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Favorite Roads

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{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2Dmstheme%2D%2D%3EWelcome to the favorite roads page.   Listed below are the highways and byways I find special.   Some are famous, a few not so.  I used no special criteria picking these roads from the thousands I've been on.  I'm sure I missed some of my favorites just because I couldn't remember.

I divided the country into East and West, and also have a Canadian setion.  Scroll the page to find the state you are interested in.
 

         



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 Arkansas
 
Arkansas SR 7 (2002)-  I almost forgot this road. I rode it the first day of a long tour, and it would be easy to lose it in the shuffle of a tour that saw some really great riding.  Smooth surface and nice turns.  I went in and out of sleepy southern towns, and saw some great scenery.  This is a pleasant road through the Ozarks.  Ride it someday.  Many good routes are connected to it.

Arkansas SR 23 (2005)- Very similar to SR 7, a nice route from I-40 to the Ozarks.  Great surface, flowing curves, and nice scenery.

  Maine 

Maine SR 117 and 11 (2001)-  I liked these routes because I felt they showed me what the real Maine was about.  Far from the touristy coast, it is home to quaint New England villages and homes, and friendly people.  These roads had personality, a trait sadly lacking in many roads of today.

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The Blue Ridge Parkway (2001)-  Located mostly in North Carolina, this road runs the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  It is especially good from Cherokee to Asheville.  Smooth, quiet, and scenic.  Nice round curves, and plenty of them. You will lean so much on the Parkway, you may actually grow fatigued of being sideways so much.

North Carolina SR 28 (2001)-  A great ride from Fontana Village down to Franklin.  Lots of twisty S curves with various degrees of leaning.  Some are tight, others are more sweeping.  Excellent road surface and a good way to top off after tackling the Dragon.

North Carolina SR 12 (2004)-  Threading the Outer Banks of North Carolina, this is a fine road for scenery and
viewing the Atlantic Ocean.  It will take you past sand dunes and cat tails, and quiet fishing villages.  Urban sprawl picks up in the Kill Devils Hills area so be forewarned.  Ferries link the islands in several places.  If you're looking for something different, SR 12 is the ticket.  No leaning, but if you've wondered what a old time beach road ride it and feel it.{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2Dmsnavigation%2D%2D%3E

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Ohio
 
Ohio SR 26 (2004)-  This little road might possibly be the most challenging road I'd ever tackled.  Three weeks prior to the morning I came through the highway was flooded by a nearby creek.  Debris and sand littered the tight curves, and blinding hills.  Dense woods guard 26 and the curves offer very limited sight.  Road surface ranges from poor to good.   Intense lean angles was out the day I came through, but you might have better luck.   There are a number of good roads in Southeast Ohio, I'm sure many are just as fun as 26, I plan on checking them out in the future.

Ohio SR 800 (2004)-  After the intense ride in the Ohio Hills I picked this route to take me north, and I enjoyed it very much.  Not as twisty as 26, but still fun.  The highway rolls and climbs through Ohio farmland and past wood frame white houses.  It passes through tidy villages, that on the day I passed through, were decked out in fall colors.  The ride passed quickly on 800.

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The Cherohala Skyway (2001)- Located on the Tennessee, North Carolina border this great road is void of traffic.  Consisting of long, sweeping curves, that make you lean so long, you feel like you are riding in a long circle.  The Skyway carves its way along the spine of Unicoi Range of the Appalachians.  You are treated to high elevation and scenic vistas.  The Skyway is 4th and 5th gear stuff as opposed to the 2nd and 3rd gear curves on The Gap just down the road.  The great thing about the Cherohala is the length-40 miles of uninterrupted riding.  Very rare in the East.

The Natchez Trace Parkway (2002)- The Trace is a unique road, located in Tennessee and Mississippi.  A smooth and open road with wide grassy shoulders.  It does not take a rider into high elevation, but will treat you to quiet pastoral farmland and valleys.  Because there is no traffic on the road, it is a excellent road to put your thinking cap on.  The Trace is not a challenging road, but the curves will keep you entertained.  I have only ridden the Trace from Nashville to Collingswood, 100 of the quietest miles a guy can ever ride.  Be cautious of the Rangers while on the Trace.

