Sharpen Your Tools

Apr 03, 2013 View Comments by

Sharpen Your ToolsAbout the only good thing I can say about this time of year is the “time” you get to use as you see fit. After all, it’s too cold to ride, so let’s take this opportunity to truly sharpen our riding tools, so that when the sun pops out and temps rise, we are ready to hit the road. When talking “tools,” I mean it in the broadest sense, not just pliers, a screwdriver, and electrical tape. I mean everything, right down to seeing if your jacket and pants still fit, or if you’re still working off that Christmas fruitcake. Yep, it’s time to replace that glove you lost, those sunglasses you broke, and to buy another set of cheaters so you can see the map or read the GPS. I know you’ve already upgraded its maps. Well, don’t despair if you haven’t, because I have discovered another “tool,” and it’s the best kind. It’s a book, and not just any book, but one that’s perfect for this time of year’s pre-planning/dreaming by the fire.

The book is called “The Most Scenic Drives in America,” published by Reader’s Digest. It is a full-color, hard cover, 400 page pictorial publication containing 120 road trips, divided into Western, Rocky Mountain, Central, and Eastern regions, as well as Canadian provinces. Inside each section are easy-to-use maps, directions, and highlighted descriptions, as well as mileage. It’s tools like this that we here at RoadRUNNER use to help us plan our trips. Upon further review, I even found some of the very tours I have taken, and even though I might not agree with every turn they make, the general theme of the experience is correct, and most importantly, up-to-date. Unlike GPS mapping, which will take you by the most direct route, this book will take you by the most “scenic” course. In essence, this is one tool that will leave you sharper. So you can take that extra time you have and buy a larger pair of pants. Ride on.

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A Wisconsin farm boy, I learned how to ride a cow, before a horse and way before a motorcycle. I first started riding on my 16th birthday and I took my first real ride at my party: I pulled a wheelie and dug a trench in the lawn, which sent the bike in one direction and me in another. I was irrevocably hooked!