Biker Friendly Bars Northern California You Don’t want to Miss

Biker friendly bars Northern California

There are some great biker friendly bars Northern California, and if you follow the Travels with Harley Blog, you will know that Jim and I love to travel to my home state for biker friendly bars California. This week we head to the northern part of the state for more biker friendly bars Northern California.

Harold’s Dante Hotel-This establishment has been around since 1993 and caters to motorcycle riders. Located on Railroad Ave in Cloverdale, Ca. Harold’s Dante Hotel has the coldest beer in town and is great place to stop for a game of pool. With plenty of bike parking, this is a great little example of biker friendly bars Northern California.

biker friendly bars Northern California

The Plainfield Station-Woodland is where you will find this awesome little biker friendly bar and grill. With live music on Fridays and Saturdays, an outdoor bar, and an amazing outdoor stage, you will not want to stop anywhere else. County Road 93 in Woodland the Plainfield Station is the place to be if you are craving a Jalapeno Burger and Fries.

biker friendly bars Northern California

The Buckhorn Bar-Located on Adams Street in Dixon, this is one of the best biker friendly bars Northern California. With live music on Friday and Saturday and Karaoke on Tuesday, the place is hopping all year round. The food is standard pub fare with a great menu. Tuck into a Franchise Rueben Sandwich from the Buckhorn Bar or sink your teeth into the popular Matador Burger.

biker friendly bars Northern California

River City Saloon-2nd Street in Old Sacramento is where you will find the River City Saloon. Opened in 1871, this perfect example of biker friendly bars Northern California has been remodeled a few times over the years and offers free biker parking on the corner of J and 2nd streets. The saloon is known for its Deli Sandwiches and has a variety to choose from. Sample the Gold Miner and don’t forget to wash it down with a glass of house made sarsaparilla.

Biker friendly bars Northern California

Biker friendly bars Northern California offer something for everyone, and if you are planning a day or weekend trip, stop for a bite and enjoy everything that Northern California has to offer.

Next week, Travels with Harley heads east for more biker friendly bars in Nevada.

Three Biker Friendly Bars in California

biker friendly bars in California

Biker Friendly bars in California aren’t all the same, and if you follow the Travels with Harley Blog, you will know that Jim and I have sampled quite a few, however, with all of the pubs and bars going biker friendly there are a few that we haven’t enjoyed, but would sure like to.

According to what I’ve read, and seen on Pinterest, these are on the must try list for sure.

biker friendly bars in CaliforniaRepublic

Recently renovated and with a brand new image, the Republic, formerly Thorny’s in Spring Valley Lake, has plenty of motorcycle parking. The neighborhood pub and American Eatery has a full menu with specials all week.

 

biker friendly bars in California

With tacos starting at just $1.25, you can’t go wrong. Stop in for breakfast on the weekend and try the Huevos Rancheros or tuck into a breakfast burrito. Featuring live music and a private Speakeasy themed back room available for private rental, you, and the H.O.G crew can hold your next fundraiser followed by a ride in the desert when you drop by the Republic in Spring Valley Lake.

biker friendly bars in California

Cadillac Ranch Saloon

Located on Highway 18 in Apple Valley Ca, the Cadillac Ranch Saloon is one of those biker friendly bars in California that you will not want to miss. With plenty of parking for your Harley, or your horse, the Cadillac is much more than a biker bar. With live music, an outdoor patio and Bloody Mary’s that are larger than life, the Cadillac Ranch Saloon is a great place to have a bite after a long ride in the desert. The Cadillac even has Karaoke during the week.

biker friendly bars in California

The Joshua Inn

A true biker bar in every sense of the word, the Joshua Inn is a favorite when it comes to biker friendly bars in California. Located on Arrowhead Road in Hesperia, the Joshua Inn has something for everyone and enough motorcycle parking for your entire Harley Davidson Riders Club. With a pool table and the coldest beer in town, you can’t go past the Joshua Inn for a quick stop on your way to Vegas.

biker friendly bars in California

 Biker friendly bars in California are more popular than ever, and that means more trips on the Road King.

Next week Travels with Harley will head to the northern part of the state for more biker friendly bars in California.

Biker Friendly Hotels Colorado You Will Love

biker friendly hotels Colorado

Biker friendly hotels Colorado can be difficult if not impossible to find. Do a quick search on Google and you may find something that you like only to be disappointed that the place was shut down six months ago.

Travels with Harley is on the cusp of the most biker friendly hotels in Colorado, and you can bet your motorcycle boots that these hotels and motels are still open.

biker friendly hotels Colorado

Candlewood Suites Loveland

Located in Loveland, CO, the Candlewood Suites have everything you need to relax after a long motorcycle ride in Colorado. Surrounded by scenic trails and mountain views, the extended stay motel has plenty of motorcycle parking and is the perfect location, especially if you plan to tour the local Anheuser-Busch Brewery. With a fully equipped kitchen, you can enjoy a night off without having to look for a decent restaurant.

biker friendly hotels Colorado

Snow Mountain Ranch Near Winter Park

Near Winter Park in the Rocky Mountain National Park, the Snow Mountain Ranch is a great example of biker friendly hotels Colorado. The cabins, lodges, and yurts are operated by the YMCA of the Rockies and is a great place to stay if you are riding in Colorado. Get a H.O.G group together and rent a five-bedroom vacation home, or opt for a romantic weekend and book a cozy yurt.

