I stumbled across an article on the CNN web site the other day that claimed to list the 10 best US motorcycle roads.
Reading the article was a bit depressing. I have only been on ONE of those roads. On a motorcycle, anyway. And that one road wasn't a single road, but a group of roads through a region, described as, Appalachian Mountains: 770 miles from Front Royal, Virginia to Deal's Gap, North Carolina.
How do you define "best" when it comes to a motorcycle road? For me, it's any road through the mountains. I love, Love, LOVE the mountains. Smooth pavement, a healthy mix of sweepers, twisties, and elevation changes are always good. Shaded (on a hot day) and no gravel are definite pluses.
I've actually found that my definition of a good motorcycle road depends on my mood, too. While I like zipping along as much as the next gal, I don't always have to go fast.
In fact, sometimes I like to go downright slow. I like to enjoy the scenery. Stop and say hello to those poor, ignored cows as I pass.
Even if I haven't ridden lots of the big-name roads in the article, I've been quite happy motoring through my own little piece of the world.
One day I'll expand my motorcycling horizons a bit more.
For now, though, I'm content to stay with local roads.
Of course, when your local roads look like this, that's not such a sacrifice, it it?
Back to that article for a sec... I forgot to mention that it was written by a motorcycle mama, Carla King, who also has a blog y'all might be interested in: Motorcycle Misadventures.