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  • The Amazing Ride
    The Amazing Ride
    Ever since my eldest brother, Don, gave me the opportunity to ride his Yamaha Enduro motorcycle when I was a teenager, I was a fan of motorcycling. He would let me borrow it over the...
  • Tail of the Dragon - Day 6
    Tail of the Dragon – Day 6
    We departed Robbinsville that morning and heading south on US-129. We high-tailed it eastward on US-74 and worked our way towards Bryson City. Located along the Nantahala River, roughly 10 miles or so from Bryson...
  • Tail of the Dragon
    Tail of the Dragon – Day 5
    The day had finally arrived for us to experience the Tail of the Dragon! The “Dragon” is an eleven mile stretch of US 129 that crosses Deal’s Gap at the North Carolina-Tennessee state line. It...
  • Tail of the Dragon - Day 4
    Tail of the Dragon – Day 4
    On the morning of our fourth day a few of the guys woke up early and went over to Bob Evans for a bigger breakfast. Rob, Randy and I just went over to McDonald’s for...
  • Tail of the Dragon - Day 3
    Tail of the Dragon – Day 3
    Instead of heading to Eastern Kentucky per the original route that I had planned out on RoadTrippers.com, the group decided to head towards another motorcycle road, the Devils Triangle, that we had heard about from...
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    Tail of the Dragon – Day 2
    Day two of our Tail of the Dragon trip had us departing the Last Resort RV Campground in Nashville, Indiana the morning of June 14th. The Hob Nob Corner Restaurant was the recommended by the...
  • Day 1 - Tail of the Dragon
    Tail of the Dragon – Day 1
    The Tail of the Dragon has been on my bucket list ever since I discovered the top motorcycling destinations within the United States. The "Dragon" is a section of US 129 that sits on the...
  • Team Triumph of Wisconsin
    Team Triumph Annual Fall Open House
    I was looking for an excuse to get out on my Triumph Thunderbird Storm this past Saturday. While browsing Facebook updates earlier that week, I noticed a promotion on a few Triumph related pages that...
  • Alden Road Roller Coaster
    Roller Coaster Road (Alden Road – Wisconsin)
    A brief trip down roller coaster road (at a moderate speed). The road is more fun with an open throttle. ; )...
  • Southward on Alden Road
    Heading South on Alden Road (Illinois)
    Here’s a video of my ride South on Alden Road in Northern Illinois returning back from Team Triumph’s Annual Fall Open House in Janesville, Wisconsin. This road is picked up two miles East of Walworth,...
  • Upper Peninsula - Day 2
    Upper Peninsula – Day 2
    We departed Manistee after a quick bagel breakfast provided by the motel at which we were staying. We headed North on 31 a couple miles out of town to pick up the infamous M-22 that...
  • Upper Peninsula - Day 1
    Upper Peninsula – Day 1
    Aside from a few short out-of-state stints, I have lived near Lake Michigan for most of my life. I have been to numerous beaches stretching the shorelines of the southern half of the lake, including...
  • Woodstock Triumph
    Woodstock Triumph – A Welcome Sight
    I was pleased to learn that Woodstock Harley-Davidson was adding an “add-on” Triumph dealership to their retail location. Although I have not issue with MCC, where I bought my bike, Villa Park is a bit...
  • GlobeRiders IndoChina Expedition
    GlobeRiders – IndoChina Expedition
    Adventure in IndoChina One of the things that attracts me to motorcycling is the inherent sense of adventure it provides. It doesn’t matter if you’re running local errands or on a weekend trip, riding a...
  • So you think you can ride?
    So you think you can ride?
    I honestly don’t know which one is more impressive. The Japanese seem to have more fluid control, but the American cops are on bigger bikes on – possibly – a tougher course. Either way, these...
  • Sunday, October 21st - Coffee Run!
    Sunday, October 21st – Coffee Run!
    When: Sunday, October 21st Forecast: 64 degrees and sunny; 0% chance of rain Depart: 8:00 am from Thorntons (Cary) Arrive: ~9:00 am at Full Moon Diner (in Lake Bluff) Proposed Route:   View Larger Map...
