Well, this post, if it passes muster with the Forum authorities will be a log of our trip in September 2020 North to South. My friend Jim and I on our Suzuki DRZ400s and Joe in his lifted Mazda Miata. Yeah... Lifted Miata. So some of this post will be car related but mostly travel / bike stuff. Here goes. No pictures yet as we don't form up as a group until we get to the start on Saturday night. The back story: So it was 40+ years ago. Brad’s (me) wife sez…. “I work with this lady, her husband likes motorcycles, you two should meet”. We do, and Jim and I become great buds. We’ve toured together, road raced against each other for many years and were endurance race, team mates for a few too. Somewhere in there Jim sez, “Hey we should try this new adventure touring thing”. We both get DRZ400esses and have a go at learning a little about dirt. Up till now, at least for me, dirt was something corner workers were supposed to sweep up in between races. Jim had some experience on the trails as a teenager, but that was long ago….We’ve since been to Utah, Colorado twice, and Michigan’s upper peninsula doing the ADV thing. In 2006 I met Joe. Joe drives a Miata. I invite him NUMEROUS times to attend a weekend of riding with Jim and I and friends in South East Ohio, where the roads are crazy nice, the pavement mostly smooth and the cops non-existent (along with the traffic). This ride Jim and I have been doing for MANY years. Joe always deferred. Most people that DO come along, don’t return for a second weekend. Either Jim and I are bad company, or they are afraid of all those curves or maybe it’s the brisk pace that sometimes happens. But then there is Joe. After MANY YEARS of bugging him, he finally gives in and comes along. His three epic quotes of his first foray into a weekend of super curvy roads (Michigan has almost ZERO driving roads) and chasing motorbikes. #1 “I’ve been smiling so hard for two days, my face muscles hurt!” #2 “I have a bruise in my right foot from trying to push the throttle thru the floor for the whole weekend”. #3 “I didn’t even know this 15 year old Miata HAD a rev limiter. Now I use it as my shift point”! So a couple of years ago, Joe and I went to a theatre to watch the MABDR movie. I was interested in doing it. I figured Joe might be entertained by the movie. Somewhere in there it said the route was “mostly doable” by a light duty 4x4. Joe is all in. He’s going to get a cheap little 4x4 and tag along behind us bikes some more. But that would be too easy…. Enter some crazy YouTube video that Joe ran across. Hey did you know that there is a kit you can buy to lift a Miata? And the race is on. Race??? Yeah, we had penciled this trip in last fall for September 2020. Joe was planning on using the family Subaru back then…. After Joe learned of the off road Miata thing he had to… 1) Buy another Miata (his is too nice to LIFT). 2) Recover from an unexpected shoulder surgery and its 6 weeks of therapy. 3) Install the lift kit. 4) Sort out all the gremlins that happen with a project like this. The last of the issues (hopefully) were handled with a die grinder on 9/15. Jim and I pretty much had all the kit required for the bikes. Jim and Joe had some GPS stuff to sort. Today Thursday 9/17/2020, it looks like a GO. Here is the plan. Jim (from Grand Rapids, Michigan) comes to my house in Indy on 9/17. We load up a trailer with the (2) DRZs and leave Friday 9/18 for Moorefield, WV. Near as I can figure, that is about the halfway point on the MABDR. We leave the trailer rig at a campground and head North to the start/finish of the MABDR at the Pennsylvania / New York border. Joe climbs up into the Mee-Onster on Saturday morning in Sterling Heights, Michigan, and heads for the same place. Hopefully we all meet up in Mansfield, PA on Saturday night and start the MABDR going south on Sunday morning the 20th. That’s the plan anyway. Hopefully Covid and Hurricanes and ??? don’t make this TOO much of an adventure!!! More to come (with some pics).