Protect Your Eyes While Riding Your Bike

September 28 2012 by Jason Fogelson
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goggles.jpgThe wind rushes at your face, carrying dust, dirt and debris. The pickup truck in front of you kicks up gravel as its wheels spin from a start. A bug splatters against your headlight, spraying legs, guts and antennae in your face as you speed through the night. If you're wearing proper eye protection, these are all minor inconveniences. If your eyes are bare, your sight might be impaired, either temporarily or permanently.

Many states require proper eye protection every time you ride on the road. You can check the specific laws in your state and states where you plan to ride on the American Motorcyclist Association website. Even if your state doesn't require eye protection (my state, California, doesn't), I strongly advise you to wear some every time you ride.

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Riding Western Washington

September 28 2012 by Jason Fogelson

Who's Gonna Win in Dover

September 27 2012 by BW Innsider
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Guess for a Chance to Win!

We're nearing the half way point of the Chase for the Cup and each race continues to get more exciting! So...Who's Gonna Win?!

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Sunday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a $25 Home Depot gift card!

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A Walkin' Sort of City

September 27 2012 by Sam Lowe

Columbus.jpgCOLUMBUS, Ohio - Now that I have advanced into seniordom, I can say this without hesitation - this is MY kind of town. It's comfortable, has a nice blend of the old with the up-and-coming and, perhaps most importantly, it's a place where I can see most of the good stuff simply by walking there.

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Helmet Video

September 26 2012 by Jason Fogelson

helmet.jpgAfter I go away for a motorcycle trip, I always want to tell my friends and family all about what I saw. I take a lot of photos, which helps me to share my stories. But it doesn't convey the sense of motion that makes a motorcycle ride so invigorating. In the past, I tried a lot of different ways of mounting my video cameras to my bike, and all I wound up with was a lot of duct tape messing up my paintjob, and some very shaky video (and more than one camera shaken to death).

All that has changed with the latest generation of miniature HD video cameras.

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Where is the Best Place to Travel for the Fall Season?

September 26 2012 by BW Innsider
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Whether you travel somewhere to see the fall foliage, a football game or a family vacation - we want to hear about it! Tell us about your favorite place to visit during the fall season and you will be automatically entered for a chance to win a $250 Best Western Travel Card!

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Youmustbetrippin.com on national news

September 25 2012 by Chris McGinnis
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By now you may have read my post from last month about the outlook for the fall travel season.

The lead on this post read: Election-year uncertainty and a weak US economy combined with higher gasoline prices, airfare and hotel rates have not deterred American travelers this summer, and healthy demand should carry on into the fall months.

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Western Washington, Day Seven: Bainbridge Island to Seattle and Home Again

September 24 2012 by Jason Fogelson

WA7 158.jpgIt's the last day of my trip, and I've got the day to explore Bainbridge Island before I cross the Puget Sound and head for home. I wake up in the BEST WESTERN PLUS Bainbridge Island Suites, pack up my gear and go down to the lobby for a good free hot breakfast. I picked up a bunch of brochures from the rack last night, and I study them while I drink some coffee. Bainbridge Island is home to 23,000 residents, living on 27.6 square miles of land -- it's about five miles wide by ten miles long. There are over a dozen sizable parks on the island, and numerous bays and coves. There's one bridge to the Olympic Peninsula on the west side of the island (the Agate Pass Bridge), and one ferry stop to the mainland on the east side of island.

I hate to ask for directions, but I love to ask for advice. I stop by the front desk, and ask the front desk clerk a leading question. "If you had just one day on Bainbridge Island, where would you go?" "Oh, that's easy. I'd go everywhere. You're on a motorcycle, right? You can go everywhere."

