Continent: North America  

12 article(s) found.

May/June 2021

Kansas & Missouri

Rolling past the Mid America Dragway near Arkansas City, KS, I felt Bill roll off the throttle of our 2001 Harley-Davidson Super Glide Dyna Sport. The venue was packed and machines were pouring in through the gates. “We should stop and race,” said Bill over the Cardo Packtalk Slim units installed in our helmets. “Wouldn’t it be a great way to commemorate our first date?” I smiled and shook my head in his mirror. “I wish we had the time,” I said and we accelerated back to highway speed. He would have stopped with the slightest encouragement. Our first date was on this very bike, 17 years ago to the day … At the drag races.
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March/April 2019

City Escape: Topeka, Kansas

For folks who have the misimpression that Kansas is just one huge flat wheat field, the Flint Hills region is in fact a landscape of subtle beauty and fascinating history. If you’re not from these parts, and even if you are, prepare to be surprised.  Length Approximately 220 miles round-trip  Meet-up Spot EagleRider, 2047 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka, KS Lunch Stop  Grand Central Hotel & Grill serves American fare, including both steaks and healthier
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September/October 2017

Kansas: Finding the Forgotten Prairieland

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Kansas was a major transportation crossroads: immigrant trails led pioneers west, cattle routes passed through from Texas, and a network of railroads bisected the state. This land was also home to many of America’s quintessential small towns. Most of Old Kansas has disappeared, largely forgotten in the 21st century. But some of the artifacts of those days gone by are still out there, and I’m itching to saddle up and find them.
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July/August 2017

Reader Ride: Pony Express Trail

“WANTED: Young, skinny, wiry fellows not over eighteen. Must be expert riders, willing to 
risk death daily.” I meet none of the prerequisites to qualify for this trip as the 1860 handbill 
advertised. Yet I’m intrigued by the history of the Pony Express Trail and reckon it’s as good a 
way as any to get to California.
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Route 66 East: America’s Main Street

July/August 2015

Route 66 East: America’s Main Street

More than any other stretch of pavement, Route 66 imprinted the open road into the American psyche and helped shape the cultural fabric of the nation as the automobile came of age. The historic route can trace its origins back to 1857 when the Army Corps of Engineers began work on a wagon trail following the 35th parallel.
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