Just Another Motorcycle Friendly Restaurant in California

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When it comes to finding a good motorcycle friendly bar or restaurant in California I like to do my research as both Jim and I have been disappointed after anticipating what we thought would be all that and more.

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If you follow our Travels with Harley Blog you will remember that I haven’t always been happy with my menu selection even though Yelp recommended what I thought would be a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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Finding the perfect Motorcycle Friendly Restaurant is something that Jim and I have always been passionate about, well, then again, maybe it’s just me… Most of you know that Jim is more of a meat and potatoes man where I like to be adventurous and try new things. That is how Travels with Harley started over three years ago.

Although we haven’t started officially filming our adventures, it won’t be long before you follow Jim and I as we eat, drink and sleep our way across the U.S. Of course, when that happens you will be the first to know!

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Travels with Harley is going to spend the next few weeks sharing what we have heard are some of the best places to eat and drink when you are on a motorcycle road trip.

This week we’re going back to my home state of California.

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The Rock Inn

Located in Lake Hughes California, this full restaurant and bar is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is located between Lancaster and Valencia. The Rock Inn is a local favorite that has had several different names including the Harley Rock Inn. The Inn has live bands from one to five on Saturdays and Sundays and best of all you can stay the night. Although the reviews are mixed, I would love to try the Rock Inn just so I can climb up and down the cool rock and iron spiral staircase and order the Saturday night Prime Rib Special.

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Newcomb’s Ranch

Built in 1939, Newcomb’s Ranch was a popular hotel, gas station and Motorcycle Friendly Restaurant. After the building was destroyed by fire back in 1976, it was rebuilt and reopened by Lynn Newcomb Jr. who later sold the ranch to Frederick H. Rundall who continues to run the restaurant, store and Inn. Popular with Harley riders, and everyone else for that matter, the restaurant menu sounds delicious with all kinds of great fare including the Egg McNewcomb for breakfast or the Big Pines Ortega Burger for lunch.

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Lookout Roadhouse

Called a hidden gem by Yelp reviewers, the Lookout Roadhouse is located on the Ortega Highway in Lake Elsinore and is a great place to stop, get off your Harley, and have a bite to eat. Open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm the restaurant bar has amazing views of Lake Elsinore and is a favorite stop if you are craving breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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Andria’s Seafood

If you have a hankering for seafood Andria’s Seafood in Ventura gets some great reviews and is a popular spot for H.O.G. members. Located on the pier on Spinnaker Drive the restaurant fish market is known for its homemade clam chowder and original fish and chips. Voted Best Seafood Restaurant in Ventura, Andria’s has great views and great food to match!

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Next week we’re going to share some more motorcycle friendly restaurants both in the United States and Canada.

Harley Davidson Weekend Road Trips in Maine

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If you are looking for great Harley Davidson Weekend Road Trips to take now that the weather is starting to warm up, you will love some of the places that are on the Travels with Harley bucket list. Although Jim and I have been on quite a few Harley Davidson Weekend Road Trips, some places have eluded us, so far anyway.

Travels with HarleyWhen Jim and I took the New England Trailblazer Tour a couple of years ago, we fell in love with Maine. However, there were a few places that we didn’t get to see that we would love to plan for a Harley Davidson Weekend Road Trip.

It may seem hard to believe, but Maine has 5,000 miles of coastline, 17 million acres of beautiful forestland, 6,000 lakes, and 32,000 miles of rivers. Maine is a great place to explore and although most who venture out for a Harley Davidson Weekend Road Trip head to the coast, you will miss the crowds if you head inland or up north.

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The Northern Route 201 is 101 miles of majestic scenery that takes you along the Kennebec River Valley to the western mountains of Maine. Don’t be surprised if you spot wildlife on the way, especially if go from Jackman to Moosehead Lake. With lots of twists and turns, along the river, be sure to keep your eyes out for moose. If you are making this one of your Harley Davidson Weekend Road Trips, you can camp, if you read our blog, Jim doesn’t care for motorcycle camping, or stay at a charming Inn or B & B. If you stop for a bite along the way, Schmooses Pub and Grill sounds good to us. Serving seafood, steaks, and even pizza it is a great place to have a meal.

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The 125-mile Sebago Lake ride offers bikers lots of the beautiful Maine countryside with a beautiful large lake, some great camping areas, old houses, and antique stores. Perfect for Harley Davidson Weekend Road Trips, the roads offers easy riding all the way. Once you get to the lake, there are plenty of places to eat and stay, even if you prefer a comfy bed to a camping site. We like the sounds of Sebago Lake Cottages with its sandy beaches and comfortable accommodations.

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The Androscoggin Route is a short little ride that covers 38 miles. Featuring lots of farmland the road is smooth except for a few sharp unbanked curves. This little ride would be perfect if you have another destination in mind for Harley Davidson Weekend Road Trips.

Next week Travels with Harley will share  more Harley Davidson Weekend Road Trips in the beautiful state of New Hampshire.

Travels with Harley is Nearly Three Years Old!

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I can’t believe that I came up with Travels with Harley back in 2013. Seriously, where does the time go?

This year promises to be bigger and brighter than the last. Jim and I both wish that we could have ridden more this past year, but we are busier than ever and hope to get in more motorcycle roadtrips for Travels with Harley once the weather gets a bit nicer.

In the meantime I thought we would revisit our very first Travels with Harley blog all of those years ago, well not that many years, but hopefully we will be able to say that in 10 years… The blog below was first published on February 25th 2013. A lot has happened since then, but Jim and I still have high hopes of getting our Travels with Harley project funded and filmed we had to cancel the Kickstarter Project, but hope to be back at it soon. This summer looks promising. If you would rather read the original blog, you can check it out here.

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And the race is on! Jim and I are so excited about our, “Travels with Harley,” project and we know that you will be too once you get to know us. If you already know us, have worked with us, or have ridden with us, you know how passionate we are about riding.

