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wanderlust: five motorcycle road trips to take before you die

Wanderlust, as defined by dictionary.com, is “a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about.” Try to experience at least one of the next five motorcycle road trips in your lifetime; they are all epic and life changing journeys (as all motorcycle road trips are).

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Epic motorcycle road trips can also include the best pasta and wine in the world. Start by the seaside in Sorrento, and take Strada Statale 163 to romantically beautiful Positano before continuing along the coastline to Amalfi. Stunning scenery, ancient architecture, fabulous food and sunlit shores dot the entire journey. Most of the road was carved out of the cliffs surrounding the coast, resulting in breathtaking views from every angle. Veer off the beaten path to explore tiny villages or catch some rays at the beach before heading out to the end of the road in Salerno. At just 40 miles, this route is short but sweet – plan on stopping to check out the views and enjoy local food and drink – especially coffee.

Amalfi, Italy

Amalfi, Italy

Route 66, United States

Motorcycle road trips can should also include gambling, killer burgers and beer. If you want to see America, legendary Route 66 is still the best way to do it. Take some time to plan your trip – many parts of the original Mother Road have been decommissioned, and you’ll need to detour around them to continue on your trip. Count on spending a week or two on the road so that you can explore the best of each state you pass through. Start in the Windy City, and head west through the heartland until you hit the Santa Monica coast. Most of the ride is easy, but always be aware of the road – some less-traveled areas are littered with pot holes, bumps or gravel.

Route 66, USA

Route 66, USA

Ruta 40, Argentina

They made a whole movie about this one. Don’t miss it if you can help it. At almost 3,200 miles, Ruta 40 is one of the longest roads anywhere, and it takes you clear across Argentina parallel to the jaw-dropping Andes mountains. Start your trip in Santa Cruz, and travel north to Jujuy, on the border of Bolivia. You’ll pass near or right through around 20 national parks along the way, so plan accordingly – you could easily spend a week traveling this route with no shortage of sights to see and things to do. Glaciers, lakes, salt flats and canyons dot this road, which starts at just 128 above sea level and rises, at its highest point in Salta, to over 16,000 feet in elevation.

Ruta 40, Argentina

Ruta 40, Argentina

Mae Hong Son Loop, Thailand

Don’t miss Edible Jazz, where you can “eat Tom yum soup and drink strong cocktails at sundown.” because, who wouldn’t see the appeal in that?! Take it slowly, and savor the lush greenery along the way. With winding paths, hairpin turns, gravel roads, this 370-mile route takes you through the most beautiful of northern Thailand’s countryside in a perfect loop you can choose to travel in either direction. Stop to eat, sleep and drink in Pai. In Khun Yuam, you can continue on the loop or break away to the south for a rough road adventure – lots of potholes and rocks mark the road, but you’re rewarded with exhilarating riding and changing scenery. Outside of Mae Chaem, you’ll crest the peak of Doi Inthanon, the tallest mountain in Thailand, where on a clear day, you can see for miles.

Mae Hong Son Loop, Thailand

Mae Hong Son Loop, Thailand

South Island, New Zealand

This motorcycle road trip is all about the amazing views. Head Down Under, and take Highway 1 from Christchurch down to Invercargill. You’ll pass scenic fjords, majestic mountains, and crystal-blue waters along this coastal road. The area’s low population and smoothly paved roads make for perfect riding conditions, and the snaky turns along the way keep you totally engaged. New Zealand boasts a subtropical climate so the weather is often mild, but more mountainous regions may close in June, July and August due to snow. Plan this once-in-a-lifetime trip for March to enjoy the best combination of clear skies and open roads.

South Island, New Zealand

South Island, New Zealand

Originally published at www.burnoutitaly.com
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