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Old 07-12-2012, 04:22 PM   #106
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awesome! glad to see you guys are on the trail. it's on my list as well!
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Old 07-12-2012, 05:29 PM   #107
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Awsome pictures posted from yesterday and can't wait to hear your adventures today with all that rain and muck!! Waiting..... ...anxiously for your report.
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Old 07-12-2012, 07:50 PM   #108
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:21 PM   #109
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Mississippi Rain Dance...

Left this morning at 0745hrs heading to the TAT's continued trail where we left off. For some reason the GPS just coudn't lock on and led us astray to just about everywhere...."read the damn roll chart and map"..too lazy and it was raining again!

We've been plaqued with steady rains since leaving Tellico Plains, TN, TN is acceptable in the rain but Mississippi and it's red soil will create havoc when wet by 1/2" of rain...not the gravel but the sandy mud.



Ah, finally some nice gravel and it's red..Mississippi Red. You see "red" on the TAT you're in Miss.

Ken trying to figure out which fork to take

NO WORDS







Detour!. I have the old TAT maps and am sure that the newer ones have this rectified.



Totally Fubar, no way around it




Re-routed to another road given by the GPS...by the time I got there it was also sort of blocked with this..

Game fightning Cock breedery..uh, I trespassed a secret illegal place ? >> not so says the nice owner. "I sell em' all over the world, especially the Asians" big $$$!

Asked him for re-route direction...still got lost due to his southern drawl, couldn't read his fluttering lips, barring half teeth!






Then passed a real Buffalo meat farm in the middle of nowhere.



It rained and rained. We haven't seen a sunny day since the Eastern hot wave.



Then slabbed some...





Eventually back on the dirt TAT...



Pictures here don't do justice......

Within an hour this beautiful trail turned into a quagmire; and was getting worse by the 1/2 hour of constant rain..totally soaked in...driving was difficult especially for Ken. For me I slid all over...spinning wheels. With ABS off, it still was pretty hairy if going faster.





Then Mississippi Red Special starts to bite!









I noticed that the knobbies pick up mud like a fork picks up sphagetti and thus clogs the entire wheel, while my 50/50 Tourrance front wheel stays clean as well do the Vredestein M/S car rear tire. Although the sidecars tire combo is NO equivalent to the knobbies, BUT I do have an easier time riding through the wet stuff than Ken who had to constantly clean his tire while mine stays free of mud, hmmnnn,,,



It was arduous getting through this stuff with the constant rains making it into a cement like consistency..so we decided to call it a day and decided to divert heading to the Isle of Capri Casino and Hotel to get out of rains. By the time we got near the Resort..this came...



We were glad not being on the muddy TAT we probably missed 50% of Mississippi great TAT trails due to inclement weather,,eh, 98% of TN is paved, now 50% of Mississippi was untenable gggrrrrrr!






What will Arkansas reveal.... THIS AGAIN??



Well we settled in one of the shittiest Casino/Hotel ever...the damn place reeks of tobacco..everyone smokes..everyone is broke..everyone bitches..everyone is retired and spending their welfare/SS checks in hope of striking it rich.......Jesus..this place reeks of religion and they spend gazillions for Jesus. They even hang their made in China Jesus on the slot handle in hope Jesus blesses.
Aye..Elvis lives

Had some TAT grub...

Here's a $21.50 colon stuffer..

Mine:


Ken's:



Adios, Hasta Luego...

Cheers....


