Spur Creek Saloon: Off the Beaten Path

About 30 miles north of Sturgis lies the tiny town of Newell, South Dakota: population 603. Another five miles up the road is a family ranch that spreads out over 50,000 acres and is home to the Spur Creek Saloon, a quaint little watering hole that bikers in the know view as a pilgrimage each year during the Sturgis rally. ...

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Harley-Davidson Museum Visit

Milwaukee, Wis., Aug. 17—What city is halfway between Sturgis, South Dakota, and my home in New Jersey? Milwaukee Wisconsin, of course! And this makes Milwaukee the perfect stopping point on my ride home from the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. My main destination when I visit Brew City has always been the Harley-Davidson Museum ever since it opened in 2008, and this ...

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Coney Island Road Trip

Brooklyn, N.Y., July 28—It was one of the hottest days of the summer, and what better place to spend a Friday afternoon than the beachside neighborhood of Coney Island? My friend John Strong, who, with his wife Candy, operates one of the best circus sideshows in the country, had been encouraging me to visit their traveling sideshow that has been ...

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Touring Cuba: Part 2: Historical journey

Read Touring Cuba: Part 1 here. As we left the maze of streets that make up Camaguey we headed north to Cubitas and then west on 123 through Esmeralda to Morón. We then headed north through the small village of San Rafael which led us to the causeway out to Cayo Coco, an all-inclusive resort frequented mostly by Canadians. It ...

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Touring Cuba: Part 1: Traveling through time

In preparation for our trip to Cuba in early 2017, I had read extensively about the country. What I discovered is that there is no way to prepare for the cultural, sensory, or visual experience that is the essence of Cuba. We were so fortunate to have Luis Enrique as our tour guide. He lives and breathes not only his ...

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Moto Photo New York Lakes Tour: Have camera will travel

Macedon, N.Y., June 6–9—For some time, professional photographer and longtime motorcycle rider Rick Gerrity and I had discussed a series of motorcycle photo tours. Every year, my friend Rick runs several always-sold-out multi-day tours, such as a Route 66 photography tour, as well as a number of very popular one-day on-location photo workshops but this would be the first on ...

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The A1A Alternative: Stepping off the Interstate

Coastal highway A1A provides plenty of opportunities to pull over and take a stroll in the sand or a dip in the ocean

Jacksonville To Daytona Beach, Fla.—When asked about my normal ride route from Houston to Daytona for Bike Week, my answer is often taken as a smart-ass reply. “Just jump on I-10 heading east, ride for 900 miles and then… take a right for another 100 down I-95.” Unfortunately, as flippant as that response might seem, due to press cycles and ...

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Covered Bridges of Ashtabula County: Off the beaten path

View of the Harpersfield Bridge from the river bank

Ashtabula County, Ohio—On a sunny Sunday in mid-October, the fall colors were abundant and the weather was perfect for a ride. My friend Chuck Wiley and I decided to meet for breakfast and spend the day riding. Chuck suggested we ride some of the covered bridges in our area and I was on board with that idea. I was thinking ...

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