Big Fat TAT Sandwich on a BDR Roll a.k.a. 2021 U.S. Dirty Dirty Ride So this is it. I am committed now - I’m all in. Barring a zombie covid apocalypse or some other unforeseen catastrophe, I’ll be setting out just after the 4th of July for an estimated 17,000 - 20,000 mile, 100 day plus backroad ride across the United States. The idea is to ride from my home in costal New Hampshire to the top of the North East Backcountry Discovery Route (NEBDR) and follow it south to the Mid Atlantic BDR. And as you guessed, I’ll pick up the Trans America Trail (TAT) and ride it west to the Oregon coast. If both the 790 and I are still intact, I’ll ride the Oregon backcountry trails to the Washington BDR, take it north and then head east to Porthill, Idaho. From there, I’ll ride the IDBDR south to the NVBRD, which I plan to follow only as far as Tonopah before heading west to Benton and the beginning of the CABDR. I’ll follow the route all the way to the end in Calexico, California and turn west again to San Diego where family and friends will have a garden hose for me to wash off the stink. There, I’ll have some time to explore and visit in SoCal before I make my way home again. When I do, I aim to follow the southern border all the way to Florida where I’ll dip down to the Fort Myers area for a visit with my old man (Law Dawg) before making he push north. I expect to be back in New Hampshire somewhere near the third week of October. Here is what that might look like: 06 July - leave New Hampshire 07July - begin NEBDR 15 July - begin MABDR 25 July - begin TAT 02 September - finish TAT 07 September - begin ORDR* 12 September - begin WBDR 17 September - begin IBDR 25 September - begin NVBDR 30 September - begin CBDR 08 October - finish CBDR 14 October - leave SOCAL 21 October - arrive New Hampshire * Oregon trail system is independent of the BDR The Bike: I’ll be riding a 2020 KTM 790 Adventure R, christened Katy M, but that might change as we’re still getting familiar. As of this post, she has 6500 miles on the clock and is bone stock except for a side stand enlarger & tires. We completed the NEBDR in September, and have otherwise, thanks to covid, stuck fairly close to home. I have a slew of modifications in mind and that’s partly where I’m hoping for some inmate input. I got a few items in route now, but a bunch to decide on. The Rider: I’m a retired and a veteran. I turn 55 next week, I’ve shrunken to a just over 6 foot, and ride-ready should tip the scales in the mid to low 180’s. Although there’s plenty of room for improvement, I am reasonably fit with the central exception of chronic spine issues and related neuropathy in my extremities, which I build in time and care to accommodate. I’m a cautious, but uninhibited rider, who will take reasonable and calculated risks. I have confidence in my skills and decision making. I will be mostly taking photos and fly fishing along the way. I spent my youth on two stroke enduro bikes and got back into riding about seven years ago. Since then, I’ve completed more than a half dozen long distance solo trips including the TAT in 2017, a 20,000 mile Four Corners & a Stinger (see ADVR ride report) and other cross country rides totaling just north of 80,000 miles most of which was on a 2014 BMW GSA. I enjoy riding solo. The Plan: Long range planning and a ride report. Spontaneity serves it place, but I like to visualize the trip beforehand, focus on goals and move steadily in that direction. With that in mind, I thought I would like to open up the page a litte and share the process with fellow ADV Riders/inmates. Between this post and the launch date, I will endeavor to post regularly. I’ll be sharing bike prep and modifications (from stock), route planning, gear prep, budgeting, and physical training. I’ll be soliciting input along the way and will hopefully gain and share something in the exchange. I’ll post photos and clips where they fit. When the departure day draws near, I’ll migrate the thread over to a ride report and keep readers posted along the ride. Special Ops: My father in law left us this September at 94. A husband, father, pilot, engineer, avid outdoorsman and a bona fide CIA spook, Bill was one heck of a guy and will be sorely missed. As a tribute to his greatness and a legacy to his life, I’ll be carrying a small satchel of his ashes with me to forever extend his presence along the slopes, plains and waterways of our land. To his children and grandchildren, he will literally be everywhere. I appreciate all of your input, questions, thoughts and comments. Ikeya-Seki, out. Me & the Spy.