Dual Sporting--Sea to sea

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by AKASY, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. AKASY

    AKASY Noob

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    Oh well here goes...
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  2. mtech1950

    mtech1950 Been here awhile

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    sy, wondered where you were, be carefull out there, don't let the wild dingo dogs get ya. look forward to pics. ev
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  3. AKASY

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    In the first post I had left Myrtle Beach and headed west to Augusta--as the video showed the riding was interesting but not challenging--mostly the occassional dirt or gravel road.
    Out of Augusta the route takes you north back into South Carolina and then west into Georgia. This part was going well with mixed dirt\gravel and pavement. I was riding along a paved section when out of the corner of my eye there is a rather large brown wing span--like 3 plus feet. Then bang on my right leg---some local Hawk had decided I looked like a good meal! He was a bit worse for the wear but survived and I left him sitting on a 3 foot high stump recovering from a good bell ringing:D
    CLICKY FOR VIDEO--- http://youtu.be/fFdiy8F-4vc
    On into North Georgia and some great dual sport riding. Compares well to anything in the Jemez and some great very demanding paved sections that are much like the Dragon--129. Miles and miles of this what a great day!


    http://youtu.be/mYqSLFUv3zw Clicky for a video:eek1

    Some of the woods work:lol3

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    Found this at the top of a mountain at the end of some single track????

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    Couldn't pass up this pic

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    On to Deal's Gap 129--hate to leave North Georgia
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    Then cut by the Smokies and across the Parkway into Knoxville and on up to Jellico.
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    Then mind numbing BORING riding on the TAT in Tennessee. Some have said this part of the TAT should be bypassed--I fully concur. Jellico to South of Nashville is nothing but a never ending series of left and right turns thru farm country mostly on paved roads.
    Promises Promises never delivered
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    There is the occassional dirt or gravel section but nothing of note. In fact I didn't even use my camera or video as best as I recall--well I did get a picture of a turtle for SloJoe!
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    Let's hope western Tenn and into MS and AR gets better.....

    I will make copies of the as ridden track from Myrtle Beach to Jellico available for anyone who asks--just don't ask yet!:lol3
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  4. selaznog

    selaznog Avoiding pavement

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    Are there any stats on who is the oldest guy to complete the TAT? You are probably in the running.





































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    Ahh. Good luck, ride safely, and see you when you get back.
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  5. _Magoo_

    _Magoo_ master of disaster....

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    :lurk subscribed! ride safe, Sy! :ricky
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  6. DirtDad

    DirtDad Green Chile Guru

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    Great Sy! Just saw this. Eversest told me about it this morn. Guess the wild Dingo Dogs can fly too! :huh

    Looks like a good time. :D
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  7. AtomicGeo

    AtomicGeo Yep, ranked 49th.

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    Run across any feral pigs yet?



    I think you're gonna need tires in the middle of this.


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  8. CaptRick

    CaptRick On dry land 4 now.....

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    Have a fun and safe trip :deal
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  9. RideFreak

    RideFreak Torque Junkie

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    Great report Sy, I guess the hawk thought your leg was lunch, good job on it's rescue and release.

    How's the humidity treating you, I sure don't miss July weather in the east.
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  10. CaptRick

    CaptRick On dry land 4 now.....

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    All I remember is hot, muggy and buggy :evil
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  11. little squirt

    little squirt Adventurer

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    awesome ride! i'll be sure to follow ya on here, be safe and enjoy yourself!!
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  12. RideFreak

    RideFreak Torque Junkie

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    Akasy, every TAT RR seems to include a pic of a bike lying down in the middle of some river :muutt

    If you can't avoid the dreaded <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Mississippi</st1:place></st1:State> baptism, at least have the decency to get it on video. :lol3
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    Blakebird Solo Backwardo

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  14. AKASY

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    Tenn is done--whew--600 miles of turns and pavement--at 97 degrees and 80% humidity!
    No RF I didn't fall in the river and yes Atomic I've got to replace the tires! That MT43 is a good tire but the pavement takes it toll--me thinks it might make 2000 miles. Front MT21 has a few days left in it--at least I hope so.

    Met an ADV rider doing the TAT today--screen name Pomo from West Virigina. Pulled up did the hi how are you then he says--"This is boring!" We were south and west of Nashville somewhere--he tells me he can't even find anything to take a picture of and WV has more to offer--had to agree--this track in Tenn is mind numbing and I don't have much mind left so numbing it is not good!

    I did divert to Nashville for a show and a tour. Got to tour Barbara Mandrell's old home--at 26000 sq feet.
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    Then off to the Grand Ole Opry--GOO
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    Hey it was a long way to the stage---

    Then off back to the track and the rest of Tenn--Slojoe, had a turtle save this AM--poor guy was upside down in the middle of the road.
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    Must have seen 100 of these if I saw one--but if you stop they disappear before you can get the camera out!
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    There must be a rule in the south that you have to do burn outs on back roads--these are everywhere! Maybe that is why all of Tenn is PAVED!:lol3
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    And the required yes it is still running picture.
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    Tomorrow all of Arkansas sure hope the riding is better!
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  15. _Magoo_

    _Magoo_ master of disaster....

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    great report, Sy! keep the pics coming.
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  16. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Herding turtles on the TAT, looking good!
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  17. Utah Bones

    Utah Bones Gas X ready!

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  18. AtomicGeo

    AtomicGeo Yep, ranked 49th.

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    Following along with your adventure. :1drink

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  19. AKASY

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    Arkansas gets a B+ for roads and routing--maybe only because Tenn was so boring:lol3

    I thought I saw a line here but couldn't decide--I'm sure Dwrec would see it
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    So I took the bridge:evil
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    Arkansas was great and even graded the roads for me--so nice having piles of gravel and dirt to ride on:clap
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    Then there was this guy buzzing around--then he came right across the road over me and yep--I'm bug free:lol3
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    This one will not be going anywhere for a while
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    Some mild sand makes for a feeling of home.....
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    Muggy here andHOT--105 today in a couple of towns--heat wave the worse since the 1930's--just my luck:lol3

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    Some high quality bridges in this area:eek1
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    This one speaks for itself:D
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    Conversation in a gas stop with a local--you can't make this up--
    Local--Where you headed?
    Me--Oregon
    Local--I've never been further than Oklahoma City. Isn't Oregon out near California?
    Me--Sure is.
    Local--Which way is that?
    Me--Huh?
    Local--I mean is it east or west?
    Me--California?
    Local--Yea.
    Me--West.
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  20. AtomicGeo

    AtomicGeo Yep, ranked 49th.

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    Any feral pigs yet?

    I mean your ARE in razorback country. :1drink
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