Spring Motorcycle Rides that You Will Love

Spring motorcycle rides

Spring motorcycle rides are here, and if you are looking for some place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Travels with Harley has some suggestions for spring motorcycle rides that you will love.

March is the beginning of the season when the flowers begin to open up. The days are longer and the evenings are warm enough for a light jacket. This time of the year really is the best for spring motorcycle rides.

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Blue Ridge Parkway-Virginia

The state for lovers, Virginia is simply stunning, especially for spring motorcycle rides. On this ride, you will see the Blue Ridge Mountains in full bloom during the spring. The parkway is quite long and at 469 miles, you may want to break it up a bit. You could start your adventure near Waynesboro, Virginia and spend a night in the Appalachian Mountains or make your way into the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina.

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Indian River Lagoon Short Loop-Florida

Perfect for beginners and experienced travelers this is one of the best spring motorcycle rides that you will find with smooth hills, gentle curves and some of the best scenery in the country.Drop in for a bite at Mulligan’s Beach House Bar and Grill in Sebastian, Fl. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you are sure to find something on the menu.

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The Cherokee Run-North Carolina

Carved out of the side of a mountain, the Cherokee Run is loaded with twists and turns with amazing scenery. Going from the valley to the side of a rock face, this is an amazing example of spring motorcycle rides. Stop by the Cherokee Nation’s Reservation where you can go fishing, look at native elk, or shop for Native American arts and crafts.

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Spring motorcycle rides really are the best, especially if you want to enjoy everything that Mother Nature has to offer. Spring is one of Travels with Harley’s favorite times of the year. Enjoy!

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?

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.

Make Sure you are Compatible for Motorcycle trips

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Motorcycle trips are great, especially when you ride with a group, but as Jim and I have learned on our Travels with Harley motorcycle trips, not everyone is compatible. You may have a favorite riding buddy that you get together with for a day, but how do you know that your friend will be compatible on a long ride?

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If you follow the Travels with Harley blog, you will know how much planning is needed for long motorcycle trips including what you will pack and the route that you will take, however, one of the most overlooked motorcycle trip details is who you will be riding with. Jim and I are great traveling companions, but if you don’t have the luxury of riding with a group that you know or a friend that you can trust, you need to ask yourself just how compatible you really are.

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Riding Skills

If you are a bit of a daredevil, you want to make sure that your traveling companion is up to it. If you can navigate twisty roads with loads of curves, you will want to find a riding buddy that can handle it as well. The last thing that you want to do is slow down or wait for your companion to catch up. You can’t ask your riding buddy to pick up the pace as it can take away from the fun and could be dangerous.

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Budgets

Knowing each other’s budgets will prevent any problems on your motorcycle trips. If your riding buddy is on a tight budget your favorite five star hotel could be out of the question. Of course, you could share a room and split the cost, but if either of you snore, it may cause some serious issues.

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Meals should also be considered. If you eat like a bird and your friend enjoys three meals a day it could be a problem. Most importantly are the places that you choose. Everyone’s taste varies and if you are the type of person who likes to eat like a King, your riding companion’s fast food choices could be problematic.

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Touring Experience

If you travel quite a bit, like Jim and I do, you may take motorcycle touring for granted. If you are traveling with a novice, you may have to wait as your companion meticulously packs up his or her bike every morning. Worse yet, you may have to spend more time in the store than on your bike as your riding buddy shops for items that may have been forgotten.

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Personalities

Before you head out on motorcycle trips, make sure that you spend some time with your potential riding buddy before you venture out on long motorcycle trips. The two of you may get along fine in small doses, but what about on a long trip.

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Remember, motorcycle buddies can be friends for life, as long as the two of you are compatible. If you aren’t, your best weekend riding friend could end up being your worst enemy.

More Motorcycle Camping Tips

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If you follow Travels with Harley, you would have read about our Motorcycle Camping Tips in a previous blog. You will also remember that Jim isn’t crazy about motorcycle camping, but I’m sure if he was a fan, he would appreciate this week’s Motorcycle Camping Tips.

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Clothing

The first thing you want to consider is the season. If you are going Motorcycle Camping during late fall or early winter your apparel will be quite different from camping in spring or summer. You also have to think about what your activities will be when you get off your bike.

Take a pair of rubber booties or shower shoes, a windbreaker, and synthetic clothing, which tend to compress and pack easier than cotton. Synthetics can also be layered for cooler temperatures and dry easier as the sweat wicks itself away for your skin.

