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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by stuntheavy, Apr 29, 2013.
congrats for taking the plunge!
I'm from Maine (Gardiner) but have lived in Idaho for the last 20 years.
Subscribed and very interested in your trip. I'd advise ya to be careful but, Phuck it!
I just left Houston after working two jobs for the past 30 something years. I can tell you lots about working 75 hours a week, but virtually nothing about anything exciting. Enjoy the adventure and don't turn back.
Have a blast this should be a great report
Two years ago plus a couple of months I was leaving Houston for the TAT. You won't be needing off road tires for a while! Hope you have a great ride and keep us up on how it goes.
I'll be paying attention too! Give it your best shot!
You'll go far with that attitude!
Take time to have fun along the way!
Good luck, have a blast!
Thanks for taking us along your journey.
Hell yea. I love RRs with big thumpers.
Linked in my sig is a small one me and my buddy did on some XRRs if you get bored on the road.
Have fun out there. If you think you might be coming to FL, let me know. You can crash here for the night.
You are 100% right - it's not about "the stuff" we have. I pose, rather, it's about what we DO with the stuff.
I'm in for the ride - I suspect this will be a life-changing journey for you.
I'm in! Read my post about tyres here: http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=21255728&postcount=364
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.
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!!!
Some feelings sound familiar to me...
Have fun, enjoy the trip
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.)
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...
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.
- 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.
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!
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?
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..