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GPS directed me, Versys got me there...

Just finished a 400 + mile ride today. GPS on shortest distance sure is interesting.







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Looks like a nice shortcut!!



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Those shortcuts were labeled as County roads.

It took 10 hours to ride 400 miles.

The bike did amazingly well with the OEM tires.
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Now that's what I called an adventure Glad the V made it look easy. Where were you heading to (and from where)?

I did something similar too, and took some risk of being stuck in the mud with a Mazda MPV V6. I was somewhere near Los Alamos and found a route (short cut, according to the map) but little did i know it was unpaved. My 2WD mpv wasn't built for such roads, let alone the street tires it had on and they got like a 1000 miles life in them left. Had a couple of area where the roads turned muddy. With prayers, I got through them. Met a couple on a cruiser there and they had worse luck than me in the mud. I offered my help to pull the bike out with the van but they managed somehow. Saw lots of things i would have not seen if I've stayed on the main roads, like Prairie Dogs. I was sweating cold sweat all the way while the rest of my family was super excited at the wilderness; I was afraid of getting stuck in the mud, and there's no one to help, no cellulor phone.

Well, managed to get out safely and got back onto the interstate heading west. Glad to meet up with that couple on the cruiser as they too made it out all right and they gave me a friendly honk when they passed me. That was in 1997.

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Our GPS. (we affectionately named Emily) tried sending us up Annapolis Rd. when we were last in Shelburne Nova Scotia, trying to get us back to hwy. 103.
Fortunately the "NO EXIT" sign as I made the turn caught my eye and we took a different route. When we asked a local she informed us the road in fact "did not" go through!http://mapq.st/kzLpyw

This map also shows it as connecting, it does not! Bridge washed out or something.

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Very cool. You have been on the forum for 2 months, bought a great bike, and farkled the heck out of it, and you are certainly using it the way it was intended! I salute you!
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Now that's what I called an adventure Glad the V made it look easy. Where were you heading to (and from where)?
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I was heading south to the Florida Panhandle through Alabama. The pics were taken between Birmingham and Montgomery between I-65 and US-231.

I do my best to avoid passing through any town bigger than one traffic light when I am travelling on the Versys.

Shortcuts do make me a little nervous. The GPS has put me at a farmer's barn more than once, but I'm sure they are used to seeing strangers on their driveway thanks to GPS mapping. I do notice other out of state vehicles on the same roads because of the GPS.

I love history so the other thing I get to discover thanks to backroad travelling is historic markers.





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if you want dirt roads... anything just north of phenix city, AL will have roads called Lee road and then a number afterwards..those are all dirt roads.
If you want windy roads, I would go to north AL, GA or lower TN. Those are some excellent places.

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LMAO!
I just had the same thing happen to me on a cross country run where I couldn't figure out why the GPS kept taking me down one lane roads that frequently looked like someone's driveway. However these detours became highlights of the trip. The last one got a little worrying though as 40 miles down a one lane country road things started to get a little hairy and my buddy didn't have enough fuel to turn around (and she was on a heavily laden cruiser so I was not popular that day). Had to keep plugging on and hope the road continued onto the town that was not far ahead.


Erm, is this the main road into Ketchum?

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LMAO!
I just had the same thing happen to me on a cross country run where I couldn't figure out why the GPS kept taking me down one lane roads that frequently looked like someone's driveway. However these detours became highlights of the trip. The last one got a little worrying though as 40 miles down a one lane country road things started to get a little hairy and my buddy didn't have enough fuel to turn around (and she was on a heavily laden cruiser so I was not popular that day). Had to keep plugging on and hope the road continued onto the town that was not far ahead.


Erm, is this the main road into Ketchum?


I could not even imagine doing that on a cruiser. If a truck came the other way I would be really freaking out!
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if you want dirt roads... anything just north of phenix city, AL will have roads called Lee road and then a number afterwards..those are all dirt roads.
If you want windy roads, I would go to north AL, GA or lower TN. Those are some excellent places.
Thanks. I will look them up.
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Thanks 2WheelAddict. No wonder that place looks familiar. Alabama was my 2nd home, lived there for 8.5 years (I studied at the U of Alabama, Tuscaloosa), and thanks for the pics..brings back good memories.

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GPS shortest way is always "interesting". Just don't go there on an empty tank, with inexperienced riders, or when in a hurry.

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Just finished a 400 + mile ride today. GPS on shortest distance sure is interesting.
Good stuff. After my last New York to Pennsylvania by trail excursion, my Gold Wing buddy has disallowed me from using the "Shortest Way" feature of my GPS.

It once led me to a trailer full of large, hungry looking dogs.

My favorite was in West Virginia it led me down a little goat path that people made ramps on, presumably to ride their quads on. FJR managed them fine.
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SHORTCUT !

I will never forget our first GPS in the truck. We were trying to get home. I noticed a very thin funny colored road on the GPS and said,"Look hon. We'll take that one!"

It turned out to be a logging road from waaay back in the day. Too narrow to turn the truck around. and up over a mountain. It would have a terrified an off-roader, let alone two city slickers in a six cylinder 2wd truck.

We made it home safely. I may or may not have changed my shorts when I got home. And my wife still denies that she ever cried.

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Yep.

Gotta watch that darned GPS.

You're liable to end up just about anywhere.

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