I took the DRZ for it’s first "proper" ride today. In New Hampshire we have what we call "class 6" roads which means they are still public roads but are no longer maintained and have "Travel at your own risk" signs on them. The other day I was looking at some maps and found what looked to be an interesting road.
When I got there the sign was very encouraging!
I didn’t want to get too crazy since I was by myself but I decided to continue on. I didn’t get any pics of the trickier bits that I went through (too busy riding and keeping the bike on the wheels). I really need to get a helmet cam for rides like this. There were a few bits that I found very challenging but managed to make it through without dropping the bike.
Here is a shot looking back up the hill I came down.
This bit was just muddy, much of the rest of the road was very rocky mixed with mud, a nice challenge but I never felt like I was in real danger. Of course I had all my off-road gear on and was prepared for a fall should it happen.
Then I got to this bit which was a bit more of a challenge than I had wanted.
There is a stream that used to cross the road here but now the stream IS the road. Actually it is much more stream than road now. So, I decided to turn back up the hill. It was a little more challenging going uphill since I needed to maintain more momentum in the mud but still made it with no incidents.
From the map I knew that this was a through road so I decided to take a look from the other side.
According to my GPS I managed to get within 0.1 miles of where I stopped in the other direction. Here is where the stream and the road split off again.
Perhaps after some more practice I will go back and try to make it through. I don’t think I want to try it solo however just in case since I don’t think anybody would find me for quite some time if I was laying there injured.
The rest of the day was less eventful. I enjoyed a lot of nice back roads and put on about 75 miles on the bike.