TAT 2013, the "I’m Just Sayin…" tour

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Kirkster, Jun 16, 2013.

  1. kevinsinvegas

    kevinsinvegas Been here awhile

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  2. Kirkster

    Kirkster Parts Murderer

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    Roknogin, that was an awesome way to start our trip. It was great meeting you, sorry I was spacing out when you asked if I knew how to get to Port Orchard... I thought you were asking about some local place...

    We are all tucked in at the Lodge in Tellico plains. We have a good place for dinner and will include it when we post up some Pics. The lodge owner pointed us to it and it was a winner... This may be it for tonight.

    Oh and the Dragon was glorious, even on knobbies :clap
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  3. Jsherman

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    Great timing! I am prepping for an August run of TN, MS, and AR...in!
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  4. DLOOP

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    Looking forward so seeing more. When you guys get to the Oklahoma Panhandle portion of the TAT, you are welcome to shop space for bike maintenance if you need it. Just let me know.
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  5. thorinoakenshield

    thorinoakenshield ya mo be there

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  6. COboy

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    I'm IN! First "ride along" on the TAT.
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  7. esp41

    esp41 Been here awhile

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    Day one on the TAT- Tellico Plains to Fayetteville ~220 miles

    We got a good nights rest and breakfast at The Lodge in Tellico. Frank, the owner, was awesome and gave us a room with a garage. I never had a motel room with a garage. The garage is a great place to change tires for the TAT which we did not need to do thank to leepic.

    We went to the gas station I almost had the 1st get off of the trip. Always watch where you put your foot down. Oil is slippery!

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    Finally got off asphalt into some gravel road. We hit 4 stream crossing today. They are one right after the other at the bottom of the 1st hill right at the start of the TAT in Tellico.

    As usual, Kirkster never met a stream he didn’t want to taste. Today was no exception.

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    While grabbing his bike from it’s watery nap, Kirkster noticed a loose tank bolt. Out of the water and onto the ground he goes.

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    Kirk had it fixed up in no time and we headed west again.

    BTW, TN has every kind of gravel known to man. Some as big as quarter, and some extra slippery gravel sand. The biggest piles of gravel are usually where you hit the corner exit throttle. Beware.

    A good portion of the day was spent on asphalt roads with really beautiful vistas and twisty roads. Even though it rained for 1.5 hours, it’s really worth the ride.

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    We stopped about 5:30 at the Best Western in Fayetteville. No garage, but the Front desk let us park at the front entrance where they could watch the bikes.

    About an hour later a freak micro storm blew part of the flat roof off the hotel. Luckily no one was hurt. Our bikes remained standing in front of the hotel under the portico.

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    We are going to try to get an early start tomorrow and get more pics on our way to Mississippi.
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  8. thorinoakenshield

    thorinoakenshield ya mo be there

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    Sounds like you had an adventure from Day 1. Awesome!!
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  9. SCflyer

    SCflyer Long timer

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    As usual, Kirkster never met a stream he didn’t want to taste. Today was no exception.

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    Ha! 4th creek right, he tried to go on the left where its' the deepest with the rock ditch! Same place for me, cept I made it to the other side luckily (water was deeper)

    Only gets better. Good luck. And if possible look up Sam. He's not living in the same place as on the maps but still not too far away.
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  10. leepic

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    At the beach...
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  11. Kirkster

    Kirkster Parts Murderer

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    First video for you all. We hope to get off the asphalt today sometime. Should end up in Missisippi tonight. The editing was hasty and we are still trying to get the framing right. The next video might be better. Or not, it's free you dirty apes stop complaining.



    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/68823546" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/68823546">TAT 2013 I'm Just Sayin Water crossing Fail</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user6790363">Kirkster</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
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  12. NeilZ

    NeilZ ADVrider

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    Nice video. When I went through that crossing on my GSA I had the benefit of getting info from the guys at Tellico Motorcycle Outfitters to stay to the right. Watching the video I was saying Go Right...Go Right!
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  13. leepic

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    Nice! Some things never change...:rofl
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  14. brokenhiplegarm

    brokenhiplegarm "Section 8 Specialists"

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    awsome vid. just at the right moment too... so, does it taste any different than trail 31 at hatfield? i remember that tastetest... enjoying with envy... have fun! wheres the wheelies?
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  15. GoDoMore

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    freeekin awsome...looking forward to this report...great vid...:clap
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  16. Bluebone

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    great video......for free anyway.
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  17. DLOOP

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    Looking forward to more. :clap
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  18. CaseyB

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    your buddy was super quick on the draw with his camera :lol3

    what are friends for, right?


    Safe travels, I will be watching closely. I've been thinking of tackling the tat in late August.
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  19. brokenhiplegarm

    brokenhiplegarm "Section 8 Specialists"

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    Hey Kirkster, let me see .... you saw this loose bolt with your Keen eyes while falling down right? you are truly amazing... are you wearing waterproof gloves? Esp41, you packin a 45 in that camera case? i woulda shot him in his tracks and left him in the river, lol......
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  20. KnightRider374

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    Craig2211 and I will be doing portions of the western TAT in three weeks, maybe we'll cross paths on the trail. Good luck with the next river crossings!
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