There’s a chill in the air that makes leathers feel great, and the crisp smell of falling leaves reminds us to make the most of every minute we have left to ride. Fall is one of the best times to ride here in the Midwest, but there’s other parts of the country that boast amazing colors and views that open up when the leaves thin out. Here are five routes you may want to consider for your fall rides:
Beautiful any time of year, the winding roads of the Ozarks mean red red blackgum and dogwood, yellow hickory, orange sassafras, purple sweetgum, and flaming maples in late September and October. As the leaves fall from the trees, breathtaking views are revealed.
Minnesota isn’t just the land of 10,000 lakes – there are some fantastic routes following the mighty Mississippi. This ride, starting in Hastings and finishing in Cannon Falls gives great views of the river and bluffs almost the entire trip.
If you’re a little further south you can leave West Union, OH on Rt.125 and motor east over rolling hills and farmland to Blue Creek. From there, the roads heads upward and curves through the hills of Enjoy the deep forest canopy and peaceful vistas of the Shawnee State Forest.
North Carolina/Tennessee – Cherohala Skyway
What’s it like to ride on a 100 million dollar road? You can find out in North Carolina’s Cherohala Skyway. Winding up and over 5,400 foot mountains for 15 miles in North Carolina and descending another 21 miles into the deeply forested backcountry of Tennessee, the e road crosses through the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests thus the name “Chero…hala”.
Scenic route to the Field of Dreams
If you’re in the Chicago area, here’s a journey for a long weekend for fall color lovers and baseball fans alike. Follow quiet country roads into Galena, IL, scoot through a corner of Wisconsin, and head for Dyersville, Iowa to visit the Field of Dreams movie site.
If any of these rides are on your bucket list, but perhaps aren’t easy to get to, why not make your next vacation a “fly and ride” destination and have your bikes meet you there? HAULBIKES motorcycle transport ships bikes ready to ride! Check out our motorcycle shipping rates online.
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