For prospective adventurers here are my top 5 motorcycle rides
After clocking up thousands of miles riding around North and South America I thought I'd share my favourite motorcycling locations from the north continent. I have spent many months riding through the region and have been fortunate to ride through nearly 20 U.S. States as well as seeing the West of Canada too, so for those of you planning to ride through here, and in no particular order, here they are:
1. Black Hills, South Dakota
Don't miss the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway, Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway and a ride through Badlands National Park
2. Smoky Mountains, Tennessee
Deals Gap: 318 Twist and turns in 11 miles. Also known as "The Dragons Tail" . Take your time and enjoy the rivers edge, gorges, little mountain towns along the route. There are many other amazing rides in the area with smooth black top and sweeping curves. I can highly recommend Dan & Debbie at gsmmotorent.com for advice and tours of the area.
3. Pacific Coast Highway, Oregon & California
My favourite stretch was riding out of Red Wood National Park in northern California. More sweeping curves with dramatic cliff top views. The marine layer of cloud breaths in an out along the coast line shrouding your view to then move out to sea revealing the rugged coastline and cliff top hugging tarmac.
4. Highway 12 & 24 Bryce Canyon to Hanksville, Utah
If ever there was a life affirming road in the U.S. it is here. Be prepared to stop in awe of the majestic beauty. This stretch of road is in my top 3 for both North and South America. The Grand Canyon, Zion NP, Arches NP, Moab and Canyonlands NP are all close by.
5. Banff & Jasper, British Columbia (Canada)
Never have trees looked so green or mountain lakes look so blue. Wild life is in abundance here so get your camera ready.
I'm deliberately not writing full reviews of these areas so you can discover the beauty for yourselves.
Does anyone else have some favourite stretches of black top to share with the prospective adventurers out there?