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Old 07-12-2012, 09:08 PM   #110
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I hate to tell you this, but the first part or AR will be more of the same. Watch your GPS for any road that runs near a creek or stream, they will be muddy and flooded. We spent the better part of a day slogging through the mud before we figured out not to ride near the creeks.
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:45 PM   #111
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I hate to tell you this, but the first part or AR will be more of the same. Watch your GPS for any road that runs near a creek or stream, they will be muddy and flooded. We spent the better part of a day slogging through the mud before we figured out not to ride near the creeks.
Thanks mprez..will heed your advice. So basically you took another road:pavement?? Hate to divert from the TAT as I already have lost quite a few stretches especially Mississippi. I can forgive TN tho!
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Old 07-13-2012, 04:28 AM   #112
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Just short reroutes, mostly still on gravel and just while in that bottom country. Wasn't very far, but it literally took us hours to get just a few short miles. Deep sticky mud.
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Old 07-13-2012, 05:36 AM   #113
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don't look like fun but there's.....sunny days ahead hang in there
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Old 07-13-2012, 06:50 AM   #114
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You're back at it? Freakin' AWESOME!!! IN,IN.IN!!!!
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:08 AM   #115
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Enjoying the report. Glad everything is working out for you now and it keeps going that way

I did the old TN - AR in 09 and just did the new TN & MS plus the MS Hill Country in May of this year so I'm familiar with both. Although I'll agree that the new TN still has more pavement then a lot of us would like to see, I think you guys unfortunately bypassed some decent sections West of Fayetteville when you admitted you slabbed it to just skip ahead to MS. From Gruetli-Laager to Fayetteville, there isn't much there you missed, but West of Fayetteville through Counce where you also said you slabbed it, there actually is some good stuff in there. One really fun section was around West Point, TN where you find a really large water crossing and a really good section of dirt roads that pass through this area where dirt bikes and ATV's like to play. There looked like there were miles and miles of trails for off road vehicles to play there. I wish we would have had time to explore that area as there were a lot of guys playing off road there. Not long after that, you hit another good section of dirt West of Collinwood with a small water crossing there. Finally just before you get into Counce where you go over the big dam, there is a good section of dirt there also and kind of neat area to see. Overall, the entire section between Fayetteville, TN & the crossing into MS is actually pretty fun. Even the sections that are paved are very rural secondary roads that actually throw in quite a bit of curves and hills that were a blast to ride.

Anyway, I think calling TN 98% paved is a little unfair considering you skipped a pretty big portion of it where there is some fairly good riding. From the end of Witt Rd to Fayetteville is a lot of pavement as you saw and kind of makes you wonder about the rest of the state and certainly would make one think the rest of the state is the same. However, West of there, things really do start getting much better. In my view, the Eastern TAT would almost benefit more to drop down into N. GA and N. AL where there are lots of good dirt roads and go south of Chattanooga instead of north of it. TN has definitely spent a lot of money paving roads and we even came up on roads that had probably been paved in the last year since Sam layed out the new TN section. Thankfully the 2nd half of TN stays rather close to the TN line and is pretty rural so should stay good for years to come.

So you have the TN maps, but not MS? I found the new the new MS section of the TAT is well layed out and I enjoyed it much better than the older MS sections. However MS definitely has the reputation of some pretty slick mud when things get wet as you have found out with all the rain you hit, so it probably didn't matter either way. Hopefully things get better weather wise for you guys.
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Old 07-13-2012, 12:22 PM   #116
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Old 07-13-2012, 06:12 PM   #117
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Enjoying the report. Glad everything is working out for you now and it keeps going that way

I did the old TN - AR in 09 and just did the new TN & MS plus the MS Hill Country in May of this year so I'm familiar with both. Although I'll agree that the new TN still has more pavement then a lot of us would like to see, I think you guys unfortunately bypassed some decent sections West of Fayetteville when you admitted you slabbed it to just skip ahead to MS. From Gruetli-Laager to Fayetteville, there isn't much there you missed, but West of Fayetteville through Counce where you also said you slabbed it, there actually is some good stuff in there. One really fun section was around West Point, TN where you find a really large water crossing and a really good section of dirt roads that pass through this area where dirt bikes and ATV's like to play. There looked like there were miles and miles of trails for off road vehicles to play there. I wish we would have had time to explore that area as there were a lot of guys playing off road there. Not long after that, you hit another good section of dirt West of Collinwood with a small water crossing there. Finally just before you get into Counce where you go over the big dam, there is a good section of dirt there also and kind of neat area to see. Overall, the entire section between Fayetteville, TN & the crossing into MS is actually pretty fun. Even the sections that are paved are very rural secondary roads that actually throw in quite a bit of curves and hills that were a blast to ride.