If you do ride a motorcycle, you know that not everyone is biker friendly, and I’m not just talking about lodging and food. Jim and I have come across many establishments that still think of motorcycle riders as less than stand up citizens, and that is another reason we started, “Travels with Harley.” We want to prove to the world that there is a whole sub-culture of motorcycle riders out there that have real jobs and families. These are folks just like you and me who love to ride and understand that it isn’t always easy to take a road trip on the back of a bike.

Jim and I are in the process of selling our Sears store. We are ready to experience life on the back of our Road King. After 10 years and almost 100 hours a week, it’s time for a break. I also want to spend some time with my family in California, and because of the store, it has been nearly impossible to visit more than once a year. Jim and I are really excited about starting a new chapter in our lives, and this includes “Travels with Harley.”

We already have six backers who have pledged $705.00 of our $25,000 goal. Read our kickstarter project page and help us out. Even if you can’t jump on the back of a Harley and travel across the country, you can do it with us…we can’t wait to share our adventures with all of you. So come along for the ride and don’t forget to check out my weekly blog. A new chapter in our lives has just begun, and we want to take you along for the ride.

Harley Davidson Weekend Getaways in Vermont

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September is here, and that means fall arrives mid-month and if you are looking for some terrific Harley Davidson weekend getaways, you will not do better than the East Coast. Although the West Coast does have its moments when it comes to the leaves changing color, nothing beats the cavalcade of colors in Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire.

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Vermont is known for its maple syrup and Jim and I truly enjoyed riding through Vermont on our New England Trailblazer Tour, and although it was certainly longer than most Harley Davidson weekend getaways, it was well worth the trip.

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To enjoy autumn, you have to get out to the roads less traveled on Harley Davidson weekend getaways and if you are planning a trip to Vermont, you will certainly find a few of those.

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Scenic routes for Harley Davidson weekend getaways in Vermont offer riders everything from farmland vistas to sweeping forests. You can even ride through orchards, farms, and historic downtowns where you will find great cafes, diners, fruit and veggie stands and loads of trailheads for waterfalls, valley views, and swimming holes. The motorcycle roads in Vermont can take you for quick 30 mile Harley Davidson weekend getaways to lengthy 210 mile road trips that may take more than a couple of days.

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If you follow our blog, you will know that Jim and I are passionate about covered bridges, and if you are as well, you will love Vermont as there are more than 100 of them that range from smaller type constructions over babbling brooks and country streams to the world’s longest two span Cornish-Windsor covered bridge.

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The best way to enjoy the fall on Harley Davidson weekend getaways in Vermont is to steer clear of the highways and make your way over to the secondary roads.

Vermont-30 is considered one of the best Harley Davidson weekend getaways if you are looking for rolls and curves that will take you past lakes and mountains. The 66-mile ride even takes you by the Bomoseen State Park on Lake Bomoseen where you can stop for a quick swim.

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If you are really looking for fall foliage, try the Mount Equinox Skyline Drive toll road that will take you 3,140 feet in the air. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a bite to eat before you make your way to the summit where you will be met with a 360-degree view of the entire state of Vermont, New Hampshire, and the Adirondacks. On a clear day, riders can even catch a glimpse of Mount Royal in Montreal, Canada.

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According to quite a few Harley Davidson weekend getaways enthusiasts, Vermont’s Scenic 100 route is simply the best. With 200 hundred miles of changing views, the ride takes you from Wilmington Vermont to Lake Memphremagog, which is just shy of the Canadian border. With no shortage of activities during the fall, such as hayrides, pumpkin patches, cider mills and farm stands, it is best to make your reservations a few months in advance, as it is extremely popular during autumn.

For the best Harley Davidson weekend getaways, Vermont has got you covered. Make your reservations today and don’t forget to share your story on Travels with Harley.

Motorcycle Road Trips in the fall

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Motorcycle road trips are great all year round, but especially during the fall, and now that summer is beginning to wind down, we thought we would share some of the best places in the country to get on your bike for Motorcycle road trips while enjoying the cavalcade of colors as the leaves start to change their hue.

Although the peak time to see the autumn leaves is between the end of September through the middle of October, we thought we would share a few Motorcycle road trips suggestions so that you can plan your ride.

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Jim and I have had the pleasure of riding through the northeastern states when we rode with other riders on the New England Trail Blazer ride last year. Although autumn hadn’t officially begun yet, we were able to catch a glimpse of early fall with the leaves just starting to turn. If you want to enjoy motorcycle road trips during the fall, New England is certainly a great place to start.

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The Scenic Route 100 in Vermont is stunning and one of the best places to start your motorcycle road trips in the fall. This popular tourist destination is known as one of the most, if not the most, scenic drives in the area and is part of what is called the, “Skiers Highway.” The byway is 138 miles long and takes you through Rochester, Hancock, Granville, Bridgewater, Ludlow and Plymouth as well as a few other towns that include Stratton, Jamaica, Londonderry, and Stockbridge. If you want to enjoy Motorcycle road trips this fall, the Scenic Route 100 should really be on your list.

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The Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee offer travelers a visual feast anytime of the year, but especially when the leaves start to fall. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has several Motorcycle Road Trips that you can take to enjoy the colors of autumn. Spend a few days in Eastern Tennessee on Motorcycle road trips and stay in a delightful B & B so that you can wake up to a gorgeous fall morning in the Smokies.

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One of our favorite rides in Tennessee is Cades Cove. Most of our friends enjoy this trip because the 31 mile drive is located in the western Tennessee section of the National Park and is the perfect place to enjoy early fall colors. From historic buildings to breath-taking fall landscapes and wildlife, Cades Cove should not be missed if you are planning motorcycle road trips this fall.

If you haven’t started planning your motorcycle road trips for autumn, better get a move on!

More Great Biker Friendly Hotels in Arkansas and Texas

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Last week we promised more great biker friendly hotels in Texas but unfortunately after further investigation Travels with Harley has discovered that the D Rose Inn is gone, but has reopened under the name, “The Olde Leaky Inn.” The one of only two biker only hotels in the United States now accommodates others as well. The other biker only hotel, actually, now it is the only one, in America is located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

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Advertised as the only Biker Resort, the Riders Rest Motel sits on six acres in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and really is one of the best biker friendly hotels in the country. With 10 clean biker themed rooms with coffee makers and refrigerators, the Riders Rest hotel also has lighted covered bike parking and a gazebo that sits next to a fountain. The Riders Rest also has an outdoor biker shower, BBQ’s, a fire pit, and horseshoes. The Riders Rest is a place that Jim and I are definitely going to have to check out one of these days. Anyway, let’s get back to the biker friendly hotels in Texas.

