Mid Atlantic Backcountry Discovery Route

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The Mid-Atlantic BDR (MABDR) is the eighth BDR route developed for dual-sport and adventure motorcycle travel.

MABDR is a scenic ride for dual-sport and adventure motorcycles that uses dirt, gravel and paved roads to wind through remote parts of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Starting in Damascus Virginia, and ending in Lawrenceville, Tioga County, PA, this 1,080-mile route, primarily uses forest roads and rural country lanes, to lead riders through the Appalachian mountains, majestic forests, bucolic farming landscapes, Amish country, and locations that played pivotal roles in early American history.

The route is presented by American Honda Motor Corp., Inc.  

Cross Country Cycle is the official dealership of the MABDR route.


Address: ​1634 Holly Pike, Carlisle, PA 17015
Phone: 717-713-5407

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Weiler Mansion BnB has a large pole barn where the bikes can be parked out of the weather. There is ample room to park vehicles if anyone wants to start and end their trip from this point. They’re on the route after McVeytown, heading north.

Weiler Mansion BnB (Caretakers Claudia and Park Myers)
2588 Front Mtn Rd
Belleville, PA 17004
PH: 717.483.6736
Email: weilermansion@centurylink.net
Web: www.weilermansionbnb.com

4236 Main Street
Rohrersville, MD 21779

Phone: (301)302-8032

Email: info@bigcorkvineyards.com

Website: www.bigcorkvineyards.com

Big Cork Vineyards offers wine for tasting and purchase, the Grab-and-Go Food Market, and lodging.
The 6,600-square-foot, four-bedroom estate on the Big Cork Vineyards property sleeps up to nine people and is just a short walk from the winery. The house is available to rent for the night or for longer stays.

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Wood’s Hole Hostel serves the Appalachian Trail community as well as couples, families, and groups. Enjoy communal meals, yoga, organic gardening and more during your stay.

Wood’s Hole Hostel is located on 100 acres of land, surrounded on three sides by the Jefferson National Forest and protected by 780 acres of privately owned land. Located in Southwest Virginia, an easy drive from both I-77 and I-81.

Address: ​3696 Sugar Run Road

Pearisburg, VA 24134

Phone: 540 921 3444

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940 East Main St.

Abington Va.

Ph. 276-676-2829

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The Inn at Gristmill Square

P.O. Box 359 / 118 Old Germantown Road
Warm Springs, Virginia 24484
Ph. 540-839-2231

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Swimming lake, bathrooms, showers, grills, tent sites = $16 (large enough
for 2 tents), hiking trails.

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165 Mountain View Lane (2,192.86 mi)
Elk Park, NC 28622

Ph. (828) 528-2861

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Sunsational Family Campground sign1120 Hoffman Lane
Millmont, Pa. 17845
570-922-CAMP ( 2267 )

Family owned campground offering $15 a night to BDR riders. Includes pool access

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210 S Main St, Franklin, WV 26807
Ph. (304) 358-3580

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Thorn Spring Park (tent camping, cabins may be available)
42 All Star Dr, Franklin, WV 26807
Phone: (304) 358-7737

31307 Oldtown Orleans Rd SE
Little Orleans, MD 21766

Hot showers. 100+ acres for camping. Some electric available. One 175 year old rustic log cabin with water/electric etc..

215 West Imboden Street
Damascus, VA 24236
Ph. (276)475-3745

Historic Hotel and Restaurant.

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Crazy Larry's Bed and Breakfast

209 Douglas Dr. Damascus, Virginia

Ph. (276) 274-3637

Hostel, cottage, and private rooms complete with showers, laundry, breakfast, snacks, and WiFi.

One full apartment, two rustic camping cabins with 3-4 beds in each, and unlimited camping. Also, hot showers.

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One and two bedroom cabins with large decks overlooking the river. All of the cabins have full bathrooms, kitchen, microwave, oven, coffee pot and Wi-fi.

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Family and rider-owned Inn in Damascus, Virginia with a focus on rider support. Wonderfull accommodations from traditional B&B style to full suites. An onsite shop with lift and tire equipment. Limited parts stocks to help riders complete their trip.

The Dancing Bear Inn
203 E Laurel Ave
Damascus, VA 24236

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5 cozy cabins with fully equipped kitchens, outdoor hot tubs, satellite TV, and full privacy from each other.

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314 Jefferson St., Clifton Forge, VA 24422


A 100 year old building, completely renovated; casual overnight accommodations; 7 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and common areas: living room, full kitchen, glassed-in porch and media room.

