This past summer I rode a small portion of the TAT from Anderson NC to Pickwick TN. I am planning to ride from Memphis TN(Crenshaw MS) to Trinidad CO. When would be the best time to do this? Is there a good time to go that would beat the heat and rain/mud? My tentative itinerary: Day 1: Drive from home to Memphis with bike on trailer. ( 10 hr drive) Day 2 - 8: Catch TAT around Crenshaw MS and follow to Trinidad CO Day 9: Ride from Trinidad to Denver to have bike shipped home Day 10: Fly to Memphis TN Day 11: Drive home TAT average daily mileage is about 185mi. I figured this would give me some leeway to stop and smell the roses or if I have problems. If I still reach Trinidad early I can always continue further on the trail and still have an easy ride back to Denver. I also planned to start driving home on Day 10 after the flight but gave myself an extra day in case I wanted to stop and spend the night somewhere. I am open to suggestions and routes. Any nearby stops or side trips I should consider that are not far off the trail? My initial route is based on GPS Kevins routes but I will likely purchase Sam's before the trip and compare/combine the two like we did this past summer.