Thanksgiving Fun Facts

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As you sit down with family and friends this Thanksgiving take a moment to remember one of America’s most well loved holidays, while you ponder this list of little known fun facts about, “Turkey Day.” The Pilgrims that arrived from the United Kingdom in Plymouth New England on the east coast of America were the very first to celebrate Thanksgiving. The feast itself lasted three days, and according to historians was more about

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celebrating a successful harvest and the ability to stay alive as apparently hundreds of colonists died the first year after arriving on Plymouth Rock. Back then, both the Native Americans and the pilgrims also danced and sang, which makes perfect sense doesn’t it? Who could eat like that for three days straight?

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The Wampanoag Indian tribes were the first to celebrate Thanksgiving with the pilgrims. The tribe also taught the colonists how to cultivate the land and how to use what grew wild in the new land. You may be fond of your turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, Mac and cheese, pumpkin pie and of course stuffing and cranberries, but the pilgrims and the Native Americans most probably said thank-you with a mouth full of lobster. Other first Thanksgiving choices included chicken, rabbit, fish, quail, and duck with sides such as hickory nuts, cabbage, radishes, goat cheese, eggs, onions, beans, squash, leeks, dried fruits, honey, and maple.

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Apparently, somebody forgot to put forks on the Mayflower as the pilgrims ate with their hands, spoons, and knives. One of the founding fathers of the United States, Benjamin Franklin, urged the United States to make the turkey the national bird of America. Obviously, that didn’t happen. Thanksgiving became official on October 3, 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln issued an official Thanksgiving Proclamation. The national day would be the last Thursday in November.

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Nearly 290 million turkeys are bought and enjoyed for Thanksgiving in the United States, with California being the largest consumers of Thanksgivings favorite bird. Most folks presume that Thanksgiving is an American thing. However, the Canadians also celebrate the day of thanks on the second Monday each October. The average weight of a turkey purchased for Thanksgiving is 15 pounds. A 15-pound turkey will have around 70 percent white meat with 30 percent dark meat.

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The most popular Thanksgiving leftovers are sandwiches, chili, casseroles, soup, and burgers. Not all turkeys gobble. Hens make a clucking sound while the males gobble. This Thanksgiving, Travels with Harley would like to wish everyone a very safe, loving, and happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your family and friends, and don’t forget to say thank-you!

Tips for Staying Warm on a Motorcycle

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Staying warm on a motorcycle is always a priority, especially at this time of year. Travels with Harley explains that warm riders are much safer than those who are freezing from the winter chill.

Being cold will lead to exhaustion, the shivers, memory, slow reaction times, low energy, and drowsiness making it a difficult journey for everyone else on the road.

Below are a few tips that will make staying warm on a motorcycle easy:

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It’s what’s Underneath

Most motorcycle and sports stores sell thin thermal underwear that is very effective when it comes to staying warm on a motorcycle. Wear long underwear, knee warmers, neck tubes, socks, glove liners, and balaclavas that will keep you warm.

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Gearing up

Today’s motorcycle riding gear comes in a range of different materials that will keep you toasty without the added bulk. Buy good quality textile gear that will keep you warm. Leather will cut the wind, but it gets stiff and cold. If you are wearing leather, stay zipped up paying close attention to your neck. If you aren’t zipped up, you will get cold.

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Your Extremities

It is vital that you dress for warmth. You may have the best jacket on the planet, but if you don’t have a good pair of riding gloves and some absorbent wool socks, your toes and fingers will go numb. If you are unsure, ask a sales assistant for the best socks and gloves that will make staying warm on a motorcycle easy.

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Wind Chill

Calculating the wind chill can be difficult, especially if you are on a long motorcycle ride. Try to stay out of the wind, crouch, and slow down. Tucking your legs into your tank can also help against wind chill.

Staying warm on a motorcycle can be difficult at the best of times, but if you follow the above tips from Travels with Harley, you may be able to enjoy the ride a little bit more comfortably.

Five Halloween Motorcycle Events

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Halloween motorcycle events are happening all over the country, and if you are hoping to get out and enjoy a good old fashioned fright night, Travels with Harley has some great Halloween motorcycle events that just may scare the living daylights out of you.

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Gypsy MC Halloween Run

The 33rd annual Gypsy MC Halloween Run is a motorcycle rally that is happening on Friday October 21 and runs until Sunday the 23. The event is located at the San Patricio Rattlesnake Grounds in Texas and offers plenty of tent camping with space for self-contained RV’s. With a poker run, auction, bike games, live music, contests, vendors and great food, this should not be missed.

