Avoiding water crossings along MABDR?

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  1. daveinva

    daveinva Been here awhile

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    Fellow inmates-- mulling doing the MABDR solo in the spring, but I'd like to avoid any deep water crossings (>6 inches streambeds) to minimize my risk of having a solo oops into the drink and having to empty out a bike by myself.

    I've read up a bit on the MABDR, and it looks like there are two significant water crossings near the beginning of the route in Virginia, but after that, it's pretty smooth sailing (no pun intended) for the remainder of the route-- weather permitting, of course.

    Any recommendations?
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  2. daveinva

    daveinva Been here awhile

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    Never mind-- spend enough time searching here and reviewing the GPX routes, got my answers!
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  3. AwDang

    AwDang Enabler

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    No need to avoid the water in section 3.
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  4. GetYourOwn

    GetYourOwn Been here awhile

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    There are 3 significant water crossings in WV. Last week when I went through the water was no more than a foot deep on any of the three and there were no big rocks that needed to be avoided. They are pretty uneventful but they could be an issue in the spring at higher water levels
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  5. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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  6. mbabc

    mbabc Curmudgeon trainee

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    I too went through them last week. Not high water but plenty slippery. Stalled my bike in the middle of one. Took a bit to get moving but made it fine.
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    StanBo Been here awhile Supporter

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    If this doesn't make a person want to ride the MABDR I don't know what will. That was an awesome video. :jack
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  10. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    Dude riding a street bike, that about sums up the difficulty level most of the time.
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    That was brilliant!
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  12. rdwalker

    rdwalker Long timer Supporter

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    Is this from the GPX set from the BDR site? I am looking on BaseCamp at the the files I downloaded, but do not see the water crossings detail.
    Thanks, Robert.
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  13. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    No, I prepare an enhanced version of GPS files for my own use. I shared this GPX with others because it is much more developed than the file from the BDR site. BUT, as I have noted in a number of places, always refer to the file from the BDR site for the current path as there can be route changes due to land issues. I found and reported a route problem myself when I rode the route.
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  14. rdwalker

    rdwalker Long timer Supporter

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    Thanks!
    Would you elaborate on how you prepare these files? Or, did you post that already somewhere? Inquiring minds wanna know...
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  15. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    I'm sure I've written about it elsewhere, but I do a lot of research during the Wisconsin winters to develop information and add POIs to the GPS files I'll use on rides.

    Here is an article I wrote: Planning / Scouting, Mapping, and Sharing GPS Guided Rides - Adventure Rider (advrider.com)

    Here is a post about how I handle some aspects of POIs: A CannonRide Down the Great Divide (solo) | Page 10 | Adventure Rider (advrider.com)
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  17. RJAMT

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    The number and "severity" of the crossings will depend a lot on when you go. We rode it in late May and there were quite a few water crossings but only a few looked like they were permanent. I only remember 1 that was at all challenging and that was mostly because the bottom was smooth river rocks that didn't provide much traction. We had 2 "crossings" that were really just so much water running right down the road that it felt like I was crossing a really wide but shallow river. Gotta love rainy season eh?
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  18. RJAMT

    RJAMT Who remembered the winch? Supporter

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    Not water related but you might want to bring something like a small tube of JB Weld. During our MABDR trip my friend dropped his bike on a road with lots of embedded rocks and punched a hole in his side casing. We quickly flipped the bike over on it's other side to save the oil. Out came my JB Weld and an hour or so later he was patched and back underway. The patch not only lasted the rest of the BDR but got him back to Illinois as well.

    One last note, if you are riding alone be sure you understand that we often went for hours without hearing or seeing any people or vehicles so you may truly be alone for quite awhile if something happens. It's a tribute to the folks who laid out the BDR that they were able to get us so remote from the world in a part of the country that isn't exactly empty!
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  19. jfauerba

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    Stream crossing on MABDR in 2019 that did not end so good. Bent my shifter in a U.
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