventures you will not find at any other single location in the Adirondacks. Hike, float and/or climb as you go back in time as you experience one of the oldest natural attractions in the United States (Est. 1870). Immerse yourself in a primeval Adirondack forest as you stroll past Rainbow Falls, Elephant's Head, Column Rock, Hyde's Cave and the eerie quiet of Mystic Gorge. Descend hundreds of feet to walk on natural stone walkways and gaze upon eons of geologic history etched in stone." They have cabins and a campground http://ausablechasm.com/

Ride a raft thru the gorge carved by the Ausable River at Ausable Chasm New York
Ride a raft thru the gorge carved by the Ausable River at Ausable Chasm New York

Lake Champlain from NY Highway 9 - Google maps photo
Lake Champlain from NY Highway 9 - Google maps photo

Hero's Welcome General Store was built in 1899 and run by the Trudhope family for 90 years. Restored in 1993, they have a generous assortment of trinkets, and their famous sandwiches on their deli menu

277 mile loop from Lake George, NY to Lake Champlain and Burlington, VT
277 mile loop from Lake George, NY to Lake Champlain and Burlington, VT

Enjoy this 277 mile loop when you ride the Kancamagus Highway in the White Mountains near Laconia, NH or Vermont 100 in the Green Mountains, or the Adirondacks in upstate New York.

 

Fort Ticonderoga

 

"Fort Ticonderoga is home to one of America’s largest collections of 18th-century military material culture.  Fort Ticonderoga's artifact collections are among the most important of their type in the world.  Preserved within the collection is 18th-century military weaponry, unique military uniforms, artworks of all types, and a vast collection of archeological artifacts recovered on site during its restoration.

 

- Weapons - Muskets, Bayonets, Pistols, Swords, Pole Arms, Artillery

The weapons collection is composed of over one thousand muskets, bayonets, pistols, swords, pole arms and cannon representing most of the major types of weapons used in the colonial wars and struggle for American Independence. The museum’s collection of 18th-century artillery is considered the largest collection of its type in the western hemisphere."  Ticket info.

http://www.fortticonderoga.org/history-and-collections/artifacts-collections

 

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Texas to Canada, 1200 miles on US 75

The Talimena Scenic Byway crosses from Arkansas into Oklahoma on east to west mountain ridges.

"Travel a short drive to the Talimena National Scenic Byway. Explore the golden valleys of a majestic byway and discover historic towns along the way. The Talimena Scenic Drive offers you more than 50 miles of the most breathtaking vistas ..."  http://www.talimenascenicdrive.com/

Do take the time to ride 89 miles east of our route in Calvin, OK and enjoy the Talimena Scenic Byway. from US 271 in Oklahoma to US 71 in Mena, Arkansas. It's similar to the Blue Ridge Parkway, with no trucks allowed and many views. 

See Google map with directions.


Dallas to Omaha - 653 miles

Dallas to Omaha - 653 miles on US Highway 75 passes the Little House on the Prairie Museum

"The Kansas prairie, with it’s open skies, seemingly endless horizon, and tall grasses waving in the wind attracted homesteaders from all over the world. 

 

When Charles P. Ingalls, his wife, Caroline Lake Quiner Ingalls, and their daughters, Mary and Laura camped on the Kansas prairie in 1869 they had no way of knowing that it would change their lives and children’s literature forever.

 

The cabin that now sits on the Little House on the Prairie Museum site was reconstructed according to Laura Ingalls' own descriptions by Brigadier General William A. Kurtis and his wife, Wilma Horton Kurtis, with the help of volunteers from the local chapter of the Jaycees from Independence in 1977."

http://www.littlehouseontheprairiemuseum.com/menu/


Omaha, Nebraska to the Canadian border - 586 miles

Omaha to the Canadian Border on US 75
Omaha to the Canadian Border on US 75

 

Fort Atkinson State Historical Park

"Fort Atkinson was the first United States Army post to be established west of the Missouri River in the unorganized region of the Louisiana Purchase of the United States. Located just east of present-day Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, the fort was erected in 1819 and abandoned in 1827. The site is now known as Fort Atkinson State Historical Park and is a National Historic Landmark. A replica fort was constructed by the state at the site during the 1980s–1990s.

 

The post, which included soldiers, traders, trappers, and other frontier people, has been credited by the Nebraska State Legislature as the first town in Nebraska. Founded almost 30 years before the creation of the Nebraska Territory, Fort Atkinson had more than 1,000 residents. It included a brickyard, lime kiln, stone quarry, grist mill, saw mill, and cooper shop."

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Atkinson_%28Nebraska%29

 

Fort Atkinson, Fort Calhoun Nebraska - Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=522081
Fort Atkinson, Fort Calhoun Nebraska - Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=522081

Why Carter Lake, Iowa is located in East Omaha

Due to an 1877 shift in the Missouri River, Carter Lake, Iowa is surrounded by Nebraska
Due to an 1877 shift in the Missouri River, Carter Lake, Iowa is surrounded by Nebraska

 

"As it so often did in the 1800s, the Missouri River changed its course during an ice jam in 1877 that dug a new river channel near Saratoga Bend. When the waters shifted, a crescent-shaped body of water called Cut-Off Lake was all that remained of the river’s previous channel. Alongside the lake, which still had the Missouri River lapping into it from the east, was a small slice of land owned by Council Bluffs resident Thomas Jefferis that had been on the Iowa side of the river before the flood. ...

 

One of the plants was the Carter White Lead Works – which later evolved into Dutch Boy Paint – owned by a man named Levi Carter. The lake and the town itself assumed the name Carter Lake in 1909 after his widow donated much of their land along the shoreline to the city of Omaha. ...

 

Council Bluffs officials, however, saw Omaha’s intrusion as a brazen attempt to snatch land that rightfully belonged on their tax rolls. The ensuing legal battle over whether Iowa or Nebraska had jurisdiction over Cut-Off Island went to the Supreme Court. In its 1892 ruling, the court sided with Iowa on the basis that state lines remain the same when a river avulsed, or dramatically altered, its path in 1877. Therefore, the land had never left Iowa, despite its position on the Nebraska side of the river."

 

from the 2012 article by John Schreier,  jschreier@nonpareilonline.com

http://www.nonpareilonline.com/news/carter-lake-s-colorful-confusing-history/article_45d603ec-338f-5a45-9bb9-1843542ae556.html

 

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Michigan car museum has motorcycles

Familiar faces of Toucan and Snap, Crackle, Pop are on this building's wall not far away.
Familiar faces of Toucan and Snap, Crackle, Pop are on this building's wall not far away.

"The Gilmore Car Museum began in the early 1960s when Donald S. Gilmore began collection vintage automobiles. We know know that some of the first vehicles in his collection included 1927 Ford Model T, a 1913 Rolls Royce, a 1930 Pierce Arrow. Restoring that classic Pierce-Arrow—which is still on display at the museum—ignited a passion. ... To accommodate his collection, he acquired 90 acres of farmland in southwestern Barry County, Michigan in a small town off of Gull Lake known as Hickory Corners. He also purchased several historic barns, had them dismantled, and moved to the site—a stroke of inspiration that gives our museum its unique character. It was Genevieve who came up with the idea of turning the collection into a museum, which would allow future generations access to Donald’s one-of-a-kind collection. The Genevieve and Donald S. Gilmore established a non-profit foundation and opened the museum to the public for the first time on Sunday, July 31, 1966."

http://www.gilmorecarmuseum.org/about/history-and-mission/

 

 

Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners, Michigan is north of Kalamazoo and Battle Creek.
Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners, Michigan is north of Kalamazoo and Battle Creek.

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Pennsylvania 760 miles on US 6, 209, 322

Our 350 mile northern leg follows US 6.  See larger map with directions.

160 miles on mostly US 209 is next.  See larger map with directions.

250 miles along mostly US 322 returns us to the starting point near Erie, PA.  See larger map with directions.


