MABDR solo

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Brett737cap, May 7, 2019.

  1. NorthernAlpine

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    Nice ride, cheers for taking the time to post photos and some insight. I'm looking to do it S to N this fall when work slows down, this sold me on it.
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  2. gzrglyde

    gzrglyde Been here awhile

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    A friend and I are going to do the MABDR this fall. I have the same tires you do on my Africa Twin, glad to hear they did well. Your Mosko Moto bag set up looks just like mine on my G650! My friend wants to use his iPhone for GPS, but I am a little dubious of that...I have the Scenic app loaded on my iPhone with the MABDR maps, but have not had a chance to use it. Was planning on riding the route last fall, but Hurricane Michael tore us up here. Did you download the MABDR map into your Garmin? If so, how did that work?
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  3. Brett737cap

    Brett737cap Life is short... leave with no regrets. Supporter

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    The Garmin download was pretty easy...and I’m not a computer guy. Make sure you have Garmin Basecamp and Garmin express on your computer. Just download the .gpx file from the BDR website, then I dragged it onto the Garmin icon on my desktop that appeared when my unit was hooked up to my laptop (I have a Mac). It showed up in the “tracks” app on the unit, and just navigate it by following the track. Keep it zoomed in so that you don’t miss a turn, and don’t convert it to a route because the gps will ignore all the trackpoints and just give you the fastest or shortest (whichever you have selected in preferences) between the start and finish.

    If your phone apps are useable offline and you have a mount to see it while you ride, you should be able to use them, but don’t rely on a signal. There is no signal most of the time. I had the route on my phone, my Garmin, and my Inreach, just in case one went bad (I’m an airline pilot and used to having 1-2 backup systems, probably overkill I know )

    Re Tires: Yeah, the Heidenau K60s were fine. I’m not sure if a more aggressive tire would’ve made a difference in the kind of thin mud layer on the ride that I had on my last day in the rain. It was slick no matter what you rode on, I suspect. I just didn’t go any faster than I wanted to crash at, as I was sure I was going down at some point. Still surprised I didn’t.

    Have fun, it’s a great route!
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  4. JackBurns40

    JackBurns40 LDRider, dirt newbie

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    How was the water crossing? Thanks so much for all the photos! Really hoping to take that trip next year.
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  5. Brett737cap

    Brett737cap Life is short... leave with no regrets. Supporter

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    There were 3 larger ones, all in Section 3 just prior to reaching Brandywine (there were other minor stream crossing sprinkled throughout the route, but they were negligible). None of the 3 was particularly deep, maybe a foot at most, but I heard from some guys I met on the trail who had done it last fall when there was a lot of rain, that the 3rd crossing was 3 feet deep then and they turned around and backtracked. The 3rd was definitely the deepest, and the rockiest. All 3 had a lot of larger rocks beneath the surface, but they were fairly flat and not difficult to get across. On the 3rd I hit a larger rock and had to dip my foot to keep from falling over in the water. The first two were shallow enough that I could wade across and check out the best line.
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  6. gzrglyde

    gzrglyde Been here awhile

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    That is great information! Thanks! I was an fighter and bomber mechanic, so I know you pilots need backup!!! Hee! I do not think it overkill to have a backup system. I am not interested in riding the route fast...in fact I hope to find a stream to drop a fly into on the way and catch some trout. I have lived and ridden in the Appalachians and Allegheny mountains for years, though I have not been on the BDR route...well maybe some of the roads. Thanks again!
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  7. Brett737cap

    Brett737cap Life is short... leave with no regrets. Supporter

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    There are a ton of good fly fishing places all along the route. I saw a lot of people casting. One of the best looked like it was in on the South Branch of the Potomac in Smoke Hole Canyon.
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  8. gzrglyde

    gzrglyde Been here awhile

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    Yeah, I am from Western PA and have fly fished all over PA, WVa, MD, VA and NY...
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  9. bnschroder

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    How did you feel your time allocation worked? I am planning to do this in 5 days in July and am wondering if that's too ambitious or doable? From your report it looks like you had few very short days and some much longer than am envisioning.
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  10. wb416

    wb416 Experienced pavement, n00b off-road

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    I may have missed it, but how long did it take for you to ride solo? I'm considering it for a 7-10 day block of time I have in July. I'd likely skip the clay expert section for reasons similar to Jager. I'd also do Back of the Dragon again from Tazewell to Marion on my way to section 1.
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  11. Mikenbern

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    Was Tub Run Road closed? if so any trouble finding a reroute?
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  12. gzrglyde

    gzrglyde Been here awhile

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    How did you have your Mosko tail bag attached to your tail rack? It looks like you have it attached from under the bag?
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  13. Grundieg

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    Nice trip. nice photos, I like it.
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  14. allonsye

    allonsye ("lets go!")

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    Good take-away regarding the use of phone for GPS. I was riding with a buddy in back country; he was using his phone for a nav device. He had a really bad crash totaling the bike and breaking upper body bones. The phone ejected and disappeared into the woods. Mine (which I keep stowed and use a Garmin 296 to navigate with) did not have a signal. I searched for the phone and managed to find it. It was damaged but worked and had signal. We managed to cal for help. Just say'in.
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  15. allonsye

    allonsye ("lets go!")

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    Nice RR. Hat-tip to you. I appreciate those who take the time to photo-document because I'm too lazy and preoccupied to do so:)
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  16. Brett737cap

    Brett737cap Life is short... leave with no regrets. Supporter

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    Sorry I missed this... 5 days would be a lot of really long days. By now I guess you’ve done it. Did you do it in 5 and how long were the days?
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  17. Brett737cap

    Brett737cap Life is short... leave with no regrets. Supporter

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    Sorry I missed your question...7 days plus one day in each end getting to and from the BDR. How did it work out for you?
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  18. Brett737cap

    Brett737cap Life is short... leave with no regrets. Supporter

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    I had the mosko straps around the rack and subframe from below the bag. It was very secure.
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  19. Brett737cap

    Brett737cap Life is short... leave with no regrets. Supporter

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    I don’t trust just a phone for GPS. I have the Nav 6 on the bike plus a Garmin Inreach Explorer I keep attached to my person. It’s a backup GPS, and SOS signal that will be on me if I get hurt And I’m not near the bike. If all else fails, I always have paper topo maps tucked away.
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  20. Brett737cap

    Brett737cap Life is short... leave with no regrets. Supporter

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    But you have that nice video! I’m way to lazy and non-tech savvy to edit a video to make it interesting. Pics are easy.... pull over, jump off (or not) and take a quick pic, the. You’re on your way. Hats off to you for that good video.
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