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The Full Moon Inn offers some of the best motorcycle trips in Fredericksburg and is located in the scenic Texas Hill Country. Just ½ mile from the infamous Luckenbach, Texas and about three minutes from Hill Country’s best wineries, the Full Moon Inn Bed and Breakfast sounds like a great place to kick back and relax for the night and is just what you need if you are looking for biker friendly hotels in Texas. It’s got a covered barn with a concrete floor parking space and a great BBQ area where you can grill a couple of steaks. Situated on 12 acres, each room in the B & B has a private bath, refrigerators, and a coffee pot.

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Located in Medina, Texas, the Medina Highpoint Resort, formerly known as the Koyote Ranch Resort, offers riders the best views of the Texas Hill Country with cabins that are situated to maximize the scenery. With camping sites and cabins, you will get the best of both worlds regardless if you choose to campout or take it easy in one of the cabins.

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You can even stay in, “The Ranch House,” that was built just after WWII and can house up to 10 people. Of course, if you choose to stay in a cabin, each one has a covered front porch where you can enjoy 100 acres of pure bliss. Also on the property is an infinity swimming pool and a couple of lakes where you can have a swim or cast a line. Calling itself one of the most biker friendly hotels, well not really a hotel, but a place to stay, the Medina Highpoint Resort offers riders what they call, “A little piece of Lone Star Heaven,” that you will not want to miss.

When it comes to the best biker hotels in Texas, you may have to do some hunting, but with the great roads available, you are bound to have a great time.

Places to Stay on a California Motorcycle Trip

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California is an awesome destination when it comes to a motorcycle trip, but if you are planning anything more than a day on your Harley, it is important to know a few things before you head out on your motorcycle trip. Thanks to the internet not everything is as it seems, especially when it comes to hotels, motels, Inns and other places where you can stay the night.

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One of the best things about Southern California is that you can enjoy the beach, the mountains and the desert all in a day if you wanted to, however, Jim and I like to spend some time in the areas that we visit, so we are always looking for great places to stay when we are on a motorcycle trip.

Travels with HarleyBig Bear is a popular tourist destination in Southern California, especially if you are on a motorcycle trip. The Bay Meadows Resort is one of the best places to lay your head, is biker friendly and just a few blocks from Big Bear Village. Located on Big Bear Blvd.

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you can rent a studio or a five bedroom if you are bringing a group along on your motorcycle trip. Most cabins and rooms have a kitchen where you can cook your own meals. There is also a pool, spa and sauna that you can enjoy after a long ride.

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Now that you have been to the mountains, head out to the desert and take the Palm Springs to Havasu motorcycle trip through the Joshua Tree National Park.

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The trip is nearly 266 miles, so unless you want to ride it straight through, you will want to find a good place to stay. Stop halfway at the Desert Center and spend the night at the Regency Inn in Blythe. It has a pool and plenty of motorcycle parking. Wake up to a free continental breakfast before you make your way into Havasu City where you will find dozens of places to stay such as the Nautical Beachfront Resort on the lake or the Heat Hotel, which is at the foot of the London Bridge.

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As we mentioned above Southern California is about the mountains, the deserts, and the beaches and if you are going to include the sun and sand in your motorcycle trip, there is no shortage of accommodations on the coast.

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If you haven’t been to Carlsbad on a motorcycle trip, you are missing out. With its fabulous sunsets and pristine beaches, it truly is the best place to end up at the end of your motorcycle trip. Established in 1960, the Beach Terrace Inn, located on Ocean Street, is like a walk back in time and is absolute beachfront. With your own private balcony, parking and free breakfast, you will never want to leave.

Next week we’re heading to the great state of Colorado, which has plenty of accommodations for you to enjoy on your next motorcycle trip.

Missouri Motorcycle Road Trip Accommodations

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If you are planning an extended motorcycle road trip, you will need a place to stay, unless of course you plan on camping. However, Jim isn’t one for camping on a motorcycle trip so I am always checking out hotels, motels, bed and breakfast places and little Inn’s that are friendly to people who are on a motorcycle road trip.

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Jim and I have always wanted to explore our great country on the Road King, and if we ever get to retire, plan on it. In the meantime, I’ll do my research to make sure that we have lots of accommodations to choose from when we do go on another motorcycle road trip.

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Some people like to go on a motorcycle road trip without making plans, but if you have been reading our blog, you will know that I am not one of those people. I like to know something about the restaurants that we will come across on our motorcycle road trip as well as the hotels and motels that we may consider staying in.

Because Missouri is where we call home, I thought I would mention a few hotels that are biker friendly if you are out on a motorcycle road trip in Missouri.

TTravels with Harleyhe Staybridge Suites are located on Keene Street in the historic Vista District in Columbia, MO and have a private parking lot just for motorcycles, something that you don’t see all that often if you are on a motorcycle road trip. The hotel offers free breakfast, always nice, an indoor heated pool, and a fitness center.

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If you want to stay in a cabin or a room on your next Motorcycle Road Trip, you should book a night or two at the Kay Lynn Family Resort on the Lake of the Ozarks in Osage Beach. It has a private parking lot for motorcycles, free Wi-Fi, BBQ’s, tables and chairs and a kitchenette where you can cook your meals. Located just a few minutes from some of the best restaurants in the area, the Kay Lynn Resort has everything you need if you are heading out on a motorcycle road trip.

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Not everyone likes to stay in a hotel, and if you would rather stay in a private home, check out Meeks Retreat. This vacation property features three bedrooms and two baths and is located on a 50-acre private wooded setting. With lake front views from the deck, you can relax in this wonderful retreat that is just 40 miles outside of Branson, MO. The kitchen is well-stocked with everything you need so you can kick back and relax before heading out on the next leg of your motorcycle road trip. Oh, and Meeks Retreat also has bike washing facilities and plenty of bike parking.