"However, my favourite feature is the “Plan winding route” function which suits my spur-of-the-moment sense of adventure and the need to try different roads. I reckon it’s brilliant and just what many bike riders have always wanted. We don’t always head out with a clear intention of where we are going, so this is very handy for those riders."

http://motorbikewriter.com/tomtom-rider-gps-review/


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Hudson Valley from central PA on US 209

US 209 is a nice ride to the Hudson Vally north of Kingston, NY
US 209 is a nice ride to the Hudson Vally north of Kingston, NY

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300 mile loop Ventura California

California Hwy 101 north of Ventura has ocean views
California Hwy 101 north of Ventura has ocean views
CA Hwy 33 north from  Ventura begins this 312 mile route that ends with ocean views
CA Hwy 33 north from Ventura begins this 312 mile route that ends with ocean views

There's more good roads to ride a motorcycle near LA than you might think.

 

California Highway 33 has this 35 mile stretch of twisty road along our route below.  See larger map.

 

California Hwy 2 is another outstanding ride in the LA vicinity, as is Hwy 39 to Falling Springs. Check the LA County website for current road closures.

 

Mt. San Antonio (aka Mt. Baldy) is the highest peak in the San Gabriel Mountains, 10,000 feet at the summit.

 

Use our Parts Finder for your motorcycle needs!

These roads are all just north of Los Angeles. The Mt. San Antonio summit is just over 10,000 feet.
These roads are all just north of Los Angeles. The Mt. San Antonio summit is just over 10,000 feet.

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Central CA Yosemite and General Sherman

By Neal Parish from Oakland, CA (IMG_0794) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Neal Parish from Oakland, CA (IMG_0794) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

"General Sherman is a giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) tree located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in Tulare County, in the U.S. state of California. By volume, it is the largest known living single stem tree on Earth. The General Sherman Tree is neither the tallest known living tree on Earth (that distinction belongs to the Hyperion tree, a Coast redwood), nor is it the widest (both the largest cypress and largest baobab have a greater diameter), nor is it the oldest known living tree on Earth (that distinction belongs to a Great Basin bristlecone pine). With a height of 83.8 meters (275 ft), a diameter of 7.7 m (25 ft), an estimated bole volume of 1,487 m3 (52,513 cu ft), and an estimated age of 2,300–2,700 years, it is nevertheless among the tallest, widest and longest-lived of all trees on the planet." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Sherman_(tree)

 


400 miles in central California including Yosemite and the General Sherman tree
400 miles in central California including Yosemite and the General Sherman tree
300 miles on CA Hwy 49
300 miles on CA Hwy 49

CA Hwy 168 is fun to the Huntington Lake dam.
CA Hwy 168 is fun to the Huntington Lake dam.

 

Warning!

The road to Big Creek

is Not recommended!

 

Huntington Lake Rd (Hwy 168) is a fun ride. But the warning is that the road past the dam to Big Creek is poorly maintained, very steep with lots of granite gravel, mostly one lane on the face of a granite cliff, with no guardrails.

 

Our thanks to Ron on the Motorcycle Tourers Forum for the heads up.

Stay at Lakeview Cottages. See info.


 

Quaking Aspen Campground

 

"Located along the Western Divide Highway a quarter of a mile past the end of State Highway 190 (27 miles east of Springville).  The campground was named for the quaking aspen trees that grow in the area.  The trees are a shimmering brilliant green in the spring and deep russet-gold in the fall.  Hiking is available on the many trails near the campground. ... New for the 2015 season are furnished Yurts (canvas tents elevated on a platform)  available through reservation only."

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NY Hwy 30 Adirondacks and Catskills

The Adirondack Park is a popular outdoor destination.
NY Highway 30 takes you almost 300 miles through the Catskills and Adirondack Mountains.
NY Highway 30 takes you almost 300 miles through the Catskills and Adirondack Mountains.

New York highway 30 travels north and south through both the Catskills and the Adirondacks, nearly 300 miles to the Canadian border. Lodging is available in Malone, NY at the end of this ride.

Historic marker in Malone, NY boyhood home of Almanzo Wilder. Trip Advisor traveler photo.
Historic marker in Malone, NY boyhood home of Almanzo Wilder. Trip Advisor traveler photo.

Adirondacks map by Peter Fitzgerald, User:Jackaranga, User:Algorerhythms, User:Daniel Case, OpenStreetMap  [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0-3.0-2.
Adirondacks map by Peter Fitzgerald, User:Jackaranga, User:Algorerhythms, User:Daniel Case, OpenStreetMap [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0-3.0-2.

"However, my favourite feature is the “Plan winding route” function which suits my spur-of-the-moment sense of adventure and the need to try different roads. I reckon it’s brilliant and just what many bike riders have always wanted. We don’t always head out with a clear intention of where we are going, so this is very handy for those riders."

http://motorbikewriter.com/tomtom-rider-gps-review/


Map by Pfly (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

Enlarged Wikipedia map shows the mountain ranges in the northeastern US.
Enlarged Wikipedia map shows the mountain ranges in the northeastern US.

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US 50 Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP

Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP - Google maps photo by Leon Dolman 2015
Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP - Google maps photo by Leon Dolman 2015

I discovered Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park on the map when I was researching a trip to ride Colorado. The south rim is 7 miles north on CO Highway 347 off U.S. Highway 50, just east of Montrose, CO.

 

"Big enough to be overwhelming, still intimate enough to feel the pulse of time, Black Canyon of the Gunnison exposes you to some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock, and craggiest spires in North America. With two million years to work, the Gunnison River, along with the forces of weathering, has sculpted this vertical wilderness of rock, water, and sky."

http://www.nps.gov/blca/index.htm

 

A great story by Ken Bingenheimer with photos is on Eagle Rider's forum.

http://forums.eaglerider.com/t/riding-the-black-canyon-of-the-gunnison-top-to-bottom/46

Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP is 73 miles from Silverton, CO on US 550, the Million Dollar Highway.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP is 73 miles from Silverton, CO on US 550, the Million Dollar Highway.

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Colorado Hwy 141 canyon ride

Canyon walls tower above you on Colorado Highway 141 south of Grand Junction, CO in this Google maps photo.
Canyon walls tower above you on Colorado Highway 141 south of Grand Junction, CO in this Google maps photo.

 

Unaweep Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway

 

"These red-rock sandstone canyons must be Utah, right? Wrong. In far western Colorado the red rocks have slipped across the state line. And the way to get there is Colorado 141, also known as the Unaweep Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway.

Turning off U.S. 50 between Grand Junction and Delta, the road first follows the Unaweep Canyon floor through the shade and coolness of cottonwoods before climbing the Unaweep Divide and dropping back into the canyon below.

At the town of Gateway the road meets the Dolores River and turns southeastward, entering a canyon where the walls soar above you and the sky is only a ribbon of blue. The road climbs, however, and soon the sky is a broad expanse and the river is now the narrow strip far below.

A little further and a pull-out with an interpretive sign beckons. Behind the sign, over the rim of the canyon, you can see the remnants of a 19th century engineering marvel: the hanging flume. A 10-mile-long wooden aqueduct built to carry water to mines, the flume was bolted to the sheer sides of the canyon hundreds of feet above the canyon floor and hundreds of feet below the canyon rim. So precise was the design that the flume drops only 90 feet over the course of 10 miles. You’ll find it hard to believe what you’re seeing with your own eyes.

Cruising on through Uravan, where uranium used in the Manhattan Project was mined, and you reach Naturita. Here, one road leads to Ouray and the other to Telluride. Either one is a good stop for the night and sets you up for some great riding tomorrow."

http://forums.eaglerider.com/t/the-five-best-rides-in-the-southwest/29

 

 

Make it a loop by crossing over into Utah and riding US 191, stopping at Arches National Park near Moab.  Shorten the route if necessary by taking CO 90 / Utah 46, heading west near Naturita, CO.

Arches National Park is on this 349 mile loop
Arches National Park is on this 349 mile loop
Here's a shorter 291 mile version of the ride
Here's a shorter 291 mile version of the ride

Riding through the canyon on Colorado Hwy 141. Google maps photo.
Riding through the canyon on Colorado Hwy 141. Google maps photo.
Western Colorado Hwy 141 has amazing canyon wall views. Google maps photo.
Western Colorado Hwy 141 has amazing canyon wall views. Google maps photo.