biker friendly hotels Colorado

Wedgewood Lodge Breckenridge

Breckenridge Colorado is home to the Wedgewood Lodge offering lofts, one and two bedroom condominiums, and town homes, the Wedgewood Lodge has hot tubs on the property, pool access and biker washing and parking. Just be sure to call ahead if you want to give your Harley a shampoo.

biker friendly hotels Colorado

Hotel Elegante Colorado Springs

If you like to live it up and are looking for biker friendly hotels Colorado, the Hotel Elegante in Colorado Springs can’t be beat. With an enormous amount of biker parking and the year round indoor pool, you will not want to stay anywhere else, especially after you take a soak in the hot tub after a long ride in Colorado. If you are up to it, you can even play a game of tennis. Don’t forget to book a massage for those tired muscles.

biker friendly hotels Colorado

When it comes to biker friendly hotels Colorado Travels with Harley has got you covered.

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4 Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants Colorado

motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado

If you follow the Travels with Harley Blog, you will know how much Jim and I love to eat, and although he is more of a meat and potatoes guy, I can get him to sample some of the interesting menu items that I like to try. This week we are going to share some motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado that you will love.

motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado

 

The Piper Inn Aurora

Located on S Parker Road in Aurora, CO, the Piper Inn is known by bikers all over the United States and is a great place for Buffalo Wings. With plenty of motorcycle parking, you will enjoy tucking into a plate of what some call the best wings in Colorado, fries and a cold beer before heading out on a great ride in Colorado.

motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado

 

Handlebars Restaurant and Saloon

Silverton, Colorado is where you will find this great biker friendly restaurant. Since 1989, the Boden Family has been serving up lunch and dinner for hungry riders seven days a week from May through October. Try the lunch cut prime rib for an afternoon nosh, or enjoy fresh rainbow trout for dinner. When you have a meal at Handlebars, you will not leave hungry.

motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado

Blondie’s Pub and Grub Blondie’s Trophy Room

Claiming to have the coldest beer and the hottest girls in the state, Blondie’s Pub and Grub is a great little place located in Cortez CO, just between Telluride and Durango. Touting its cuisine as, “Mixed,” you will have a difficult time choosing your meal. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, anytime is a good time for Blondie’s, and if you are a breakfast fan, you will not be disappointed.

motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado

 

Buffalo Rose

This great bar and restaurant has been around since 1858, and offers folks in search of motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado anything and everything they could ask for.

motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado

From May to August, you can enjoy a free pig roast on the first Sunday of the month at the Buffalo Rose while washing it down with an icy cold beer. With daily specials that include Taco Tuesday and Burger Madness on Mondays, this is one place you will want to put on your motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado bucket list.

motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado

Motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado are great, especially if you are planning a two, three, or four-day trip.

Next week, Travels with Harley will share some biker friendly hotels and motels where you can relax after a delicious meal in some of the most motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado.

4 Secret Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants California

motorcycle friendly restaurants

Motorcycle friendly restaurants are a lot easier to find than they used to be. If you follow the Travels with Harley Blog, you will know that Jim and Demea have already blogged about quite a few motorcycle friendly restaurants. However, there are a few more secret eateries that the pair would like to share.

motorcycle friendly restaurants

Charlie Brown Farms

Located in Littlerock, CA, Charlie Brown Farms is a day trip for sure. The largest gift shop in the Antelope Valley is also home to real Texas style barbecue. You’ll find local honey, more than 60 varieties of Jerky and of course, the farms famous Date Shakes. Stock up on homemade fudge handcrafted on site or splurge and order some deep fried Oreos or Twinkies. With plenty of parking, Charlie Brown Farms is a must if you are looking for motorcycle friendly restaurants.

motorcycle friendly restaurants

The Historic Rock Inn

If you are enjoying a ride around Lake Hughes, CA drop by The Historic Rock Inn for a bite to eat. Catering to bikers, the full bar and restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week. The Inn has a live band every weekend between 1 and 5 so you may want to consider staying the night at the Inn. The historic building has been around since 1929 and is a must if you are searching for motorcycle friendly restaurants in California.

motorcycle friendly restaurants

Mother’s Tavern

If you are riding up or down the Pacific Coast Highway, be sure and stop by the little red house on the beach. Mother’s Tavern has popular bands on Sundays and is extremely biker friendly. You will get a kick out of the dollar bills, panties, and bras that line the walls of this funky vintage honky tonk tavern.

motorcycle friendly restaurants

Thirsty Isle

Located on Carson St. and Lakewood Blvd in Long Beach, CA, the Thirsty Isle is a must if you are looking for motorcycle friendly restaurants. Featuring shareable appetizers and standard pub faire, there is plenty of bike parking at this great little eatery. Try a pastrami burger with fries and wash it down with a 32-ounce schooner.

motorcycle friendly restaurants

When it comes to motorcycle friendly restaurants, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Before you head out do your research. Some restaurants may be permanently closed or could have changed hands. If that is the case, the menu and the food may not be as good as it used to be.

