12 Jun Find Your Destination
You want to ride more but are not sure where you want to go? There are options out there. I personally just grab a map (or Google) and start looking for a region.
I do a little research as to what is there to see (I’ve been into Micro-beer lately, so that is a driving force as to where to go).
Then I start planning the route. I talk with other riders to see if anyone has ridden there before – this is sometimes the best knowledge. I usually look for secondary highways that are twisty. Plan my distances for each day of travel and look into gas stops and accommodations.
Not sure about the roads? Look into Destination Highways – especially if you are riding BC, Washington or No. Cal. The have a line of books and maps that rate the roads in their respective regions.
To quote them;
“A Destination Highway, simply put, is a road you’d travel to, to journey on. And Destination Highways B.C. is the most comprehensive guidebook ever produced for the enthusiast touring British Columbia motorcycle roads.
Using TIRES, or the Total Integrated Road Evaluation System, Destination Highways B.C. rates roads and highways from the motorcyclist’s special perspective. TIRES identifies and evaluates road elements– some obvious, some not– that, together, determine if a road is good enough to be called a Destination Highway.
In evaluating a road, TIRES counts and categorizes every curve, classifies every kilometer (0.62 miles) of Pavement, and assesses overall Engineering. It also rates the Scenery, Remoteness, and Character of a road. All these factors combine to determine a road’s total TIRES rating out of 100. With this total, the road earns its DH number– its ranking among southern B.C.’s 85 Destination Highways.”
So head out, look for That Road and enjoy your ride as well as where you go.