Brothers and sisters:
If you're fretting about planning your next ADV ride
... finding time to do the research ... tracking down resources ... stocking up on maps, atlases and guidebooks ... posting queries ... getting the answers you need when you need them ... Ugh!
How 'bout this: Do it the easy way!
Let Backcountry Byways LLC do the work ... so you can live the dream!
Wildland travel is what we do. So just choose the option that suits you:
-- Custom routing.
Draw on our decades of on-the-ground experience chronicling the wildland roads of the American West, and have us craft a route
to your requirements and interests.
Examples of our custom routes for 2014:
An Idaho odyssey ...
... complete with camping and lodging options ...
And a 1,200-mile Colorado loop ...
... that incorporates most of the 700-mile, north-south Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route
, and mixes lodgings and
camping along the way.
But a personalized route is a premium product ... challenging to produce, limited to only a few each season, uniquely rewarding, priced accordingly.
So we also offer ...
... Heart of the West Adventure Route.
This is our modular, ready-to-ride, six-state, GPS-based, self-directed
journey through the storied landscapes and history of the American West -- adaptable to your travel needs
and time constraints even as you ride!
Heart of the West Adventure Route
debuted on ADVrider in 2010 as Forever West
, a largely non-technical wildland travel loop we developed initially for a group East Coast riders. (We'd previously drafted an Idaho loop for them.) The original query was whether it'd be worthwhile to tweak the famous Great Divide Route, a.k.a. CDT, a north-south route that poses substantial logistical difficulties.
Drawing on our years of experience chronicling the unpaved backroads of the West for guidebooks
and magazines (National Geographic Adventure
, Road & Track Specials
, Four Wheel Drive & SUV
, Mercedes Momentum
and others), we drafted instead a grand six-state loop -- beginning and ending in Idaho Falls, Idaho -- that included some of the West's most iconic landscapes and historic backways.
Since that initial "rough draft," the route has improved greatly through continual research, on-going field checks, and important feedback from adventure-motoring enthusiasts who have traveled it from across North America.
Now ... it's better than ever
And ... it’s now called Heart of the West Adventure Route
, which reflects the scope of what many call the
ride of their lives.
Yet more than the name has changed, for our research and development has continued almost daily since the route's first draft
The journey is being upgraded, rerouted, revisited, corrected and revised continually -- even roughed up in places that were, well, just too darned civilized
That means it's always new!
Because of this continual upgrading and refining, we see that H.o.W. clients always have the latest data
, sometimes even sending updates as they travel.
-- Hundreds of new waypoints
that pinpoint additional campsites and campgrounds, lodgings and fuel stops.
-- More wildland two-track trails and dirt backroads
that replace long segments of paved highways and roads.
-- Supplementary tracks
that enable travelers to modify the route to accommodate their own interests and itineraries, and to respond to changing conditions as they travel.
-- No land-access issues.
The focus is strictly on public lands, public roads and public right-of-ways.
One especially entertaining H.o.W. ride report that reflects these changes is inmate Tragic Overlander's fast-paced tale of an international team's apparent attempt at an ADV land-speed record -- can be found here
. Just be ready for a lot of
OkieRedPig was kind enough to share his video
You also can read reports by inmates Shooby
As those ride reports illustrate, duly adjudicated inmates will find:
More mountain ranges
More two tracks
More of everything ADV!
New for 2015:
-- Seemless integration with both the Utah and Colorado Backcountry Discovery Routes
... and linkage (via a detour) to the Idaho BDR
(H.o.W. shares some roads with the American Mountain Biking Association's Great Divide Route, a.k.a. CDT. So that link is made for you as well!)
-- Heart of the West Adventure Route Map Pack
, with SIX
, folded paper topographic travel-and-recreation maps
with H.o.W.'s primary, optional and alternate tracks highlighted and numbered to match the GPS track file. The map pack -- a $30 option (not available separately) even includes H.o.W. stickers
for each vehicle in your group. The maps provide a reliable alternative in the case of a GPS unit failure, and can be indispensable if conditions require rerouting.
