Going East: A Father, Son, and Some Well-Earned Silence

May 20, 2018 View Comments by

It was a rough ride down Interstate 78. Old ladies slowly drifting too far beyond the road surface markings. Big, V8-powered trucks switching lanes to lodge their tailgates a breath from Justin’s handlebars. His father, “The Captain,” would growl into his Sena headset, forgetting he had an audience on the other end of his microphone, […]

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City Escape: Asheville, North Carolina

May 18, 2018 View Comments by

A curve lover’s paradise, this loop takes you on a thrilling ride through the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee. You’ll experience a breathtaking sampling of roads, from the famous Blue Ridge Parkway and the Foothills Parkway to the adrenaline-pumping road, The Dragon. Not to be outdone by the asphalt, the scenery kicks […]

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Riverside, California City Escape

Apr 06, 2018 View Comments by

If you limit yourself to the freeways in Southern California, you’ll never know what treasures hide on the byways. This loop southeast of Riverside is a climb into the mountains on thrillingly windy roads. This is a three-season ride with only winter months to be avoided on two wheels.

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Classic Roads: Virginia’s Blue Ridge Byways

Jan 16, 2018 View Comments by

The Blue Ridge and Appalachians are often referred to as the “gentle mountains.” Over hundreds of millions of years geological forces have rounded their shoulders and smoothed out most of their hard edges. The area’s long geological history and high levels of annual rainfall have produced a rich patchwork of green fields in the valleys […]

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Peru: Machu Picchu Express

Jan 12, 2018 View Comments by

  Today the curves start, and they won’t stop! At 1,640 feet (500 meters) above sea level, Nazca was comfortably warm, but 37 miles (60 km) of countless curves later, it’s more than just the altitude that’s changed.  At 15,091 feet (4,600 meters), we encounter rain and snow. If the weather’s not enough to slow […]

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City Escape: El Paso, Texas

Jan 10, 2018 View Comments by

Wineries, missiles, and views—this loop north of El Paso is a great mix for a short getaway. This city escape begins with a ride through a peaceful wine and agricultural region. It then tracks through a small portion of the fascinating White Sands Missile Range (ID and appropriate vehicle paperwork required for access), and ends […]

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City Escape: Athens, Ohio

Jan 04, 2018 View Comments by

This City Escape features a loop from the Athens County Visitors Center’s “Ohio’s Windy 9” map. The Pioneer Pass offers rolling hills and leads through Wayne National Forest, Stroud’s Run State Park, and Gifford State Forest. As if that weren’t enough, a taste of the famous Triple Nickle (Route 555) is thrown in for some […]

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Explore Japan on MotoQuest’s Hokkaido Tour

Mar 09, 2017 View Comments by

Japan is on, if not at the top of, every motorcyclist’s bucket list. Thanks to MotoQuest, that dream can become a reality. For 12 days, from June 6-18, 2017, riders can explore Hokkaido, Japan’s second largest island, on two wheels. Hokkaido offers perfectly manicured scenic roads, large national parks, wildlife, natural hot springs, steaming volcanoes, and […]

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Michigan’s Upper Peninsula: Northern Exposure

Nov 27, 2016 View Comments by

I’ve been curious about Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (aka the U.P.) for a number 
of years. This northern exposure has plummeting wintertime temperatures and lake-effect snow piling high. The U.P. constitutes 29 percent of Michigan’s total landmass, but the unforgiving winter weather explains why only three percent 
of the state’s population lives here year-round. During the […]

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Folkston, Georgia Shamrock Tour®: Sand in the Swamp

Nov 19, 2016 View Comments by

Stretching across the Florida-Georgia border lies an impenetrable wall of stoic old oaks draped with Spanish moss and rooted in the dark, murky waters of the Okefenokee Swamp. With rumors of unexplained and supernatural phenomena, the swamp is full of secrets to be discovered.

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Leod Escapes Invites Riders to “Choose the Dream”

Nov 03, 2016 View Comments by

A motorcycle tour topped off with track time on a famous MotoGP circuit sounds like a dream, but Leod Escapes makes it happen. The company’s “track and tour” packages are eight- to 10-day sport-touring trips designed for track riders. From now until February 13, 2017, you have the chance to vote for the location of Leod […]

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Arizona and New Mexico: Southwestern Diversity

Oct 30, 2016 View Comments by

“To those devoid of imagination a blank place on the map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part.” 
Author, Aldo Leopold As motorcyclists, we are by nature attracted to the lines and dots on a map. However, those blank places that 
Leopold referenced are what make a tour visually stunning. Thankfully we […]

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Rolling Thru America Rolls Into Canada in 2017

Oct 24, 2016 View Comments by

Rolling Thru America is Americade’s hugely popular high-end September-only tour company, and for 2017 its destination is the beautiful and little known Montebello region of Quebec. Montebello is a quaint village sitting among lush natural landscape at the foothills of Canada’s Laurentian Mountains. The group will stay at a stunning hotel, and will enjoy several days of guided riding […]

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