Blog Section: Destinations

RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: U.S. Route 421, Richmond, KY to Boone, NC

May 20, 2017 View Comments by

In its totality, U.S. 421 runs for 941 miles (Michigan City, IN, to Fort Fisher in North Carolina), but we believe one of the best sections for motorcyclists is between Richmond, KY, and Boone, NC. The route is mostly two-lane tarmac, winding its way through rural Appalachian Mountain terrain. Best Time to Go: Spring through […]

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Washington: Volcanic Venture

May 18, 2017 View Comments by

I won the lottery—and I didn’t even know I was playing. Growing up in Europe where there is usually another town every couple of miles, I wasn’t aware that I could ride for 75 miles without seeing a single gas station. In Washington, I don’t need the additional excitement. Two beautiful passes offer enough adrenaline […]

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Reader Ride: Namibia, Africa

May 16, 2017 View Comments by

There comes a time in every man’s life when you realize you are never going to meet certain goals you set for yourself. Call it the proverbial “midlife crisis” or just a healthy dose of reality brought on by too many years treading water in the flotsam and jetsam of life. Mine came as I […]

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Classic Roads: Riding High on Colorado’s San Juan Skyway

Apr 28, 2017 View Comments by

Colorado’s San Juan Mountains are home to some of the most beautiful alpine landscapes in the Centennial State. They are also home to a collection of exceptionally scenic and challenging motorcycle roads. Starting in Durango, riders motor north on U.S. 550. This stretch of road between Durango and Ouray, which tops out above 11,000 feet, […]

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TN, KY, IL, and MO: Trail of Tears Pt 2

Apr 25, 2017 View Comments by

“Left Brainerd for the Cherokee camps … Thus we leave this place, 
perhaps never to return.” —The Journal of Rev. Daniel S. Butrick, October 4, 1839 Reverend Butrick departed from Calhoun, TN, with the Richard Taylor Detachment on the overland Northern Route. My wingman, Bob Brown, and me, however, initially follow a paved approximation of […]

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Portugal: The Prettiest End of Europe

Apr 23, 2017 View Comments by

The prettiest end of Europe—that could be the most accurate description of Portugal. Remnant’s of this once-enormous empire are scattered throughout, from its decadent dining establishments to haunting historical buildings. One can’t forget the country’s beautiful coastline though, or its peaceful countryside, which is exactly where this journey begins.

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Athens, Ohio Shamrock Tour®: Oh Me Oh My Ohio!

Apr 20, 2017 View Comments by

Ohio is an amazingly contradictory land. In places, it’s as flat as a Ping-Pong table with arrow-straight swaths of asphalt plowing through endless acres of agriculture. But in the southern part of the state, rugged hills magically rise from nowhere, grab the road, and rumple it into a glorious chaos of curves.

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Gulf Coast Cruise (Tallahassee to New Orleans)

Apr 14, 2017 View Comments by

When cold weather calls, journey south for a relaxing cruise along the Gulf of Mexico. Starting in Florida’s capital, this route will take you through four states before ending up in The Big Easy. Best Time to Go: Winter through early spring Scenery: Sand and surf Curves: Mostly straight Services: Plentiful Traffic: Can be heavy on weekends and around […]

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Peru: Land of the Incas

Apr 12, 2017 View Comments by

Contrary to what many Peruvians believe, they’re not the best drivers in the world—at least, that was our experience. In oncoming traffic, they drive straight at you, crossing over lanes on hills and blind corners, and swinging way out on the wrong side of the road when taking curves. During the daytime, they love their […]

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New Mexico Backcountry Discovery Route: The Desert Crucible

Apr 04, 2017 View Comments by

The art of creating Damascus steel, that extraordinary blade with the wavy design seen in antique knives and swords from the Middle East, is lost to mankind. Speculation suggests multiple layers of metals were forged, folded, and welded together to form a single blade of exceptional quality. Certain aspects of adventure travel have a similar […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: The Turquoise Trail (New Mexico)

Mar 18, 2017 View Comments by

The Turquoise Trail, a designated National Scenic Byway, is believed to be an ancient path used by native people for traveling between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM. Iconic geological formations are plentiful along the route. People of European descent were first attracted to the area in the 19th century to mine precious metals. This ruggedly […]

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Kanab, Utah Shamrock Tour®: The Greatest Earth on Show

Mar 02, 2017 View Comments by

It’s a beautiful late spring morning as Kris and I prepare for the first of four days 
exploring southwestern Utah. It’s no secret the state has some of the most fantastic scenery and roads this side of anywhere, and we are more than eager to get underway.

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Bolivia: Salt, Sand, and Altitude Sickness

Feb 20, 2017 View Comments by

The border crossing to enter 
Bolivia is serious. The customs 
officer checks our passports, insurance, VIN numbers, 
registration papers, and license plates. Finally we are good to go, heading for La Paz, where we will meet a group of female Bolivian artisans crafting to gain independence.

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Washington State Route 14 (“Gorge Highway”)

Feb 12, 2017 View Comments by

Although State Route 14 begins as a continuation of the Lewis and Clark Scenic Byway in downtown Vancouver, WA, we prefer starting a little farther east, where it is less trafficked, at the junction of State Route 14 and Interstate 82. This route hugs the northern shore of the Columbia River, offering travelers unparalleled vistas […]

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Washington, D.C. to Tennessee: Trail of Tears

Feb 08, 2017 View Comments by

Missionary Daniel Butrick kept a journal of his travels with the Cherokee People as they were force-marched to Indian Territory during the winter of 1838-39. It is one of the saddest episodes in American history, with the depths of despair grippingly described in this entry: “… the government might more mercifully have put to death […]

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