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Riding the Tail of the Newt in Kansas

High Noon Saloon and Brewery

Rick McNeill
December 8, 2014

We no longer ride horses to the High Noon Saloon and Brewery, but we still ride. Beer is sold in cans, which does well in saddlebags. Kansas City straddles the border of two states, so if you are from the area, starting in one state and finishing in another is no big deal. I’m not sure how the Tail... Read more »

Exploring Wisconsin State Route 67

State Route 67 Chilton

Mark Gutschenritter
November 7, 2014

State Route 67 ends at U.S. Highway 151 near Chilton. Turning right (east) would take you to Manitowoc and Lake Michigan. My Dad told me, “Always go home a different way than you went, or you’ll never learn your way around.” I’ve always tried to follow that advice, and as a result, I’ve ridden... Read more »

Motorcycle Ride in Door County, Wisconsin

U.S. Route 151 in Wisconsin

Susan Benton
September 8, 2014

Door County, Wisconsin, covers the tip of a narrow peninsula, with Lake Michigan lapping at its eastern beaches and Green Bay gracing its western shores. On U.S. Route 151 in Wisconsin, we take a quick, safe break to admire the wandering road. A popular summer destination, its shoulder-to-shoulder vacationers... Read more »

Following Hemingway: Motorcycle Adventure on Michigan’s Lower Peninsula

Lake Charlevoix

William M. Murphy
July 9, 2014

Walking along the channel connecting Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan is a relaxing way to watch boats and view the Great Lake. Iconic author Ernest Hemingway followed his own path in a distinctively adventurous manner. I’ve compared his approach to life to that of motorcyclists, pursuing adventure... Read more »

Pigeon River Country: Sport Touring in Michigan

KB Valley Michigan

Kari Chamberlain
November 6, 2013

Michigan riders looking for sporting back roads with minimal traffic and serious curves in the northern portion of the Lower Peninsula need only follow the elk herd. The state of Michigan introduced seven elk to the Wolverine area in 1918, and now a free-ranging herd numbering nearly 1,000 animals roams... Read more »

Sidehacking into History

Dirt roads just south of four-lane Highway 401 in southern Ontario.

Eric Daeuber
September 4, 2013

Many motorcyclists consider freeway speed limits to be a barrier. On a Ural, they’re more like an accomplishment. But the thrill one feels at 75 mph on three wheels fades fast, and not much of life happens at that speed anyway. So less than a hundred miles of our 2,800-mile round-trip to the Niagara... Read more »

Great Roads: Motorcycle Riding in Missouri

The “Big Muddy” Missouri River flows at a rapid pace, seeking its junction with the Mississippi River just north of St. Louis.

Jim Auckley
July 9, 2013

The crack of the bat and the smell of yeast are never far away in St. Louis, a vibrant city—kingdom of baseball and beer. It’s home of the National League Cardinals and the historical site of the nation’s largest brewer, the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. This ride from St. Louis to Frankenstein is an... Read more »

Iowa’s Unique Scenic Byway

From Murray Hill Overlook, we observe the vastness of the Missouri River Valley.

Susan Benton
June 6, 2013

What landform is found only in a small part of Iowa and in China? If you answered, “Huh?” you need to ride the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway on Iowa’s western border. You will enjoy a peaceful ride through hills up to 200 feet high. Loess (pronounced luss) is fine-grained, loosely compacted... Read more »

Great Roads: South Dakota

Where the buffalo roam at Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota.

Alan Paulsen
May 3, 2013

The following is an excerpt from the article Connecting the Dakotas: The Long Way Around North and South, originally printed in the August 2009 issue. As a motorcyclist who enjoys vacant, isolated roads, I stared longingly at the Dakotas on my National Geographic wall map while planning my next excursion.... Read more »

Riding The Santa Fe Trail: A Journey Back in Time From Missouri to New Mexico

Black Beauty, my Harley-Davidson steel horse, in the middle of the Santa Fe Trail (U.S. Route 350) heading for Trinidad, Colorado, 80 miles of arrow-straight history.

Bob Jacobs
April 2, 2013

In 1821, everything south of the Arkansas River was Mexico. Newly free from Spain, the Mexican government took new resources north to the provincial capital of Santa Fe and welcomed trade with America—we just had to get there. For centuries, Indian tribes like the Pawnee, Cheyenne and Comanche and... Read more »

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