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Tail of the Dragon supersized 326 miles

Harley-Davidson shop on US 129- Tail of the Dragon
Harley-Davidson shop on US 129- Tail of the Dragon
Ride Tail of the Dragon, Cherohala Skyway, Moonshiner 28, Wayah Road all on one 326 mile route
Ride Tail of the Dragon, Cherohala Skyway, Moonshiner 28, Wayah Road all on one 326 mile route

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Making the trip to ride the Tail of the Dragon at Deal's Gap, NC ?  What about the Cherohala Skyway, Wayah Road, and Moonshiner 28. They're all here plus more on this 326 mile route. You can shorten the ride to just 217 miles by deleting the figure 8 that crosses over into SC.  If you have more time to spend, head on down to Suches, GA for more great riding.

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Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson is west of downtown Maryville, TN on US 321
Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson is west of downtown Maryville, TN on US 321
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500 miles on US 219 - VA to Buffalo, NY

US 219 runs 500 miles from Virginia to Buffalo, NY
US 219 runs 500 miles from Virginia to Buffalo, NY


The Highland Scenic Highway

"The Highland Scenic Highway, a National Forest Scenic Byway, is the highest major roadway in West Virginia and extends 43 miles from Richwood to U.S. Route 219, seven miles north of Marlinton. The Highway follows State Route 39/55 for 21 miles from Richwood to the Cranberry Mountain Visitor Center.  It then turns onto State Route 150 for the 22 mile Parkway section and rises from an elevation of 2,300 feet to over 4,500 feet.

Four scenic overlooks located along the Parkway portion of the Highway provide spectacular views of the Allegheny Highlands. Drivers, however, don’t have to wait until they get to an overlook to enjoy the continual beauty along the Highway.  Each stretch of road offers breathtaking scenery, intriguing perspectives, and incomparable glimpses. The heart-stopping dips take your breath away." 

http://www.pocahontascountywv.com/highland_scenic_highway.aspx

 

"West Virginia Route 150 is a 22.5-mile long north–south scenic state highway in the Marlinton and Gauley Ranger Districts of the Monongahela National Forest in southeast West Virginia. The southern terminus of the route is at West Virginia Route 39 and West Virginia Route 55 northwest of Mill Point. The northern terminus is at U.S. Route 219 and WV 55 north of Edray, near Marlinton."

"WV 150 is designated as the parkway portion of the Highland Scenic Highway. Dedicated in 1980, the road is specially designed to be a scenic byway with a meandering course along mountain ridges that reach an elevation of 4,545 feet (1,385 m).[2] Due to these geographical conditions, the road is not maintained in the winter months. (Access is not prevented during the winter, however.) Furthermore, commercial traffic is prohibited and the speed limit is 45 miles per hour (72 km/h)."

"The parkway section provides several scenic overlooks of Cranberry Glades and the Cranberry Wilderness to the west and of the Ridge-and-valley Appalachians to the east, from numerous points along the Allegheny Front. The overlook at Black Mountain also provides an educational boardwalk that explains the irresponsible timbering practices that led to a destructive forest fire that left the area barren for decades."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Virginia_Route_150

WV Highland Scenic Highway
WV Highland Scenic Highway
WV Tea Creek Campground is located a mile north of the Highland Scenic Highway SR 150

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Motorcycle Museum in Hudson Valley

"NEWBURGH, N.Y. — When it comes to assessing the motivations of a motorcycle collector, it is never clear exactly where to draw the line between a hobby and an obsession.

  

But it seems quite likely that Gerald A. Doering has crossed it.

 

Evidence to support that conclusion is spread over the 85,000 square feet of Motorcyclepedia, an expansive museum that Mr. Doering, 84, opened this year with his son, Ted, 62. The eclectic collection, assembled over several decades and comprising more than 400 motorcycles, occupies two floors of a former lumber warehouse and showroom in this careworn Hudson River city 65 miles north of Manhattan.

  

Mr. Doering’s interest in two-wheel vehicles took off with his first motorcycle, a 1929 Indian Scout that he bought locally in 1947."  See the full article at

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/25/automobiles/this-familys-attic-is-full-of-motorcycles.html?_r=0

 

Motorcyclepedia Museum has over 500 motorcycles on display 65 miles north of New York City
Motorcyclepedia Museum has over 500 motorcycles on display 65 miles north of New York City

"However, my favourite feature is the “Plan winding route” function which suits my spur-of-the-moment sense of adventure and the need to try different roads. I reckon it’s brilliant and just what many bike riders have always wanted. We don’t always head out with a clear intention of where we are going, so this is very handy for those riders."

http://motorbikewriter.com/tomtom-rider-gps-review/


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1100 miles to Yellowstone NP on US 191

Ride US Hwy 191 from I-10 in Wilcox, AZ to Arches NP and Yellowstone NP
Ride US Hwy 191 from I-10 in Wilcox, AZ to Arches NP and Yellowstone NP

 

Maybe you already knew about Arches National Park in eastern Utah, the grandeur of the Grand Tetons, and the vast geyser fields of Yellowstone.  But did you know US Hwy 191 connects them all to Willcox, Arizona via the Coronado Trail Scenic Byway

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Canyon de Chelly National Monument was established on April 1, 1931 as a unit of theNational Park Service. It is located in northeastern Arizona within the boundaries of the Navajo nation. Reflecting one of the longest continuously inhabited landscapes of North America, it preserves ruins of the early indigenous tribes that lived in the area, including the ancient Pueblo peoples (also called Anasazi) and Navajo. The monument covers 83,840 acres and encompasses the floors and rims of the three major canyons: de Chelly, del Muerto, and Monument. These canyons were cut by streams with headwaters in the Chuska mountains just to the east of the monument. None of the land is federally owned. In 2009 Canyon de Chelly National Monument was recognized as one of the most-visited national monuments in the United States.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canyon_de_Chelly_National_Monument

 

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Fly and ride on your own bike

Ship your bike to your ride destination. 2016 spring specials at www.haulbikes.com
Ship your bike to your ride destination. 2016 spring specials at www.haulbikes.com

 

Do you live in Seattle and don't have time to ride your bike to Florida? Do you live in Boston and want to ride Arizona or the Texas Hill Country, but only have 1 week vacation time?  Haulbikes will ship your beloved bike so you don't have to rent one. I've rented bikes four times and I'm always glad to get home and back on my own ride. A 4-day rental is typically around $800 all in, so if your time is short you can afford to ride your bike with Haulbikes.

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Arizona US Highway 191

Arizona US Hwy 191 aka Coronado Trail - Google Maps photo by MAL10578 May 2010
Arizona US Hwy 191 aka Coronado Trail - Google Maps photo by MAL10578 May 2010

 

Head east from Phoenix, AZ on a 3 or 4 day adventure shown on the map below riding eastern Arizona and western New Mexico. Included on this ride are the City of Rocks State Park and Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument in southern NM, and a twisty section of US Highway 191 as shown in the photo.

 

US 191 has some lodging options in Alpine, AZ in the north as well as the small Granville Campground north of Morenci. Here's the Google map for this multi-day ride.

Granville Campground on Arizona US Highway 191 - Google Maps photo by Steve King
Granville Campground on Arizona US Highway 191 - Google Maps photo by Steve King
859 mile ride in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico. Click the map to see it in Google Maps.
859 mile ride in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico. Click the map to see it in Google Maps.
Climate data for Silver City, New Mexico from Wikipedia
Climate data for Silver City, New Mexico from Wikipedia

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New Mexico City of Rocks State Park

Campsites are nestled among huge boulders in this unusual park
Campsites are nestled among huge boulders in this unusual park

"From a distance the City of Rocks does indeed resemble a city rising unexpectedly from the desert. As you get closer, you see that the "city" is actually made up of boulders of all shapes and sizes, many larger than a building."

 

"Campsites and picnic areas are scattered among the boulders, making this a great place to spend a day, or a week, wandering through the maze of pathways, hiking several trails, or just relaxing under a shade tree."

 

http://www.focusnewmexico.com/places/rocks.htm

 

Here's the location on Google Maps

859 mile ride in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico. Click the map to see it in Google Maps.
859 mile ride in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico. Click the map to see it in Google Maps.

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Ozark Moonshine Run

Tony Taylor and I made a trip to the Ozarks in 2013. Tony rode over from Virginia while I flew into NW Arkansas on Allegiant and rented a Harley Road Glide at Pig Trail Harley-Davidson in Rogers, Arkansas. We didn't take the entire route below, but did ride Hwy 7 from Harrison to Hot Springs. We also rode Hwy 43 to Ponca, which I highly recommend.