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Located at the junction of Big Poe Creek and Penns Creek.

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3332 Little Pine Creek Road
Waterville, Pa 17776
Ph: 570-753-8000
Fax: 570-75308030

Located in the beautiful Pine Creek Valley, Happy Acres Resort offers lodging with 60 different cabins & rooms, full kitchens and baths, jacuzzi tubs, A/C, heat, gas grills and Direct TV, along with all types of camping.
Our Restaurant and Wildlife Lounge has daily specials, Prime Rib Friday and Saturday, along with Karaoke every Friday night and live music every Saturday night.
Our Happy Store offers Perry’s hand dipped ice cream, gifts and groceries. We are open year round.

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Exits 10, 14, or 16, I-64 to Lake Moomaw and Gathright Dam, St. Rt. 605, Covington, VA

(540)962-2214 (info only) 1-877-444-6777 (reservations)

Rustic campground, showers, also primitive camping; stocked lake; water sports; bath house, sandy beaches, hiking and in season hunting.

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14239 Douthat State Park Rd., Millboro

(540)862-8100 or 1-800-933-PARK

Cabins, campsites, conference facilities, picnic shelters, stocked lake, boat house, sandy beach, hiking/biking trails.

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820 E. Madison Ave. Exit 16, I-64, Covington, VA 24426


Cable TV, fridge, coffee maker

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429 W. Main St., Covington, VA 24426

(540) 960-2131

Located 1.5 miles from I-64. Free breakfast, exercise facility, business center, and guest laundry facilities.

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“The Country” is a veteran owned and operated business. Our family spent 30+ years in the US Air Force, and now after moving back home we are focusing on trying to make our home one of your favorite places to visit. We hope you, your family and friends can come visit and or stay a while, and enjoy the place I love more than any in the world!

Address: ​17267 Johns Creek Rd, New Castle, VA 24127

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123 Westvaco Rd., Exit 21, I-64, Low Moor, VA 24457


Adjacent to Penny’s Diner, open 24 hrs. Microwave and fridge, HBO. Near LewisGale Hospital Alleghany.

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701 Carlyle St., Covington, VA 24426


Free hot breakfast, indoor heated pool, microwave and refrigerator in every room, exercise facility, outdoor patio with fire pit; on site business center.

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110 McCormick Blvd., Clifton Forge, VA 24422

(540)865-0359 or (385)201-4106

100 year old Historic Greek Revival Home nestled on the top of the Alleghany Hills of Virginia. 7 Federal Style guest rooms, 6 private baths. Guests are spoiled and pampered with 3 to 7 Course Silver Service Candlelight breakfast, afternoon tea time, and turn down service in the evening.

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4328 William L Wilson Fwy

Harpers Ferry, WV

Ph. 844-283-1846

1500 US Hwy

Moorefield,  VA

Ph. 304-538-2033

1766 Homestead Dr.

Hot Springs, VA

Ph. 540-839-1766


Note: the Jefferson Pools are currently closed. Due to reopen in the summer of 2020.

Wood's Hole

Located on the MADBR Trail at the end of Day 1 and 1/2 mile from the Appalachian Trail.
Woods Hole is an isolated 1880’s Chestnut Log Cabin offering Private Indoor Rooms, Safari Tents, and Bunkhouse.

Woods Hole Hostel and Mountain B&B
3696 Sugar Run Road
Pearisburg, Virginia 24134

Phone: (540) 921-3444

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Dragonfly Inn sign Dragonfly Inn

125 E Laurel Ave, Damascus, VA 24236

Formerly known as Augusta’s Appalachian Inn.
Each room comes with a private bath, as well as cable television and WiFi.
Breakfast for two is included with each stay and complimentary secure parking.

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Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park
Sharpsburg, MD 21782

Just south of Sharpsburg, along Antietam Creek which feeds into the much larger and faster Potomac River directly adjacent to the campsite.

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Smoke Hole Caverns Log Cabin Resort

8290 N Fork Hwy Cabins, WV 26855‎
Ph. (304)257-4442

Tourist attraction located in the Seneca Rocks/Spruce Knob National Recreational Area. Cozy log cabins and Cavern pool tours.

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Warm Springs Inn

A landmark in Bath County since it was built in the late 1800’s, this historical inn was established in the same building as the first courthouse and jail in the county.