In next week’s blog, Travels with Harley heads to Colorado for more motorcycle friendly restaurants.

Spring Motorcycle rides in Arizona

Motorcycle rides in Arizona

Motorcycle rides in Arizona are spectacular during the spring, and if you love to enjoy the great outdoors, Travels with Harley has some motorcycle rides in Arizona that you will love.

motorcycle rides in Arizona

The Coronado Trail

If you like to camp and hike, the Coronado Trail is just the ticket. If you are doing a day trip on your Harley, you will want to pack a lunch, as there are not many amenities. Starting in Clifton, AZ you will see desert, and lots of twists and turns, and although this ride is in a remote part of Arizona, you will love the old copper mining town, aspen forests, and the little meadows as you ride through the White Mountains.

Motorcycle rides in Arizona

Mt. Lemmon Loop

Beginning on the outskirts of southern Phoenix, you will get in some great riding. Because it is the middle of March, you will want to layer up, as it can get quite chilly. Stop in Summerhaven and have a bite to eat at the Sawmill Run Restaurant in Mt. Lemmon. Start off with the Soft Pretzel Basket, or dig into Bacon Cheeseburger. If you like comfort food, you will love the Home Made Meatloaf.

Motorcycle rides in Arizona

 

Flagstaff to Sedona on 89A

With no shortage of eateries on the way, this is one of the best motorcycle rides in Arizona. With plenty of switchbacks and curves, you will love the scenery, especially during the spring with blooming cactus and wildflowers that are simply breathtaking. Motorcycle rides in Arizona

You’ll start off in the forests of Flagstaff as you work your way to the rock formation that surrounds Sedona. Once you get into town, you can browse the gift and craft shops or enjoy a bite to eat at The Silver Saddle @ Cowboy Club. Not an ordinary steakhouse the menu is full of tasty game meat such as Elk Chops and Buffalo Tenderloin.

Motorcycle rides in Arizona

Motorcycle rides in Arizona can’t be beat, and if you are itching to head out of town for a day or two, this western state has everything you need.

Winterizing Your Harley Davidson For Storage

winterizing your Harley Davidson

Winterizing your Harley Davidson is important. Although some people who live in warmer states may not need to winterize their bike, these tips can still help keep your Harley, or any other motorcycle, in tiptop shape.

winterizing your Harley Davidson

Stabilize your Fuel

If you are winterizing your Harley Davidson, it is important to remember that today’s unleaded fuel has a three to four week shelf life before it starts to deteriorate. Some riders feel that draining the gas tank and the float bowl is all that is required, however, Travels with Harley believes that there is no way to completely get the fuel out of the carburetor jets or the small passages. Jim likes to add fuel stabilizer to a full tank of gas before running it for about 15 minutes to stabilize the fuel throughout our Road Kings engine. This helps prevent any residual fuel from oxidizing.

winterizing your Harley Davidson

Change the Oil

Once you have warmed your Harley up after stabilizing the fuel, change the oil as contaminants and residual fuel will begin to oxidize after inactivity and storage. Changing the oil when you are winterizing your Harley Davidson, guarantees fresh lubrication when you fire up your bike in the spring. Make sure that you use good quality oil, as it will survive well into the next riding season. Run your Harley for five minutes or so to evenly disburse the oil.

winterizing your Harley Davidson

Battery Preparation

It is imperative that you keep lead acid batteries charged throughout the year if you want to prolong the life of the battery. Attach a charger or battery tender that will not overcharge the battery. You can use a trickle charger, but be careful not to run it for more than 30 minutes every day. You can use an appliance timer as well. If you are storing your Harley, remove the battery and keep it in a warm and dry place making sure to keep it charged throughout the off-season.

If you are one of the lucky ones who can ride all year round, enjoy, but for those who can’t, Travels with Harley will share some additional winterizing your Harley Davidson tips.

Travels with Harley Winter Motorcycle Rides

winter motorcycle rides

Winter motorcycle rides aren’t impossible, especially if you are one of the lucky ones that live in Arizona or California, and although this winter the entire country seems to be getting its fair share of rain and snow, there are some winter motorcycle rides that you can enjoy.

winter motorcycle rides

Bisbee Arizona

This nostalgic border town is well-preserved and looks like a film set out of the Old West. One of the best places to stop for a bite is the High Desert Market and Café located on Tombstone Canyon in Historic Old Bisbee. Enjoy the Mexican Scramble before heading north to Tombstone where you can enjoy a gunfight and some other interesting old west memorabilia.

winter motorcycle rides

Wickenburg Arizona

If you can’t get enough of the old west, you will love Wickenburg. Just northwest of Phoenix, you can enjoy winter motorcycle rides all year round, whether you prefer dirt or paved roads. With so much to do and see in this old western town, don’t miss the Vulture Mine Tour, you may never want to leave.

winter motorcycle rides

Santa Monica Mountains California

With lots of twists and turns, it is rare that you will find better winter motorcycle rides in California than the roads in and around the Santa Monica Mountains. The paved roads are quite narrow so make sure that you check your route for conditions before you head out. Stop at the infamous Rock Store, located on Mulholland Drive, and don’t forget to have a meal at Neptune’s Net on PCH in Malibu. The clam chowder is to die for.

