A trip on a dirt road is typically the product of seeking adventure—getting to a trailhead to go mountain biking, finding a put-in for a favorite fishing spot, or heading to a cabin for vacation. But out of the four million miles of road in the U.S., more than a third are still unpaved gravel or dirt. And for some people, dirt roads are more of a tool for everyday life than a means to recreation. Our Montana by Dirt road trip, which would cover some 400 miles of dirt roads, we sought to meet the people whose daily lives revolve around dirt roads as well as explore the use of dirt road as a viable means to access the adventure.

Montana still has a strong network of unpaved road all across the state. I have planned quite a few trips in the past across various stretches of the state. It’s surprisingly easy to link old farming grid roads clear across the expanse of valleys with tighter logging roads to cross over the mountain passes. But this trip offered new challenges: The road itself was not our destination, and we had to reach specific locations to do the adventures we had planned. [Read more]

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