I have always been interested in finding the best roads to ride, but most descriptions of motorcycle roads in magazines and web sites do not include riding routes and/ or the road quality and fun factor of the ride.   This blog was begun to describe just that for riding routes from our travels.  Note we ride sport bikes, so unless mentioned otherwise, all posted routes are paved and in good condition.

I  have added the GPX files for some of the routes so you can download the file(s) into your Garmin and follow the Garmin’s directions on a ride. Lately I haven’t been keen on adding more GPX files because I have found that the Garmin will only give the correct guide route when the route is the shortest point to point route.  For this reason, there may be several GPX files posted for one riding route.

I mostly used Butler maps , America Rides Maps for detailed maps of great roads in the areas we have ridden.

If you are planning a visit to any of these areas, please check out the detailed routes I have posted.  The Table of Contents listed below shows all posts included in this blog.  Click on any post that interests you to see that specific post.  You can also click on one of the Riding Areas that are listed on the right below Links, and all the posts from that area will be shown.  Alternately if you are interested in a specific road such as NC-226, use the Search box and type in the route number (i.e, 226).  The posts describe roads and include turn-by-turn riding instructions, maps and GPX files that should benefit your ride plans.  Have fun!

Below is The Table of Contents for All Posts:

Category – Instructions

How to Download GPX Files into Your Garmin Device

Poor Man’s Garmin

Category – Track Days

Track Days

Category – Blue Ridge Mountains, Dragon

Riding East of Franklin, NC

Riding in the North Georgia Mountains

Taking the Long Way to Clayton, GA (from Franklin, NC)

Riding Route to the Dragon (US-129)

Category – Blue Ridge Mountains

Back to the Blue Ridge Mountains – 2018 First Ride

Getting to the Blue Ridge Parkway from Johnson City, TN

US-321 near Watauga Lake, TN and Beyond

Two Routes that Include VA-80 from Meadowview to US-19 then to Breaks Park and KY or to Cleveland and Coeburn, VA

The Snake and Going Over Whitetop Mountain

Favorite Cool Ride in the Hot Summer

The Claw and Back of the Dragon (VA-16)

Spivey Gap Road/US-19 W

The Full Rattler (NC-209) and the Best Part of the Blue Ridge Parkway

Old NC-18 near Morganton, NC

The Division of NC-197

Going Over Beautiful Roan Mountain

NC-197 and TN-395 – Another Route Back from Burnsville, NC

Getting to NC-181 Quickly

Appalachian Mountain Riding into VA and KY on VA-160/KY-160, US-119, VA-83, and VA-72

Rogersville to Sneedville via TN-66 then back to Rogersville via VA-70/TN-70

The Snake Sportbike Route

The Snake Figure 8

US-58 East of Damascus and the Snake

More Variations on Routes (210 Miler or a 260 Miler) that Include NC-80

Little Switzerland (NC-226A) then NC-80 or NC-181

Another Favorite Route to Hot Springs, NC for Lunch then the Rattler (NC-209), NC-63, Walnut Creek Road, and Old Asheville Highway

Favorite Longer route near Johnson City, TN Includes NC-226, NC-80 and NC-181

Great Road to Red Hill, NC will take you to Burnsville, Bakersville, or back to TN

Riding Around Fries and Galax, VA

US-58 – Lovers Leap Overlook

Category – Arkansas

You Gotta Do the Pig Trail (AR-23)!

Fast Intense Exciting Ride to Clarksville via AR-21 and then back to Harrison via AR-123

Super Fun Roads Leading to Lunch in Rogers, AR

Short Fun 122 Mile Loop South of Harrison, AR Includes AR-43, AR-74 from Ponca to Jasper, AR-7S, AR-16, AR-21, and AR-103

Push Moutain Road, AR-341, near Big Flat, AR

Category – New Mexico Arizona

Our “Adventure” on the Coronado Trail, US-191 N from Safford, AZ

AZ-78/NM-78, Great Road with Lots of Curves and Fantastic Scenery

Three Way, AZ Intersection Connecting Safford to AZ/NM-78, AZ-75, and US-191 N

Category – Big Bend Area, TX

Fort Davis Scenic Loop

Quick 60 mi Ride from Fort Davis, TX to Toyavhale near Balmorhea, TX

Riding the River Road, ~70 miles on FM-170, from Study Butte to Presidio, TX

TX-118 near Fort Davis

Great Lunch at La Casita in Alpine the Riding TX-118 Sweepers

Category – Texas Hill Country

Last Ride in the Texas Hill Country

Riding RR-965, RR-648, RR-783 to Harper, TX

Side Roads near Fredericksburg, TX

Lunch Run to Mague’s Café in Boerne, TX with Some Fun Roads Heading Back to Fredericksburg

Texas Hill Country Favorite Ride

Alternate Route from Medina to Leakey

Killer Ride, Combining Park Road 4 and Lime Creek Road

Thru Johnson City to Lake Travis then Marble Falls

A Lot of Straight Riding to get to Park Road 4

To River Road in Gruene, TX, near New Bruenfels

Getting around Kerrville, TX (literally) to get to TX-16 towards Medina

Day for Riding with Critters Near the Roads – White Oak Rd, Loop of TX-39 and FM-1340

Fredericksburg to Luckenback, to Loop around Sisterdale and Boerne, to Comfort, and to Kerrville, 120 mi

Riding Twisted Sister Roads Part 2: RR-337W and RR-335

Texas Hill Country First Ride to Medina, Leakey and tow of Twisted sisters RR-337 and RR-336

Devil’s Backbone Rides

Roads Around Johnson City, TX

To Marble Falls for a Thai Lunch

Category – Roads around Kentucky

Riding Roads Around London, KY

Big South Fork National River and Recreational Area

Cumberland Falls

Curvy Roads KY-6, KY-66, and KY-80

To Manchester, KY-11 to Jackson, KY-30, KY-28

Appalachian Mountain Riding into VA and KY on VA-160/KY-160, US-119, VA-83, and VA-72


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