If you are looking for the kind of ride report that's complete with international boarder crossings, camping in remote places and pictures of white capped mountains with stunning vistas that stare off into eternity , well....You may want to search elsewhere. If you are into retrospective winter riding tales where riders brave temps way down into the low 40's ,pass through damp swamps and dusty scrubs all in the same day, see abandoned homesteads along with conquering nosebleed inducing elevation with summits as high as 317 feet while staying in cheap hotels then have I got a treat for you!! A quick intro about my buddy and I for those of you that haven't read my earlier ride reports. I've been riding off-road since I was a 9 year old kid growing up in the country and have been doing so off and on since that time. I started riding plated bikes in my mid 20's but didn't do my first multi day trip (other than trialering to various OHV parks) until 2006 and my first "camp off the bike" trip until 2011. Since then I can't seem to get enough of multi day and multi week rides, preferably of the dualsport nature. My buddy Andy @FLARider1 started riding in 2010 and has done multiple trips to Alaska and Canada as well as a ton of lower 48 riding. He loves those high mileage days and though he's a relative newcomer to off-road and dualsport moto riding, he loves adventure and a challenge. Speaking of that, we alomst lost him a couple of years back due to a crash that nearly had him freeing the ghost as it were.For him, a big part of this trip is about getting back some of the confidence and skill set that an experience like that will inevitably strip away. Now, a bit about the ride itself. Like I said, I dig the off-road/ADV/Dualsport stuff and I truly love the state of Florida (aka:Flatistan). My family has seen 7 generations in South Florida (see a bit of history here ) and with my daughter having recently added my new granddaughter Iris to the family , it doesn't look like we will be leaving any time soon. That being said, for the last 6 years I have been putting together a route that goes from southern Florida to the border of GA and back which is about 85% dirt. I have 2 versions ; one is for big bikes like the GSA/Tenere/Etc and the other for smaller bikes like the DR650 and WR250r. Both routes are roughly 1,600 miles as a full loop and take you through some of Florida's WMAs, national forests and some cool little towns dotted across this great state I proudly call home. Welcome to the Florida Adventure Trail (The FLAT) Now that the looooong winded intro is out of the way, come take a ride through the Florida I love and most don't take the time to visit or even know exists. I'll be aboard my 2018 WR250r and Andy is riding a well sorted 2001 DR650... Forgive my weak ass wheelie! * I truly hate to do this but I need to make it clear that after much deliberation and consideration, I will not be sharing the FLAT routes. My original intent with designing this ADV route, all 6 years of work that it took to put together, was to make a mostly dirt route that would allow others to see the Florida that I fell in love with. The unfortunate reality is that this region of the USA is so population dense that any shared public routes stand the very real risk of being exploited, overused and abused (one only need look at the Blue Ridge Trail thread to see these consequences in full effect). With our state legislature currently attempting to pave Florida right down the middle with the revived desire to extend the Suncoast Parkway, the need to preserve these rural areas is even more pressing. Please know that it kills me a little not to be able to share this route with the amazing ADV community but I simply can not do so in good conscience. I sincerely hope you can all understand and respect this decision. Thank you, David .