A CannonRide Up the Mid-Atlantic Backcounty Discovery Route (MABDR)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Cannonshot, Apr 19, 2018.

  1. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    Ajacks and I just completed a ride on the MABDR which runs through the Appalachians in the back country of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.

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    The layout is great. The folks that scouted and plotted the route did a fantastic job coming up with a scenic and entertaining path that alternates between sporty pavement segments and fabulous contour roads through the forests. Thank you so much for providing this opportunity for others to enjoy.

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    We rode big bikes (GSA 1200 and a Super Tenere) and they were both good choices for this ride. However, about anything that you can enjoy riding on gravel would enable you to have an excellent experience.

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    As usual, I did some research to allow us to explore some history and points of interest on or near the path so I'll be including some (hopefully) interesting stories about things along the way - topics that range from secret spy schools to being captured by Indians. I made a few modifications to the path and added a few side trips for my own ride. This in no way implies that the original path is anything other than fantastic. It is great. I look at offerings like the BDRs as a great entrée for a meal. You have a great initial offering, but then you choose how you want to prepare it and what spices to add to make it suit your own preferences as you decide what bike to ride and how to approach the trip. Some may want to add a few "side dishes" to explore other places that aren't part of the original track. Thank you again to the BDR folks for bringing this into being for the rest of us to enjoy.

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    As usual, I'll share the GPS tracks and waypoints (points of interest) for the ride we did. However, please get the current track from the BDR website so that you will always have the current basic track to refer to as you plan your own ride. This will account for changes like closures and reroutes so that things go smoothly for future riders. Off the top of my head I think my intended track in this area was around 1,300 miles.

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    We had a great time on this ride while we experienced rain/flash flooding, snow, cold weather, hot weather, and all that goes with it. We'll share more details and photos in an effort to assist future MABDR riders with their own plans and to encourage more riders take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

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    I'll also cover some closure/reroute information.

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    Sllllllllllliiiiiiiiippery!
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    GPX for this ride (with waypoints/POIs) can be found in this post.
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  2. Snake Oiler

    Snake Oiler If the world didn't suck, we would all fall off

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    Tagging along.
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  3. ace1123

    ace1123 Adventurer

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    Looks good to me!
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  4. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    Will be anxious to hear you story Bryan------------be on this trail in a few days and will be looking for your "Cannonshot Was Here" stickers.
    I'm all packed up.

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  5. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    Thanks for following along!

    Hope you and your posse have a great trip Mark! What a wonderful ride! Nothing to be too concerned about along the way - "except for" just relaxing and having a great time. An entertaining and satisfying experience for sure.
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  6. scootac

    scootac Just a Traveler

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    2 rear tires?
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  7. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    Good thing we were self-sufficient enough to deal with almost any development. More on this later . . . :D
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  8. Ajacks

    Ajacks "Not in the face"

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    New Anakee Wilds..................300.00

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    Getting to tag along with the Colonel on an epic Cannonshot MABDR........Priceless, Thanks Bryan
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  9. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    What a great time! I already miss the great conversations during coffee and meal breaks. Coordination during the ride seemed remarkably intuitive. Plus, you can ride like the wind on that big bike! :D
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  10. Blaise W

    Blaise W Long timer Supporter

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    Another great Cannonshot RR. Yippee!
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  11. CloudSplitter

    CloudSplitter Putterer

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    Looking forward to more comments. Wish I would take as many side trips and interest stops as you do, and my title implies.
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  12. cyclopathic

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    Thanks for the report, looking forward for your tracks!

    Are those taken on base MABDR route? definitely not for my bold street tires hehe.
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  13. proeasy

    proeasy Been here awhile

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    In, may do a portion of it this summer, perhaps the PA bits,
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  14. Doctor Zed

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    Looks like a great ride. Excited to read the rest of the RR.
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  15. BoomerDL

    BoomerDL They went thataway!

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    In and awaiting more! Planning stages now for a July run of sections 5 thru 9 with my Dad who just retired.
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  16. Critic

    Critic More or less!

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    I am here and waiting for "The Rest Of The Story!"
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  17. DSquared

    DSquared Dilly Dilly! Supporter

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  18. siyeh

    siyeh unproductive Supporter

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    Very good sir. Looks like your route goes near Cloyds Mountain. Where two future presidents fought in an epic civil war battle.
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  19. Huskyfarmer

    Huskyfarmer HayMaker

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    Leaving May 4th to run the route from north to south. Not sure if we want to reverse the ride home or just hit the slab to make time (back to NY). I plan on camping along the way, did anyone camp on your trip or use local rooms?
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  20. BSTT

    BSTT Been here awhile

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    Fine a Cannonshot RR!
    Interesting side steps are guaranteed in your reports. I'm looking forward from my couch.
    Thanks to take the time for writing.
    Ciao Gero
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