Not lost in the typical sense. Lost in a way that you enjoy, that you search for. You could almost call it found. In the process of making our maps we scour the country, mostly in search of the twisty and dramatic roads. What we learned along the way is that beyond the energetic roads that climb cliffs and carve canyons, are stretches of asphalt that some how got lost in time. Their purpose crumbled to the elements like their center stripes and shoulders. These roads have a special place in our hearts and an important part on our maps. We call them Lost Highways. If you find yourself on one, you may just succumb to the loneliness and drone along with a certain connection to the motorcycle that you don’t feel when you’re spotting break markers and apex’s on more challenging roads.
You won’t find a Lost Highway just anywhere. They’re almost exclusive to the American West where dreams were paved, lost, then forgotten. Some Lost Highways served Uranium mines, others seem to have no good reason to be paved at all. No matter their reason for existence, Lost Highways dissect portions of land that has been ignored by people. And that’s why we love them.
Not just any empty road can be a Lost Highway, it must have (or not have), certain things. It must be paved, it must be “weathered,” there can’t be power lines, homes, 7-11s, or stoplights. A Lost Highway is a road through nowhere and it must feel like it.
The next time you open up a map and plan your ride hoping to connect the stretches of gold highlighted roads don’t ignore the in-between places. Sometimes the long straight roads are the ones you’ll remember the most.