Chattanooga is just two hours southeast of Nashville, nestled along the winding banks of the Tennessee River. It’s a charming city with a quietly booming industry. The locals are driven by their love of the arts and outdoors. Is it time for you to plan a trip? There’s always a festival happening downtown The…Details
Time off can be hard to come by, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t see the world. Best Western’s “48 Hours” series shows how travelers can experience some of the best offerings in a destination in a single weekend. You will be exposed to the most amazing elements in dozens of regions with an…Details
June is National Soul Food Month. In 2007, the Culinary Historians of Chicago sponsored the first observance, and the tradition has caught on ever since. In my opinion the annual event makes for a very good excuse to ride, as every southern tour I’ve ever taken has been anchored in soul food. The saying “An…Details
Today is going to be a real motorcycling day. We’re going to ride the Tail of the Dragon .
The Tail of the Dragon is one of the most famous motorcycling roads in the United States, and has become a real destination ride for people from all over the world. The main reason is its layout: 318 curves in 11 miles of smooth blacktop, winding through beautiful tree-lined hills in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Officially known as US 129, the Tail of the Dragon is a lovely, challenging road that emits a siren call to bikers the world over.
A word of warning about the Tail of the Dragon: Any road this famous will attract its share of idiots, morons who forget that they are on a public road with other traffic. A search of YouTube will reveal a myriad of moronic behavior, hooliganism and wrecks that could easily be avoided with a touch of common sense. I wouldn’t ride the road on a busy weekend – it wouldn’t be any fun. The key to enjoying a safe ride on the Tail of the Dragon, as with any ride, is to ride safely, ride within your limits and respect the rules of the road. ‘Nuff said.Details
Traveling by motorcycle is all about the gear – what to wear, what to take, what to leave behind.
Robin and I have carved our packing down to a science. We start with the essentials, and lay out what we consider to be the minimum amount of stuff that we can bring and still have a good trip. Then we take a hard look at what we’re planning to bring, and see what we can leave behind. We usually realize that we’re over packing, and we’re able to reduce our load before we ever leave.
One thing that we never leave behind on a motorcycle trip is rain gear. A day of rain doesn’t have to spoil a motorcycle trip, but without rain gear, it almost certainly will. We each have good two-piece rain suits that are designed for small packing and quick donning. They go in the bag first.Details
Pop. Boom. Bang.
Every community, large and small, seems to have their own fireworks tradition. Some our slick, choreographed events, timed to music and others are just plain old-fashion pop and bang affairs. Either way, fireworks are fireworks and have a great way of reminding us of the joy of simple things (not trying to suggest that putting on an elaborate pyrotechnic display filled with enough explosives to do real harm if improperly executed is a simple affair, but the watching part is pretty easy). So, wherever you find yourself this July 4, take time to find a fireworks display. My guess is there is one near you. If you are looking for a big-time celebration, here are a few that will not disappoint.Details