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Psychs on Bikes Delivers Mental Health Support Across Australia

Below is a press release from Psychs on Bikes, a group of mental health professionals who raise awareness in rural and remote communities. These professionals also have a passion for motorcycles and have been able to combine their passion for motorcycles with their profession of helping people while travelling to remote areas in Australia.

The outback may be a strange place to see a cavalcade of leather-clad, motorcycle-riding mental health professionals, but there’s nothing ordinary about Psychs on Bikes. It’s a group of mental health professionals who hit the road on motorbike rides aimed at improving awareness about mental health in rural and remote communities across Australia.

In May, psychiatrists, psychologists, and mental health nurses ditch the couch, for their motorcycles. Leaving Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane they will ride over 16,000 km around Australia over six weeks.

The trip will visit cattle stations in central Queensland and the Northern Territory where the psychs will engage with hundreds of staff in conversations about their emotional wellbeing.

Founder and Sydney psychiatrist Dr. Joseph Dunn highlights “Unfortunately depression and suicide rates are much higher in rural areas than urban ones. Our motorcycles are great conversation starters because people can be quite apprehensive about talking to a psychologist or psychiatrist”.
As well as speaking about mental health, the group offers free health checks to target what he calls the four silent killers: hypertension, diabetes, depression, and alcohol.

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Bernadette Burke, from the Consolidated Pastoral Company, emphasizes the real need for mental health support in rural and remote regions “The isolation of a cattle station can compound mental health issues. Having Psychs on Bikes visit starts a conversation that our staff may not otherwise have”.
Psychs on Bikes would like to acknowledge and thank its foundation sponsor Ramsay Health Care.

For further information visit their website or follow them on Facebook.

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Free Tassie ferry fares may be coming soon

The Federal Government is soon expected to announce free or discounted ferry fares to Tasmania to promote tourism after the island closed down during the pandemic.

However, it is not clear whether motorcycles will be included in the tourism promotion.

The move was first mooted in May, but the borders have been closed for longer than expected.

Tourism Industry Council Tasmania CEO Luke Martin has been calling on the Federal Government to temporarily extend the Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme that covers the gap between the true cost of taking a vehicle on the ferry and the ticket price.

That would make fares attractively cheap or even free.

The proposal has been supported by Premier Peter Gutwein and the Motorcycle Riders Association who had asked riders to email the Premier to show their support.

Hobart-based MRA spokesman Damien Codognotto says mainland and overseas motorcyclists have made “significant contributions to Tasmania’s economy”.

“Over a million Australians are licensed to ride. Encouraging riders to holiday on the Island by carrying motorcycles and scooters free on the ferries makes financial sense,” he says.

Damien says it would be foolish to exclude motorcycle riders from any fare promotional offers.

“On-board riders spend as much as tourists in cars, vans and recreational vehicles,” he says.
“Bikes weigh less and use less space and weigh less than cars, vans and RVs. You can fit four bikes in the space of a car.

“Touring bikes are often two up so a car space can yield up to eight spending tourists. A car can yield up to five tourists but mostly doesn’t.

“By not charging $238 return for bikes you encourage more riders to visit Tasmania. That means more dollars spent on food, drink, cinemas and souvenirs.

“The $238 saved will be spent on the holiday so per square metre, motorcycles are worth more than cars on the ferries.”

He also claims motorcycle riders are good tourists, travelling light and spending well on accommodation, bike hire, retail sales and services.

“Tourists on motorbikes spend more per kilometre than tourists in cars and RVs because they travel light,” he says.

“A bonus is their machines cause less wear and tear on our roads, kill less wildlife and pollute less, even less as electric motors replace petrol engines.”

Motorcycle tourists have often been claimed to be among the most desirable for local businesses, spending more than other motorists.

For example, Tourism Queensland estimates motorcycle tourists spend up to $160 a day in local communities on food, drink, accommodation, fuel and necessities, while caravaners are more self-contained and only spend about $40 a day.

“Hospitality businesses and attractions like MONA, Port Arthur, Bruny Island, the West Coast Railway and more benefit from rider spending,” Damien says.Free ferry fares to Tassie Tasmania

A Spirit of Tasmania spokesperson says the current motorbike fare starts at $69 each way in the low tourist season.