U.S. 129 (Deal's Gap) (2001)- I've been riding Deal's Gap for many years, but just added it to the favorite list in 2004.  Perhaps I could not appreciate it till I took it on with the 1300.  Not much I can add to the volumes that have already been transcribed.  The surface was repaved in 2003, and brothers this one smoooooooth piece of tarmac and one of the reasons this ride is so good.  The absence of crossroads and driveways are some of the great things about this famous road.  I thoroughly enjoyed my time there in 04.  The added atmosphere of the remodeled Circle of Time also adds to the flavor.
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Pennsylvania 
 
Pennsylvania SR 851 (2002)- You will find this little gem in Southern Pa. off I-83 in Shrewsbury.  This road is home to some fine twisties and scenery.  The landscape is relaxing and mellow.  The turns have a great radius to them, and the road is smooth.  As you pass through the towns of Stewartstown, New Park, and Fawn Grove keep eagle eyed, because the road takes several sharp turns in these towns.  Check it out if you are ever in the area.

Pennsylvania SR 66 (2004)-  Cutting a path through the Allegheny National Forest, this road is very scenic.  A few nice sweepers are spaced out over the course, but nothing intense.  Fall color was very good the morning I passed through.  A few nice towns are scattered along the way offering several options for food and lodging.  A good ride.{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2Dmsnavigation%2D%2D%3E
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Vermont
 
Vermont SR 17 (2001)-  I was on this road late in the afternoon, among full fall color.  Twisty and hilly, the road takes you deep into the Green Mountains. Extreme leans are difficult because the road is quite irregular. Keep the speed down and have fun.  The tree line flows all the way down to the highway. A very East Tennessee like road.
 
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U.S. 219 West Virginia (2002)-  Truly a great road.  Smooth with lots of challenge ,and good scenery.  US 219 transports a rider through the heart of the Appalachians.  Good elevation, interesting towns, creeks and rivers.  I really enjoyed this slick ribbon through some of the east coasts best scenery.  A little too much traffic near the villages, but don't let that deter you.  Many good routes sprout off this road, but I was unable to check them out.  I will oneday.

West Virginia SR 16 (2003)  This road is found in the southwest area of the state and travels north-south.  I followed as far as I could on my way to Parkersburg in 2003.  I don't know if I've been on a more twisty road.  It very much has a Deal's Gap feel to it.  The curves were highly concentrated, and a rider has to stay aware.  Road surface is excellent.  I leaned for a full day on this road.  The only time you are straight up is when you pass through the mountain villages.  One of the most challenging roads of my career.

West Virginia SR 20 (2004) This route has the same look and feel as SR 16, but spends more time crossing through farmland.  Very twisty with good elevation.  The road travels north to south, and is a good route to take if you are working you way to the Blue Ridge from somewhere north.  Road surface is excellent.  I picked the route up near Beckley, so don't know much about the southern portion near I-77, but I suspect it is even better then the portion I was on.  A fun, scenic, and  challenging route.{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2Dmsnavigation%2D%2D%3E
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Wisconsin

Wisconsin SR 35, Great River Road (2005)- I picked this route up near Red Wing, followed it south down river.  The route follows the Mississippi River, not a mile or 2 away but up close.  The road has a few curves among the bluffs, but it mostly a peaceful ride along the water.  The lock and dam towns along the way offer all the diversions you might need.  {cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2Dmstheme%2D%2D%3E{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2Dmsnavigation%2D%2D%3E
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  ​Arizona
 
Arizona Alt 89 Prescott Valley-  What a great piece of asphalt this is.  Very smooth surface with lots of curves.  High elevation, which means lots of nice vistas.  I scraped more then once on this velvet highway.  Stop often for pictures.  When you reach the old mining town of Jerome, be sure to get something to eat in one of the many local cafes.