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The PA Rally on the River Halloween starts on Friday October 21 winding down on Sunday the 23. The motorcycle rally is just another great example of Halloween motorcycle events and takes place at the Splash Magic Campground on the Susquehanna River in Northumberland PA. The Halloween Party and old school biker rally all rolled into one promises lots of surprises for everyone.

Halloween motorcycle events Harley Davidson Museum Skulloween Party

The Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee WI is playing host to a Skulloween Party on October 27 with doors opening at 5:00 pm. Happening until 9:00  pm, the event features live music, food, beverages, and lots of costume contests and games. Enter by 7:30 and you can win a $500.00 gift card or an H-D Museum package. You can even win a leather jacket.

Halloween motorcycle events Riders Roost annual Halloween Bash

Ferguson NC is where you will find the Riders Roost annual Halloween Bash on Friday October 28. The Halloween Bash features costume contests, a drunken’ pumpkin contest and live music. Located at the Rider’s Roost Motorcycle Resort and Campground on Elk Creek Darby Rd in Ferguson, the bash is one you won’t forget.

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Halloween Scenic Ride

The 6th annual Halloween Scenic Ride starts at 8:00 am on Sunday October 30 and runs until 2:00 pm. Beginning at Panera Bread in N. Apopka FL, kickstands go up at 10:00 with riders enjoying lunch at the Cassadaga Hotel, which is known for paranormal activity with ghost sightings all over the place, including some caught on camera. There will even be a Tarot Card reader present.

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Halloween is just around the corner, and that means more Travels with Harley Halloween motorcycle events next week . Enjoy!

US Motorcycle rides in the fall

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It may seem too early for Motorcycle rides in the fall, but if you follow our Travels with Harley blog, you will know that Jim and I like to prepare ahead when it comes to riding, and this coming autumn is certainly no exception.

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It’s great to organize Motorcycle rides in the fall especially in the East and the Southeast.

Jim and I have had the pleasure of riding the Road King during the most beautiful season in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and would gladly do it again if given the opportunity.

Regardless of where you call home, you don’t have to pack up and drive for days to find some of the best spots for Motorcycle rides in the fall.

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The Catskills

Located in the southeastern part of New York, the 6,000 square foot Catskill Mountains are home to 35 mountain peaks and 6 river systems. The Woodstock Music Festival was held in the Catskills, which is most vibrant during autumn when the gorgeous colors of fall take center stage against the wooded hillsides. The Catskills are great for Motorcycle rides in the fall as each region hosts the fall harvest with farmers markets and pick your own orchards abound. The Woodstock Farm Festival runs from June until late October and features about 15 vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables and home made goodies. Get there at the right time and you may even catch the Renaissance fair. The best time to enjoy the foliage is the last two weeks in September until mid to late October.

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Aspen Colorado

Known for its winter sports, most people have no idea that the town takes its name from a tree. During autumn, the Aspen tree leaves turn a gorgeous yellow that makes them shimmer in the sun when the breeze blows. If you like Motorcycle rides in the fall you will love taking off and enjoying Aspen for the weekend before the snow starts to fall. The best time to go is mid-September until the end of the month. Although the season is short, it’s definitely worth the trip, even if it’s just for a day or two.

motorcycle rides in the fallThe Berkshires Massachusetts

The Berkshires offer gorgeous fall colors that make the perfect foreground for the luscious mountainous hamlets that dot the countryside. Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy the winding roads that seem like they were made for Motorcycle rides in the fall. Take off for a weekend and spend the evening in Lenox at the Blantyre Hotel. Designed after a real castle in Scotland it was built in 1902. The best time to see autumn is from late September to mid-October peaking during the Columbus Day Weekend celebration.

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With so many gorgeous places to enjoy Motorcycle rides in the fall Jim and I decided that we would share more in our next Travels with Harley blog…we can’t wait to hit the road and explore more places for all of us to enjoy!

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

Motorcycle Camping Trips

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.

A Weekend Motorcycle Ride in Ohio

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A weekend motorcycle ride doesn’t take as much planning as some of the other long road trips that Jim and I have been on, but you do need to be prepared and remember some of the tips that were mentioned in the last couple of Travels with Harley blogs. Once you are packed and ready to go it’s time to hit the road. This week we are heading to Ohio.

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Known as the buckeye state, Ohio offers some of the best weekend motorcycle rides in the Midwest. The southeastern part of Ohio really is a motorcycle riders paradise and is filled with twisty roads, river hugging curves and lovely little country towns. The northeast part of Ohio takes you to Lake Erie, which is proud to be the 11th largest lake in the world.

