Rides

Touratech DirtDAZE Adventure Rally – NH  August 20 – 23, 2020

Thanks to Yamaha for providing demos at the 2020 event!


R1200 GS Adventure Off-Road, Strafford VT

 

The biggest news in eastern ADV riding in 2020 was the introduction of NEBDR, and Touratech/DirtDAZE is fortunate to have 3 of the NEBDR creators (Eric Milano, Andrew Phillips & Victoria Zandonella) creating new DirtDaze routes. Along with other local experts: Jesse, Bill, Fred, Alex and Dan, they’ve mapped out 5 outstanding new guided rides plus 1 obvious-but-gorgeous unguided ride.

Covering the points of the compass: N, E, SE, SW, W & NW, our 2020 rides are 100 to 200+ miles long, with skill levels from Easy to Advanced. The routes were laid out for ADV bikes; some for 50-50 tires, others for knobbies.

Delicious lunches are included: interesting sandwiches, unique lunch pies or a sumptuous buffet. Please understand that with the current economic changes, some details may have to be adjusted but we will advise any changes.

All sizes of street legal bikes are welcomed, but generally, Touratech DirtDAZE is geared for 650+ sized bikes. Most (not all) routes could be ridden 2-up, based on weather & rider skill.

Riders’ Meetings Time: varies according to the specific ride.  Long rides meetings start 7am daily in parking lot, shorter rides, 8am.

Ride to Canada!ThurFriSat
Lakes Region Ride!ThurFriSat
Green Granite Ride!ThurFriSat
Let’s Get Dirty!ThurFriSat
The Northeast Kingdom!ThurFriSat

*to ride on a guided ride you must have a valid DirtDaze wristband, ticket for the tour & have signed the release waiver.

*GPX Files are not given out ahead of time. They are only given out onsite and to those who have a valid ticket showing they purchased it.

Best Day To Ride?  Generally speaking, Thursday is your best day for a ride because the woods are more empty.  By Saturday, there may be other traffic on the trails.  If you have control over your schedule, select Thursday – or second choice Friday.

Tires: below we list suggestions like 50/50 but realize that rider skill and weather are the largest variables.

Pavement/Dirt: is the estimated % of saddle time on each surface.

Noise: Is your bike loud? Most are quiet, but if yours is loud – then please read on.

We will ride in lots of beautiful countryside, past neighbors who either live off the grid (to get away from noise) and/or may have livestock and horses. And annoyed neighbors can shut down access to some of the best gnarly roads. Surprisingly easily. It’s a gorgeous location with many excellent dirt roads and we’d like to be welcomed again next year. So, for the sake of maintaining access and friendly relations, we need you to either quiet your bike, or we can refund your entry fee if you’re unable to quiet it. Thanks for understanding!

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Ride to Canada!

Distance: over 200 miles Tires: 50/50 Pavement/Dirt: 30/70
Difficulty: Easy but long Return Time: 5:00 PM
*Passengers are OK, although there is one short optional challenge section for the knobby-clad

Check one off your bucket list with this epic and very scenic ride North to the Canadian border, led by Hampster creator and NEBDR co-author, Andrew Phillips.

It’s our longest 2020 tour, and takes advantage of the Northern location of our event headquarters. Bring your Preparation H.

You’ll ride gravel and secondary roads plus a few dual tracks all the way through remote northern Vermont to the Canadian border (cool photo op). Potential moose and bear sightings (can a KLR650 outrun an angry bear? Let’s find out!).

Our unique lunch restaurant is so close to the border that you can “see Canada from your house.” 😆

Plan on an epic day in the saddle; the challenge of this route is the distance and its remoteness. Be sure your bike is reliable and you have needed spares, water & snacks. Bikes must have a fuel range of at least 120 miles to participate in this unforgettable ride.


Lakes Region Ride!

Distance: approx 120 miles Tires: 50/50 Pavement/Dirt: 40/60
Difficulty: Easy Return Time: 3:00pm
*Passenger friendly ride

A very scenic ride through “On Golden Pond country” is about 120 miles, of which 60% is unpaved.

We’ll travel along winding shores of numerous lakes, past roaring brooks and over multiple mountains including the White Mountain National Forest, even including some sections of the NEBDR. (ride-arounds available)

You’ll enjoy a relaxed lunch at an absolutely unique spot, with spectacular views and food.

Then it’s an easy return via more gravel roads through woods and water crossings on our way back to the fairgrounds.

Our tour creator, Bill, regularly rides between Woodstock VT and his home on the Maine coast, so he knows this area intimately.


Green Granite Ride (the Southern Loop)

Distance: approx 140 miles Tires: 50/50 Pavement/Dirt: 30/70
Difficulty: Easy/Intermediate Return Time: 4:00pm

Join us for Victoria and Jesse’s scenic adventure loop through VT & NH which includes 3 optional challenge sections for those who wish to partake. Heading NW into Vermont is our first challenge section of the day. From this northern-most point of the tour, the second challenge section awaits as we loop SW on a mix of graded gravel and winding paved roads. Then SE on mostly dirt roads through lush Vermont woods headed for Bradford and our last “challenge” opportunity.

