Blog Section: Destinations

Continental Divide, Part 2: Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico

Dec 01, 2016 View Comments by

Our route out of Rawlins, WY, takes us through the city’s center before turning south and heading out of town. It is a great day for riding, with mostly clear skies and cool temperatures, as we enter the Medicine Bow National Forest. Not far from the Colorado border we come upon Aspen Alley, a peaceful […]

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Michigan’s Upper Peninsula: Northern Exposure

Nov 27, 2016 View Comments by

I’ve been curious about Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (aka the U.P.) for a number 
of years. This northern exposure has plummeting wintertime temperatures and lake-effect snow piling high. The U.P. constitutes 29 percent of Michigan’s total landmass, but the unforgiving winter weather explains why only three percent 
of the state’s population lives here year-round. During the […]

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Folkston, Georgia Shamrock Tour®: Sand in the Swamp

Nov 19, 2016 View Comments by

Stretching across the Florida-Georgia border lies an impenetrable wall of stoic old oaks draped with Spanish moss and rooted in the dark, murky waters of the Okefenokee Swamp. With rumors of unexplained and supernatural phenomena, the swamp is full of secrets to be discovered.

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Pennsylvania Ridge and Valley Ramble

Nov 04, 2016 View Comments by

The narrow ridges and valleys of South Central Pennsylvania take motorcyclists into secluded enclaves hidden in off-the-beaten-path valleys. Riders start and finish in historic McConnellsburg, PA. The map indicates a clockwise riding direction, but the adventure is equally rewarding by going in a counter-clockwise direction. Roadside services can be found in McConnellsburg, Lewistown, and Orbisonia, […]

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Big Bend, Texas: Into the Great Wide Open

Nov 02, 2016 View Comments by

We wake to sunny skies, a forecast in the mid-70s, and our bikes are ready to go. As I pull on my boots, my pulse quickens. I sense that this is going to be a great day for riding. Stepping outside, I find it hard to believe that it’s February. Fewer than 24 hours ago, […]

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Arizona and New Mexico: Southwestern Diversity

Oct 30, 2016 View Comments by

“To those devoid of imagination a blank place on the map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part.” 
Author, Aldo Leopold As motorcyclists, we are by nature attracted to the lines and dots on a map. However, those blank places that 
Leopold referenced are what make a tour visually stunning. Thankfully we […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Upper Delaware Scenic Byway (NY 97)

Oct 22, 2016 View Comments by

What is It? Paralleling the course of the upper Delaware River, this byway was constructed in the 1930s to link Port Jervis, NY with Hancock, NY. From the beginning it was envisioned as both a scenic highway and a means of opening up this western section of New York. Today, it’s one of the favorite East […]

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Revelstoke, BC Shamrock Tour®: The Unexpected Motorcycling Mecca

Oct 21, 2016 View Comments by

To many drivers, Revelstoke is just a stopover between Vancouver and Calgary. But for motorcyclists, the Kootenay-Columbia region around the city contains some of British Columbia’s best highways and byways, from sublime cruising to cuss-word challenging.

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Albania: Carving a Country of Contrast

Oct 19, 2016 View Comments by

There’s a man taking his bear for a walk. Traffic is a bit heavy and quite chaotic, but he doesn’t appear concerned. Drivers yield as if there is a codified rule of the road providing bears the right-of-way. This scene might seem unusual in Los Angeles or Munich, however this is Albania. Shkodër, to be […]

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Southwest Virginia: The Heart of Appalachia

Oct 12, 2016 View Comments by

What do two Canadians, a German, and an Austro-American have in common? They have all made the journey to the westernmost corner of Virginia in the middle of July to experience the Heart of Appalachia—a corner so tightly wedged between Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina, and with so much kudzu, that the German needed a […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: The Silver Thread Scenic Byway (Colorado State Route 149)

Oct 08, 2016 View Comments by

State Route 149 begins at its junction with U.S. 160 in South Fork, CO, and snakes northward through the San Juan Mountains to U.S. 50. Along the way it passes through the Rio Grande National Forest. Riders cross the Continental Divide at Spring Creek Pass at an elevation of 10,901 feet. Points of Interest: South […]

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Classic Roads: Rim of the World Highway

Oct 04, 2016 View Comments by

Assigning such a grandiose title to 
California’s Highway 18 may smack of Hollywood hyperbole. But with its magnificent vistas and the overlooks toward San Gorgonio Mountain—the highest peak in Southern California—you could be forgiven for thinking you really were riding the rim of the world.

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Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming: Continental Divide, Part 1

Sep 28, 2016 View Comments by

A rugged adventure awaits 
those who seek it. Remote mountain passes, picturesque views, and diverse, often 
challenging, terrain—where every mile is a feast for the senses—can all be found on a cross-country journey along 
the Continental Divide.

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Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont: American Industrial Revolution

Sep 06, 2016 View Comments by

When British immigrant Samuel Slater introduced the first mechanized system of spinning cotton in the 1790s, America was still an agrarian society with a widely dispersed population, but that would soon start changing.

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Points of Interest: Sturgis, South Dakota

Aug 12, 2016 View Comments by

Located in rural Meade County, Sturgis is a gateway to the Black Hills, a land dotted with waterways, craggy buttes, and buffalo. Originally named Scooptown but later changed to honor Civil War Union General Samuel D. Sturgis, the historic town is home to approximately 6,700 residents, though this number skyrockets every August during the Sturgis Motorcycle […]

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