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Mountain Lake Lodge

This 3.5 star hotel features an outdoor pool, sauna, restaurant, bar/lounge, and wireless internet access.

Filming location of Dirty Dancing the Movie

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Standard three-star Hotel

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Address: ​3581 Ritner Highway, Newville, PA 17241
Phone: 717-559-FARM (3276)
Fax: 717-221-8006

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Address: ​Middlebury Center, Pennsylvania, Detailed location provided after booking.

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P,O. Box 129,
Laurelton PA 17835

Location is: 1415 State Route 235
Laurelton PA 17835

Phone: (570)922-1709

Groceries, deli and a menu for eat in or take out.

4236 Main Street
Rohrersville, MD 21779

Phone: (301)302-8032

Email: info@bigcorkvineyards.com

Website: www.bigcorkvineyards.com

Big Cork Vineyards offers wine for tasting and purchase, the Grab-and-Go Food Market, and lodging.
The 6,600-square-foot, four-bedroom estate on the Big Cork Vineyards property sleeps up to nine people and is just a short walk from the winery. The house is available to rent for the night or for longer stays.

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P.O. Box 359 / 118 Old Germantown Road
Warm Springs, Virginia 24484
Ph. 540-839-2231

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1415 state route 235
Laurelton PA 17835

Family owned with 3 grades of gas and diesel. Also a small grocery store, made to order deli, and hand dipped ice cream.

Briery Gap Rd, Riverton, WV 26814
Ph. (304) 567-2810

756 N Main St, Franklin, WV 26807
Ph. (304) 358-2118

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Korner Shop Cafe

200 N Main St, Franklin, WV 26807
Ph. (304) 358-2979

210 S Main St, Franklin, WV 26807
Ph.(304) 358-3580

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927 N Main St, Franklin, WV 26807
Ph. (304) 358-3733

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Us 220 & 33, Franklin, WV 26807
Ph.(304) 358-7980

700 N Main St, Franklin, WV 26807
Ph. (304) 358-7662

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562 E. Madison Ave., Covington, VA 24426


Authentic, family-owned, Italian restaurant with a casual dining atmosphere.

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A small town Market & Deli.


58 Main St, Lawrenceville, PA 16929

Ph. 570-827-9000

13605 Greenwood Road

Huntingdon, PA   16652



At Couch’s, we offer a wide array of services to ensure you leave with a full belly and a smile on your face. Come to us for casual dining in, or order takeout to eat as you hike the trails or go fishing in the nearby area. We also stock local produce and groceries. Or, you can opt for some delicious ice cream to enjoy while watching a beautiful sunset. Our signatures include meatloaf, Reuben Stromboli, Italian Hoagies, our own Wing recipes and Pappy John’s Sweet Tea.

Damascus Diner sign Damascus Diner sign and building

109 S Shady Ave, Damascus, VA 24236

(276) 475-5454

Serves southern breakfast, lunch and dinner


624 N Main St, Franklin, WV 26807
Ph. (304) 358-2002


P,O. Box 129,
Laurelton PA 17835

Location is: 1415 State Route 235
Laurelton PA 17835

Phone: (570)922-1709

1415 state route 235
Laurelton PA 17835
Ph. 570-922-1709

Family owned with 3 grades of gas and diesel. Also a small grocery store, made to order deli, and hand dipped ice cream.

532 North Main St, Franklin WV 26807

27 Mountaineer Dr, Franklin, WV 26807
Phone: (304) 358-222


4236 Main Street
Rohrersville, MD 21779

Phone: (301)302-8032

Email: info@bigcorkvineyards.com

Website: www.bigcorkvineyards.com

Big Cork Vineyards offers wine for tasting and purchase, the Grab-and-Go Food Market, and lodging.
The 6,600-square-foot, four-bedroom estate on the Big Cork Vineyards property sleeps up to nine people and is just a short walk from the winery. The house is available to rent for the night or for longer stays.

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official start photo opp

photo opp

Lodging, Food, Fuel, General Francis Marion Historical Hotel, Historic Lincoln Theater.

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Hungry Mother State Park

twisty twisty mountain road

Filming location of Dirty Dancing the Movie, Four Star accommodations and restaurant, pub, vacation home rentals, small food supplies.

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Home of the Omni Homestead Resort, Public Hot springs, Lodging, food, fuel

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Navel moth balled communications center

Start of the smoke hole canyon.


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Food, lodging, local caves, fuel within 10 miles

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Motorcycle in front of Horn Camp sign

2175 Horn Camp Rd Rio, WV 26755

Family living museum dating back to original homesteaders in the valley.

