So, I've been spending the last couple of weeks with my head buried in maps working out a new Trans-Pennsylvania route that runs vertically, bisecting the state. You can read all about the development of this route HERE (link to another post on this site). The plan is to prove this route out on Memorial Day Weekend of this year. A couple of friends and I will be leaving the Philly area on Friday night - after work - and heading for a staging area near the southern start of the route. This route is over 50% "unimproved" roads (gravel, hard packed dirt, double track, easy single track), with the balance being some very nice twisty and scenic asphalt. Should be big-bike friendly. I don't own a true dual-sport bike yet (but I'm getting ready to purchase a KTM 690 Enduro soon), so my little Ducati Scrambler will have to do. I've taken plenty of "street" bikes on much more gnarly stuff than this, so it should not be a problem. The other 2 bikes in the group will be a 2016 KTM 690 Duke, and a Triumph Tiger 800 XC (gotta have one truly "worthy" vehicle along for this ride). The route is 320 miles in length, and due to its unproven status, we expect to be riding north the entire day Saturday and Sunday to complete it. Monday will be slabbing it back home, from its end at the PA/NY state line. Our planned ride is open to anyone who has the time and inclination, so contact me if you are interested.