Anyway, I think calling TN 98% paved is a little unfair considering you skipped a pretty big portion of it where there is some fairly good riding. From the end of Witt Rd to Fayetteville is a lot of pavement as you saw and kind of makes you wonder about the rest of the state and certainly would make one think the rest of the state is the same. However, West of there, things really do start getting much better. In my view, the Eastern TAT would almost benefit more to drop down into N. GA and N. AL where there are lots of good dirt roads and go south of Chattanooga instead of north of it. TN has definitely spent a lot of money paving roads and we even came up on roads that had probably been paved in the last year since Sam layed out the new TN section. Thankfully the 2nd half of TN stays rather close to the TN line and is pretty rural so should stay good for years to come.

So you have the TN maps, but not MS? I found the new the new MS section of the TAT is well layed out and I enjoyed it much better than the older MS sections. However MS definitely has the reputation of some pretty slick mud when things get wet as you have found out with all the rain you hit, so it probably didn't matter either way. Hopefully things get better weather wise for you guys.
Bluelghtning...I agree with everything you said...I ranted a bit...oh, sure there are a lot more of good ridings but with continuous torrential downfalls: can't see anything. Gotta pay attention to the roads..so we skipped it, it's not the riding for the lack of it.....it's the pavements, virtually almost all is paved..I thought Sam came up with lots more of "a la Witt Road"....YES, it's gorgeous, but gravel wise it's lacking. I love TN...even brought a "big" bottle of TN whiskey to soothe my daily aches before bedding down.

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Old 07-13-2012, 08:56 PM   #118
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Glad to see that you are back on the TAT with a buddy. Watching all the way from Japan. Love you.
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Old 07-13-2012, 09:13 PM   #119
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Arkansas TAT

Woke up to smoke creeping into my room....tried to get the $1.99 senior breakfast but you had to buy a game card first then show ID. Fukez vous! Ate my energy candy instead with a Starbucks Via java. This place is the pits..STAY AWAY...better go across the Miss bridge and patronize Helena's mutli motels.






The mighty Miss


Well as you can guess..it started to rain, rain, rain....





The Ark TAT trailhead...



Lots of Kudzu just like in Miss.



Pretty descend gravel and dirt mixed together...

So far so good...25-30 mph....



Then we came into Trenton basically a ghost town once inhabited by Swiss and German settlers in it's heydays.







Lo and behold it's a TAT rest area...




Created by this gentleman and his friend, oh, my forgot their names. He also houses a museum inside and I forgot to make a donation..so please fellow TAT'ers give and additonal tip for me

Here's "John Doe" the TAT gatekeeper..lovely guy






The Keepers friendly TAT greeter...



We were warned to avoid the southern part and make haste to rt 49 then all the way to rt 79 to avoid the mudfest. come around it then return....







At first we had absolutely no problem running on gravel mixed consistency...even Ken did well! Although caution was taken as not to run into these ditches..





Made the loop....



Back to the TAT on another side..



Wasn't too bad until Ken started to struggle in the coming quagmire..









It reeally wasn't too bad for my set of tires but Ken"s Kenda picked up every morsel of mud within it's knobbies totally obliterating the tire..making it look bald..zero grip. He struggles on while I rode on comfortably althoug sliding about!





There was so much more to come along this rain soaked TAT route..we decided to call it off to prevent possible injury and slab it again to seek the sun that was supposed to be hiding a the first Arkansas TAT rest stop: Clinton.

On the way to Clinton we tried to divert and go back to the TAT..but another massive rainstorm was imminent and did come down where the half way TAT was....even a automobile accident occured on the asphalt on the way to Clinton attesting the severity of the storm.



Enroute we sniffed something wonderful as we were really hungry..







Old El Sol did wait for us in CLinton, Ark..where the second days TAT will begin tomorrow..



Will upload a video of riding the Ark TAT soon...

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