The 2013 Harley Road Glide was a comfortable ride for my 6'7" frame.
The 2013 Harley Road Glide was a comfortable ride for my 6'7" frame.
Arkansas Hwy 7 was a great ride.
Arkansas Hwy 7 was a great ride.

See the Moonshine Run map at http://www.harrisonarkansas.org/

Ozark Mountain Ride - Moonshine Run
Ozark Mountain Ride - Moonshine Run


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Texas Hill Country

Hillcountrycruisin.com has loads of info for riding the Texas Hill Country.
Hillcountrycruisin.com has loads of info for riding the Texas Hill Country.

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Everglades National Park

 

"The Everglades National Park covers more than 1.5 million acres in South Florida. While most of the park is remote and inaccessible, there are plenty of spots within a few minutes of Miami and Naples, where you can get a feel for the “River of Grass”.

 

"Your first decision in visiting the Everglades is which entrance to use; there are three and they are hours apart from each other. If you want the opportunity to observe the heart of the everglades you can either enter through Shark Valley in Miami or the Main Entrance of the Park in Homestead. However, if you are looking to explore the Gulf Coast, then you should plan to take a boat trip at the Gulf Coast in Everglades City."

 

"At Everglades City the Gulf Coast Visitor Center is the park's western saltwater getaway. Narrated boat tours explore pristine Ten Thousand Islands and coastal mangrove. At Shark Valley the wildlife-viewing tram tour through sawgrass prairie includes a stop at a 65-foot tower for spectacular views."

 

http://www.nps.gov/ever/planyourvisit/placestogo.htm

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New England fly and ride

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Manchester, NH is 50 miles south of Laconia, and 95 miles to the Kancamagus Scenic Byway in Conway. EagleRider is just 4 miles from the airport and rents Harley, Honda, Indian, Victory and more. The Killington Classic event in August is just 2 hours from the airport. Consider riding western Massachusetts and eastern NY also. The Ben and Jerry's factory in Waterbury, VT is 75 miles west of the Kancamagus Byway, which ends in Lincoln.

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Florida, Western Massachusetts

Photo by Jozef Nagy - self-made, CC BY 3.0, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16245491
Photo by Jozef Nagy - self-made, CC BY 3.0, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16245491

 

If you never make it to Daytona Beach, perhaps you can still ride to Florida. About 50 miles east of Albany NY is the small town of Florida, MA (2010 population 752). It's also not far south of Vermont Hwy 100.

 

Florida Massachusetts is about 50 miles east of Albany, NY. It's not far from Vermont Hwy 100.
Florida Massachusetts is about 50 miles east of Albany, NY. It's not far from Vermont Hwy 100.

 

"Florida is located near the highest points of the Hoosac Range, which runs through the western part of town. There are several rivers and brooks, most of which lead to the Deerfield River, which forms much of the eastern border and flows to the Connecticut River. The town includes parts of three state forests - Monroe State Forest in the northeast, Savoy Mountain State Forest in the south, and Mohawk Trail State Forest in the southeast. The highest elevation in the town is 2,830 feet (860 m) above sea level, on an unnamed hill northwest of Crum Hill in the neighboring town of Monroe."

 

"Massachusetts Route 2, the Mohawk Trail, runs from the southeast of town northwest across the center of town, passing over Whitcomb Summit, the highest point along the trail. At Whitcomb Summit is an observation tower, as well as a monument to the Elks Club, whose members helped modernize the trails and worked on the Hoosac Tunnel. Just west of the town line is the West Summit, which offers spectacular views of the Hoosic River valley and the Taconic Range further west. There are no other state routes through town, and the nearest interstate highway is Interstate 91 to the east."

 

"The 4.75-mile-long (7.64 km) Hoosac Tunnel carries the railway under the town, and as such has no stops in town. The nearest regional bus service can be found in North Adams, as can the nearest regional airport, Harriman-and-West Airport. The nearest airport with national flights is Albany International Airport."  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida,_Massachusetts

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Pine Creek Gorge - Central PA

Pennsylvania Grand Canyon - by Snottywong - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13425854
Pennsylvania Grand Canyon - by Snottywong - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13425854

 

Thanks to Jim Billman of Reading, PA for for this ride tip.

 

"Pine Creek Gorge, sometimes called The Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, is a 47-mile (76 km) gorge carved by Pine Creek in Pennsylvania. It sits in about 160,000 acres (650 km2) of the Tioga State Forest. The canyon begins south of Ansonia, near Wellsboro, along U.S. Route 6 and continues south. Its deepest point is 1,450 feet (440 m) at Waterville, near the southern end. At Leonard Harrison and Colton Point State Parks, it is more than 800 feet (240 m) deep and the distance rim-to-rim is about 4,000 feet (1,200 m)."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pine_Creek_Gorge

 

See the original photo at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pine_Creek_Gorge#/media/File:PA-grandcanyon-autumn.JPG

The gorge is about 60 miles NE of State College, PA - Just 200 miles from Philly or Pittsburgh
The gorge is about 60 miles NE of State College, PA - Just 200 miles from Philly or Pittsburgh

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New England Riders

View from the top of the Kancamangus Hwy in New Hampshire. Google maps photo.
View from the top of the Kancamangus Hwy in New Hampshire. Google maps photo.

New England Riders website has a best rides page with awesome maps, a travel articles page, restaurants, and things to do. We'll be spending a week this summer riding the Adirondacks, Vermont, and New Hampshire. The following week is dedicated to Maine. We'll be posting our best photos, so stay tuned. Better yet, plan your own New England ride.

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Spot Trace - gear tracking

 

$99 street price plus $99 annual service fee.

http://www.findmespot.com/

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Minnesota Arrowhead Rides

"Northeast Minnesota, often referred to as "the Arrowhead" on account of its shape, is blessed with pristine wilderness, the magnificent Lake Superior, rivers, waterfalls and spectacular scenery. Miles of paved roads lead motorcyclists along the spectacular North Shore of Lake Superior, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the Iron Range, the inland port of Duluth, Voyageurs National Park, and thousands of acres of national forests."

http://www.exploreminnesota.com/where-to-go/northeast/ride-the-arrowhead/

 

"Beginning at Canal Park in Duluth, Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive is a journey through an unspoiled wilderness that kisses the sweeping shoreline of the world's largest freshwater lake. The breathtaking cliffs and beaches of Lake Superior's beautiful North Shore are bordered by the Sawtooth Mountains and thousands of acres of pine, aspen and birch trees. Rivers and streams make their rocky way to the lake, forging dazzling waterfalls along the way. Lighthouses recall the awesome power of the mighty lake, and dozens of trails allow visitors to experience the North Shore's natural beauty up close. Friendly communities are home to cultural and historic museums and exhibits, as well as unique shopping, dining and lodging. You may wish to drive slowly and stop often, as the North Shore Scenic Drive reaches its destination at Grand Portage all too soon!  Distance: 142 miles  Travel Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes"

http://www.superiorbyways.com/routes/north-shore-scenic-drive

 

Here's a whole page listing Minnesota's various scenic byways.

VisitCookCounty.com shows all the scenic byways in Minnesota. Cook County is upper right.
VisitCookCounty.com shows all the scenic byways in Minnesota. Cook County is upper right.

 

Lots of Minnesota Travel Guides are available. http://www.exploreminnesota.com/publications-order-form.aspx

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Across Washington State on Hwy 20

Washington State Hwy 20 crosses the Cascade Range. Google Photo by Shirley Beers 2012
Washington State Hwy 20 crosses the Cascade Range. Google Photo by Shirley Beers 2012

 

This loop beginning and ending in Kettle Falls, WA includes the Sherman Pass Scenic Byway, Coulee Dam, and breathtaking scenery. WA 25 follows the Columbia River northward.

Coulee Dam loop. Click the map to enlarge it.
Coulee Dam loop. Click the map to enlarge it.
Coulee Dam on WA Hwy 155 crossing the Columbia River - Google maps photo by Mike McDonald
Coulee Dam on WA Hwy 155 crossing the Columbia River - Google maps photo by Mike McDonald
Washington Hwy 20 is a scenic ride crossing nearly the entire state. Click the map to enlarge it.
Washington Hwy 20 is a scenic ride crossing nearly the entire state. Click the map to enlarge it.