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California SR 33-Located in Southern California (south of Bakersfield), this road connects the Cuyuma with Ventura.  A great ride with hundreds of tight curves over the San Madre Mountains, elevation about 6,000 feet.  Not much traffic the day I was there ( mid week)  Good road surface.  At the south end of the highway you'll find the intresting city of Ojai.  I don't know how the 2007 fires affected the area so good idea to check before heading that way.

California SR 74-  Another great Southern California road.  I used it to escape the San Diego area and head for the desert.  Steep climbs, and lots of curves over the Santa Rosa Mountains.  Long U back curves in the mountain peaks.  About 60 miles of outstanding and challenging riding.  Prepare for climate change as you cross from coast to desert or vice versa.  Once again, I don't know the status of the road after the 2007 wild fires.

Pacific Coast Highwat SR 1-  Many lists start with this awesome road.  Mine is no different.  This road weaves and bobs along the California Coast, where the Mountains flow to the Sea, in a crashing white cap spectacle.  You ride between mountains and water, amidst colors you will not find anywhere else. It offers challenging switchbacks, and hills.  I refrain from serious sport riding on the PCH.  I want to savor my surroundings.  The PCH is unmatched in the east.  The east coast of the U.S. is well developed, precluding any great riding.  I long for the day I will return to this great highway.  It is a road that must be ridden over and over to fully appreciate.

California SR 36- I continue to whittle away at the roads in the Pashnit Site. SR 36 is in the top 3 roads of all time.  Great curves of every type.  Switchbacks, sweepers,  sharp cresting hills.  The route is 130 miles from the coast to Red Bluff over the mountains.  Good scenery, lots of challenge, little traffic.  One thing I can't figure out is how so many roads in the Hotel are void off traffic, given the number of people living there-not that I'm complaining.  SR 36 is what I call a destination road, meaning its worth a 2,000 mile slab ride just get there to ride it.  Some of the pavement is choppy at the high elevations, and look for Caltrans to have sections under construction especially near the mountains peaks.  What a great road.

California SR 199- After a dreadful 3 days in rainy Oregon and Washington, I broke across the mountains on this route to the coast.  A great ride with lots of good curves through canyons and timberland.  The ride through the Redwoods in the National Park, is also excellent.  The route can be busy with touristy traffic, because it connects the Redwoods with the coast.  Good leaning but not a whole lot of elevation.
  
California 62- Why this road through the desert?  Because its different.  No traffic, a guy can go on auto pilot.  The desert has its own beauty.  Mile after mile of emptiness.  Just the rider and his bike.  The only challenge is keeping your bike below 100.  A good ride just to think.
California SR 96, The Klamath River Road (2002)-  THE sport riding road of all time in my opinion.  Anything you want can be had.  Switchbacks? All you want.  S's? This road is like spaghetti,  Low traffic? Don't worry.  Hairpins?  More then a beauty salon.  Length?  Over 150 miles, almost 200 if you continue on SR 299.  Oh yeah, and scenic.

California 58-, San Luis to Mckittrick (2003)- This highway has a good mix of riding.  The western portion is very twisty with a few banked curves.  Many tight turns on the east end.  Very easy to touch down.  Not much traffic.  A nice long run out across the Carrizo Plains for pure speed.  A great series of whoop de doos come at you, east of the valley.  I found myself looking far down the line as I topped them, and then running up the short inclines to the crest at 90 giving me the "roller coaster" effect.

California SR 168-  Just across the line from Nevada you will find this sport riders dream. I don't know if its not the most challenging road I've ever tackled.  SR 168 takes a rider from the desert and introduces him to the Sierras.  The road surface is good as it snakes its way through the hills.  Very tight curves.  You will have U backs, right and left angles, and dips that reduce your ability to see ahead.  The day I was on this road, traffic was void.  Many of the curves are coated in a fine dust.  The way these curves are spaced make it a attention getting ride, and hard to get in rhythm.  You may get 3 tough changing radius curves in a row, then suddenly a sharp left and a dip.  Do not let yourself  get lulled into thinking you know what's coming next.  You must bring all your skills to the ballpark when you take on 168. The highway is perhaps 50 miles in length, but elevation is not all that great (comparatively speaking).  I had a really good time on this road.

