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New York Travel Stories: Chasing The Edge

We visited NYC a few months before the terrorist strike, adventuring its wild boulevards, cruising about town on a Moto Guzzi Jackal, compacting a large amount of fun into a small amount of time. We saw landmarks famous and obscure, grand parks and cathedrals, Broadway theater, and, of course, the neighborhoods that furnish this town’s piquant flavors. A revisit to ...

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Riding the Heart of Pennsylvania Amish Country


True confession time: I usually have preconceived notions about what a trip will entail but they are rarely right. The fact is, I never really know what’s going to happen on a tour and how a particular riding experience is going to effect me. I expect cold weather; I broil. I plan on spending a lot of time on sparsely ...

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Winter Motorcycle Riding in New England (The Connecticut Coast)

When will wonders ever cease, anyway? Maybe next Tuesday. But sometimes I wonder about these wonders. For example, I had honestly thought that here in the 21st century, winter still meant winter. And in Connecticut, most motorcycles hibernate during this particular season. But thanks to an unusually large shipment of hot air to these parts (caused, I believe, by either ...

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Hudson River Valley: Bear Mountain, New York and the Catskills

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With its towering riverside mountains, lush farmland, 19th-century-style towns and large mansions, New York state’s Hudson River Valley region has been described as America’s own Rhine River Valley. But instead of castles guarding the German countryside, we have the former estates of such American aristocrats as the Roosevelts, the Livingstons and the Vanderbilts. The Hudson River Valley region encompasses numerous ...

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Motorcycle Travel Along the Blue Ridge Parkway


(This article The Blue Ridge Parkway: Commercial-free cruising was published in the December 2003 issue of Rider Magazine.) Overlooking the effects of acid rain atop Clingman’s Dome at the foot of the Blue Ridge Parkway, I watched the sun setting slowly over Tennessee in awe. Engulfed by seemingly endless blue ridges, I remembered growing up in the foothills of Virginia, ...

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Motorcycle Travel in the Fingerlakes High Roads of New York


I live in what are called the Bristol Mountains in the heart of the Fingerlakes Region of New York state, beginning some 30 miles southeast of Rochester. These very old mountains, part of the Appalachian chain, offer scenic views and interesting destinations such as wineries, restaurants and B&Bs, so you can enjoy the art of a two-wheeled journey as well ...

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