4 Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants Colorado

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Fall Motorcycle Weekend Getaways Washington

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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.

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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!

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Delicious Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Alabama

Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Alabama

Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Alabama are not hard to find, and if you follow the Travels with Harley Blog, you will remember that we did highlight some awesome Harley Road Trips in Alabama this past spring, but we didn’t highlight the best Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Alabama.

Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Alabama Bobs

Located at 1715 6th Av. SE in Decatur and 2520 Danville, SW in Decatur Big Bob Gibson’s Original Bar-B-Q has great reviews with many calling it the best in Northern Alabama. When Bob Gibson started serving Bar-B-Q from a table in his backyard back in 1925, the smoke and the smell brought people from everywhere. Fast forward to today and Big Bob Gibsons family Bar-B-Q restaurant has lasted more than 75 years and four generations. The restaurant has the usual fare including barbecued chicken, pork and beef ribs and of course, brisket.

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Alabama is known for great catfish and if you are in search of Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Alabama that serve awesome catfish, Ezell’s Catfish Camp is the place to be. The atmosphere is relaxing and fun, especially if you get a seat on the patio that faces the river. Open Thursday through Sunday and located on Ezell Road in Butler, Alabama, you’ll find shrimp, oysters, crab, gumbo, frog legs, and of course, whole catfish and catfish filets.

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Everyone knows that Alabama has amazing seafood and great barbeque, but if you feel like trying something new and are looking for great Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Mobile Alabama check out the Jerusalem Café. Located on Airport Blvd., the affordable restaurant specializes in classic Middle Eastern food. I would love to try the Chicken Shawarmah or the Jerusalem Dinner Feast. If you are craving gyros or hummus this cozy eatery is the place to be.

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Built in 1910, Red Little’s School House Restaurant is located on Gardner Road in Grady, Alabama. Another great example of Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Alabama, the classic southern style restaurant was built in 1910 and opened as a restaurant in 1985. Serving an awesome southern buffet, the interior, and exterior, is exactly what you would expect from a schoolhouse. Best selections on the menu, in my opinion anyway, is the fried chicken, Mac and cheese, collard greens, corn bread, and of course pecan pie.

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Before we go, we can’t leave Wintzells Oyster House out of our Travels with Harley Blog. For more than 75 years, Wintzells Oyster House has been serving up seafood and is now a franchise with locations dotted throughout the gulf coast. Called a must for both locals and tourists, Wintzells Oyster House serves crawfish etouffee, gumbo, fried green tomatoes, and of course, oysters prepared six different ways. Personally, I can’t wait to try the cold salad with lump crab meat and marinated onions.

There are dozens more Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Alabama, but it’s time to move on. Next week Travels with Harley is heading to Florida to source some of the best restaurants and diners in the Sunshine State.

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.

Awesome Delaware Motorcycle Rides

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For such a small state, Delaware motorcycle rides are certainly adventurous. Delaware motorcycle rides offer fun, food, and adventure and will definitely keep you on your toes.

Delaware motorcycle rides

Delaware is one of the few tax free shopping states in the United States, and if you know Jim and I, we love to shop, well, actually I prefer to shop more than Jim does, but the two words, tax and free are certainly good reasons to seek out Delaware motorcycle rides.

Delaware motorcycle rides

Delaware has a rich history with both urban and rural scenery. Delaware motorcycle rides offer bikers thick forests and amazing shorelines. If you decide to go on a lengthy ride and spend a few days in the state you will find great hiking trails, beaches and, if you enjoy gambling, casinos.

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If you are like Jim and enjoy a challenge, check out the Delaware Coast Run. This 60-mile Delaware motorcycle ride is a two-lane road that passes through farmland and coastal estuaries. According to most bikers, the road is a lot of fun, but has quite a few blind curves. You can stop at the Air Mobility Museum that is located at Dover End or have a plate of famous Dover crab at Sambo’s Tavern in Leipsic. Lots of H.O.G members rave about the Augustine Inn at Augustine beach for a coldie and can’t stop talking about Kelly’s Crab House in Port Penn.

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US Highway 13 is one of those 76-mile Delaware motorcycle rides that you will not want to miss. Although it is stop and go at first, once you get going you will pick up some speed as you pass farms, creeks and rivers. You will ride through quite a few state parks and forests with unbeatable scenery in Shad Landing State Park, the Redden State Forest, and the Pocomoke River State Forest. Pack a picnic lunch or bring your fishing pole as the state parks offer all kinds of activities if you are on Delaware motorcycle rides.

