Blog Section: Destinations

Chasing Cumberland Curves Teaser

Dec 07, 2017 View Comments by

“Cam, do you want to do a tour with me in September?” I ask. “Totally, I would love to.” “What’s the current state of your 1976 Honda CB400F?” “It’s currently in my living room with the carburetors on the kitchen counter,” he says. “Will it run by September?” “I think I can get it running […]

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The Nation’s Christmas Tree

Dec 06, 2017 View Comments by

Reflecting back on my last National Park Service assignment, Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park were managed as one giant park with a huge Sierra heart.  After all, these parks have two of the largest living trees in the world.  The largest sequoia tree resides in Sequoia National Park and that is special.  […]

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The Azores: Little Adventure

Nov 27, 2017 View Comments by

Selecting a location roughly 75-percent smaller than Rhode Island to test a prototype adventure motorcycle would seem to be a less-than-ideal decision. However, just as one shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, never underestimate the level of excitement that can be found in a small space.

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Riding and Camping in Yellowstone: Mountains, Geysers, and Bears … Oh My!

Nov 20, 2017 View Comments by

As I press my tent stakes into the mineral-rich soil of the nation’s oldest national park, I am glad that I didn’t heed the impulse to turn around before even rolling across the western boundary of Yellowstone earlier in the day. The big jugs on my BMW R 1200 GS were getting hotter than I […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Flaming Gorge-Uintas National Scenic Byway

Nov 08, 2017 View Comments by

The traditional National Scenic Byway route has been extended into Wyoming to construct an inviting round trip. The byway meanders along the eastern flank of the Uinta Mountains. Riders will traverse Ashley National Forest and the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. The area is thick with Old West atmosphere and the terrain provides many stunning […]

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Classic Roads: Beartooth Country Ride

Sep 19, 2017 View Comments by

Every summer in Montana, for a few months, a window opens. The snow melts (mostly), the sun comes out, and wildflowers push up through the dirt. It’s the perfect time to ride. Starting from the small town of Columbus, MT, perched on the banks of the Yellowstone River, this route takes you on lesser-known scenic […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Bucktail Trail, Pennsylvania Scenic Byway (State Route 120)

Sep 16, 2017 View Comments by

Many years before it became known as the Bucktail Trail, PA 120 was a Native American Trail called the Sinnemahoning Path. It was used by Native Americans to cross the eastern continental divide between the Susquehanna and the Allegheny Rivers. Today, State Route 120 leads riders through a progression of small towns and unspoiled natural […]

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Germany: Down by the River

Sep 01, 2017 View Comments by

Germany is home to two famous rivers, the Rhine and the Danube. But it’s the underdog, the Main (pronounced “mine”) River, which connects some of the most beautiful motorcycling areas in the country. The Main meanders drunkenly between the most traditional and innovative beer brewing areas in Franconian Switzerland and some of the best white […]

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California and Nevada: In the Tire Tracks of a Pioneer

Aug 31, 2017 View Comments by

In May 1903, George A. Wyman left San Francisco with the then-crazy idea of riding his motorcycle all the way to New York City. In the Beginning I stand at the intersection of Market and Kearny Streets in San Francisco. Tall buildings block the sun and reflect the noise of the city back onto the […]

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Arkansas: The Untamed Side of the Natural State

Aug 14, 2017 View Comments by

A tawny, striped face stares at me, unblinking. The Bengal tiger must weigh almost 400 pounds, and she is only a few steps away. I didn’t know there were tigers in Arkansas. Her name is Crysta and she is a permanent resident at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, seven miles south of Eureka Springs. Thankfully, two […]

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England on Enfields: Stay Left, Look Right

Aug 07, 2017 View Comments by

“Look for Big Al. Tell him Tall Paul sent you …” With a wave, these words end our first black cab ride in London. Who’d have thought our cabbie would know someone at the one Royal Enfield dealer in East London, where we are staying, on a trip that will have us riding two Enfields—a […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway (Utah Route 128)

Aug 05, 2017 View Comments by

The western end of this route out of Moab, which borders Arches National Park, quickly engulfs riders in massive canyon walls. If you can imagine what it would be like to ride through the Grand Canyon, it would be a little like this, though this canyon obviously is on a smaller scale. The eastern section […]

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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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