Ride Challenge: The Backroad 350

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Mon Feb 22, 2016 11:35 am

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The Backroad 350 is our first ride challenge. Essentially, the challenge is to ride 350 miles within 12 hours, avoiding interstates, causeways, autobahns, or otherwise high-speed roadways. This is not a time challenge; no special recognition will be given for fast completion. In fact, the point of this challenge is to get away from the idea of getting anywhere in particular fast. The 12 hour time limit is to ensure that it's completed in one day, with enough daylight hours to not have to spend too much time in the dark.

The Rules
  • Come up with a route totaling 350 miles (563 km) or more. Map it out using Google Maps or other mapping software of your choice. Take a screenshot of the route, clearly displaying mileage. Start a new post in the Ride Challenge forum showing your route and the route's distance. Once you post this, you are officially entering the challenge. The challenge must be completed within 7 days or your entry will be disqualified.
  • Travel the route in 12 hours or less. This is an average speed of about 30 mph, so that should allow plenty of time for breaks, fuelups, meals, maybe even a short nap.
  • Take a picture of every gas receipt (preferably next to the odometer), so that location, date, time, and mileage is clearly displayed in one picture. If the pump doesn't print a receipt and you can't get one from inside, take a picture of the gas station's address. They're usually on or next to the front door somewhere. If you don't have a functioning odometer, provide proof of where you are. Even a cell-phone screenshot showing your location is acceptable.
  • Take a picture of your bike in front of as many city and county line signs as possible. Pictures make people want to read your post.
  • Interstate/divided highway/high-speed highways must only be used to connect backroads.
  • Don't take shortcuts. What's the point of that? You're on the honor system for the most part. Even though there aren't any consequences for cheating, it would be kind of dumb.
  • Point-to-point, out-and-back, and loops are all acceptable.
  • When you have completed the ride, post a ride report in your initial post in this thread (the one in which you posted your screenshot of the route and entered the challenge). Include all pictures of gas receipts in chronological order. Include any other pictures of neat stuff you took along the way.
  • Ride safe and have fun. Take pictures. Get a good meal somewhere.
Successful completion of the challenge will earn you an XJRider tee-shirt (design to follow, if one of you bastards actually completes the challenge).

Now get out and ride!
Go soothingly on the grease mud, as there lurks the skid demon.

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Wed Jun 01, 2016 7:23 pm

You do mean things like raised interstates with offramps/onramps, right? I can't do 350 in the LA area unless I hit some "highways" like the PCH and the Angeles Crest Highway.

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Thu Jun 02, 2016 10:37 am

I live in Reseda, Ca and I can get to Palmdale without getting on major hwys, after that it will take some mapping
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Sat Jun 04, 2016 5:53 pm

Seca Guy wrote:I live in Reseda, Ca and I can get to Palmdale without getting on major hwys, after that it will take some mapping
Which is all part of the fun ;)

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Sun Jun 05, 2016 5:10 pm

Seca Guy wrote:I live in Reseda, Ca and I can get to Palmdale without getting on major hwys, after that it will take some mapping
hooray that's the first 60/120 miles....
I ask because something like this steps on the 1 and some mountain roads that are technically "highways", but doesn't go on the 60+ MPH interstates.
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THIS IS NOT MY SUBMISSION! Bikes are too "apart" right now to do this ASAP, just trying to clarify what is/is not allowed. Roads here are 1,000x more congested than any road I've ever been on in Colorado or northern New England, it can take almost an hour for me just to get to the PCH even on the highway :(

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Mon Jun 06, 2016 8:04 pm

radare wrote:
Seca Guy wrote:I live in Reseda, Ca and I can get to Palmdale without getting on major hwys, after that it will take some mapping
Which is all part of the fun ;)
does it count as a highway if it's single lane double yellow, even though it's called a highway?

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Wed Jun 08, 2016 7:41 am

If you have to use high-volume divided highways to get to backroads, I don't see any problem with that. Wouldn't want anybody to be excluded just because they have to use them to get out of town.

Alternately, you can just have your start and finish point somewhere else. It doesn't necessarily have to be at your home.
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Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:33 am

Is PCH classified as a mjr. hwy even though the max speed is 55 From my home in Reseda,Ca I can get to PCH without going on a major hwy. and can get as far north as Santa Maria,Ca using mountain roads.
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Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:43 am

I don't really care about the "highway" designation in the name. Pretty much every road above County Road classification outside of a town is called a highway. The point is not to avoid roads based on the semantics of their naming, but the function of them. I.e., avoiding roads designed to get a large volume of vehicles from point to point at high speed, like an interstate or major artery. You could rack up 350 miles on an interstate in 4 hours without much trouble. I think roads like the PCH are a perfect example of what I had in mind, even if that particular road has high traffic. It's windy, slow, has beautiful scenery, and isn't a particularly straight path between any two points.

If some west coast rider wanted to put together a PCH challenge, that would also be cool. Just a thought.
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Wed Aug 03, 2016 4:29 pm

I think I've got my route figured out. I just need to find an open day now. Im excited. I want to leave right now! :)
Going to ride Phantom Canyon Road.

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