ADVENTURE TRAINING TOUR
Packwood to Wenatchee
Welcome to Bret Tkacs’ Adventure Training Tour. We are looking forward to riding with you. This training experience targets helping you and master your motorcycle through better understanding, coaching and real world riding. As a team we will help you in improving your precision riding skills while making new friends and future riding partners. Please read the following information closely to answer your questions prior to arrival.
Day 1: Your tour starts at the Mountain View Lodge in Packwood (13163 US Highway 12, Packwood, WA 98361). You’re welcome to arrive early and explore the small town of Packwood, but you won’t have access to your room until after 3pm (hotel rules).
From 3pm to 6:00pm, Bret and Paul will be available to get you checked in, set up, and ready to start the tour. You will be staying at the Mountain View Lodge for two nights, so settle in and get comfortable. We will walk or ride to dinner together in Packwood to meet your fellow participants and to chat about the days ahead.
Day 2: This will be an exhausting day but the views of Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams will be worth it. Training starts with some basic off-road skills development, then you will loop to the Burley Mountain Fire Lookout for some amazing views. Mornings in Packwood can be cool so be prepared for dramatic temperature changes throughout the day.
Day 3: This day starts off with an hour-long ride over White Pass at highway speed. The temps usually drop into the low forties, so bring your warmer gear. You will ride up towards Bethel Ridge and ride to the top of Cleman Mountain (The Cleman Mountain route is quite difficult this year so that section will be bypassed). You will spend the night at Hotel Windrow (502 N Main St) in Ellensburg, WA.
Day 4: You will continue along Section 3 of the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route towards Lion Rock. Depending on the speed and/or riding ability of the group, you will either take a fantastic section of the Old Blewett Pass road into Leavenworth or continue along a dirt ridge through a landslide section into Wenatchee. The tour officially ends at a local restaurant, either in Leavenworth or Wenatchee, where you’ll receive food, certificates, and goodbyes.
Please note: Although the route does mirror some of the Backcountry Discovery Route, Bret may choose to take detours based on the weather, time, or ability of the group. It is not recommended that you continue ahead of the group just because you have the route.
You will be staying at a hotel every night, so basic hotel amenities will be provided. Breakfasts are basic and include hard boiled eggs, coffee, and cereals. Water, fruit, sports drinks, and snacks that accommodate most dietary preferences are available throughout the day. Trail lunches will be made for you, so please let us know of any dietary preferences prior to arrival.
→ Snacks and/or lunches for special diets
→ Rain gear / hot weather gear
→ Wet wipes for your face (they really make a difference!)
There is a big difference between minimum gear requirements and what we recommend. Full riding gear is important as you will be traveling at street speeds. Training will be on some difficult terrain in the heat of the day; ankle and knee protection is paramount. It may be very hot or cold and raining, so check the weather just before heading out to join us. Consider wearing dirt bike padding under a light shirt if you are sensitive to heat. Extra gear can be carried in the truck.
Recommended Riding Gear:
→ Full face helmet like the Shoei Hornet X2
→ Eye protection (goggles/riding glasses/visor) like the ArcLite Optics
→ Motocross or enduro type boots like the Sidi Crossfire 3 or the Alpinestars Tech 7
→ Neck brace like the Leatt Road Neck Brace (designed to fit over your gear)
→ Jacket/Pants with CE2 padding (hips, knees, shoulders, elbows, back) – Bret wears the Rev’It Defender 3 GTX or the Rev’It Sand 4 and Christina wears the Klim Artemis or the womens’ Rev’It Sand 4.
Minimum Riding Gear Requirements:
→ Eye protection
→ Adventure or Enduro boots (hiking, work or street riding boots are not acceptable due to the increased likelihood of ankle injuries)
→ Long sleeved shirt and shoulder/elbow armor – Paul wears the Leatt 3DF AirFit Hybrid
→ Long pants and knee armor
The Adventure Training Tour teaches critical skills that can help all levels of riders, from absolute beginners to experts. Speed hides flaws; before we can be fast, we must first master slow. We will be spending some time riding hills at slow speeds and working on balance and clutch work. You will soon find yourself expertly going through challenging sections that cripple faster riders.
The attitude during the Adventure Training Tour is humble. Everyone is likely to drop their bike at least once and your fellow participants will help you pick it up, as that’s the attitude that we as adventure riders should have. Everyone has the attitude of riding their own ride as each person is there to increase their own riding skill, not to judge the riding skills of others. You must also come with a patient attitude as we do not leave anyone behind.
Since part of the tour takes place on public highways, your motorcycle will need to be licensed and capable of managing posted speed limits.
You will have the opportunity to adjust your handlebars, levers, and other items during the bike setup session. Tools are available, however you will want to bring the tools you travel with so you can put them to use. Expert advice is freely available during this time.
Soft panniers should be kept light while riding so we strongly recommend stowing your personal gear in the truck using a duffle bag. The truck will be available to carry tank bags and hard panniers to reduce the risk of personal injury (keep in mind there is a risk of cosmetic damage due to shifting and vibration as the truck will be going off-road as well).
Required Bike Set-up:
→ Tires appropriate for the weather/terrain (50/50 or more aggressive are recommended due to the high likelihood of moisture):
Aggressive option: Anakee Wild
50/50 option: Mitas E07+
Budget option: Shinko 804/805 or Kenda Big Block
→ Lever protection (handguards or short levers)
→ Radiator/body protection (crash bars)
→ Engine protection (OEM or aftermarket skidplate)
→ Short windscreen (or remove and keep in the truck)
→ Oversized foot pegs if not using enduro/MX boots (ADV boots are NOT enduro boots)
→ A way to carry your day gear (backpack, small tail bag or soft panniers)
→ Tool kit (we have extra tools for you to borrow)
Riding a large motorcycle off-road can be physically demanding, especially riding along a BDR during the heat of the summer. Even though our riding methods focus on reducing riding effort and using less energy, it is your responsibility to ensure you are sufficiently rested and hydrated throughout the training tour. The better your physical condition and strength before you arrive the lower your chances of injury. Spend some time away from your air conditioner to adapt your body to the heat you will encounter along the route.
50/50 tires or knobby tires will provide greater confidence and can offer better traction. This can help you as a newer ADV rider that may not be as smooth on the controls (traction management) or may not be as good at seeing and predicting changes when off pavement.
However in dry weather, the Backcountry Discovery Route can be easily conquered with street-biased tires and Bret and Paul often will teach using street tires to emphasize the value of technique over equipment.
For questions, please email Bret at email@example.com
3:00 pm — Hotel opens for check-in / Meet Bret & Paul.
6:00 pm — Dinner at Nachos Mexican Restaurant in Packwood.
7:00 am — Continental breakfast provided by the hotel.
8:00 am — Training begins in the parking lot of the hotel.
11:30 am — Trailside lunch (provided)
5:00 pm — Training ends in Packwood
7:00 am — Continental breakfast provided by the hotel.
8:00 am — Sidestands up
12:00 pm — Trailside lunch (provided)
5:00 pm — Training ends at Hotel Windrow in Ellensburg
8:00 am — Sidestands up
2:00 pm — Farewell lunch at the Rail Station & Ale House (provided)