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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Cannonshot, Apr 19, 2018.
The route needs more bollards!
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.
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...
There was I fellow that said he lost a pair. Hopefully he sees your post
It may have been on the MABDR thread now that I'm thinking. Too many threads on this old mind muscle
It was @moto_myke
He posted in the main MABDR thread. Here's his post: http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/next-in-the-bdr-series-mabdr.1257324/page-80#post-35124415
I'll cross post on that thread as well
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.
I loved this report, and I learned so much. It's inspiring, and I can't wait to do it myself.
I hear there is also a bent up cookie sheet some knucklehead used as a rack on the back of his Vstrom...
Lol I hear that guy dosen't want it back..
Thanks for the write up, doing this in a couple weeks and this was a great primer.
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).
Good to know, we could not find a place to stay in Damascus.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
^^^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.
Thanks . . . near to upper freezing is fine with me.
Riding past Ice Fishing shanties is something I can live without ;-}