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The OBS Winter Motorbike Ride Guide

Winter Riding

During the winter months, the urges to ride your bike to a warmer place can sometimes numb your sensibilities (along with the frost bites).  To help relieve your separation anxiety, we at OBS did some research and found several places where winter riding is feasible. 

California Mendocino Coast

This awe-inspiring location is positioned right in between Monterey and San Luis Obispo and is four miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge with the sandy Stinson Beach near. There's also Bodega Bay where Alfred Hitchcok filmed The Birds in 1963. (Who remembers this movie?)  Another interesting tad bit is that the town of Caspar has been proven to be a habitation for humans more than 11,000 years ago.  Here you'll also see the remnants of Russian architecture.  With its lush pine trees and foggy atmosphere, Mendocino has truly earned the name "the Jewel of the North Coast." …Oh, and watch out for the cattle and heifers crossing the road when riding.

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Arkansas Scenic 7 Byway to Hot Springs

Called the Valley of Vapors by Native Americans, because of the waters' healing power, Arkansas is full of great sites to see, like the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains.  Another must see is the Diamond Lakes Region.  Named after its diamond-bearing bodies of water, this region includes Lake Catherin, Degray, Greeson, Hamilton and Ouachita, which makes the area better suited for a significant partner.  It has its old bathhouse and the Majestic, which offers a 30-minute message for only $60.  This location is bound to be a great get-away with your wife or husband.

Texas Hill Country

The Texas Hill Country is the perfect merge where East meets West.  There are plenty of back roads that can lead you into the San Antonio area, like Highway 8.  Even Interstate 10 is a perfect route for bicoastal travel.  And as they say, everything in Texas truly is BIGGER.  The Texas Hill Country is "as big as Buddha's belly button."  Be sure to visit Bandera, the "Cowboy Capital of the World," and taste the roadside apples near Fredericksburg.

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Florida Everglades to Key West 

There's a little bit of paradise located here in the states.  Islamorada includes the islands of Windley Key, Upper Matecumbe Key and Lower Matecumbe Key.  It's the best spot for sports fishing and reef exploration.  Housing the only living coral in North America, this spot has been known to be one of the wealthiest locations in America because of its past history of pirating. Long Key State Park is home of the daily Sunset Festival located on Mallory dock. There you'll find local characters doing just about anything (legal) to get your interest (and money).

Georgia North Georgia Mountains

Since we're headquartered here, it's only right that we include the big GA. Take a two hour drive north of Atlanta and you'll end up in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The Blue Ridge Mountains is the southern most tip (or should we say peak) of the Appalachians.  Here you'll discover Helen,Georgia, or as others call it "Alpine Helen."  Octoberfest (think German food, dancing, and beer) is the best time to visit.  And if you're into the "after world," you can visit Nacoochee mound, the mysterious aboriginal burial site where the Cherokee met to perform ceremonial rites.  There's also the Brasstown Bald (the treeless mountain top), Suches (the motorcycle only lodge/campground), and Lake Burton.

Let us know any other places you would visit for the winter in the comments below, and also check out our  tips for winterizing your bike.

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[Source: MCO]

[Images: EX, GSRAMCR]

 

Written by OBS at 12:00 AM