Coast to Coast on the TAT

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by kyled1, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. kyled1

    kyled1 Been here awhile

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    Day -1 6/28

    Initially, we (my 17 yr old son Ryan and I) planned on riding the TAT but then we decided why not back it up a little and do a coast to coast ride. I bought a couple of 2009 KLR 650s, added some extras, bought the maps from Sam and acquired a route from Savannah, GA to Tellico Plains, TN from NorthernTraveler. We decided to truck the bikes to Georgia instead of riding them so we loaded up a Budget rental truck and headed to GA.

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    During our first gas stop, I noticed more gas was hitting the ground than was going into the tank. The fuel filler hose was split in 2 places. I called Budget road service and an hour later Richard showed up. He didn't have a hose with him so he had to go to Napa and get one. 2 1/2 hours wasted :ddog

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    We made it to Savannah and dropped off the truck just before they closed at 5:30 and headed for the Atlantic. Since we're heading back to the coast in the morning to take a pic of the sunrise, we just took a couple of pics and headed back to Savannah and got a hotel. We're staying in downtown Savannah about two blocks from where the bench was that Forrest Gump was sitting on. We went look for the bench but found out that it was only for the movie so we just grabbed a bite to eat and headed back to the hotel. Ever heard of a fried egg on a hamburger? I hadn't but it sure was good!

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    More to come.......
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  2. Reverend12

    Reverend12 Well there it is..

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    I'm in, I may have to go and get one of those burgers..
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  3. mrprez

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    LSU?? I'm in!! Go Tigers...

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  4. poolman

    poolman Gnarly Poolside Adv.

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    Sounds awesome, and what a great stage in life to share an adventure together!

    I contemplated riding with my 17 YO son on a trip I did in Central America in April, but to his disappointment I just couldn't accept the risk of exposing a new rider to the reality of third-world traffic conditions. This is probably a decision I will regret, but your trip is certain to strengthen the bond between you and your son, and provide a collection of memories that will last many years.


    Looking forward to following this ride report.
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    Geaux Tigahs, subscribed
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    There are never enough TAT reports to keep me satisfied. :D
    Looking forward to another .
    It is great seeing a father and son sharing such an epic ride!

    Brad
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  9. kyled1

    kyled1 Been here awhile

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    So we woke up early so that we could get back to the coast to watch the sunrise. Got the bikes loaded up and headed the 15 miles or so back to Tybee Island. We made it to the beach with about 2 minutes to spare. Took a few pics of the sunrise and even let the lifeguard take a pic of us together.

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    Pics taken.....now time to head West

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    Before we head out, I guess I should start by letting ya'll know about our riding experience levels. Not much at all :yikes
    I rode dirtbikes everyday from about 3 yrs old til 15 yrs old. But once I got my driver's license, I didn't care about dirtbikes anymore. I'm 42 now so that's 27 yrs since I've ridden. Ryan doesn't have any experience at all. I take that back. We each have about a year experience but not a ton in that year. I bought these bikes last summer for the specific purpose of riding the TAT. We've done a few little rides and last month we rode Sam's Mississippi Hill Country ride. It's a 2 day ride with each day being about 250 miles of Mississippi dirt. Ryan has really surprised me. I'm sure we'll have alot of tough spots in the month to come but we're both up for the challenge.

    We may not have a ton of experience, but we did stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night :rayof

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    So we headed out. Today's ride will be about 200 miles to Augusta, GA. It's a good thing we weren't on Tybee Island during high tide!

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    I expected all of today's ride to be on pavement. I thought I had looked at the route in Google Earth but I guess I hadn't. After about 60 miles or so, we left the pavement. It was a very welcome surprise but it was sand. Sand sucks. I had never ridden in it before. I know there is lots of it on the TAT but I figured we'd gradually get introduced to it. We had lots of it today....probably close to 80-90 miles of our 200 miles today was sand. We both did pretty well in it though :D

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    We found an old Model A for sale on a sand road out in the middle of no where. Good Luck with that buddy!
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    These donkeys were very interested in hearing about the TAT

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    We even came across a nuclear power plant. Not sure why this gate was open. There were signs saying "Warning Do Not Enter. Armed Security" but the gate was open with no one around so we rode in.

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    We only went in about 200 yards. Had to get to where we could take a pic.

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    The highest the temp. reached during our ride today was 100. It really didn't feel too bad as long as we were moving. We made it to North Augusta just before 1pm and got a room at the Super 8. Just under 200 miles today. Looking forward to tomorrow................
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  10. vintagespeed

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  11. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Subscribed...way to go Father n' Son. Wish I could do it with mine:cry.

    Cannot wait to see what you have to say about Tellico Plains, TN and the trail head which begins on Witt Road. Rumor has it that it has 5 water crossings..so be careful of the 2' 'er!

    Don't forget to get your Moto stuff if you need any at http://www.tellicomoto.com/... they also have first hand info on the TAT but they're not open on Mondays.

    Ride safe , ride far...

    Cheers...
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  12. CaseyB

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    Have a great time. Really cool of you to do this with your son

    I just wished I had starting reading this a month from now, cuz i want more.



    stand up and get your butt back if you start to feel uncomfy in the sand..then gas it...its been helping me. Your riding back round is very similar to mine.
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  13. brandorosales

    brandorosales no adventure yet.

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    Nice father and son ride.

    Take care.
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  14. Reverend12

    Reverend12 Well there it is..

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    You went through a gate at a Nuclear power plant? Looks like it could be Vogtle...:eek1
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  15. kyled1

    kyled1 Been here awhile

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    Thanks. We figured that out eventually. I'm satisfied with the way we did in the sand. Just wondering how deep is deep sand.
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  16. Duk

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    Looking forward to following you both on your trip. I have a 16 year old that is just starting to ride. I'm hoping to do a big trip next summer.
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  17. Red Zebra

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    I love TAT reports. Every rider has a different perspective. Soak it up and live it. Look forward to more!
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  18. wrangler747

    wrangler747 KLR for life

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    Looks like you guys rode River Road up from Savanna..you wont see sand like that again for a bit...you passed Plant Vogel. Hoe you enjoy your time in Augusta..I am from there but currently on the other side of world..if you need anything post up in AARSE forum under the southeastern forums..plenty of guys to hep you out there.. or the DOGS forum for guys in N.Georgia. you could do nothing better than what you are doing woth your son..you cant buy memories like you are going to make..safe travels and will follow along
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  19. ceg123

    ceg123 2fun!

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    I am more than a little impressed! Looking forward to keeping up with the trip..... thanks for keeping me in the loop!
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  20. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    This is the deepest sand on the TAT - Cat Canyon (aprox 68 miles out of Green River, UT).
    Imagine walking on the softest, finest, sugar sand beach...

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    That section is about 1/4 mile. There's another deep section, but it's a little shorter.

    There's about a 3 mile stretch (with the beach sand in the middle) that's pretty challenging. Sand, silt, rocks.
    You guys will get through it, don't worry. It's character building. :lol3
    Bring LOTS of water, you'll want it.
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