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Motorcycle Touring in West Virginia (and a Bit of Virginia)

Burkes Garden, Virginia

Michael F. McQueary
April 1, 2014

The road to Burkes Garden, Virginia, is beautiful in the fall. (Photos by Michael F. McQueary) There’s an old joke about the Mountain State that goes something like this: “If you could flatten out West Virginia, it would be as big as Texas!” While my goal was to spend a few days riding my Buell... Read more »

Great Motorcycle Riding in Southeastern Ohio

southeastern Ohio State Route 93

Nathan Kitts
March 3, 2014

Hills and curves are the norm in southeastern Ohio, and State Route 93 is no exception. Each day in Jackson, Ohio, I ride State Route 93, which shares its title with Main Street until it pops out on the other side of town. Seeing it wind its way north, presumably to other small towns, made me wonder... Read more »

Motorcycle Riding Through Scenic Eastern New York

New York Horses

Scott Williams
January 3, 2014

I glanced down at the clock on my GPS and saw the time change from 6:59 to 7:00 a.m. I looked back up and saw Doug Gray pull into our meeting spot. Punctuality is a quality I have long associated with Doug. I’ve also learned to appreciate his ability to combine interesting roads into great routes. That... Read more »

New England: Revisiting Old Haunts, And Some New, In The Six States

Ocean Drive in Newport, Rhode Island

Clement Salvadori
December 4, 2013

The view is looking along part of the 10-mile Ocean Drive in Newport, Rhode Island; this tasty bit of road is best ridden very early in the morning. (Photos by Clement Salvadori) The sun was shining, the day was warm, and traffic minimal. It was like old times, traveling along Route 66 (Massachusetts,... Read more »

Lucky Stars and Fall Colors: Rider Blog

Empty roads, fall colors and a crisp, sunny day. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Jim Hale
November 12, 2013

Sometimes good things just happen. It could be the alignment of the stars and the moon, it could be just blind luck or it could be a higher being smiling down on us on that day. I don’t know why, but when they do I don’t spend a lot of time asking why. After more than fifty years of living and more... 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 »

Ohio River Valley: On the Trail of Simon Kenton

No gasoline, but many pleasant memories are available at this unique museum adjacent to the Clifton Mill in Clifton, Ohio.

William Murphy
August 7, 2013

Simon Kenton is one of America’s least-known heroes. Kenton and Daniel Boone were contemporaries in the beautiful but deadly wilderness of the Ohio River Valley during the nation-building period of the late 1700s and early 1800s. Boone’s story would have ended badly in a 1777 battle with Shawnee... Read more »

Cruising Yankee Country: A Northeastern Four-State Getaway

The Hudson River flows beneath the Bear Mountain Bridge, as seen from a Bear Mountain overlook.

Kenneth W. Dahse
August 7, 2013

If your goal is to ride Yankee Country with its rural roads, quaint colonial villages and charming churches, there’s no place better than western Connecticut and Massachusetts. On this interesting trip, I had the additional benefit of riding some of the scenic roads of northern New Jersey and southern... Read more »

Western Massachusetts BONE Ride

The Golden Eagle Restaurant in Clarksburg, Massachusetts, is at the Mohawk Trail’s famous Hairpin Turn. The second floor balcony offers great views of the valley—and drivers trying to negotiate that turn!

Scott A. Williams
June 6, 2013

I’m a western Massachusetts native who’s been called Bones since childhood, so when I learned about an upcoming “Western Mass BONE Ride,” naturally, I investigated. A BONE Ride, it turns out, involves an organization called New England Riders and roads that its members include among the Best... Read more »

4 Corners 4 Kids: Traveling to the Four Corners of the U.S. For Charity

A smile from two kids at Shriners Children’s Hospital in Sacramento, California.

Laura Melvin
June 5, 2013

I have made some road trips in my nine years of riding, but I’ve never managed to stay gone long enough to want the trip to end. I’m 64 years old and have begun to age like my dog—seven years on the body for one year on the calendar. So I began to think about a long trip before my body declared... Read more »

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