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Although it is quite flat, the 73 mile Delaware Countdown 16 15 14 13 has lots of sweeping turns that most riders will enjoy. Just like Ohio you will ride through Amish country when you go through West Dover and Camden, so be sure to keep an eye out for buggies. The ride takes about 2 hours and really is the best way to avoid the beach traffic during the warmer months. If you want to stretch your legs or stop for lunch, try Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen. Apparently, the food is to die for. Personally, I want to try the sweet heat chicken and shrimp with a side of homemade black beans.

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Jim and I are itching to get out on Delaware motorcycle rides, but in the meantime will be heading down to South Carolina for our next Travels with Harley.

Just Another Motorcycle Road Trip in Massachusetts

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A Motorcycle Road Trip can take an hour or ten days, depending on where you are headed, but as Jim and I like to say, any Motorcycle Road Trip is a good trip, as long as you are prepared ahead of time.

If you follow our Travels with Harley Blog, we have been sharing some great examples of the perfect Motorcycle Road Trip and this week we’re headed to Massachusetts.

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From the thick forests in the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts, to the huge bluffs in Cape Code, Massachusetts really does have it all. You can hit the small towns, or spend a night in Boston for great shopping and dining. The Mayflower landed in Massachusetts followed by the Revolutionary War and the Witch Hunts.

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Through the Country to the Castle is a great Motorcycle Road Trip that has mountains, ocean and country roads that take you to Castle Island all in just 36 miles. You’ll go through Blue Hills Mountain where you will see amazing views of Boston and the surrounding areas on winding roads that are invigorating and well paved. Quincy Shore has a couple of great eateries including Tony’s Clam Shop, which has a great selection of seafood platters.

The Country Whip Inc

Scenic Route 105 is another great Motorcycle Road Trip in Massachusetts that you will not want to miss. You will drive through orchards and farms taking you through Acushnet ending up in historic Marion. There will be lots of 90-degree right and left turns. When you get to Acushnet, stop at The Country Whip Drive Inc, and try a lobster roll and some fried clams.

Sams Pizzaria and Cafe

If you don’t have all day, but feel like getting out for a great little Motorcycle Road Trip, take the 23 mile Route 66 to Northampton. You’ll ride past mountains, farmlands, and state parks on good quality roads with lots of curves and hills. Once you get into Northampton, you will find a lot of great places to eat and shop, two of my favorite activities. Try to find something with outside tables, such as Sam’s Pizzeria and Café where you can enjoy a gourmet pizza washed down with an icy cold beer. Sam’s has live music Wednesday through Sunday and is open until 3:00 am on the weekends, not that Jim and I are ever up that late, or early!

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Jim and I love Massachusetts and hope to get in another Motorcycle Road Trip for another Travels with Harley adventure soon. When that happens, we will definitely keep you posted!

Harley Davidson Tennessee Road Trip This Spring

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A Tennessee Road Trip is spectacular all year round, but especially in the spring and on the back of a Harley Davidson.

Nicknamed the Volunteer State, because of the thousands of soldiers who volunteered during the War of 1812, most prominently risking their lives in the Battle of New Orleans, Tennessee also stood up to the plate during the Mexican War when a mere 2,800 were asked to volunteer by the secretary of state and 30,000 responded.

Graceland

When it comes to scenery, Tennessee certainly has it all from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where the wildflowers are in bloom right now, to the hustle and bustle of Nashville. Tennessee is also home to Graceland in Memphis. The gorgeous estate belonging to the King of Rock, Elvis Presley, is a must on your next Tennessee Road Trip.

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The Tennessee Legend is an awesome Tennessee Road Trip that is 455 miles long. Of course, unless you don’t want to see anything, you may want to consider taking a couple of days to enjoy this Tennessee Road Trip. The twisty road with lots of tight curves offers gorgeous scenery with canyons, rivers, mountain valleys, and spectacular waterfalls. This Harley road trip certainly has it all with plenty of stops along the way. Try motorcycle camping, or go white water rafting. There are plenty of opportunities on this trip for you to get off your bike and stretch your legs.

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Highway 141 is another must take Tennessee Road Trip during the spring. A short jaunt, at just 20 miles, this is an alternative route to the interstate and with excellent roads you’ll want to pick a destination before you head out so that you can enjoy the rest of your day. After all, don’t you want to have some fun getting there? The Edgar Evans State Park is the perfect place to stop for a picnic, especially this time of year.

