I am interested in assembling a list a scenic places to stop for motorcylists. I.E. Overlooks, waterfalls within a short walk of parking area or viewed from road, biker friendly establishments, ice cream shops. Basically places to take a group for a rest stop while out enjoying a day ride, or weekend trip. Or even unique destinations. I realise this list could get quite extensive and may have to be broken down into catagories. I'm open to suggestions.
You may have noticed I have already created one for Motorcycle Campgrounds.
Any other bikers interested?
It doesn't sound like you can do routes with the Garmin based on some of the feedback I have received. I have a TomTom and have been using it to plan routes based on POI's or just scenic byway waypoints. The web site above should give you some good ideas to get started.
Thanks, already in my favorites list. I just got my Zumo in Dec and can create scenic routes with Mapsource. I'm looking for those little known but great places to stop while out riding. I've been riding a lot in western NC and plan on more of northern GA this year. Just thought it would be a neat idea to share those special places I and others have found while out riding. Then have some interesting places to stop along whatever route we happen to be riding.
I have two goals that I will work on this summer in my spare time (spare time?). 1st is to set up routes of the Scenic Byways in the US. Both State and Federal. The 2nd, is to set up all the POI's along those routes. I already have the Lincoln Highway and the Great River Road through Illinois completed. I just don't have much time lately. Many of these are great road trips on the bike.
1st is to set up routes of the Scenic Byways in the US. Both State and Federal. The 2nd, is to set up all the POI's along those routes. I already have the Lincoln Highway and the Great River Road through Illinois completed.
Can't wait till you post these. Lincoln Highway is a great route with alot of history along the way. Same for the Great River Road along the Mighty Mississippi. Summertime is definitely a time to slow down and enjoy these locales.
Terry, take a look at this website. It might help you find some new places to ride, and find new POI's. It has been used by over 1,000 various motorcycle clubs and is FREE!! (just read to the bottom then click on the link to motorcycle rides)
I'm originally from WI and my first major bike trip started down the Great River Road. The scenic byways will be a great one.
What,nothing for the Carolinas? JK. Another great site is http://www.sundaymorningrides.com/ . You can share route, waypoints, photos and videos of your rides. Look for me I'm TerrySC there too.
I have very interested. I have only been on a bike for a year now and I really would like something like this!
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I'm in. I think it's a great idea. Please tell me more.
I just started a discussion forum at QuickTopic for our topic "Scenic & MC Friendly Stops for Motorcycles". To join in (or just to read) use your web browser to go to:
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TerrySC, a great ride and good place to take a break(sometimes for a few hours) is MargaritaGrill in Lake Lure,NC just SE from ChimneyRock. Beautiful scenic roads with twisties from any direction to get there. Forgot to mention, this is where they filmed the movie Dirty Dancing,
MG is a great place to stop. Just about 45 min from home. My neighbor is in a band that will be playing there the last weekend in April. My Zumo helped me find an even better route (although longer) to get there just last week. Where are you located? Maybe we can hook up sometime to ride.
We live just east of Hickory, NC in Conover.
AHHHHHH I hate hickory, nc!!!!! LOL That is where I was coming from on the way back home and got a $400 speeding ticket. Actually $400 was to get out of it with no points. We do a lot of business in NC. I pass by there a lot, very slowly now...lol.
What was the speed limit and how fast were you going?
90 in a 70. He hit me with instant on radar and I was being stupid and out there by myself with noone in front of me. It was my own fault for being so stupid.
lots of potential there
ouch 90 mph that would have really hurt here in Va
...I already have the Lincoln Highway...through Illinois completed.
Can't wait till you post these. Lincoln Highway is a great route with alot of history along the way...Summertime is definitely a time to slow down and enjoy these locales.
I got the book, “The Lincoln Highway” by Michael Wallis as a Christmas present and it has definitely gotten me interested in taking a road trip next Summer. For the time I have available, I think I’ll try it from Mansfield OH to Franklin Grove IL, a distance of about 520 miles one-way. Lots of roadside Americana in that stretch, so it’ll take several days with as many stops as I’m planning to make.
But enough background; my dilemma is finding an electronic version of the route. That is, does anyone know of a tourguide already made up by someone along that stretch, or something similar? I can buy some kind of CD with the old highway alignment, but it also requires the DeLorme Atlas program, which I just don’t want to buy in addition if I can avoid it.
Chances are, I’ll probably start with AAA triptiks and state maps, and a variety of Lincoln Highway books, but any automation to help, or any recommended POIs would be greatly appreciated. BTW, POIs of interest to me would be real diners, historical markers, “golden age” hotels/motels and gas stations, roadside oddities (like giant things), and of course, Lincoln Highway museums.
As my daughter would say "there's a rack-load of info on the in-tar-web".
I don't have any POI file info myself, but good places to start for building POIs on what interests you most might be:
I had the first and the last URLs, but not the 2nd and 3rd, so you've helped me out greatly.
Between this type of info, and others like the Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives, Mom & Pop restaurants, diners, etc. POI files, it might take me all Winter long to plan this trip! A great way to pass the cold days ahead.
BTW, I learned that Cindy Crawford was not only a DeKalb, IL (on the Lincoln Highway) native, but the class of 1984 valedictorian at DeKalb High School before going on to do other things.
Glad to help. In fact, you've rekindled my interest in it! I'm thinking that I might have to work on PA and the eastern bits of it for a summer scooter ride, myself.
By the way, I also just found this:
The digital images from the U of M collection are neat. Very high resolution, so definitely click on the larger image sizes without worry of losing sharpness. With so many images to go through, I've only been able to randomly peek at a few, but it's been fun to do.
I also spent the better part of today doing some more serious planning, and have started a spreadsheet to consider things I'd like to see/do along the way. Categories like diners/famous restaurants, old hotel/motels, covered bridges, drive in theaters, historical/museums, and roadside oddities, so far.
Most of the time today was just researching the old Lincoln Highway alignments, and not simply the new interstates that may have paralleled or replaced it. At this rate, I may find enough stops that I'll only be able to get through Ohio and Indiana on my weeklong trip, and not through Illinois also as I had originally planned!
I am from E. Tenn. I would like to capture the same stuff. Interesting rides and POIs. If you have any please send them to me. firstname.lastname@example.org
I have not reached the end of this topic, so I may see your answer later, but if you have a chance, send them. Thanks Richard
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