I explore new and existing off-pavement bicycle routes. Below you will find some of my favorite routes. For an archive of more of my favorites, click here. Check back soon as I will be adding a lot more routes over the next couple weeks!
The Trans-America Trail (TAT)
The Trans America Dirt Road Trail (also known as the TAT), is a transcontinental route that primarily uses unpaved roads. The routes origins are in the ADV community but, recently bicyclists have been making the journey. The GPS files included below are based on the route completed by Sarah and Tom Swallow in 2015.
The Buckeye Trail Bicycle Route
In the 1950’s, a foot-trail was created from the Ohio River to Lake Erie to encourage young people to slow down the pace of day-to-day life, and learn about their native land. An association was formed and the Buckeye Trail was built along the back roads and trails through some of Ohio’s most scenic terrain and historic locations. The Buckeye Trail Bicycle Route follows the paved and dirt roads of the original hiking trail and is 90% marked with blue blazes.
The Elkhorn Crest Trail, Oregon '
The Elkhorn Crest Trail runs along the Elkhorn Mountain ridgeline in the Blue Mountains of northeastern Oregon. This technical trail traverses sub-alpine forests and grasslands and offers panoramic views of Baker Valley and the Wallowa Mountains to the East, and the Blue Mountains to the West. Camp at one of the high mountain lakes, enjoy views of the rocky nearby peaks, and maybe even catch a glimpse of a herd of elk or resident mountain goats.
The Central Oregon Backcountry Explorer
The Central Oregon Backcountry Explorer serves as an introductory route to the Ochoco Mountains and the geologic wonderland of the John Day Basin. Ride twisty dirt, gravel and paved roads through old-growth ponderosa pine forests, past stunning volcanic landscapes, old pioneer mines and ghost towns, the Painted Hills, all the way to the friendliest hostel around. The availability of water, great camping, and fairly non-technical terrain makes this a great ride for all levels of experience, just watch out for goat head thorns!