Blog Section: Destinations

In Pursuit of Wildness: Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Sep 22, 2020 View Comments by

The rain is hard and relentless. The gas station ahead, a few miles from Window Rock, AZ, offers shelter. In seconds, the parking area is flooded, but my motorcycle is safe and dry. “Do not go out further just yet,” the old Navajo man says. “The roads will be full of mud, and it will […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Manzanar National Historic Site

Aug 26, 2020 View Comments by

Once upon a time, Manzanar National Historic Site was called Manzanar War Relocation Center. It was one of 10 camps where Japanese American citizens were incarcerated during World War II. I had never been there, and I knew little about this site, though I knew that it is managed by the National Park Service, for […]

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Bucket List Road: Harpers Ferry Road

Jul 17, 2020 View Comments by

What Is It? The nation’s path to the American Civil War was accelerated when abolitionist John Brown led his famous raid on the federal arsenal and armory at Harpers Ferry, VA (West Virginia today) in October 1859. Some 20 miles north of Harpers Ferry, and almost three years later, the single bloodiest day of the […]

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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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Unusual Destinations: Big Brutus

Jun 25, 2020 View Comments by

A giant lurks near West Mineral, Kansas. Not far from town riders can catch first sight of him, towering above the surrounding tree line. His dimensions are massive: 16 stories tall, a boom that’s 150 feet long, and weighing in at 11 million pounds. He’s known simply as Big Brutus and you wouldn’t want to […]

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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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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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