These days it’s actually difficult to get lost. With a phone in nearly every pocket and GPS capabilities on nearly every phone it’s hard to get lost for more than a second. Kevin “Regs” Ruegsegger still manages adventures into the unknown armed only with his 2007 KLR 650 and 2015 Iowa map.
“GPS is nice let’s you know where you’re located within a small area,” Regs said. “When I’m out I like to know where I am in the larger scheme of things. I like to know where I’m at within a county. And I enjoy getting lost while riding.”
A rider since his teens, Regs has been riding this style of bike for about 10 years. In that time he’s been all around the eastern United States, hitting every back road that crosses his vision.
“One of my highlights has been the Tail of the Dragon; a sort of Mecca for motorcyclists,” said Regs. “It’s an 11-mile stretch of highway with 318 curves” between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest, with no intersecting roads or driveways to hamper your travel. “You bearly get out of a curve before you’re hitting another one. It’s quite a trip.”
But Regs isn’t always alone on his adventures. His girlfriend also rides and the two make a point to get out at least once or twice a month—in the summer time a whole lot more.
“I do ride with my son and brother but since their motorcycles aren’t dual sport bikes I can go on the paved roads with them but they can hit the secondary routes with me,” Regs said.
That leaves Regs to keeping his own company a lot of the time, which is fine by him.
“Mostly I’ll just pick a direction and go or a point that’s far away and try to get there without taking the major highways. It’s a lot of fun,” said Regs. “It’s just more freedom.”
One of his favorite trips was when he managed to hit 11 states in 10 days out east. The only time he takes the interstate is when he absolutely has to. I get to see a lot of things many other people don’t because I stay off the major highways, said Regs. I just like to explore.
This year Regs’ goal is to travel a bit on the west of the Mississippi. Colorado is likely to be the first destination.
“The only problem with Colorado is you have to drive through Nebraska and Nebraska is definitely an interstate state for me,” Regs joked. “No there are some good out-of-the-way roads in Nebraska.”