California SR 108-  Perhaps the most scenic road I've ever been on.  The road to Sonora Pass.  Beautiful scenery.  Snow was piled high as I worked my through the Alpine forest.  Crystal clear water seemed to be flowing everywhere.  Excellent pavement ruled the day.  Prepare yourself for a long uphill run, and after reaching the crest, an equally long downhill.  Traffic was not a factor the day I was there.  Lots and lots of good curves.

 California SR 70  The Feather River Road.  A nice road through the Feather River Canyon.  Much of the road feels as if it was cut into the bluffs.  As a rider leans the curves of 70, the water of the Feather River follows him.  Many times I could see the road down below me, as I negotiated what seemed liked hundreds of U curves.  It was a lot of  fun and only had to pass a few cars.

California SR 3-In the hills and trees of the Trinity Mountains you will find this tricky, but rewarding road.  I found its downhill twisties the most intense I've ever sampled.  Very tight, with limited sight.  Good riders, will find little difficulty scraping pegs for the entire run.  The road is not especially wide and you have to be on constant lookout ofr anyone straying over the yellow line.  The curves came at me in a sequence that made it hard for me to pick and hold a line, they seemed to disappear down the hills.  If you like to be tested I suggest taking a ride on it when you're in the area.  Great riding.

California SR 88-  The highway to Carson Pass does not disappoint.  It has been my experience roads over the Sierra passes are good.  High mountains means lots of curves and 88 has both.  Expect traffic on the weekends.

SR 88 Lake Tahoe- Experiencing this road is worth putting up with the traffic, because it treats you to great views of this beautiful lake.  The road is sporty if you catch it with little traffic, but I suggest slowing down so you can sample the vistas and beauty of the area.  
 
California SR 49- I discovered this route in 2005.  I ran it south to north.  Traffic was a nuisance in the southern portions, but after clearing Auburn it thinned out and the highway became very technical.  SR 49 can be intense and a few miles later relaxing.  I enjoyed the many gold rush towns it passes through, on its way to Yuba pass.  Pavement surface is good for the most part, and the vistas are excellent when the route turns into the Sierras.  A good ride in through the Gold Country.
 
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​Colorado SR 92- You can find this highway just west of Crested Butte.  Very challenging road, very high elevation, and a good surface.  The mountains in the area are more arid than those in the south.  A really fun road and no traffic.

​U.S. 550 Million Dollar Highway)- One of the most scenic roads in America, this road is pure magic south of Montrose.  High mountain bluffs, green valleys, and colorful peaks are everywhere.  Good curves but the surface is bad in many places.  The winters are harsh here, and summers always bring the ever present road crews in for repair. 

Colorado and Kansas SR 96 ( 2001)- If any road ever typified the area it was home to, this highway does.  If you want a feel for the Midwest take a ride on it.  I rode this highway out of the Rockies and into the Great Plains.  I enjoyed passing my way through the "elevator towns" along this route.  In between towns, feel free to sing and and watch the farms go by.  A great road for the soul.

 
​Colorado 109-Picture this.  It is late afternoon and you are riding a 700+ mile day.  You have been in the mountains, twisting, and leaning for 300 miles.  You fight your way through several cities and their accompanying traffic, then find yourself on SR 109.  I found myself in that exact situation, and 109 was the cure for what ailed me.  Long, fast, quiet, and scenic through the Comanche Grassland.  It is a good road just for being alone with your thoughts, and after a frantic morning in the mountains, it felt good to ride lost in thought.  Not all roads have to be twisty to be fun.

