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From Canada to Mexico on U.S. Route 281

A Texas shrine, the Alamo, remains ever stalwart in downtown San Antonio.

Riders brag about their coast-to-coast exploits—how many times, how many days, how many hours. I’ve been across the country 21 times myself. Seeking a new direction, I asked myself how many of us have been north to south, border to border. Not me. I intended to address that oversight by riding from Tsplitting the country in half in the process. ...

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Riding the “Other Vermont”: Quebec by Motorcycle

The rolling hills near Bedford support numerous wineries.

The popularity of Vermont as a motorcycle touring destination is well deserved: it offers great roads, world-class food and interesting things to see. Yet one can expand this adventure a step further by experiencing the joie de vivre found in the “other” Vermont. Heading north from Burlington, Vermont, it’s a gentle cruise through the bucolic Lake Champlain Islands on U.S. ...

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Southwestern Motorcycle Adventure: Las Vegas to Denver

Riding the Unaweep-Tebeguache Scenic Byway where we later dodged a herd of elk.

Wild temperature swings of up to 60 degrees in a single day, remote campgrounds and a plan—or at least six versions of it, because you know, a guy needs options! Welcome to adventure motorcycling. Not for the faint of heart, but full of sights and experiences that will burn into your memory. My friends Chris Shepherd and John Carlson share ...

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Favorite Ride: Eastern Sierra Scenic Byway

Colorful fall trees displaying their beauty around Twin Lakes.

Most people ride U.S. Route 395 in California just to get from point A to point B, but wandering off the highway reveals numerous, rarely visited geologic and historic sites as well as seldom seen canyons with enjoyable winding roads and striking beauty. This journey seeks all of that in addition to a rare California sight: fall colors. Finding fall ...

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MotoQuest’s Japan Three Island Tour

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We knew we weren’t in Kansas anymore when the white-gloved driver briefly stepped off the airport bus after we boarded to pick up a cigarette butt on the sidewalk, and then the ground crew at the airport in Tokyo lined up at attention and cheerfully waved us off as our connecting flight left for Okayama, Japan. Imagine that at LAX or ...

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Retracing the Steps of History: The Sisters’ Centennial Ride

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“Woman can, if she will.” – Augusta Van Buren   It all started with a very modest idea: gather a small group—say 10 women—and ride across the country, New York to California. After doing a bit more research, ride organizer Alisa Clickenger stumbled across the story of two intrepid women, Augusta and Adeline Van Buren, who in 1916 set out ...

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Chasing Shakespeare: An Elizabethan Tour of the American West

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The Plan “…then begins a journey in my head…” (Sonnet 27) Bourbon and conversation, biscuits and gravy, movies and popcorn–some things just seem to go together. Having always enjoyed a good pairing of my favorite things, I conjure up a plan to unite two seemingly disparate personal obsessions into one fine journey. It’ll be a comingling of Shakespeare and motorcycles. ...

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Riding the Trans-Mass Trail

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The Trans-Mass Trail isn’t an “official” route. You won’t find any Scenic Byway signs like you see along the best twisty two-lanes. Instead, this set of mostly dirt roads and trails through western Massachusetts was pieced together by adventure riders and shared so anyone who’s interested can check it out. This version of the route extends from the southern border ...

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