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If you would rather someone else did the cooking, drop in to the Rose Garden Restaurant about halfway in to your Tennessee Road Trip in Silver Point. Jim and I love great food where you least expect it, and apparently this little diner is right next to a gas station. It would be great for breakfast as the homemade biscuits and gravy are apparently the best in the state, according to Yelp anyway, and if you follow our blog you will know that I ALWAYS check out restaurants before we jump on the Road King.

 

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Visit the Great Smoky Mountains in all her glory on the Tennessee 32 Road Trip. This 14-mile ride takes you through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Cherokee National Park. Thanks to the wet winter, the cavalcade of colors from the abundant wildflowers is truly spectacular. One of the best things about the Tennessee 32 is that there is literally no traffic with the exception of about the last one and a half miles or so. Make sure you gas up, and don’t forget to pack a lunch. You will want to enjoy the beauty of spring on your own time.

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This spring head to one of the most beautiful states in the country and enjoy a Tennessee Road Trip on the back of your Harley.

Tennessee is so plentiful when it comes to an awesome Tennessee Road Trip were going to spend another week in what is also known as the Butternuts state.

Have a great week everyone!

Three Harley Road Trips in the Gem State

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Harley road trips have been a bit tough thanks to Mother Nature, and although it may not seem like it in some parts of the country it really is spring, meaning we can all dream just a little bit more about some great Harley road trips that may have to wait a week or two.

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Idaho is a beautiful country full of great Harley road trips that Jim and I are just itching to check out. Known as the Gem State, Idaho is rich with scenic areas including snow-capped mountain ranges, steep canyons, gorgeous lakes, and natural resources. Take Harley road trips along the Snake River as it rushes through the deepest canyon in the U.S., Hells Canyon, or stop by the Shoshone Falls as it makes it way down the cliffs that are higher than Niagara Falls.

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The 175-mile Lola Pass is a great example of some of the best Harley road trips in Idaho, and so easy. All you do is start is Lewiston Idaho on the US Highway 12 and head east towards Montana. The route takes you all the way across Idaho. You’ll see awesome sections of the Lewis and Clark trails as you wind through the Rocky Mountains in both Idaho and Montana. The curvy trip has very little traffic and great roads, however, you won’t find any amenities like some of the other Harley road trips that Jim and I have been on.

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Known as Two Passes and a Lake, this is 106-mile trek is another great example of Harley road trips that is one of Idaho’s best-kept secrets. The trip starts at Alpine Junction traveling north to Swan Valley on Highway 26. Follow the signs to Highway 31 and head towards Jackson Wyoming and then Hoback Junction before looping back to where you started. The beautiful ride takes you around Palisades Lake and into Swan Valley.

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The Snake River Canyon is full of elk, deer, and mountain goats so make sure you bring the camera. Jackson has everything including a museum, white water rafting, and a real Western shoot out in the summer months. If you get hungry, Jackson has some great eateries including The Deck that features spectacular views of Jackson Hole Mountain.

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Another example of awesome Harley road trips in Idaho is aptly named the Gold Rush Historic Byway, or Greer to Headquarters. The 42-mile trek is full of cougar, bear, wolf, turkey, grouse, deer, and coyote so take the Go Pro so you don’t miss a thing. You’ll ride through farmland and woodlands before heading up the mountains in the Gold Country. Although the ride is short, it seems longer thanks to the curves. Best to take it during May or June as it is very seasonal. Along the ride route, you can stop at the John Howard Bradbury Logging Museum and the Weippe Discovery Center. Pioneer Inn IdahoIf you are hungry, like we always seem to be, stop at the Pioneer Inn in Pierce. You can stay the night or just have a bite to eat. The historic Inn serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and apparently the food is pretty good.

Hopefully by next week we can all get on our bikes for real Harley rides, but if not we’ll head to Tennessee for the road trip of a lifetime. A virtual road trip anyway.

Harley Road Trips in Alabama

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Harley road trips is what spring is all about and now that spring has officially sprung, it’s time to pull your Harley out of storage, dust it off and hit the road for great Harley road trips.

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A couple of weeks ago we took you on some great little Harley road trips in Georgia and promised to take you on some Harley road trips last week, but St. Patrick’s Day side tracked us so we are going to head to Alabama this week instead.

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Although there is no official nickname for Alabama, it has been known as the Yellowhammer state since the Civil War; Alabama is known for its rich cultural history and is a great place for Harley Road Trips. Some of the trails you can enjoy include the Native American Trail, the Civil War Trail, the Covered Bridge Trail and the Civil Rights Museum trails. Scenery around the state varies from lush forests to rolling hills with a small bit of the Gulf coastline, which is perfect for Harley road trips.