It can rise to $99 in the high season or $109 for a flexi fare. Sidecars and trailers can lift the price to as much as $139 each way.

A discount or free fare would encourage more riders. Not that riders need much encouragement to head to Tassie. Charley Boorman rates it one of his favourite riding destinations.

The Tasmanian Government loves to welcome visiting motorcyclists, but also promotes important road safety messages about roads and riding conditions in Tasmania.

They have produced a Tasmanian Motorcycle Travel Guide video which is given to all motorcyclists when they board the Spirit of Tasmania.

It is one of many motorcycle-oriented tourism videos they have released.

In 2015, they produced a video featuring multi-Australian Superbike Champion Malcolm Campbell and interstate motorcycle club member Lester Knowles riding around the state and pointing out the features and dangers.

Each year the video is updated.

Road safety billboards and posters are also displayed on popular riding routes.

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Amanda Zito Rode 8,000 Miles Around the United States

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Amanda Zito is the person behind the YouTube channel As The Magpie Flies. She recently completed an 8,000-mile trip from her home in Portland, Oregon, to the east coast of the U.S. and back again.

She recently posted part one of her journey to YouTube, and it’s an absolute must-watch experience.

She took her trip in August and encountered all sorts of things, including 111-degree heat. Along the way she hit some snafus and camped. She says “just gotta roll with the punches,” when she hits snags. 

You can watch her go through some of the most impressive terrain and landscapes in all of North America. She also connects up with family in Montana and South Dakota.

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The entire trip is an honest and impressive look at what it really takes to do a trip like this Zito is an inspiration and her skill with the camera is worth watching, too. As The Magpie Flies has been around awhile and she’s definitely improved her cinematography. This is a very good well-made look at the trip, and it’s certainly worth watching. 

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Riders Urged To ‘Ride This Thing Out’

The fourth annual Australian Ride your Motorcycle to Work Week next month has been changed to simply “Ride your Motorcycle” due to the pandemic.

Obviously that refers to the fact that many riders may not have wrk to ride to or may be working from home.

The initiative was developed and organised by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries with the backing of the industry.

In June, the FCAI urged inactive motorcyclists who haven’t ridden for some time to ride again, especially for commuting, as the pandemic travel restrictions begin to ease across the country.

Now, the focus has shifted again.

Running from September 21 to 27, the 2020 edition of Ride Your Motorcycle To Work Week will see ‘To Work’ temporarily crossed out of the event logo.

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Instead, the initiative will encourage two-wheeled enthusiasts to ‘Ride This Thing Out’, dust-off their bikes and scooters for good mental health and socially distanced recreation.

FCAI Motorcycle Manager Rhys Griffiths says the week is an opportunity to have some fun, whether commuting or recreating.

“There’s no doubt 2020 has been challenging, but together we can ride this thing out,” he says.

“The pandemic has hit everyone hard and the mental health benefits of riding are well documented. Riding makes you happy and right now, Australians need a break. The biggest smiles are always hidden behind a helmet.”

The event also aims to draw attention to two-wheeled transport as a potential solution in COVID-19 recovery.

“Riding has a real role to play in helping Australia get back to work, offering socially distanced transportation and alleviating congestion and parking issues.”

“Our aim this year is primarily about reminding Aussies how much fun they can have on a bike, but our secondary goal is to capture the attention of policy makers who too often overlook riding in developing transportation infrastructure.”

The Ride Your Motorcycle to Work Week team is monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation in Victoria and other states closely and will provide any updates via the event Facebook page.

All riders should adhere to any and all Government regulations at all times.

The industry initiative also offers an online DIY guide to ensuring your motorcycle is ready for the road.

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Motorcycle Rides You Should Try In Canada

Canada is the world’s second-largest country with a landmass of 9.1 million square kilometers. This country is located in North America and attracts millions of tourists every year. If you are a fan of coastlines, you will also come across the longest coastline in the world as it shares its borders with three oceans; the Arctic, Atlantic, and Pacific.

