Favorite Rides & Destinations

Fall 2017

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Editor's Letter ACCORDING TO DATA from the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2015 there were 4,126,800 miles of public roads in the United States, 2,735,207 miles (66.3 percent) of which were paved. Paved roads carry the most traffic and they're the ones we use most often to ride (or drive) to and from work, to run errands and to travel on during extended motorcycle tours. Some of the best-known motorcycle roads—the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Mount Washington Auto Road, Glacier National Park's Going-to-the-Sun Road and the Pacific Coast Highway, to name just a few—are paved. Even the steep, twisting 19-mile road up to 14,115-foot Pikes Peak is now entirely paved. But the 33.7 percent of U.S. roads that are unpaved open up a whole world of possibilities. Some are famous, like the 414-mile Dalton Highway—aka the Haul Road—that travels from north of Fairbanks, Alaska, to Prudhoe Bay, well above of the Arctic Circle. But most are little-known byways tucked away in rural areas, national forests or other public lands. Part of what draws me to unpaved roads is the exhilaration and challenge of riding on surfaces ranging from smoothly-graded dirt to soft sand, loose gravel and slippery mud. Nothing brings the kid out in me more than splashing my way through a creek crossing! But I also enjoy the lack of traffic compared to paved roads and the opportunity to reach destinations that the vast majority of people will never see or experience. There are overlooks, ridgelines, campgrounds, hot springs, alpine meadows, rivers and other natural, quiet, uncrowded places that can only be accessed via unpaved roads. This issue of Favorite Rides & Destinations includes a photo essay featuring parts of Death Valley National Park found on unpaved roads that are (usually) devoid of tour buses, RVs and mini-vans—places like Teakettle Junction, The Racetrack, Leadfield and Skidoo. Peter Neuper's photos capture the strange and unique beauty of one of America's national treasures. The other favorite rides in this issue follow paved scenic routes, everywhere from Iowa, Pennsylvania and Washington to the Natchez Trace Parkway, Yellowstone National Park and even the Alps. Let the adventure begin…. See you on the road! Greg Drevenstedt Roads Less Traveled FALL 2017 Issue 02 / Vol. 02 From the Editors of Magazine PHOTO BY ALFONSE PALAIMA PHOTO BY KEVIN WING Contact Us. Send an email to Rider@ridermagazine.com

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