​Colorado SR 14-By looking at my list you can see I've spent time in Colorado, and why not?  The state is the heart of the Rocky Mountains, a guarantee to find a perfect road.  I love this road.  SR 14 treats you to awesome Rocky Mountain valleys, snow capped peaks, and granite canyons.  The diversity of the highway matches the greatness of the scenery.  The curves run the gamut.  Switchbacks, long downhill sweepers, tight 45s in the canyons.  I don't know if this little highway, smothered by vast mountains is not the greatest of all time.  It has so much beauty you want it to last forever.  I stopped several times to enjoy clear Rocky Mountain air and water.  Everyone needs to experience the thrill of dropping out of the Rocky Mountains into Fort Collins.  To emerge out of the canyons into a bright sun.  But that is not all.  Come down out of the mountains east of Fort Collins and sample the Great Plains.  Relax yourself as you ride along, cleanse your mind of the clutter of everyday life as you zip along the empty highway.  Population density is only a few per square mile, so lots of room to stretch your bikes legs.

​Colorado SR 145- Another beauty of a road through the Colorado Rockies, I've had the good fortune to dissect Colorado a number of times on back roads, and each time I've been treated to special highways and scenery.  Route 149 is smack in the middle of some the state's highest mountain peaks.  Pristine valleys, and snow capped peaks treat your senses, while the road tests your reflexes.  The curves are plenty, and give you all you want.  I backed off from any hooligan riding to enjoy the views.  The highway follows the Rio Grande for many miles which adds to the visual overload.  A great ride and a great road.

​Colorado SR 145-   This road takes you out of the San Juan Mountains to the deserts of Utah.  Over Lizard Head Pass, rolling past lakes and tall peaks, the road snakes and curves past Telluride.  Steep climbs and descents are common between Telluride and Dolores.  All the challenge you want.  North of Telluride, the road loses elevation and becomes a great through the canyons, before moving back up to the dangerous and challenging curves of Paradox Mountain.  Please use caution in the Paradox area, there are long drop offs if you miss, and the area is very remote, meaning if you go over,  likely no one is going to see you.  
 

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 Idaho

Idaho SR 12, SR 175, Boise to Stanley, Sun Valley - A fabulous road in the Sawtooth Mountains.  Challenging curves to test your skills, and awesome vistas to treat your eyes.  Weekends can find too much traffic between Boise and Idaho City, so plan accordingly.  The Sawtooths are a rugged mountain range, and these roads give you their best.   These highways are over 100 miles in length.

U.S. 12, Lewiston to Missoula-   One of the most famous roads in motorcycling, I don't know what I can add that has not already been written.  A nice ride up and over the Bitterroot Mountains, the pat of Lewis and Clark, 77 miles of twisty ribbon.  Pockets of traffic are common near Lewiston and Missoula, but don't last long.  The curves are mostly sweepers, but as you approach Lolo Pass the intensity picks up. 


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  Montana SR 28, 200- I combined these roads into one ride.  Great riding.  Scenic and twisty.  Lots of elevation.  Green mountains and clear streams guide you along these great roads.  No traffic, in between the friendly frontier towns.  In 2005 I picked the route back up near Missoula and rode it across the plains to North Dakota.  A great ride past green buttes and pastures.  A number of high speed run outs just for fun.  

U.S. 12 Lolo Pass -  One of the most famous roads in motorcycling, I don't know what I can add that has not already been written.  A nice ride up and over the Bitterroot Mountains, the pat of Lewis and Clark, 77 miles of twisty ribbon.  Pockets of traffic are common near Lewiston and Missoula, but don't last long.  The curves are mostly sweepers, but as you approach Lolo Pass the intensity picks up. 

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 New Mexico

SR 518- I found this road on the east bound leg, on the way home.  A nice ride out of Taos over the mountains.  Nice curves, low traffic, and good elevation.  The highway clings to the sides of the mountains in several places, and is quite technical.  No switchbacks, but a few deep bends.  Great scenery.

U.S. 64- A nice road between Taos and Shiprock.  The best part is on the western section near Taos.  Alpine woods, good pavement, and good leaning.  The day I was on it, I was coming out of the desert, and appreciated the scenery change.  Stop for visit at the Rio Grande Gorge along the way.