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Ride almost the entire width of Washington State on Hwy 20. Use the ferry to cross over to Port Townsend, at the western end.

Diablo Lake on Washington Hwy 20 - Google photo by Mike Conlan 2012
Diablo Lake on Washington Hwy 20 - Google photo by Mike Conlan 2012

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Sargent Cycle Performance Plus seats

Sargent Cycle has improved seats for popular sport touring bikes, like the Yamaha FJR 1300
Sargent Cycle has improved seats for popular sport touring bikes, like the Yamaha FJR 1300

"Installed a new World Sport Performance WS-560-19 seat on my 2007 FJR1300AEW. I just recently purchased the bike and on my first 150+ mile ride I found the stock seat to be almost unbearable. Saw many favorable reviews online about your seats so I purchased one. It arrived yesterday. It fit perfectly and the quality looks very good. To make a long story short, I took a similar ride today and the difference was nothing short of amazing. No "monkey butt" or discomfort what-so-ever. The seat is well worth the investment. I would recommend it to anyone that finds the stock FJR seat uncomfortable."

http://www.sargentcycle.com/News/Yamaha-Testimonials/

 

"Got my 2006 Suzuki DL650 Sargent Seat last Friday and did an Iron Butt (1,000 miles in 17 hours and 10 minutes) last Monday. Could not have done it on the stock seat. Now both my bikes (the other 2005 R1100S with a Sargent seat) are the best rides I have ever owned!"

http://www.sargentcycle.com/News/Suzuki-Testimonials/

 

Seats are available for popular bikes from BMW, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, etc.

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Wyoming highways - US 14 and US 16

Awesome view on Wyoming US16 - Google maps photo by DieselDucy 2008
Awesome view on Wyoming US16 - Google maps photo by DieselDucy 2008

 

East of Yellowstone National Park, I-90 and I-25 offer a 200 mile detour on US 16 and US 14, crossing the Bighorn Mountain Range twice. If it's flat roads and wide open spaces you seek, try US14/16 east thru Clearmont and on to Gillette.

 

Highway sign shows US Highway 14 and 14A near Cody Wyoming. There's more to ride in these mountains besides the Beartooth.
Highway sign shows US Highway 14 and 14A near Cody Wyoming. There's more to ride in these mountains besides the Beartooth.

Bighorn Scenic Byway

 

"A 58-mile paved highway over the crest of the Big Horn Mountains, the byway winds past thick forest, lush meadows, waterfalls, and deep canyons. Stretching from the Powder River Basin to the Big Horn Basin, the Big Horn Byway follows US 14 from the west outside Greybull. ...

On the western end of the Big Horn Scenic Byway, Shell Creek Canyon and Shell Falls create some of the most spectacular scenery along the route. The 120-foot plunge of Shell Falls is accompanied by nature trails and interpretive signs. The site is open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily from mid-May through mid-September."

https://www.wyomingtourism.org/things-to-do/detail/Bighorn-Scenic-Byway/7035

 

Shell Falls

 

1 mile northeast of Shell, Wyoming, on U.S. Highway 14. Elevation is 6,400.  Shell Creek tumbles down steeply pitched granite and then is soothed and gentled downstream into a quietly running creek. Visit with our world-famous singing interpreters at the visitor center located at the Shell Falls Overlook. Restroom facilities available.  Adequate parking facilities make it easy to safely pull off the mountain highway. For tour buses, please call in advance at 307-548-6541.  Open season is late May through mid-September, weather dependent.

https://www.wyomingtourism.org/

 

A 58-mile paved highway over the crest of the Big Horn Mountains, the byway winds past thick forest, lush meadows, waterfalls, and deep canyons. Stretching from the Powder River Basin to the Big Horn Basin, the Big Horn Byway follows US 14 from the west outside Greybull.

Driving time on each Byway depends on the interests of the visitor and time of the year. Stopping to enjoy the outstanding scenery, the many points of interest, or adventures such as fishing and camping can extend travel time by several hours or even days.

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On the western end of the Big Horn Scenic Byway, Shell Creek Canyon and Shell Falls create some of the most spectacular scenery along the route. The 120-foot plunge of Shell Falls is accompanied by nature trails and interpretive signs. The site is open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily from mid-May through mid-September.

- See more at: https://www.wyomingtourism.org/things-to-do/detail/Bighorn-Scenic-Byway/7035#sthash.zSiP2FO2.dpuf
Cross the Bighorn Mountains twice on this 200 mile detour on US 14 & US 16 in northern Wyoming, east of Yellowstone NP.  Click the map to see the Google map with directions.
Cross the Bighorn Mountains twice on this 200 mile detour on US 14 & US 16 in northern Wyoming, east of Yellowstone NP. Click the map to see the Google map with directions.

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Motorcycle Events March thru May 2016

You can follow these links and see more on our events page.

Some motorcycle events around the US in March, April, May 2016
Some motorcycle events around the US in March, April, May 2016
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Chief Joseph Scenic Byway - Wyoming

Red Bluffs on Chief Joseph Scenic Byway - Google maps photo by Joe Erickson 2011
Red Bluffs on Chief Joseph Scenic Byway - Google maps photo by Joe Erickson 2011
Chief Joseph Scenic Byway (Wyoming Hwy 296) - Google maps photo by Globe Spinner 2009
Chief Joseph Scenic Byway (Wyoming Hwy 296) - Google maps photo by Globe Spinner 2009

 

Chief Joseph Scenic Byway intersects with the more famous Beartooth Hwy in northern Wyoming. Both are noteworthy rides.

 

"The Chief Joseph Scenic Byway, Wyoming 296, links the town of Cody with the Beartooth Highway and the Northeast Gate of Yellowstone National Park. The route crosses the Shoshone National Forest through the Absaroka Mountains to the Clarks Fork Valley. The 47 paved miles of the Scenic Byway run from the junction with U.S. 120, 17 miles north of Cody, northwest to their connection with U.S. 212, the Beartooth Highway."

 

"The Chief Joseph Scenic Byway is named after the Native American chief of the Nez Perce Tribe. Following the Battle of the Big Hole in Idaho in 1877, Chief Joseph fled east through Yellowstone. He and 1,000 members of his tribe ran from the US Cavalry, who were trying to force the tribe onto a reservation so that white ranchers could have their lands. While crossing Yellowstone, the Nez Perce briefly captured several tourists before going north up the Clarks Fork River. The Nez Perce were trying to flee to Canada (an 1,800 mile trek), but surrendered after the six-day Battle of the Bear Paw in northeastern Montana. The tribe was stopped only 30 miles from their destination, the Canadian border."

 

https://www.wyomingtourism.org/things-to-do/detail/Chief-Joseph-Scenic-Byway/7333

 

 

The Chief Joseph Scenic Byway, Wyoming 296, links the town of Cody with the Beartooth Highway and the Northeast Gate of Yellowstone National Park. The route crosses the Shoshone National Forest through the Absaroka Mountains to the Clarks Fork Valley. The 47 paved miles of the Scenic Byway run from the junction with U.S. 120, 17 miles north of Cody, northwest to their connection with U.S. 212, the Beartooth Highway. - See more at: https://www.wyomingtourism.org/things-to-do/detail/Chief-Joseph-Scenic-Byway/7333#sthash.kX33Kk9T.dpuf
Chief Joseph Byway intersects the famous "Beartooth Highway" that crosses the Montana / Wyoming border near Yellowstone NP. Google maps calls it Dead Indian Hill Rd. It leads to Hwy 120  near Cody.
Chief Joseph Byway intersects the famous "Beartooth Highway" that crosses the Montana / Wyoming border near Yellowstone NP. Google maps calls it Dead Indian Hill Rd. It leads to Hwy 120 near Cody.

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Bison + world's largest mineral hot spring

Travertine formation at Thermopolis, WY - Google maps photo by stargazerherman
Travertine formation at Thermopolis, WY - Google maps photo by stargazerherman

 

Wyoming is full of surprises! They claim to have the world's largest mineral hot spring at Thermopolis' Hot Springs State Park.

