Heart of the West Adventure Route
Brothers and sisters:
If you're beginning to fret about planning your 2014 ADV ride ... finding time to do the research ... tracking down resources ... posting queries ... getting the answers you need when you need them ...
How 'bout this: Do it the easy way!
Let Backcountry Byways LLC do the work ... so you can live the dream!
Many ADV travelers discovered Heart of the West Adventure Route through the legendary Dockingpilot's epic ride report on this grand non-technical travel loop, previously titled “Forever West.” Dockingpilot led the first riders to travel the entire route -- and to do it in one trip. (It’s now called Heart of the West Adventure Route to better reflect the scope of the experience.)
Since that bar-raising 2010 ride, not just the name has changed. The journey itself has been upgraded, rerouted and revised -- even roughed up in places that were, well, just too darned civilized for our sort. :jose
So in 2014, duly adjudicated inmates will find:
More mountain ranges
More two tracks
More of everything ADV!
(One of several more current, 2013 H.o.W. ride reports -- this one about an international team's apparent attempt at an ADV land-speed record -- can be found here. Just be ready for a lot of :poser)
In the elite world of North American ADV travel, select adventurers who are at the pinnacle of their overlanding careers are asking: How can I achieve a "trip of a lifetime" ... a non-technical (i.e., no single-track trails) 2,800-mile, two-week odyssey through the wildlands of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and Nevada.
(Note: Don't fret over the length; it can be scaled down for shorter itineraries, too.)
But there's no secret. Just read on ...
We developed the route for Dockingpilot and his crew's landmark 2010 Western journey in a process that drew on years of research for adventure-motoring guidebooks, magazine articles, domestic and international corporate clients, and explorations undertaken specifically for their trip.
Yet the work didn't end there!
Heart of the West ADV Route is dynamic. It continues to evolve as we evaluate feedback from each season's travelers, and as we do further field research to improve the experience for each upcoming season. So this convenient loop is now better than ever ... just in time for your 2014 trip planning.
If you're ready, dodge the anxiety, cost and frustration of doing all that research yourself -- and get that ADV vacation of a lifetime rolling the easy way. Join the growing number of inmates who are experiencing an authentic American West adventure ... riders who don't want to do all that work, who don't want to risk their precious vacations, who refuse to pay thousands of $$$ to be led on a 20-bike forced march with ... strangers.
HERE'S THE DEAL: We do the work. You live the dream!
For as little as USD$199***, Backcountry Byways LLC licenses use of a detailed, road-tested gpx track file that has been years in the making ... plus you'll get prompt, authoritative responses to your trip-planning questions.
Put it on your list for Santa :deal.
Make it your birthday wish:gerg
Give it for Father's Day:*sip*, anniversaries :rogue, Administrative Assistants Day :type, retirement :*sip*
And so forth.
Being self-inflic ... excuse us, self-directed ... H.o.W. is perfect for travelers who want to do their trip their way, while still receiving the benefits of prompt, personalized service -- from pre-trip planning to advice and advisories as you travel.
Read more about this geographically diverse, logistically convenient and easily adaptable ADV route on our blog, Backcountry Byways Journal.
Have a question? Just post herein!
In addition to the many outstanding photos you will see in ride reports, we’ve compiled an online Web album depicting the route. Have a look here.
Remember The Haight! :strum
P.S. Heart of the West ADV Route can be tailored to your geographic, timing and logistical needs. Just ask. we'll customize it for you.* Or if there's some other part of the Wild West you'd like to explore, again ... Just ask! We may be able to develop a custom route.
*Requires additional fee.
*** $199 fee for 1-2 vehicles. $299 for 3-4 vehicles; $399 for 5 or more vehicles
Below: Four-time Paris-to-Dakar finisher Eddy Hau of Germany (front) travels a Wyoming segment of Heart of the West ADV Route on an F800. If he can do it ... so can you!
There is no one that knows this area like byways. I was on this ride and I can tell you it's amazing. I've been on other rides that he's put together as well and seen somethings that he sent me to while I was solo. All things you wouldn't see if you didn't get in touch with him.
