Top Five Summer Rides
It’s time to get on your bike. Summer has just begun and the weather is fantastic across most of the United States – no signs of La Niña just yet. Conditions are ideal for motorcycle riding. If you haven’t already planned your trip, or if you’ve been waiting for a reason to buy a bike, here are five good reasons: our Top Five Summer Rides for 2016, from East to West.
Coastal Route 1
We start in Maine, with a leisurely 167-mile ride from Brunswick to Machias. This road is going to get busy very soon, but you’re here for comfort, not for speed. Enjoy the scenery. Arcadia National Park and Cadillac Mountain are part of the stretch, and the seafood is amazing.
Blue Ridge Parkway/Tail of the Dragon
These are actually two different rides linking North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. If you like, you can add the Cherohala Skyway to your itinerary. The featured attraction is the Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap, an 11-mile stretch of US 129 with curves aplenty and no intersections – or trucks.
Moving on to Texas, we have a 131-mile ride past mountains, rivers and sprawling ranches. There aren’t very many gas stations or amenities, so plan ahead. If you like fishing, the Nueces River will provide your dinner.
Looking for thrills? You’ll find them on this 68-mile Montana stretch of US Highway 212, from Red Lodge to Cooke City at the northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park. While you’re at it, continue south on the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway that leads south to Cody, Wyoming.
Pacific Coast Highway
After all those twists and turns, it’s time to head out to Big Sur in beautiful California. There’s an incredible 120-mile run from Carmel to Morro Bay. You’ll want to avoid the weekends, and it can get pretty foggy this time of year, but you haven’t lived until you’ve seen this part of the world. Clint Eastwood nods his head in agreement.