Multi-Day Camp & Ride!
You are going to have to bear with me as this one might take me a year to tell it
I named it the Graded Roads Tour as to not mislead anyone into thinking this is a muddy mess of extreme obstacles.
Its a progression story into creating this loop and going out to explore it. I’ll be Tent Camping along the way and sharing what I discover.
In this Ride Report I’ve gotta start in the beginning! It is most definitely seasons of a ride and to omit that from this story is to not tell it at all.
This one (for me) is an adventure in the truest sense in my understanding of this Dual Sport experience.
All roads are already ridden but not by me!
I’ve driven through many states where I never saw the back roads. Never once imagining unpaved dirt roads still existed in America. Unaware that I was taking the journey in a most boring way.
I bought a KLR650 in 09 and this new freedom to smell, taste and feel the road was exhilarating! Hickman County, I was searching on ADVrider and found this map that connected dirt roads for a day ride.
However, these County roads become like any great movie.
You get to know them by every turn.
Never boring but the sense of discovery escapes somehow.
Armed with a crazy bright red Point & Shoot Kodak, I began filming the rides. The Adventure of imagination. I had suddenly become a movie producer, director, cameraman, editor and promoter of a sport. BOOM! Back to Hickman County, this time with a new discovery in exploration. It was a FUN season!
Thats how it goes isn’t it? Seasons it’s all about recognizing them and not missing the next one!
That KLR and my backside could only go so far. I began saving for a KTM990 and when I got ready to buy one, they stopped making them.
I got a 1090 instead! What a bike! To me it was a new KLR with amazing comfort and power! It took me three years to actually put it in Sport Mode and see what it had. Three years to turn off the Traction Control off road. Three years to discover it was not a KLR at all!
In those years I began riding to the other side of the state. Exploring forest service roads, camping, ride some more then jumping on the interstate for home. What A Bike!
I went to my first Rally (March Moto Madness in Tellico Plains TN). What a blast! Great Riding & Great People!
I went to Ribfest a few times. That was FUN!
PART 2 IN A DAY OR SO!
SEASON / 2
Found a pretty awesome family at the Tn DS Ride! I went solo like so many rides before. Thats how I rode. Solitude, getting away and taking a ride.
When I went there, I was not into crowds. Never have been. Always the loner! I had no idea how things were going to turn.
Riding is nice but riding with great friends is awesome.
From here, somewheres, I ran into the best people ever! We grouped up and began exploring our state. looking for those unknown dirt roads that we could stitch together into a day loop and get everybody back together for a group ride.
As the family grew, people began opening up on places they knew. Places they grew up riding and man we had some great weekends on that stuff!
That hunger becomes the next thing. It’s not when will I eat again but when are we going on the next ride!
Lets Take a Ride!
Becomes the Insatiable thing! I keep hearing it in my head over and over ...
Lets Take A Ride Already!
We gotta get another ride together guys!
FB ... I have avoided this as long as I could. We needed a place to organize and put the Next Ride together. So I set up a group with the sole intention of talking about the ride. Pictures, videos and bragging only. No politics & no religion. A place to laugh and have FUN.
Hummm ... What to name it? We keep saying Lets Take a Ride ... Keep it Simple, Well That Was Easy!
So, I’m filming every ride and posting up short videos so we can all watch ourselves having FUN. I’m dreaming BIG! I want to make a cable ready Mini-Series about Dual Sport Adventure Riding. I’ve got every major outline locked in. I know what I want! I just need money to make it happen!
I can’t call on investors as they will have the power to rush it and then ruin it. I gotta earn it!