We knew it was coming soon, and now it’s confirmed: Backcountry Discovery Routes (BDR) has confirmed it will expand its eastern map range, by developing a route for New England.
In case you don’t know who Backcountry Discovery Routes is, or what they do, their website says it’s a “non-profit organization whose mission is to establish and preserve off-highway routes for dual-sport and adventure motorcycles.” BDR works at this mission several ways (“education, advocacy, and promotion of responsible motorcycle travel“), but is probably best-known in the ADV community for its excellent collaboration with Butler Maps, resulting in detailed offroad riding routes in the continental US.
Until fairly recently, BDR’s routes were all out west, through places like Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and so on. It made sense, as the area has a huge adventure riding community and is arguably some of the best motorcycling terrain on the continent. But that was a bummer for eastern-based riders, until BDR debuted its Mid Atlantic route last year. Taking riders through the back corners of Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland, it gave riders living in the I95 jungle their own chance to try a proper BDR route without having to cross the continent.
That route fell a bit short, though, as it cut out New England, particularly the state of Maine, which is probably the easiest eastern state to get truly, properly lost in the wilderness, and eaten by a bear. Maine has vast amounts of empty space in the Great North Woods, and although many roads are private and require permission to ride, the roads through the woods are there, if you can get access.
According to BDR, the new route will connect to the existing Mid Atlantic route to add another 1,000 miles through six states, ending at the Canadian border. The BDR crew is going to be working on the route in coming months, and will be detailing their adventures on social media, so you can follow along. When it’s done, as always, there will be a Butler Motorcycle Map featuring the route, free GPS tracks of the route, and a documentary film about the new route. We can’t wait!