I remember a dreary winter two years ago. I never knew that an invite to a ride could have such long lasting effects. A dear friend (H14) had extended an invite to join him for a long weekend riding the Trans West Virginia Trail. By my own admission, my Noob status did me no favors in the days to come. Anyhow, as captured in the below RR, we left with only a flesh wound and lived to ride another day. RR from 2011 Linky Here First thing: do not do the same thing again and expect a different result. 2011 TWVT attempt: It's been a fun two years but I believe the TWVT is well within reach after completing training classes, cornering clinics, membership to single track dirt bike facility, and a TON more miles. It is with confidence that we embark on the 2013 adventure back to the old stomping grounds. Why the TWVT: Much like a homing pigeon finds his roost, my life long wingmate Blaster has an insatiable urge to ride Canada. I certainly don't mind joining him, but I prefer something with more challenge. This year, we split our differences and are doing a spring TWVT and a fall Canada trip. The Cast of Characters: Blaster DRZ400 [*]Dorito DR200 [*]EOD3MC DRZ400 [*]GSA_Pilot G450X [*]Joints4Sale 625SXC For a few days somewhere [*]Macorell24 990 [*]Crogfrog The dates: 9.25 days Departing Southern Maryland on Friday PM, 3 May (Riding 3 hours on tarmac) Home Sunday, 12 May The Track: The track will be about 2000 miles. It will a pruned list from the here: Linky Here Realizing that there is way more track (2014 is already in the "early first pass planning" ), I decided to focus on what I thought would be the most bang for the buck. I really like the WV & TN riding, so I've centered the track around those areas. I also have us going counter-clock wise, so if (when?) we end up short on time, it's the closest stuff to home which can be the most readily visited on another outing. Right now, the pink links are tarmac and include SoMD to staging, and the southern most turn around point. If someone knows some good dirt for the turn around point, I'd love to hear it. The plan is to ride about 125-150 miles per day. This was based on the 2011 ride and some of the comments for other RR (which I will link to in the next post). It's hard to say because most folks seem to only do 3-4 days on the TWVT/TET, so lots of RR to review. Type of trip Adventure Touring Given that it is early in the season, and my first real outing on the little beasts, we've decided to go adventure touring. What that means is, we'll be eating most meals at established restaurants and sleeping in a hotel.