Blog Section: Destinations

Riding and Camping in Yellowstone: Mountains, Geysers, and Bears … Oh My!

Nov 20, 2017 View Comments by

As I press my tent stakes into the mineral-rich soil of the nation’s oldest national park, I am glad that I didn’t heed the impulse to turn around before even rolling across the western boundary of Yellowstone earlier in the day. The big jugs on my BMW R 1200 GS were getting hotter than I […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Flaming Gorge-Uintas National Scenic Byway

Nov 08, 2017 View Comments by

The traditional National Scenic Byway route has been extended into Wyoming to construct an inviting round trip. The byway meanders along the eastern flank of the Uinta Mountains. Riders will traverse Ashley National Forest and the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. The area is thick with Old West atmosphere and the terrain provides many stunning […]

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Classic Roads: Beartooth Country Ride

Sep 19, 2017 View Comments by

Every summer in Montana, for a few months, a window opens. The snow melts (mostly), the sun comes out, and wildflowers push up through the dirt. It’s the perfect time to ride. Starting from the small town of Columbus, MT, perched on the banks of the Yellowstone River, this route takes you on lesser-known scenic […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Bucktail Trail, Pennsylvania Scenic Byway (State Route 120)

Sep 16, 2017 View Comments by

Many years before it became known as the Bucktail Trail, PA 120 was a Native American Trail called the Sinnemahoning Path. It was used by Native Americans to cross the eastern continental divide between the Susquehanna and the Allegheny Rivers. Today, State Route 120 leads riders through a progression of small towns and unspoiled natural […]

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Germany: Down by the River

Sep 01, 2017 View Comments by

Germany is home to two famous rivers, the Rhine and the Danube. But it’s the underdog, the Main (pronounced “mine”) River, which connects some of the most beautiful motorcycling areas in the country. The Main meanders drunkenly between the most traditional and innovative beer brewing areas in Franconian Switzerland and some of the best white […]

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California and Nevada: In the Tire Tracks of a Pioneer

Aug 31, 2017 View Comments by

In May 1903, George A. Wyman left San Francisco with the then-crazy idea of riding his motorcycle all the way to New York City. In the Beginning I stand at the intersection of Market and Kearny Streets in San Francisco. Tall buildings block the sun and reflect the noise of the city back onto the […]

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Arkansas: The Untamed Side of the Natural State

Aug 14, 2017 View Comments by

A tawny, striped face stares at me, unblinking. The Bengal tiger must weigh almost 400 pounds, and she is only a few steps away. I didn’t know there were tigers in Arkansas. Her name is Crysta and she is a permanent resident at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, seven miles south of Eureka Springs. Thankfully, two […]

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England on Enfields: Stay Left, Look Right

Aug 07, 2017 View Comments by

“Look for Big Al. Tell him Tall Paul sent you …” With a wave, these words end our first black cab ride in London. Who’d have thought our cabbie would know someone at the one Royal Enfield dealer in East London, where we are staying, on a trip that will have us riding two Enfields—a […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway (Utah Route 128)

Aug 05, 2017 View Comments by

The western end of this route out of Moab, which borders Arches National Park, quickly engulfs riders in massive canyon walls. If you can imagine what it would be like to ride through the Grand Canyon, it would be a little like this, though this canyon obviously is on a smaller scale. The eastern section […]

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Costa Rica: Call of the Wild

Aug 03, 2017 View Comments by

Arriving in Costa Rica a day 
early, Kris and I decide to take a walking tour of San José, the 
small country’s bustling capital. A first, chance encounter with the legendary Pan-American Highway stops us in our tracks. Standing curbside at the busy roadway with no crosswalks or signals, navigating by foot doesn’t seem wise […]

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A Day on the Trans-Mass Trail with the Northeast Dual-Sport Riders

Jul 29, 2017 View Comments by

Several years ago, while on Blue Rim Tours’ Five-Country Tour, I met Victoria Zandonella. Although we were on paved routes on that trip, I quickly learned that she was an avid dual-sport rider who founded the Northeast Dual-Sport Riders (NDR) club. During much of the year, the club, of well over 200 members, hosts a ride […]

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Classic Roads: Lakes to Locks Passage

Jul 28, 2017 View Comments by

The Lakes to Locks Passage is a byway in upstate New York that follows an interconnected waterway of canals and lakes extending from near Albany, NY, to the border with Quebec, Canada. This linked series of state and federal roads runs through Adirondack hamlets, charming small cities, bucolic rural landscapes, cultural and recreational sites, and […]

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Western New York: Exploring History on a Scrambler

Jul 22, 2017 View Comments by

Peel back the thin veneer of modern life and you will find layers and layers
of history, stories of struggle and conquest, innovation and revolution. Turn your motorcycle into a time machine and immerse yourself in the past.

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The Dalles, Oregon Shamrock Tour®: Exploring the Columbia River Gorge Area

Jul 17, 2017 View Comments by

The Columbia River Gorge’s breathtaking vistas owe its heritage to a series of geological cataclysms during the last ice age. A huge 2,000-foot-deep glacial lake had formed over present day Missoula, MT. The ice dam, impounding the glacial melt, gave way, sending a massive torrent of destruction down the Columbia River. Geologists believe the ice […]

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Ecuador and Colombia: The End of the Road

Jun 22, 2017 View Comments by

We’re riding north on the Pan-American Highway, passing lush, green meadows and houses with gable roofs and stucco façades. For a moment, the landscape feels strangely European. But we’re quickly reminded we aren’t at home: After four months of motorcycling in Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru on our trusty KTMs, we reach the border of […]

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