When the Destination is a Journey: Riding to the Rails

Mar 16, 2015 View Comments by

Yes, the title is a flip on the motorcycling truism, “It’s the journey not the destination.” However, if you’re like me, you want the time spent off the bike to hold some adventure as well. Punctuating a day’s ride with an intriguing endgame is part of planning a memorable tour. I recently took a ride […]

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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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City Escape: Vancouver, British Columbia

Aug 12, 2013 View Comments by

A winding tarmac ribbon soaring from sea to sky through BC’s Coast Range into semi-desert, then back through the spectacular Fraser Canyon. Take in four climate zones! Yes, it’s a long ride, but it’s comfortably doable in a day as long as you start early. This local motorcycling classic is best from late May to […]

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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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