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 Driver : For Passenger
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.
- 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!
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
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!
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!!