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Old 06-07-2014, 04:30 PM   #1
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Big Old Man Puttering Along the TAT on a Small Bike

OK, Tomorrow I leave to start the TAT, solo, riding Sam's track. It'll take more than a day to get to Tellico Plains, but Shadowfax is packed and ready to start at "first light".


Shadowfax is a new Yamaha XT250, bought for this ride, and maybe others another day. I was calling him/her Yammy, but my daughter and her daughter thought it should be Shadowfax, because they associate me with Gandalf The Grey, when I don my riding gear (pictures to come).

Will be riding to the start, and returning from the end (or however far I get) by superslab, and will try to update this thread with pictures, and descriptions of the gnarliest challenges, every couple days, or so.

If anybody should want more background or "philosophy", see my practice run:
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=971059

Apparently my other daughter forwarded that link to her in-laws, because yesterday I got a big box of extra-large over-the-calf-wool-socks from them. They all look comparable to the best ones I'd found so far, the smart wool (and there was another smart wool pair, to). Thanks Helen & Mark. I won't be able to test them all this trip, but I'm taking some, and today I tested the icebreaker merino wool pair by immersing them, nearly to the top, in mud, at the end of a morning kayaking. Won't take THAT pair, tomorrow, because that mud SMELLS, but they seem every bit as good as the smart wool ones, and some of the others do, too.

Am planning to at least start with Sam's route, because it's by the original developer, but have to say that GPSKevin has been about a hundred times more helpful and responsive, and his free tracks include waypoints. If I ever do this again, it'll be on GPSKevin's tracks

Next post should be from the trail. Wish me luck.
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Old 06-07-2014, 05:30 PM   #2
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Old 06-07-2014, 06:05 PM   #3
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Mind a strong crosswind with that shit sticking up like that. Have a good trip
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Old 06-08-2014, 05:31 PM   #4
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That thing sticking up is just my camelback, not that it won't catch some wind.

Only one picture today, a nattional cemetery.


Got caught in a rainstorm sw of Harrisburg PA, and stopped for a cup of coffee at a Burgerking. No WiFi. Had to use the phone's data connection to get weather forecast. Shoulda ridden that extra mile to McDs.

Rain stopped, but forecast was thunderstorms. Looked fair to SW, so rode a couple more hours, and found a motel. Located a Budget motel, but they were full. Sleeping in luxury.
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Old 06-09-2014, 05:49 PM   #5
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Just got to the trailhead in Tellico plains. All the bikers doing the twistys make me think I shoulda done more, but. . . Not what lm here for

My folding camp mat seat cover is getting damaged.


More later
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Old 06-09-2014, 05:56 PM   #6
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Old 06-09-2014, 06:25 PM   #7
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Had to quit that last. Just realized it was using 3G, instead of WiFi.

Anyway, I had brought along a stuff sack for that contingency.

But it was too slippery

Tried the shiny side of the mat.

Also too slippery.

Went back to the yellow side. When it vets too bad, I'll cut away another layer. It's now ten rectangles of 14, when new.

OK. Long day of superslab. Too late to camp. Got a cabin

Next to a couple apparently here for the twisty roads.


Next time, it'll be about the TAT. I promise.
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Old 06-09-2014, 07:43 PM   #8
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Keep it coming, CP. I'll ride along with you.

Love the seat...that's my kinda out of the box thinking. I refuse to ride on an uncomfortable seat.
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Old 06-10-2014, 05:44 PM   #9
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OK. Actually on the TAT.

Cheap USB charger already gave up the ghost.

Replacement power supply hits tank bag

Had to rotate socket vertical.


Off-highway TAT begins a few miles south of Telico Plains.




A short way in, there's a nice camping spot at the first water crossing


Fourth crossing was as easy as the rest.


No camping here, but a short way farther there is.


Second turtle in the road. Helped this one across.


When you ser this sign, find an alternate route. The bridge was GONE.


Drying off after thunderstorm (with chips)


Gave up finding a place to camp. This place has more entertainment
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Old 06-10-2014, 05:49 PM   #10
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OHHH so IN, being a Damn Yankee my self. just remember we dont need and banana hammock picks like the other old guys.................that's oversharing!!

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Old 06-10-2014, 05:55 PM   #11
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Old 06-11-2014, 01:19 AM   #12
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Looks like the start to a great adventure.............Iam in
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Old 06-11-2014, 01:35 AM   #13
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This one's on my list to do. Looking forward to your tale and see what's new or changed on the TAT since the last RR I followed.
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Old 06-11-2014, 04:44 AM   #14
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Mighty XT 250

CloudSplitter,

Wishing you all the best for better weather and an awesome trip!

I think the mighty XT is a great tool for a ride such as the TAT. I've spent time wrestling a KLR through South American single track, wishing I was on my little XT225.

Cheers,

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Old 06-11-2014, 04:54 AM   #15
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I want to know how XT250 survive on a long trip..
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