RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: The Cabot Trail

Jul 12, 2014 View Comments by

The Cabot Trail circumnavigates the mountainous coastline of Cape Breton Island in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. It was completed in 1932, joining previously isolated fishing villages along an approximately 180-mile loop. The name traces back to the Italian explorer John Cabot, who reached these shores in 1497. The Cabot Trail winds its way […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Utah Route 12 Scenic Byway

Jun 17, 2014 View Comments by

This route is a two-lane byway through some of the most iconic red rock scenery in the West. Parks along the way include: Capitol Reef National Park, Anasazi Indian Village State Park, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, and Bryce Canyon National Parks. Car and Driver magazine reportedly rated this route as one of the top […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: U.S.-163 Red Rocks Rhapsody

May 10, 2014 View Comments by

This may not have been where the west was won, but it certainly was where many of John Ford’s iconic westerns, starring John Wayne, were filmed, including Stagecoach, The Searchers, and others. Films shot in Monument Valley by other directors range from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) to National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983). Route U.S.-163 departs […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Grand Army of the Republic Hwy

Apr 11, 2014 View Comments by

The Pennsylvania portion of U.S. Route 6 runs east to west near the state’s northern border with New York. The entire transcontinental length of U.S. 6 is also known as the Grand Army of the Republic Highway, named in honor of soldiers who fought in the American Civil War. This is a laid-back cruise with […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Washington SR-20 (aka North Cascades Highway)

Mar 07, 2014 View Comments by

What is it? SR-20 is the northernmost paved route through the Cascade Mountains. From the west it follows the Skagit River into the high elevations of North Cascades National Park and beyond. The scenery includes lush old growth forests, numerous waterfalls, stunning mountain vistas, and emerald green lakes as the route continues east through a […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: U.S. Route 250

Feb 08, 2014 View Comments by

What is It? U.S. Route 250 is a spur of U.S. 50, which runs 514 miles from Sandusky, OH, to Richmond, VA, but the most scenic and curvy stretch is between Elkins, WV and Staunton, VA. Points of Interest: Staunton, VA and Elkins, WV are historic towns with numerous things to see and inviting eateries. […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Valley Of The Gods

Jan 11, 2014 View Comments by

FR 242 is an unpaved road that runs through the eerie sandstone formations in the Valley of the Gods. This valley is a smaller scale (and more isolated) version of Monument Valley, some 30 miles to the southwest. Many of the helicopter flying scenes in the 1980s TV series Airwolf were filmed here. The western […]

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Five Ways to Enhance Your Motorcycling Experience in 2014

Jan 07, 2014 View Comments by

Another year is upon us, and with it the opportunity to take things up a notch. You haven’t already broken any of those resolutions, have you? Plan at least one trip that’s more ambitious than anything you’ve previously tried. For some riders this could be finally taking the plunge into multi-day touring or dual-sport riding, […]

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

Sep 07, 2013 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 […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: NC Hwy 209, “The Rattler”

Aug 09, 2013 View Comments by

Traveling through the Pisgah National Forest and over the Great Smoky Mountains, NC Highway 209 twists and turns like an enraged rattlesnake! It’s one of western North Carolina’s most demanding rides. Scenery: Sweeping mountain scenery, but don’t let your eyes stray from the road for too long. Curves: I didn’t personally count them, but it’s […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Spearfish Canyon, SD

Jul 09, 2013 View Comments by

Although not a long ride, this route definitely should be on your bucket list. Limestone palisades crowd the narrow boundaries of this creek-carved gorge; it’s said to be older than the Grand Canyon. Until 1893 it was only accessible on horseback, but now a smooth two-lane road snakes its way through the canyon’s 1,000-foot walls. […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Kancamagus Highway In New Hampshire

Jun 12, 2013 View Comments by

The “Kanc” (aka New Hampshire SR-112) proves that longer is not always better. This famous scenic byway takes riders along a serpentine path cut through New Hampshire’s White Mountains. You’ll find several campgrounds and hiking trails, but, other than that, this slice of New England has been kept in its natural state. So fill your […]

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The Not Yet: Your Future Travels

May 23, 2013 View Comments by

Have you ever ridden in Istanbul? No. Have you ever ridden in Ireland? No. Have you ever ridden in Italy? No. Have you ever found yourself in one of these conversations? Being asked question after question about rides you haven’t done and destinations you haven’t been to? Do you find yourself replying—“No?” If you do […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: A Lake Tahoe Ramble

May 10, 2013 View Comments by

What is It? Beginning and ending in Reno, NV, this is a relaxing round trip ride through the Sierra Nevada Mountains and around Lake Tahoe, which sits on the border of California and Nevada. Lake Tahoe was formed naturally by a combination of several geologic forces. It has a surface elevation of 6,225 feet and […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Great Lakes Seaway Trail

Apr 11, 2013 View Comments by

What is It? A series of designated roads in Pennsylvania and New York, which closely parallel two Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River through a region brimming with American history, splendid scenery, and cool breezes. Scenery: Expansive views of lakes Erie & Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, 1000 Islands area, charming villages, 29 […]

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