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Shelter

Unless you are staying in a cabin or hotel, which technically isn’t Motorcycle Camping, you need to make sure you have your shelter situation well in hand. Minimalist camping is okay for some, but quite frankly, the thought of sleeping under a shower curtain, or nothing at all isn’t very appealing.

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After talking to other H.O.G riders, the best Motorcycle Camping Tips include purchasing a dome tent that is one more person larger than the number of people sleeping in it. If you have a four-person tent with four people snoozing at night, buy a five or six person tent that is light enough to carry, but big enough to hold the four of you and your gear safely out of the weather. Also, make sure you have a groundcover that will fit your tent. You’ll be nice, dry, and safe from bugs and reptiles.

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Bedding

If other motorcycle camping enthusiasts laugh when you tell them you are buying a sleeping mat, say good for you and go get a nice bag and mat. Personally the last thing Jim, or me for that matter, would want to do is sleep on the ground.

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Meals

Portable menu items have certainly come along way. These days you can find freeze-dried foods that will give you a gourmet meal just by adding water. However, before you head out of town, it is a great idea to plan your meals accordingly. Decide when you will eat at the campsite and when you will venture out to a restaurant. Don’t forget water purification tablets, as sometimes campground water isn’t always what it should be.

This summer enjoy yourself and try some of these Motorcycle Camping Tips if you are heading out for a few days. Happy Camping!

Tips for Motorcycle Camping Trips

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Motorcycle Camping Trips are something that I would love to try. However, if you follow the Travels with Harley blog, you will know that Jim isn’t so fond of Motorcycle Camping Trips, but seeing as summer is in full swing, we thought we would share some great Motorcycle Camping Trips tips before you head out on the road.

Don’t Spend a Fortune

Motorcycle Camping TripsIf you have decided to try Motorcycle Camping Trips, don’t go off and spend a ton of money on the latest gear and equipment. Start slow, plan a short trip, and pack light. Buy or borrow enough equipment for an overnight stay at a location that you are familiar with. If you end up hating Motorcycle Camping Trips you will be stuck with all of your expensive camping gear.

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Planning is everything

Just like our Road King, most motorcycles have very little carrying capacity. Make sure that you take what you need and leave the rest at home. Remember, Motorcycle Camping Trips are really backpacking on a motorcycle so making a checklist is imperative. During the planning stages, make sure that you check the weather as well.

 

Check and Re-Check

Motorcycle Camping TripsMake sure that you are familiar with your camping gear before you hit the road. Set up your tent, make sure you know how the stove works and prepare something before you head out. Try sleeping on your pad and bag before you go on Motorcycle Road Trips. Keep an inventory and checklist the morning of your trip to make sure you don’t leave anything at home.

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Packing

Never overload your bike on Motorcycle Camping Trips. Travels with Harley recommend that you store your heavier items on the bottom and as forward to your rear wheel as possible. Pack your motorcycle the day before you leave and do a test-drive.

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Match your Campsite

People who venture out on Motorcycle Camping Trips know ahead of time where they will be staying. If the site that you have your eye on takes reservations, make them. Most campsites are fully booked a month or two in advance. If you have never been on Motorcycle Camping Trips book a campsite that has running water, toilets, and showers. If you are experienced when it comes to Motorcycle Camping Trips, you can rough it, but make sure that the place you are headed allows motorcycles. Also, make sure to read the reviews for the campsites that you are considering.

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Of course, there is much more to share when it comes to Motorcycle Camping Trips and we plan on telling you all about it in an up and coming Travels with Harley blog.

Harley Davidson Weekend Road Trips in Maine

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

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

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

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

Sebago Lake Cottages

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

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

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

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.

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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!

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.

More Great Biker Friendly Hotels in Arkansas and Texas

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

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

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

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

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

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

Missouri Motorcycle Road Trip Accommodations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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!

Planning the Perfect Harley Davidson Road Trip

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More Awesome Biker Bars in America

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Last week we promised more Biker Bars in America, and after doing some additional research, discovered that it would take more than one blog to highlight the most awesome Biker Bars in America.

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The name Suck Bang Blow is quite an eye opener when it comes to Biker Bars in America. Located in Murrells Inlet, about 10 miles south of Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, Suck Bang Blow has quite a following when it comes to Biker Bars in America. Opening its doors as the Original Biker Burnout Bar in 1996, it quickly gained a reputation as one of the best Biker Bars in America with great live music, hot bartenders, and a burnout pit. After an expansion with 40,000 square feet indoors and an amazing five acres outdoors, the Original Biker Burnout Bar became Suck Bang Blow in 2002.