Important for ADV travel:
The maps are protected inside a durable, translucent vinyl pouch with a weather-resistant roll-top hook-and-loop closure.
And for a limited time:
Licensees for the 2015 season are eligible for a big
discount on world-class ADV riding gear (act fast!!!)
In the rarefied genre of American wildland travel, experienced ADV riders and newcomers alike are asking: How can I live the dream?
They're finding the answer in Heart of the West
It's a logistically convenient,
2,800-mile two-week odyssey through the wildlands of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and Nevada.
Don't fret over the length; it includes options that accommodate shorter itineraries, too
While Heart of the West
is designed to be a largely non-technical (i.e. no single-track) dual-purpose motorcycle/SUV route, sections can be challenging. Overall, it is certain to challenge your bike, your physical and mental endurance,
and ability to organize
an overland expedition
-- in America.
The route is continually evolving as we evaluate feedback from each season's travelers, and as we work to improve the experience for each upcoming season.
Today ... this convenient loop
is better than ever!
How is it convenient? For starters, it is comprised of several interconnected loops that can be traveled individually.
This accommodates shorter travel schedules and particular travel interests. Combined, they form the grand Heart of the West ADV Route loop
-- Access from any point on the compass
to numerous start and end points is direct and convenient -- saving your precious vacation time -- via two interstate highways: north-south I-15 and
-- Major airlines
serve cities at logical entry/exit points, e.g., Denver, Salt Lake City ... even Idaho Falls, Idaho!
-- Vehicle storage is readily available
at airports and motels.
So if you're ready, spare yourself the anxiety, cost and frustration
of doing all that research yourself -- and get that ADV vacation of a lifetime rolling the easy way.
Join the growing number of inmates who are experiencing an authentic American West adventure ...
... riders just like you
who don't want to do all that work ...
... who don't want to risk their precious vacations ...
... who refuse to pay thousands of $$$
to be led on a 20-bike forced march with ... strangers
-- yet who DO want the ride of a lifetime!
HERE'S THE DEAL:
We do the work. You live the dream!
For as little as USD$249***
, Backcountry Byways LLC licenses use of a detailed, road-tested gpx track file that has been years in the making ... plus you'll get the H.o.W. Map Pack, and prompt, authoritative responses to your trip-planning questions
You'll also get 24/7 access to a detailed, continually updated 36-page online memorandum explaining the route, the track file, each individual track, unique lodging options ... and more!
Give it for graduation .
Make it your birthday wish
Make it a special surprise for Father's Day, anniversaries , Administrative Assistants Day , retirement
... and so forth.
Being self-inflic ... excuse us, self-directed
... H.o.W. is perfect for travelers who want to do their
way, while still receiving the benefits of prompt, personalized service
-- from pre-trip planning advice to advisories as you travel
about this geographically diverse
, logistically convenient
and easily adaptable
ADV route on our blog, Backcountry Byways Journal
Have a question? Just post herein!
In addition to the many outstanding photos you will see in ride reports, I’ve compiled an online Web album depicting the route
. Have a look here
Remember The Haight!
P.S. Heart of the West ADV Route can be modified to accommodate your geographic, timing and logistical needs.
Just ask. You'll also find easy options to modify the route yourself -- even as you travel -- already built into the route. Or we can customize it for you.*
If there's some other part of the West you'd like to explore, or if you have particular needs or interests, again ... just ask!*
H.o.W. license-fee schedule:
for 1-2 vehicles
for 3-4 vehicles
for 5-7 vehicles
*Add $30 for the optional map pack (not available separately).
Additional license required thereafter according to the same schedule.
Shipping the Map Pack to non-USA addresses may require a shipping charge.
The license fee covers only participants in the original trip for which the license was originally purchased. Those participants may use the track file for subsequent trips with those same original participants at no additional cost. Participants in subsequent trips who were not part of the original group are new H.o.W. clients; therefore, they must purchase a license according to the fee schedule in effect at the time of their purchase.
Four-time Dakar Rally finisher Eddy Hau of Germany (front) travels a Wyoming segment of Heart of the West ADV Route
. Heck, if he can do it ... so can you!