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Woodland to Prairie: North Dakota

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story and photography by Clement Salvadori Which way to the Pembina Gorge?” I asked the only person I saw on the sidewalk. “Go back to the highway,” he said, “take a left, and keep right at the moose.” “Keep right at the moose?” I asked quizzically. “Don’t worry, you’ll understand,” he responded. Which I soon did, as I came upon ...

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Yellowstone to Glacier on Montana Highway 89

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by Sherry Jones and Todd Mowbray photography by Sherry Jones Rubbernecking with the rest of the crowd at a pair of bald eagles glaring imperiously down from their nest, we were taken aback by the guy who rushed over with camcorder in hand and a face flashing excitement. “Did you see that wolf cross the road carrying a fox?” he ...

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Michigan Motorcycle Rides: Mackinac & Lake Michigan

Michigan Motorcycle Rides: Lake Michigan

story and photography by Cliff Yankovich [Michigan Motorcycle Rides: Mackinac & Lake Michigan originally appeared in the September 2010 issue of Rider] My wife and I needed a short break from our day-to-day life operating a retail store. Julie had the bright idea of staying for a couple of days at the Legs Inn on Lake Michigan in Cross Village ...

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Great Motorcycle Roads: Iowa Byways

Iowa Motorcycle Roads: Iowa's Byways

story and photography by Susan Benton [Great Motorcycle Roads: Iowa Byways originally appeared in the August 2010 issue of Rider magazine] A perfect day trip or weekend destination for riders from Chicago, Minneapolis, Madison and Des Moines is Dubuque, Iowa. The city is located on the Mississippi River, on the Iowaborder with Illinois and Wisconsin, and not far from Minnesota. ...

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Connecting the Dakotas: The Long Way Around North and South

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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. A childhood friend of my wife had recently moved to Sioux Falls with her family. The brother of a buddy who was a groomsman at my wedding 25 years ago had transplanted himself to Sioux ...

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Montana Motorcycle Rides: Touring Big Sky Country

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Story by Roger Hotelling [Montana Motorcycle Rides: Touring Big Sky Country was originally published in American Rider magazine] Our Montana ride began with two thunderstorms. Not good omens. We were finally on dry pavement, our rainsuits repacked and the Ultra’s cruise control set on 75. Sue and I were crossing eastern Washington on our way to Billings, Montana, where we’d ...

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Michigan Motorcycle Touring: “Tunnel of Trees” Road

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story and photography by Dan Soults [Michigan Motorcycle Touring: “Tunnel of Trees” Road was originally published as a Favorite Ride in the January 2009 issue of Rider magazine] Our favorite Michigan ride is even more fun during Indian summer because of the gorgeous fall colors. We stop at ethnic restaurants, brew pubs and historical sites. Picking a fall day, with ...

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Indiana Motorcycle Touring: Hoosier National Forest

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story and photography by Mitchell Steckler [Indiana Motorcycle Touring: Hoosier National Forest was originally published as a Favorite Ride in the November 2008 issue of Rider magazine] I awoke to a beautiful summer morning, a motorcyclist’s dream: blue sky, 82 degrees and a weekend of freedom. Many other riders must have had the same idea, as I’ve been riding the ...

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Missouri Motorcycle Rides: From St. Louis to Frankenstein

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story by Jim Auckley, photography by Chris Auckley [Missouri Motorcycle Rides: From St. Louis to Frankenstein was originally published as a Favorite Ride in the May 2008 issue of Rider magazine] 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. The National League Cardinals’ new ...

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Iowa Motorcycle Rides: Discovering America’s Heartland

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story and photography by Susan Benton [Iowa Motorcycle Rides: Discovering America’s Heartland was first published as a Favorite Ride in the March 2008 issue of Rider magazine] Although Iowa probably isn’t on your short list of places to ride, it has a prairie beauty all its own. If you really want to get away from it all, take a day ...

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