Historical civil war community, lodging, camping food, fuel museums, national parks and monuments

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Revolutionary era township. Home of Civil War Antietam Battle field and many other historical sites, lodging, fuel, food, camping

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Limited services, food and fuel

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camping and outdoor activities

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camping, lake, showers

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Camping, cabins

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Food fuel and lodging. Finish of the MABDR


This packing list serves as an example and is not intended to be a complete list for your backcountry riding needs. Feel free to customize this list to work for you.

  • Helmet
  • Boots
  • Goggles
  • Gloves (2 sets)
  • Protective gear (pressure suit, Leatt brace, knee braces)
  • Jacket
  • Pants
  • Balaclava or neck gaitor
  • Water bladder or bottle
  • Hydration pack
  • Ear plugs


Below are answers to some of the Frequently Asked Questions about the Mid-Atlantic Backcountry Discovery Route.

The Mid-Atlantic BDR is a scenic dual-sport adventure on dirt, gravel and paved roads through remote parts of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Starting in Damascus, VA, and ending in Lawrenceville, Tioga County, PA, this 1,080-mile route primarily uses forest roads and rural country lanes through the Appalachian mountains, majestic forests, bucolic farming landscapes, Amish country, and locations that played pivotal roles in early American history.

Most years you should be able to ride starting mid May until the first snow fall in late fall.  The best time of year will be early June and September/October.

The MABDR route is designed to be ridden on adventure and dual-sport motorcycles, as well as driven in 4×4 vehicles. There are no single-track style trails on this route. Generally speaking, this is one of the easier BDR routes, however, there are a lot of tight corners on sleek gravel roads, and you can expect to cover sections of road with deep ruts, loose rocks, and other challenges.  Road conditions change from week to week based on the recent weather.  Depending on time of year and weather, there may be a few small deep water crossings. Flash floods are frequent during summer storms.  Don’t cross flooded washes. Wait until water subsides.

This route is perfect to ride two-up if you are skilled in riding off-road two-up.

Backcountry Discovery Routes are designed by motorcyclists specifically for dual sport and adventures motorcycles. With the exception of some ATV areas that require permits, BDRs run solely on public roads. However, BDR did not develop these routes for 4×4 vehicles and some of the roads on our routes are simply not suited for 4×4 vehicle travel.

The Mid-Atlantic region can have strong thunder storms during the summer months.  These storms can contain lightning, hail stones and heavy downpours.

The longest section without gas is 115 miles, which doesn’t seem like much, but you never know when the next gas station will be closed or out of gas.  So carrying extra gas is strongly suggested. Never pass up the opportunity to get gas.

There are campgrounds along the route. But fewer in Virginia and West Virginia. You will find more in Maryland and Pennsylvania. The Butler Motorcycle Map for the MABDR has a tent icon showing campgrounds on the route and many near the route. The MABDR Butler Map is available at www.touratech-usa.com,  www.butlermaps.com and other fine retailers. Some primitive backcountry camps can be found along the way. Please make sure you camp near the road and respect the property owners’ private lands along the route.

In most cases camp fires are allowed, but check with local Ranger Stations to determine if campfires are allowed before you build one. In most cases, campfires are only allowed in fire rings. Be sure to fully extinguish fires so they are DEAD-OUT. Use water to ensure a fire is fully extinguished and the ground is left cool and wet.

The answer is no. The MABDR has some motel opportunities on the route and if you travel off route you will fine more motels in the bigger cities. If you do decide to camp, you will fine official campgrounds on the front of the MABD map with a small tent icon and some primitive backcountry camps can be found along the way. Because of the limited beds available in the small towns along the MABDR, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that riders make reservations ahead of their arrival.

There are a few natural water sources along this route however, depending on time of year, some may not be running. You can find potable water in the towns along the way.  It is suggested that plenty of water is carried for personal and cooking use. Here is a video on water filtration filmed in the Oregon Backcountry: http://youtu.be/vqOFZAoZdTU

Always bring a complete set of maps for the area you plan to ride. They have good information about roads, water sources, and are an indispensable resource when the GPS doesn’t work, or is giving questionable advice. Unplanned events can occur and having paper/synthetic maps of the area can be a life saver. National Forest maps are available at http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/map/state_list.shtml#U and local Ranger Stations. MABDR Butler Motorcycle Maps are available at www.touratech-usa.com or www.butlermaps.com.

