"... the greatest western U.S. adventure of all." -- ADV inmate 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! To get started, just contact us at: email@example.com. We'll respond promptly with all the details. Wildland and rural-West travel is what we do. So just choose the option that suits you: -- Custom routing. If doing things your way is more your style, or you have specific needs and interests that cannot be met by established routes, then draw on our decades of on-the-ground experience chronicling the wildland roads of the American West. Have us craft an ADV route tailored to your requirements and interests. We do the research, and provide ready-to-ride .gpx files complete with tracks, waypoints (fuel, campsites , lodgings, etc.), as well as documentation and counsel. Examples of our personalized backcountry-travel routes ... A 1,400-mile odyssey through Idaho and Montana ... ... complete with camping and lodging options. 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. Southern California to South Dakota -- 2,100 miles from the Mojave Desert to the Black Hills the ADV way ... ... weaving together a wilderness corridor, a bit of old Route 66, our Heart of the West ADV Route, the Utah and Colorado BDRs, and the Dakota Adventure Loop. (Available in 2016 as our Heart of the West Southern California connector! Read on ...) An 825-mile semi-loop through Northern California, from the Lost Coast ... ... to the Sierra Nevada's rugged gold country ... ... by way of Cascadia ... ... and available for 2016 as our new 'Sierra to the Sea Adventure Route' (or Sea to Sierra, since one can travel either way). Or to keep it simple, just S2S. We've even built a father-and-daughter road-bike trip through the northern Rockies ... Phew! (Drop by our blog site to learn more.) But a personal adventure route is a premium product ... challenging to produce, limited to a few each season, uniquely rewarding, priced accordingly. So we also offer ... Heart of the West Adventure Route is our modular, ready-to-ride, six-state, GPS-based, self-directed and affordable 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 ADV Route debuted on ADVrider in 2010 as Forever West, a largely non-technical wildland travel loop developed initially for a group of East Coast riders. (We'd previously drafted an Idaho loop for them.) The original query was whether it'd be worthwhile to modify the American Mountain Biking Association's famous Great Divide Route, a.k.a. CDT, a north-south route that poses substantial logistical difficulties. Drawing on our decades 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 continually through expansion of its unique network of interconnected loops; on-going research and field checks; and feedback from adventure-motoring enthusiasts who come from across North America to immerse themselves in a Western experience like no other. Today, the route is called Heart of the West Adventure Route, which reflects the continually expanding reach of what many call the ride of their lives. Yet more than the name has changed in the years since the route's debut, for the journey is being upgraded, rerouted, revisited and revised continually. That means Heart of the West ADV Route is always new! Each season's H.o.W. clients get the latest data, sometimes even receiving updates as they travel. Recent upgrades include: -- Hundreds of new waypoints that pinpoint additional campsites and campgrounds, lodgings and fuel stops. -- More wildland two-track roads that replace long segments of pavement. -- Supplementary tracks that enable travelers to modify the route to accommodate their needs, and to respond to changing conditions as they travel. -- No land-access issues. The focus is on public lands, public roads and public right-of-ways. Don't take our word for all of this. Read first-hand accounts here on ADVrider! 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 also was kind enough to share his video. You can read reports by inmates Shooby, Dynobob, TxTiger, DolphinJohn, DonS, Klinquist, Dockingpilot, Zeegman, Bigdon and CaseyB. As those ride reports illustrate, duly adjudicated inmates will find: More mountain ranges More two tracks More campsites More lodges More of everything ADV! New for 2016: Expanded connections to Heart of the West ADV Route, and to the Backcountry Discovery Routes! That makes H.o.W.'s adaptable six-state system of loops your roundabout through North America's greatest network of wildland travel routes. Just imagine yourself on our new-for-'16 H.o.W.-to-Idaho BDR connector: OMG! But it's true. And for those of you from the Golden State ... 2016's menu includes ... -- Available routing from Southern California's Mojave Desert to Heart of the West ... -- Available routing from Northern California to Heart of the West ... ... by way of Nevada, of course ... If you were new to H.o.W. in 2015, you'll recall: H.o.W.'s unique system of interconnected loops was linked to: -- both the 870-mile Utah Backcountry Discovery Route ... ... and the 700-mile Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route ... ... as well as the 1,250-mile Idaho BDR ... This, in addition to roads that H.o.W. shares with the American Mountain Biking Association's Great Divide Route, a.k.a. CDT, from Canada to Mexico. -- Heart of the West Adventure Route Map Pack, with SIX statewide, data-packed, 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. One free map pack is included with each license -- previously a $35 per-pack option (not available separately). Shipping is included*. It comes with 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. *Shipping outside the continental USA (Lower 48) may require a shipping charge. Important for ADV travel: The maps are protected inside a durable, translucent vinyl pouch with a weather-resistant roll-top hook-and-loop closure. In the rarefied genre of American wildland travel, experienced ADV riders and newcomers alike are asking: H.o.W. can I ride 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. (Note: 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, riding skill and ability to organize, lead and execute 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 modular loop is more convenient and adaptable than ever! H.o.W.? For starters ... the full, primary loop is comprised of several shorter interconnected loops that you can weave into a trip that suits your and your group's travel needs and interests -- even if they change along the way! This traveler-friendly feature of H.o.W. accommodates individual schedules, and the schedules of group members that might otherwise conflict. There's more: -- 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 east-west I-80. -- 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$220***, Backcountry Byways LLC licenses use of H.o.W.'s detailed, road-tested .gpx/.gdb 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 our detailed, continually updated and printable e-booklet. It explains the route, the track file, each individual track, unique lodging options ... and more! So ... 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 trip their way, while still receiving the benefits of prompt, personalized service -- from pre-trip planning advice to advisories as you travel. Wow! Read more 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. Enjoy! Byways To learn more or to order your license, send a note to: backcountrybyways at gmail dot com. P.S. Heart of the West ADV Route can be adapted and modified to accommodate your geographic, timing and logistical needs. You'll also find options to do so 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!* *Fee required. *** H.o.W. license-fee schedule (per vehicle in the H.o.W. travel group): USD$220 for 1-2 vehicles USD$350 for 3-4 vehicles USD$460 for 5-7 vehicles Additional license required thereafter according to the same schedule. *Shipping the map pack outside the continental USA (Lower 48 states) may require a shipping charge. Subsequent use: 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. Below: 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!