The great thing about dealing with byways is he's been on all these roads before. He's not going to tell you this is good for an adventure bike with your kit when most would be dropping you know what in their pants if they were on a trials bike.
The other great thing about byways is his wide ranging interest and curiosity. So he knows where those hidden gems are that most people just drive past.
What's a few shekels when it come down to having a really enjoyable ride without missing something you'd be kicking yourself over when you figured out you missed it. It will also save you a bunch of time and effort.:drums
Been with Byways on a lot of this route scoping out the trail and making sure it is a advertized.. He will NOT steer you wrong if it is not good for a big bike he means it or if it is doable by your grandma that is a fact!
Every mile of this incredible journey is awesome scenic and just plain fun!
Must do Ride of the Wild West
If you always wanted to ride an amazing/scenic/historic Adventure ride in the Wild West of the USA this is a must do ride. Tony has put together a fantasic collection of off-road rides that any Adventure would enjoy. Check it out while you are planning your next years Adventures. It is perfect for a two week trip. http://d26ya5yqg8yyvs.cloudfront.net/cooltu.gifhttp://d26ya5yqg8yyvs.cloudfront.net/cooltu.gifhttp://d26ya5yqg8yyvs.cloudfront.net/cooltu.gifhttp://d26ya5yqg8yyvs.cloudfront.net/cooltu.gifhttp://d26ya5yqg8yyvs.cloudfront.net/cooltu.gif
As a veteran of the very first "Forever West 2010" ride, I'm telling you all unequivocally that Tony's route is the "must ride before you die" route if there ever was one. If I had one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel and was granted one more ride, this would be it. It's all spectacular, every mile. The diversity is unsurpassed; mountain passes, open prairie, desert, high plateaus, no man's land-type open vistas. You New Englanders like me need to pay attention to this. We ride under the canopy in CT and can't see more than 100 yards in any direction. How would you like to peg the throttle for miles and see this before you?
Southern Great Salt Lake Basin, Utah
Or skies like this?
Great Basin (the Big Empty), Wyoming
Or camp at a place like this:
South Pass, Wyoming.
Or hang out at a place like this:
the Wasatch Range, Utah.
This is your #1 bucket list ride if you are serious about dual-sport riding and want the very best experience riding out West. Tony continues to be the premier back-country route planner when it comes to our sport. Highly recommend it!
Thank you all!
Wow! I am humbled indeed. It is a terrific feeling for me, helping you experience the "Heart of the West."
Hope you can come this way again!
Tony is indeed the master of local knowledge and planner of routes.
Tony knows this part of the country better than anyone else, and he has personally scouted these routes himself.
Basically, if you work with Tony, you are guaranteed a successful trip where you ride and see all the best of the West.
Just a "by the way" for byways he is too modest, but he will work with you on a custom trip also. If you have a certain time frame or a must see area he can also fix you up for that too. starting to sound like a commercial. but I have no gain in this enterprise other than I get to go with him once in a while. pretty good deal I must say.
Without question Tony Huegels "Forever West" remains the gold standard in Adventure routes. We have yet to ride anything that comes close. The bar has indeed, been set very high.
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A few more shots
It was here where the landscape would change suddenly, and yet again, from sub-alpine to high desert. Jaw dropping as we rounded the cornor here.
On the Oregon Trail, continental divide.
In WY before/after South Pass City are you routing people to Farson for gas? I show Boulder (& of course Pinedale) has fuel too.
I'm wondering what that out and back is before heading north to Pinedale.
Just so everyone know Great Divide Basin (desert) is an amzing wide open area but you must be dead on your toes with fuel as there is nothing out there (see Docking Pilot's picture just above to get the idea & note his 2 fuel containers - http://www.touratech-usa.com/Store/P...th-spout-Black ). This could be one of the longest stretches of fuel for his whole ride.
Tony do you have a need minimum fuel range people need w/ their bikes so everyone knows this? This is a key piece of info.
Not speaking for T. but it is Farson Bill, however there is fuel in Pinedale/Boulder as well.
I think the longest stretch was the Pony X-Press segment at around 260 if I remember correctly. Also the Trans Continental RR segment was a long one as well with no services between Bringham City Utah and Wendover Nv.
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