The tracks for the route can be downloaded free of charge online at https://ridebdr.com/download-tracks/.

Any GPS unit capable of displaying 15 track logs with a minimum of 500 points each is suitable for use on the MABDR. Garmin models that work best for this application are: Zumo 665/660, Montana, GPSMap 60, 62, 76, 78 and 276. Other GPS manufacturers may have units that will work. Check the technical specs to determine suitability.

Any bike that has a license plate, can run knobby tires, is set-up to carry the gear you plan to bring, and has the fuel range to make the distance between gas stops. Most adventure or dual-sport motorcycles will be suitable for the trip.  Choose the bike that you are the most comfortable riding off-road.

DOT approved knobby tires are strongly recommended.

There is one gate if you decide to visit McLevy’s cemetery and fort. Please shut the gate when going up to the Fort and then when coming back down.

Most people average 150 miles a day on a backcountry motorcycle trip. Plan on doing this route in 7-9 days depending on how fast you want to travel and how early you want to roll out of camp. There is a lot of history to see and places to visit on the MABDR so planning a little extra time is suggested.

If we are aware of any road closures, we will post re-routes on https://ridebdr.com/MABDR.  There is also a MABDR Group on Facebook that might be helpful to check out before you head out on the route.

Much of this route is remote and out of reach for cell phone towers. There will be long sections with no coverage. Your best bet is to talk or text in the towns or on top of

Yes the route can be done North to South.

The Mid Atlantic is a habitat to many large animals like the Black Bear, Deer even Mountain Lions. Safe food practices while camping are an absolute for your safety and the animals safety.  Here is a link to find out more http://www.centerforwildlifeinformation.org/BeBearAware/Hiking_and_Camping/hiking_and_camping.html  Rattlesnakes are also found throughout the route.  You should also take special precaution and safeguard yourself from ticks, which are numerous in the forests of the Mid-Atlantic states.  Make sure to check yourself every night after riding, especially if you’re camping.  Visit this page for more information on tick-safety.  https://www.cdc.gov/features/stopticks/index.html

We get this question all the time. Here are some key things to consider as you put together your plan.

All of the BDR routes include intermediate to advanced terrain. If a person is on a large bike twin-cylinder bike like an R1200GS Adventure or Yamaha Super Tenere, the routes can be very difficult. If a person’s skills are not advanced level, they may consider taking a smaller bike or choosing the easier options when possible. A BDR is something a person should build up to and it shouldn’t be their first overnight trip on their ADV bike.

Although, MA, ID, WA and CO are less difficult than UT and AZ, they all contain difficult sections. Lockhart Basin in UT is the hardest section of all the BDR’s. We suggest looking at the Butler Map and take the optional easier routes to avoid the difficult sections.

Even taking this approach there may be difficult stretches depending on changes in road conditions, weather, construction and the unknown. This is part of what makes it an adventure. Regardless of its description on the map or in the film, no section of a BDR should be underestimated.

Do some shorter overnight trips as practice and ride increasingly difficult terrain to build up your skills and confidence. Also remember that riding with a fully-loaded bike should be practiced prior to tackling a BDR. Lastly, always ride with a group so that you have a team to help overcome any obstacles whether it’s terrain, mechanicals, navigation, medical emergency, etc…

In summary, take baby steps and work up to doing a BDR. Don’t make it your first adventure motorcycle outing on a full-sized twin-cyclinder bike.

This advice comes from Rob Watt, BDR Director of Development, and Wilderness EMT.

We carry items for wound management, breaks, basic meds and dental.  You can buy a good first aid kit at one of the outdoor stores online or Touratech-USA.  Get one that is an Extended Day Backpacker or 3-4 person kit.

These kits usually have the basics for a motorcycle trip.

They usually don’t have a SAM splint, so pick one of those up along with a couple ace bandages.  One other thing that we do for every multi-day trip, is to gather important information about each rider: allergies, medications, medical issues, emergency contacts, etc.

Then we put that on a master sheet for each person, so if something does happen we have that information handy incase that person can’t speak.  Another good practice is to do a little research of where medical facilities are along your planned route.  Is there a “flight for life” in the area? Where are the hospitals, Medical clinics, etc?