 
  Nevada
 
 U.S. 50 Fallon to Elly- One of my all time favorite roads.  What a great ride I had in 04 on this famous highway.  Everything was perfect.  You owe it to yourself to ride this highway at least once in your career.  Perhaps you will have a day similar to the one I had.  A sky so blue it hurt my eyes.  No humid Alabama haze to cloud things, and a cool dry breeze blowing on a 73 degree day.  The air was so thin, Dr Atkins would have been proud.  The road is fast, made for triple digit speeds.  It has curves for leaning when you cross the mountain passes, and desert beauty surrounds you.  The road seems to go on forever as you set out to conqueror "The Loneliest Road in America."  The interesting mining towns are far between, but that is the appeal of US 50; nothing to interrupt you as you cruise on one of America's greatest roads. {cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2Dmstheme%2D%2D%3E
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 North Dakota SR 4 - Many riders disdain the long straight roads of the High Plains, but not me.  I enjoyed this 300 mile road across the northern breadth of state.  Peaceful, and relaxing, it takes you back to a simpler time.  No curves to lean, but the road passes through many unique towns with good people.  The farmland and cattle country has uniqueness that intrigues me.  Can be windy and cool out there even in summer so prepare.

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Oregon
 
 
From Pendleton U.S. 395 South, SR 74, SR206, SR 218, SR295-   In a connection of great roads these highways in Oregon offer some of the finest riding anywhere.  Road surface is good, and so is the elevation.  These highways are why we ride brothers.  Lots of curves and twists, no intense switchbacks, but plenty of long sweepers.  The landscape is farmland, and grassy hills, which translates into good visibility.  Often you can look past the apex of the sweeper to check oncoming traffic and conditions.   Frontier towns such as Fossil offer cafes for Mountain Dews, and good conversation.  

​Oregon SR 35-  Traveling near Mount Hood on this route was a special day.  Oregon is not like Colorado, her mountain peaks stand alone, making them easy to spot from long distances.  SR 35 shot us up and over the peaks as Mount Hood looked over us.  Downhill right angle curves sneak up with alarming regularity so use caution.   Pull to the side and enjoy views of Mount Hood.  The leaning and scenery on this road are good, but traffic on the weekend can be a problem.  Have fun.
 
​Oregon SR 36-The route into Hell's Canyon.  It is my belief East Oregon is one of the most underrated areas of the country for riding, vastness, and challenging roads.  This road has high elevation, anytime a highway rises the leaning is good.  The route is also peppered with deadly drop offs, and steep climbs.  The area is remote, and help could be a long way off.   The route follows the Powder River when it comes down out of the mountains.  Long sweepers stick to the river, and grows in intensity as you go in the mountains.  


 South Dakota

U.S. 83-A quiet highway through the Pierre National Grassland.  This highway takes you past pastoral South Dakota farmland.  If you just want to ride and not have to think about the highway, this is a good choice.  No traffic to speak of, quaint farmhouses, grazing cattle, and no red lights.
 
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Texas
 
SR 118-The entrance road to Big Bend National Park.   Good riding but not challenging.  Lots of vistas and panoramas, outstanding scenery and wide open spaces.

SR 170-  One of the most challenging roads of my career.  Lots of steep hills with sharp turns.  The road is unpredictable, ride it accordingly.  Good elevation but no room for error with long drops offs and cliff walls.   Several places to stop for photos also.

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 Utah

Utah SR 12 and SR 24 (2002)-
  Twisty canyon roads, elevation, desert valleys, and mountains.  Spectacular riding.  Lots of challenge. Beautiful rock formations and color to witness. Too many tar snakes so use caution, but the scenery is so good you probably won't be riding fast anyway.  The ride through Capital Reef is especially good. 