Canadians love fine things, and you can find them having fun on their coastline, trying their luck in an online casino, or observing various cultural events all year round. Canada is an attractive country for riders as it boasts of about 415,000 kilometers of paved blacktop. The following are some of the best motorcycle rides in the country.Canada

Ride Lake Superior

Everyone who wants to take a bike ride through Canada should include this route in their bucket list. Lake Superior is the world’s largest freshwater lake, and riding along it allows you to interact with nature at its best. The route is perfectly done and can accommodate different riding styles. The hotels along this route have parking spots for motorcycles, making it easy to catch your breath or have a quick bite. It is the best ride if you are looking for a long ride and something memorable.

Ice Fields Parkways/ Bow Valley

This ride along the Alberta’s Rocky Mountains is one of the destinations you cannot afford to miss. The 400km ride wades through stunning vistas, waterfalls, mountain views, the amazing Columbia Ice fields, and glacial lakes. You will also ride through the popular mountain towns of Lake-Louise, Jasper, and Banff.

The Cabot Trail-Nova Scotia

This 300km stretch is located in the Maritime province of Nova Scotia. The ride will end around the northern tip of Cape Breton Island. Some of the beautiful sceneries you will encounter when riding through the Cabot Trail include old-growth forests, stunning ocean vistas, and rock walls. If you are an adventurous person, you will enjoy curves within the rugged coastline and elevation changes.Canada

Ride the Edge

The ride is scenic, and the roads are in their best shape. The towns along this ride are friendly to tourists as they have all the foods you can dream about. You will come across Ontario’s cottage country, where McMansions are the dominant buildings that cover the lakeshores. You can use two routes; the Small Loop and Big Loop if you are coming from Vermont, New York State, Ohio, or the Golden Horseshoe.

The Haines Highway

It is the perfect ride for those who like to wade through a wild route. The 240km stretch follows the ancient routes used by the prospectors of the Klondike Gold Rush and Chilkat Tlingit traders. Expect to come across grand views of alpine tundra, coastal forests, and glaciated mountains as you ride through this route.

The Kananaskis Trail Alberta

It is one of the best trails if you want something scenic just outside the city of Calgary. The area is snowy during the winter months, which makes it unfit for riding. You will come across the Rocky Mountains, the Peter Lougheed provincial park, and the Kananaskis Range as you ride through this trail. You will also enjoy the views of crystal clear rivers, the emerald green lakes, wildlife, and snow-capped peaks.

The Confederation Bridge

This bridge links Northumberland Strait, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. The Confederation Bridge is the world’s longest bridge crossing over ice-covered waters. The smell of salty water is something that you will not forget as you go through its curves. You will also enjoy the view of fishing boats while riding through the ‘Fixed Link.’Canada

The Sea-to-Sky Highway

The ride is characterized by descents, climbs, and mountain and ocean views, which explains its name. Snow-covered peaks characterize the winter months. The ride will take you through Whistler, Squamish, Pemberton, and Lillooet. You will come across runway lanes and brake check pullouts as you ride through this amazing route.

The Pacific Rim Highway

The adventurous will enjoy blind corners, twistiness, beautiful forests, descents, and climbs. You can feel the breeze of the ocean from the Ucluelet and Tofino junction. You can explore the beach or even enjoy various camping grounds on this route.

We have not covered every motorcycle stretch in Canada, but the above are some of the best. You can stopover in various hotels, spin a few slots in a kaszino or, even go on a shopping spree as you cool down after a good ride. Familiarize yourself with the riding rules in this country to ensure that you are on the good side of the law.

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Motorcycling Around Greece: 4 Islands that are a Must See

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Greece is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe and is a fantastic place for a holiday any time of the year. The thriving capital city of Athens is home to some of the most important archaeological attractions in the world and ancient monuments such as the Parthenon and Acropolis of Athens, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Ancient Agora are all fascinating places to visit.

As well as the mainland, Greece has hundreds of beautiful islands that are perfect destinations for holidays, especially during the summer months. Greece is also a great destination for motorcycle tours and there are lots of amazing places that you can visit with your motorcycle.

In this article we will take a look at some of the most famous islands that you can enjoy when you take your tour around Greece. There are frequent ferry connections to all the main islands in Greece and the port of Piraeus, which services the city of Athens.

