Favorite Rides & Destinations by Rider

Fall 2018

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Editor's Letter HUMANS ARE SOCIAL CREATURES, and the shared experience of riding with friends or gathering at a rally is what makes motorcycling especially meaningful for many of us. But in this day and age, when Americans spend hours each day staring at their smartphones and are bombarded with email, text messages, Amazon deliveries, YouTube videos and Netflix shows, nothing beats a mind-clearing, stress-reducing solo ride. One day, two days, a week—self-medicate as needed because you can't overdose. When riding alone we answer only to ourselves. Head in any direction, turn down any road, stop any time you like, satisfy any curiosity. On relaxed stretches of road our minds can wander, thoughts come and go as they please. For maximum benefit, keep your smartphone hidden in a saddlebag rather than mounting it to your handlebar where the screen is ever-present, and turn off your Bluetooth headset and your GPS. Let instinct be your guide. Let wind and engine noise be your soundtrack. After attending the press launch for the Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports in Prescott, Arizona, last May, I rode a solo loop around the Grand Canyon. A few miles beyond Fredonia, I turned onto a wide, flat dirt road and come upon a sign that said "Toroweap 61." With my SPOT satellite tracker turned on, I rode due south to Toroweap Overlook, a remote vista point on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon with no guard rails and few visitors, in part because the final few miles of road require a high- clearance vehicle. There I stood in the late-afternoon sun, 3,000 feet above the Colorado River, with no one around but me—the perfect place to unwind. This issue of Favorite Rides & Destinations features solo travelers. From a 2004 issue of Rider, the late, great Larry Grodsky takes us back to Washington's Cascade Range, 20 years after he worked a hard-labor timber job to earn enough money to repair his broken-down Ducati. James Petersen shares a unique, entertaining perspective on the loneliest roads of Nevada, Utah and beyond. Kathleen Kemsley Solace of Solitude PAGE 7 FALL 2018 ISSUE 02 / VOL. 03

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