2013 - Eastern TAT - Old Dawgs, New Tricks

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Jsherman, Jul 17, 2013.

  1. Jsherman

    Jsherman Adventurer

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    Thanks to advrider.com, two old dawgs and I are headed to the TAT within the next 15 days. We will be utilizing Sam’s GPS tracks to route our way through TN, MS, and AR. At which point, we’ll turn around and super slab it back to Tellico.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>

    We’re not all old – but we all ride Harleys together for fun and travel. Two of the three of us have some experience on dirt bikes. I’m not the old one and I also don’t have experience on the dirt bikes – which makes me believe I’ll have more “experiences” with the dirt.

    The other two riders are around 20 years older than I am and I’m no spring chicken. I’m, “Young Bull” (as they call me) and I’m 38. The other two inmates on this journey to escape are “Luigi” and “Woody 5 Star”.<o:p></o:p>

    The bikes:
    1. 2013 KTM 990 Adventure – “Luigi”
    2. 2011 BMW 1200GS – “Woody 5 Star”
    3. 2011 Kawasaki KLR 650 – Mine (Young Bull)<o:p></o:p>

    I don’t have pics of all the bikes, just the KTM and my KLR. See Below. <o:p></o:p>

    So in this case, I’m thinking “young bull” is the smart one. But we’ll see who runs and who walks down the hill to get some tail or all the tail…
    (and that is Luigi - can you see why his name is Luigi??)
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  2. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    oh you're doing the easy part of the TAT, have fun.
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  3. Jsherman

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    Yeah, quickie. This is really a test run. Next year will be the Full Monty.

    Despite the short trip, we are all still pretty excited. Luigi said it best, "I just don't know what to expect. That is why I want to do this!"

    I agree, on the harleys, we have a good time, but we have ridden so many great roads and camped and partied...but, there aren't really any surprises left.

    I can't wait. The gear is ready, the GPS are loaded, the bikes are ready. Let's ride!

    Of course, I have to wait. I also know when this trip is done, we will all wish we could keep going. But that is next year, because the old dawgs need to learn some new tricks to survive on the TAT!
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  4. Jsherman

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    Continued preparations..

    1. Spot allocated and activated.
    2. Inventoried the trunk. (inventory below - I wouldn't mind some feedback on it)
    3. This has been done a while, but here are some high level objectives by day. Our time table is flexible...so if we don't hit the expectation, it isn't a big deal.

    <TABLE style="BORDER-COLLAPSE: collapse; WIDTH: 243pt" cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=323 border=0><COLGROUP><COL style="WIDTH: 30pt; mso-width-source: userset; mso-width-alt: 1462" width=40><COL style="WIDTH: 101pt; mso-width-source: userset; mso-width-alt: 4900" width=134><COL style="WIDTH: 69pt; mso-width-source: userset; mso-width-alt: 3364" width=92><COL style="WIDTH: 43pt; mso-width-source: userset; mso-width-alt: 2084" width=57><TBODY><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD class=xl70 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext 0.5pt solid; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; WIDTH: 30pt; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #bfbfbf" height=20 width=40>Day</TD><TD class=xl70 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; WIDTH: 101pt; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #bfbfbf" width=134>Ride Goals</TD><TD class=xl70 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; WIDTH: 69pt; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #bfbfbf" width=92>Weekday</TD><TD class=xl70 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; WIDTH: 43pt; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #bfbfbf" width=57>Mileage</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD class=xl66 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #c4d79b" height=20></TD><TD class=xl66 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #c4d79b">Tampa->Tellico</TD><TD class=xl66 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #c4d79b">Friday</TD><TD class=xl69 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #c4d79b" align=right>600</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD class=xl65 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #b8cce4" height=20>Day 1</TD><TD class=xl65 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #b8cce4">TN1,2,3,4</TD><TD class=xl65 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #b8cce4">Saturday</TD><TD class=xl67 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #b8cce4" align=right>257</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD class=xl65 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #b8cce4" height=20>Day 2</TD><TD class=xl65 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #b8cce4">TN5,6, (1/2)MS1</TD><TD class=xl65 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #b8cce4">Sunday</TD><TD class=xl67 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #b8cce4" align=right>211</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD class=xl65 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #b8cce4" height=20>Day 3</TD><TD class=xl65 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #b8cce4">(1/2)MS1,2,3</TD><TD class=xl65 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #b8cce4">Monday</TD><TD class=xl67 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #b8cce4" align=right>227</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD class=xl65 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #b8cce4" height=20>Day 4</TD><TD class=xl65 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #b8cce4">AR1</TD><TD class=xl65 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #b8cce4">Tuesday</TD><TD class=xl67 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #b8cce4" align=right>220</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD class=xl65 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #b8cce4" height=20>Day 5</TD><TD class=xl65 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #b8cce4">AR2,AR3,AR4</TD><TD class=xl65 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #b8cce4">Wednesday</TD><TD class=xl67 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #b8cce4" align=right>212</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD class=xl68 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #c4bd97" height=20>i40</TD><TD class=xl68 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #c4bd97">Arkansas </TD><TD class=xl68 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #c4bd97">Thursday</TD><TD class=xl72 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #c4bd97" align=right>375</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD class=xl68 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #c4bd97" height=20>i40</TD><TD class=xl68 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #c4bd97">Tellico </TD><TD class=xl68 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #c4bd97">Friday</TD><TD class=xl72 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #c4bd97" align=right>375</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD class=xl66 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #c4d79b" height=20></TD><TD class=xl66 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #c4d79b">Tellico->Tampa</TD><TD class=xl66 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #c4d79b">Saturday</TD><TD class=xl66 style="BORDER-TOP: windowtext; BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 0.5pt solid; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #c4d79b" align=right>600</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

