In today's age of technology, it's easy to pick up a GPS, mount it to bars and head down the highway. The information in our forums will help the rider from many other countries, from the U.S. as well, to see what options exist and make informed decisions during the stage of planning, even taking advantage of great technology.
Road trips can be planned and downloaded into some devices, which is cool too. So if it comes down to a point and shoot down the highway then perhaps all the time and research here may be of little value to this particular rider. The roads presented here for the most part are ones taking the rider off the beaten path. GPS will provide a drive to a destination in many cases but it isn't necessarily going to put a rider where the better ride may be. Cruising down the interstate is good, not knocking it because just riding a bike is fun, even down the interstate. However, most of the people we know that ride are looking for the ultimate, maximum experience for a journey and many many hours can be spent connecting the dots. Better riding will almost always be the longer route.
When we consider a trip like the Empire Canyons tour
, it isn't about finding Bryce, Grand Canyon and Zion Park in a GPS, it's about road connections and not just any roads - we want the scenery AND the roads providing the greatest path of resistance. We want to know what's the riding area like, what are my options and is it worth it? One question some riders have is why the N. side of the Grand Canyon instead of the S. The fact is there are options for south side canyon riding that are nice, like always being open for one. You have route 66, historic 66, Sedona, Flagstaff and others. Yes, we've been there in the winter on many hours of long straight interstate roads in 20 & 30 degree weather, so is this the place to be just because the gates are locked on the north? Well, that's the cool thing of riding, for some it will be, even in congestive circumstances, long straight roads and weather issues. And the rider may just be traveling across the country, this being the most convenient path.
The roads presented here aren't the ultimate answer, they are just suggestions and we hope you'll find them useful. The roads are areas around Las Vegas and may only be an hour or so to get there. We don't have roads like the little dragon but do have super nice areas to ride in.