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The Paint Rock Valley ride is 42 miles long and features some very sharp curves that have even the most experienced riders take care. The windy valley road takes you right along the Paint Rock River that is rich in animal and plant life that you will not find anywhere else. You can gas up at the top of the mountain, but as far as other amenities go, it’s best to pack a lunch and enjoy the scenery.

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Eagles Point Guntersville State Park is another one of those Harley road trips that you will want to plan. This 79-mile trip takes you along a windy path near the river with gorgeous scenery that is hard to beat. With good quality pavement and lots of straights and turns, it is a good ride that you will want to sample if you are in Alabama. There are quite a few places to stop along the way where you can gas up and stop for a bite to eat. One of the most popular is in Guntersville. Stop for lunch halfway through your trip at the Top of the River, which is known for its catfish and seafood.

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The Cheaha Mountain Skyway is a great little example of Harley road trips that you will not want to miss as it takes you along the Cheaha Mountain near Talladega in Eastern Alabama. The 44-mile trek is full of unspoiled countryside and into the Talladega National Forest. The wildlife is abundant, so don’t be surprised if you spot a couple of hawks or deer from the back of your Harley. Once you come off the mountain, you will roll into meadows, farms and a couple of small towns. If you want to make it a weekend trip, stay at one of the cozy cabins at the Cheaha State Park where you can relax in a hot tub while pondering the day’s events.

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Stick with Travels with Harley this spring as Harley road trips are abundant and we plan to take you on every one we can find, in a virtual sense anyway!

Not to Be Missed Motorcycle Rides in Georgia

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If you are on the hunt for great motorcycle rides in the South, Travels with Harley has a few suggestions that you may want to try. This week we are going to focus on the Peach State, otherwise known as Georgia.

The best motorcycle rides are usually off the beaten track. At least that is what Jim and I think. We have been on a few motorcycle rides where the only thing on the road was us and maybe a car or two the entire trip.

Fort McAllister State Park

We have done quite a few Travels with Harley motorcycle rides in Georgia and really enjoy the great scenery. The coastal area of the state gives riders plenty to look at with its beaches and beautiful marshland. Popular motorcycle destinations include Fort McAllister State Park and Savannah.

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The Meridian Road Canopy Ride is gorgeous when it comes to beautiful motorcycle rides, and although there aren’t any roadside amenities, the scenery makes it well worth gassing up beforehand. Meridian Road starts out near Cairo, GA and takes you into Tallahassee Florida. If you enjoy hills and turns this is the ride for you as the road takes you through canopies of trees and plantations that you will not want to miss.

Tate House

If you enjoy historical landmarks, the 19-mile Tate to Dawsonville will take you through the historic town of Tate where you will drive right past the Tate House, which is 45 miles north of Atlanta. Colonial Sam Tate who was a land baron, philanthropist, and tycoon built the pink marble mansion in 1926. The Tate House is now one of the most sought after wedding venues in the south. The Tate to Dawsonville road features quite a few turns with some tight blind turns that are best suited for more experienced riders. This ride has some gorgeous views, but no amenities to speak of except for a couple of gas stations.

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The 99 mile Scenic Route from Springfield to Augusta is stunning and begins at City Limit Customs in Springfield. You’ll ride over the Savannah River into South Carolina and continue until you head back into Augusta GA. On this trip, you will pass through plenty of plantations and dense forests so don’t forget your camera. The roads are mostly flat until you hit the 125 where there will be some small hills to contend with. The roads are all paved and although the amenities are sparse out of Springfield there are plenty of gas stations, restaurants and shops once you get to Augusta.

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When it comes to motorcycle rides, the south has plenty. Next week Travels with Harley heads to Alabama for more great motorcycle rides in the south.

Three California Motorcycle Day Trips this Winter

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The weather is wrecking havoc all over the country, and isn’t the best for motorcycle day trips. However, California has the warmest temperatures on record for February, and if you are lucky enough to live in California there are some awesome motorcycle day trips that you can enjoy.

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There is still quite a bit of snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains, so if you are thinking about motorcycle day trips you may want to stick to central and southern California where you can enjoy the twists and turns that California is famous for when it comes to motorcycle day trips.

The Miners Diner

The Montezuma Valley Road from Ranchita to Borrego Springs motorcycle ride is a Southern California favorite when it comes to motorcycle day trips. The road has some drop offs and can be very steep reaching to an elevation of just over 3000 feet. The road leads you into the town of Julian where you will find plenty of places to eat including The Miners Diner that has some of the best specialty sandwiches in the area. If you live or plan to visit San Diego this is one of the best motorcycle day trips that you will find.

