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Notes from the Road

Notes from the Road

For 350 miles, my well-worn copy of “Jupiter’s Travels” bounced along in my tail bag. I’d smile during gas stops as I fiddled through the bag and saw it there. Soon I would finally meet the man who wrote my favorite around-the-world motorcycle travelogue and hopefully...
Painted Peak: Refreshing brews and Appalachian-inspired cuisine

Painted Peak: Refreshing brews and Appalachian-inspired cuisine

Tazewell County, nestled in the mountains of Southwestern Virginia, boasts three of the state’s highest mountain peaks with breathtaking scenery. The area attracts motorcyclists from across the country to its infamous stretch of exhilarating curves along Virginia...
Wine Touring: Across the Cherohala to Tsali Notch Vineyards

Wine Touring: Across the Cherohala to Tsali Notch Vineyards

The mountains seem to cradle this bucolic valley. Beyond the orderly rows of vines, the blue-gray band of the Southern Appalachian Mountains fences off this area of east Tennessee, protecting it. Cherishing it. Briefly interrupting this peaceful scene, a group of...
The unfinished dream of the Foothills Parkway

The unfinished dream of the Foothills Parkway

Riding close to the outside railing made my stomach suddenly flutter with a fear of heights as I crossed the eight new viaduct bridges on the newest section of the Foothills Parkway. A glance to the south revealed open space and a ridgeline across the valley as the...
Everybody rides: Virginia’s Motorcycle Law Group puts riders first

Everybody rides: Virginia’s Motorcycle Law Group puts riders first

Tom McGrath packs his things and walks outside toward his bike, the rumble of his motor replacing the thud of a gavel, another case in the books and another motorcyclist successfully represented. “Where else could you make a living by doing what you love? I’m...
Chasing the Powhatan Arrow: Riding in the wake of a long-retired train

Chasing the Powhatan Arrow: Riding in the wake of a long-retired train

It’s a fair question to ask why a rider like me from the epicenter of the magnificent roads and sublime scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains would be tooling along on my 2007 Honda ST1300 on one of Virginia’s flattest, straightest roads, U.S. 460 between Suffolk and...
Wine Touring: Tasting the Crest of the Blue Ridge

Wine Touring: Tasting the Crest of the Blue Ridge

The Eastern Continental Divide in the Blue Ridge Mountains features some of the best motorcycling areas in the country. It reaches its highest point in North Carolina, home to one of the newest federally recognized wine-growing regions — and an excellent destination...