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Old 04-25-2010, 11:39 AM   #1
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Running the TAT in a 4x4 to Monticello, UT



All packed up and ready go.



The black thing in the overhead rack is my Kot Tent. Everything else pretty much fits inside including the lovely Ms Suzi who will be riding with me as far as Asheville, North Carolina.

The plan is to run the TAT from Jellico, TN to Monticello, UT. I will leave the TAT in Monticello to ride some of the scenic off road trails in southern UT and hopefully dip into AZ to see the north rim of the Grand Canyon before heading back east. In the event the high passes in CO are still closed by snow when I get there, I'll do this section of the TAT on my way back home.

The trip back east will be thru Small Town America on two lane roads with a focus on Mom & Pop Diners and Barbecue. OK, there will be some Cajun Red Beans and Rice as I travel thru Louisiana, but there will be no sucking of crawfish heads. With all due respect to my distant Cajun cousins on my mother's side, I just can't get my mind around this regional delicacy.

The TAT trailhead is just 800 miles up the road from my home in the greater Orlando, FL area, so let's roll.

Someone has rightfully brought to my attention the Planning and Preparation thread I started had turned into my Ride Report and should be reported in this section.

For anyone interested in reading about tires, camp stoves, trouble spots, "The Wonders of Technology Gone Wild" and a Back Story, please start reading here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=398882

For everyone else, my Ride Report picks up here in Asheville NC on my way to Jellico.
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Old 04-25-2010, 01:30 PM   #2
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edit: and that's a sharp Wrangler....
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Old 04-25-2010, 01:39 PM   #3
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Old 04-25-2010, 01:44 PM   #4
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Old 04-25-2010, 01:53 PM   #5
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edit: and that's a sharp Wrangler....
The Jeep is a 2001 TJ Sport with 4L six. I'm the 2nd owner. Bought it from a 77 years old man...He bought it NEW.

Went thru it from bumper to bumper; new serpentine belt, tune up, plugs, air filter, transmission maintenance, new AC fan motor and AC condenser, radiator flush + coolant recharge, new shocks, (5) 30x9.5 A/T tires on OEM steel metal rims, brakes front and rear redone. Bra and overhead frame were by the previous owner. I had no choice but to add the overhead basket.
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Old 04-25-2010, 03:57 PM   #6
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Good luck, I look forward to your report.
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Old 04-25-2010, 03:59 PM   #7
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Mr Pinakin Patel

"David,

Now in Fletcher (about 12 mile from Asheville, NC) Police everywhere due to Obama being in town yesterday or today?

The very nice owner of the motel we are staying in tonight, Econlodge, is a Mr Pinakin Patel. He advises me to stay with his cousin, Jinesh Patel, at the American Best Value in Jellico.

I mentioned to the Mr Patel here in Fletcher I had stayed in a motel in AZ some years ago and oddly enough the owner there was also named Mr Patel. Big family, common name or both.
John"

On 1 of my cross country excursions, I found out that an India custom is for the Hotel/Motel owner to add Patel to his last name. Mr Pinakin Patel is Mr Pinakin and Patel means Innkeeper in India. Next time you are in a Motel 6/ Super 8 check out the owners name and you will find all of them to be Patel if they are from India.
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Old 04-25-2010, 04:16 PM   #8
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Following a 4x4 report will be a first for me. I'm looking forward to it.

Not that it is any of my business, and the picture may be just a "here's the load I will take" example, but as an observer I would suggest stashing that jerry can for spare fuel someplace on the outside of the vehicle.



Via edit: BTW, I agree with you on that crawfish head business. I've changed enough baby diapers to know what that stuff looks like inside a crawfish head. Just saying...
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Old 04-25-2010, 04:50 PM   #9
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Cool! I'm in! I wish ADVrider would have an automobile section. I can't find very good ones anywhere else on the net. I think Adventure riding is a state of mind, whether on a motorcycle, bicycle, car, 4x4 etc. Look forward to seeing your adventure.
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Old 04-25-2010, 04:53 PM   #10
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Nice setup

If it's not a motorcycle ride report, it can't stay in the Ride Reports forum.

Moving this one to... hmm... Shiny Things..
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Old 04-25-2010, 05:02 PM   #11
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North By North East from Macon, GA



When we reached Macon, GA, we turned NNE and traveled up the Antebellum Trail and spent the night in Milledgeville, GA.

After driving thru the rain for hours, I finally remembered the carrying case for my Kot Tent in the overhead rack is "water resistant," but not "waterproof." Fortunately, I had a small blue plastic tarp and rope with me.



Madison, GA is one of the most attractive small towns we saw while in GA.



The corner of 1st and Main in Madison, GA.



I am not sure if the town of Bishop, GA is even on the map, but it looked interesting...Like the place a lost tribe of old hippies were making their last stand. There were Antique Shops and several potters.



Country road north of Bishop, GA.



Approaching Asheville and Fletcher, NC.

The closer we got to Asheville, the more armed security we saw. There were troopers and policemen of every type. In some places near the airport, they were parked at 250 yard intervals...Obama had been or was in town.



To finish off a short milage, but long day we had Gourmet Suppers in our motel room. Purchased from a nearby Ingles grocery store, we had sandwiches, chips and white wine in a collapsable plastic, screw top thingie.

Tomorrow we visit Asheville, NC which is reported to be a spiritual vortex and cultural mecca for those with enough money to escape the frantic pace of larger cities up and down the eastern seaboard.

For the Orlando to Macon, GA portion of this Ride Report, see http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...5#post12770145

I hope this now puts us all on the same thread.

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Old 04-25-2010, 05:25 PM   #12
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Cool! I'm in! I wish ADVrider would have an automobile section. I can't find very good ones anywhere else on the net. I think Adventure riding is a state of mind, whether on a motorcycle, bicycle, car, 4x4 etc. Look forward to seeing your adventure.
I'll be watching as well, I plan to ride part of the TAT on a bike this year. And I've got a Unlimited Rubicon...

Here's a hardcore 4x4 site I frequent. Expedition Portal



Looking forward to the updates along the way. Have fun!
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Old 04-25-2010, 05:31 PM   #13
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Following a 4x4 report will be a first for me. I'm looking forward to it.

Not that it is any of my business, and the picture may be just a "here's the load I will take" example, but as an observer I would suggest stashing that jerry can for spare fuel someplace on the outside of the vehicle.



Via edit: BTW, I agree with you on that crawfish head business. I've changed enough baby diapers to know what that stuff looks like inside a crawfish head. Just saying...
You are correct, putting the Jerry Can in the overhead rack is a good idea. A Jerry Can full of gas inside would vent and stink up the place. It is currently empty and will stay that way until I get more remote.
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Old 04-25-2010, 06:17 PM   #14
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Old 04-25-2010, 06:33 PM   #15
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I'm in on this one because I've been planning on doing the TAT in my Land Rover for a couple of years. I'm thinking next year will be the time when I can go so keep us posted. You might also cross post on the expeditions in progress forum on Expedition Portal.

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