So, I had the time available, I have a wife that understands my need to ride, and I have a bike well suited for the task. What better time to take a couple of weeks and ride a bit of the Trans-eastern Trail on the way to Rick’s Rendezvous? Ah, the Trans-eastern Trail? If you don’t know about it, and are in the eastern US, you have got to check it out. Chip has put together an amazing connection of roads, both paved and unpaved, to get up and down the Appalachian Mountains. I plotted out a route from Pennsylvania to Georgia using the TeT that took me through farmland, across mountain tops, and secluded woodland valleys. The roads varied from fun, sweeping twisties to tight switchbacks on pavement, and gravel to Jeep trails when the pavement ended. After playing on the TeT, I headed north to Rick’s Rendezvous. Great time, and a wonderful way to remember the Party Boss. Then it was the Blue Ridge Parkway home. Yep, not a bad way to spend a couple of weeks. Come one, let’s go for a ride… Day 1 – York, PA to Brandywine, WV (289 miles) Stopped at the local Rutter’s to get a quick breakfast before hitting the road. Wrightsville, PA Since I got a later start than I was planning, I took the fast way to where I was picking up the TeT. Went through Gettysburg to get there. At one point, I looked over at the sidewalk and saw this ugly dude on a beautiful bike. I picked up the TeT at Blue Ridge Summit. From here to Georgia, some 1200 miles away, I am in the hands of Chip and the rest of the crew that put together the routes I am following. It did not take long to hit the first unpaved road in northern Maryland. Very shortly after I hit the gravel, I had my first detour. There were several times throughout the trip that I had to find my way around road closures. Some were due to road work, some were due to bridges out, some were due to the rain, like on Hwy 622 in Virginia. BTW, just because Virginia calls it a “highway”, that does not mean that it is much of a road…or paved…or even open for public use, as I discovered last year. This is what I think of when I think of a highway, and this is the best way to view a highway, in my opinion. I much prefer riding on Virginia’s version. (Interstate 81, just south of Stephen’s City, VA) Remember what I said about the rain closing roads? Well, here is Moore’s Ford. I did this crossing last year, when it looked like this. I decided not to try it this year. But I did see some butterflies, and had planned on this possibility. I took the bypass and continued merrily on. Now, folks that know West Virginia know that there are two things you are going to experience when you visit the Mountain State. First, you WILL see deer. That took all of five minutes after I crossed the border this time. Second, you WILL get rained on. That took ten minutes. I do love West Virginia. The riding is pretty good, and the scenery doesn’t suck. The first somewhat challenging road I hit was NF-344. It is somewhat washed and rocky, but no big deal on a 990, even when fully loaded. There are also a few water crossings to deal with. I think the last road of the day may have been the best. Good surface, good scenery and more water crossings. It is just a state forest road, I am not sure of its name. The forest road dumped me out on US-33 and I headed into Brandywine for the night. Found a hotel at Fox’s Pizza. Nothing special, but it was a place to lay my head at the end of a long dry. Great day of riding. A few real gems like the state forest road and Camp Run Road stick in my mind. Bike is running great and I am finding the riding challenging enough to keep me on my toes. Throughout this ride, I really learned a lot about what the big KTM is capable of doing. The only limits I have come close to are my own.