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Lock-to-Lock: Riding the Miami-Erie Canal

Culvert built to allow canal to flow over Bad Creek, at Texas, Ohio.

It might seem incongruous to use a modern motorcycle, with fuel injection and ABS, to explore a canal built almost 200 years ago to move people and freight on the water in vessels powered by mules or horses, but that’s exactly what I did. And it made for an enjoyable trip, matching good roads with pleasant scenery and some history. Congress ...

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Great Motorcycle Riding in Southeastern Ohio

Ohio State Route 93_1379

Each day in Jackson, Ohio, I ride State Route 93, which shares its title with Main Street until it pops out on the other side of town. Seeing it wind its way north, presumably to other small towns, made me wonder what other burgs and villages lay on its path. After a quick text message to a motorcycling buddy, we ...

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Ohio River Valley: On the Trail of Simon Kenton


Simon Kenton is one of America’s least-known heroes. Kenton and Daniel Boone were contemporaries in the beautiful but deadly wilderness of the Ohio River Valley during the nation-building period of the late 1700s and early 1800s. Boone’s story would have ended badly in a 1777 battle with Shawnee warriors had Kenton not saved his life, thus enabling a generation of ...

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Carving up Southeastern Ohio

Hune Bridge in Ohio

A classic American riddle asks, “Why is the state of Ohio different?” The traditional answer is, “Because it’s HI in the middle and round on both ends (o-HI-o).” But there is another, equally valid response: “Because it’s a Midwestern state with roads that curve like crazy.” At least that’s the case in southeastern Ohio. I got my first taste of southeastern ...

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Midwest Motorcycle Rides: Ohio to West Virginia


story and photography by Lance Oliver [Midwest Motorcycle Rides: Ohio to West Virginia was published as a Favorite Ride in the September 2009 issue of Rider magazine] Even when gasoline cost a fraction of today’s going rate, I always felt better about a ride to a destination than a ride for pure recreation. For the past seven years, I have ...

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Ohio Motorcycle Touring: The Ride to Prospect


story and photography by Eric Pincus [Ohio Motorcycle Touring: The Ride to Prospect was originally published as a Favorite Ride in the October 2008 issue of Rider magazine] As I put on my helmet my two-year-old daughter, Vanya, admonishes me “Ride safe, Daddy!” A short time later I embark on one of my favorite rides, a trip to the small ...

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Best of Ohio Motorcycle Rides

Bike on Route 60 parked by Amish Barn

story and photography by Jeff Morgan [Best of Ohio Motorcycle Rides originally appeared as a Favorite Ride in the November 2007 issue of Rider magazine] Most people don’t realize that Ohio motorcycle rides offer some of the most scenic and exciting motorcycle routes in the country. I made this discovery in 1995 when I bought my first street bike. I ...

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