Blog Section: Destinations

RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Gulf Coast Cruise (Tallahassee to New Orleans)

Apr 14, 2017 View Comments by

When cold weather calls, journey south for a relaxing cruise along the Gulf of Mexico. Starting in Florida’s capital, this route will take you through four states before ending up in The Big Easy. Best Time to Go: Winter through early spring Scenery: Sand and surf Curves: Mostly straight Services: Plentiful Traffic: Can be heavy on weekends and around […]

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Peru: Land of the Incas

Apr 12, 2017 View Comments by

Contrary to what many Peruvians believe, they’re not the best drivers in the world—at least, that was our experience. In oncoming traffic, they drive straight at you, crossing over lanes on hills and blind corners, and swinging way out on the wrong side of the road when taking curves. During the daytime, they love their […]

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New Mexico Backcountry Discovery Route: The Desert Crucible

Apr 04, 2017 View Comments by

The art of creating Damascus steel, that extraordinary blade with the wavy design seen in antique knives and swords from the Middle East, is lost to mankind. Speculation suggests multiple layers of metals were forged, folded, and welded together to form a single blade of exceptional quality. Certain aspects of adventure travel have a similar […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: The Turquoise Trail (New Mexico)

Mar 18, 2017 View Comments by

The Turquoise Trail, a designated National Scenic Byway, is believed to be an ancient path used by native people for traveling between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM. Iconic geological formations are plentiful along the route. People of European descent were first attracted to the area in the 19th century to mine precious metals. This ruggedly […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Joshua Tree National Park

Mar 09, 2017 View Comments by

“… Lord, I’ve never lived where churches grow …” —Johnny Cash Joshua Tree National Monument is a special place in the desert. I say that because I’ve walked along some of its lonely trails, camped there, scrambled over the huge boulders, looked up at the night sky, and served as acting superintendent when working for […]

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Kanab, Utah Shamrock Tour®: The Greatest Earth on Show

Mar 02, 2017 View Comments by

It’s a beautiful late spring morning as Kris and I prepare for the first of four days 
exploring southwestern Utah. It’s no secret the state has some of the most fantastic scenery and roads this side of anywhere, and we are more than eager to get underway.

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Bolivia: Salt, Sand, and Altitude Sickness

Feb 20, 2017 View Comments by

The border crossing to enter 
Bolivia is serious. The customs 
officer checks our passports, insurance, VIN numbers, 
registration papers, and license plates. Finally we are good to go, heading for La Paz, where we will meet a group of female Bolivian artisans crafting to gain independence.

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Washington State Route 14 (“Gorge Highway”)

Feb 12, 2017 View Comments by

Although State Route 14 begins as a continuation of the Lewis and Clark Scenic Byway in downtown Vancouver, WA, we prefer starting a little farther east, where it is less trafficked, at the junction of State Route 14 and Interstate 82. This route hugs the northern shore of the Columbia River, offering travelers unparalleled vistas […]

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Washington, D.C. to Tennessee: Trail of Tears

Feb 08, 2017 View Comments by

Missionary Daniel Butrick kept a journal of his travels with the Cherokee People as they were force-marched to Indian Territory during the winter of 1838-39. It is one of the saddest episodes in American history, with the depths of despair grippingly described in this entry: “… the government might more mercifully have put to death […]

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Switzerland: Lakeside Luxury

Jan 06, 2017 View Comments by

One country and four different languages—Switzerland spreads various cultures and sheer beauty between the pearls of Lake Lucerne and Lake Maggiore. Helicopters are circling. A dozen police bikes are riding toward us. We get stopped right at the top of Albula Pass. The reason is harmless and almost disappointing: Welcome to the Tour de Suisse […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: The High Road to Taos Scenic Byway

Dec 16, 2016 View Comments by

Following U.S. 285 north from Santa Fe, and then SR 68, riders take the exit for New Mexico 76. The route travels through a landscape that is rich in history, culture, art, and scenic beauty. Points of Interest: Highlights of the three two-lane roads include: SR 76: High desert terrain takes motorcyclists through the village of […]

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The Riding Reporters: Chile and Argentina – Capturing the Story of the Wichí

Dec 15, 2016 View Comments by

Irene and I are ready to ride to places only two wheels can reach, to tell the stories of those we meet. Our rugged KTM 690 Enduros have landed in Valparaíso, Chile. Finally, after eight months of serious preparation, we start the first miles of our journey.

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Exploring the Backcountry of Sequoia National Park

Dec 13, 2016 View Comments by

Everyone knows Yellowstone is America’s first national park. Few, however, know that Sequoia is the nation’s second national park and California’s first. That’s where this story begins. The giant sequoias were here some 2,000 years ago. Their root system is shallow and they drink about 500 gallons per day. If you come by after a […]

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Lexington, Kentucky Shamrock Tour®: Four Roads Through Horse Country

Dec 12, 2016 View Comments by

Cool, moist air seeps from the acres of perfectly manicured greenery as the sun tiptoes closer to the horizon. The sky is already a clear blue and a few mists still linger in the hollow places of the hills. Kentucky waits with open arms.

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Arkansas: A State of Mind, Body, and Soul

Dec 06, 2016 View Comments by

My ears ring from the blast. Acrid smoke fills my nostrils and burns my eyes. That shot was the last of my powder and the Yankees are coming fast. My mind screams “Run,” but I draw my sword. It is March 8, 1862, and I may die today at the Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas […]

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