Archive for May, 2019

City Escape: Vancouver, British Columbia

May 30, 2019 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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The Joys of Camping: Choosing a Campsite

May 24, 2019 View Comments by

I don’t have a problem with nice company. But when traveling by myself on a bike, I love the “get away from it all” feeling of wild campsites. No RV generators, no cell phones, preferably no noise at all, apart from nature sounds like creeks or birds. Location is important. I always look for great […]

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City Escape: Atlanta, GA to Northern Georgia

May 22, 2019 View Comments by

A scenic jaunt through the southern Appalachians and rural northern Georgia, this route contains an abundance of natural beauty. The best times to go are April to June and September to November. Length Approximately 226 miles Meet-up spot Starbucks, 12330 Crabapple Rd, Alpharetta, GA. Lunch stop Hofer’s of Helen Bakery & Café, 8758 North Main […]

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City Escape: Washington, D.C.

May 17, 2019 View Comments by

A relaxing ramble through rolling Maryland farmlands and the Blue Ridge Mountains with challenging curves and scenic vistas. The best times to go on this loop are May, June, September, and October. Length Approximately 186 miles. Meet-up spot Starbucks at 14941 Shady Grove Rd (Fallsgrove Shopping Center across from Shady Grove Hospital), Rockville, MD. Lunch […]

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MotoBloopers: It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane, No, it’s a … MotoHero?

May 15, 2019 View Comments by

I’m sure I’ve mentioned in prior posts that my first bike was a 1981 Yamaha Maxim. The Maxim was impressive in its day, with narrow cruiser styling draped over a Japanese 4-cylinder. Mine was flat black with gold lettering and a missing air box, my brother found it for me for $400 back in ’98. […]

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The Joys of Camping Honey – I Shrunk Our Stuff

May 13, 2019 View Comments by

My campground neighbors must have enjoyed the show, watching the idiot, yours truly, wander over to a small coffee pot sitting on the ground, lift the lid, and peer into it every couple of minutes. They were probably somewhat bewildered as I poured steaming water into two cups, brewing some Starbucks instant coffee for my […]

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City Escape: Portland, OR

May 06, 2019 View Comments by

This route includes some of the most breathtaking scenery in the northwest United States, from sweeping vistas atop Mt. Hood to the geological wonder that is the Columbia River Gorge. Spring, summer, and fall are all glorious seasons to experience this road trip. Length Approximately 184 miles. Meet-up spot Starbucks, 603 SW Jackson St #216, […]

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Epic Motorcycle Fail: Stuck Like Chuck

May 01, 2019 View Comments by

Photojournalist Luke Swab has always had an adventurous side. And most the time, his adventures are epic successes. But when he decided to take a solo ride through Mexico with plans of camping along the way in 2009, things went a little bit awry. On the first day of the trip, he chose a beautiful […]

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