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Magical Riding in Northern New Mexico

Every bend in the road in northern New Mexico seems to reveal another geological intrigue.

en · chant (verb): To place under a spell as if by magic. Yep. That’s exactly what the mountains of northern New Mexico have done to me. There is something magical about this state, and I believe it stems from its wide-ranging diversity. The cultural, architectural and environmental palate from which this region is painted is as multi-hued and vibrant as you ...

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The Santa Fe Trail: Hunting Geocaches on a Historic Kansas Route

Ruins located at the Pecos National Historical Park just south of Santa Fe date back to the 15th century. Once a major pueblo village with more than 1,100 rooms and the remains of two Spanish missions.

Crossing Kansas can be an enlightening or boring trip depending upon your perspective. For me it was a chance to ride and geocache the Santa Fe Trail from central Missouri to Santa Fe, New Mexico. For those unfamiliar with geocaching, it’s a “hide and seek” game using GPS coordinates to find hidden caches of varying size all over the world. ...

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Meandering the Texas Hill Country

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What better synonyms are there for riding than “motorcycles” and “Texas”? No matter your type of riding, the Texas Hill Country—the south-central area in and around Fredericksburg—will certainly appeal to your motorcycling instincts. The Fredericksburg area was settled by German immigrants in the middle 19th century. Because strict inheritance laws in Germany gave the eldest son basically everything, many disinherited ...

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Relaxed Riding on the Sunshine State's Bridges and Backroads

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Enjoying a motorcycle ride through Florida is an exercise in skillful navigation. The highways around Orlando and Tampa, and from West Palm Beach to Miami are crowded and crazy with traffic, so the challenge for a rider is to find the more interesting routes in central Florida and along the coasts where tourists do not go. Believe it or not, ...

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Searching for Colorado Roots in the Rockies

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As children, we heard many of Grandma Louise’s stories about Colorado. She was born in a log cabin a few miles outside of Creede, to a mother who had been born in Leadville and spent part of her childhood in Cripple Creek. This family history at high altitudes caught my imagination when, a couple years ago, I started looking for ...

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Exploring Southwest New Mexico By Motorcycle

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Not caring for Interstate highways, I choose to ride the “blue highways” north and south of Interstate 40 from Grants, New Mexico, where I live. I made this ride in late May on my 2008 Triumph America. This 865cc twin has all of the power I need and is reminiscent of the Bonneville 650 I had in the ’60s, although ...

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Climbing the Pikes Peak Highway

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The year was 1806. After traversing the flat plains of what is now eastern Colorado, Zebulon Pike saw a smudge on the horizon. The next day the smudge became a bump. By the third or fourth day, Pike realized he had a mountain to climb. I had the same feeling as I cruised westward on State Route 24, headed for ...

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Great Roads: Oklahoma

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Upon entering Oklahoma, a decorative granite sign demarcates the state line, followed soon by a billboard depicting a Buffalo Bill character, waving his Stetson, astride a spotted horse rearing out of the sign in welcoming exhortation. My next stop was the Route 66 museum in Clinton. This so-called Mother Road became the highway of opportunity for Depression-era Oklahoma Dust Bowl ...

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Twisted Sisters: The Texas Hill Country’s Most Famous Trio

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Three Hill Country Ranch Roads, 335, 336 and 337, are known throughout Texas as the Twisted Sisters, and riders come from near and far to enjoy them. For me it is near, just a short ride from my home to the first Sister. The first stop is usually in Bandera at the Old Spanish Trails Restaurant, better known to everyone ...

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