Welcome to BackroadTraveler…

Craig Gephart, Backroad TravelerDo you long for…

  • Old-fashioned “Main Street America”?
  • Simpler, slower, more authentic ways of life?
  • Homestyle cooking?  Mom & Pop motels?
  • Traveling the backroads?

Then you have come to the right place.  Whether you ride a motorcycle or drive a car, BackroadTraveler is a travel blog designed for those who enjoy the backroads and all they have to offer!  While most of the content on BackroadTraveler is shared is from a motorcyclist’s perspective, if you are a lover of the backroads, you’ll likely find something here that will inspire you.

So take a load off your feet, look around, and soak up some inspiration for your next journey.

See you on the Backroads!

 

 

 

 

Revisiting Furkot

If you have visited my blog previously, you are likely aware one of the most indispensable travel tools I have found is the online trip planner, Furkot (www.furkot.com).  I have yet to find a resource that is as comprehensive or ...
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Earthdog Cafe, Berkeley Springs, WV

I'm not sure why I first went to Earthdog Cafe.  My vague recollection is that a few years ago I was looking to spend a day on my motorcycle and incorporate BBQ into the ride.  In my book, a great ride will ...
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VA Rt 39 – a new favorite!

A few weekends ago, I took a trip on Skyline Drive, VA to Natural Bridge, VA and back via Seneca Rocks, WV.  It was a nice, laid back kind of ride that would also take my return trip to Pennsylvania ...
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3 Day Weekend – Skyline Drive VA, Natural Bridge, VA, Seneca Rocks, WV, Berkeley Springs, WV

I wanted to squeeze in one last multi-day trip of the 2016 riding season so I checked out the forecast several days in advance of locations north and south of home.  I had hoped to re-visit the Finger Lakes area ...
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Aqua Quest White Water Duffel – 100% Waterproof Dry Bag Duffel Bag

I purchased my Aqua Quest White Water Duffel in November 2015 and have been very pleased with it.  Aside from the bag being quite large (75L - they do have smaller sizes), it is well constructed, with heavy metal "D" ...
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2 Days, 3 Riders, 600+ miles around Pennsylvania

This was the first trip I organized where I was taking other riders (my brother-in-law, Darryl Betts, and our good friend, Gary Rutz) along with me, so I wanted to play it safe and ride two of my favorite roads ...
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Blue Ridge Parkway? Have you tried the interactive map?

When I was preparing my trip on part of the Blue Ridge Parkway earlier this year, I heard there were some construction spots that were forcing detours.  As I was trying to get a better handle in relation to where ...
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Help Finding Those Mom & Pop Motels

If you're anything like me, a nice Mom & Pop Motel will beat a popular chain motel most days of the week.  As I was doing some Googling recently, to see if there are any apps for the iPhone that ...
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My First Long Solo Trip – Destination Smoky Mountains

I have loved the Smoky Mountains since I first visited them with my wife and sons more than a decade ago as part of a trip to Nashville, TN.  The region contains towns that are off the beaten path, away from ...
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A Quick Overnight to the Finger Lakes, NY

Although I had heard about them at some point in my life, I had never been to the Finger Lakes region of New York state, so I thought it was about time to go and check out the area.  I wanted ...
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