Recently I bought my first street-legal off-road motorcycle, and for the first ever time I took to riding on dirt and gravel. I found a way to enter a local forest in the foothills of a mountain range and was soon confronted with difficult terrain. Treacherous rocky paths and steep trails through the mud and gravel kept me entertained for a while.

Eventually I stopped for a break in a place of total serenity. On a gravel path under the forest canopy, birds singing all around, nearby water flowing, I was completely alone without a clue where I was. No mobile connection. A quick search on the offline maps but it didn’t specify there was anything there at all, simply an empty grey space, unexplored parts of the map have become a rare occurrence.

In reality however, it was a very different story. Occasionally I’d stumble on abandoned structures from a time long ago, left in ruin. With more exploration I was find more strange and unusual locations dotted through the mountainside. It was amazing to think all of this beauty had always been there, right under my nose. I just didn’t have a way of reaching it.

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