Background: Greg and I planned to do some kind of an early spring ride over the winter. We just left it as somewhere in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comffice:smarttags" /><st1:State w:st="on"><st1lace w:st="on">Tennessee</st1lace></st1:State>. I think Greg planned heading for the Tellico Plains / Cheraola Skyway area, but I had a different idea. I ordered the TN Tran-Am-Trail maps and we decided this would be a fun ride. But the distance seemed too short, so I ordered the MS and AR sections as well, just to make sure we would not run out of roads. We worked it out to leave on the 12th of March, by all the reports we might be the first group to run the trail this year. We only had 6 days to ride, so we were going to just try and get as far as we could. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o></o> About the Trail: The Trans-Am-Trail is the work of Sam Correro. He linked together some of the best back roads across the country starting in Jellico, TN and running all the way through to Port Orford, OR. His attempt was to try and use as many unpaved routes as possible, and avoid any major cities or sites. The result is a set of back roads that is anything but straight and direct. Occasionally the turns come very fast, 1.3 miles on one road, 0.5 on the next, and so on. Rarely is a stretch more than a couple miles on any one road. Perhaps there were fewer paved roads when Sam first set up the trail, but now TN is about 75% pavement. Sam sells the maps and he uses the funds to continue working the trail toward the east coast. Im not going to give away the routes, but I will point out some tough (fun) spots along the way. Buy the maps from Sam, they are not too expensive. It is great to ride back roads all day long and not have to do any routing or backtracking. About us: Were idiots, plain and simple. We probably do things we shouldnt on bikes that are too big. Greg has an 1150GS that is battle scarred and modified to his liking. Hes dropped it more times than he can count in the last 130k miles. I have a 1200GS that has a few mods and has been dropped only a couple times. Weve ridden together a little bit, but never this long. Greg is a GPS nut who can run his 276c better than anyone Ive met, and I just recently upgraded my old unit to a 2610, so this was its maiden voyage. The rate of road changes along this route make a GPS a near necessity, although the paper maps come with old-fashioned roll charts. You get to create your own GPS route.