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Western Washington, Day Six: Ocean Shores to Bainbridge Island

September 20 2012 by Jason Fogelson

WA6 152.jpgLast night's fog still hovers over Ocean Shores when I wake up this morning. I've had some interesting riding experiences in heavy fog. This fog won't be a challenge to my riding, but it is a bummer that I can't get a good look at the beach before I ride off, leaving the BEST WESTERN PLUS Lighthouse Suites Inn in my rearview mirrors. I had a wonderful night's sleep last night, with the sound of the ocean wafting across the room from my balcony. One night was not enough in this vacation spot.

I will follow the coastline as much as possible today, in hopes that the fog lifts and I can get some good ocean views. I've got a long ride today, as I'm tracing the outline of the Olympic Peninsula, the largest such body of land in the state of Washington. Cape Alava, the westernmost point in the lower 48 states, is on the Olympic; so is Cape Flattery, the northwesternmost point. A good portion of the Peninsula is still wilderness, including Olympic National Park, over 900,000 aces of land that belongs to you and me. The Park includes some coastline, temperate rain forest and glaciated mountains within its borders. A little bit of something for everyone.

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Western Washington, Day Five: Chehalis to Ocean Shores

September 18 2012 by Jason Fogelson
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WA5 131.jpgThe BEST WESTERN PLUS Park Place Inn and Suites went up another notch on my personal ranking system this morning, when I discovered that they have an omelet station in their breakfast room every morning. In addition to the regular hot breakfast selection, there's an actual chef there to make you an omelet to order. All included in the price of a night's stay. Excellent.

You know those racks of brochures that you walk past in just about every hotel lobby? They promote local activities and attractions, and I'll bet you walk right by in a hurry, luggage in hand as you rush to check in to your room. Not me. I stop. I look. I pluck a handful from the rack, and bring a bouquet of brochures to my room. Because I always make discoveries, no matter how carefully I have planned my trip.

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Never Too Old For Zipping

September 18 2012 by Sam Lowe
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Zip line.jpgBack in those long past days when I still had all my hair and it was brown, not white, I volunteered my body for some rather Adrenalin-rushing adventures. Among them, wing-walking and para-sailing. But now well into my senior stage, I no longer have any need for such foolhardy stunts. (Read that: There ain't enough tequila in the world to get me to stand on top of a biplane while it's flying 2,500 feet above the ground ever again.)

However, while traveling through the Hocking Hills area of Ohio, I was introduced to zip lining and a small portion of the desire for the thrills of my youth popped up again. It was exhilarating with just a slight hint of danger, and quite safe even for those who might have qualms about riding a steel cable high above the landscape.

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The Sprint Cup Chase Contest

September 17 2012 by BW Innsider
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The Chase Continues in Loudon

It's crunch time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series! Who's Gonna Win in Loudon this week? Predict correctly and you could win!

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Sunday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a $25 Walmart gift card!

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Entries must be entered before the start of the race on 9/23. Winner will be announced on 9/24. Limit only one entry per person. Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the US or Canada to be eligible to win. Winner will be randomly selected from all correct answers posted in the comments below.

Canadian WiFi

September 17 2012 by Bryson Forbes

airplane.jpgLadies and Gentlemen this is your captain emailing. This maybe a little premature but Canadian air travellers will soon have access to email and the internet onboard flights after federal regulators recently signed off on a plan to begin offering the service north of the 49th parallel.

The service is currently available with some carriers in the U.S. and has been launched as a fee-based option with rates around $2.00 for 15 minutes or a $20 flat fee for access for the entire flight.

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Western Washington, Day Four: Washougal to Chehalis

September 14 2012 by Jason Fogelson
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WA4 126.jpgThere's the easy way, and there's the fun way. I try to pick the fun way when I can. My destination today is Chehalis, about 91 miles away as the crow flies up the Interstate. That's the easy way. I'm going to take a big detour, riding a loop that will take me all the way to the Pacific Ocean before I swing back inland to Chehalis, tripling my riding distance in the process. I'm eager to see the Washington Coast, and I will put my feet in the sand today.

