Ride America's Heartland

From the Ohio River on the south, the mighty Mississippi River to the west, and majestic Lake Superior marking the northern boundary, America's Heartland is a land of beauty and marvelous destinations unsurpassed anywhere. Add in scenic lightly traveled byways that course the countryside and the perfect motorcycling paradise has been defined. Such is the two-wheeling opportunities in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Ride America's Heartland details 6 to 8 of the best rides in each of these states, plus detailed tours around the four adjacent Great Lakes. There is no other book like it.

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What an excellent resource for riders! Not having grown on motorcycles I haven’t taken many longer bike adventures. The hardest part for me has always been deciding where to go and how to get there. With Bill’s newest book that issue has been solved. He provides numerous tours through 6 Midwest states rich in local history and crystal clear detail. He chooses good, fun roads, beautiful scenery and interesting locations. I will continue to use this book for many years to come!


Bill Murphy's newest book about motorcycling in the midwest is a great guide to the region. The book, of course, contains all off the necessary components of a touring guide (i.e. maps and turn by turn directions), but it goes way beyond that. Ride America's Heartland focuses on the discovery and exploration of riding and incorporates local history and suggestions of places to pull of and explore during your ride. The book includes day trip routes of varying length (~85 to ~400 miles), as well as great lake circle tours for Erie, Huron, Michigan, and Superior. Some rides focus more on the joy of the riding, while others delve more deeply into things to see and do along the way. I especially appreciated that the locations along the routes are well indexed, allowing you do find places where you can "jump into" a route if your starting point is further from the beginning of the route. All in all, this is a wonderful addition to Murphy's collection of book about ridin