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Motorcycle Journeys Through the Southwest United States [Paperback]

Martin C. Berke , Marty Berke
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February 1997
Marty Berke is back with his latest guide to America's scenic backroads and byways. This time, Marty's wanderlust has taken him to the American Southwest, where mountains, desert, roads, and sunny weather combine for ideal riding.

With this book you'll discover the best touring roads the Southwest has to offer. Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah are all thoroughly detailed in this entertaining and informative guide.

The book describes 66 separate rides, each about a day in length. Each trip has been designed to include both great roads and great scenery, capturing all the grandeur and natural beauty of the region and introducing you to places and sights you might never find on your own. Visit Ouray, Colorado, home of the Wiesbaden Hot Springs and Vapor Caves; or the Chiricahua National Monument, where spires and columns of precariously balancing rocks seem to defy gravity. The Southwest is brimming with unique and colorful places, many of them little-known gems that are refreshingly free of tourist mobs.

Berke has scouted out the region's best campgrounds, parks, scenic landmarks, and restaurants, always keeping a sharp eye for the best bargains, to help you get the most out of your travel dollar. Each chapter contains useful listings of all points of interest, with information on prices, hours of operation, and other helpful tips.


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" If you have a taste for the offbeat, and want to avoid traditional tourist traps while experiencing the Southwest's finest motorcycling roads, then Motorcycle Journeys through the Southwest is for you." -- Keystone Motorcycle Press

"Berke is a full-time motorcycle explorer and author, with an obvious sense of both curiosity and humor that makes this book as fun to read as it is useful." -- Motorcycle Consumer News

"For those who like to scout ahead, Martin C. Berke's Motorcycle Journey's Through the Southwest is a good source of information about roads to ride, places to eat and things to see." -- Motorcycle Cruiser, Summer 1996

"I wish I'd been sent this book a few months earlier, before I did my own little bit of exploring in the southwest, for it is chock full of information for the tourist. Yes, I know that it is fun to find out for yourself but I am never adverse to accepting a helping hand, especially if time is limited. Covering Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado, it offers 66 "rides" in what must be one of the most beautiful parts of a beautiful country, routes that have been traversed by the author, Marty Berke, on his BMW. Scanning the pages awakened many memories for me and reminded me that, so far, I really haven't scratched the surface. A few of the suggested routes I have already followed and plenty more I wish I had.

"Also listed in the book are motorcycle dealers, restaurants and a wealth of helpful and practical advice, like not hurtling right up to 10,000 feet, risking altitude sickness, but spending a couple of nights at 5,000 feet. Believe me, he is right! It is certainly a book that will accompany me when I return to Colorado." -- Motorcycle-Sport, January 1995

"If you're going to the Durango rally, or just want to go riding in the west, this book is a must . . . ." -- BMW Owners News

"In the 420 page softbound book, Berke has scouted the region's best campgrounds, parks, scenic landmarks, and restaurants, always with an eye on value. Each chapter, or trip, contains useful listings of restaurants, lodgings, places of interest, and other helpful tips. Over eighty maps accompany the text, making navigation a snap, and over 255 illustrations highlight many of the attractions.

"If you have a taste for the offbeat, and want to avoid traditional tourist traps, while experiencing the Southwest's finest motorcycling roads, then Motorcycle Journeys through the Southwest is for you." -- Keystone Motorcycle Press, September 1994

"Motorcycle Journeys Through the Southwest, You Don't Have to get Lost to Find the Good Roads. . . That subtitle is right, you don't have to get lost to find the good roads if you have this book. You don't even have to ride a motorcycle to enjoy it. It is written in a merry and informative style and contains all the information you will need with a bonus of comments on the cuisine; the history and the general ambiance of the area you want to travel through. There are clear maps of each area, and the book is small enough to carry in a large pocket." -- New Mexico Magazine, April 1995

About the Author

Marty Berke wrote both Motorcycle Journeys through New England and Motorcycle Journeys through the Southwest out of a lifelong love of the open road. Currently on the back roads full-time, he originally caught the two-wheeled fever with his first schwinn, and graduated to the motorized version not long after with a 1955 Vespa, a driver's license, and an IOU to Mom.

After graduating from C.W. Post College with a degree in economics, Marty spent the next eighteen years pursuing his hobby--while opening up new markets for a large corporation throughout Europe, the Americas, the South Pacific, and Asia.

Author of travel and motorcycle articles, he now prowls the world finding good roads and new ways to share them with you.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's like a virtual motorcyle trip. March 4 1999
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This books gives some pretty cool descriptions on different areas in the Southwest including Southwestern Colorado. My husband and I are familiar with the Colorado chapter and it was as though we were going through it again. Except it was in words and in our minds. My husband is going to take the recommendations and ride from the Chicago Area to the Taos New Mexico area. I will follow 2 days behind him with kids in tow. The author also provides valuable information on watering holes as well as places to eat. In desert areas you want to be prepared as to where the last gas station is. The author also gives explicit details on road conditions which makes the trip a lot easier to palette knowing where the "bad" spots are. Either you choose to ride gingerly through it or go around. I highly recommend this book. It's a good read and it contains lots of valuable information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's like a virtual motorcyle trip. March 4 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This books gives some pretty cool descriptions on different areas in the Southwest including Southwestern Colorado. My husband and I are familiar with the Colorado chapter and it was as though we were going through it again. Except it was in words and in our minds. My husband is going to take the recommendations and ride from the Chicago Area to the Taos New Mexico area. I will follow 2 days behind him with kids in tow. The author also provides valuable information on watering holes as well as places to eat. In desert areas you want to be prepared as to where the last gas station is. The author also gives explicit details on road conditions which makes the trip a lot easier to palette knowing where the "bad" spots are. Either you choose to ride gingerly through it or go around. I highly recommend this book. It's a good read and it contains lots of valuable information.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have if your traveling the New Mexico - Colorado area Sept. 26 2004
By flht01 - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is very well written with the motorcyclist in mind. Recommended camping areas, off the beaten path type routes and recommended stops along the way. Well put together and a good read, highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK if you LIVE in the South West or plan to spend a lot of time there. Dec 12 2013
By JOHN - Published on Amazon.com
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My mistake. Buying a tour book that was older than 2-3 years old; a LOT of stuff is not current. Plus, if you're just passing through the area, well, it's more for people who LIVE in that area and want to make the most of all the rides available close by.

This review goes for ALL motorcycle tour books I purchased. Just nothing RECENT out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Riding Reference for the Southwestern States Dec 29 2011
By Robert Ballantyne - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a well researched, well written riding reference. It has been added to the motorcycle trailers library for referencing rides in areas we travel to while vacationing. The turn by turn directions area very well written and every ride loop we have done to date has been as described.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Come tour the 4-corners states. Nov. 17 2010
By J. T. Young - Published on Amazon.com
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It is getting too cold to do many of these, but I have started my planning.

I live in one of the 4 corners states, but was not aware of several of the trips/tours detailed in this book. I like to go to Colorado for skiing in the winter and stream fishing in the summer. Several of the tours are centered in one of my favorite areas.

Each set of day tours is centered around a "base camp". The author is big on campgrounds, but I will find an inexpensive motel to use as my "base camp". A group of day tours is connected by a "trail" that takes you to the next "base camp".

Hopefully, I will be planning trips for years to come, based on the ideas presented in this book. Good riding!
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