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Old 04-30-2013, 06:11 AM   #31
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What's most important in life is what YOU DO with it than what others think/say/feel about it. Ride on brother. If you're around KCMO a bed/beer/meal/garage are here. Just give me a PM.
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:56 AM   #32
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KUDOS on the balls to do this.........most of us are too locked into to life to walk away but many times wish we could!! Good luck and safe travels

and yeah.......another adventure to follow!!

suggestion for tracking your trip. findmespot only saves your data for 30 days. go to www.spotwalla.com its donation based membership and they safe your trip data forever!!!!! goes right to like google maps too so you can zoom in better!!!
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:18 AM   #33
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Hi,
I'm in...

Some feelings sound familiar to me...
Have fun, enjoy the trip
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:06 AM   #34
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If you're going to start the TAT up in Tennessee here's some local beta (though you've probably already got this covered):

Damn near every town east of Nashville has a Honda dealer because rednecks like four wheelers.

Most of the TAT pictures that I've seen from the TN section you could ride on road race tires. The parts I've ridden, up around Crossville, were all gravel. Nothing to difficult. You may not need your knobbies up in Rocky Top.

If you need any help, hit up Francois over at DualSportTouring. He's a good guy, has stuff you might need, he's local, and he's ridden the TAT best I can remember.

When you get north of Crossville you'll be in Catoosa Wildlife Management Area. There's a fire tower you can climb if you're interested in a short hike; you have to leave your bike at a gate. I can give you directions if you want.

I still have family up in Crossville, TN. If you need help PM me and I'll see if I can find anyone. (Dad's retired and hates cell phones sometimes.)

Have fun.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:51 AM   #35
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I'm in Cleveland,Tn 30 miles North Of Chattanooga,Tn. Just got my XR650RR on the street and loving it. Congrats on the trip. If you end up around my way let me know,would love to shred with a fellow XRR guy. This is God's country by the way full of good fire roads ect...
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:19 AM   #36
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I get it...

Something like that happened to me too.
Job started to eat my life...
No social life.
Then a medical scare.

So I hit the "Fuck it / Reset" button and became an ADV bum...
A few big rides later, including the TAT, I found a new role in life.
I've got a sweet girlfriend, and a job I love.

I think you're doing the right thing.

Interested in some words of advice?
- Don't rush the TAT.
- Take your time. Meet people. Share stories.
- Camp as much as you can.
- Once you get out past Oklahoma camping is easy.
- Also check out the ADV Tent Space thread.
- http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=776925
- Eat better.
- It takes a lot of calories to ride and stay alert and fit.
- Canned goods at the supermarket and a small cook set can result in tasty and nutritious meals.
- Stay positive.
- Good things will find you if you are a happy person with a positive attitude.
- Poopy people in a poopy mood will not receive the generosity of the Universe.

If you get out to south east Idaho, specifically Idaho Falls stop by.
I've got Tent Space.

Good luck with your travels.
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:28 AM   #37
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I applaude your attitude, and now at your age is the time to take advantage of it. Life will surely catch up with you at some point (or not, look at Willy Nelson!) As for people thinking you are nuts, I'm with you there. I'm planning a 'short' trip to AK from San Antonio next month, camping most of the time, and everyone I tell thinks I've lost it. One big difference, I'm 69, with lots of aches and pains. I know my 9000 miles will be difficult in some ways but I'm looking forward to long days alone and nights under the stars. BTW, I bought a Weestrom for my trip, leaveing the KLR home this time. One of these days, when I finally decide to retire, I might try the TAT. Either that or the CDR. I plan on having lots more years to do this stuff!
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Old 05-01-2013, 11:40 AM   #38
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I can tell you lots about working 75 hours a week, but virtually nothing about anything exciting.
This here is an ugly bit of truth for a lot of us. Well said Freeway!

Congrats on bailing out of the mess Stuntheavy! I'll be tagging along the whole way.
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Old 05-01-2013, 12:39 PM   #39
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This here is an ugly bit of truth for a lot of us. Well said Freeway!

Congrats on bailing out of the mess Stuntheavy! I'll be tagging along the whole way.
Do you think the Husaberg could do it Dave?
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Old 05-01-2013, 12:40 PM   #40
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Like Quest said, take your time and enjoy. TAT is on my to do, will be following & studying closely

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now where is that F.I. / reset button..
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Old 05-01-2013, 12:47 PM   #41
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Do you think the Husaberg could do it Dave?
I sure as hell hope so Squishy!
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:16 PM   #42
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now to top it off, I've got a overpriced shiny rock that I no longer need. Ain't that a bitch...

Home is my bike. It's all gone. 10 years worth of stuff have been compressed into 2 panniers and a drybag. As scary as that is, it's a freeing feeling as well.
Costco. I buy all my wedding rings at Costco. So far they have taken every single one back, no questions asked.

You're going to have the time of you life and come back a changed person with a fresh new perspective on life. It might take a while to shed all the BS and get into your travel groove, but when you do, its an almost surreal experience. Yes, when you see all of your possessions strapped on a bike, its a very freeing feeling. Just check out of the whole freaking program for as long as you can swing it. Best thing I have ever done in my life, hands down.

Buen viaje.
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:26 PM   #43
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Looking forward to your excellent adventure
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:45 PM   #44
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Buen viaje!
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:53 PM   #45
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Looking forward to the next installment.
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