This year would be a busy one. Busy at work, busy at home. As my kids got involved in different events, it became apparent that this would be the year of individual vacations. As such, I was able to get 11 days off for an epic ride. Well, as epic as you can ride in 11 days. Thanks to The Mobius Trip, I realized the best way to maximize my time was to plan a one-way ride. My trip would start in early October, but the planning started much earlier. I decided to visit several of our National Parks out West. Id been to a couple as a kid, but hadnt seen most of them. I started planning early. So early in fact, I had to abandon the planning phase for several months because I couldnt deal with the wait. A couple months out I found an ADVr with great route advice and garage space for the winter. A return plane ticket was bought, and the planning began. However, before this trip could start, I would almost derail it by trying to ride off-road. So now, the prequel to the Well crap, the National Parks are closed tour .. The LBL200 is a 200+ mile ride in Land Between the Lakes (KY/TN) on hiking trails, gravel roads, and the occasional blacktop. Held in September, it would take place less than four weeks from my National Park tour. I bought a Yamaha XT250 for this ride (and another one in Missouri), and had my friend Voodoo Child mount some knobbies. I had never ridden off-road before, so of course I had to buy the appropriate safety gear and apparel. As a hiker, I thought it would be fun to ride the hiking trails. Little did I know most folks would treat it as a race. Long story short, I rode too hard and too fast trying to keep up with all those orange bikes (not sure of the make, as they were flying by me too fast to read). I actually think I did pretty well, but in a low damp area, my front wheel hit a root at ground level and I went down hard. My right foot took all of the force as it hit the ground. I knew my foot hurt, but didnt know the extent until I took a shower that night. It was extremely tender. I decided not to ride the second day, not wanting to hurt my foot so badly I couldnt ride out West. For the next 3+ weeks I let it heal.