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Florida is a great place to party and is home to some pretty awesome Biker Bars in America like the Boot Hill Saloon in Daytona. The Boot Hill Saloon has some of these best events in town including the annual rib fest. This is a great place to go if you want to enjoy some live music while downing some icy cold drinks.

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Minnesota is great during the summer and home to another example of great Biker Bars in America. The Whiskey Junction in Minneapolis has a long history and was built to house the Grain Belt and the Minneapolis Brewing Company in 1886. Apparently, the second floor of the bar held several rooms and, although never confirmed, was rumored to be a brothel. Today the Whiskey Junction has live music, serves beer and wine and is great food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Ape Hangers touts itself as one of those Biker Bars in America that is for serious riders only, no wanna be’s allowed. Located in downtown Bel Alton, Southern Maryland on route 301, there is plenty of bike parking out front with pool tables, bar dancing and live bands on the weekends. Ape Hangers also has two full bars, including an outside tiki bar and a full menu loaded with all kinds of things that I would like to try including South Western egg rolls, mac and cheese bites, and a steak and cheese sandwich with, wait for it, potato pretzel bread.

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With all of the great Biker Bars in America it’s hard to leave out No Scum Allowed, yes, you heard that right, No Scum Allowed. Located in White Oaks, New Mexico No Scum Allowed has quite a history that includes Billy the Kid, but I’ll share that with you next week.

While I was doing research, I discovered that over half of the Biker Bars in America that I checked out were closed. With that being sad, every one of the Biker Bars in America that you find on Travels with Harley is open for business, which means we will be featuring a few more to whet your spring and summer motorcycle riding whistle in the next few weeks. If you have a Biker Bars in America suggestion, please let us know, as we would love to feature it on our Travels with Harley blog.

A Few Popular Biker Bars in the United States

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There are so many Popular Biker Bars in the United States, that it is tough to narrow them down, but this week we did manage to highlight a few of the more Popular Biker Bars in the United States. Popular Biker Bars in the United States consist of a place to park your bike, great food, an atmosphere that is fun, cold drinks, and a place that is truly unforgettable.

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The Hideaway Grill in Cave Creek Arizona opened in 1998, and is still going strong. Owner Mark Bradshaw plays host to custom motorcycle builders and famous biker personalities and is a place that was built for bikers to enjoy great food, awesome hospitality, and relaxation. The motto of the Hideaway Grill reads, “There are no strangers here, just friends you haven’t met yet.” One of the most Popular Biker Bars in the United States, the Hideaway Grill is famous for pizza, burgers, hot dogs, and chicken sandwiches.

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Sturgis is one of the most well known motorcycle events in the world and with so many people traveling to Sturgis, even when the rally isn’t on, it comes as no surprise that it is home to one of the best, and most Popular Biker Bars in the United States. Featured on TruTV and known as the largest biker bar on the planet, the Full Throttle Saloon has cold drinks, biker babes and all kinds of motorcycle fun. You can buy gear, see motorcycle stunts, and watch famous bands perform. The Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis, South Dakota even has a burn out pit and a wall of death.

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Popular Biker Bars in the United States are usually one offs, so when the Broken Spoke Saloon opened a chain across America, it really took off. The Broken Spoke Saloon has three locations and also participates in motorcycle rallies all year round. Offering nightly contests and live entertainment, the sexy wait staff serves up homemade bar food and the coldest drinks in town.

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The Busted Shovel Bar and Grill in Meridian, Idaho is a local favorite and just another great example of Popular Biker Bars in the United States. With appetizer and happy hour drink specials, bikers love to come and hang out. Some of the events at the Busted Shovel Bar and Grill include bowling and pool tournaments, wine tasting, and Karaoke.

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Head into Muskegon, MI and you will find another one of the most Popular Biker Bars in the United States. Pat’s Roadhouse is where those in the know, and those who ride a Harley, head for the day or a night out on the town. With two locations, one on Getty Street and the other on E. Laketon Ave, you can shoot pool, play keno, or sit by the bonfire on the patio at the Getty Street location. The menu is awesome with dishes like catfish and chips, Inferno wings and breaded chicken salad wraps. Pats Roadhouse even serves breakfast from 7:00 am until 11:00 am.

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There are so many Popular Biker Bars in the United States that we just might have to fill you in on a few more next week.

More Popular Biker Bars in California

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

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

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

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

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

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

Three Very Cool Biker Bars in California

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get out and Enjoy an Illinois Motorcycle Road Trip

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More Motorcycle Rides in California

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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