Welcome to BackroadTraveler.net. My name is Craig Gephart. I enjoy riding the roads less traveled, discovering remnants of pre-Interstate history that once defined “Main Street” America. I’m a fan of old towns, “Mom & Pop” motels, family owned diners, and old-fashioned “tourist traps”.
I fondly remember the days when motels were family-owned and uniquely named, with rooms with exterior doors, chairs outside the room, at-your-door parking, and, sometimes they even had color TV, room phones, and air conditioning! I remember when family-owned restaurants outnumbered the chain restaurants, and quirky roadside tourist traps made the journey serendipitously unique. Sadly, as we have become more “sophisticated travelers” we seem to have lost touch with much of the adventure of travel.
It is my hope this website will inspire you to get out and pursue some backroad travels of your own! Some vestiges of mid-20th century road travel can still be found on the backroads and, thankfully, some are being revived by dedicated owners who share an appreciation for what travel in America once was. I will share those I find here on BackroadTraveler.net.
Although I don’t publish updates to this site with great regularity (I’m still working full-time to put my sons through college) it is my goal to develop this site into a resource that will benefit both travelers and service providers (Mom & Pop establishments, click here).
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Keep the shiny side up! I hope to see you one day on the backroads!
- 30 October 2016: 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 ri... read more
- 30 October 2016: VA Rt 39 – a new favorite!
...as far as roads in the eastern US go, VA Rt 39 is now one of my favorites.read more
- 19 October 2016: 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 &... read more
- 19 September 2016: River Road Mens Zephyr TouchTec Leather Motorcycle Gloves
I have fairly large hands so I’m a bit limited in the brands of motorcycle gloves I can purchase. River Road, however, is one of the brands that offers XXXL gloves. I have had two pair of River Road gloves ... read more
- 12 September 2016: 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 in Pennsylvani... read more
May the sun rise in front of me, the rain fall behind me, and the wind follow me.
May the Angels guard my travels for they know what is ahead of me.
Keep me safe through rolling hills and swirling turns.
Let the eagle guide me to the mountain tops.
Let the moon’s light guide me through the night.
Lord, thank you for letting me be a biker.