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Old 11-15-2008, 05:32 PM   #76
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I am amazed a rider would call the Alaska Highway as boring. Apparently you drove it with your eyes closed. Agreed, alot of it is is Canada, but over-all as a ride it is pretty nice in my book. The part in Canada is also some of the most beautiful but you know that already.
The road is mostly straight. Pretty, yes. But a "motorcycling road", no, at least, not in my books. We have more entertaining roads 20 minutes from where I live. As long as we're permitting roads in Canada, the Duffy Lake road between Lillooet and Pemberton is full-on fun on a dualsport bike. Without sufficient suspension travel it could be a nightmare.
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Old 11-16-2008, 05:23 PM   #77
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Yes, the Alaska Highway is straight at times but also takes you through some of the most remote areas in the US . That is my idea of a great ADV road. Technical no but are far as a accomplishment, that is what I meant as far as top ten. So I understand what you say. Everyone has a differnent idea of what makes a great road.
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Old 11-16-2008, 06:47 PM   #78
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"Top Ten" is not enough!

All of the above, plus:

OR242 from Sisters, west to 126-
NFRs to Mt.St.Helens/Windy Ridge from Bridge of the Gods-

NFR55, the 'state line road' between wv & va, from 84 to 39-
WV CR18 from just S of Great Capapon to Paw Paw-
almost any 'public road' in the Potomac Highlands, WV:
[Blackwater-Seneca Rocks-Spruce Knob stuff]-
the back ways into Burke's Garden, VA [in addition to VA16]-
VA311-

Piseco/Powley Rd, from Stratford, ny to NY10-

VT100-
Kangamangus-

Storm King, along the Hudson-

Hartford, PA to Dushore, PA xc twp hwys-
PA87, Dushore to Wmsport, PA-
PA 414, PA 144-
PA SSR4022, 'the Staircase,' fom Helfenstein to Pitman [sw of Centralia]-
PA SSR4010 north out of Weatherly [short]-
PA125 from Shamokin to Good Spring, [shoot those pigeons]-

MA2, MA9 across the Berkshires-

seasonal roads thruout CNY-

Sorry, but: just so many roads, so little time.
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Old 11-17-2008, 07:00 PM   #79
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If "The Dragon" is on your list, you might need to get out more!

I wouldn't presume to have travelled enough mountain highways to claim to know any of the top-10 in the US, but I have ridden quite a few of those mentioned in Arkansas, some in The Smokies and a few in The Rockies. I would say my favorite was probably Black Canyon of The Gunnison, but the Million Dollar Highway was pretty good too, as was the road (whose designation I don't recall) heading East out of Taos. Have also been on a lot of great roads in Northern California and WV (all by cage). My very favorite roads are not in the US.
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Old 11-17-2008, 08:14 PM   #80
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89A from Prescott AZ through Jerome and on to Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon. and
Sequia and Yosemite in CA
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Old 11-17-2008, 09:04 PM   #81
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One more from my local turf. ID Hwy 75/93 from Ketchum, ID north thru Stanley, Challis, and Salmon, ID, then over Lolo pass and into Montana up to Missoula. Also ID 21 from Stanley, to Lowman, Idaho City and on into Boise.
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Old 11-18-2008, 06:17 AM   #82
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NFRs to Mt.St.Helens/Windy Ridge from Bridge of the Gods-
You can cross FS99 to Windy Ridge off of your list. Much storm damage last year and they have no immediate plans to reopen it.
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Old 11-18-2008, 10:50 AM   #83
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A few that I enjoyed

WA:
Hwy 101
Hwy 2

OR:
Hwy 101
the run up to Crater Lake

CA:
Hwy 1 Leggatt to Fort Bragg was fun (the best part for us was Leggatt to the coast)
Yosemite
Sonora Pass
Redwood Hwy
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Old 11-18-2008, 12:23 PM   #84
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"Top Ten" is not enough!

OR242 from Sisters, west to 126-
242 may be my favorite road...(closed for the season) I just wish it was longer.

I must disagree with you on one point. IMHO it is best ridden from 126 to Sisters (West to East) Late morning with the sun coming through the trees. I like the way the road is part of the landscape as you near the top...with no shoulder drop-off. If you had a mind to you could just ride off the road and through the trees. It is absolutely beautiful.
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Old 11-18-2008, 03:31 PM   #85
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hey yall... WV 16 which becomes VA16 etc...check it out...yeah i hear banjos...just press on, it's out of this world...
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Old 11-18-2008, 06:31 PM   #86
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My Favorites in no particular order:

Cabot Trail - counterclockwise

Deals Gap - but only on a weekday

Calif 36

Minnesota 1 - Illgen City to Ely

Any of the Alphabet Soup Rods in SW 'sconny (WI)

Alaska Highway - the mountainous sections

Chief Joseph

US14+14a East of Yellowstone

Oregon Trail in WY

US12 in UT


Ask me again tomorrow - I'll have some other suggestions
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Old 11-18-2008, 07:02 PM   #87
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Wow...this reads like the "to do" list from Heaven! I'll add one I just discovered Sunday...CA175 in Lake Co. from Hopland to Finley. Short but very, very sweet. I felt like Jean-Claude Killy in the slalom. Ride west to east for an incredible vista at the top.

Pretty much anything in Idaho is golden. Then again, my wife's from Lewiston, so I'm biased.

Whoever said "the road no one is on" was right, too. There's something to be said for having any road all to yourself.
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Old 11-20-2008, 07:03 PM   #88
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If you've never heard of "The Happy Camp Highway", Highway #96, you've not ridden a true mountain road. Basically east west, from Interstate 5 @ Yreka, CA, to Willow Creek, CA.

Then again, "The Leggatt Express", where Highway 1 and 101 split off, this extremely challenging section takers you out to the coast. Serious road.

And, here's hoping Windy Ridge opens up again on the east side of Mt. St. Helens, truly the best road in North America.
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Old 11-21-2008, 01:03 PM   #89
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I want to do ALL these Roads. Not a bad one listed. Let's Ride ADV ers.
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Old 11-21-2008, 01:15 PM   #90
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Are you guys who live in NorCal trying to keep the best bits to yourselves....?

No-one has mentioned - Tunitas Creek Road, China Grade, Fairfax to Bolinas Road, Stewart's Point to Skaggs Springs.....etc.
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