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

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

  1. FredRydr

    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 300 Ft.

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    The route needs more bollards!
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  2. Cycletech

    Cycletech Been here awhile

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    Take a detour down to Sugar Grove, the road is flooded to 4'. The water crossings are like rivers, had to do them both twice.

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  3. RockBreaker

    RockBreaker Been here awhile

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    I found a Smith glasses case on the route last week with a pair of prescription glasses in it if any of your party lost them let me know...
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  4. Snake Oiler

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

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    There was I fellow that said he lost a pair. Hopefully he sees your post
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  5. Snake Oiler

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

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    It may have been on the MABDR thread now that I'm thinking. Too many threads on this old mind muscle
  6. GravelRider

    GravelRider AKA max384 Supporter

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  7. Spoke

    Spoke Wing Ding

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    What a great RR. Thank you very much for taking the time to put this awesome report together. Looks like this is a route that can be done solo.
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  8. NGA

    NGA Been here awhile

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    I loved this report, and I learned so much. It's inspiring, and I can't wait to do it myself.
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  9. Doulos

    Doulos Doulos

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    I hear there is also a bent up cookie sheet some knucklehead used as a rack on the back of his Vstrom...
  10. RockBreaker

    RockBreaker Been here awhile

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    Lol I hear that guy dosen't want it back..
  11. smoltz

    smoltz Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the write up, doing this in a couple weeks and this was a great primer.
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  12. Mhidpa

    Mhidpa Adventurer

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    I'm just now getting to read this thread, but I thought I'd add that I'm on tentspace and 25 mi from Damascus and 12 mi from 421 (The Snake).
  13. Ajacks

    Ajacks "Not in the face"

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    Good to know, we could not find a place to stay in Damascus.
  14. Rkidd104

    Rkidd104 Adventurer

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    Thanks for the write up, will be riding it the last weekend in September with 3 friends. Reading all of this got me more excited than I already am. We are going to cover as much of it as we can in 4 days, we are located right in the middle of the route, it's about a 4-5 hour interstate ride to get to Damascus. Hopefully my Vstrom 650 is up to the task I just put a K60 rear tire on it a few weeks ago and am hoping to replace the front before we leave.
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  15. Mhidpa

    Mhidpa Adventurer

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    Well, I finally finished reading this. Thanks so much for the detailed RR. As I mentioned I live very close to Damascus and have wanted to ride the MABDR. However, I'm pretty much a noob, I've only been riding 3 years. And while I have taken some long trips, and ridden local forest roads, my wife has even less off road experience and we were wondering how she would make it on her Weestrom. Thanks to this, I believe it will be very doable. Hopefully we can his it sometime this fall.
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  16. CrazyMike

    CrazyMike ***42***

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    I'm gearing up for my MABDR trip: hitting the trail on Oct 3rd with the goal of a relaxing ride finishing up on Oct 10th.
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  17. Rkidd104

    Rkidd104 Adventurer

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    I'll be able to let you know how the wee handles it in September, I have a 2015 650 adventure. I have skid plates and aggressive tires, based on what I have read it shouldn't be anything the Strom can't handle, they are kinda like the Swiss army knife of adv bikes, they don't do any one thing great but they do most everything good.
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  18. bomber60015

    bomber60015 tikkun olam Supporter

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    Natives!

    What's the weather gonna be like in, say, early October? I would imagine that the southnernmost portion of the route will be fine, but wonder about the northern end of the route?
  19. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    ^^^Well not sure how you define "fine" whole route is through the mountains more or less so elevation comes into play regardless of south or north. I'd be prepared for near to or upper freezing temps at night/am at higher elevations. Go mid Oct you might have great fall color whole route.
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  20. bomber60015

    bomber60015 tikkun olam Supporter

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    Thanks . . . near to upper freezing is fine with me.

    Riding past Ice Fishing shanties is something I can live without ;-}
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