U.S. 89 Thistle to Fairview (2004)- Tucked away in the green valleys of Central Utah you find this jewel.  The highway introduces you to 10,000 ft. peaks, but instead of twisting itself to the mountains tops, the highway remains in the valley, keeping you entertained by the great scenery.  

U.S. 191 connecting U.S. 6 and U.S. 40 (2004)-  A seasoned Long Rider comes across many great roads by accident or good luck.  I found the greatness of 191 because I needed a road to take me to U.S. 40 when I was finished with the central Utah mountains. On the map it looked to do the job, so I jotted it down with the rest of the days routes on my map window.  The rest is history as they say.  One of the finest all around highways in the country for Long Riders.  Challenging, scenic, and fun.  The road surface carves through sheer canyons, bending hard.  The surrounding landscape is open range land (if you're from the east, it means cows are NOT fenced)

The Moab National Park Drive (2005)- The route does not have a number or name I can find, just go to Moab and ride it.  Truly one of America's treasures.  The road teleports you past the massive rock formations and arches the park is famous for.  The road proper is not challenging, but the beauty of the place is so stunning it doesn't matter.   The first few miles are a series of climbs, that take you past such rock formations known as Park Avenue, and The Courthouse.  Try to make the ride at sunset, it is worth the effort.

Utah SR 95 (2005) What a great ride this is.  Lots of twisty curves, long desert run outs, and colorful canyons and rocks.  Remote and rugged, make sure you watch your gas gauge.  The road is especially good dropping down into Glen Canyon Rec Area.{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2Dmstheme%2D%2D%3E{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2Dmsnavigation%2D%2D%3E
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  Washington 

The Palouse Ride- From Spokane, US 195 South-SR 271-SR 26-SR 127- US 12 south.(2002)    This is a combination of roads.  All are connected and the route easy to follow, covering about 125 miles.  I love this ride through the wheat fields to Oregon.   I have a certain affection for the Palouse, not many know of its timeless beauty and peaceful landscape.  If you like twisties the routes will not disappoint, they are fun.

U.S. 97 Canadian Border to Oregon- What a great road this is.  Almost the entire length is good.  In the north 97 glides you by the apple and other fruit orchards.  Nice scenery.  As you enter the central area mountains appear and the leaning is good.  South from Yakima is my favorite, as you motor pass green rolling hills, and gentle sweepers.  I truly enjoyed my time on this road, and think of it often. 

Washington SR 129-  Near the Washington-Oregon line, lies one of the great roads-129.  A remarkable stretch of asphalt between Oregon and Clarkston.  The highway ricochets off the hills and sweeps up and down the mountains in one of the great slalom runs in the country.  Falling rocks can be found in several sections so use caution.  A fabulous ride on a good surface.  









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Provincial Roue 132- This route is located on the Gaspe Peninsula, in Quebec.  A scenic, inspiring highway.  The road brings you up close and personal to the water.  It has challenge but nothing drastic.  Famous for its many fishing villages and pastoral farmland, it is true treat for the senses.  The surface is not good in many places, so use caution.  I rode it on a beautiful day, with farms on my right and gentle white caps on my left.  
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The Cabot Trail-  Getting here takes lots of work, but you are rewarded.  The road surface ranges from good to terrible, but the scenery is consistently outstanding.  The Cabot is the nearest thing on the east coast to the Pacific Coast Highway.  Lots of good twists in the highlands.  Don't ask me to compare the PCH and the Cabot, they are very different.  The Cabot is more personal, and the water is prettier then the Pacific, but it does not have the smoothness of the PCH or the varied elevation and challenge.  

​Icefields Parkway- Located in Alberta, this is the ultimate highway for glacier viewing.  The road itself is not especially challenging, but the landscape so gorgeous it has to be on the list.  The land is very rugged and dense.  I visited on a cloudy, rainy, cool, mid June morning.  I would love to see this land under a clear blue sky.  Most of the mountain peaks were over 10,000 feet and close to the road.  The highway has a intimate relationship with the Rocky Mountains.  Like most great highways in Canada, it is not easy to reach.  
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