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Next time we will head out to my old stomping grounds to look for some more places to stay on a motorcycle road trip.

The Perfect Weekend Motorcycle Ride in Washington

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Located in the North Western part of the United States, Washington State is a popular destination for a Weekend Motorcycle Ride, and if you are looking for some great places to enjoy a good meal, keep reading.

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Anatone, Washington is home to Boggan’s Oasis, the ride to get there is somewhat boring until you make it to the Canyon, which is home to the famous Rattlesnake Grade. People who are heading out for a Weekend Motorcycle Ride like the fact that you can go down on one side while making your way back up the other, turn right around and do it all over again.

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Boggan’s Oasis is next to the Grande Ronde River at 61376 Highway 129 and has rooms for rent and a mom and pop shop with a diner. Bikers who are on a Weekend Motorcycle Ride always stop for the milkshakes, which are supposed to be the best in the state. Other menu items include Hearty Skillet Breakfasts, Biscuits and Gravy, Homemade Chili and Chicken Fried Steak.

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If you are planning a Weekend Motorcycle Ride to Mt. St. Helens View Point, you have to stop by the Cougar Bar and Grill in Cougar, WA. Located at 16849 Lewis Road there are some great winding roads that lead you down to Highway 13 right alongside the Columbia River. The Cougar Bar and Grill serves up traditional American food, such as Clam Strips and Fries, Potato Skins with Nacho Cheese and out of this world Onion Rings. The décor is classified as, “Super Vintage,” with a potbelly stove to complete the picture.

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Woodinville, WA is home to the Forecasters Public House with both inside and outside seating areas. Perfect for a Weekend Motorcycle Ride pit stop, the Forecasters Public House has a great atmosphere and is located right across the street from the Chateau St. Michel Winery.

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I couldn’t stop staring at the menu, not to mention the choice of great brews brought to you by REDHOOK. I think we would have to eat more than one meal at the pub, as I couldn’t take my eyes off the Beer Baked Mac and Cheese and the Sausage Platter. Featuring German Sausage, Hot Link, and a Redhook ESB Bratwurst served with a side of House made Blonde Ale Cheese Sauce; it was more than enough for a meal. Other choice items on the menu at the pub located at 14300 NE145th St. include the Blackened Salmon Sandwich and the Blackhook Braised Shepherds Pie .

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A Weekend Motorcycle Ride wouldn’t be complete without having a meal at Whidbey Pies and Café. Smack in the middle of the Whidbey run at 765 Wonn Road in Greenbank, WA you can grab a bowl of Seafood Chowder, a classic Reuben Sandwich, or a grown up Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

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However, the real reason people stop here on a Weekend Motorcycle Ride is for the pie. With choices such as Salted Caramel Apple, Triple Berry, and Rhubarb, you will have to take a walk before you head out for the rest of your Weekend Motorcycle Ride.

Next week, Travels with Harley is heading out to Virginia for some more great places to stop on a Weekend Motorcycle Ride.

Food for Thought on a Harley Davidson Road Trip

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If you follow our blog, you will know that when we go for a Harley Davidson Road Trip, the first thing that is usually on my mind is food, sometimes even more so than lodging, but that is something to consider as well. Jim and I have stayed in our fair share of less than appealing hotels, even those that get five star reviews; however, we will talk more about that in a future blog.

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When Jim and I take a Harley Davidson Road Trip, but don’t have a lot of time, we like to explore our own state of Missouri, and let me tell you, there are plenty of great eateries that cater to riders.

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Baylee Jo’s BBQ in Ironton, MO can handle lots of bikers on a Harley Davidson Road Trip. Situated at 1315 N. Highway 21, it’s got a large patio outside that has live music and can cater to big groups. The menu items are homemade and include everything from jalapeno poppers and onion petals to ribs, frog legs, and seafood platters. The menu is huge!

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The Bayou Bar and Grill is literally out in the middle of nowhere, but is a great destination if you are on a Harley Davidson Road Trip. The Cajun eatery is located in Pocahontas, MO and serves up everything from authentic catfish or chicken po’boy sandwiches to homemade gumbo and gator tail. Located at 6611 County Road this is a must stop if you are heading out on a Harley Davidson Road Trip, especially if you like live music.

The Lewis CafeThe Lewis Café is somewhat of a landmark here in the Midwest and has been doing its thing since 1938. The beef is all locally raised and the portions are huge, but be warned, you really need to save room for some homemade pie. The Lewis Café is perfect for biker groups on a Harley Davidson Day Trip with a huge parking lot right across the street at 145 Main St, St. Clair.

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The menu has some great food including the famous biscuits and gravy and chicken and dumplings. The daily specials are yummy as well with liver and onions on Mondays, a personal favorite, and ham hocks on Wednesdays.

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With so many great places to eat when you venture out on a Harley Davidson Road Trip I’m going to have to share more next week when we head out to California, my old stomping ground.

Planning the Perfect Harley Davidson Road Trip

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Summer is nearly here and that means planning the perfect Harley Davidson Road Trip. Jim and I are hoping to get away for a few days to enjoy the warmer weather, and of course, an awesome Harley Davidson Road Trip.

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Some of the best places to ride on a Harley Davidson Road Trip are often the best-kept secrets, but Jim and I promise, if we find a hidden Harley Davidson Road Trip gem, it won’t be a secret for long.

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Before you go on a Harley Davidson Road Trip it is a good idea to do some research on the web. We like MotorcycleRoads.com as it offers maps, routes, and scenic Harley Davidson Road Trip suggestions.

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Another great resource for a Harley Davidson Road Trip is OpenRoadJourney.com. Here you will find motorcycle routes, advice from other riders and interesting articles. OpenRoadJourney.com even has a list of motorcycle events. If you are planning an overseas Harley Davidson Road Trip, you can’t go past EdelweissBike.com. The high-class motorcycle touring company has everything you need for the perfect overseas Harley Davidson road trip.

