Roads to Ride

Roads, roads, roads, there are roads all over the place. They come in all types and sizes from cow paths to interstates. No matter the size, they all have one use, to get something or someone from one place to another. Like the roads they use, the people using those roads have different ideas as to what roads to use with some sticking strictly to the interstate and others just as adamant about the back roads.

Myself, I use them all to get where I want to go and see what I want to see. If I have a choice in the matter I prefer lightly traveled back roads, however there times when hitting the super slab is the thing to do. For instance, I seldom see any reason to stick to surface streets when encountering large cities. It is usually safer and easier to just get on the big road and get it done. Also, sometimes time is of the essence and for that, the interstate is hard to beat.

While I like curvy roads and have carved my share. I have to say I would seldom ride very far just to ride a curvy road. If your life revolves around seeing how fast you can get around curves, that is all well and good, but I recommend you do that on a track where, at the very least, you are not a danger to many others.Highway 170

The Tail of The Dragon or Deal’s Gap is a nice road, I have ridden it. However, it carries a lot of traffic a large percentage of which are motorcycle operators, many of whom have only the barest knowledge of how to get a motorcycle around a curve. Look at all of the crashes posted on things like You Tube.

Because of the speed and crashes it is also looked at by Officer Friendly on a fairly regular basis. I know of many roads across the country which are, at the very least, equal and probably superior roads with much less traffic and scrutiny from Officer Friendly.

No doubt there are riders all around the country who can come up with roads they have ridden which they consider great. It just depends on your point of view. Great roads, like beauty are in the eye of the beholder. If there is anything better than running across the prairies under a full moon on a frosty winter night I am not aware of it and look forward to finding out what it is.

The roads described within this website are my types of roads listed in no particular order. Give them a read and a ride. Hopefully you will enjoy them as much as I have.


Arizona: Springerville to Pietown 

Boise City/Clayton to Raton New Mexico

New Mexico: Highway 64 Raton to Shiprock

Texas Highway 170, Presidio to Study Butte

Shiprock to Bryce: Northern Arizona/Southern Utah