Cucina Italiana

Another great example of motorcycle day trips in California is one that you will not want to miss. The CA 121 Napa to Winters ride is for serious enthusiasts. As you take off from Napa, the road takes you up the hills towards Lake Berryessa. With the never-ending curves and smooth pavement the 121 is like an E-ticket ride at Disneyland. Stop for a bite at Cucina Italiana at Lake Berryessa in Napa, which is one of the best Italian restaurants in the area.

Paradise Valley Cafe

Highway 74 takes you from Hemet to Indian Wells and is an awesome example of motorcycle day trips. As you head towards the top, you will experience lots of twisty corners before straightening out. Once you start descending into the Coachella Valley, you will experience more twists and turns. Although there are not many amenities, make sure you gas up before you go; there are quite a few hiking trails and campsites. If you want to stop for a bite to eat, try the Paradise Valley Café, which is located at the intersection of Highway 371 and Highway 74. This great café serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and has something for everyone including burgers, sandwiches, soups, and salads. Drop in for breakfast and enjoy a breakfast beer and some of the best biscuits and gravy that you will ever have.

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When it comes to motorcycle day trips, it doesn’t get much better than California. I know if Jim and I were in my home state, we would be enjoying one right now!

Motorcycle Riding and Much More

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Motorcycle riding in the winter can be fun, especially if you are riding with a big group, or have a trip planned that you have never done before. Jim and I enjoy motorcycle riding with our friends, but are always interested in finding out what else is happening with the other HOG chapters, especially during February. However, if the weather we have had is any indication of what the rest of the month is going to be like, you just may want to head over to an indoor H.O.G. event instead of venturing out with the brave on a motorcycle ride.

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Lone Wolf Harley Davidson always has lots of motorcycle riding events, and if you are a member of the Harley Davidson Owners Group head over to Lone Wolf for its annual pizza party. The event starts at 6:00 pm with free pizza for members. Located at 19011 E. Cataldo St. in Spokane it promises to be a great evening for all Lone Wolf registered H.O.G. riders.

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Thursday February 4th is a great night for a fun event if you are anywhere near Adam Smith’s Texas Harley Davidson. The Masquerade Bike Night runs from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and offers guests live music, a bead toss for prizes, cold beer, and Cajun food for purchase. Get ready to party and don’t forget your costumes for the contest. Located at 1921 Shoalmont Road in Belford, TX this is something that you will not want to miss.

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Barbs Harley Davidson always has great rides and events, and this coming Friday night isn’t any different. February 5 is the annual Wing Bowl held the Friday before the Super Bowl. The Wing Bowl is located at Barbs Harley Davidson 3601 S. Broad St. in Philadelphia, PA.

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Dillon Brothers Harley Davidson in Omaha, NE is gearing up for a great event this coming Saturday, February 6. Starting at 10:00 am and running until 4:00 pm the Cabin Fever Poker Run is an in-store poker run featuring parking lot games, calendar girls, food on the grill and ice cold beverages. Who knows, you might get lucky and win a prize or two.

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It’s a busy weekend for Harley Davidson and motorcycle riding in general with too many events to list happening this coming Saturday February 6, however, some that you will not want to miss include the 25th annual H.O.G. Chili Cook-off and Service Seminars at Silver Eagle Harley Davidson, 4022 Sergeant Road in Waterloo, IA. This annual fundraising event starts at 10:00 am with proceeds going to the Girl and Boy Scouts of America.

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Another must attend motorcycle riding event happens on Saturday February 6 and is sponsored by the Harley Davidson of Dallas. The Panther Creek Sweetheart Ride starts at 10:30 and is located at 304 Central Expressway S. in Allen Texas. This closed Panther Creek H.O.G. Members only ride is a must if you want to ride with your sweetheart.

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Of course, there are plenty more motorcycle rides and events to enjoy. All you have to do is check out the Harley Davidson website for more information.

Harley Davidson Winter Rides

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It may be winter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t jump on your Harley Davidson and go for a ride. Jim and I are hoping to hop on the Road King within the next few weeks, and are really itching to do so. In the meantime, we thought we would share some of the Harley Davidson rides that are taking place all over the country this winter.

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Florida is beautiful and if you are anywhere near Ormond, Florida you really can get on your Harley Davidson and ride! Bruce Rossmeyers Harley Davidson will be holding the two-day Sunrise to Sunset ride on January 21st and the 22nd. Watch the sunrise in Daytona Beach and enjoy a hearty breakfast before riding to Treasure Island to watch the spectacular sunset.

