Planning to “Easy Rider” Across the Country and Need Suggestions
Howdy boys and girls!
Here we are, halfway through the summer, and less than a month to Sturgis 2015. Plenty of you guys have made plans to ride out for the 75th anniversary (It starts August 3 and runs through the 9th), but some of us, like me, burned up all of our vacation time already (and I really can’t afford to drive out this year).
Have you checked out all the day trips that are out there? No matter where you are in North America, there are some great weekend rides for you. About a month ago, one of the local clubs that treats independents more like prospects made the trip north to run the Tail of the Dragon in Deals Gap on U.S 129, and they had a great time. Nobody laid anything down and the tool boxes never came out of the chase van.So what can we do in the meantime?
One word of caution to those of you who live in the flatlands – if you don’t know how to run a curve, you need to figure it out before you challenge it!
But the run I’m looking forward to is that in two weeks, five of us are taking four days to ride the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi. Now, for those of you who don’t know it, it’s nearly five hundred miles of US highway, and it is easily one of the oldest roadways in North America. It began as a migratory path for wild creatures, and then became an early trade route for the Native Americans and European explorers. The present route follows nearly 8,000 years of history and winds easily through three U.S. states. It is a beautiful ride that I haven’t taken in nearly 15 years – the last time I was on it, I was jockeying a crotch rocket and too dumb to enjoy the beauty of the area.
So I’m gonna open up and ask you guys, what are the best regional rides for you guys? I know plenty of beautiful places that I want to ride – and I’m trying to figure out how to “Easy Rider” across the country next year. If it doesn’t fit in my saddle bags, it isn’t going. Let me know in the comments section and let’s see who’s got some ideas for my month off next year.