SEAT - South East Adventure Trail

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Northeast, Southeast & Florida' started by NorthernTraveler, May 10, 2017.

  1. NorthernTraveler

    NorthernTraveler Long time Adventurer

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    This route makes a big loop in the southeastern US.

    It is targeted at Adventure / Dual Sport bikes with optional sections that are harder.
    It is on the scale of the Trans America Trail. Ride at your own risk.

    As far as I know all roads are legal Public roads - Forest Service, county, state,etc. Off pavement as much as possible.

    SEAT map.jpg
    Here is the Garmin .gdb file - https://www.dropbox.com/s/yh8nqbzeokp0wg3/SEAT release.gdb?dl=0

    Here is a standard GPX file - https://www.dropbox.com/s/mohi0fsiup3iejl/SEAT release.gpx?dl=0

    Here is the documentation file - https://www.dropbox.com/s/auy8hiewzt85bp2/SEAT Release Notes.doc?dl=0

    Note - the tracks are raw tracks containing LOTS of track points.
    You may well have to filter these tracks down for some units.
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  2. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    I'm glad you got this posted back up Scott and I'm sure many will appreciate your work!
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  3. R4mbler

    R4mbler Adventurer

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    Thanks so much for posting this. Just what I was looking for based in Northern Atlanta region.
    Files saved to Dropbox ready to drop into GPS and / or Rever - though I haven't tried loading tracks on Rever yet.

    Much appreciated. Thank you for all the work and effort into this.
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  4. mpusms

    mpusms Adventurer

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    Great track especially coming from the Brunswick area. How long do you think it'll take to make the GA/AL loop?
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  5. NorthernTraveler

    NorthernTraveler Long time Adventurer

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    The doc file lays out recommended days as does the track files.
    The whole loop around Georgia is around 1600 miles and takes roughly 8 days.
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  6. juno

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    Nice! I still have the old STET files also.
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  7. juno

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    I just downloaded the Garmin files and the doc notes. Awesome job on this. I am surprised it is not getting more traction on here.
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  8. DuckWV

    DuckWV Been here awhile

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    I appreciate the work that went into this. Hopefully I can make use of it someday. I love this kind of riding.
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  9. worncog

    worncog YBNormal

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    Thanks for posting this. Have been looking for something a little closer to home. Love the BDRs, but to and from The West adds some serious baggage to vacation time. 5 days just for NMBDR.

    Looks like I might be running the northern section on the return leg from New England.
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  10. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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    :clap
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  11. CloudSplitter

    CloudSplitter Putterer

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    I do have one closure to note, which I mentioned to Chip when I rode the TET, back in 2015. The track between Burkes Garden Rd and Back Rd (AKA Gose Mill Rd) [Edit: see Edit, below, for actual location] was blocked by a deep ditch, at the county line. A good trials rider could probably get past, or a couple hours work with a shovel would do the trick, but when I got back to Burkes Garden Rd, I noticed a smaller sign under the one that said something like "Warning Road Closed Ahead. No turnaround". The smaller sign said No Trespassing. However its placement at the beginning of a public? road rendered it somewhat unbelievable.

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    Edit: THE BYPASS I ADDRESS, BELOW, WILL NOT WORK. The vertical trench is at the County Line, which is EAST of the intersection of Gose Mill Rd and the SEAT route. If the road is still closed, the best bypass looks like the one to the south.
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    Anyway, I went way around to the south, which killed a lot of time, but later noticed a better bypass would be to just follow Burkes Garden Rd on north to its intersection with Back/Gose Mill Rd, if traveling north. Maybe you could add this as a bypass the next time you update (or maybe it has since been verified open, again).
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  12. AFKDX/KLR

    AFKDX/KLR 06 KLR650, 06 DL650 WEE, 15 WR250R

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    Does anybody have the West Virgina portion of this? Formerly know as the Trans West Virginia Trail?
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  13. NorthernTraveler

    NorthernTraveler Long time Adventurer

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    Chip - IntoTheNew - is the one who created that and he has pulled it.
    No idea why, never got a good answer.
    Sorry!


    I've mapped, but not ridden yet, a new route northward from the upper end of SEAT.
    Had hoped to ride it and proof it this summer, but I'm rapidly running out of time.
    Gonna be out of commission all fall too.
    So, I hope to proof it in the spring.
    Stand by.....
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  14. CloudSplitter

    CloudSplitter Putterer

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    Northern, if you like, I'd be happy to proof all, or some, of the WV portion of your prospective route, when the weather cools down a bit.

