Mississippi River Discovery Trail
Spring 2019 (12 riding days)
Motorcycle ride to discover the beginning of the Mississippi River

About the ride
Imagine a 12 day motorcycle adventure starting from the Gulf of Mexico at the mouth of the Mighty Mississippi River and following and chris crossing the river all the way across the country to discover the meager beginning of the river in Minnesota.
This adventure will have us exploring some of the great back parts of america, just as Huckleberry Finn did some century ago. 
The river is 2320 miles in length and our route will follow on back roads as close to the river as possible.  We will cross the river some 50 times.
Along the route we will discover many of the attractions and stay in Motels, Hotels, and Plantations.
This is mostly a paved road ride with some dirt road options.
Riders will carry their own gear on their motorcycles.


 Ride Details
 I know many of you also enjoy dreaming about the ride and making your plans, so here is the detail, enjoy! 

Ride Description MRDT



Signup info:

The cost to join this 12 day ride is $XXXX  This covers your lodging for the 13 nights during the ride. It also includes your ride packets which include a custom Garmin GPS Map on a micro SD card and printed ride maps and descriptions.
This ride and web page is in the making.  
I have chosen the time and the ride plans are in progress.  
If you would like to signup for this ride you may add your name to the signup list.  
Then when I have the ride plans finalized I can send you a link to complete your signup
Sign Up for the MRDT

Ride Signup MRDT



Ride Yoda Ed B

View the ride maps
OK since many of you like to study more detail about the ride, below are the ride maps.
I put these ride maps on the web page because I know a few of you love looking at the ride detail and dreaming about the ride.  At first glance these maps do not look so impressive, but they are way cool.  If you start zooming in, you can see the ride in incredible detail.  I have spent a ton of hours sorting through the details of the ride for each day, so for those of you that enjoy this sort of thing, well enjoy!
Legend:  
The Blue lines are MAIN routes
The Red lines are Harder routes
The Green lines are Easy options
The Black lines are the out and back viewpoints

Mississippi River Discovery Trail




How does the ride navigation work?
This is a self-led GPS ride; all riding is on your own.  You are responsible for your own riding.  You will be given a GPS map file and instructions on how to use your Garmin GPS unit.  People will hook up in small groups of less than 6 riders and tend to ride together.  You are not encouraged to ride alone.  You are responsible for your own riding and yourself. 
 (see my ride Navigation Video) 

Are you right for this ride?
When something goes wrong on a ride, would your riding friends say that you are more likely to need help or more likely to give help?  You should be in the more likely to offer help camp.  This ride is filled with riders that are more likely to give help, so most of the time the riders never need help.  Additionally there is all the normal stuff, come prepared to maintain your bike, fix your bike on the trail, repair flat tires, deal with bad weather and rain and make a joke or two.

How do I make the GPS stuff so easy?
I develop very high quality ride maps custom for our ride. They come from much of what I and others have ridden.  I take the best from all my rides and make new ones. 

Note from me, gpsKevin
My goal for this ride is simple,  great riding, so you can count on great routes and places to ride.
But in addition: the ride is about  discovering new places, meeting new friends, seeing new parts of the Southwest.

Thanks
gpsKevin