Unusual Destinations: Hotel Lenhart

Jul 14, 2020 View Comments by

While on tour for a forthcoming RoadRUNNER magazine article, I stopped for lunch in Bemus Point, NY, a charming village on the shores of Lake Chautauqua in western New York. While walking around town, Hotel Lenhart came into view. It looked like a filming location for a movie set in the 19th century. With its […]

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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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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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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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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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Unusual Destinations: River Pirate Hideout – Cave-in-Rock, Illinois

Aug 29, 2019 View Comments by

Carved out of a bluff on the Ohio River in southern Illinois is a reminder of the dark side of America’s early years. This 55-foot-wide cave was a tempting stop for pioneers traveling down the river. With the implied promise of food, supplies or directions, the unsuspecting were lured ashore. But that led to their […]

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Featured Destination: Central Montana

Aug 27, 2019 View Comments by

Where a rugged past meets a vibrant present, Central Montana remains an authentic experience unlike any other. With Glacier National Park to the north and Yellowstone National Park to the south, Central Montana is the perfect route to travel between two of America’s gems. With a light breeze and sunshine on your back, you can […]

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Unusual Destinations: Paranormal Activity at the Pry House?

Aug 15, 2019 View Comments by

The Pry House served as Union General George McClellan’s headquarters during the September 17, 1862, Battle of Antietam. As casualties mounted on this bloodiest day in American history, the Pry farmhouse and barn became a field hospital. Union General Israel Richardson was gravely wounded and taken to an upstairs room of the house. He lingered […]

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Featured Destination: Glaciers to Geysers – Montana

Aug 12, 2019 View Comments by

Some of the most stunning landscapes in the world surround Glacier and Yellowstone national parks. Montana’s open highways, scenic byways and backroads of discovery offer the two-wheeled trip of a lifetime. The best riding under the big blue sky is found in Western Montana’s Glacier Country and Yellowstone Country Montana, where epic terrain and stunning […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Cabrillo National Monument

Aug 06, 2019 View Comments by

The Pacific Ocean is jaw-droppingly beautiful as I ride my motorcycle along Highway 1 from Monterey, CA, toward San Diego. It’s easy to allow your imagination to run free along each curve on this scenic highway, envisioning sailing ships exploring new lands. Albert Einstein said that “imagination is more important than knowledge.” I think that […]

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Downtown Local: A Potent Brew of Espresso and Moto Memorabilia

Apr 12, 2018 View Comments by

    Halfway between the Northern California coastal towns of Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay, at the nexus of some of the best motorcycle roads on the planet, lies the somnolent town of Pescadero. It just might be the coolest coastal burg that no one has heard of. So please, don’t go there. But […]

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