Here is a list of some items that you should have in your medical kit:

  • Bandages: Assorted sizes for small cuts, blisters, etc.
  • 4-inch closure strips or butterfly closures: For closing large wounds. 4-inch strips are more effective than butterfly.
  • 4 inch by 4 inch sterile dressing pads (5 to 10): To apply pressure to a wound and stop bleeding
  • Non-adherent sterile dressing (2 inch by 2 inch): Use these or Second Skin to cover blisters, burns or lacerations.
  • Gauze roll: Holds dressing in place.
  • Small roll of 1-inch adhesive tape: Holds dressings in place.
  • Multi-use tool or knife: Should include knife, scissors. A scalpel and blade are also useful for first aid.
  • Forceps or tweezers: For removing splinters, ticks, and removing debris from wounds.
  • Scissors: Trauma scissors, which have a blunt end to protect the patient, can be used for cutting away clothing from injury, cutting medical tape, etc.
  • Thermometer: Digital is generally more accurate, but batteries do wear out.
  • Malleable splint: Lightweight foam-covered aluminum, such as a SAM splint.
  • Irrigation syringe (35 cc): Used to flush and clean wounds.
  • Suction syringe (65 cc): Used to clear mouth of fluids when giving CPR.
  • Safety pins: Can help remove splinters, fasten arm sling, or make a whole in a plastic bag for improvised wound irrigation.
  • Cotton-tip swabs: For removing  foreign objects from eye, or applying antibiotic ointment.
  • Resealable plastic bags: Many uses, including icing a swollen joint or creating wound irrigation device.
  • ACE, Coban, or other rubberized bandage: Can be used as outer wrap on splints, wound dressings or support for joint injuries. Be careful not to wrap too tightly.
  • Antiseptic towlettes: For cleaning small wounds.
  • Cleansing pads with lidocaine: For cleaning. Includes a topical anesthetic for abrasions, stings, etc.
  • Topical antibiotic ointment: For application to wounds. Simple Vaseline can also be used in dressing a wound.
  • Moleskin: Prevents blisters. Cut and apply a section to your foot as soon as you discover a “hot spot.” Duct tape also works for this purpose.
  • Povidone Iodine USP 10 percent, 1 oz.: For preventing infection. Bottled PVD iodine 10 percent solution should be diluted to a ratio of 1 percent or less for flushing wounds.
  • Aloe vera gel: Found in packets or small bottles for relief of minor burns.
  • Pain relievers, including aspirin and Ibuprofen: Provides relief for minor aches and pains, reduces fever, helps reduce inflammation of sprains and other injuries.
  • Antihistamines: For relief of pollen allergies, or to reduce reaction to bites and stings.
  • Immodium 2 mg capsules or tablets: For relief of diarrhea from intestinal infections.
  • Pepto Bismol or antiacid tablets: For relief from general diarrhea, abdominal upset.
  • After Bite or hydrocortisone cream USP 1 percent: Relieves skin irritation from bites, poison oak, stings, or allergic reactions.
  • Latex or nitrile gloves: Protects against blood-borne diseases and infection.
  • CPR microshield mask: A compact flexible barrier with a one-way valve for rescue breathing, which protects user from blood, vomit or saliva.
  • Oral rehydration salts: Packet of electrolyte salts and glucose for treatment of dehydration, heat exhaustion, or loss of fluids from vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Space bag/blanket: Lightweight emergency shelter. For treating hypothermia victims.
  • Paper and pencil: For recording medical data such as body temperature, pulse, time and date of symptoms, injuries, medicines administered, etc. Most repackaged kits include accident report forms.
  • Wilderness First Aid booklet: Many prepackaged first aid kits contain one. An excellent pocket guide is the Wilderness Medical Handbook

Rating the Routes by Difficulty

We get a lot of requests to provide difficulty ratings. The difficulty of a route can change from day to day depending on weather, changes in the road conditions and road damage caused by a variety of forces including wind, storms, flooding, snow, logging, forest fires and more. The difficulty experienced by an individual also depends on their off-road skills, level of fitness, bike size and amount of weight carried on the bike. For these reasons we can’t provide a rating system like a ski resort. We can help you a bit by ranking the existing BDR’s from most difficult to least difficult. Here is the list: CA, NE, AZ, UT, CO, NV, WA, NM, ID, MA. So CABDR South is the most difficult especially if you ride the expert sections and Mid Atlantic BDR is the easiest in general terms. Although MABDR is the easiest there are still a few challenging rocky sections and the several water crossings that can get very difficult if the water is high. Also mud can be very challenging if it rains heavily. We hope this helps you in your planning. Be sure to also review the FAQ’s for each route prior to planning your trip.

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