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

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

  1. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    I hear ya, in early Oct I sure hope that would not be the case, esp with global warming and all that :vardy
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  2. bomber60015

    bomber60015 tikkun olam Supporter

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    Folks I know at the southern end of the route are comparing this summer to time spent in Central America . . . minus the small arms fire.

    ;-}
  3. Mhidpa

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    Huh...I figured Central America would have small arms fire too. :jack
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  4. erburtt

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    I'm coming down from Ontario to do this route next week, I was hoping to use my iphone (without roaming, so only gps turned on) to view and follow the gpx tracks along the way. Does anyone have an iOS app they can recommend for this? I have a 128 gig phone so storage isnt really an issue
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    bkendig76 Been here awhile

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    I stay very basic when it comes to routes and GPS (i.e. I'm not that bright). I use the app maps.me for IOS. You can down load maps to use off line and it works well. Just export kml files from google maps, email them to yourself and open in the app. Then just follow the blue line.
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  6. ChopperCharles

    ChopperCharles Long timer

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    Thanks, this is good info!

    Charles.
  7. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    U can download offline google maps too.
  8. ClutchDumpinDan

    ClutchDumpinDan Go do

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    Pocket Earth. It's worth WAY more than the couple dollars they charge to download the offline maps of the US. I did the MABDR with it. Have done the TAT, KAT and a lot of other tracks with it as well, always flawless. It's all I use for nav.
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    I use Scenic. You have to pay a small amount for the maps you need, but you can just drag and drop from Google maps or whatever into the app on its main webpage then use offline with just gps on the phone.

    I think it’s great


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  10. erburtt

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    I downloaded last night, seems to work great so far, super easy to load the tracks into, the entire map for the US took less space than I was expecting
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  11. Surfnjmatt

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    Whats the ratio of Road to dirt on the MABDR
  12. ChopperCharles

    ChopperCharles Long timer

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    How difficult would the MABDR be for a street rider with no dirt experience and a big heavy Yamaha scrambler?

    Charles.
  13. DCrider

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    In good weather, low water crossings, skip the optional "expert" routes and ride prudently/use common sense I'd say no problem. But I've never ridden the PA-NY sections. It's really just back country roads and gravel roads that can get a bit rutted or in less maintained sections in the national forests a little rocky. There are spots with tight rutted up hill (or down hill) swithchbacks where you need to keep your momentum up. Others I'm sure will chime in with their thoughts.
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  14. sieg

    sieg Wearing out tires......2 at a time, day after day. Supporter

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    Yeap, easy, peasy, old, lesser traveled, lesser maintained, ROADS, stay off the expert sections and you should be able to do it on a Goldwing. Cars are driving on it, so unless there is high water there's nothing to slow you down. The BDR crew did a fine job of laying out an any bike friendly route. :clap
  15. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    Oh and don't overload your bike like you're going on a RTW trip, especially if you're planning on staying in hotels and eating at restaurants there's no need for tons of gear. It's not like you're in the middle of nowhere, civilization is within a few miles always, so if you forgot something need something, etc. it's close by.
  16. Outwardbound

    Outwardbound Been here awhile Supporter

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    Super report ! Now...a question
    I gather there are two or three water crossings (under normal wx) which are kind-of close together. Where are they? A potential riding partner would like to avoid them, so I’ll plot work-arounds; but I’ve got to know where they are first. Thanks for all the detail Cannonshot !
    PS; I rode your Lake Superior route 3 weeks ago. Phenomenal!
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  17. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    The significant crossings are all located on the section that passes the NSA listening station that I waypointed. When I get home I'll put up a couple of map pix to show you where they are. The go-around is pretty easy to figure.
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  18. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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  19. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    Man if you have to bypass the areas Cannonshot highlighted that'll be a bummer as that's some of the best riding in the GWNF.
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  20. ChopperCharles

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    How gnarly are these water crossings? I must admit, I'm a little leery of them myself. 540lb (dry) top-heavy street bike with knobbies and a skid plate... if it falls over in the water it's done for!

    Charles.