Favorite Rides & Destinations

Fall 2017

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Above: At the northern terminus of the Trace, treat yourself to biscuits, country ham and other Southern delights at The Loveless Cafe. (Photo by Greg Drevenstedt) www.FavoriteRidesAndDestinations.com | ridermagazine.com PAGE 60 FALL 2017 ISSUE 02 / VOL. 02 This is one of the oldest routes in America, with origins that go back some 8,000 years. It began as a migratory path for buffalo and other wildlife moving north and south. It then served as a "main street" for a variety of Native American tribes in the early 1800s, before steamships, farmers and boatmen from the Ohio Valley used the path to return north after delivering their goods to southern ports via the Mississippi River. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the legislation to create the modern-day Parkway in 1938. The Civilian Conservation Corps built it, and today the National Park Service oversees it. The final segments were opened in 2005. Left: Riding through this lush, green corridor, you lose your sense of time and place. Progress is measured by simple, brown roadside mile markers.

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