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Laing’s Journey: A Six-Weeks Perambulation on Two Wheels

Hamilton Mack Laing's way was rutted. Clay mud lined with the tracks made by car and wagon wheels had dried, hindering the passage of his...

The Old Way: Historic U.S. 80 and the Wood Plank Road

Picture a scene in which hearty travelers traverse barren and windswept sand dunes on roads of rough-hewn timbers. I am not talking about some...

Favorite Ride: Bay Area Peaks Trifecta

My Grandpa rode an Indian and I decided to follow suit by purchasing a 2016 Roadmaster. I bought it one rainy January day--a prime time...

Motorcycle Touring in Curvy Colorado

Winter Park may not be a name you associate with summer entertainment, but the Colorado town of that name provides it. While skiers and...

Sagebrush and Apple Blossoms: Exploring Washington State’s Desert Country

Nighthawk is one of America’s least frequented border crossings. The postage stamp of officialdom is all but lost within the rolling grasslands, vineyards and...

Ranging Around Reno: A Loop Around Lake Tahoe

The mountain ranges to the south of Reno, Nevada, are a playground full of great rides. Today’s will take me up to Virginia City,...

Southwest Express: Winter Touring on Can-Am Spyders

So...do we fly? Or do we ride? Kurt and I were staring at a map of the Southwest, planning a visit to his family in...

Monkey Butt 500

Rider rides a mile for every issue: 500 in one day...on li'l singles. Because we can. A ride is an experience, a long sequence of...

Riding the Backbone of America: U.S. 50

Vice President Joe Biden would not be happy. He might also be surprised to learn that after two decades it turns out I’m something...

Favorite Ride: Nebo Loop Scenic Byway

Some of the best roads I’ve ridden were discovered by accident. The Nebo Loop in Utah is a good example. I found it a...

Sources of Power: Touring Some of California’s Powerplants on an Indian

I always enjoy riding over to Morro Bay...and not just for the pleasure of calamari and chips at Giovanni’s. Coming down the west slope...

Favorite Ride: Scenic Southern Colorado

You’d be hard pressed to find two more picturesque towns anywhere in the Southwest than Durango and Pagosa Springs, Colorado. These southern Colorado hamlets...

Riding the Cascades and the Coast in Oregon

I was headed for the Cascade Range of mountains because of a vague memory of something I had read 30 years ago, about 60...

The Secret Life of a Travel Writer

I'm sitting on a bench in an old graveyard, wooden crosses standing before me, the Pacific Ocean off to my left. In the near...

Favorite Ride: Southeast Arizona’s Wild West

Cowboys and Indians. Miners and ranchers. Army troops and outlaws. Southeast Arizona was overrun with all of these types, and more, in the latter...

Adventure in Southern Arizona: Fine Roads in the Old West

Most motorists cross southern Arizona in cruise-controlled oblivion via the super slabs known as Interstates 8 and 10. However, sandwiched between the freeways and...

Favorite Ride: Riding the State of Jefferson Scenic Byway in Northern California

If you have traveled Interstate 5 between Oregon and California, you’ve probably seen one end of the State of Jefferson Scenic Byway. Eleven miles south...

Favorite Ride: Unexpected Serenity in Southern California

Is there any scenic countryside left for motorcyclists in the urban sprawl of Southern California? Actually there is, and it’s surprisingly close to the densely...

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