Blog Section: Destinations

Costa Rica: Call of the Wild

Aug 03, 2017 View Comments by

Arriving in Costa Rica a day 
early, Kris and I decide to take a walking tour of San José, the 
small country’s bustling capital. A first, chance encounter with the legendary Pan-American Highway stops us in our tracks. Standing curbside at the busy roadway with no crosswalks or signals, navigating by foot doesn’t seem wise […]

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A Day on the Trans-Mass Trail with the Northeast Dual-Sport Riders

Jul 29, 2017 View Comments by

Several years ago, while on Blue Rim Tours’ Five-Country Tour, I met Victoria Zandonella. Although we were on paved routes on that trip, I quickly learned that she was an avid dual-sport rider who founded the Northeast Dual-Sport Riders (NDR) club. During much of the year, the club, of well over 200 members, hosts a ride […]

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Classic Roads: Lakes to Locks Passage

Jul 28, 2017 View Comments by

The Lakes to Locks Passage is a byway in upstate New York that follows an interconnected waterway of canals and lakes extending from near Albany, NY, to the border with Quebec, Canada. This linked series of state and federal roads runs through Adirondack hamlets, charming small cities, bucolic rural landscapes, cultural and recreational sites, and […]

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Western New York: Exploring History on a Scrambler

Jul 22, 2017 View Comments by

Peel back the thin veneer of modern life and you will find layers and layers
of history, stories of struggle and conquest, innovation and revolution. Turn your motorcycle into a time machine and immerse yourself in the past.

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The Dalles, Oregon Shamrock Tour®: Exploring the Columbia River Gorge Area

Jul 17, 2017 View Comments by

The Columbia River Gorge’s breathtaking vistas owe its heritage to a series of geological cataclysms during the last ice age. A huge 2,000-foot-deep glacial lake had formed over present day Missoula, MT. The ice dam, impounding the glacial melt, gave way, sending a massive torrent of destruction down the Columbia River. Geologists believe the ice […]

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Ecuador and Colombia: The End of the Road

Jun 22, 2017 View Comments by

We’re riding north on the Pan-American Highway, passing lush, green meadows and houses with gable roofs and stucco façades. For a moment, the landscape feels strangely European. But we’re quickly reminded we aren’t at home: After four months of motorcycling in Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru on our trusty KTMs, we reach the border of […]

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Southeast Australia

Jun 17, 2017 View Comments by

To experience as many different environments as possible, in only three weeks: this is our mission. What better place to attempt such a journey than Australia, a beautiful and largely unknown country with a population of only 24 million people. Aboard an R 1200 GS, I’m joined by a group of seven other riders. Traveling […]

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Augusta, Georgia Shamrock Tour

Jun 11, 2017 View Comments by

It’s June—high season for a motorcycle magazine. Just a short five months ago, my wife, Sarah, and I welcomed Oliver, our first child, into this world. Like most new parents, I think, we questioned the hospital for letting us take this fragile little human home just a few days after birth. Well, he made it, […]

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Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma: Riding the Cherokee Trail of Tears Part III

Jun 06, 2017 View Comments by

We pick up the Cherokee removal journey in central Missouri: “We travelled about 12 miles to a settlement called Port Royal (believed to be Waynesville by researchers), on the banks of a beautiful stream, named Rubedoo. Here we had a delightful place, on the bank of the river, convenient to wood and water. We employed […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: McKenzie Pass—Santiam Pass Scenic Byway

Jun 03, 2017 View Comments by

McKenzie Highway (State Route 242) started out in the 1870s as a wagon toll road, which wound its way through massive lava flows. The road was widened in 1920, graded and surfaced between 1920 and 1924, and became an Oregon State Highway in 1925. The first recorded crossing of the pass was in April 1859 […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: U.S. Route 421, Richmond, KY to Boone, NC

May 20, 2017 View Comments by

In its totality, U.S. 421 runs for 941 miles (Michigan City, IN, to Fort Fisher in North Carolina), but we believe one of the best sections for motorcyclists is between Richmond, KY, and Boone, NC. The route is mostly two-lane tarmac, winding its way through rural Appalachian Mountain terrain. Best Time to Go: Spring through […]

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Washington: Volcanic Venture

May 18, 2017 View Comments by

I won the lottery—and I didn’t even know I was playing. Growing up in Europe where there is usually another town every couple of miles, I wasn’t aware that I could ride for 75 miles without seeing a single gas station. In Washington, I don’t need the additional excitement. Two beautiful passes offer enough adrenaline […]

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Reader Ride: Namibia, Africa

May 16, 2017 View Comments by

There comes a time in every man’s life when you realize you are never going to meet certain goals you set for yourself. Call it the proverbial “midlife crisis” or just a healthy dose of reality brought on by too many years treading water in the flotsam and jetsam of life. Mine came as I […]

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Classic Roads: Riding High on Colorado’s San Juan Skyway

Apr 28, 2017 View Comments by

Colorado’s San Juan Mountains are home to some of the most beautiful alpine landscapes in the Centennial State. They are also home to a collection of exceptionally scenic and challenging motorcycle roads. Starting in Durango, riders motor north on U.S. 550. This stretch of road between Durango and Ouray, which tops out above 11,000 feet, […]

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TN, KY, IL, and MO: Trail of Tears Pt 2

Apr 25, 2017 View Comments by

“Left Brainerd for the Cherokee camps … Thus we leave this place, 
perhaps never to return.” —The Journal of Rev. Daniel S. Butrick, October 4, 1839 Reverend Butrick departed from Calhoun, TN, with the Richard Taylor Detachment on the overland Northern Route. My wingman, Bob Brown, and me, however, initially follow a paved approximation of […]

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