"Over colorful terraces along the Big Horn River at Thermopolis flows water from mineral hot springs. More than 8,000 gallons flow over the terrace every 24 hours at a constant temperature of 135 degrees Fahrenheit. The park has a free bath house where the water is maintained at 104 degrees for therapeudic bathing. Hot Springs has 6.2 miles of universally accessible trails and hiking trails. It is a full-service park with comfort stations, a Volksmarch trail, fishing, and a couple of boat docks. One of the reservable group picnic shelters is located here. Hot Springs is a day-use park.

     The Hot Springs State Park bison herd is the central herd for the Wyoming State Parks. During the late fall and winter months, the park bison are fed a daily supplement to insure good health. This feeding usually occurs at 8:30 a.m., giving the off-season visitor the unique opportunity to view the "Monarch of the Plains," up close. Please remember that bison should be viewed ONLY while you remain in your vehicle.

     The suspension foot bridge across the Bighorn River is commonly called "The Swinging Bridge." The bridge is a unique vantage point from which to view the Bighorn River and mineral terrace. Hot Springs State Park has long been known for its beautiful summer flower gardens. Make a point of bringing your camera with you, and capture the exciting splash of color all summer..."

http://wyoparks.state.wy.us/Site/SiteInfo.aspx?siteID=9

Hot Springs State Park is about 150 miles south of Red Lodge, Montana and the "Beartooth Highway".  Jackson, WY and Teton National Park are to the west, and Yellowstone is just north from the Tetons.

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T-Rex watches you dine at WWCC

T-Rex watching over diners at the T-Rex Grill, Western Wyoming Community College
T-Rex watching over diners at the T-Rex Grill, Western Wyoming Community College

"Western Wyoming Community College is home to five life sized dinosaur displays. They are the largest easily accessible collection of dinosaurs along I-80 from Chicago to San Francisco. In-order to bring Wyoming dinosaurs back to Wyoming, a fund raising project began in 1989 to collect and display specimens native to Wyoming from throughout the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods of the Mesozoic Era. The dinosaurs on display are:

 

  • Camptosaurus near the bookstore which was originally found in the fossil dinosaur beds at Como Bluff, east of Rawlins Wyoming in 1879.
  • The giant Plesiosaur which lines the hall way leading to Mitchell's Dining Hall.
  • Stegosaurus is one of the first dinosaurs found in Wyoming in 1878 at Como Bluff east of Rawlins.
  • Triceratops was discovered in eastern Wyoming near Lance Creek in 1889.
  • The mighty Tyrannosaurus watches over the diners at the T-Rex Grill.

 

All the dinosaur displays are free and open to the public whenever the college is open."  https://www.westernwyoming.edu/about/visit/dinosaurs.html

 

WWCC is in southwest Wyoming, 1/2 mile off I-80, only 128 miles north of another dinosaur fossil exhibit - Quarry Exhibit Hall at Dinosaur National Monument near Jensen, Utah.

Flaming River Gorge NRA. Google Maps has some nice photos taken from UT Hwy 44.
Flaming River Gorge NRA. Google Maps has some nice photos taken from UT Hwy 44.
Flaming Gorge NRA. Hwy 44 has great views near Red Canyon, Utah. Google maps photo by gosi7.
Flaming Gorge NRA. Hwy 44 has great views near Red Canyon, Utah. Google maps photo by gosi7.
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GasBuddy.com gas price chart & map

GasBuddy.com has this interactive chart that lets you compare gas prices in 3 cities or the US average. A nice tool for cost estimating if you're about to travel. Select locations with the blue, red, and green drop boxes and select the length of time you want to display - from 1 month to multiple years.

 

The zoomable price map (below) shows a broader view for the US.

GasBuddy.com shows gas prices by geographic region, as well as state or local levels
GasBuddy.com shows gas prices by geographic region, as well as state or local levels
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Leesburg Florida breakfast ride

Leesburg, FL breakfast ride map
Leesburg, FL breakfast ride map

This morning ride begins at Yalaha Bakery, on CR48 between Howey in the Hills and Okahumpka. Grab some coffee and a cinnamon twist while you wait for other riders to arrive. At 9:30 we depart for Rainbow Family Restaurant, in Mascotte. The breakfast buffet with eggs cooked to order is a favorite.

 

After breakfast, a short ride to Groveland, then north on US19 to Cherry Lake Road, one of my local favorites. South on US27 to CR561 north, then east on CR561A to Ferndale before CR455 returns us to 561 and north to Astatula. East on CR48 takes us to Lake Jem via CR448 and Sadler Ave. Then Dora Dr to Mt. Dora, ending at DQ on Old Highway 441. About 1.5 hours of ride time.

 

Here's the complete ride map.

 

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Port Townsend, Washington

Ride US Highway 101 north along the Olympic Peninsula, then head east to WA Hwy 20 and north to Port Washington. See larger map.

Port Townsend is at the Northeast tip of the Olympic Peninsula. Click on the map to enlarge it.
Port Townsend is at the Northeast tip of the Olympic Peninsula. Click on the map to enlarge it.

 

"Perched at the northeast tip of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, Port Townsend is a magical combination of land and sea, with panoramic views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, as well as the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges." http://enjoypt.com/find/

The Northwest Maritime Center has some of the best harbor views to complement their displays. The center hosts many events, including the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, the country's largest gathering of wooden boat enthusiasts. Nearby Fort Worden State Park is where the 1982 movie "An Officer and a Gentleman" was filmed.

 

"Fort Worden Historical State Park is a 434-acre multi-use park with over two miles of saltwater shoreline and a wide variety of services and facilities. The park rests on a high bluff overlooking Puget Sound. Many historic buildings remain at this 19th century military fort."

http://parks.state.wa.us/511/Fort-Worden


Port Townsend Marine Science Center at Fort Warden State Park has touch tanks and an Orca skeleton exhibit. Follow the link for Trip Advisor reviews.

 


July and August is great weather in the Pacific Northwest, with average high temps in the 70's, 40% sunny days, and only 20% rain days.


Bergstom's Antique & Classic Autos, downtown Port Townsend

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Bergstrom's Antique and Classic Autos in downtown Port Townsend
Bergstrom's Antique and Classic Autos in downtown Port Townsend
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Kansas' Scenic Byways

Cedar Bluff State Park - Kansas
Cedar Bluff State Park - Kansas

"Cedar Bluff State Park is divided into two, unique areas along the shorelines of Cedar Bluff Reservoir. The Bluffton Area, on the north shore, provides nearly 350 acres for visitors.

It is the most developed area and provides a variety of facilities to meet the outdoor enthusiasts needs. ... Fishing can be fantastic in the Bluffton area also. Nearly all of the shoreline is accessible and there's a covered, handicap accessible fishing dock as well.
The Page Creek Area, on the south shore of the reservoir, is nearly 500 acres in size. It is not quite as developed but provides some of the finest primitive camping in the state with its large shade trees and sandy shorelines." http://ksoutdoors.com/State-Parks/Locations/Cedar-Bluff



"The Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway is approximately 42 miles in length and extends from the western city limits of Medicine Lodge to the junction of U.S. 160 and U.S. 183 at Coldwater. It bisects the beautiful Gypsum Hills. Travelers have the opportunity to see flat mesas, deep canyons, sharp high hills, red soils and caprock formations,"

http://www.naturalkansas.org/gypsum.htm

"Ancient floodplains, buttes, canyons, mesas and sinkholes are rare on the Great Plains.  Yet, nestled in the Kansas grasslands is the Gypsum Hills, or Red Hills, with plenty of geologic diversity.  The Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway is enchantingly noteworthy for its rolling, weathered hills, picturesqe vistas and outdoor recreational options.  The drive affords tantalizing views of the rugged landscape and includes two scenic overlooks to help you soak it all in."

http://www.travelks.com/ksbyways/gypsum-hills/


 

"Nature's Roller Coaster," the Post Rock Scenic Byway was established in 1998 along Kansas Highway 232 from Interstate 70 north to its intersection with Kansas Highway 18 at Lucas.  It winds through crop and pasture land in a section of Kansas with heritage uniquely American." http://www.lucaskansas.com/Post_Rock_Scenic_Byway.html

 

"Lucas, a farming community of 407 people, is known as the "Grassroots Art Capital of Kansas". The World’s Largest Souvenir Travel Plate welcomes you to town, and traditional Post Rock limestone architecture enhances neighborhoods and downtown businesses. Lucas is home to a thriving downtown, a community-based, first-run movie theater, and some wonderful art experiences. World famous outsider art environment Garden of Eden has been an attraction since 1907, built by Civil War Veteran S.P. Dinsmoor. Over 150 three story concrete structures show the pioneering spirit of this town that embraces art by everyday people. The Garden of Eden is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, also consists of a stone log cabin home and a mausoleum where Mr. Dinsmoor and his first wife are buried.The Grassroots Art Center houses the work of untrained artists of the region. While in Lucas don't miss The Worlds Largest Things just south of the Garden of Eden. Be sure to see the World's Smallest Mural and also remember to bring a chair for Erika's "Chairy" Tree.
Stop by for a taste of traditional recipe Czechlovakian bologna from Brant’s Meat Market, now in its third generation, and experience the quirky wonderful things Lucas has to offer."

http://www.lucaskansas.com/

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Destination Highways California maps

Destination Highways has maps and books for California and Washington. There's more rides on our 3 California pages.

