A couple of weekends ago my buddy Steve and I headed up into Virginia to join Mountain State Overland on one of their Discovery Routes. I've traveled with them on several of their seasons, and I was curious to see how these "guest" trips compared. Honestly, it was pretty much the same, maybe a little more relaxed pace versus their regular seasons. On those trips, there's lots of rushing to set up shots and always a tight schedule. We still did plenty of filming, as you'll see below we got some great photos, but it wasn't as content focused. We covered a little over 100 miles in 3 days. It was a good mix of tame forest roads, some cool public roads, and some legit trails at the end. George Washinton and Jefferson National Forests offer some great camping and it's definitely on my list of places to explore more. I was surprised at two of the public roads we covered on this trip. They had plenty of water crossings, some decent rocks, and really reminded me of some of the class IV roads in New Hampshire. We spent the first night camping outside of this awesome primitive cabin. The owner has done a great job restoring it. The inside is fully furnished, it has a small modern bathroom off the side, there's a creek just out of frame, and the national forest is just up the road. If it was mine I would be spending a lot of time there. Even though the first day was mostly forest roads it was worth airing down. We ran somewhere in the neighborhood of 20psi. It helps with the washboard. We put down some miles and ended up getting stopped at a huge washout on a county road. It was probably 4 feet deep, and easily just as wide. The culvert had totally rusted out and the recent roads put the final nail the coffin. We made the best of it with a roadside lunch and detoured to pick up the route. I'll save you the less exciting photos, but essentially we hopped on the Blue Ridge Parkway, picked up another forest road, and headed south towards the James River. We camped at a campground that's geared towards canoe campers on the James. It poured the rain and we parked the trucks and deployed awnings. We had dinner, shared some drinks, and crashed. The only problem with this camp was the train tracks just on the other side of the tree line. At one point I thought the train was going to take a mirror off the truck. The next day we explored some public roads that were new to even the MSO crew. One tracked a dry creek bed for several miles and was oddly bone dry. The general consensus was the water disappeared into a cave somewhere in the higher parts of the creek. We only saw a trickle of water even though it rained inches the night before. As we headed down the back of the ridge we started seeing frequent small water crossings. These made for some good shots. As we continued down the route the creeks grew wider, and every mile or so we find the crossing a bit larger. Finally we came upon the final one, and as soon as the lead truck saw it the radio chatter lit up. The drop off was steep, the water was high, and the crossing was wide. This was definitely the deepest my Tacoma had seen, and the photos tell it better than I can. Remember to maintain speed and push that bow wake. Unfortunately, the 4runner wasn't in good shape just on the other side of the crossing. An extra large fan and a large radiator had a meeting and didn't agree. Fortunately, we only had to tow him about 3 miles into town. We continued on the trip after his tow truck arrived and headed back up into the mountains. We cleared a few trees along the way. It definitely pays for at least one truck in the group to pack a saw. The work was worth it though. We topped out on the ridge to some unforgettable views. Cont.