Crete

Crete is the largest of all Greek islands and is located in the south east of the Aegean. It is an island that is ideal for visiting any time of the year, and has lots of wonderful places to visit and experience. What makes Crete an ideal place for a motorcycle holiday is the fact that the whole island is connected by one main highway that runs across the northern part of the island.

Crete consists of four main municipalities – Chania, Rethymno, Heraklion and Lassithi – each of which is home to a range of beautiful villages, coastal resorts and lots of places of natural beauty from dominating mountain ranges and valleys, to forests and isolated plains.

The ferries from Athens will usually arrive in Heraklion, which is the capital of the island, or in Chania. Wherever you arrive, you can head off along the main highway and make as many stops as you want to take in the gorgeous regions. While in Crete, don’t forget to sample some of the delicious local cuisine.

Rhodes

The island of Rhodes is the largest in the group known as the Dodecanese, and is an island filled with history, sights and an impressive coastline. There are frequent ferries to Rhodes from Athens, as well as from other ports in Greece.

You can enjoy some great motorcycle tours of the island, as you travel around the visit the beautiful beach resorts, mountain villages and everything in between. For those who enjoy a flutter, Rhodes is also home to the famous Rodos Kaszino, which is located in the northern part of the island.

Rhodes has a very interesting history and there are lots of great sites and places to stop and visit, such as the famous medieval town, which is a World Heritage Site. The landscape and scenery here make it an ideal destination for a motorcycle holiday, and it’s also a very safe island for travelers, and one that attracts all types of visitors from around the world.

Santorini

Santorini has to be mentioned on this list, simply because it is easily one of the most famous and beautiful islands in all of Greece. The island has frequent connections by ferry to Athens, and though not as large as Rhodes of Crete, has lots of wonderful places to visit and experience.

The town of Oia in the north of the island is home to some of the most amazing sunsets in the world. It is here that you will find the whitewashed houses, blue domed churches and narrow paths and streets to explore. There are lots of other interesting towns and villages in Santorini such as the capital of Fira, which is a great place to visit, as well as some lovely coastal towns such as Perissa, Emborio and Kamari.

Santorini is famous for many things such as the local cuisine, its wine and of course the famous volcano, which created the truly unique landscape of the island, which is unlike anything else you would have ever experienced.

Evia

The island of Evia is not one of the most famous for visitors from abroad, but it is actually an amazing travel location and its size makes it perfect for motorcycle tours. It is actually the second largest island in Greece after Crete, but what makes it that much more special is that you can actually reach it by land. There is a bridge connecting the mainland with the capital town of Chalkida, which is just over an hours drive from Athens.

Evia has lots of stunning places to visit all over the island. The northern part is the most beautiful with dense forests, impressive mountains and gorgeous beaches. The center and southern parts are also full of interesting places to explore and visit. There is a great road infrastructure around the island, making it an ideal place to head to and then start exploring.

Greece is a great destination for travel throughout the year, and for those who are looking for something different for a motorcycle holiday, then Greece has so many wonderful islands and destinations that are perfect for exploring on two wheels. There is good internet access in most locations around the island, so if you need to keep in contact with family or friends at home, check emails, or even jump onto your favorite casino online for a few rounds of poker, you can do so with ease.

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Motorcycling Tours: A Brief Look at Locations in the UK

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The United Kingdom is a truly unique land, and one that is perfect for touring year round. There are so many amazing places that you can visit, with a history that stretches back thousands of years. From mountain peaks to castles, and dense forests to picturesque lakes, the United Kingdom is simply beautiful.

The combination of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Island create a truly unique backdrop that is perfect for motorcycle tours, and is a location that has so many wonderful places to explore and experience. In this article, you will find information about some of the best places where you can enjoy a tour of the United Kingdom on your motorbike.

You can find everything when motorcycling around the UK such as castles, caves, valleys, mountain ranges, national parks, as well as lots of things to enjoy for entertainment such as restaurants, museums or cinemas. You can even make a stop at a local kaszino if you want to enjoy a night out on the poker tables with your friends. There will be something for everyone when you take a biking tour around the United Kingdom.