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Dinosaur, Colorado

Winding up for Douglas Pass, Google Maps photo by Craig Gaebel
Winding up for Douglas Pass, Google Maps photo by Craig Gaebel

Head north from Grand Junction, CO on Douglas Pass Road (Hwy 139 in Loma) to Dinosaur National Monument. See Google map with directions.

 

Dinosaur National Monument

 

Canyons and Rivers

 

"If you desire is to see some of the spectacular canyon country scenery, the Colorado side is the place for you. The Harpers Corner Road is a 32 mile scenic drive that includes overlooks of the Yampa and Green rivers. The short Harpers Corner Trail at the road's end is a must to get the most dramatic views. For those with a high clearance vehicle, The drive to Echo Park will take you into the depths of the river canyons."

http://www.nps.gov/dino/planyourvisit/basicinfo.htm

 

"The route goes by colorful Plug Hat Butte, which contains a wheelchair-accessible trail and a picnic area. As the road continues to gain elevation, the scenery reflects the changing ecosystems. The last 12 miles include several striking viewpoints and overlooks, some as high as 2500 feet above the Green and Yampa rivers. Steamboat Rock hides the confluence of the two rivers from view at the Echo Park overlook. A one-mile (one-way) trail at the end of the route leads to a vista with views into Whirlpool, Lodore, and Yampa canyons."

http://www.nps.gov/dino/planyourvisit/harpers-corner-road.htm

 

Click the map below to enlarge the canyon section of Harpers Corner Rd.

Close up of the canyon section of Harpers Corner Road from NPS (View Park Map)
Close up of the canyon section of Harpers Corner Road from NPS (View Park Map)

 

Dinosaur Fossils

 

"If you want to see Dinosaur Fossils, the Utah side of the monument is where you will want to go. Utah State Highway 149 takes visitors from US Highway 40 in Jensen, Utah into the monument and to the Quarry Visitor Center. Depending on the season, you may either drive to the Dinosaur Quarry Exhibit Hall or in summer, a shuttle bus will take you."

http://www.nps.gov/dino/planyourvisit/basicinfo.htm

 

"The Quarry Exhibit Hall, located over the world-famous Carnegie Dinosaur Quarry, is open! The Quarry Exhibit Hall allows visitors to view the wall of approximately 1,500 dinosaur bones in a refurbished, comfortable space. Here, you can gaze upon the remains of numerous different species of dinosaurs including Allosaurus, Apatosaurus, Camarasaurus, Diplodicus, and Stegosaurus along with several others. Exhibits, including an 80-foot long mural, reveal the story of these animals and many others that lived in the Morrison environment during the late Jurassic. There are even several places where you can touch real 149 million year old dinosaur fossils!"

http://www.nps.gov/dino/planyourvisit/quarry-exhibit-hall.htm

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Austin Pass Picnic Area Washington State

Austin Pass Picnic Area - Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Austin Pass Picnic Area - Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

"Located in Heather Meadows, this picnic area provides views of mountains, sub-alpine vegetation and occasional wildlife. Parking is abundant and includes spaces for large busses and RVs. The Heather Meadows Visitor Center and hiking trails for all abilities can be accessed from the picnic area."

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mbs/recarea/?recid=17544

A 3 hour trip from Seattle, it's only a few miles south of the Canadian Border, about a 38 mile ride thru the woods from Welcome, WA., with a few twists near the top.  See the map.

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Rainbow Bridge - La Conner, Washington

Rainbow Bridge, La Conner, WA by Walter Siegmund (talk) - Own work, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3450348
Rainbow Bridge, La Conner, WA by Walter Siegmund (talk) - Own work, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3450348

The picturesque Rainbow Bridge, built in 1957, still crosses the Swinomish Slough on Pioneer Parkway in La Conner, WA about an hour north of Seattle. La Conner's many Victorian Era buildings are shown with Mt Baker in the background, towering above to almost 11,000 ft elevation.

La Conner, WA with Mt Baker about 60 miles away. Wikipedia photo by Walter Siegmund (talk) - Own work, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3450332
La Conner, WA with Mt Baker about 60 miles away. Wikipedia photo by Walter Siegmund (talk) - Own work, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3450332

Tulip Festival, Mt. Vernon, WA - Google Maps photo by Shailendra Bhat
Tulip Festival, Mt. Vernon, WA - Google Maps photo by Shailendra Bhat

"The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is one of the destination events for the Pacific Northwest, held from April 1-30. Every spring hundreds of thousands of people come to enjoy the celebration of spring as millions of tulips burst into bloom. As with all things governed by Mother Nature, the tulips bloom according to their own schedule sometime during the festival." The festival is held in nearby Mt. Vernon. http://www.tulipfestival.org/

 

There's also a daffodil festival here in March. Here's the official RoozenGaarde map showing if the flowers are in bloom. Watch their video below.

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Barber Motorcycle Museum Birmingham, AL

Barber Motorcycle Museum - Google maps photo by Rico Desire
Barber Motorcycle Museum - Google maps photo by Rico Desire

Barber Motorcycle Museum in Leeds, Alabama (east Birmingham) features over 1400 vintage motorcycles on display.

 

Their next Vintage Festival is planned for Oct 7-9, 2016.

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Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

"Grand canyon of Yellowstone and Yellowstone fall" by Brocken Inaglory - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons
"Grand canyon of Yellowstone and Yellowstone fall" by Brocken Inaglory - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

"When Charles W. Cook first viewed the canyon after traveling west from the Lamar Valley on September 20, 1869 he subsequently wrote these words in his journal:

I was riding ahead, the two pack animals following, and then Mr. Folsom and Mr. Peterson on their saddle horses. I remembered seeing what appeared to be an opening in the forest ahead, which I presumed to be a park, or open country. While my attention was attracted by the pack animals, which had stopped to eat grass, my saddle horse suddenly stopped. I turned and looked forward from the brink of the great canyon, at a point just across from what is now called Inspiration Point. I sat there in amazement, while my companions came up, and after that, it seemed to me that it was five minutes before anyone spoke."

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Canyon_of_the_Yellowstone

NPS website has an interactive map to help you plan your visit to Yellowstone NP. Click the map.
NPS website has an interactive map to help you plan your visit to Yellowstone NP. Click the map.
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Gatlinburg TN to Cades Cove

Meigs Falls is on the road between Gatlinburg, TN and Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountain NP
Meigs Falls is on the road between Gatlinburg, TN and Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountain NP

We're off to Meigs Falls this spring.  Looks like a fun road.  See larger map.

See more area info and photos on our Blue Ridge Mountains page.

 

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Natural Falls State Park in NE Oklahoma

Natural Falls State Park - Photo by Doug Wertman from Rogers, AR, USA [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Natural Falls State Park - Photo by Doug Wertman from Rogers, AR, USA [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

"Located in northeast Oklahoma in the scenic Ozark Highlands region, Natural Falls State Park features a 77-foot (23 m) waterfall cascading through rock formations and creating a hidden, serene atmosphere at the bottom of a narrow V-shaped valley. An observation platform with a nearby picnic pavilion overlooks the falls and a deck with seating is available at the base of the falls. Picnic tables and grills can be found throughout the park. Campsites including 44 RV sites and 27 tent sites, and a comfort station with showers are also on site."

