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!
- 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, 550 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
- 10 August 2016: Where were the Old Roads?
Once the US Interstate system began to take a real foothold in the late 50’s and early 60’s, US routes that were previously used to traverse the country were at risk of being bypassed or destroyed by the... read more
- 9 August 2016: 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 the act... read more
- 8 August 2016: That Sidecar Thing
I have been lurking in the shadows of the online sidecar community for a couple of years now. In part, because my youngest son has gotten too big to ride on the back of my VTX and, due to wanting the option of having a ... 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.