Training Tours

ADV Trail Riding

"The adventure begins when the plan falls apart”

The majority of the tour will take place on Class 1 Class 2 and Class 3 features.  Depending on the previous winter, some Class 4 features can be found along the route.

Arrival Day

Take your time and enjoy the scenery of the The Columbia River Gorge, a nationally-recognized canyon that forms the boundary between Oregon and Washington.  The Historic Columbia River Highway is undoubtedly the very best way to approach the Gorge, as you will ride along five significant waterfalls in eight miles.  The biggest waterfall is Multnomah Falls, one of the tallest year-round falls in the nation.

You can check into the hotel anytime after 4:00pm.  Meetup for a hosted dinner at a nearby restaurant will be at 6:30pm.

You will also spend time customizing your motorcycle to yourself and your gear (ie. handlebars, brake/shift levers, throttle adjustment, etc).  The proper adjustments will make sure you are 100% ready to go riding off-road.


After a stop for gas, an intensive introduction to the basics of off-road riding will take place.  You will practice on starting and stopping on hills along with terrain reading and maintaining control of your bike when the ground moves underneath you.  

Then it’s time to ride!  The route is a circular gravel road with Three Corner Rock as the pinnacle.  The route progressively becomes more difficult as your newfound skills are put to the test.  The rewards are worth it:  Three Corner Rock is a pile of weathered basalt surrounded by meadow.  The 360 degree view includes five majestic volcanoes and the Columbia River.


Today will be a long day, but the sense of accomplishment will make you want to keep on riding.  Training begins promptly at 8am and you will wind your way north from the Columbia River into the Cascade Range and into the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.  Surrounded by trees, you’ll enjoy sporadic views of Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens, and Mount Adams.

Lunch will be at the Guler Ice Caves, an extensive network of icy lava tubes that used to be the source for year-round ice to towns along the Columbia River.  It is a very welcome place to see after a hot morning of riding.  Enjoy a handmade lunch by your tour staff.

After lunch, you’ll start seeing majestic view of Mount Adams as you wind your way around the base.  Another welcome break is at Big Spring Creek Falls, a photogenic three-tiered waterfall that offers a cool breeze.  Then, it’s off to Lake Takhlakh where Mount Adams is reflected perfectly in the lake.

Finally, it’s time to make your way down to Packwood to enjoy a stay at a historic turn-of-the-century hotel.


This is where it all comes together and you get a feel for what adventure riding is all about.  The day starts with an hour-long ride on pavement through the heart of the Cascade Range.  Just as you enter the eastern side of the mountains, you’ll turn off onto Bethel Ridge – a forest service road that switchbacks its way up a hillside toward absolutely spectacular views of the valley.

The adventure starts at the top.  When you’re finished taking in the views, you’ll wind through trees that are impassable to vehicles except by motorcycle.  Short, challenging sections will take you along the ridgeline and you will feel like the world is at your feet.

After a while, it’s time to drop back down to the other side.  A quick meetup with the support vehicle allows people to depart early; otherwise, a short ride along an old farm road will take you to a restaurant where delicious food is made from scratch.  Relax and engage in laughter and camaraderie over the day’s accomplishments before returning home.

Bret Tkacs

Bret is uniquely skilled at recognizing the fundamental causes of rider errors. He can watch a rider and accurately diagnose the cause of the problem – whether it’s related to motorcycle setup or suspension, or mental or physical complications with the rider.

He is very systematic and specific with correcting problems, and riders leave with a much greater understanding of how motorcycles function off-road, as well as having significantly-increased confidence and excitement about taking a heavy bike onto remote trails.


Paul Solomonson

Paul is an accomplished and highly skilled motorcyclist in his own right.  He has an in-depth understanding of how the rider and motorcyclist work together – or against each other – and is very skilled at recognizing challenges newer riders present.

A valuable instructor, Paul has the unique ability to explain complex scenarios in a simple, relatable, and often memorable way, leading to much greater understanding and retention.  There is rarely a training session that does not have the dynamic, and often hilarious input of Paul.


Included in your cost: Instruction and personal coaching, lodging, snacks (fruit and snack bars), water and juice, welcome dinner, one trail lunch, dedicated support vehicle for emergencies.

Not included in your cost: Most meals, gasoline, alcohol, travel or medical insurance, gratuities or motorcycle.

Deposit: A $500 deposit is required to secure your spot on the roster; off-line payment must be received within two weeks of registration or your spot will be automatically released to someone on the waiting list.  Any registration made within 90 days of the class start date requires full payment at time of registration.  Any remaining tuition balance is due 90 days prior to the start of training. You may move your entire tuition to another class or tour without penalty if made more than 90 days in advance of the arrival day.

Cancellation Policy:

Greater than 180 days from tour start date: If you cancel, your deposit and/or payment is fully refundable minus a $25 refund fee.

It is very difficult for riders to alter their summer plans on short notice, especially for a mid-week tour.  Often, last-minute cancellations go unfilled, leaving us in a tight spot.  Therefore, please read the following carefully:

Between 91 and 180 days of tour start date: 50% of your deposit will be refunded.

Between 61 and 90 days of tour start date: You will receive a full refund, minus your deposit.

Between 45 and 60 days of tour start date: You will receive a 50% refund.

45 days or less of tour start date: No reimbursement is possible.

COVID: For international students (including Canada) who are unable to attend due to government border closures, reach out to Bret immediately.