July 4th… Time to get serious about this year’s route planning. I have finished my consulting gig, so I will have time to work on my bike and route planning while still finishing some landscaping projects around the house and cabin. Six weeks advance planning has worked well for previous trips.

  • T-6: Week level route ideas defined. Trip highlights defined. Weather, COVID-19 restrictions researched. Research ADVRider for other riders currently on the road. What are their experiences with current travel restrictions and road conditions.
  • T-5: Order anything needed for the bike (accessories). Insure riding team is aligned on “what-if” / “risks” approach.
  • T-4: Trial ride. Test the gear out. Fine tune packing
  • T-3: Bike maintenance
  • T-2: My birthday week
  • T-1: Final prep. Dave arrives in Atlanta. Optimize packing across the riding group (eliminate un-necessary duplicate items).

Route Planning

Three of us will be riding the route from Atlanta to the Canadian border along the Mid Atlantic and North East Backcountry Discovery Routes. We are watching the COVID-19 travel restrictions and safety precautions carefully. We have to consider our health, the health of people we will come in contact with, and any resulting travel complications due to the pandemic.

DateDestinationMilesTimeLodging
8/15/2020EBDR01 – Home to Ironhorse174.5103:42Ironhorse Motorcycle Lodge
8/16/2020EBDR02 – To Damascus247.1106:34Damascus Old Mill Inn
8/17/2020EBDR03 – To Woods Hole Hostel141.9705:11Woods Hole Hostel & B&B
8/18/2020EBDR04 – From Woods Hole to Gristmill Square32.251:57The Inn at Gristmill Square
8/19/2020EBDR05 – From Gristmill Square to Smoke Hole Caverns121.11Smoke Hole Log Cabins
8/20/2020EBDR06 – To Sharpsburg (Antiem Battlefield)148.304:01
8/21/2020EBDR07 – To Mt Holly Springs167.0803:31
Mid-Atlantic Backcountry Discovery Route