Motorcyclists who think they have the mountains of Virginia and West Virginia all figured out have another thing coming. In his third guide, Hawk Hagebak takes riders from bustling Market Square in downtown Roanoke, VA to the giant ridgetop windmills outside rural Davis, WV, and from the scenic wonder of the Natural Bridge to the engineering wonder of the New River Bridge. Outlining 25 routes, Hagebak chronicles a classic feud over a county seat, how French engineers came to build a road across Virginia, and the way coal mining changed the face of West Virginia for better and for worse. In between the tight turns, sweeping curves, covered bridges, tiny towns, and mountain passes of the Central Appalachians, he imparts tips on where to eat, stay, play, and relax.
Spring weather brings an increase of motorcycle use on the [Blue Ridge] Parkway, one of the premier riding destinations in the United States. The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is showcasing a three-volume Motorcycle Adventures series by former metro-Atlanta motorcycle police Sgt. Hawk Hagebak, which covers nearly all of the Blue Ridge Parkway—from Cherokee north to where the Parkway meets the Skyline Drive in Virginia. The . . . series provides maps, clear directions, and highlights for the motorcycle routes covered, but they also include the author’s 'Code of the Road,' which covers motorcycle safety and etiquette. Hageback makes a point to include safety tips specific to the Parkway.
—Smoky Mountain News