Oh Well, we can't all have nice catchy titles The tease The Mission: Discover a route on as much dirt road as we can from North Florida to North Carolina. This route took us from Jacksonville, Florida to Dillard, Georgia on the North Carolina boarder. This trip measured almost 500 miles one way. The Expedition Team: This was a hand picked crew of highly seasoned, er well, somewhat experienced,,uh make that guys who could get off work.:huh The team would be required to travel three days up and then one day all the way back. We started with 11. However the weekend that was originally planned ended up cold and rainy. The launch was pushed back 1 week and now there were 6. So 6 Florida boys of vintage age strike off on adventure. Dave and Ken, These guys did the video filming. Both have a stable of bikes including KTM 950 and or 1150 GS's. Sam, world traveler extraordinaire. Sam has spent years on a motorcycle traveling Europe as a younger man, including Eastern Europe before the Wall came down. And as a teen all the way down through Mexico and almost never came back. Well you see there was a girl But, that is for another time. Craig, he was the new guy added to the group. You see down in this part of the world you always need "The new guy". You know, to deal with bears and such. The old saying, you don't need out run the bear, you just need to out run the slowest guy. Craig did a great job and in the end took one for the team. Me, your narrator, well because I couldn't do anything else And our Expedition Leader, Bill. This endeavor is actually his brain child. It was his years of search that found the roads used to put together the route. This was just the first time it was to be explored as one route. This adventure included full logistical support vehicle The plan was to have one guy drive the rig half a day each. You would put you bike on the front rack and head for the rendezvous at lunch. Trade off with the next driver at lunch and then drive the rig to the days ending point. A nice Georgia State Park. Where the real "work" began This actually worked out very well. The trip was actually very relaxed and enjoyable. We only had to cover 150 miles a day and the roads ended up being in great condition. Everyone in the group has larger bikes, but since this was exploratory in nature, we used small bikes. As it turned out they were all suzukis. 4 DRZ 400's and 2 DR 650's GEORGIA, since some may not be familiar with this State the boards five other States it is big and old. It has an interesting beginning especially in the territory we were going to travel through. The Spanish had set up Fort along the coast in the 1500-1600's but not much inland had taken place. The French had some infestations of catholics (this will become clear shortly), but for the most part it was uninhabited. Then in the early 1700's the British ruled the Colonies and General Ogelthorpe had a grand idea. The Debtors prisons where filling up with folks and there was no end in sight. If a man had no job, he quickly fell into debt, was put into prison and with no potential for income, would never get out. Under the Authority of the Trustee of Georgia, the old General came up with a win-win. He would send these people from prison to Georgia to start new towns and become productive people again. He convinced the King to send these folks to Georgia, give each one 50 acres and enough supplies to make it through one years planting. This accomplished several objectives. Emptied the never ending life in prison. Set up (sweat shops) in another country. Actually the thought is the produce could be used back in England to help pay and justify this endeavor. And the best thing was, these British Protestants could colonize and keep the French Catholics from getting the upper hand in the new country. And so Georgia was born..... We would be traveling in a land that has not really changed much from the 1700's. We would be going through farm lands, wood lands, and occasionally the dreaded hunting leases . You see, the guys (from the big cities) that lease those areas for a couple of hundred dollars a year will be keen to defend that property with their life. At least that is the impression they give carrying those big guns around. So real dangers were a possibility that faced us all. And of course, getting too drunk and falling in a camp fire... Well, it could happen.