First things first: Many thanks to Jeff@theQuadShop for putting together the tracks for the KAT. A couple of weeks ago my buddy and I loaded our too-big-for-this bikes on a trailer and left Chicago for Slade, KY. We spent the first night at lil' Abner Motel, chatting with some Harley riders from NJ on their way to bike week in SC. We only had 2.5 days of riding - time constraints courtesy of businesses and families. So we knew we wouldn't be able to do the full KAT, or even the 500 mile half loop. Our goal was to simply go out there, get a taste of the KAT, and have fun. We're not experienced off-road riders, and we haven't been riding much in the winter due to the wonderful winter weather in our part of the world. Given all of that, our bastardized version of the KAT is far less interesting than most RRs posted here. So this is less of a true Ride Report, and more of collection of random pictures from various parts of the KAT, in no particular order. We had a freakin' blast, even with our big bikes. The first few hours were by far the hardest as we encountered a few muddy sections fairly soon after we started. We paid for being rusty and got stuck or dropped the bikes numerous times. It's not the falling that's hard.. it's trying to pick up a 650+lbs cow on a hill covered with muddy rocks. Part of the adventure, no doubt - although it's way more fun to stay on the bike. I'm no expert rider but I know that much :) After the first few hours we realized that slow and steady isn't getting the job done. We started trusting whatever little skill we possess, and the power of bike - encountering mud, water, rocks - and responding uniformly by opening the throttle and going for it. And the bikes handled anything we threw at them and more. With each water crossing or mud pool we got just a bit more confident. It made for a much easier time traversing these sections, and way more fun. We're coming back to do the whole thing - for sure. This was the most fun we've ever had on two wheels. And the only piece of advice I'd give (outside of showing up with smaller bikes) is for guys to bring your own alcohol. It was quite a surprise for us urbanites to realize there are still dry counties out there.. a nice cold beer at the end of a riding day would have mighty nice. The nice man at front desk at our motel said it's only a 30 mile ride to the nearest beer. Yeah.. no, thanks. We'll have nice cold.. water. And if that's our only complaint - it means we had a pretty damn good time. Highly recommended, although if you're riding a big bike, i suggest riding in a group of more than just 2. These beasts are hard to get upright in muddy conditions.