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The Legends of Music Bar Run is a great little weekend motorcycle ride that is only 19 miles long, however because the ride goes through old world Amish Country, the roads have the typical wagon wheel damage and horse debris. It’s best to stay towards the center and make sure that you go slowly. You’ll pass an old windmill and an Amish School House, which some say is the highlight of the entire ride. Take a picnic lunch with you or stop for one at Quick Check Foods in Killbuck. You can also stop for food and gas at Miller’s Dutch Kitchen, an authentic Amish Family Restaurant, but best check it out on Monday through Saturday as it is closed on Sundays.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

The 26-mile Cuyahoga Valley National Park Run starts out in the industrial valley, but quickly gets rural as you ride along the old canal system. If you want to see old bridges, waterfalls and some really cool caves take one of the side roads. If you like to hike, there are 125 miles of trails where you can stop and enjoy the gorgeous scenery. This weekend motorcycle ride takes you through quite a few towns where you can have a bite to eat, or if you want to head into Akron, there are plenty of places to curb your appetite.

Rocky River Reservation

Valley Parkway is another weekend motorcycle ride in Ohio that you will not want to miss. Part of the Cleveland Metro Parks the road starts in Mill Stream Reservation ending at the Rocky River Reservation. The road crosses over the Rocky River quite a few times and is very well maintained. You’ll see waterfalls and lakes along the way as well. This is definitely a Sunday kind of ride and is ideal for cruising, if you are looking for speed, this isn’t the weekend motorcycle ride for you.

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When we have the time, Jim and I are always up for a weekend motorcycle ride and will hopefully get in a few more before the end of summer. Next week we are going to explore Delaware.

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.

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.

Never an End to Harley Davidson History

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2008 was a big year as far as Harley Davidson history was concerned with the beginning of the year seeing an all-new frame for the Harley Davidson touring family. Not only did this provide a longer wheelbase, but it also lowered the seating position making it easier to maneuver.

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On July 12, the new Harley Davidson Museum opened displaying hundreds of classic and custom motorcycles. The sixth and Canal Street museum also featured exhibits and never released photos and films from Harley Davidson history.

That same year saw thousands head to Milwaukee for the 105th Harley Davidson Anniversary. That same weekend the Harley Davidson Owners Group celebrated its 24th anniversary.

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In 2009, Harley Davidson history continues with its expansion into India. 2009 also saw the first three-wheeler available to the public with the new FLHTCUTG Tri Glide Ultra Classic.

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In 2010 the XL Forty-Eight Harley Davidson was introduced which recalled the custom Sportsters reminiscent of earlier days. That same year Seth Enslow broke the world’s record for the longest motorcycle jump on a Harley Davidson XR1200. Bubba Blackwell in 1999 and Evel Knievel previously held the 183.7-foot jump title in 1975.

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Harley Davidson history continues when the company streamlined the H-D1. This allowed riders to take possession of a factory built custom motorcycle with personalized customization. Later that year in 2012, Harley Davidson introduced the new Seventy-Two and Softail Slim.

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In 2013, Harley Davidson opened a new exhibit at the museum, further solidifying Harley Davidson history with Project Rushmore allowing visitors to get a behind the scenes look at the original drawings and prototype of Project Rushmore touring bike.

2013 was the year that Harley Davidson turned 110. The anniversary saw thousands of people celebrating Harley Davidson history, with Travels with Harley’s own Jim and Demea Loyd participating in the parade proudly carrying their H.O.G. chapter’s flag.

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Another new exhibit at the Harley Davidson Museum opened on April 10, 2014 and sees James Cameron’s classic film, The Terminator, come to life in the Terminator 2 Judgment Day exhibit. The special display includes a motorcycle used in the film along with costumes and props featured in the movie.

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To this day Harley Davidson history continues to grow with new and exciting chapters to add to Harley Davidson history, and you can bet that Travels with Harley will be right there to share Harley Davidson history with you as new chapters begin to develop.

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Harley Davidson history is fascinating, and if you have a story that you would like to share with Harley enthusiasts all over the world, send us your story here and you may be featured in one of our popular Travels with Harley blogs. We can’t wait to hear about your adventures making your very own Harley Davidson history.

Harley Davidson Weekend Getaways in Vermont

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Motorcycle Road Trips in the fall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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.

Harley Davidson Road Trips in Kentucky

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get out and Enjoy an Illinois Motorcycle Road Trip

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Things You Might Not Know About Harley Davidson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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