Last year I took some personal time and rode the TAT. During the course of that adventure I updated a real-time rr about my trek along the trail here on ADVrider and by the end of my travels, I had my father interested in doing some dual-sport riding. Now he's been riding street for several years, but this dirt thing was something new. First things first was to find him a bike. Knowing what I knew from having started the TAT with a KLR 650 and ended with a DRZ 400, I told him to get something small and light; for the longest time we looked at all kinds of 250's. In the end, he got a DRZ 400 like mine (except two years newer). Not a bad choice being that I personally really like this bike and find it a very capable steed, but if we were going to be riding together, both of us riding the same bikes would have its advantages if things were to go wrong with one bike. We tried to get together for a small campout trip earlier this spring, but due to mechanical issues with the bike, my father was unable to come along (this would have been his first, trial run with off-road riding). So instead, this 4 day trip would serve as his induction into off-road riding. To make things a little more difficult, I had no ability to really plan out the trip as my computer had crapped out about a month before; this left me with an albeit new computer, but without my Mapsource GPS mapping software and applicable maps (they were in boxes in VA while I live down in Key West, FL). Luckily though, I'd been in touch a while back with Igofar and gotten his tracks to the Trans-West Virginia trail, and the day before we were to leave, I re-installed mapsource onto my new computer, and uploaded the tracks for the TWVT onto my GPS which luckily had on them the Garmin City Navigator maps for that area. Riding this trail had been my goal all along, so aside from not being able to layout a route to the trail from VA and back to VA from where-ever we left the trail, we were OK. In the end, we spent 4 superb days of riding all kinds of roads, seeing some great country, meeting some good people, and improving our riding skills! Here's a little teaser shot taken of us on our last day as we made our way back home; this picture was actually take in Virginia on top of Flagpole Knob, west of Harrisonburg. I'll get the rest of the pictures and the story up once I finish uploading all the pictures. Not to mention the fact that I've got to get all my stuff back together and head back down to FL the day after tomorrow!