Once the group is gathered again along the shore of beautiful Lake Morey, we head to our NH lunch destination, Loch Lyme Lodge. Voted “best lunch stop” of all last year’s guided tours, you’ll enjoy a sumptuous buffet overlooking very pretty Post Pond.

After lunch, it’s all a relaxing mix of paved and dirt roads bringing us to a fun, NH forest service road which was closed for years and is now part of NEBDR. A photo-op by a very picturesque pond and we head for an ice cream stop on the way home.

Easy bypasses of all the “challenge” sections mean that this tour can be two-up friendly but the 3 short “challenge” sections can test an experienced rider with semi-knobby tires, with loose rocks, sand, mud, and ledges (rocky step-downs).


Let’s get DIRTY!

Distance: approx 150 miles Tires: Knobbies
Pavement/Dirt: 22% off-road, 60% dirt roads, 18% paved roads
Difficulty: Advanced
Return Time: 4:00pm if nobody does sumpin’ stooopid 😆

Last year’s toughest ride was “The Ridge Route” (and it sold out first).The same sadists who mapped out that route (Fred & Alex) have a dirtier one this year!

You’ll enjoy long two-track Jeep roads under tree-shaded canopies, some on a leafy bed, some with rocky ledge hillclimbs (how’s your suspension?) and some mud, depending on recent weather.

There are 18 off-road sections totaling 29 miles. This 85% dirt route will keep you on the pegs; so we discourage hard panniers, soft passengers, and any tires other than knobbies.

Your much-needed lunch break will include a delicious assortment of deli sandwiches and more.

It’s for solo riders on ADV bikes and led by experienced riders. Bring your …A… game!


The Northeast Kingdom

Distance: approx 165 miles Tires: Knobbies Pavement/Dirt: 70/30
Difficulty: Medium/Hard Return Time: 4:00pm
*NOT a Passenger friendly ride

​This is a butt-kicker, on lots of challenging dirt, and is recommended for less-than 800cc bikes with knobbies.​  Riders should be ready to ride rocky, muddy trails – some with moderate inclines and descents – into the Northeast Kingdom, the most sparsely populated region of Vermont.  

​The National Geographic Society listed the Northeast Kingdom (NEK) as “the most desirable place to visit in the USA!” ​  ​With 2000 sq miles of mountainous wilderness it’s a treat to the eye and also makes for great ADV riding​.  No one knows the NEK better than this tour’s lead guide, Eric Milano (owner of Motovermont.com, and one of the authors of the NEBDR).​ ​Eric and his expert team will lead this unforgettable ride.

​Lunch (provided) will be at a private maple syrup farm famous for delicious pies and farm fresh provisions such as syrups, butters, produce and meats – all sourced on site or very close by.   Bring some cash and be prepared to haul a few items back to camp because they have some great stuff on hand!   For lunch, we will enjoy some of their incredible pies, savory and sweet, along with salads and cold soft drinks.   

​A word to the wise:  Riders should be intermediate or above and have bikes with full knobby tires (TKC80, D606, etc.).  800cc and below recommended.   If you’re on anything larger, you should consider yourself an expert rider.  Ride is NOT 2-up friendly.

Here’s your chance, don’t miss it!​


Unguided Loop: Summit Mt. Washington!

Distance: approx 190 miles Tires: 50/50 Pavement/Dirt: 60/40
Difficulty: Easy/Medium Departure Time: by 8:00 am
Return Time: Up to you!
*Passenger friendly ride!

This year our DD HQ is within reach of an iconic destination, the wild & windy Mt. Washington summit. Time to check it off your bucket list!    One of the most stunning rides in the Northeast, it’s among the longest mileage of our 2020 tours.

With our unique DirtDaze loop, you’ll enjoy several twisting, paved passes in the White Mountains, including the Kankamagus Highway. Expect an all day ride on mixed road surfaces including good & bad pavement plus graded gravel roads with the inevitable pothole or two. 

Although big-bike friendly and suitable for passengers, we’ve included a couple of optional “challenge” sections that should be attempted only if you are riding with another bike.

Lunch is at the cafe atop the breath-taking summit or, if you skip the summit, at a cozy spot at the foot of the mountain in Gorham, NH. Your included food voucher is good for either.

There is a toll for the Mount Washington Highway ($20/bike incl rider;$10/passenger) We have not included it because sometimes the mountain summit is not accessible and this info is not available until the last minute. 

A trip up to the spectacular summit, enjoying the view and back down can easily consume 2 or 3 hours. That’s why this is our only un-guided tour – so you can linger at the top as long as you want!