Motorcycle Road Trips (Vol. 11) Roads
Mid-Atlantic Back Roads Made For Motorcycling
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These eight published magazine articles cover some of the mid-Atlantic's best routes for corner carvers needing a twisty road fix to satisfy their addiction. The number one roads in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia are here for the taking and the most equestrian-laden and scenic route across Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia is here too.
The Mid-Atlantic's Potomac Highlands Region where Virginia and West Virginia meet, is one of the top five riding areas in the country. The combination of winding mountain passes that will have you up-shifting and downshifting and up-shifting and downshifting as your motorcycle's engine strains with the terrain's rise and fall and the narrow valley straights with towering 5000' peaks on both sides that make you feel as if you're slicing open the earth itself will have you grinning ear to ear inside your helmet.
Virginia's Southwest Region is a riding area that's remained "off the radar" for decades, but now it's getting its long deserved notice. The roads aren't quite as tight as those in the Potomac Highlands Region, but mile after mile of long sweeping curves with the green rolling hills of Piedmont farm country passing by will only add to your ride.
This region has some monster roads, including the Blue Ridge Parkway, but the numbered State and US Routes are notoriously unmarked so be careful when you enter a turn and there's no recommended speed sign. It's almost guaranteed to be tighter than you think. Don't forget, the occasional walking pace hay wagon train could be around any corner, so be prepared to pucker up and take evasive maneuvers.
A few years ago jaded West Coast journalists "discovered" the great riding in these areas, but we knew it all along. Despite the favorable press coverage, these areas remain almost devoid of traffic and traffic enforcement officers. Now you know too.
NY Route 30
PA Route 125
Tri-State Horse Trail
Virginia Route 42
Virginea Route 252
West Virginia Route 28
West Virginia Routes 7 & 9
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Additional Titles by the Author
This Backroad Bob’s Motorcycle Roads eBook is one part of a 19-part CD series that is Backroad Bob’s Motorcycle Adventures and includes the following titles. The CDs and the eBooks contain the same published magazine articles, but the eBooks, available instantly from Amazon.com, are text-only and the dual sporting eBooks exclude the roll charts, GPS maps, and GPS coordinates. The full-color, photo-filled versions, the photo CDs, and the full-content dual sporting CDs are available only as CDs from www.backroadbob.com.
Backroad Bob’s Motorcycle Adventures:
Dual Sporting PA with Roll Charts
Dual Sporting PA with GPS Roll Charts
Dual Sporting Beyond PA with Roll Charts
Dual Sporting Beyond PA with GPS Roll Charts
Dual Sport Photos
Dual Sporters and Thumper Humpers
GP and MotoGP Photos
GPs & MotoGPs, England, Ireland, and Isle of Man
Hits or Misses
Isle of Man Photos
People, Places, & Things - Volume I
People, Places, & Things - Volume II
Road Trip Photos
The Turbo Chronicles
About the Author
Qualifications - Thirty-seven years and over 250,000 miles as a licensed motorcycle operator. Thirty-five years and 185,000 accident-free road miles. Seventeen years and 43,000 miles dual sport riding. Ten years of East Coast Enduro Association competition. Four years motocross and road racing support in AMA and WERA competition. Forty years off-pavement riding. Completion of Motorcycle Safety Foundation Beginner and Advanced Rider Courses and Keith Code's Superbike School. A.A.S. - Mechanical Engineering with over 25 years professional mechanical experience.
- RHM Co. Intl., December 2011
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