Heart of the West ADV Route

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  1. byways

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    She sounds like an awesome gal, Don! I assume that's her on your website pic, in front of the Teton Range in Wyo., with the BMW? And hey ... looking at mredsmoto.com, it's great to see handmade craftsmanship like that made on this side of the Pacific.

    Hope I get to meet you both this coming season ...
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  2. wiley coyote

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    Tony pm'd you.

    Thanks

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  3. byways

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    Hey Mike ... A PM reply is on its way.

    Here's a link to a Q&A about the route.

    Here's a link to the online photo album depicting the route.

    And yes, we can indeed shorten it for you to accommodate your timing. That's much of the beauty of this grand loop!
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  4. byways

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    All along Heart of the West Adventure Route are vestiges of America's Old West ... ghost towns, an old one-room schoolhouse, a forlorn stagecoach station, the ruins of a Pony Express and Overland Stage station, a stone fortification ...

    While some are being restored to new lives, most of these windows on bygone America are disappearing. Experience them this season ... before they're lost forever ...

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  5. DolphinJohn

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    Fantastic photos!! :clap

    I sent you another PM.

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  6. byways

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    DolphinJohn, if you don't mind me answering here your question regarding the practicality of a support vehicle ...

    A pickup or SUV to haul fuel, water, coolers, camping gear etc. is a terrific idea! In fact, a couple of other groups who will be traveling the route this season will be doing just that.

    This is a multi-mode route, ideal for both off-highway-capable motorcycles and cages. The route has no single-track sections, although there are a few rough segments, and segments that are subject to substantial storm erosion.

    A couple of years ago I led a German motorcycle tour company -- including four-time Paris-Dakar finisher Eddy Hau -- on much of the route, using a support SUV and trailer, shown below:

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    In fact, the route grew out of my many years chronicling Western backroads in Toyota SUVs for my adventure-motoring guidebooks, and magazines like Road & Track's Open Road, National Geographic Adventure, Mercedes Momentum and others.

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    But this is a motorcycling forum, and the rules advise against four-wheeled content. So lest I get banned ...
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  7. DolphinJohn

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    That's great!

    A great way to let the girls tag along, and gives us more flexibility with fuel, letting us see all of the side trips without fear of running out of gas.

    Nightly massages wouldn't be a bad thing either. :wink:

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  8. byways

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    Massages ... funny you should mention that, DolphinJohn.

    Two riding couples that I'm developing a custom ADV route for have requested that I include days' end accommodations that will provide just that for their women folk, though they assure me these women are tough as nails.

    Almost hate to say it ... but oh my heck, I'm finding that such places are out there!
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  9. DolphinJohn

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    Well, in my case, my masseuse will be driving the support truck. :D


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  10. byways

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  11. byways

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    OMG ... What to do about Father's Day!!!

    It's coming fast ... June 16 ... What can you possibly get that fine fellow that will provide a lifetime of memories?

    Heart of the West Adventure Route! It'll be there -- chock full of adventure -- whenever he's ready to ride. Just send us a note and in no time, the perfect Father's Day gift will be in your inbox.

    All he'll need to do is hit the road ... :wings (He'll need company, of course. :evil)

    What are you waiting for? Get it today!
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  12. byways

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    We just shipped the new-and-improved 2013 edition to inmates from coast to coast! :freaky

    Heading out soon to do re-con for tailor-made versions ... :cromag
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  13. Tragic Overlander

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    Hi Byways,

    A couple of crazies and myself:norton are looking for a 2 week ride in late July / early August this year. Your route looks like an excellent idea. Nice and remote, lots of flexibility, and not too much slabbing it to get to the start. We will be riding two 990R's and a 640ADV. I'll send you an email to purchase the route:deal.

    Just one question: as we will be leaving from the Aspen CO area, can we link up with the route somewhere around Meeker? Or would it be better to head to Steamboat or Grand Junction?:ear

    BTW, I met you outside the gas station at Dinosaur, CO IN 09. I was riding my orange 990ADV up to Canada to start the CDT, and you were heading south to meet up with friends to ride a portion of the TAT. It was nice chatting with you.:D

    Thank you for putting routes like this together!:clap:clap:clap

    Cheers,

    Dave
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  14. byways

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    Oh my gosh, T.O.! I sooo do remember you! Amazing that we can reconnect through the asylum herein. We visited roadside. Your bike was new then, as I recall. A beater by now, I'll guess. Ha ha ha. I'm still on the same ol' KLR.

    Meeker would be perfect; right on the route.

    But "crazies ..." Heck ... this is an "asylum," is it not? :rofl Nobody normal in these parts ...

    Shoot me a note to: backcountrybyways at gee mail dot com

    It'd be fun to visit by phone, too! (Tho I'm off scouting in Wyoming sometime next week.)

    Cheers!
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    subscribed. just put gas and ride....:wink:


    tony, i love the idea.
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    Luv u back, bro ... :-)
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    Ill be back to experience this adventure again. They only route I desire to ride more then once!

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  18. Tragic Overlander

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    Hi Byways, I'll email you today:deal. I'm getting more excited about this trip every day. Only 6 weeks to go.

    You are right. That bike was pretty new then, but after 40,000 odd miles (including CDT, TAT, AK etc) it was time to send it to a new home:cry. I loved that bike and ended up with a almost new 990R last year - which I promptly proceeded to introduce to one of the local deer population at 70mph near Moab:eek1. All is well now though.:wink:

    Looking forward to talking with you. If you are ever in the Roaring Fork Valley area, hit me up for a place to stay.:freaky

    Cheers,

    Dave

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  19. byways

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    T.O., it was so great to hear from you. You'll be on your way soon ...

    Can't wait to welcome you to Idaho Falls ...
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  20. byways

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    Route's gotten better with time, DP ... just like us! :toney