If you think this is unique to the 21st-century motorcyclist, think again. In 1913, Samuel Lancaster sought to embody this experience in the road he designed. Lancaster, uniquely qualified as both an engineer and landscape architect, is the man responsible for the oldest scenic highway in the U.S., the Historic Columbia River Highway (HCRH). An artist who worked in horizontal concrete, Lancaster created a work of art that allowed access to the Columbia River Gorge without marring its beauty. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and declared a National Scenic Landmark, this little-known route is one of the original 13 federally designated All-American Roads. The first U.S. state historic highway to gain distinction as a National Landmark, it has also qualified as a National Scenic Byway, a distinction that requires the road itself to be considered a destination, not just a path to get you somewhere. But enough accolades. The proof is in the pudding, or in this case in the concrete, as two of us set out to rediscover and explore this unique ribbon of pavement on our Honda Valkyrie and BMW K100.