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SundayMorningRides.com is a great site that features submissions from registered users who like to share their own Harley Davidson Road Trip. The site has maps and even QR codes that help you access the site from you mobile device.

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Everything is bigger and better in Texas including a Harley Davidson Road Trip. I checked out some of the routes on the OpenRoadJourney.com site and have added quite a few to our Harley Davidson Road Trip list. Texas offers rider’s national forests, antique hot spots, well kept camping site secrets and historic sites. One of the first to catch my eye is the NW San Antonio to Fredericksburg, TX Harley Davidson Road Trip.

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The 175-mile Harley Davidson Road Trip offers lake, farmland and mountain views. Settled in 1846 by a German immigrant, Fredericksburg certainly holds on to its roots and is truly the shopping capital of the Texas Hill community with all kinds of different stores that you can enjoy during your Harley Davidson Road Trip.

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Fredericksburg is loaded with eateries that certainly have my thoughts drifting towards a good meal. One place that I want to enjoy is called the Farm Haus Bistro that serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch on Sundays. Some of the items on the brunch menu include Eggs Hemmingway, Roasted Almond Belgian Waffles, and Farm Haus Quiche. They even have cottages on the property where you can stay after a long Harley Davidson Road Trip.

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While you are in Fredericksburg, you have to try an authentic German restaurant. Personally, I like the sounds of Altdorf Biergarten, which is located on West Main Street. This classic beer garden restaurant serves up authentic schnitzel and sausage dinners that come with red cabbage, sauerkraut and sweet and sour potatoes.

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Fredericksburg is also home to the National Museum of the Pacific War. Located on Main Street you can enjoy 34,000 square feet of allied and Japanese aircraft, guns, tanks and other large war artifacts that were used during the Pacific War.

Start planning the perfect Harley Davidson Road Trip and don’t forget to check out next week’s blog where we will share a few more secret places to head for a Harley Davidson Road Trip.

More Popular Biker Bars in California

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Last week we talked about the most popular biker bars in California, and because there are so many with such a rich history, I decided to stay in the Golden State and check out some more awesome biker bars in California to add to our list of must do trips on our Road King.

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The Hideout Saloon and Steakhouse is located just off Highway 76 in Santa Ysabel, California. Claiming to be San Diego counties finest backcountry bar, the Hideout Saloon and Steakhouse is perfect if you are on the hunt for the best biker bars in California. With regularly scheduled poker runs and other biking events, this great hangout is what makes it on to our list of the most popular biker bars in California, that and the food of course. The menu you is loaded with hungry diner favorites like the massive ½ pound Angus burger or the BBQ Pulled Pork sandwich. The chili sounds amazing, and will definitely be on my list of must haves when Jim and I start sampling the most popular biker bars in California.

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Bakersfield has a rich history and that is certainly the case when it comes to biker bars in California. Ethel’s Old Corral is located on Alfred Harrel Highway in Bakersfield and caters to both bikers and cowboys. With plenty of parking for motorcycles in the front, and horses in the back, Ethel’s Old Corral has something for everyone including, “No bra Sundays,” with live music from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. One of the greatest biker bars in California also has a good-sized menu with all kinds of down home favorites including infamous buffalo burgers, jalapeno bottle caps the, “Huckleberry Special,” and much more.

PJ’s Roadhouse is located up north in my neck of the woods and calls Mother Lode Drive in Placerville home. With great live music that focuses on blues and classic rock along with excellent drink specials and awesome bar food, it is on our best biker bars in California bucket list.

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The California Club is located in my hometown and is actually owned by a friend of mine who I went to school with. Situated in old town Auburn on Lincoln Way, the California Club has a full bar, an outdoor patio, two pool tables, and live music. Featured in John Travolta’s film, Phenomenon, the California Club is a classic example of good old-fashioned biker bars in California.

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Santa Barbara is a great place to take a ride especially if you stop at the Cold Spring Tavern on Highway 54. The Cold Spring Tavern has been around since 1865, and although it is known for romance, is also a great place to stop for a meal and a drink if you are looking for good biker bars in California.

Three Very Cool Biker Bars in California

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When it comes to a beautiful spring day, there is nothing better than jumping on our Harley Davidson for a weekend road trip to check out biker bars. Riding, playing with our Go Pro and eating at cool biker bars is all part of the experience when we go on a weekend road trip.

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This week I decided to check out some of the best biker bars in the United States, and after doing some research have realized that it will take more than one blog to talk about them all, so this week, I decided to talk about biker bars in California.

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Cook’s Corner in Trabuco Canyon, Southern California is one of the most well known biker bars in California with live music on Saturdays and Sundays and great food. One of the most popular events is Wednesday Bike Night and Spaghetti Wednesdays.

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Cook’s Corner is actually one of the first biker bars in the state and was named after Andrew Jackson Clark. After receiving nearly 190 acres of Aliso Canyon around 1884, he and his son converted a rundown cabin into a restaurant for ranchers and miners. Once prohibition ended, Cooks Corner became a fully-fledged bar. When Cook purchased an old mess hall from an Army Air Base in Santa Ana and converted it into a restaurant and bar, the old-fashioned roadhouse with its rugged exterior became what it still is today, one of the best biker bars on the planet.

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There are quite a few famous biker bars in California including Johnny’s Bar and Grill in Hollister. Serving great food and drinks, Johnny’s Bar and Grill has been around since 1946 and was originally known as the New Deal. Businessmen and farmers alike came to Johnny’s for steaks and cheeseburgers for lunch. The entire town of Hollister was taken off guard on the fourth of July weekend back in 1947 when a biker gang, known as the Boozefighters, rolled into town doing burnouts and wheelies while virtually ignoring the races that were sanctioned in Memorial Park.

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With the locals lining the streets to witness the party, it wasn’t too long before the local police force, all five of them, became overwhelmed. This raucous display was featured in Life Magazine and became the inspiration behind the film, The Wild One with Lee Marvin and Marlon Brando. Ever since 1947, the Boozefighters come back every Fourth of July weekend to celebrate.

