|Member Since||April 8, 2014|
|Region||CT - Connecticut, United States|
|Motorcycle||2006 HD Road King Classic|
|Best Route Ever Ridden||Blue Ridge Parkway|
|Latest Entries By This User||
I've only ridden the northern half of this route as mapped - Gilead south to Conway, NH. As the first reviewer said, the road was pretty rough in some places, but it was a nice twisty road and FUN! Another plus - if it's a hot day, the road is fairly narrow and mostly through old-growth forest, so you're in the shade most of the time.
I hadn't given Chief Joseph Highway much consideration, given its proximity to Bear Tooth Pass, but after riding the two back-to-back last July I have a real appreciation for its beauty. Like others here have said, it may not be as challenging as BTP, but it is definitely worth the time, even if it means going out of your way and/or retracing a prior route.
I rode the Cabot Trail 2 years ago and it was great - beautiful scenery, some nice twisties, beautiful scenery, quick changes in elevation, and... did I mention beautiful scenery?
We did the loop counter-clockwise and the road conditions were pretty terrible near the beginning, but overall, the surface was in good shape for the majority of the ride.
I DO recommend gassing up often - gas stations can be few and far between in some areas (especially on Sundays), and the small ones that are open often have only regular unleaded.
I was on a cross-country trip last July and took 3A on the recommendation of the owner of a small motel in Creston (can't remember his name, but he was a rider, too). The route wasn't part of our plans, but we had a little extra time. Boy am I glad we took his advice - what a ride! After we got to the ferry, my friend (on a HD Road Glide) and I looked at each other and both said simultaneously, "Just what the doctor ordered!"
The almost constant twisties got my heart pumping and my mouth grinning. I would recommend that anyone in the area take the time for this ride. I rode it on a Saturday in mid-July and I didn't see the traffic that others have mentioned in their reviews, but we left from Creston about 8am, so we may have beaten the crowds.