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Las Vegas Nevada to San Diego California

This 333-mile trek is perfect all year round with Las Vegas and San Diego nice and warm regardless of the season. On this trip, you’ll ride through Lake Havasu on to Death Valley before hitting Palm Springs. The straight highway will take you into San Diego where you can enjoy Little Italy or Coronado Island.

Winter motorcycle rides

Angeles Crest Highway

This 66-mile mountain rural ride takes you from La Canada to Highway 2 heading east up to the mountains ending in Wrightwood. A huge chunk of the ride takes you through the mountains just north of the LA basin. This year there is a lot of snow, and although the road is quite new, it is important to check your conditions before you venture out on winter motorcycle rides.

Start Dreaming about Spring Motorcycle Rides

spring motorcycle rides

Spring motorcycle rides are getting closer and if you are tired of spending your weekends curled up in front of the fire, you may want to consider some of these great trips for spring motorcycle rides

spring motorcycle rides

The Pig Trail

The Pig Trail is 19 miles of curves, twisties, and beautiful scenery with waterfalls, the Ozark National Forest, and mountain views. The short trip is perfect for a day or weekend ride and of course, spring motorcycle rides. The Pig Trail is one of the best rides in Arkansas and was used by the Confederate and Union soldiers during the Civil War. Be sure and stop for breakfast at the Farmers Table Café for locally sourced and organic eats.

spring motorcycle rides

The Tunnel of Trees

Located in Michigan, the Tunnel of Trees is one of the most beautiful and scenic spring motorcycle rides that you will not want to miss. Unlike mountain tunnels, the Tunnel of Trees covers the road with a beautiful canopy that is stunning during fall and spring. You’ll drive through forests and small towns before making your way to the coast. Stop for a bite to eat at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant or have a sandwich at Gurney’s Bottle Shop in Harbor Springs, which is known for their home baked bread and tasty ingredients. Bring some cash, as the bottle shop doesn’t take cards.

spring motorcycle rides

Twisty Road

If you’re looking for long spring motorcycle roads, the Twisty Road is for you. Starting out in Redbluff, CA, the 2-hour 140-mile stretch of Highway 36 is full of twists and turns that take you to Fortuna, CA. There is little to no reception, so make sure you are prepared. The roller coaster ride has some great views through the redwoods, but keep your eyes on the road as cows frequent the Twisty Road as well. Once you get to Fortuna, stop for lunch or dinner at the Eel River Brewing Company for a smoked pulled pork sandwich with a side of Mac and cheese.

spring motorcycle rides

Going to the Sun Road

This 50-mile road trip starts out in St. Mary, MT and takes you through the Glacier National Park. During the spring, you will see some of the most beautiful wildflowers on the planet. The road is steep and curvy with meadows, streams and even mountain goats, elk and deer meeting you at every twist and turn. There are lots of hiking trails and places where you can enjoy a picnic. If you have time, you may want to check out the House of Mystery on Highway 2.

Although winter is in full swing, you can still dream about spring motorcycle rides with Travels with Harley. Enjoy!

A New Years Day Motorcycle Ride You Cannot Miss

New Years Day motorcycle ride

A New Years Day motorcycle ride is simply the best and with 2016, quickly drawing to an end, Travels with Harley has some great suggestions for awesome New Years Day motorcycle rides.

DPHD 26th Annual New Year’s Day Run

South San Francisco plays host to the 26th annual New Year’s Day run, and if you happen to be in the area, you really should check it out. This New Years Day motorcycle ride is a favorite among the locals and never disappoints. All you have to do is show up at Dudley Perkins Harley Davidson, located on Corey Way in San Francisco, and you will be good to go. The scenic ride is happening rain or shine and gets underway at 9:00 am.

22nd annual Frosty Balls and Chilly Boobs Run

If you are a bit of a daredevil, you will love this New Years Day motorcycle ride. The 22n annual Frosty Balls and Chilly Boobs Run takes place in Cottonwood Arizona at the American Legion Post on Calvary Way and promises to be quite a day. This great event features a dice run for prizes, an after party with raffles and live music and much more. Best of all, all of the proceeds go to the Verde Valley Military Service Park. Get there early as the event starts at 9:00 am sharp.

PDX Polar Bear Run

Cycle Gear is home to the annual PDX Polar Bear Run on Stark Street in Portland Oregon. The ride starts at 10:00 am and is sponsored by the Trinity Road Riders. Open to the general public this is the 33rd year for this fantastic New Years Day motorcycle ride.

Frozen Buns Run

Courthouse Square in downtown Kokomo Indiana is where you will find the Frozen Buns Run. The free ride is open to everyone and starts at 11:00 am with kickstands up at 1:00 pm. Bring a dessert or a covered dish and drop it off at the Eagles after 11. Even if you aren’t riding, you can join in the fun.

New Years Day motorcycle ride

Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to an awesome New Years Day motorcycle ride with tons of events all over the United States. Travels with Harley recommend that you check the Harley Davidson Owners Group page for more information.

Stay safe out there and Happy New Year to you all from Travels with Harley.