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I’m running out of time, but I did want to mention another one of the great biker bars in California that has some interesting history behind it. Apple Jacks Inn is one of those biker bars that riders come to visit from all over the United States. Located just off Highway 84 in La Honda, California, the building was built back in 1879 and originally housed a blacksmith shop. Apple Jacks Inn became a bar in the 1930’s and is one of the most popular biker bars in the San Francisco bay area.

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Another popular stop, Alice’s Restaurant, is one of those California biker bars that is nearly always mentioned, but we’ll talk about that famous establishment next week when we visit a few more famous biker bars in California and Nevada.

Harley Davidson Road Trips in Kentucky

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Last week I talked about a few Harley Davidson road trips that were closer to home, which really made me thirsty for Harley Davidson road trips of our own. Maybe a three-day weekend where Jim and I could travel a bit further from Washington, Missouri, but still be close enough to get back without having to rush. With that being said, I started checking out some Harley Davidson road trips in Kentucky, which isn’t too far from us, that I would sure like to venture out on.

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Eastern Kentucky is known for its great Harley Davidson road trips and the Hillbilly Ridge, or the Newfoundland-Elliottville route, is certainly no exception. According to what the other riders have said it’s what Eastern Kentucky Harley Davidson road trips used to be like. It’s kind of scary with its narrow twists and turns. The route actually runs along the ridge, hence the name, and has some fantastic views, however, according to one rider you don’t dare take your eyes off the road for very long!

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Known as the Bluegrass State, Kentucky has some excellent Harley Davidson road trips that will take you through the Appalachian Mountains into the Kentucky River region towards the north and some scenic water land in the west. Because it’s the home of the Kentucky Derby, there are some excellent historical places to visit including the Trail of Tears and the Underground Railroad.

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Fat Daddy’s Little Country Dragon, don’t you just love the name, has lots of curves and bends while giving you a glimpse of Kentucky’s sweeping hills. Perfect for beginners to advanced riders, the best time to take this route is in the fall. The roads are great, have been repaved, and include everything from flats to straights. You won’t find many places to eat along the way, but once you get to your destination you will be met with the Fat Daddy’s Bar and Grill in Land Between the Lakes, which is actually in Tennessee. Located in what is known as the Little Keys in Tennessee, it is the place to stop, as it is right on the edge of Kentucky Lake. The shrimp jammers sound yummy, as does the Tennessee River Dawg. I know that we will be stopping here when we venture out on one of our many Harley Davidson road trips.

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Route 32 is another great Harley Davidson road trips in Kentucky. The Morehead to Louisa ride features great views of the mountains, especially during the fall and spring. Once you get to Lawrence County, you are right alongside Yatesville Lake. The twisty roads take you through gorgeous Eastern Kentucky and are well maintained. I like the selection of amenities along the way as well.

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According to one rider the B & C Market, located in Blaine, is a must. Apparently, Louisa has quite a few cafes including the Down Home Grill that used to be called Lisa’s Front Porch. The menu is loaded with feel good favorites including homemade chicken and dumplings.

If Jim and I had the time, we would retire and be on permanent Harley Davidson road trips!

Get out and Enjoy an Illinois Motorcycle Road Trip

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Jim and I really look forward to getting away for a motorcycle road trip, even if it is just for the day. For the past couple of weeks we’ve been putting a California motorcycle road trip or two on our bucket list, but this week we decided to stick closer to home so that we can hopefully get out and enjoy the sunshine this spring.

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Known as the Land of Lincoln, Illinois has some great scenery for a day or weekend motorcycle road trip and isn’t too far from us. Some nice places to enjoy include the Anderson Japanese Gardens, the Amish villages that are dotted throughout Illinois, the Starved Rock State Park, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, and the Illinois Railway Museum.

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One of the more interesting Illinois motorcycle road trip adventures is called, “Baby Face Nelsons Last Day.” This is supposedly the route that Baby Face Nelson took when he was being tailed by the FBI who eventually caught up with the infamous Mr. Nelson in November of 1937.

The route begins at the quaint Lake Como Inn on the south end of Red Chimney Road. The food is very good with an excellent brunch buffet on Sundays. Some folks who take the ride begin on a Sunday to get in a good meal before they head out.

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Traveling east to Lake Geneva you can stop and enjoy the little village that has plenty of places where I get to enjoy two of my favorite activities, eating and shopping. Because the majority of the route takes place on U.S. and state highways, it can get quite busy, but it is still a great place to go for a motorcycle road trip. Other places to stop for a bite include Kookers for gyro’s in Barrington, Illinois and Dari Ice Cream in Hebron, Illinois.

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Another great place to enjoy a motorcycle road trip takes you along the Mississippi River and is full of beautiful views. The Scenic Mississippi River Byways motorcycle road trip is so easy as you just take the Illinois Route 96 between Nauvoo and Hamilton to be met with the mighty Mississippi for the entire motorcycle road trip. The road is smooth with nice and slow corners that hug the river the whole time. Although there aren’t any diners or restaurants along the way, there are some excellent places to stop for a picnic.

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The Three Corners Scenic Loop takes you through Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa and has plenty of small towns to explore along the way. The motorcycle road trip starts in Belvidere, Illinois before heading out of town northbound on Route 76. Along the way you’ll ride through several towns before heading to New Diggings, Wisconsin, which is a great little biker town.

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Once you get into Savanna, Illinois, you will want to head over to Poopy’s Pub and Grub Biker Bar where you will find good eats, souvenirs, and clothing. The scenery on this motorcycle road trip is full of small mountains, rolling cornfields and glimpses of the Mississippi river. Some of the best eateries on this 304-mile motorcycle road trip include the Boon Family Restaurant for breakfast, located in Caledonia, Illinois, Baumgardners in downtown Monroe, WI where you will find awesome German food and the Ridott Corners Tavern in Ridott Illinois for tasty burgers.

More Motorcycle Rides in California

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Ah, Motorcycle Rides in California… although it has warmed up considerably here in Washington, Missouri, we are having our fair share of rain, in fact, we’ve got a flash flood warning right now. Needless to say, this has had me, “California Dreaming,” once again.

