Why I like it
San Simeon to
its spectacular views, bridges and Big Sur area. Sometimes
obscured by fog, this is a road that starts its twisties at Hearst
Castle and climbs and drops a couple of thousand feet as it hugs the
water's edge. A few gas and food stops along the route and some great
vista points. Be careful, there are several sections where earth
slides create bottlenecks and rough pavement.
Trail. Once you leave Cody you turn onto one of those roads
you've dreamed about. Climbing turns. Winding descents. Beartooth Mountain views. Some traffic on the way to
Yellowstone, but not overwhelming. Make sure you've got fuel,
not much here. Take a snack in your saddlebag.
Known as the
Million Dollar Highway, the road works its way along the western slope
of the Rockies. South of the delightful town of Ouray the
pavement switchbacks up and into mining country. Be sure to stop
in Silverton and watch the steam trains as they arrive and depart for
Durango. South of there you'll climb more to scenic views that
remind you of the "Sound of Music." Descend to Durango through
even more beauty. Gas and food available along the way.
Clallam Bay to
curvy. This road starts near the fishing village of Seiku and
follows the Straits of Juan de Fuca through Indian reservations and
forests. At Neah Bay the pavement ends and a gravel road leads
to the farthest northwest corner of the continental United States.
If you've got the bike to handle it, you won't be disappointed.
But be aware that rain can create serious problems and there are few
spots to turn around. No problem for gas and chow.
Norfolk to Pocomoke City
Bay Bridge and Tunnel. Simply put, you ride the bridge across the mouth of
the bay watching freighters and frigates, then drop below the water
through a long tunnel. Just when you think you'll never see
daylight again, you pop up above the surface with more great views.
Not a long ride, but worth the thrill. No gas. Snack bar
at view point.