    The Inventory:
    Figured I would do a quick inventory of the rear box. I am probably packing too much - but again, this is our "figure it out" ride. Without this ride and no past experience doing these types of trips...we don't know if we're packing too much or too little.


    Rear Box Contents

    1. 10w-40
    2. Freshly oiled air filter
    3. chain lube (dry)
    4. air filter oil and rim grease
    5. front and rear inner tubes
    6. extra gear shifter (this is probably not coming with me)
    7. JB Weld (fixes all kinds of things to include metal)
    8. Jumper Cables
    9. Filter Cleaner
    10. Chain cleaner
    11. Chain Brush
    12. Bead Breaker
    13. 16 tooth sprocket (spare) (may not be coming with me)
    14. Air compressor and patches/glue etc
    15. Zip ties
    16. .40 Ammo
    17. Fuses and other minor electrical stuff
    18. Duct Tape
    19. Extra spark plug
    20. Tire Pressure Gauge
    21. Valve Stem Puller
    22. Tire Spoons and other various tools for the bike


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  5. GeneC

    GeneC Been here awhile

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    :d
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  6. Jsherman

    Jsherman Adventurer

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    Final maintenance before the trip is tomorrow...number of things on the list that will occur. But I'm most excited about putting some new tires!

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  7. Dirty Lloyd

    Dirty Lloyd Been here awhile

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    Good luck guys. We have a group of 3 that are going to do the same in September. We also are "practicing" for a full TAT trip sometime in the future. We will be following your adventure. Enjoy and be safe!

    L.
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  8. telejojo

    telejojo Been here awhile

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    Good deal ............that would have been the first thing I would have done,the stock tires are junk.Look forward to ride reports.
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  9. Jsherman

    Jsherman Adventurer

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    Thanks, we're pretty excited!!
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  10. Jsherman

    Jsherman Adventurer

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    The tires I have (had of this morning) are shinko or something like that (50/50's). Not bad at all. I took them on some sandy Florida trails and they performed decently for 50/50's.

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  11. Jsherman

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    For the most part, the bike is packed. Technology and the associated cables/wires/chargers are really all that remain. I've weighed each bag and the trunk. All-in-all, I feel I have too much weight.


    Left Side Bag = 10 lbs (camp gear, 1 Gallon of fuel / rotopax) = 17.5 lbs
    Right Side Bag = 16 lbs (clothes, klim pants/jacket)
    Top Duffel = 11 lbs (laptop, bed roll, sleeping bag, tent poles, flip flops)
    Rear Trunk = 28 lbs (tools, tubes, maintenance items, first aid, and ratchet straps - just to trailer to Tellico and back)


    Once we're in Tellico, this will change - some of the weight in the trunk will be redistributed and some of it isn't going with us. Goal for the trunk is around 20 lbs.


    I also cleaned the original air filter, lubed the bike, and we now have new tires/tubes! We are ready to roll!

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  12. Jsherman

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    Question: Where in Tellico do you suggest we leave our Truck / Trailer?

    (we're trailering three bikes from Tampa to Tellico)

    Thanks,
    J
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  13. Jsherman

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    A week away from the drive up to Tellico. I've been traveling for work non-stop for the last three weeks. Only time I've had to work on the bike is the weekend...but I'm ready. Luigi sends me an email today (as i'm flying back from Houston) asking me for some assistance on Sunday at his place. He's looking for a review of his pack list.

    I foresee Luigi being high maintenance!!
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  14. bdolnik

    bdolnik Been here awhile

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    Subscribed... can't wait to see how you guys do on the bigger bikes. I'm thinking of doing it next year and am not sure what bike to take.
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  15. Jsherman

    Jsherman Adventurer

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    I'm looking forward to it as well! We'll have two gopro's running and we're equipping the third guy with gopro attachment base so we can move them around and get different views.
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  16. flyinfuzz

    flyinfuzz 2 Quarts low

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    If you need anything on the east tn part give me a yell . I am 6 miles from Catoosa . Have shop trailer and camping space :deal
    Andy cell 931 335 one eight fivefive
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  17. Jsherman

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    Thank you sir! I will add you on my contact list and throw a waypoint on the GPS.
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  18. Jsherman

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  19. Jsherman

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    Trailering up on Friday! TAT starts Saturday! Of course, I have a business trip to NY first. But that will make this week go by that much faster.