Harley Davidson Christmas Presents

Harley Davidson Christmas presents

Harley Davidson Christmas presents are always welcome, even if you only dream about riding a Harley Davidson. Jim and I love our gear and are always on the lookout for something new, and this year isn’t any exception. Below are a few of our pics for Harley Davison Christmas presents.

Harley Davidson Christmas Presents

These Boots were made for Riding

You can’t go wrong with a new pair of riding boots when it comes to Harley Davidson Christmas presents. Both Jim and I like a motorcycle boot with some coverage and the Harley Davidson calf high leather boot is perfect. I know I could certainly use a new pair of motorcycle boots. Perhaps Santa will be kind this year. I really haven’t been that naughty.

Harley Davidson Christmas Presents

Make it a Harley Home

If you like Harley Davidson sprawled all over the walls of your man or woman cave, you will love the Live to Ride Harley Davidson Pub Sign. It’s even got a remote control so you don’t have to move if you and your H.O.G. companions have had one too many.

Harley Davidson Christmas presents Outer Wear

If you’re like me and can’t resist a colorful pair of leathers to break out after the first sign of spring, this Christmas certainly doesn’t disappoint with lots of great colors that will make you want to jump on your bike and ride.

Harley Davidson Christmas Presents

Pour a Cold One

Every man, or woman loves drinking a cold brew out of a Harley Davidson Ale glass and Jim and I aren’t any different. This year you’ll find great looking beer glasses for Harley Davidson Christmas presents with awesome insignias. You can even have your initials engraved. If you like a shot or two check out the great Harley Davidson shot glasses available everywhere.

Harley Davidson Christmas presents

This year spread the Holiday spirit with Harley Davidson Christmas presents that everyone will love, and don’t forget to check out T-shirts and those awesome Harley Davidson Jeans that we talked about last year. They are still in style and look better than ever, but heck, who cares if they are still in style, they still look hot!

Riding a Harley During the Winter Tips

riding a Harley during the winter

Riding a Harley during the winter is sometimes unavoidable, especially if your trusty Road King is what gets you to and from work every day. Thankfully times have changed and these days there are plenty of clothes and accessories that will get you through the rough days of winter ahead.

riding a Harley during the winter

Being cold leads to slow reaction times and confusion. If you get cold and are riding a Harley during the winter, you can become drowsy and suffer from low energy and slurred speech. Sore and stiff joints can also be an issue if you get too cold.

riding a Harley during the winter

Leather

Leather is great for cutting the wind, but not so much when it comes to rain, sleet and snow. If you live in California or Hawaii, you may be able to get away with leather, but not in the snow country.

Leather gets stiff making it hard to bend your elbows. Leave your leathers at home and opt for a weather proof one piece that will keep you warm as you’ll be much safer if you can feel your extremities.

riding a Harley during the winter

Long Johns

Not your grandpa’s insulated underwear, thermal underwear is made to keep you warm and dry. Made for riding a Harley during the winter, most outdoor and motorcycle shops sell great underwear that doesn’t limit your movement.

riding a motorcycle winter

Keep your Head Warm

They say that most of the heat in your body escapes through your head and if that is the case, you need to keep your neck and head covered when you venture out on your Harley this winter. Wear a balaclava, a scarf and put on an extra earmuffs if you are anticipating a storm, you’ll want to stay warm from head to toe if you are riding a Harley during the winter.

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Hands and Feet

If your hands and feet start to get numb, your socks and gloves aren’t doing their job. As mentioned above, leather gets stiff, and if you are wearing leather gloves with ice bitten fingers, your hands won’t be able to move. The same can be said about your feet. Try wool socks instead of cotton as Jim swears that they are the best when it comes to riding a Harley during the winter.

riding your harley in the winter

I think we’ve covered the inside, but what about the outside? In our next blog we’ll talk about the best ways to stay warm and toasty on the outside if you are planning on riding a Harley during the winter.

Why Veterans Day on November 11

Veterans Day

Veterans Day weekend is fast approaching and if you want to get on your Harley and enjoy the celebration of America, you won’t have to drive far, regardless of where you are located in the United States.

Jim and I love getting out on a three-day weekend, and Veterans Day isn’t any different.

Veterans Day is an opportunity for the two of us to get out, enjoy the holiday, and remember why we celebrate in the first place.

Veterans Day

This Veterans Day is going to be very different from the past where we truly honored those who fought and died for our country. Discord, division and hatred is threatening the one day that America can come together as a nation to celebrate our heroes.

Why We Celebrate

Every year on November 11, America recognizes and honors the men and women who have proudly defended our country, but why on the 11th?

Veterans Day

The signing of the Armistice heralded the end of WWI finally putting a stop to the hostility between Germany and the Allied Nations in 1918.

Intended to thank and honor all military personnel who have served in all of the wars in the United States, Veterans Day is celebrated with church services and parades with American flags being hung at half-mast in many places across America. A two-minute moment of silence is a tradition that occurs all over the United States at 11:00 am.

Veterans Day

An Armistice between the Allied Nations and Germany became a reality in the 11th month on the 11th day in the 11th hour. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed that the day be, “Filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude and victory.” Plans were made for public meetings and parades with business activities and festivities briefly suspended for two minutes on the 11th hour.