"The falls are known to local residents as Dripping Springs Falls, but the State renamed the park as Natural Falls to distinguish it from Dripping Springs State Park and other sites in Oklahoma with similar names."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_Falls_State_Park

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Sedona Arizona videos

Sedona Overview


Sedona What to See and Do

Sedona TV

Secret Sedona - HD

Larry Lindahl


Sedona: The Spirit of Wonder, Original IMAX Movie

Sedonavision,  (Note: the video is blank for the first 34 seconds)

"This 34 minute movie was made by a professional production company here in Sedona and was viewed for several years in a full, 4 story IMAX theater called Supervue. It has a cast and a story line, not just pretty pictures of Sedona." https://www.youtube.com/

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Verde Canyon Railroad, Clarksdale AZ

Flickr photo by Insomnia Cured Here. Click on the photo to see it on flickr.
Flickr photo by Insomnia Cured Here. Click on the photo to see it on flickr.

"A treasured bit of history traversing a rare and scenic Arizona wilderness, Verde Canyon Railroad is a fresh view into the unspoiled heart of the West. Postcard-perfect scenery is only part of the magic. The train provides a comfortable and exciting journey as it travels a leisurely four hours from the charming Clarkdale depot to the ghost ranch at Perkinsville and back. Awe-inspiring rock formations, historic trestles, ancient cliff dwellings and soaring raptors are just a few of the trip’s many highlights. First-class cars boast plush seating, complimentary appetizers and a full-service bar. Coach offers vintage Pullman-style seating, panoramic windows and snack bars. Everyone has access to open-air viewing cars offering 360-degree views and spectacular photographic opportunities.

A stone’s throw (15 minutes) from the hillside mining town of Jerome, Verde Canyon Railroad’s Clarkdale depot is located in the heart of the Verde Valley, a diverse crossroads featuring amazing adventures in every direction. Only two hours from Phoenix and 25 minutes from Sedona, Verde Canyon Railroad is the perfect Arizona day trip. Reservations are accepted at 800.293.7245 or online at verdecanyonrr.com."

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Jerome Arizona 30 miles west of Sedona

Hotel Connor in Jerome, AZ gets a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor. Google Maps photo by Ted Cash.
Hotel Connor in Jerome, AZ gets a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor. Google Maps photo by Ted Cash.

 

Airport Road is a favorite spot for sunset viewing. See larger map.

There's more Arizona ride info on our southwest pages.

 

Jerome, AZ is 30 miles west of Sedona.  Click on the map to enlarge it.
Jerome, AZ is 30 miles west of Sedona. Click on the map to enlarge it.
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Marietta Ohio loop - Hwy 26, 148, and 7

A 2014 Victory Cross Tour was our rental for riding along Ohio 7
A 2014 Victory Cross Tour was our rental for riding along Ohio 7
Ohio 26 is one of many great roads in southeast Ohio.
Ohio 26 is one of many great roads in southeast Ohio.

See larger map. This Marietta loop is 10 miles from US 250, which connects Sandusky, Ohio and Richmond, Virginia.  It crosses the Appalachians between I-79 and I-81. See our 240 mile US 250 ride. There's more to see on our Ohio River page.

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Texas Hill Country on Butler Maps

We have a Texas Hill Country page with ride info. Get your Texas Hill Country map from Butler Motorcycle Maps.

Texas Hill Country map for motorcycle travel
Texas Hill Country map for motorcycle travel
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Adirondacks Binghamton loop

This 2 or 3 day ride in upstate New York features scenic NY Hwy 30 through the Adirondacks. It's easy access from Albany or Syracuse. Our first leg can be either I-88 or rural NY 7.  See larger map.

At the town of Saranac Lake NY you're about 9 miles from Lake Placid NY, home of the Olympic Training Center and Whiteface Mountain Ski Center. See larger map.

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Dingmans Bridge PA / NJ

Google Maps photo from Dingmans Bridge over the Delaware River
Google Maps photo from Dingmans Bridge over the Delaware River

Historic Dingmans Bridge crosses the Delaware River near Dingmans Ferry PA between I-80 and I-84 in the northwest corner of NJ. This area may be the best riding in New Jersey. There's more great riding info on our New Jersey page.

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San Francisco rental bikes, good rates

Our California pages have rides and more info.

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Gila Cliff Dwellings, Silver City NM

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument Google photo by Arthur & Stephanie

 

NM Hwy 15 north of Silver City, NM. Google maps photo.
NM Hwy 15 north of Silver City, NM. Google maps photo.

325 miles east of Phoenix, Gila Cliff Dwellings NM is north of Silver City on New Mexico Hwy 15. (See the map) The National Park Service website has more photos and info

Silver City has an interesting downtown park, a literal ditch.  "The creek below was once Silver City’s Main Street, but summer flooding caused the city’s planners to rethink their strategy. Now a beautiful and serene park, Big Ditch’s towering trees, prolific foliage, and long promenade are a favorite of locals and visitors of all ages."  http://silvercitytourism.org/destinations/big-ditch-park/

 

May or September look like good times to ride here. May is the lowest month for rainfall. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_City,_New_Mexico

Climate data for Silver City, New Mexico from Wikipedia
Climate data for Silver City, New Mexico from Wikipedia
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Clear Shot visor & eyewear cleaner

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I-40 detour to Hot Springs, NC

NC Hwy 209 to Hot Springs NC
NC Hwy 209 to Hot Springs NC

 

Last year I rode across I-40 from Asheville, NC to Knoxville, TN. It's heavily traveled by 18-wheelers heading over the mountains. So here is a scenic bypass you can try the next time through. See larger map.

 

The Appalachian trail and the French Broad River both travel thru Hot Springs. There's accommodations at the Iron Horse Station and Treehouse Cabins, or camping and rustic cabins at Creek Ridge Camping. The Mountain Magnolia Inn is a historic property with restaurant and spa, adjacent to the hot mineral springs.

 

"Soak in the hot mineral springs at the end of the day’s activities. Heated deep within the earth, the 103-degree crystal-clear carbonated waters are said to have curative qualities that will relax and rejuvenate you." http://hotspringsnc.org/play/relaxation/

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Stopngo.com tire plug kits

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US219 thru West VA and Pennsylvania

US219 travels thru all of West Virginia and Pennsylvania
US219 travels thru all of West Virginia and Pennsylvania

US219 runs from Virginia, near Blacksburg, thru scenic portions of West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Okay, the city of Bradford, PA (Kendall Oil) isn't so scenic, but 219 is two lanes for most of this 447 miles.

You can take it on to Buffalo, NY if you're heading to visit Niagara Falls.

"From largest to smallest, the three waterfalls are the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. The Horseshoe Falls lie mostly on the Canadian side and the American Falls entirely on the American side, separated by Goat Island. The smaller Bridal Veil Falls are also located on the American side, separated from the other waterfalls by Luna Island."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niagara_Falls

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Central Appalacians

This ride includes Laurel Caverns and Frank Lloyd Wright's creation, Fallingwater, in SW PA. Easily accessible from many cities in the east, this two-day ride can be combined with a ride on our West Virginia page, which intersects this route at US219 and I-64.   See larger map with directions.

"Cucumber Falls in Ohiopyle State Park" by Frank Kovalchek - originally posted to Flickr
"Cucumber Falls in Ohiopyle State Park" by Frank Kovalchek - originally posted to Flickr

We begin in Ohiopyle State Park in SW Pennsylvania.

 

"Visitors can stay overnight at Ohiopyle State Park's Kentuck Campground, or rent a cottage. The campground has 226 campsites with 27 of them being walk-in, tent only sites. All campsites have a picnic table and fire ring, modern restrooms with hot showers and flush toilets, and four playgrounds.

The rustic cottages have electricity, but lack running water. Each cottage can sleep five people in single or double bunks." 

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ohiopyle_State_Park#cite_note-osp-4

 

Check here for current info on Ohiopyle State Park. They've even added yurts.

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MSTA Central Florida lunch

Motorcycle Sport Touring Association

 

We met up for lunch today with riders from the MSTA Central Florida, including riders from Deland, Flagler Beach, Tampa, Leesburg, Melbourne and more. Although most of their group rides sport touring bikes, it's not a requirement. They had no problem with my cruiser. You can follow them on Facebook to be notified of their next event.

https://www.facebook.com/FLMSTA

 

MSTA has national events and chapters in