We're supposed to be seeing the peak of the heat wave today, so I eat a light breakfast in the lobby of the BEST WESTERN PLUS Parkersville Inn & Suites. I double down on the water, and I make sure that I have some water in my TourPak when I load up the Road Glide for the road. Hydration is everything in the heat.

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Chase for the Cup Begins! - NASCAR contest

September 13 2012 by BW Innsider
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The Chase is Here!

The Chase for the Cup is officially here which makes the end of the NASCAR season even more exciting! The race this Sunday in Chicago can set the tone in a big way so the question is... Who's Gonna Win?!

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Sunday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a $25 Starbucks gift card!

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Western Washington, Day Three: Prosser to Washougal

September 13 2012 by Jason Fogelson
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WA3 104.jpgWhen it's going to be hot, get on the road early. I keep moving my alarm clock earlier and earlier this week, as I am caught in the middle of a heat wave that threatens to break records. It's very tempting to shed the gear in the heat -- lose the heavy jacket, lose the Kevlar riding pants, swap out the full-face helmet for a shorty. Don't do it. Not only is it risky, leaving you unprepared for a crash, it also makes you more vulnerable to the heat. You get hot, you sweat, and the hot wind speeds evaporation. You get dehydrated more quickly, and your body never gets cooled off the way it's supposed to with perspiration. Before you know it, you're looking at a case of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, a very dangerous condition made even more dangerous by the fact that you're operating a motorcycle. Gear up. All The Gear All The Time. End of sermon.

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Canada Photo Contest - $500 Best Western Travel Card!

September 12 2012 by BW Innsider
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Win a $500 Best Western Travel Card!

We are featuring a photo contest on our travel blog during the month of September for Canada! We want you to share with us your favorite and best photo you have taken during your visit anywhere in CANADA!

Don't have a photo of Canada? The contest is open until September 30, 2012 so visit Best Western Canada online to find great deals and hotels to stay at this month, plus lots of great attractions and places to visit during your trip.

Submit ONE photo to us that meets the criteria and you could win the Grand Prize of a $500 Best Western Travel Card! .

On the right hand side of You Must Be Trippin' is a slide show of all submitted pictures. We will select one photo that we feel best represents Canada. Only one photo per person will be accepted, so choose wisely! Don't forget to give us a brief description of where your photo was taken, plus your name, email address and a brief description of where your photo was taken. With no name and email we will have no way to contact you if you win.

How to enter:

  1. Submit an email with ONE photo attached, or email: dill67chief@photos.flickr.com

  2. Make sure you include your name and email address in the body of the email along with a brief photo description (Names & emails will not be publicly displayed. If you do not provide your name and email in the body of the email we will have no way of contacting you if you win)

  3. Make sure the subject line is: Canada Photo Contest

Visit Best Western Canada to learn more about the endless amount of activities to do and to plan your next visit to any of the exciting provinces across the country!

Failure to follow any of the above rules will result in your removal or disqualification from contest contention. Best Western reserves the right to edit submitted descriptions for length and privacy. By submitting a photo you release rights to Best Western International. Please allow 2-3 business days for your photo to be posted. Winner will be announced after verification is received and posted to this article's comment section and Twitter. Must be a resident of US or Canada and 18 years or older to enter. Contest ends September 30, 2012.

Western Washington, Day Two: Puyallup to Prosser

September 12 2012 by Jason Fogelson

WA2 094.jpgSome days, you throw out the playbook and call an audible at the line. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn't. The fun is making it up as you go along. Today is going to be one of those days.

The weather report calls for extreme temperatures today, especially at my destination. We're talking triple digits extreme. So, I get an early start this morning. I usually hit the trail by 8:30 am. This morning, I'm down in the lobby breakfast area of the BEST WESTERN PREMIERE Plaza Hotel & Conference Center at 7:00 am, wolfing down the hot food and drinking a few extra glasses of water. I'm going to need to stay hydrated.

