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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    Both The Southern Route and The Northern Route are here on ADVrider.
    Look in each region for that regions portion of each route. Each section has links to the sections both east and west of that section.
    There is so much stuff in the central region, I made 2 pieces - midwest and plains.
    Used to have lots of pictures too, but Dropbox changed things and all the links broke.

    There are also alternate LOOPS on the Northern Route - areas where there was so much good stuff I made long alts. There is a 6 day long alt in western WY, ID and MT. IF you do it as a loop with the main route through there you're talking 10 days. There is also a 6-8 day loop around Iowa, not as exciting as out west though.

    On the Southern Route, I used the OAT going across Oklahoma - but I built everything to there and everything beyond there.

    The Southern Route's mountains are in north GA, near mountains in western Arkansas, and sections of mountains in NM, and AZ.
    The Northern Route's mountains are in central PA, Black Hills, off and on across WY (including 15-20 miles around 10k), southern and western MT, ID, and eastern and central WA.
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  2. scanda

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    I am doing the TAT starting late June next year and I want to incorporate the SEAT. I plan on touching the Atlantic at Fernandina Beach and starting one side of the SEAT from there. So let’s say around the Okefenokee...

    From that point traveling the east side, how many days ride would it take to get to Andrews NC?

    Traveling west and picking up the TAT where it intersects with the SEAT (around Lafayette) how many days ride. Would I miss out on anything not starting the TAT from the beginning?
    Thanks, opinions, recommendations welcomed. Getting pretty stoked planning everything.
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  3. NorthernTraveler

    NorthernTraveler Long time Adventurer

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    There is a branch of the SEAT that goes to Andrews NC. Andrews IS the start of the TAT - at least as far as I know.
    To get there from Fernandina Beach, it's about 3 days.
    The first day of which has been called the most boring part of the SEAT, but maybe that's good as a shake down day.

    I haven't ridden the eastern end of the TAT since Sam revised it to Tellico Plains - much less Andrews - so I can't help you with what you might miss.
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  4. CloudSplitter

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    scanda, the SEAT is divided into sections of roughly one day, and you would do most of SE09, SE10, SE11, and parts of SE03 and SE21, so figure 3 or 4 days.

    As to what you would miss of the TAT, I doubt it would be that much. There's a reason the original TAT started in Tennessee. I CAN tell you that you will like Tennessee, because when I started the TAT, it began in Tellico Plains. Sam's "official" TAT page has a small map that seems to show it extending into north Carolina, but his comments above that map say it starts in Tennessee, and the maps and GPS tracks he sells don't include North Carolina. Maybe it comes with Tennessee?

    The TAT is a pretty big adventure, already, so I think you'd be smart to stick to your plan. You can do the east end of GPSKevin's tracks some other day, and go or return on the west side of the SEAT.

    If you haven't already, consider downloading the SEAT and GPSKevin's TAT tracks, and loading them into Garmin's free Basemap. For now, just get last year's TAT tracks for free, at the bottom of the 2016 page. Don't buy the download or SD card until a month or so before leaving, or until the 2018 update comes out.
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  5. trailer Rails

    trailer Rails Washes hands before going to the bathroom

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    @NorthernTraveler, I am thinking about doing this in mid march, I see Tenn has a seasonal closure till April, what are the dates on the other closures earlier in the route? In the description of SE04.

    Would you recommend waiting till mid April instead?
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  6. NorthernTraveler

    NorthernTraveler Long time Adventurer

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    Don't remember off hand about the dates of the closures, but I just recently downloads ALL the MVUM's so will check and make sure the doc's are correct.
    I know the the ski area above Maggies Valley still has snow on the slopes until mid-April - at least it did the 2 times I went through there then.
    Most of the route should be fine in March, but the higher elevations might surprise you. Mid April is better, but still can be muddy in areas.
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  7. trailer Rails

    trailer Rails Washes hands before going to the bathroom

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    Thank you. I might plan for mid or late April. I am worried about melting in the Florida heat if I go later.
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  8. PittsDriver

    PittsDriver Been here awhile

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    I wouldn't let a closure stop me from going when I want to go. If you ride a long enough track, chances are there will be places that you'll just have to work around no matter when you go. In September, we encountered a big tree fallen across the road (did tree maintenance and went through it), a bridge out (we crossed it anyway) and some pretty deep pools in the Aucilla WMA (rode through those as well). We didn't do the northern leg of this, just the loop around Georgia. It was a very well designed route easily doable on big ADV bikes as long as you're comfortable riding is sand.
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