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Old 05-18-2014, 06:31 PM   #1
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Walkers ride the TAT on a XR650l

I have two teenage sons and my oldest has a terminal disease… dirt bikes. He loves to race MX, I love to trail ride, and we all have a blast as a family riding. I began this dream 3 years ago when I’d been reading ride reports and began considering the possibility of riding the TAT. I finally talked my wife into letting me buy a dual sport Honda XR650l and began commuting to work on it occasionally. I asked my then 15 year old if he’d be interested in going on the TAT and he jumped all over it. I wanted to do this ride as a Senior trip for him, but didn’t want to wait 2 more years to do it. The years are flying by and I felt like I needed more time bonding with my son and what better way to do it than doing an epic adventure.

Allow me to introduce ourselves. Meet Cooper. [IMG][/IMG]

Nothing makes this dude's day like riding a dirt bike. He races all he can and pays for it with his own money. He works on a neighbor's ranch after school and has several others he helps out with manual labor. You can call him a "working man!"


Here are all the boys on Cannibal Plateau in Colorado a few years ago. My youngest, Connor, will help run my business while we are gone and I couldn't do this trip without him. I told him I hope he remembers this summer as a hard summer, but also the summer he began to realize what it is to be a man. Nothing is sweeter than leaving the cave, killing something, and dragging it home. I hope he will get a taste of that and use that to propel him into his calling in life.


Meet my beautiful wife Sweet Julie and I. She is worried to death about us being gone but is fully supportive of our epic adventure. She will be dropping us off in Tellico, TN to begin the Trans-Amercian trail... over 4,000 miles of dirt road all the way to Port Orford, OR.

Next time- Prepping the bikes and gathering the gear.
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Old 05-18-2014, 06:38 PM   #2
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Awesome! Subscribed. Best of luck to you guys!

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Old 05-18-2014, 06:49 PM   #3
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So when is your launch date?

I will meet you on the long road to the middle.

Colorado/Utah 2014 ride report here:
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Old 05-19-2014, 07:14 AM   #4
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I'm so happy for you and you son. I hope to do this trip with my son in about 5 years. So I am all in and eagerly awaiting this report.
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Old 05-19-2014, 04:45 PM   #5
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This is awesome! Looking forward to reading your report. I plan to start the TAT June 15ish so I won't be far behind you.

Good luck and safe travels.
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Old 05-19-2014, 05:15 PM   #6
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Very interested how you prep up that BRP!! Im in..
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Old 05-19-2014, 05:57 PM   #7
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subscribed, Can't wait for this one!
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Old 05-19-2014, 06:06 PM   #8
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I will be following your adventure. Myself and a friend plan on doing CO to OR section next year. Enjoy.
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Old 05-19-2014, 07:00 PM   #9
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I'll tag along

Cool! You are obviously and justifiably proud of your son, good for you! I will follow along as I'm going to hit the TAT around Aug 1ish, so it's starting to get real. Keep us posted and have a great time!
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Old 05-20-2014, 04:21 AM   #10
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Looking forward to your adventures !
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Old 05-20-2014, 06:34 AM   #11
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Awesome Plan, Dad

Looking forward to seeing how this adventure goes for you! Doing the TAT is what started my interest in dual sport riding this year, and I hope I too can do at least some of the trail with my son, Will. Good luck and safe travels to you and your family!
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Old 05-20-2014, 06:47 AM   #12
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Old 05-21-2014, 11:53 AM   #13
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Aesome, I'm in

Sounds like you've done and continue to do a fine job of raising your boys. Responsible and hardworking.
Have a great trip, I'll be following along.
No, I don't know where that road goes, let's find out!
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Old 05-21-2014, 01:16 PM   #14
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Im also subscribed and I've got an NW Oklahoma (Enid) safe haven, garage, tools, beers, whatever needed for you guys. Just hit me up if you need to.

This is my step-sons Senior trip plan as well. He's 13 and about to start street riding this summer. Been on two wheels for 5 years now. As soon as he heard about the TAT, that's what he wanted. His sister wanted a cruise, the boy wants to go ride portions of the TAT. I couldn't be more proud.
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Old 05-21-2014, 01:54 PM   #15
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I'm in too!

Looking forward to watching your journey.
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