Motorcycle Road Trips USA

There seems to always be a feeling of Freedom when you are on a motorcycle! I found that it is not always the destination but the RIDE that can be fulfilling. I have been riding for as long as I can remember and it never gets old. Rather, you are the Lone Wolf or ride with the company of friends and family there is no other feeling in the world! For some reason when you decide to Ride especially motorcycle road trips in USA the overabundance of information is confusing? https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/kansas/trip-kansass-castles-fairytale/

The Road Less Traveled

Motorcycle trips do not always have to be long and tiresome, they can be broken up into short PIT STOPS so to speak so the road doesn’t seem to get the best of you. I’m in my 50s now and remember laughing at all the OLD people who would trailer their bikes to say Sturgis. Then the unthinkable happened, I got older! There is an old saying “Work Smarter not Harder” well now I know what that means! Motorcycle GPS

I used to always take the back roads especially if I had time to get wherever it was I was trying to get. I felt it was not only Safer but you could enjoy the sites as well. Our country has some of the most beautiful sites to see, and i been all over this great planet. The people you can meet and the history that is around are sometimes Awed inspiring. There comes a time in one’s life when you realize you are not getting any younger! So I found myself returning to that BUCKET LIST and made it a mission to start marking somethings off it while I’m still Mentally (depending on who you talk to) and physically (again see the first quotation) capable of doing them. Motorcycle Seat Cushions: For DriverFor Passenger

Perfect timing

There never seems to be a Perfect Time for the things you WANT to do as the things you NEED to do always take precedence! It seemed that no matter how hard I would try things just didn’t go as planned. I have a saying “” it is never LACK of planning but EXECTUION of said plan that seems to fail”? My Motorcycle became a way to just get away and take a break from the GRIND. Most times it was short road trips that made all the difference in the world.

That’s when it hit me! I was always WAITING ON:

  • when the weather was better
  • When things settled down
  • if I could afford it

And the list kept going and going it seemed like? It was time to make a change. I made a mental note starting NOW if there are things I want to see and places I want to go NOTHING is going to deter me!

Motorcycle Events

I am really not a fan of LARGE crowds when it comes right down to it. However, I did need to experience the Entire Gambit of what it is like to truly enjoy yourself in whatever context you are presented. Adapt, adjust and overcome was The Marine Corp Motto, so LET’S RIDE! We went to Both Sturgis events Big Sturgis in South Dakota rented an AIRBNB that had a Jacuzzi on the deck so after a long ride you come home and relax for the next days events. We went to Jackson Hole, seen the Grand Tetons. Skipped over to Cody for a visit just because it was on our LIST.

There is also a Little Sturgis which is down in Kentucky, so of course that made the list just to compare, and there really is no comparison. Little Sturgis was fun but no where near the amount of people and vendors like Big Sturgis. I decided it was time to bring in My Mom on the fun, she retired from the Sheriff Dept. and had some free time so off to the Laughlin River Run my Boss had told me about. He has been doing it for years.

Now this is where planning did play a part, I know my Mom, she is as stubborn as I am (guess where I got it from?) So I packed up our stuff on the back of the bike and off we went, we were both younger back then just FYI. She was 18 years older than me at the time and I think I was around 46 years old so do the math. It wasn’t long and it was clear she didn’t really think she was going to be able to ride the entire time. Luckily (that Planning thing came into play) I had stopped to grab a bite to eat and it just so happened to be next to a CAR RENTAL establishment. GO FIGURE LOL I had already found a good deal on a car so we were all set. This was one of the best trips I can remember with My Mom and half of it was winging it as we went! Seat Cushions: For Driver    For Passenger

Travel Ideas

My friends would always tell me I needed to go with them to Eureka Springs AR? They said the scenery and the roads are great! It took me awhile to come around to agreeing to go, and I can tell you they were 100% correct! We took off on a Friday it’s about a 4-hour drive if you take the highway, which we did not do. We went the back way and saw all kinds of little towns stopped every hour or so to grab a bite or get something to drink and just enjoyed the sights. when we reached AR the roads are very winding so it is a good idea to TAKE YOUR TIME! We stayed at a little motel right on E Van Buren US hwy 62 called the Alpine Lodge. It was located in the perfect spot as there was a store attached to the motel and had a bar restaurant called the Rockin Pig right across the street. So when we finished riding for the day we could park the bikes and walk to wherever we needed to go.

We went downtown Eureka Springs and stopped in at the Pied Piper Pub also known as the Cathouse Lounge, met some great people and had a really good time. We went to the Crescent Hotel which is supposedly haunted. Went to the roof section and could see forever it seemed like. I saw something and asked what it was, they said it was the head of Christ of the Ozarks Statue? They said they had never been there as it was not easy to find, so I plugged it into the old GPS and away we went. Just a friendly reminder that my GPS doesn’t know I am on a Motorcycle and it was trying to take me places I don’t think would be a good idea so it took us a little longer but we found it.

