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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 »

Motorcycle Tour of Connecticut: A Taste of Nutmeg

West Cornwall’s covered bridge over the riffling Housatonic River dates from 1864.

Alan Paulsen
May 10, 2013

Connecticut is a compact state, some 60 miles wide by 100 miles across. When I studied a map of this coastal New England state, I began to notice that practically every road around its borders is marked a scenic route. So I considered that a perimeter run was in order to taste the spice of the Nutmeg... Read more »

Short Motorcycle Ride through West Virginia and Maryland

The view from this overlook on U.S. 50 shows Saddleback Mountain. The ridge just beyond is where Abraham Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks, was born.

Mark T. Domenick
May 7, 2013

Done. Finally! The lawn is mowed, trimming completed, garage swept, and I even got the car washed. The Honey-Do List completed, I venture inside the house to suggest to my wife that since it is a glorious day and only mid-afternoon, a motorcycle ride would be in order and I will not be late for dinner. My... Read more »

Great Roads: North Carolina

North Carolina Route 28 carves its way south to Highlands through some of the oldest mountains on earth.

By Scott A. Williams, Edited by Heather Reinhart
April 4, 2013

The following is an excerpt from the article Of Ribs and Roads: Barbecue and Byways in the Carolina Mountains printed in the June 2004 issue. Franklin, North Carolina (population 3,800) is the self-described Gem Capital of the World, owing to the rubies and sapphires found in the area’s mountainside... Read more »

Motorcycle Travel in the Appalachians

Typical vistas along the Virginia/Kentucky border.

Dale Coyner
March 8, 2013

“I think I’m lost.” Twenty miles had passed since departing the only hotel in Cumberland, Kentucky, that had a sign hanging in a broken window that read, “Closed.” That’s when the thought came to mind that I might be in trouble. I’d been traveling lonely State Route 522 for a while now,... Read more »

The Blue Ridge Parkway from the Backseat

Mabry Mill, built in 1910, is a working mill and the most photographed sight along the way.

Susan Benton
February 4, 2013

Plenty of riders have sung the praises of the Blue Ridge Parkway. But I’m here to give you the straight story from the passenger’s point of view. You remember us; we’re the ones in the turbulence, with no handlebars to hang onto and no clear view of the road ahead. Ours is a different experience... Read more »

Reservoir Roads: Exploring New York’s Southern Highlands

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Kenneth W. Dahse
January 4, 2013

When I go on an extended motorcycle tour, I like to ride back roads with plenty of twisties to challenge me, in an area with forests, mountains, lakes and rivers to stimulate the senses. That’s why riding the reservoir roads of New York’s southern highlands makes for a fantastic motorcycle tour.... Read more »

Catskills Escape: Curves and Coolness in New York’s Reservoir Valleys

The Catskill Mountain region of New York State is home to green mountains, blue water and great motorcycle riding.

Mike Koplen
November 7, 2012

Say “New York” and people think of Manhattan with its skyscrapers. But most of New York State is rural, with excellent motorcycle roads throughout. From my home in the lower Hudson Valley, I can ride 25 minutes south across the George Washington Bridge into the Big Apple, or head north and cruise... Read more »

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