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September 11th in Canada

September 11 2012 by Bryson Forbes

CoBrand.JPGAnyone from Canada born before 1990 knows exactly where they were and what they were doing eleven years ago. To me it is one of the days that I can easily call to the forefront of my mind and I remember vividly almost every aspect of that day. In fact, this year the weather reminded me of September 11, 2001, it usually happens in early to mid September, we get one of those bright and beautiful days but it's a little brisk. Given it's the end of summer it's a day that reminds you that jackets and mitts aren't too far away and you better get out and enjoy it, after what happened that's especially true, because you just never know.

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Visit to the 9/11 Memorial

September 11 2012 by Bridget Daly
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911 (4) (3).jpgOn this 11th anniversary of the tragic events that took place on 9/11, we look back on a recent trip we took to the September 11 memorial, which has now been open for 11 months. The site is breathtaking and has attracted millions of visitors from around the world.

The project is still under construction and (once complete) is expected to house the National 9/11 Memorial Museum as well. If you are ever in NYC do not pass up the chance to visit the 9/11 Memorial.

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Western Washington, Day One: Home to Seattle to Puyallup, Washington

September 10 2012 by Jason Fogelson

WA1 085.jpgI'm a creature of habit. I know this about myself. I try to find opportunities to escape my routines, and that's one of the reasons I travel by motorcycle. But even within my adventures, there's still a healthy dose of habit involved.

For instance, packing for the trip. I have honed packing down to a system, and I have checks and double-checks built in to my system along the way. I make lists, I check them, and then I second guess myself and check them again. I still forget things at home sometimes, but it's pretty rare.

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Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary Models Hit the Road

September 7 2012 by Jason Fogelson
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Harley.jpgHarley-Davidson is a company that marks its anniversaries with pride. 2013 represents the 110th anniversary of H-D production, and the Motor Company will not let the milestone go unrecognized.

Ten Harley-Davidson models will be available as 110th Anniversary Editions, with unique serial number plates, Anniversary Vintage Bronze/Anniversary Vintage Black paint (CVO models get Diamond Dust/Obsidian paint), solid bronze commemorative fuel tank badges and anniversary badging and trim. The Anniversary Editions will each be loaded with all available factory-installed options as standard equipment with a premium price of between $665 and $2,495 over the corresponding non-Anniversary models.

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Richmond Night Race Contest

September 5 2012 by BW Innsider
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Who's Gonna Win?!

The results of the Richmond race will determine who makes it into the Chase for the Cup! There's a lot riding on this race so channel your inner predictions for a chance to win! Who do you think will win the race this Saturday?

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Saturday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a $25 Best Buy gift card!

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Corporate Travel in Canada looking robust!

September 5 2012 by Bryson Forbes
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Air Canada.jpgBy all accounts it appears that corporate travel in Canada looks as healthy as ever!
In fact, a recent study co-authored by Deloitte and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) has some pretty encouraging stats. Here are just a few:

  • 84% of Canadian Business travelers are planning to travel as much or more this year, up 5% from last year, AND
  • International travel outside North America is expected to jump dramatically with 62% of corporate jet setters planning to be overseas in the next twelve months - that's up from 47% only a year ago.

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Spelunking For Seniors

September 4 2012 by Sam Lowe
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Sam Caves.jpgSpelunking doesn't necessarily have to include scraping your knuckles and knees against rock formations in previously unexplored caverns like those shown on the television documentaries. Not hardly. Although you might miss the thrill of being the first one to see the stalactites and stalagmites that lie hidden beneath the Earth's surface, those of us in the upper ages brackets can get just as excited if we can ride an elevator down to the sights.

In fact, the Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico does have an elevator that takes visitors on a nine-minute ride from the surface to the depths. It's 750 feet one way and makes the trip a lot easier than taking the alternate entryway known as the Natural Entrance Route, which follows steep, narrow trails through a tall trunk passage. It's not for the weak-of-kneed or pot-of-bellied.

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