R1200GSA East Valley Exploration Adventure Ride
East Valley Exploration Ride: Day 1 – interactive map.
East Valley Exploration Ride: Day 1 – gpx/GPS file (right-click and “Save Target As”).
East Valley Exploration Ride: Day 2 – interactive map.
East Valley Exploration Ride: Day 2 – gpx/GPS file (right-click and “Save Target As”).
So far this was the most challenging off-pavement ride I did on my 2014 R1200GSA, I only dropped it once on this trip, and I am starting to think that I may be a little better off-road than I think I am…well, the last one is probably a little bit of a stretch, but BMW did such a good job with this bike that even a shmock like me can do fairly well off-road.
I started this trip with a fair understanding of where I want to go and had a well plotted route…well, all that went “bye bye” when I hit a closed gate and had to start improvising. For the rest of the day I “explored”, trying different roads (off pavement), some I had do back track, and some led me to the direction I wanted to go.
One of the first challenges was a steep downhill, and a steep uphill, with tons ruts and moguls both on the downhill and uphill. I almost backed out of it, but grabbed my kahunas and went for it (you can see a part of it in the video, though it looks easier in the video than it was in reality). So I concord one uphill and the downhill that followed, but decided to make a U and go back once I saw what came next…an even crazier up and down…if I had someone with me just in case I get in trouble I would have done it, but being in the middle of nowhere by myself, continuing was not smart…maybe next time.
The rest of the day was a combination of a little sand, rocks, up, down, left, right, and everything in between…all in all it was a good two day mini-adventure ride.