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My wife and I usually take the second week of June around Laconia Bike Week to visit the rally and ride the area. We agreed we're bored with this....pretty, sure we we're going to take the earlier week for Americade for rides around the Adirondacks.
My wife and kid will be going on vacation at the end of June, through the 1st week of July for almost 2 weeks. I plan to take this time off and do a solo ride....I just don't know where too yet. My ideas are Northern Maine into Canada or around the Great Lakes US/Canada or back to West Virginia to ride some areas I missed last year.
In early August my wife and I will be riding to Nova Scotia and Cabot Trail.
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Sounds like awesome plans. My wife and I and about 10 friends are planning a week-long ride circumnavigating Lake Superior in early August. Hope it is as spectacular as advertised.

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Its helps me get through the winter blahs planning ahead for tours.

**Question, If you lived in New England and had a week to ride where ever you wanted, where would you go?

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Two of this country's best riding areas are western Colorado (think Million Dollar Highway) and the mountains of norther Georgia, Tennessee, and the Carolinas. The Pacific Northwest and California's Sierras ain't too shabby either. Ya gotta plan big for where the mountains are big.
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Two of this country's best riding areas are western Colorado (think Million Dollar Highway) and the mountains of norther Georgia, Tennessee, and the Carolinas. The Pacific Northwest and California's Sierras ain't too shabby either. Ya gotta plan big for where the mountains are big.
I was in Colorado on a family vaca without my bike a few years ago. I was stunned at what I saw, made a promise right then and there that I'd be back to "Ride the Rockies". Unfortunately its not in the cards this year, I only have a week and it wouldn't be close to enough time. This is also one trip I'd like to share, on this ride I'll be solo and none of my ride buddies seem to have availability.

Now that you mention it, going to the southern Appalachian Mts. to ride the famous named roads and explore some lesser known runs might be a definite possibility. This might actually be the best time to do that ride. Being solo, I can twist and turn to my hearts content without worrying about my wife on the back and since I'll be alone I can ride at my own pace Thanks RICZ. Time to go do some route planning
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Could not agree more with riding the mountains from Colorado North into my neck of the woods Canada. I rode the Pikes Peak and that was crazy and probably the highlight of my trip two years ago was Glacier National Park (The road to the Sun). That will remain my favorite ride to this day and probably will into the future.
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PaiN, IMHO the "named" roads and highways in the SE left a lot to be desired. The roads blue roads less traveled are the ones I found to be more memorable. The Dragon was just OK, lots of other riders to chat it up with, crowded on weekends. Do it if you really need that feather in your bonnet. Riding the BRP was like Groundhog Day - very repetitious. Didn't I just do this series of curves ten times already?? It got so boring, I bailed. But then, I'm spoiled living and riding in the west, with its variety and something different around every turn.
Solo riding is good in that you have only your mind, stomach, bladder, tank, speeds and map to be concerned about, but having a riding buddy who is a perfect match to all of the above is even gooder - especially if you have the means to electronically communicate while under way.
Look at maps and check out those thin black or blue lines and go for it.

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My buddy and I do an annual ride every year. We usually pick an area and then use websites like MotorcycleRoads.US - Great Motorcycle Roads in the US to get an idea of the roads we might want to hit. I find the riders comments helpful as long as they aren't too dated.
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