  • Triumph Rocket III Speed Record
    Triumph sets World Speed Record at Bonneville Salt Flats
    As a proud Triumph owner, it is cool to see Triumph in the headlines for conquering the new world speed record on a motorcycle. The record was set using the Triumph Rocket III – the...
  • Say "Hello" to my little friend
    Say "Hello" to my little friend
    I finally did it. After four years and 7,000+ miles later, it was finally time to say goodbye to my 1988 Honda Shadow VT800c. The Shadow has treated me well with very little maintenance outside...
  • October 13 - Byron, Illinois Turkey Testicle Festival
    October 13 – Byron, Illinois Turkey Testicle Festival
    The annual Byron, Illinois Turkey Testicle Festival is scheduled for Friday, October 12th through Saturday, October 13th....
  • Evening Ride – St. Charles (20 September 2012)
    Evening Ride – St. Charles (20 September 2012)
    The fall riding season is in full swing (woo-hoo!). At least a handful of us are heading out for a night ride towards St. Charles this Thursday, September 20th. We’re going to hug as many...
  • Bikers Against Bullies" Motorcycle Ride 2012
    Bikers Against Bullies” Motorcycle Ride 2012
    Several of us will be joining a Poker Run this Sunday starting at the Broken Oar. Here’s the registration link and other details: http://bikersagainstbullies-eivtefrnd.eventbrite.com...
  • National Motorcycle Museum
    National Motorcycle Museum
    This looks like it would be a fun overnight trip.The National Motorcycle Museum is one of a dozen or so official museums across the country. Per their website:  The National Motorcycle Museum was founded in...
  • Helmet Saves Motorcyclist from 100 ft Fall
    Helmet Saves Motorcyclist from 100 ft Fall
    Think a helmet won’t save you? Think again....
  • The Road to New Glarus, Wisonsin
    The Road to New Glarus, Wisonsin
    The road to New Glarus was a two-day adventure covering three states: Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa:...
  • Start Seeing Motorcycles?
    Start Seeing Motorcycles?
    I don’t think the Police for the 2012 Olympics will have an issue being seen. Do you?...
  • August 4, 2012 - New Glarus Brewery
    August 4, 2012 – New Glarus Brewery
    About this ride New Glarus Brewery is a microbrewer in New Glarus, Wisconsin. There most popular beer is probably Spotted Cow (if you haven’t had one, you should). This is a planned day ride that...
  • Galena & the Great River Road Adventure
    Galena & the Great River Road Adventure
    I always look forward to the trip to Galena, Illinois and this time was no exception. The way out to Galena takes you down the Stage Coach Trail – one of Illinois’ best motorcycle roads...
  • Tour de France - Motorcycle vs. Bicycle
    Tour de France – Motorcycle vs. Bicycle
    I love the Tour de France. Aside from the thrills of the race itself and the absolutely gorgeous scenery, I’ve often wondered about those people who ride the motorycles. Each team seems to have a...
  • Doggie in a sidecar
    Doggie in a sidecar
    This is a fun story: Full Story: Golden Retriever rides in side-car...
  • My View of Harley Riders
    My View of Harley Riders
    I love ya, but you know you Harley riders are conforming non-conformists. Just replace the t-shirts with Harley Davidson and black leather and the point is the same. ; )...
  • Book Review: Ghost Rider
    Book Review: Ghost Rider
    In less than a year, Neil Peart (drummer and lyricist for the rock band Rush) suffered unthinkable tragedy: losing his only daughter, Selena, in an automobile accident and, shortly thereafter, his wife of 22 years to...
  • Wisconsin Motorcycle Rides: Touring the Lower Wisconsin Riverway
    Wisconsin Motorcycle Rides: Touring the Lower Wisconsin Riverway
    As part of the upcoming Galena ride, we’ll be taking a ride up the Mississippi River, heading North into Wisconsin. This is a ride that I’ve thought about doing a long time and I am...
  • 3 June 2012 - Ruben Brown Charity Run
    3 June 2012 – Ruben Brown Charity Run
    We were some of the first ten bikes or so to arrive at  Side Out’s Bar & Eatery  the morning of Sunday, June 3rd. It was a beautiful, sunny morning with temps around 70 degrees. The forecast...
