Blog Section: Destinations

In Pursuit of Wildness: Great Basin National Park

Jun 03, 2020 View Comments by

Rarely do I ride 1,800 miles just because a stranger suggests an awesome ride, but I had just met a fellow rider, Scott, in Springerville, AZ, and he was already persuading me to take a ride near his home in Utah. He called it the Nebo Loop, but it’s also known as the Mount Nebo […]

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Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge Is Now Reopened for Guests

May 14, 2020 View Comments by

After a six-week shutdown to non-residents, Graham county officials have given the green light to reopen, so plan on getting out and riding some of the best roads in the country. When you’re done, you can come back to the Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge for a good meal and to relax and enjoy yourself.   Iron […]

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Communication In Motion: A Visit to Cardo Headquarters

May 05, 2020 View Comments by

For those that follow my musings online, you may know that I had an article published in the January/February 2020 issue of RoadRunner, a U.S. magazine devoted to motorcycle travel. The article, “Ra’anana to Eilat – Watch Out for Camels & Tanks,” documents a 220 miles (350 km) ride from my hometown through the Negev […]

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Unusual Destinations: The Fugitive Dam

May 04, 2020 View Comments by

The Cheoah Dam is a hydroelectric facility located along U.S. 129 not far from Robbinsville, NC, in one direction and the Tail of the Dragon in the other direction. The Neoclassical-style architecture of the dam, which was completed in 1910, gives it a sinister appearance. This apparently made it the perfect setting for a dramatic […]

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City Escape: Fresno, California Day Ride

Apr 30, 2020 View Comments by

The towering trees and winding roads of Sequoia National Park are on the itinerary for this ride east of Fresno. There are interesting things to see and great stretches of road outside the park boundaries as well. The route starts at the desert elevation of 300 feet above sea level but climbs high into the […]

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Unusual Destinations: Mantle Rock, Kentucky

Apr 20, 2020 View Comments by

Mantle Rock, located in Western Kentucky near the Ohio River, is the largest freestanding, naturally formed stone arch east of the Mississippi River. The 188-foot-long formation rises to 30 feet above ground level. Some retellings of the Cherokee Trail of Tears saga suggest that the Cherokee, who were being force-marched to Indian Territory, took refuge […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Petrified Forest National Park

Apr 13, 2020 View Comments by

I’m on historic US Route 66 heading east for a small village nestled next to the Rio Grande in New Mexico called La Joya. Each year, I make this journey across the wild west, past little communities and towns with interesting names: Newberry Springs, Oatman, Cool Springs, Valentine, Peach Springs, Twin Arrows, Two Guns. They […]

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Unusual Destinations: Superman’s Hometown

Mar 02, 2020 View Comments by

Virtually everyone knows that when the mythical Superman became an adult he worked for the Daily Planet newspaper in the city of Metropolis. But where was Metropolis located, exactly? In 1972 the Illinois State Legislature passed a resolution declaring that Metropolis, IL is the “Hometown of Superman.” Although the name “Metropolis” suggests a large city, […]

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Unusual Destinations: Ship’s Bell from the Edmund Fitzgerald

Jan 28, 2020 View Comments by

When it was launched in 1958, the SS Edmund Fitzgerald was the largest freighter sailing the Great Lakes. But shortly after 7:10 pm on Nov. 10, 1975, disaster struck the mighty ship. The entire crew of 29 was lost when a severe storm, with waves up to 35 feet high, sent the ship to the […]

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General Grant Tree: The Nation’s Christmas Tree

Dec 23, 2019 View Comments by

By now, most people throughout the country have put up a Christmas tree in celebration of the upcoming holiday. It’s only fitting that we highlight the General Grant Tree, in Kings Canyon National Park, which was dedicated in April 1926 as the National Christmas Tree. The Nation’s Christmas Tree was named after Ulysses S. Grant […]

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Kahului, Maui, Hawaii Day Ride

Dec 14, 2019 View Comments by

This entertaining, challenging, and supremely beautiful ride has Kahului, Maui’s largest city, as its axis. It features a short out-and-back on the island’s famed Road to Hana as well as a full loop around the beautiful West Maui region. Variety is the spice of life, and this mini-tour of Maui’s volcanic wonderland is as diverse […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Abó Ruins, New Mexico

Dec 13, 2019 View Comments by

In the 2009 documentary The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, Director Ken Burns spoke about the grandeur of a world known as Yellowstone National Park, as well as less familiar National Park Service areas, such as Abó Ruins, an integral part of Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument in New Mexico. Burns once said: “We are […]

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Bucket List Roads: Valley Of The Gods

Oct 28, 2019 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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Bucket List Roads: Italy’s Stelvio Pass

Oct 17, 2019 View Comments by

Stelvio Pass is the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps and the second highest in all of the Alps. It’s considered by many to be one of the most challenging and exhilarating motorcycle roads in the world to ride. Be sure to put this one on your bucket list! Season: It’s generally open from […]

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Unusual Destinations: Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

Oct 14, 2019 View Comments by

This Unusual Destination is a hotspot frequented by paranormal enthusiasts. It would be a most memorable Halloween experience, if you dared to go there. In front of the massive gothic-style building in Weston, WV, a sign announces the “Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.” Construction of the facility began in 1858. Originally designed to hold 250 people, at […]

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