This Veterans Day remember why our country is so great and take a moment of silence on the 11th hour this November 11. Happy Veterans Day everyone.

Halloween Trick or Treat and More Trivia

Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner, and if you are planning to trick or treat this year with the kids, here are some interesting fun facts that you may want to share with the whole family.

According to the Smithsonian, Halloweens history is a bit odd, or even weird, just like the holiday itself.

Halloween

The Celts

The Celtic Tradition of dressing up as evil spirits was originally practiced at the end of the year. The Celts believed that humanity moved from each year to the next overlapping the living and dead who would again roam the earth. The Celts dressed up as demons to defend themselves hoping to fool the demons into thinking they were one in the same.

Halloween

The Catholics

When the Catholic Church started borrowing other religious holidays while trying to convert Christians and others who had left the church, the demon dress up holiday was turned into, “All Hallows Eve,” followed by, “All Soul’s Day,” and, “All Saints Day,” where people dressed up as angels and saints.

Halloween

Trick or Treating

As far as going door to door for treats or tricks, that tradition began back in the middle ages when kids would go, “Guising,” from the word disguising, begging for money or food in exchange for prayers or songs that were said for the dead. This was also known as, “Souling,” with children known as, “Souler’s.”

Halloween

Trick or treating didn’t begin in the United States until the late twenties or early thirties pausing during World War II because of the sugar rations. However, Halloween was once in full swing by the beginning of the 1950′s.

Halloween

The term, “Trick or Treat,” goes back to 1927 with the Canadians dubbing it as strenuous fun with wagons, gates, and barrels decorating the homes and streets. Young hooligans would demand edible plunder at both front and back doors while saying, “Trick or Treat.”

Halloween

The Irish were responsible for the introduction of Jack O’ Lanterns. People would place candles in turnips that were hollowed out to keep ghosts and spirits away on the holiday.

Not everyone is keen on Halloween. In fact, the British dislike the holiday so much that more than half turn off the lights on All Hallows Eve according to a survey back in 2006.

Halloween

This year be safe, dress up, and remember All Hallows Eve. Happy Halloween from Travels with Harley.

Can’t Miss Fall Motorcycle Events

fall motorcycle events

Fall motorcycle events are happening all over the United States, and if you are hoping to get into some of the action, Travels with Harley can help.

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Halloween Biker Bash Sparks America Bike Week

Head to Sparks Oklahoma for the Halloween Biker Bash Sparks America Bike Week. The gates open on October 20 with free beer at the gate. Best get there quick though as the suds are only around while supplies last. RV and tent camping is available along with free hot showers. With costume contents, live music and lots of food Sparks is the place to be for fall motorcycle events.

fall motorcycle events

Autumn Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally

The Sunshine State always has great fall motorcycle events and this year isn’t any different. Panorama City plays host to the 15th annual Autumn Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally. Starting on 19 October and running until the 23rd, the event has something for everyone with more than 200 vendors. Touting itself as the most Biker Friendly FREE Rally in America, there will contests and live entertainment on the beach. There will be bikini pageants, a bike parade, poker runs, and motorcycle stunt shows. With fee admission and parking, this is a great way to support local business.

fall motorcycle events

Blue Comet MC Crazy Coffee Run

See autumn in all her glory and head up to New England for fall motorcycle events. Skippack Pennsylvania is where you will discover the Blue Comet MC Crazy Coffee Run. Bring your brooms, cages, and most importantly your bikes for the Halloween Poker Run. This event is open to the public. Registration starts at 9:00 am with the first bike hitting the road rain or shine at 10:00 am

fall motorcycle events

 

Birch Run Motorcycle Swap Meet

If you like motorcycle swap meets, you will not want to miss the annual Birch Run Motorcycle Swap Meet. Located in Birch Run Michigan, the event features new and used motorcycle parts and accessories with more than 400 vendors participating in the event on Saturday, October 16. Have a bite to eat, buy some new leathers, and enjoy the great fall weather at the Birch Run Motorcycle Swap Meet.

fall motorcycle events

 

Fall is the time to enjoy your bike, especially if you have to pack away your two-wheeled best friend for the winter.

Get out and enjoy yourself for fabulous fall motorcycle events. Travels with Harley plans on it!

Fall Motorcycle Weekend Getaways Washington

fall motorcycle weekend getaways

Fall motorcycle weekend getaways are the best way to see Mother Nature in all her glory. If you follow our Travels with Harley blog, you will know that Jim doesn’t like motorcycle camping, at all…but we still enjoy fall motorcycle weekend getaways, as long as we stay in a nice hotel.

Of course, I always read the reviews before we book our fall motorcycle weekend getaways, but sometimes the reviews aren’t always accurate, fortunately, that hasn’t happened too often.

fall motorcycle weekend getaways

This week we’re heading to the state of Washington for some spectacular colors, a comfortable place to lay our heads and, this really goes without saying, but I will anyway, great food!

