At the end of the day, we all need a place to call our own, and for Todd Levent, there is nowhere quite like the open (dirt) road.
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- This article was originally published in the July 2017 issue of 400-The Life, a publication of the Forsyth County News. To read the entire magazine, click here.
The chairman of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners spends a lot of time crossing the county, but like anyone else he sometimes needs a place where he truly can get away.
It's nothing but an adventure.Todd Levent, chairman, Board of Commissioners
Over the last few years, Levent has reclaimed a love for riding dirt bikes that has taken him across the country twice and to sights and natural wonders off the beaten path.
“The first trip was from Mexico to Canada following the continental divide, almost all dirt. The next trip was from the Atlantic to the Pacific, which was Charleston to Coos Bay, Washington,” Levent said.
Levent rides with a group, typically going about 250 miles each day with up to 25-30 riders. A chase vehicle supports the riders by meeting at critical points with parts and other items that can't be carried on motorcycles.
“It's something that an individual has where you enjoy a little speed, where you’re allowed to have that challenge, that risk and danger,” Levent said. “At the same time, it's a great adventure with a great group to hang with that absolutely look after one another.”
While crossing the country can be expensive and take a lot of time, there are rides Levent takes on locally, drifting between dirt and back roads in Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama.
With the pressure of meetings, constituents and the many obligations of county government, Levent said he doesn't get to ride as much as he would like but said those moments alone on his bike give him a chance to be with his thoughts — and breath-taking scenery.
“Every minute is just interesting,” Levent said. “You never know what you're coming to — it's nothing but an adventure. The more challenges you go through, the better stories you have.”