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San Marcos, Ca is playing host to the 3rd Annual Poker Ride on Saturday January 23rd, for Autism for the Mountain Shadows Active Learning Center for Autism. Located at the Biggs Harley Davidson at 1040 Los Vallecitos Blvd the event runs from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

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Rise and Ride with the rest of the Harley Davidson Owners Group from Baton Rouge Harley Davidson. The ride includes biscuits and gravy and starts at 9:00 am on January 31st. Located at 5853 Siegan Lane in Baton Rouge LA, it promises to be a great day and an even better ride.

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Adam Smith’s Harley Davidson in Waco, TX is playing host to its monthly HOG Chapter ride, and if you are itching to get back in the saddle, you will not be disappointed. The event starts at 10:30 and is the perfect way to dust off those winter blues.

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The first annual Ladies of Gruene Harley Davidson ride takes place on Saturday January 30th. Hosted by Gruene Harley Davidson in New Braunfels, TX, the event starts at the dealership located at 1288 Loop 387. The Ladies of Gruene Harley Davidson Ride starts at 10:30 am with kickstands up at 11:00 am.

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Apache Junction, AZ Superstition Harley Davidson is proud to sponsor the Harley Davidson Ride for the Salt Water Wild Horses on Saturday January 30th. Be at the dealership at noon and get ready to ride. Ending at 4:00 pm, the Ride for the Salt Water Wild Horses is free and includes a Victory Party at 2910 W. Apache Trl in Apache Junction, AZ.

If your Harley Davidson is calling your name, check out some of the events listed above, or head over to the official Harley Davidson events page where you will find all kinds of rides to enjoy this winter.

Harley Davidson Events this Weekend

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Jim and I enjoy Harley Davidson road trips all year round, but like most other riders are partial to planned Harley Davidson events where we can catch up with people we have met in the past and meet new folks that enjoy riding as much as we do.

If you happen to be in the Chattanooga Tennessee area this coming Friday the 18th, from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, head over to Thunder Creek Harley Davidson on Lee Highway for the Trail of Tears Remembrance ride Kick-Off Party. This family friendly event offers Harley Davidson enthusiast’s food, fun, live music, and vendors where you can buy licensed Harley Davidson merchandise.

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Fresno, California is the place to be this Saturday the 19th when Mathews Harley Davidson, located on Abby St., will be holding its Bike Show and BBQ. Vote for your favorite bike and enjoy great food, good company and a whole lot of fun.

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If you happen to live in or around Aurora Colorado, head over to Mile High Harley Davidson for the Free Pancake Breakfast. Starting at 9:30 am on E.33rd St. you best be quick as it is first come first served.

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There are all kinds of Harley Davidson events happening this Saturday all over the United States and if you are planning a road trip this coming weekend, there are plenty of Harley Davidson events to choose from like the annual Lombardi Leather and Legends Dinner at the House of Harley Davidson on West Layton Ave in Greenfield, WI. Catering to riders and non-riders, your ticket includes dinner, drinks, live music, a raffle, an auction and a special program with new friends, and of course, “Legends.”

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It really is tailgating season, even when it comes to Harley Davidson events. Hot Metal Harley, located on Lebanon Road in West Mifflin, PA is having a family friendly open house where you can enjoy free beer, food, and giveaways with really cool prizes. With live music and a bike show, it is one of the best ways to kick off fall.

Sunday September 20 promises to be a great Harley Davidson events day with amazing Harley Davidson events happening everywhere like the ride with Motor City Harley Davidson Owners Group to see REO Speed Wagon at the Freedom Hall Amphitheater.

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If you would rather ride this coming Sunday, and live in the New York area, you will not want to miss the NNY Harley Davidson Owners Group Fall Foliage Ride. Head over to Goodnough St. in Adams Center NY where you will ride from the RXCHD over to the Thendera Train Station to hop on the Fall Foliage Train. After the tour, you will jump back on your bike and ride to Lowville to enjoy an early dinner. Be sure to meet at the F.X Caprara Harley Davidson Dealership at 10:00 am as kick stands go up at 10:30 am.

For more information regarding Harley Davidson events this weekend, check out the Harley Davidson official website events page.

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.

Choice Harley Davidson Road Trip Eats in Virginia

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Virginia has so much history and is a great place to head for a Harley Davidson Road Trip. Jim and I have ridden through this great state a few times and are always discovering something new. I know that I would like to try a few more eateries the next time we go, especially after spending a few hours on Yelp.

