Originally Posted by Mooney 78865
I've done 5 of the Back Country Discovery Routes and have another planned for mid summer.
back when Sam Correro's TAT was catching on there was a guy making a route from the TAT starting point heading north through VA/MD
Than there was a guy doing a route through NJ, but the route they had for PA was basically highways to connect NJ with central PA. They were missing all the best parts of PA.
So I got this idea
I would make the PA route
After about 8 months of winter laying out tracks with my tools. Mostly Delorme Topo software, a PN40, a file of all the PA gravel roads I found on a Penn State website and converted into GPS tracks and google earth, I came up with a plan.
I needed to make a route that was as back road as possible with no highways But no illegal trespassing since in PA there is no legal motorcycle trails. It had to be all legal. I had to be able to ride it on Adventure bikes (at time I had a Buell Ulysses).
I ended up with a 5 day, 1000 mile route that started on PA side of river across from FrenchTown NJ, went NW into the PA grand canyon, West across to a friends campground in central PA, than worked its way south through several several PA state parks and forests ending in the Michaux state forest where it would connect to the MD/VA guys route.
Several of us setout to prove the route. me made it 3 days and ran into a forcast for several days rain. At this point we were riding old dirt township dirt roads that had turned to mud. after several went down we hightailed it home from central PA (still on some of the twisty blacktop roads there was around).
I documented what we found, and any route changes me had. Next I worked with some guys from Central PA to proof rode days 4 and 5. The following spring (on my new F800GS) I also proof road the days 4 and 5 and had a final route. During this time I meet this great guy name Jeff in South central PA who shared about 500 miles of route sheets he had on stone roads all through Michaux state forest.
I later added a 2nd part where you could come into this route from the Port Jarvis area.
Than someone was working on a route extension that went out west from my line through central PA.
After our first ride I wrote this all up on ADV rider, and gave out the GPS tracks with notes FOR FREE! But very little ever was written by others that might have rode my route
. I was kind of disappointed.
But over this 2 years or so I spend building this route I meet some great people many of which I am still in touch with today.
One day a man who hosts this type event for a fee asked for my input, I told him no because I believe we should not be making personal profits off this sport. (I also have over 20 years experience building trail for motorcycle enduros in PA).
Than a year or 2 ago I read about this BCDR stuff as it was coming through PA, and how popular it was. Parts of the PA route are almost parallel to my Trans PA Trail route, but that is OK, they are giving out this route for free so it still supports my ideas of volunteer your time so others can enjoy motorcycles. Looking back I would not change a thing doing all that volunteer work with enduros and the adventure bike route. it was fun.
I guess its all in marketing. I had a limited audience through one website. BRDR is making movies