TAT here I come! - Solo Kiwi and KTM 690

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by vegemanNZ, Jul 26, 2017.

  1. MoogLover

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    @vegemanNZ do you have any pics of the "sugru" phone seal? Or any more info about how well it works for waterproofing the port?
    Thanks
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  2. vegemanNZ

    vegemanNZ Been here awhile

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    Yeah, kinda weird. Can drink and taste at the factory but where is the next county that I can expect to have a drink?

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    awesome...thanks for the offer and sorry for the slow reply, I missed your post :-D ...thx mate
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    The Sony Z3 is a waterproof phone as long as you don't open the port covers, yet with the USB port and charging we have to open it. This is where the sugru can be moulded around a usb connector. I could have (and still might) permanently glue it, but wanted to try a removal option especially if I want to remove the Z3 from the bike. I'm not too worried if the phone dies, as I have my Samsung s7 as well with all the maps duplicated and they use wireless charging which is the ultimate. If it did, I'd just buy another S7 or the S8 Active (just been released) and make the S7 the bike GPS.

    The sugru sticks really well to the casing, and then cures after 24 hours or so, and then becomes rubber. The actually USB cable I have on the bike makes a real nice tight fit, so there is a chance of water ingress, but it should be pretty good *fingers crossed *

    Heres a couple of pictures.

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  5. MoogLover

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  6. vegemanNZ

    vegemanNZ Been here awhile

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    I've been reading/trawling so much info on 'which TAT', which track etc...that I've captured several full GPS routes from various sources and started to combine them into a folder. Whether I use my phone based GPS/MAP (Locus Map) or my computer (Basecamp/Google Earth as well), it's relatively easy to see them all, and toggle tracks off and on as required. This way I can choose at any stage which tracks or routes to use closer to the time.

    This approach may not suite all, as there is something nice about just following a route already worked out, yet there is also something nice about choosing and adventuring at the point in time. Weather, time and interest all have a part to play in the decision making process so I like to have options. Clearly it has some drawbacks, as the chance of taking the wrong one is possible, and there is some mucking around on which one to choose and I know that being tired often doesn't help the situation...but that's the adventure part kicking in.

    I do think by the time I get on the plane and head out to USA....I'm sure I will have a main route decided, with options based on old and new tracks. @Blaise-w suggested getting some older maps to get back to some more 'lighter bike' oriented more than the ever increasing change to 'big bike friendly'.

    I got maps from 2014, and also from 2017 so you can have a look and share any comments

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  7. kvango

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    All of the TAT reports indicate there seems to be 'adventure' built into the standard (GPS) trail, whether Sam's or Kevin's. Bridges out, road construction, trees down, water hazards . . . there will be some real-time improvisation along the way :hmmmmm

    I think each TAT track ends up being unique -- Here is quick and interesting report~ Good luck!
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/tat-on-an-xt250.1236631/
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  8. i4bikes

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    Weather can and will cause problems. There is a post on here with Pics of soft mud in Oklahoma. It just comes down to how much struggle you want. When we road the TAT 2 years ago heat ran us into a hotel just as we got to OK. The next morning we were reading posts from riders looking for a way out of there, not much east west roads in southern Kansas. Hotel clerk told us his Mom and Dads place had catfish swimming in their yard. We routed around the whole mess.
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  9. mpusms

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    Considering the distance that you're traveling from, why not start the TAT from the Atlantic Ocean? You can ride from Atl to a Savannah GA and start from there. I can send you an off road track from Sav to the TAT starting point. I don't have it with me now.

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  10. vegemanNZ

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    Thanks, I'll check it...and digest :-D
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    I've heard the Mississippi/OK mud can be a real bitch. If I end up in it, then I will deal with it, but agree that slogging it for the sake of sloggin it seems counter-productive. I've done all that shit in my youth and can do if required or because its the only option...we'll see when get there...not long now!
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    That is on the cards as an option. Basically, I'm basing the trip on the weather and time that I have available. If I get to Atlanta earlier then expected, I could punch out to the coast as you suggest, otherwise my brain/desire wants to get inland and over the rockies before bad weather. I'd be disappointed if I did get over the main divide before snow or bad weather.
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    @vegemanNZ I'm doing pretty much the same as you at the moment... trying to finalise routes and navigation. Have you seen the thread of the two people doing the TAT now? Worth following if you're not already. They are encountering lots of mud: http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...cean-in-12-days.1244603/page-14#post-32964047

    Given how late in the year we're doing it, I don't want to spend two weeks in a mud bath in the East, only to get the Colorado/Utah sections to find there has been an early snow dump and I need to go on the motorway.
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    yes, thanks I have read that thread and that stuff can be a real bitch.. seems like you and I are thinking the Same thing. We will know closer to the time I guess.

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    Hi from The Mainland :wave

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    Hey mate, good to have a fellow cantab in the mix:photog . Even though I've spent most my life in Wellington, I was born in ChCh and love the South Island...it really is a special place for adv-riding and it was riding back down there that really fired up my desire to clock up the kays before the body and bike packup.

    I also noticed the number of post being at 3014...that's some effort!
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    Looking forward to following this. Can't believe its 5 years since Me, Dawn and another couple did the TAT.
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    I gather a chap from Wairoa is over there or near on his AT doing the TAT
    Not sure if hes solo or buddies..................................
    If you come across him watchout for his GP starts - they are always a gear up on yours
    Have a neat trip

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    Yeah... I remember reading and watching your thread! They all help with the motivation and goal setting.

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    been talking to the freight company and the bike is likely to arrive a week later now, so I may not be heading off until the 10th Sept now, which is a bummer as I want to go, and get on with it :dirtdog. BUT Looking at other riders who are going through all the mud sections at the moment, the message that is becoming evident that riding a later ie next month is probably the best time. so maybe I might be the luckiest, we will have to wait and see, it's not really that long to go.
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