England

The largest of the countries that make up the United Kingdom, England is an amazing place. Home to famous cities and counties, it is a country that attracts visitors each year from all over the world. The historic capital of London is part of England that most people will visit, though that’s only just scratching at the surface.

There are so many great counties and regions to explore, that you can spend a lifetime in England and also find new places to visit and things to experience.

The north and eastern parts of the United Kingdom are packed full of great places to visit including the counties of Northumberland and Yorkshire, which are very interesting and beautiful parts of the country. Newcastle in the north east is a great city and one that many people will pass through when touring the eastern side of England.

The south-west coast of England is home to Dorset, which is one of the most beautiful counties in the United Kingdom and home to places such as Poole, Weymouth, Bournemouth and lots of other fascinating places. This part of the UK coast is known as the Jurassic Coast, and is easily one of the most beautiful in the country.

It’s a perfect place to travel around by motorcycle where you can make stops at all of the interesting towns and cities along the route. From there you can continue heading west until you reach Devon, which is a fantastic place to explore.

You can also tour around the north-west region of England, taking in places such as Merseyside, Lancashire and Cumbria, each of which are stunning counties with lots of great places to explore and seek out. There are great road networks around here, as well as the rest of the country, and the conditions are great for motorbike tours with family or friends.

From this part of the United Kingdom, you can then pass through Cheshire in the south-west part of that region, and head into Wales through Flintshire or Wrexham.Touring in the UK

Wales

Wales is the smallest of the countries in the United Kingdom, but is an extremely beautiful one, filled with mountains, valleys, and a wonderful coastline that stretches for miles and miles. It’s the perfect setting for bike tours and offers visitors the chance to enjoy the natural landscape and setting.

Some of the highlights of Wales include the magical Snowdonia National Park, Caernarfon Castle, Brecon Beacons National Park and Cardiff Castle. The landscape is dotted with castles amongst the lush green hills and valleys, and the scenery here is the perfect escape from the noise and stress of your daily inner-city life.

Scotland

Located in the north of the United Kingdom, Scotland is a country unlike any other. It’s dominating mountains, picturesque lochs and general natural beauty make it a popular holiday destination for travelers from all over the UK, as well as the rest of the world. From the majestic capital city of Edinburgh, to the stunning Highlands, Scotland is a fantastic place to tour, and with your motorbike, you can explore all of the hidden gems in this wonderful destination.

Some of the places in Scotland to visit during your motorcycle tour include the Highlands as well Inverness and the north coast of Scotland, which you have to see with your own eyes to believe.

The United Kingdom is a great place for holidays and travel throughout the year. There are great road networks, so taking a tour with your motorcycle is an excellent option, especially during the spring or summer months.

You’ll easily be able to find a good choice of cheap accommodation along your routes, with a good option being a bed and breakfast. If you are planning to spend a few days in a specific part of the country, then it will probably be a good idea to book yourself accommodation in advance, especially during the summer.

Most accommodation will have WiFi so you can always pop online to check your emails, or upload some photos from your travels. You can also pop onto a casino online and place a few bets on your football team if you fancy a wager.

The UK has so much history and places of interest that you could spend a lifetime touring around and visiting places and still not see everything there is on offer.

Before heading off on your motorcycle tours, it’s a good idea to spend a little time planning your destinations and the routes that you will take. There are lots of websites online that offer you a great choice of interesting and scenic routes that you can take to reach your destinations, rather than sticking to the mundane motorways.

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Top five best motorcycle riding routes for couples in the UK

Are you a motorcycle enthusiast looking for someone compatible? Did you know you can meet a diverse range of potential partners via your web browser? Joining a dating site is a convenient way of introducing yourself to other bikers. Once you’ve struck up a rapport, how about cementing your relationship by taking to the open road? If you’re in the UK, here are five of the best riding routes you should consider according to experts from quickflirt.com.

Coasting by the Giant’s Causeway, Co Antrim

The road winding its way along the Antrim coast on the east side of Northern Ireland, or the A2 to give it its more prosaic title, is a wonderful route for any romantically-inclined motorcycle enthusiasts. Commencing at Larne, the ferry port for the mainland, this journey will take you through picturesque scenery, with tranquil villages and rolling glens on one side, and the Irish Sea’s North Channel stretching on the other. What makes this roadway all the more impressive is the fact it dates back to the mid-19th century when the laborers had to hack and blast their way through the often rugged coastline.

