Listen in as we build our route to the Missouri Ozarks, perfect daily destinations and itemize camping gear … Read More
Every May, my husband and I take a long distance motorcycle trip to kick off the riding season. This year we chose Tennessee for it’s twisty roads and as a contender for future relocation. We’d both heard good things about Tennessee via friends in Memphis and Nashville but what about the riding? Many visit the state for dirt biking. Our plan focuses on all things paved.
We decided to explore Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville for livability while eyeing the tarmac, traffic and twisty roads between. Starting out towards Memphis, we rode down Illinois following the straight line of I-57 which is flat farmland, an opportunity for road-hypnosis if you’re not careful. With an overnight stop in Mount Vernon, Illinois we continued another twenty miles before Robin found a rural route which took us through Shawnee National Forest.
Gotta say, Memphis is a fun town. People outside of Tennessee generally think so, although it seems people within Tennessee view Memphis as “different.” Memphis is full of flavor in food, people, attitudes, dress, housing, neighborhoods, attractions and of course, tourists.Read More ...
There are certain scenarios in modern motorcycling where broadcasting live video from your smartphone might be of great benefit. While the adventurous grit of industrial yesteryear remains a core component in exploratory riding, there’s no harm in having new age tech on hand. Even if stowed, the option to break it out and power it up as needed supersedes the latter.
Be it perfect riding roads under perfect riding conditions or an unpleasant arrival to a tipped bike, uStream video software allows for live video streaming directly to the cloud. Even without a data connection, the mobile app (Android | iPhone) can record HD footage before eventually uploading when your preferred network access is detected. Error-free increments insure that every frame makes it’s way to your (free) uStream account.
More established online video repositories are beginning to follow suit. YouTube now offers it’s live service in mobile form, though the instructions are a bit haphazard and require a combination of information from different user forums. The video below triggers enough headache to prove uStream the better option …Read More ...
Our original post about the Lake Michigan Circle Tour is one of the first long distance motorcycle trips we covered back in 2014. Still a great introductory route for the aspiring long distance rider, more experienced enthusiasts demand more in the way of technical maneuvering. With them in mind, we’ve compiled a new version that better connects twisty regions throughout.
The goal of re-developing such a well known, albeit slower paced map stems from the difference in scheduled riding opportunities between my wife (TRO writer Margaret Dean) and myself. While I’ve been able to ride daily, she hasn’t and the technical requirements for this anniversary trip aim to reflect that. She just bought and customized her first dedicated sport tourer, a modified 2016 Triumph Street Triple R which needs to be broken in while she becomes familiar over the course.
That isn’t to take away from Mrs. Dean’s technical riding abilities. She and I both completed the MSF Advanced Rider Course together and she’s spent countless hours in the Wisconsin Driftless region. The keyword here is “exposure” and this new version of the LMCT balances ours evenly.Read More ...