"... the greatest western U.S. adventure of all." * "The Heart of the West is replete with spectacular diversity, history, and scenery. ... I found your GPX tracks to be profoundly detailed and accurate. But your ongoing support, personal communication and regular, relevant updates made the 'price of admission' for HOW one of the best values in adventure travel I have ever encountered." * "Top quality adventure, experience, service, you name it Tony has it all. And he perfects it daily. An experience/adventure you will always remember. If you didn't do it this year, put it on your calendar for next year. It's never too early to start planning." -- ADVrider inmates -- 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! 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 ... ... 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. 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. Phew! (Drop by our blog site to learn more. Or contact us at: backcountrybyways at gmail dot com. We respond promptly.) 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 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 can be traveled in convenient segments, and includes options that accommodate shorter itineraries.) H.o.W. is a product of 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). Its easy-to-access, six-state network of loops includes some of the West's most iconic landscapes and historic backways. H.o.W. is a modular, ready-to-ride, GPS-based, self-paced journey through the storied landscapes and history of the American West -- adaptable to your travel needs and time constraints even as you ride! H.o.W. is improved with each new season. We do that through expansion of its trademark network of interconnected loops; our on-going research and field checks; and feedback from wildland travelers who come from across North America to immerse themselves in a Western experience like no other. This continual upgrading 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. -- Available 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 always 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 from Northern California's Sierra Nevada ... across the state of Nevada ... ... and from Southern California's Mojave Desert ... ... to the 870-mile Utah Backcountry Discovery Route ... ... the 700-mile Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route ... ... and onward to the 1,250-mile Idaho BDR ... ... via our new Nevada connector ... All of this makes H.o.W. an unparalleled multi-state roundabout of interconnected, adaptable wildland-travel routes. This is 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. * * * While H.o.W. is primarily a GPS-guided route, we recognize the value of quality, packable folded-paper maps. So we also provide the ... ... Heart of the West Adventure Route Map Pack. These SIX statewide, data-packed, topographic travel and outdoor-recreation maps are the companion to the H.o.W. track file. These lightweight, easy-to-pack folded maps are among the best resources we've used in our decades chronicling the wildland roads of the American West for our guidebooks, magazine articles and routing services. They depict H.o.W.'s primary, optional and alternate tracks, each personally highlighted and numbered to match the latest version of our comprehensive GPS track file. Each of the six maps ($4.95 retail ea.) includes: color-shaded topography small local roads climate data interstate exit numbers and rest areas points of interest national and state parks & campgrounds wilderness areas & mountain ranges mining districts county boundaries Indian and military reservations airports One map pack is included with each license. (We do not sell them separately, as they should be considered supplements to -- not alternatives to -- our proprietary track file.) Shipping is included*. The pack comes with H.o.W. stickers for each vehicle in your group. Unlike single-purpose maps that are focused on one route, these detailed, moto-packable publications depict vast networks of rideable dirt roads in each H.o.W. state. That means they are useful for a great deal more than just one route and just one trip. (Some travelers find them a reliable alternative in case of GPS unit failure, or if conditions require rerouting.) Important for ADV travel: The maps are protected inside a durable, translucent vinyl pouch with a weather-resistant roll-top hook-and-loop closure. *Shipping outside the continental USA (Lower 48) may require a shipping charge. * * * 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 stamina, 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 continue field research to improve the experience each 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. -- Loops mean no backtracking! -- Major airlines serve cities at logical entry/exit points, e.g., Denver, Salt Lake City, Jackson, Wyoming ... 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) rides Heart of the West ADV Route.