Zig-zag around the Peak DistrictUK travel tourism couples

The A537 is a winding road that skirts the Cheshire and Derbyshire border, through some of the English Midlands most stark scenery. Known to the motorcycling fraternity as the ‘Cat and Fiddle’ road, after the well-known pub that sits amidst this landscape (actually the second highest in the whole of England), you can commence your sightseeing jaunt in Buxton, and finish in Macclesfield, 11.5 miles later. Be warned, these country roads can be treacherous, so observe the Highway Code at all times (and the speed cameras.)

A Highland fling

Another riding route with an excellent reputation, the aptly-named North Coast 500 consists of a 516-mile roadway around the point where the Scottish Highlands plunge to the coastline. The scenery here is craggy but beautiful, the round journey kicking off at Inverness Castle before taking in many of Scotland’s most popular tourist hotspots – John O’Groats, Ullapool, Dornoch, and many more. One of the highlights is the stretch that skirts Loch Ness, the deepest waterway in the UK, and home to a mythical monster.

Way Out West

If you’re looking for a welcome change from weatherbeaten hills and craving some flatlands, make for the English West Country. The main section of this riding route follows the A3123 to Berry Down Cross, a Devon village linked to the Bronze Age (2,500 to 800 B.C.). Elsewhere, there are stunning clifftop views in the direction of Wales, with many interesting locations for a pit-stop. If you’re looking for an authentic taste of Devon, there are ample outlets serving delicious local delights to satisfy any couple enjoying a romantic break. The cream teas are the stuff of legend, and once you’re ready to retire of an evening, you must sample one or two glasses of home-fermented cider.

Skirting the North Sea

Your route commences at Skegness, a popular visitor destination on the Lincolnshire coast. With the North Sea on your right-hand side, you and your partner can set off across the Lincolnshire Wolds, an area of stunning natural beauty, before making for the Humber Bridge. Although there are twisty sections, it is generally quiet, the road itself well looked after. Highlights of the journey include Flamborough Head, a lover’s paradise on the Yorkshire coast, and the seaside resorts of Scarborough and Whitby, further up the A171. Keep an eye out for hidden dips, but when the time comes to park up and settle for the night in cozy accommodation, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

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4 American Roads for Motorcycle Rides to Visit Historic Places

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Few feelings come close to that of the wind blowing across your face as you plow through the country’s routes on your motorcycle. You get to take in the amazing sights and scenery as you ride to an epic adventure. The American dream encompasses freedom, and for many bikers, nothing spells free than a great ride on the road. Are you up for finding adventure? Then you need to indulge in a popular motorcycle road travel on your motorcycle and take your time to explore what the USA holds.

Visiting museums, monuments, and other popular sights is an avenue to fully experience and appreciate the national culture. Also, it’s enlightening for students, especially scholars writing an assignment or essay examples about an attraction. Here are historic and educational places you can visit with amazing motorcycle roads that heighten the experience.

The Lincoln Memorial Via US Route 50

One of Washington DC’s finest destinations is the Lincoln Memorial. You get to see the masterpiece of French sculptor Daniel Chester in all its glory. The memorial is dedicated to one of the nation’s greatest heroes, Abraham Lincoln.

Students are no strangers to the works of the 16th president of the USA, as his contributions to the country are a popular topic in history class. Many students can give you facts about Lincoln, his age, family, social background, and even map the road to the Lincoln house. It’s rare to find a student who hasn’t written essays on Abraham Lincoln in their school year. If you need help with study, you can find accounts of his life and impact on society from essay samples about Lincoln.

Taking US Route 50 to Washington DC is one of the most exciting motorcycling adventures in the country. The road spans approximately 3000 miles entering the District of Columbia from Arlington, Virginia. The route grants you access to many of the USA historic places other than the Lincoln Memorial. You can visit the Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, White House, and more.