    Planning to do your SEAT, anyway, and some of the AT (motorcycle route), so I could go one way on the AT, where the TET diverges from it, and go the other way on your preliminary WV extension. PM me if interested.

    Have recently been riding near Dolly Sods, and in Green Ridge State forest, in MD, so could make comments, but your route through those areas will probably be pretty straightforward (if you route through Green Ridge). If going through Green Ridge, it might be worth using Route 9, from Berkeley Springs to Paw Paw, WV. Though paved, it's beautiful and twisty.

    I'll understand if you'd rather do the proofing, yourself.

    By the way, I recently learned of a new meaning for TET. It's the Trans Europe Trail, and is definitely worth investigating, for all you off-pavement adventure riders.
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  15. PittsDriver

    PittsDriver Been here awhile

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    Thank you for posting this and for all the work that goes in to making a good set of tracks for adv riding. This comes at an opportune time for us. We were focused on an Alaska ride this year but our schedule keeps getting pushed back to the point that now we feel that by the time we could get there that we've missed the window. We're a group of 4 primarily based in Georgia that over the past few years has done the entire TAT and a ride last year from the Smokys to NY stitching together tracks from multiple sources. I've ridden a bit in the Jefferson and George Washington NF lands and done a fair bit of riding up through PA including the Seven Mountains area, and farther west - in the Allegheny trail systems. I'd be happy to collaborate with what I have for extending your northeast leg farther north.

    I'd also love any more detailed observations on the SEAT loop around Georgia as well. And if no one else has offered up a ride report yet, then we may have one coming in September. We're looking to hit the trail Sept 1 and ride for about 10 days. All advice and observations are welcome!
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  16. 2bikebart

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    Road a good section of the loop back in April starting in Charleston, SC but had to cut off the FL/Sand box section. One of our crew from Savannah, GA did the entire loop minus the handle. He said FL was fun but lots of Sand. Going back up Sept 16th to 23rd to ride some more. Our crew was on XR650s, DR650, DR450. Alabama from Columbus, GA to GA line was an absolute blast (Red clay roads that you could really haul the mail on). We took the North loop up to Tellico Plains and were having a great time until one of our crew went down in a creek crossing and then broke his clutch cable. We lost a good part of a day finding a replacement and drying out the bike. The Route around the Cherohala Skyway was amazing and we found a great spot to camp along the creek. The next day we spent the entire day in and out of the Rain going from Rovvinsville, TN to Clayton, GA. Not sure how many Mountains we rode up and down but had a great time. Most of the roads were big gravel in TN and NC. From the SC boarder to Augusta, GA the route seemed to do a lot of zig zagging just to find some short off road sections. We may slab/straight line that section next time to allow us more Mt. Time in GA/NC/TN. We are going to try the sections we missed in April the N. GA route and the handle up into VA in Sept.
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  17. mpusms

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    Oh ok I figured it

    Any problems with the XR?
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  18. PittsDriver

    PittsDriver Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the report 2bikebart. We're meeting up in Dillard in two weeks to ride the loop, all four of us on KLRs. The plan is to go counter-clockwise and do the Georgia section first on our way to Alabama and if we have enough time when we get back to N. Ga. do the northern loop. By the time we get to Augusta, we'll probably be looking to skip any gratuitous gravel and get back into the hills - thanks for pointing out that opportunity.

    Any places you found that were your favorite camp sites?

    We'll take a KLR just about anywhere but are there places we're going to struggle a bit with a bigger bike? We tend to want to take all the challenge sections on rides so the question is more to figure out how much time we'll need on any given day.
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  19. PittsDriver

    PittsDriver Been here awhile

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    We're heading out on the SEAT starting this coming Saturday and using it to do a lap around Georgia. Any last minute advice from anyone that's ridden it?
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  20. CloudSplitter

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    PittsDriver, please either start a Ride Report, and post its URL here, or post any significant comments, good or bad, here. I understand you'll be camping, but maybe you could post from a McDonalds, once in a while, or maybe a motel for a break (I tend to stay in motels, morethan camp).

    I'll be leaving FOR the SEAT about the same time you guys start it, but will take a couple days getting to the north end from West Virginia, along the AT (motorcycle version). Then I plan to do the big loop counterclockwise, then the small loop clockwise. I always post a ride report, so my family can track my progress, and will post its URL here.
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