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One of the best Motorcycle Rides in California during the summer, mostly because it takes you through the snow country, is the Mount Rose to South Lake Tahoe ride. It’s a quick little day trip that takes you around the east side of the lake via beautiful Mount Rose. This is a nice place to stop for a picnic. The route is 51 miles long and takes you through the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe to the California side.

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Another great example of Motorcycle Rides in California is one that Jim and I would like to try. The Old Highway 30 Cisco Grove to Donner Lake is best during spring, summer, or fall.

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Because the only places to get food are at the Rainbow Lodge, the Soda Springs Store and the gas stations, it’s best to pack a lunch and stop along the way to enjoy Donner Lake vista point and the historic old Rainbow Bridge. The road follows the south fork along the Yuba River and has some awesome mountain views.

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If you like Motorcycle Rides in California as much as Jim and I do, the Decker Canyon and Encinal Canyon Loop is a must, and although it’s only a nine-mile trip, there are lots of twisties and great scenery to enjoy. To get there you take the Pacific Coast Highway out towards El Pescador State Beach. The Santa Monica Mountain range is awesome with several spots along the way to take a couple of selfies overlooking the mighty Pacific. The roads are steep, especially near Decker Canyon, so best for more experienced riders. No roadside amenities on this trip except for a gas station about 2.5 miles just south of Trancas Canyon and the Pacific Coast Highway.

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You all know by now that I love to eat and checking out places on Yelp is one of my favorite things to do and that’s why I like to find Motorcycle Rides in California that have some great little diners along the way.

When I was doing research for Motorcycle Rides in California, I happened upon a ride that not many know about. It’s only 14 miles long, but sounds beautiful as it takes you down Jamala Road to the sea.

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The road starts six miles south of Lompoc, Ca. just off Route one. You will see the signs pointing towards Jalama Beach County Park. Those who have experienced the ride talk about the rolling hills and beautiful wild flowers during the spring. Once you hit the crest, you are met with amazing views of the beach and ocean with hills and cliffs to the north. The road is filled with gentle curves and has some great climbs and descents. According to one reviewer, the road needs some work, but that was written back in 2011, so hopefully some improvements have been made since then.

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The end of the road has a county park with camping sites, picnic areas, and a nice beach area. There is also a restaurant, the Jalama Beach Café, and a little store. Of course I Yelped the restaurant, and it gets 4 ½ stars with most diners raving about the burgers, but I have to admit, the Jalama Beach Café menu is loaded with lots of goodies that I want to sample if we get to try this great example of Motorcycle Rides in California. The Jalama Beach Café also makes its own wine that is sold at the café and in the store.

Enjoyable Motorcycle Day Trips in California

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Motorcycle day trips on the Road King are so much fun, and if you are looking for a great ride while the weather is still nice enough to enjoy, check out some of our picks for California. I’m choosing California because I grew up there and really miss it at times.

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California was nicknamed the Golden State back in 1968, which I find appropriate considering its gold mining heritage, golden poppies, also the state flower, and of course, the Golden Gate Bridge.

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California motorcycle day trips can often turn into an overnight stay, especially if you take into consideration the 1,100 miles of shoreline on the Pacific Coast, endless miles of twisted mountain and arid canyon cruising and vast amounts of mountain roads.

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If you are aiming for desert motorcycle day trips, spring is definitely the time to take advantage, as the summer months can be much too hot to enjoy the scenery. The Mojave National Preserve II is a great ride that takes you from Kelso Depot, California to the Mojave park entrance in Baker.

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All there aren’t any roadside amenities until you get to Baker, there is plenty of desert scenery to see along the way. Once you get into Baker drop by the Mad Greek restaurant that has been featured on the Food Networks, “Diners, Drive-in’s, and Dives.” This California institution has a great selection of authentic Greek food, including America’s best Gyro and authentic spanakopita.

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Motorcycle day trips like the Sausalito-Leggit tour are spectacular. Heading out on the Pacific Highway you will enjoy the Golden Gate as you head north to Stinson Beach. The road is really fun, especially on the way to Tomales, and although Highway 1 doesn’t offer much in the way of scenery until you get to Bodega Bay, it is still a prime example of why California is one of the best places for motorcycle day trips.

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The best part of the trip is just past Mendocino and Fort Bragg where you will find some great places to eat including the Mendo Bistro and Silvers at the Wharf.

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Jim and I have had the pleasure of riding through the California redwoods on one of your motorcycle day trips, and if you are looking for a great ride, try the Sebastopol-Jenner trip. If you want to avoid the congestion, take some of the nearby alternative routes like the Bohemian Highway via Coleman Valley Road or the King Ridge road where you will find little traffic, but plenty of narrow and challenging twists and turns for motorcycle day trips.

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Stop by for a quick nibble at the Stumptown Brewery and Smokehouse in Guerneville and you may not make it home. This delicious brewpub is famous for its Slow Pulled Pork sandwiches and of course, the smoked St. Louis BBQ pork ribs.

California is a great place to enjoy motorcycle day trips and I’m certainly looking forward to enjoying a few more with Jim on our Travels with Harley.

Motorcycle Road Trips Myths and Legends

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Last week I really enjoyed sharing the ride to Hannibal Missouri. Jim and I have great memories when it comes to our Motorcycle Road Trips and can’t wait to create new ones this year. We hope to get to the Myths and Legends Tour, October 21st to the 27th and the 175th Anniversary in Sturgis, in the Black Hills from August 3rd to the 9th. We have talked about Sturgis in a previous blog and would love to make it one of our Motorcycle Road Trips this summer.

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Speaking of Myths and Legends, there are quite a few surrounding Harley Davidson and motorcycles in general. Below are three of my personal favorites.

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Most people who don’t know anything about Motorcycle Road Trips tend to class a group of riders together labeling them as, “Hells Angels,” and although we certainly aren’t being disrespectful, most of the groups that you see together on Motorcycle Road Trips are actually Harley Davidson Owners Groups. If you follow our blog, you will know that Jim and I belong to the Bourbeuse Valley Chapter here in Missouri.