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If you are heading for a Harley Davidson Road Trip over the Shenandoah Mountains, you have to take a break at the Brookside Restaurant in Luray. Located on 2978 US Highway 221 East this great little family style restaurant has been serving up home-style American fare since 1925.

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With menu items like the corned beef and hash for breakfast, a classic deli Reuben or Rachael for lunch and stuffed flounder for dinner. Save some room for peanut butter pie or buy one to take home. Change your Harley Davidson Road Trip plans and stay the night at Brookside Cabins, which is just next door and owned and operated by
the same couple, Bob and CeCe Castle. This great little property also has a country store and a gift shop.

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El Paso Grille on Stuart Street in Elkton, VA is known for its great homemade authentic Mexican fair and its portions sizes. Because it is right in the middle of Blue Ridge, there are tons of great roads to enjoy on a Harley Davidson Road Trip.

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Open from 11:00 am until 10:00 pm every day except Monday’s, this great little restaurant has some menu items that I would love to sample. If you find yourself out this way on a Harley Davidson Road trip The French Fries Texanos sounds like a great appetizer and maybe some fajitas for an entrée. Honestly it would be tough though as everything sounds delicious.

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Another place that I would love to stop for a meal is located in New Market and has been around for at least 50 years. The Southern Kitchen calls South Congress St. home and is a must if you are heading out on a Harley Davidson Road Trip in Virginia. Travels with HarleyDressed out like a 50’s diner with roomy booths and a jukebox on hand, the Southern Kitchen is a local hangout that is family owned and operated. Favorites on the menu include Lloyds Fried Chicken, Peanut Soup, and Sweet Iced Tea.

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We have been talking about food for weeks, so next time we’ll explore some great places to stay if you are planning a Harley Davidson Road trip in the future or a Harley Davidson Road Trip in the next year or so. Happy Riding!

Motorcycle Road Trip Eats

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This week we promised to share some Motorcycle Road Trip Eats from California, and if you have been following our blog for over two years now, yes, that’s right two years, you would know that we always keep our promises.

Some of the best places to eat if you are on a Motorcycle Road Trip are those little out of the way places that only other riders know about, and that is surely the case, especially in California.

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Located on Main Street in Locke, Ca and about 60 feet from the river’s edge, Al the Wop’s was originally a Chinese restaurant that was built back in 1915. When Al Adami came into town he was the only non-Chinese establishment in the Chinese section of nearby Walnut Grove. Al bought the building from Lee Bing and brought all kinds of surprises to the patrons including cutting off ties and throwing money on the ceiling. Known for Steak and Pasta, Al the Wop’s is still operating serving up awesome dishes like Steak and Peanut Butter and Stinkey Fries.

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The Bear Republic Brewing Company is where you will want to head if you are on a Motorcycle Road Trip and craving a good brew pub. Healdsburg, Ca is home to what some call the best brews in Northern California including its famous IPA, Racer X. The Republic Brewing Company is located in the heart of Sonoma County and serves up some great food including Brewer’s Mac and Cheese with Dungeness Crab.

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The famous Black and Blue Flamed Grilled Burger and Garlic fries are meant to be out of this world. Oh, and don’t forget to try the Wild Game Chili with Wild Boar, Venison and Antelope Chorizo.

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If you enjoy seafood, you have to stop at Bill and Carols Sea Shanty on your next Motorcycle Road Trip. Bill and Carols Sea Shanty is on Highway 1 in Cayucos, CA and is a local favorite. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Bill and Carols Sea Shanty is a great place to watch the sunset over the ocean.

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Everything on the menu sounds delicious including Calamari Strips and Thresher Shark. If Jim and I stopped in for breakfast I would definitely have to try the Crab Hash, tomato and Scrambled Eggs that comes served on an English Muffin topped with cheese. If it was for lunch, the charbroiled fish sandwich would be my choice.

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With so many great places to eat on a Motorcycle Road Trip it was tough to narrow it down to one more for this weeks blog, but after much research I decided to go with the one that I would most want to head to.

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The Deer Lodge in Ojai, California is a Motorcycle Road Trip destination for sure. With deer horns everywhere and a rustic feel, the Deer Lodge has been around since 1932 and is located on the Maricopa Highway.

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With such an incredible menu, that serves both lunch and dinner, you will want to have an appetizer, entrée, and of course dessert. For dinner I would start with the Grilled South Carolina Quail followed by the Pan Roasted Day Boat Scallops. For dessert? Well, I must say it would be tough, but I would have to go for the Butterscotch Pudding.