 

fall motorcycle weekend getaways

WA Forest Road 25

Highway 20 and the North Cascades is where you will find plenty of reminders that fall is defiantly in the air. The 83.3-mile ride is full of some tight corners, a section of sweepers, and some nice curves that will almost leave you as breathless as the amazing scenery. You’ll ride through the North Cascades National Park where you will spot lots of deer. You can stay at Leavenworth, the Bavarian Village Theme Town. October is a great month as the entire town is celebrating Oktoberfest with two more weekends left to pull out your lederhosen.

fall motorcycle weekend getaways

WA Forest Road 25

Claimed to be the, “Overlooked gem,” for fall motorcycle weekend getaways, the WA Forest Road 25 near Mt. St. Helens is touted as one of the best in Washington State. It’s got lots of curves though, which could be one of the reasons that casual weekend motorcycle riders often overlook it. There are lots of campgrounds in the area, but check the list as some are open all year round, and some aren’t. Of course, Jim and I chose to stay at the Cowlitz River Lodge, which is a little over 13 and a half miles outside of Randle in Packwood. Just off the US 12, it’s a great place to stay the night, especially if you want to hike the Mt. Rainier Trails the next day.

fall motorcycle getaways

SR15 Aberdeen

The SR15 Aberdeen will give you both coastal and spectacular views of autumn in all its glory. The 47.2-mile ride is quite touristy in the north, but the sea views and the sweeping curves are worth it. Tokeland is a little over halfway and has some great places to relax after a hard day of riding.

fall motorcycle getaways

Although we have yet to enjoy the home style cooking, the Tokeland Hotel and Restaurant is on our list of fall motorcycle weekend getaways. It used to be a Victorian era farmhouse and has been converted into a hotel and restaurant about a mile from the Port of Willapa Harbor and the marina. It’s actually the oldest resort hotel in Washington first becoming the Kindred Inn in 1889.

fall motorcycle rides

Jim and I love autumn and are planning a few more Travels with Harley fall motorcycle weekend getaways, are you?

Unheard of Fall Motorcycle Rides

fall motorcycle rides

Fall motorcycle rides are some of the most enjoyable on the planet, or at least Jim and I think so. So much in fact, that we decided to hit the road and share some fall motorcycle rides that not everyone is aware of.

 

Beartooth Pass

fall motorcycle rides

Beartooth Pass, located in Montana and Wyoming, is one of those fall motorcycle rides that you will not want to miss. With endless hairpin turns and curves, this road is definitely for the more experienced riders. The views are spectacular with the colors of fall peeping through dense forests and incredible mountains. Be prepared as your descent is straight down. Best pack a lunch as there are no amenities on this hair-curling trip but there are plenty of places to stop and enjoy the scenery.

fall motorcycle rides

Tunnel of Trees

Located in Michigan, the Tunnel of Trees road is a must during the fall. Midsummer and autumn are the best times to take the Tunnel of Trees fall motorcycle rides as the summer brings plenty of sunshine and warm weather so that you can enjoy the ocean while taking a break from the road. Just be sure if you are there in the summer that you watch for sand on the road.

fall motorcycle rides

During the fall, the Tunnel of Trees is in all her glory with an amazing show of autumn colors. The road hugs the Lake Michigan shoreline and is full of narrow curves. If you are hungry, stop by the Legs Inn for a Polish Entrée or some potato pancakes. The Inn has been a family owned and operated establishment for 90 years.

motorcycle rides in the fall San Juan Mountain Skyway

Colorado is home to the San Juan Mountain Skyway where you will find the perfect opportunity for fall motorcycle rides. Everyone who has enjoyed this trip will tell you that this is one of the most gorgeous areas in the Rocky Mountains. Strap on your GoPro because you will not want to miss the majestic mountain tops as you cruise through an area that is called the, “Switzerland of America,” thanks to its 14,000 mountain peaks. Along the way, you can stop at the hot springs or check out the red rock canyons.

fall motorcycle rides

When it comes to fall motorcycle rides the United States can’t be beat so grab your helmet, get on your bike, and enjoy a fall ride that only comes around once a year.

Fall Travels with Harley Tips

Travels with Harley Tips

Travels with Harley Tips can help, especially since we have been sharing all kinds of great fall motorcycle rides with those of you who follow our blog. However, you shouldn’t just jump on your bike without some preparation.

Some parts of America are certainly not warm year round. Jim and I live in Missouri and have our fair share of cold weather, but that is nothing compared to Maine, Wisconsin and Canada. When the seasons change, so does the climate, and although September can be unpredictable once the leaves start dropping, it won’t be long before the temperatures do too.

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Jim and I double check everything before we hit the pavement and have some Travels with Harley Tips that we would like to share.

Fall Travels with Harley Tips

Leaves

Those colorful leaves that you see on your fall motorcycle ride are beautiful, but can also be extremely hazardous. Leaves that are piled up on the road can be covering up dangerous potholes. Keep a close eye on the road and take the routes that you know. Fall is never the time to attempt a new motorcycle road trip, especially if you don’t know the road very well.

Fall Travels with Harley Tips

Deer Season

Deer are most active in autumn as they are running from hunters or looking for food. Be aware when you ride and wear protective gear. Make sure you scan both sides of the roadway, especially in the more rural areas as deer will dart out in front of you. Keep especially alert during dawn and dusk when deer are most active.