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Lay it Down for Safety

Thirty years ago most folks participating in Motorcycle Road Trips, or any ride on a bike for that matter, recommended that you lay your motorcycle down if a crash was in front of you or impending. Maybe that was because the tires weren’t as sticky as they are today and the brakes were less than trustworthy. Helmets back then weren’t that great either. The motorcycles of today are faster with some being equipped with ABS braking systems. Most riders have practiced good techniques when it comes to braking, know how to swerve or make a quick turn to avoid a potential accident, and would never lay their bike down. Doing so may slow you down, but it could also make things worse and throw you into oncoming traffic.

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Black is Cool

One of my favorite Myths and Legends when it comes to Motorcycle Road Trips is “Riders wear black to look cool.” Black leather pants, black boots, black gloves, black leather jackets and black chaps do look great, and although some may wear it to look cool, we call them, “Wannabes and posers,” Jim and I wear it because it is the best protection you can get when you are participating in Motorcycle Road Trips.

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These days there are some colors that have been added to the mix. With that being said, I love my white, orange and black jacket and matching chaps. Today, gear is made from other materials and colors that have built in protection on the back, shoulders and elbows, but black is still the favorite when it comes to Motorcycle Road Trips.

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However, black isn’t the best color to wear if you are participating in Motorcycle Road Trips after dark. Some of the newer jackets come with reflective patches making it much easier to see us at night. I love the one that Jim bought me because it is highly visible.

Motorcycle Day Trips in Missouri

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It has started to warm up a bit, but that isn’t expected to last with the cooler weather and rain returning in a few days. Jim and I are hoping to get a ride in sooner rather than later so I have been checking out some Motorcycle Day Trips in Missouri that we would like to enjoy once Mother Nature decides to play fair.

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Missouri is full of outstanding Motorcycle Day Trips, as our beautiful state has been blessed with unspoiled scenery that is filled with rolling hills, country roads, and quaint villages. As you know, I like to eat, and Missouri certainly doesn’t disappoint with delicious eateries that range from diners and restaurants to roadside dive bars. Some of the bigger cities such as St. Louis, Branson, and Kansas City offer excellent hotels and restaurants that are perfect for Motorcycle Day Trips. The show me state also has several wineries that could show Napa a thing or two.

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Some of the more popular Motorcycle Day Trips include Branson to Table Rock Loop, the Mark Twain National Park Circle, the Missouri Highway V and T from Union Missouri to Wildwood Missouri, the Bagnell Dam Loop and the Missouri Route 86-Ride the Eagle. The Peach Float Cruise and the Rolla-Salem Loop also sound pretty cool if you want to take Motorcycle Day Trips in Missouri

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Brian’s Quick Fun Ride is another example of one of the great Motorcycle Day Trips that you will find in Missouri. Taking you through sweeping curves and a few hills you will find yourself smack dab in the middle of Missouri farmland with lots of hills and some challenging curves. If you have been following our blog, you will know that Jim loves the curves. Located near Sedalia this short and fun ride is a favorite route among the locals and visitors for Motorcycle Day Trips.

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Even if you take your time, the trip only takes about an hour and a half. Eateries along the way include El Tapatio and Goodies Steakburgers. Best fuel up in Sedalia though as you won’t find any gas along the way unless you take Highway 135 south just past Highway M to Highway 52 where you will travel east to Stover.

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The Old School House on the Hill Ride takes you through Ozark Hill Country and features left and right rollercoaster hills with rhythmic curves. Follow the signs and you will get an awesome view of the Missouri River just before you hit the bridge on your way into Chamois. Although the ride isn’t fast or particularly long, it is quite beautiful. This is another example of Motorcycle Day Trips in Missouri that you will not want to miss.

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Stop for the night at the Old School on the Hill Bed and Breakfast, which is located at the end of Main St. on the highest point in Chamois. The historical property looks over the beautiful Missouri River Valley and is very clean and comfortable. Although Chamois is a small town, you can fill up at the convenience store and wander across the street to Dandi’s. The full service local bar serves awesome pub fare and hosts live bands on the weekends.

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Of course, I could go on and on, but I’m getting cabin fever just thinking about it as I can’t wait to head out for some awesome Motorcycle Day Trips with Jim this spring.

Things You Might Not Know About Harley Davidson

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Harley Davidson is a name known all over the world, but what even the most enthusiastic motorcycle fans may not know is how unique that history actually is.

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In 1901, William S. Harley created a blueprint for a motorized bicycle. In 1903, William and Arthur Davidson built the first bike that was made available to the public. A short time later, Arthur’s brothers, Walter and William joined the pair. William quit his job with the railroad in Milwaukee to become part of the Harley Davidson motor company.

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The very first Harley Davidson was built in a small wooden factory, 10 x 15 to be exact. The name was crudely carved into the front door.

The first buyer of a Harley Davidson was a friend of Arthur and William, Henry Meyer. Hailing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he was the first person ever recorded to purchase a new Harley Davidson from the small wood factory in 1903.

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C.H. Lang in Chicago, Illinois set up the first Harley Davidson dealership in 1904, the same year that the first motorcycle was built.

Not one to rest on its Laurels, the company entered its first race a year later in 1905 winning first place.

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In 1906, Harley Davidson moved shop and opened its new plant hiring six employees. That same year the company released its first catalog. In 1910, Harley hired its first full time worker.

In 1910, Harley Davidson placed first in every race including speed, endurance and the hill climb.

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Janet Davidson was the first woman to sit on and ride a Harley Davidson. She was the Davidson brothers Aunt who helped with the pin striping and writing the name Harley Davidson on the bike.

Harley Davidson earned the nickname, “Hogs,” in 1920 because the race team used a pig as a mascot. After every win, the driver would lift a real pig on the tank and drive his victory lap. The Bar and Shield Harley Davidson logo was painted in 1911.

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Always a cult classic, Malcolm Forbes, founder of the magazine, loved the motorcycles so much that he owned fifty Harley Davidson’s and gave just as many away as gifts.

In 1998, Brazil became the first country outside of the United States to open a Harley Davidson factory.

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The most expensive Harley Davidson motorcycle, the CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide, will set you back $40,000.