Next week we’re heading to Wyoming for some more Motorcycle Road Trip Eats.

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.

Must Try Harley Davidson Day Trips

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It’s getting hot and that means Harley Davidson day trips close to home. Jim and I like to get away for a few hours, and often turn our Harley Davidson day trips into weekend getaways.

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Washington State has some incredible Harley Davidson day trips that offer endless scenery and breathtaking views. Some of the great Harley Davidson day trips that you will find in Washington include the Green Valley Taco Run.

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A short 22 miles long, this great example of Harley Davidson day trips starts from Auburn, WA ending in Cumberland WA. You’ll travel through farmland before climbing up to Black Diamond. After you cross the Gorge Bridge, you will get some fantastic views of waterfalls along the  Green River.

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I don’t know if I would make it the entire 22 miles without stopping, as there are tons of fruit stands and even a slaughterhouse, which is supposed to have the most incredible elk jerky on the planet, apparently you can spot a few elk on the route as well. Travels with Harley

However, the best stop is at the end where you will find the Cumberland City Hall Saloon. It’s quite a popular out of the way spot with lots of riders who love the place, especially during the summer for beer and tacos.

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After doing some research, I found quite a few Harley Davidson day trips in Kansas and since it’s just one state over from our home in Missouri, we may attempt one or more of these Harley Davidson day trips in our neighboring state. Millions of years ago, Kansas was an inland sea that is now loaded with limestone and fossils.

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The Kansas historic Route 66 is 13.2 miles that begins on the Missouri and Kansas state line just west of Joplin in Missouri. Route 66 does not disappoint with plenty of scenery along the way including an original part of the famous Route 66 that includes the last remaining Marsh Arch Bridge. A stop at the 75-year-old Nelson’s Old Riverton Store, which is one of the oldest and most authentic in the country, is a must.

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Harley Davidson day trips are never complete, but that is especially the case if you head down to Texas. The Lone Star state is full of Harley Davidson day trips that are perfect for beginners and advanced riders.

The 21-mile Paris, Texas to Caddo National Grassland starts at Scotties Restaurant in Paris, where you can grab breakfast, before heading out to enjoy the beautiful scenery that includes grasslands and forests.

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Although it’s mostly picnic spots along the route at Coffee Mill Lake and Crockett Lake, you’re not far from Bonham where you can fuel up and have a good meal. Personally, I like the look of Muddbones Burgers and can’t wait to try the Old School Burger.

Next weeks Harley Davidson Road Trips? Alaska!

Even More of the best biker bars in the US

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After the massive response that we have received in the last few weeks regarding the best biker bars in the US, we have decided to continue our search. Although it is proving quite difficult at times, as many of the listings contain the best biker bars in the US that have sense closed up shop, we will do our best to keep you up to date and posted if and when any of the best biker bars in the US decide to close their doors.

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If you live in, or are lucky enough to travel to the Aloha State, you will find quite a few of the best biker bars in the US including Bob’s Sports Bar in Kailua on Oahu. The food is not your standard bar fare and includes fantastic menu items such as Cajun Style Shrimp, veggie burgers and fried chicken with white pepper gravy. If you aren’t a local, or are, but don’t have a bike, you can rent a Harley Davidson for an up close and personal of Bob’s Sports Bar.

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Although we have featured a few of the best biker bars in the US located in California, we found one that we missed a few blogs back.

Located in Tracey California, The Mountain House Bar is a great little hangout and another that has made it on to our list of the best biker bars in the US. With a great outdoor venue and live music, the Mountain House Bar is a laid-back biker bar that has an open mic every Sunday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Personally; I can’t wait to try out the mouthwatering BBQ.

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Head northeast to Westchester Idaho and you will find some of the best biker bars in the US like Syls Bar and Grill. Celebrating its 20-year anniversary back in December of 2014, Syls is a great hangout that is walking distance to the lake. Some of the food items on offer include burgers and fries along with other standard bar fare.

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South Dakota is the home of the infamous Sturgis Biker Rally, but there are also some of the best biker bars in the US located in this Midwestern state. The Mangy Moose Saloon is located on Main Street, Hill City and has something for everyone including Karaoke and live music. The menu is pretty awesome as well with jalapeno bottle caps and snakebites to start with. If you can get past the appetizers, you might want to try the smothered burrito or the moose BBQ chicken sandwich.

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Summer is just around the corner, and that means plenty of opportunities to hit the road, not to mention paying a visit to some of the best biker bars in the US. If you do saddle up and venture out, don’t forget to tell the proprietors’ that Travels with Harley sent you.