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In many states, road maintenance is the responsibility of the county. That means
every fifty miles or so you may be dealing with different pavement mixes and
different engineers ideas of what is a good design. After crossing a county
or state line, take notice of subtle signs of how the local road department
operates. Has the pavement gone from asphalt to concrete? Are the turns
well marked? Do they use decreasing radius turns? Are road repairs done
with rubber sealer (the kind that flexes slightly when hot, which can cause
some riders to panic if they are not used
to a motorcycle moving around underneath them when leaned over), gravel or
other hazardous methods? Is vegetation trimmed back from the side of the road?
Do fences exist to keep animals on the sidelines?
Find out how the locals do it before you get the surprise of your life!