    We installed some foot peg extenders on luigi's ktm the other day. We went through his packing list..decided on a few last minute purchases he needed (ordered last night through Amazon - I love Amazon Prime). Last night I finalized my packing. Bike is ready to go! I am ready to go.


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  20. Jsherman

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    Aug 1-2, 2013 - Day Zero (pre-tat)

    Five star was on a plane from OH due to some business commitments. Luigi and I got back the day prior from a different business trip. Luigi and I left work early to start loading up the truck and trailer. Fortunately, Five Star's bike is already on location - ready for loading.

    When Five Star finally shows up, we immediately recognize his business travels has afforded him no time to prep for our pending travels.

    We load the bikes and decide to do an all-nighter up to Tellico Plains - Damn Straight! This will put us a full day ahead of schedule.

    Here are the pictures - videos will be uploaded later for all days.

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    We switched drivers a couple times throughout the course of the night. One or two of us would sleep and the other would drive.

    Sometime around 2AM...with Five Star behind the wheel and Luigi and I sleeping...he decided to start looking for a gas station. Of course, he waited until the gas computer says "50 miles until empty" to decide this. So he proceeds to wake us up and we start looking. Nothing. We're down to 5 miles until empty and we decide to pull over and use one of our rotopax to fill up the truck.

    WTF FORD!!! EASY FUEL MY @$$!
    Due to this new design, you need a special doo-mah-hickey to use a gas can with these new caps. Rotopax is useless. Luigi is useless (his truck and he has no idea where said doo-mah-hickey is).
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    So, we decide to see how far we can go with 5 miles left and no additional fuel added. At 1 mile left on the gas computer - we find an open gas station!!

    We decide that Five Star isn't driving anymore and we're determined to not get down to 1 mile of fuel (vapor??) in this truck anymore. Five Star states that he was planning it all along and used exact calculations / logistics. Yes, Five Star...we agree. Now go to sleep.
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    Five Star sleeps all the way to arrival in Tellico Plains.
    I guess that is one way out of driving duties...
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    Breakfast in Tellico Plains - we arrived at 7:45 AM (15 minutes prior to the café open). Five Star already making business calls and showing us how well he slept.
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    We have reservations at The Lodge At Tellico - let me just say that Walt is VERY accommodating. We are very early...checkin isn't until later in the afternoon. His wife hands us keys to our rooms and a keycard to the garage for the bikes. We'll settle up on price of the rooms later..."get some rest".

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    I can't say enough nice things about the Lodge at Tellico and Walt - took great care of us and allowed us to leave our truck/trailer in his parking lot while we continued on our journey. I should also note that we stayed here prior to heading back home...again, he took very good care of us (more on this later).

    The Lodge has a perfect place to store your motorcycle (for maintenance, security, and peace of mind).
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    Because we were a day early, we stopped over at the Motorcycle Outfitters and picked up a replacement mirror for one that I broke when parking my bike at work the previous day. Yes, I had not even left, Florida and my bike fell over in the parking lot. We'll call it a trend...related wholly to the following: Kickstand, Weight, and off-camber parking selections.

    Can't say enough nice things about the Motorcycle outfitters - because we were a day early, we had time to go play around in the Tellico area. We hit some trails based on recommendations from the Motorcycle Outfitters. He even gave us his map of the trails - with the caveat that we bring it back when we're done. Deal. Warm-ups...

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    We did let Five Star lead at some point - he usually selects the "least traveled" path. Eventually we have a fork in the road and he decides "UP" is the way to go...so we follow and at the end of a twisty gravel road that increases elevation pretty quickly is a mobile home. We're in someone's driveway. The woman out by her car, looks at us and smiles. I immediately know, um, deliverance? Then a man opens the door and comes outside. He asks - "what are you doing". I didn't let anyone else respond, I immediately said that we had taken a wrong turn and we'd be proceeding back down the mountain. He then says, "are you lost, where you trying to get to". My apologies sir, we're just tooling around on the backroads. Take Care!!! and we proceeded to get the hell out of there.

    Five Star doesn't lead anymore.

    Day Zero complete. Dinner would be BBQ at Krambonz in Tellico. We retire for the evening with Cigars and Beer on the front porch of the cabin. Reviewing the plan for the next day.

    More to come - the reason this isn't real time - I realized immediately that it would be difficult caring for the old folks and getting the posts in daily.

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