  • Victory Judge
    Victory Judge
    Now this looks like a sweet ride…...
  • Full Moon Diner - Lake Bluff
    Full Moon Diner – Lake Bluff
    If you’ve never been to the Full Moon Diner (Lake Bluff) on a Sunday morning with your motorcycle, you need to give it a try. This is a kind of defacto gathering place for riders...
  • Sunday, 3 June 2012 - Ruben Brown Charity Ride
    Sunday, 3 June 2012 – Ruben Brown Charity Ride
    This ride has changed from a Sunday morning ride to the Full Moon Diner to Ruben Brown’s Motorcycle Run. There is a $20 donation required and the ride starts and ends at SideOuts. Here’s the skinny: Depart...
  • Illinois Motorcycle Laws
    Illinois Motorcycle Laws
    Looking for a summary of Illinois motorcycle laws? Well, you’re in luck, Skippy! http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Rights/State-Laws.aspx?stateid=13...
  • 30 May 2012 - Evening Ride
    30 May 2012 – Evening Ride
    I used my Garmin 405 fitness watch to map last night’s ride with Dave. We covered 53 miles in a little over 3 hours. The ride took us from Cary, down to South Elgin and...
  • Galena Weekend (July 13 - 15)
    Galena Weekend (July 13 – 15)
    This ride takes us out to Galena to explore Stagecoach Trail and Mississippi river roads in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa. We’ll be riding out on Stagecoach Trail Friday, July 13th, riding river roads on...
  • Freddy Jones Band @ Two Brothers Hop Juice Festival (Friday, June 1st)
    Freddy Jones Band @ Two Brothers Hop Juice Festival (Friday, June 1st)
    Ok, most everyone who knows me, knows that the Freddy Jones Band is one of my favorite bands. They haven’t produced much lately in terms of new music, but I like to think my support...
  • Galena (via Stagecoach Trail)
    Galena (via Stagecoach Trail)
    The trip to Galena via Stagecoach Road is probably one of the best rides in the state of Illinois. It is a memorable ride and this post attempts to capture my personal highlights from one...
  • Long Way Round
    Long Way Round
    Two men, 4 wheels and 20,000 miles. Long Way Round is truly the adventure of a lifetime. This documentary (and book) is one of the most entertaining motorcycle adventures I’ve seen. It is a 7-part...
  • River Ride to Peoria, IL
    River Ride to Peoria, IL
    This proposed route would take us down the Fox River to the Illinois River to Peoria, IL…and back. Here’s the proposed loop: View Larger Map Leave your comments/feedback in the comments section below.  ...
  • Daily Rides in Chicagoland
    Daily Rides in Chicagoland
    Hey Wild Hogs! I found a site that lists rides around the Chicagoland area. It includes upcoming events that you/we may be interested in joining. Take a gander and let me know what you think...
  • Public Enemy #1 Escapes from Crown Point Jail (with fake gun)
    Public Enemy #1 Escapes from Crown Point Jail (with fake gun)
    Public Enemy No. One (a.k.a. John Dillinger) escaped from the Lake County jail in Crown Point using a gun carved from a piece of wood. This also happens to be county hub of Lake County,...
  • Lake Michigan Tour
    Lake Michigan Tour
    Here’s a few fun facts about Lake Michigan: Lake Michigan is the third largest Great Lake by surface area and the sixth largest freshwater lake in the world. The northern part of the Lake Michigan...
  • Tail of the Dragon
    Tail of the Dragon
    There is way too much to say about the Tail of the Dragon – the crossing of the Tennessee/North Carolina state line is known as the Tail of the Dragon. It is considered one of the...
  • Rock River Ride
    Rock River Ride
    This ride involved Dave and myself. It was an all day trip that involved about 5 hours of riding time (plus stops). We departed on Saturday  morning, August 1, 2009. The trip took us to...

Road to Somewhere

Road to Somewhere motorcycle blog is the personal journal of Christopher J. Vezeau. I am a writer and a rider.