Today I took the Wing to visit family on the other side of the state and decided to take one of my favorite river routes. We’ve had a lot of snow and rain already this year and rain as recently as last night. When I got to the start of the road they had “road closed” signs across it which didn’t surprise me because the start of the road is on a low section next to the river. I knew I would be able to access the road further down so using my GPS I set off to find a connecting road. I chose one that looked like it was the most direct route to the river road. As I approached it I saw that it was a gravel road. I’ve ridden quite a few miles of gravel/dirt roads before so I didn’t think much of it because it only looked to be about a mile until I connected with the road I wanted to be on. The road was wet from the previous nights rain but it looked firm, so off I go down this road which went down in the valley. The start of the road was pretty steep but again I convinced myself that it was firm. As I’m heading slowly down this road and I’m coming around the first bend I see the road turns to greasy mud. Before I know it I can feel my front and back end sliding around. Granted at this point I’m probably going less than 10 mph but it was a bit unnerving to have a heavy bike like the Gold Wing sliding around underneath you. I just tried to hold a steady line as I’m going down and around two bends not knowing what is coming up next. Miraculously I made it through and the road firmed up a bit but I did not know what it was like around the next corner and I really couldn’t turn around at this point because I knew I would never make it up the greasy section. So I pressed on and fortunately I was able to make it to the paved road I wanted to ride. After I collected myself I thought that that was really a stupid thing to do, to hop on an unfamiliar road after a night of rain. I think the only thing that kept me upright was the fact that the Gold Wing has such a low center of gravity and that I didn’t panic. The DCT did what it was supposed to do and I would have probably had the same outcome with a manual transmission. That was my adventure for today.