Ride Through the Path of the Civil War Through Blue Ridge Packway

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Blue Ridge Parkway

The American Civil War is a part of history that helped shaped society as we know it today. Blue Ridge Pathway gives you the chance to explore sites of this historical battle while savouring breathtaking scenery on your motorcycle. North of this mountain route, along its Virginia sections, is several Civil War sites. Also, this area features low numbers of trucks, if you were to encounter any, it would be those of the two service stations in the area.

Remember to take the time out to enjoy the routes famous sweeping curves. It’s to the southern part of this motorcycle road as nature teases your senses with its delight up until Ashville, North Carolina. A speed limit of 45 mph means you’ll get to soak in the surreal environment with that low rustling breeze sweeping over your face.

Visit Mount Rushmore Via the Central Hills Loop Road

If you went through some essay samples about historic monuments, Mount Rushmore is an attraction that shows up on many write-ups. Thanks to Central Hills Loop road in along South Dakota, you get to enjoy a delightful motorcycle ride to see the wonder. Few routes make for an enjoyable ride in reverse, but the Central Hills Loops aces this feature.

This motorcycle road packs the best features of every seasoned bikers dream. Though the tight turns and multiple elevations may not be thrills suited for beginners, they are a dream come through for seasoned motorcyclists. Visit the area to see the masterpiece depicting 4 of the USA finest president, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington. The sculpture took almost a decade and a half to create, and with carvings ending in 1941.

Though Mount Rushmore is the stand out monument, as it would be in any other region of the world, you shouldn’t be quick to dismiss its other attractions. Travelling along this route will take you through the cultural town of Keystone and one of nature’s finest spots, the Custer State Park.

Touring the Historic Route 66Route 66 Tours test ride a harley

There aren’t too many routes that bask in the spotlight by being a historic attraction itself. This reason makes Route 66 a cut above others. It span length sits at approximately 2,448 miles between Los Angeles and Chicago. This motorcycle route is rich in history some of which include the following.

  •       Being among the first set of paved highways commissioned by the USA government;
  •       Served as a route for West migrants;
  •       Was the title name for a popular 60’s TV show.

This route makes for an amazing motorcycle ride with numerous attractions littered along the path. Also, you can take a quick detour to visit the eye-catching Grand Canyon. The popularity of motorcycle travel in the area had lead many business owners to create parks, restaurants, and more to ensure travellers have a good time.

Final Thoughts

The USA has a rich and unique culture, with many existing historic moments, places, and more telling its tale. Take the time to visit these cultural attractions on your motorcycle to enjoy not just the thrills of the journey, but also create your adventure story along the way. 

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Covid crisis claims Compass Expeditions

The COVID-19 pandemic has sadly claimed the Australian-based Compass Expeditions worldwide motorcycle travel company.

A Facebook statement from the company blames their closure on the “subsequent collapse of forward bookings coupled with complete lack of business confidence going forward”.

Several other motorcycle travel companies have temporarily stalled or dramatically dropped their prices.

I contacted Compass Expeditions for more details, but they have not yet responded.

Charley Boorman big adventurer adventureCharley Boorman in the Flinders Ranges on the 2014 Compass Expeditions outback tour

A few years ago I travelled with the company on their first outback tour with Charley Boorman. They have conducted several more tours in Australia with Charley.

I found they were a highly and honourable professional company.

Compass Expeditions offers refunds

So I was not surprised to find their statement says they will offer refunds to all customers:

Currently Compass Expeditions is in a financial position to refund ALL deposits paid for ALL tours booked, however this will not always be the case if we choose to ‘hang on’, and all indicators point towards Australians not being permitted to travel internationally for a long time yet, it is therefore only prudent for us to refund all monies owed and close the doors, now,  considering 75% of our clients are Australian.

Back in February when we contacted the company about their pandemic refund policy, spokesman Craig Jackson pointed out their terms state that any cancellation within 90 days is non-refundable.

However, it now appears they have done the honourable thing for their customers.

“We offered the option to roll over deposits until 2021/22 or refund deposits, 95% took the refund  option, which is what we would have done if we were in the same situation,” their statement says.

“However this has left us financially vulnerable. We have decided to cease operations now and still be in the position to refund all deposits owing as soon as possible.

“Everyone with current deposits has been contacted personally and refunds have been organised.”

I hope their integrity and honesty is rewarded should they restart the company after the international borders re-open.

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