Fall Travels with Harley Tips

Leathers

Pull your leathers out of storage and enjoy the cool, crisp temperatures. Leather really is a great friend as it protects you from the elements, including the wind. Jim knows how much I hate being cold when we are riding so I make sure I take my leather jacket and chaps during this time of year.

Fall Travels with Harley Tips

Because the weather is so unpredictable during the fall, chilly in the early morning hours and almost hot in the afternoon to freezing or below once the sun goes down, you will want to make sure that you are prepared. Being under-dressed with mechanical problems that were anything but expected can be downright dangerous. Carry lightweight but warm emergency clothing in case of an emergency.

Fall Travels with Harley Tips

 

Road Surfaces

Cold fall nights lead to morning frost so it is important that you are aware of frost and even black ice that could make you lose traction, especially on those tight curves. Watch for shady spots on the roadways, as they are always the first to ice up. Make sure you know the road and your surroundings if you are cruising during the fall.

Fall Travels with Harley Tips

Enjoy the beauty of the season, but make sure you are safe and ready to go first for your fall motorcycle ride and stay tuned for some more Travels with Harley Tips!

Fall Motorcycle Rides are a Must

Fall Motorcycle Rides

Fall Motorcycle Rides, we just can’t get enough of them, which is why Jim and I wanted to target a few more Fall Motorcycle Rides that will get you out of the house and on your Harley. Unlike lengthy summer vacations, fall getaways don’t need a lot of planning. All you have to do is have a location, a plan, and maybe a picnic.

Print Makers Inn

Savannah Georgia

Ranked as one of the top autumn getaways by the US News and World Report, Savannah, GA, is a great place to enjoy the foliage. Spend the weekend at the Print Makers Inn, which is one of the best B & B’s in the area, and enjoy classic Southern Hospitality in an 1884 classic B & B in the oldest city in Georgia. Book a river cruise and you will be in awe of the fall colors as you make your way down the river.

Fall Motorcycle Rides

New England

Ok, so New England isn’t a state, but it is an area that boasts some of the best autumn colors on the planet. New England is known for its gorgeous fall leaves as billions of them begin to change from green to chestnut brown, magenta, harvest gold and bright red. The air is crisp and cool making it the perfect time to head out on Fall Motorcycle Rides. While you are there be sure to pick up some fresh apples from the local stalls that are dotted up and down the roadways.

Fall Motorcycle Rides

The leaves begin to put on their show from mid-September to mid-October. However, if you head to Rhode Island, Massachusetts, up the New Hampshire coast and into southern Maine the colors can sometimes last until mid-November. There is plenty to do on the back of a Harley in New England. Jim and I have been on quite a few rides and if you follow our Travels with Harley blog, you will remember our New England Trailblazer Tour a few years back.

For some, autumn is the most beautiful time of the year, and if you want to enjoy it on the back of your Harley, do it now, as Fall Motorcycle Rides will be over before you know it.

Motorcycle Friendly Fall Festivals 2016

Motorcycle Friendly Fall Festivals

Motorcycle Friendly Fall Festivals may seem easy to find, but unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Some communities that hold fall festivals from September through October don’t always have the best parking when it comes to Motorcycle Fall Friendly Festivals.

Motorcycle Friendly Fall Festivals

Nappanee Apple Festival

The Nappanee Apple Festival opens its doors on Thursday September 15th to the 17th and features Indiana’s largest apple pie measuring in at 7 feet. The number one Apple Festival in Indiana the Nappanee Apple Festival serves more than 800 slices of pie in just two days right alongside many other apple dishes including apple fry pies, apple fritters, apple turnovers, and apple dumplings! With plenty of bike parking, this is one of those Motorcycle Friendly Fall Festivals that you do not want to miss.

Motorcycle Friendly Fall Festivals

Hot Springs Open Motorcycle Rally

Not a festival per say, but Arkansas, the Natural State, is putting on its 11th Annual Hot Springs Open Motorcycle Rally from September 8th to the 10th. Located at the Hot Springs Convention Center this event is the largest of its kind in Central Arkansas and features great music, food, merchandise vendors and much more. This is a huge Motorcycle Friendly Event with two poker runs, bike games, a parade and too much more to mention. If you are in the area, the Hot Springs Open Motorcycle Rally in Arkansas should not be missed.

Motorcycle Friendly Fall Festivals

Although it isn’t quite fall, there are plenty of Motorcycle Friendly Fall Festivals that you can enjoy all through September until the end of October when the autumn leaves are nearly ready to fall.

motorcycle friendly Festivals

The Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest

The Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest from September 15th to the 18th is touted as the ultimate bike festival with more than 200 hundred restaurants, bars and entertainment complexes, biker friendly, of course, the Lake of the Ozarks BikeFest promises to be a, “Must not miss,” event. With a custom Harley giveaway, vending areas and a bunch of bike builders, it’s going to be the bikefest of the year.

Motorcycle Friendly Fall Festivals

All through Fall Travels with Harley will be heading out and checking out Motorcycle Friendly Fall Festivals and Motorcycle Friendly Events all over the US, and maybe even across the pond. In the meantime, get outdoors and enjoy Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants, Jim and I plan on it… After all, Old Man Winter will be here before you know it.