Finally! :eek1 It's been a long winter, and we finally got out for a very welcomed afternoon ride in the forest here in the Shenandoah Valley. 112 Miles in a bit over 4 hours doesn't sound fast, but if you consider these roads, it is. Besides the bit of pavement connecting the forest roads, we rode mostly dirt and a bit of gravel. Some of our dirt roads are rough and strewn with rocks. You know it was a great ride when you had a blast, didn't get hurt, and you're sore as heck the next day from the exercise. There was plenty of water flowing. On this switchback curve, there were two water crossings. This mountain stream was too beautiful to pass up taking a photo of At another water crossing, time for a break. This is roadglider feeling his oats. And here goes roadglider blasting through the water crossing! Ya gotta admit, he looks like he means business. Me, I try to go as slow as possible in order to stay dry Looking across to him waiting for me, it's only 12-16 inches deep but it's close to 50 feet across and pure rocks. This beautiful reservior is apparently private property. It's located along FR151 on a creek labeled Dice Run. And with the bikes. As we went around Skidmore Fork Lake reserviour, we pulled off in a place meant for such, and discovered this apple perched on a rock, waiting to be found. I keep forgetting, I need to drill through the turn signal lens and put a long screw in it instead of relying on this tie-wrap! The lake through the trees: This was a great ride and more. Besides the adrenaline of blasting at near max speeds at times, and the great exercise that entails, the beauty of the forest is amazing and really appreciated. At this stage of the season, the beginnig of Spring, things are just starting to emerge green. We are so fortunate to have this amazing public resource right here in out back yard! George Washington National Forest - the land of many uses Roadglider offered to let me ride his brand new CRF450X that he just bought, put on the road legal gear, and plated. This was the first time I got to ride one of these. It was amazing! The bike is so light on it's feet! I was thoroughly amazed at how predictibly it slid around and hooked up. And coming out, it would pull like a tractor, then gooooooo! It didn't take long to leave roadglider in the dust on my relatively sluggish but very forgiving pig. His bike is a freakin' rocketship and a pure joy to dance with! I think Honda makes the best bikes for riding So, during the ride, we're climbing the mountain on 33, and I decide I'm going to show roadglider how an XR650L can climb. As we pull through a tight corner, I open it up for the straight climb. As I'm expecting to leave some distance between us, zoom, here he goes by me accelerating! :huh Now I'm running wide open and revving up, and he shows me his bike clearly climbs better than mine. Never would have predicted that. That 450 has it all over the 650, what else can I say about that? The riding is fantastic. There is nothing else like it in the world! And ADVrider is an excellent way to share the enthusiasm and associated knowledge!