There are so many things to see and do In Eureka Springs and the cost is very reasonable for most activities. I would also recommend seeing the Thorncrown Chapel. The views from here are truly breathtaking!

Cheap Travel

You don’t always need to spend a small fortune to enjoy some of the things LIFE offers you! I think all said and done for the weekend I spent $230 dollars on hotel, gas, food and some trinkets that I had to have for memory’s sake. I go there every chance I get and still to this day find new sights and freindly people to ride with. I have made many new friends most of which live in other states and that allows me to travel even more as if they are traveling through my state they always have a place to stay and vice versa.

So get out there and start LIVING LIFE because nothing lasts forever and time sure does fly by!!

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  1. I don’t ride a bike as such but this inspired me so much. I love the journey you describe and I think the main thing is the freedom you talk about. I can see that for so many people. I think cost is always a big issue for travel  and as you say it can be done on a budget. I  still love the thought of traveling in the USA but being from the UK I was trying to get a handle on location. I have done Philadelphia which I loved and New York state together with San Diego.

    Is this your one preferred route to travel? How do you manage your hotels, in advance or as you go? I love the way you describe it and some great photos too. Happy bike riding, but you will need me to believe I can ride one first and that might be a challenge, I presume you can rent them if you are from another country though! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Phil

      Thank you for your comments! If the weather permits yes I would much rather Ride then drive, however here is MO it is sometimes challenging as the weather changes very rapidly from one extreme to another depending on the time of month.

      If it is in HIGH travel times I usually try and pre book hotels just to make sure I have a place to stay especially on the first day. I have done the wing it route and that to can be a lot of fun but the older I get the less I enjoy sleeping on the ground! LOL

      I have always wanted to visit the UK and will eventually. The world is a large ball and so many things to see and do I want to see as much as I can. 

      Yes you can rent and they have riders classes they teach and provide you with a Motorcycle. My other half did this at the Harley Dealership down the road and she passed. she is 5′ 5″ 130 lbs don’t tell her I said that last part!! So truly anyone can learn to ride. I am always around if you have any questions please feel free to ask and if you make the journey to the states you know what state I am in come on out.

  2. What a great way to spend your time off. I used to ride a lot when I was younger. Now. not so much. But we went all over the Eastern Sea Board, all the way down to Florida. Of course, we travelled in packs and this meant not as many liberties to come and go as we wished. So, I guess I’m like you and don’t fancy the crowds.
    Still, we did have fun back in the days when the wind would blow in our faces. Someone beside us would carry a boombox in the back that roared the song: “Get your motor revving, get out on the highway, looking for adventure…” I’m sure you recognize the tune.

  3. What a great way to spend your vacation! I used to ride a lot when I was young. Now, not so much. We would ride all down the Eastern Seaboard all the way to Florida. We would ride in packs, of course, which meant not as many liberties to come and go as we would have wished. I’m like you, I don’t like crowds. Still, we did have fun, speeding up down the hills, singing to the top of our lungs with the wind blowing in our faces. Jimmy beside us, would carry a huge boombox in the back and he’d play: ” Get your motor running, get out on the highway, looking for adventure… I’m sure you know the tune.
    I think it’s great that you brought your mom with you. Great way to cement a relationship.

    1. Joss Landry

      Thank you for your comment! there truly is no other feeling in the world! I am looking forward to our trip to the east coast I want to do the same thing ride the east coast till I get to where I’m going, nd I have no idea where I am going? lol

      Yes I know the song well I have it on my play list on my bike. I have four speakers so I can hear the music and sometimes get lost in the songs and have no idea where I am, and it doesn’t matter because I am enjoying the RIDE!

      Yes It was truly a bonding moment for both my Mom and I and would like to do something like that agin in the near future. 

      Have a wonderful day

  4. I can’t wait to get my self a motorcycle again and hit the road 🙂 I agree with you completely. There’s no other feeling like cruising across the country on your two-wheeled horse. I’ve never been to USA, but one of my goals is to take a trip from east to west coast. I’m well aware of the route 66. Is there another route you would suggest that may be better for a motorcycle trip?

    1. Ivan
      The ride actually depends on what you want to see? I have inserted the Kansas Castle Ride on the post. This is actually a couple day ride for me but I want to get out and I like Castles so why not? There are several Motorcycle ride websites as well. Here is one that I use frequently and all you do is plug in whatever state you are in and Presto you have not only trips but many comments on what to do and what to look out for! https://www.motorcycleroads.com/
      I hope you have safe travels and who knows might even see you OUT there?
      Thanks for the comment

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