TATtered old men -Eastern TAT Edition.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by 10Cup, Jun 5, 2009.

  1. LeeU

    LeeU Been here awhile

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    Left Tenn and entered Miss. Immediately the roads turned red gravel/dirt & the size of the gravel increased. My Scott's went into action to reduce the "dancing/skating' on the too deep marble sized gravel!!:eek1 :wink:

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    Stopped in Holly Springs, Miss for lunch. Great food (too busy eating to get a pic)!!:lol3

    Annie's is the place!!!

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    Kudzu & more Kudzu-- the whole state is covered!!:eek1

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    We got to the levee roads-- good views and elevated that cooled us off with the afternoon breezes!:clap

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    We crossed the Miss River at Helena,AR. Grabbed the first motel we saw, headed to town for food. Helena & W.Helena, AR are both "war zones"!!:eek1
    Looked like "Escape From L.A." Don't recommend the downtown area at all!!:evil
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  2. LeeU

    LeeU Been here awhile

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    Story update: Burt headed for Bull Shoals, AL after Pickwick State Park to see a friend. Mike & I finished Tenn, Miss and into Ark.:D
    In Helena, AR we looked at the local weather & Weather Channel and noted we were going to get wet. We decided to go until we got rained on and break for home.:lol3
    Burt said he would met us in Helena about 7:30AM the next day.
    We again checked the weather and saw that thunderstorms were already formed and hitting the Ft Smith & Little Rock area.:wink:
    After breakfast at McDonald's- we waited for Burt, about 8:15AM, Mike hit the trail to do as much of the TAT as possible.
    Burt arrived at 8:45AM, had to detour around a road closure. I told him our plan- ride till rain came & head for the house.:deal
    He decided to backtrack to Clarksville, Miss to see another friend- then head to Spur, TX (his birthplace) and meet his brother Raymond.
    I changed my counter sprocket back to my 15 for faster road conditions and aired up my tires.:D

    Off I head to catch up on the TAT just North of Helena. The roads were like Miss-- very large "marble-sized" gravel-- let the "dancing" begin.:lol3

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    Near Marvel, AR the sky fell in!! I hid under a car wash cover for about 20 minutes- put my rain gear on and headed for I-40.
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    I decided to slab it home, the sky was looking bad.
    I only stopped for gas-- turned off I-40:puke1 , onto Ar 23 and headed into heavy rain for about 40 miles.:wink:
    Near Elkins,AR I hit a cloud burst that really made my day-- all my "stuff" got wet!!:lol3

    Made it home around 3:45PM-- just in time for "Happy Hour"!!

    EPILOGUE: The Eastern TAT is fine, just not like the TAT from Colorado West! The best part of the Eastern TAT is the Ozarks in Ark (my opinion). Tenn is about 80% paved, Miss about 80% gravel, Ark about 80% gravel.
    Not much challenging riding on the Eastern TAT,
    but nice scenery.
    The adventure is always unknown-- like the weather!!:lol3
    Enjoyed the ride!!!
    Continental Divide Ride next in August!!

    Lee Ullmann
    Rogers,AR
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  3. LeeU

    LeeU Been here awhile

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    One last pic, the one above wasn't the one.:eek1

    Ark TAT!!

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  4. Bgunn

    Bgunn Mucha distancia

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    Good job Lee...Mission accomplished :freaky
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  5. Dr. Zombo

    Dr. Zombo ADV Brewer

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    Great RR, guys! I'm looking forward to doing the TAT in the next year or so with my pal, The Gagster. He's going with a Honda XR650L, and I'm taking the Oh-So-Sweet WR250R. :evil
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  6. velosprocket

    velosprocket Been here awhile

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    good stuff! :clap
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  7. wayno

    wayno Long timer

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    :lurk
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  8. DingWeed

    DingWeed Been here awhile

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    great RR:clap
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  9. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Thanks for the update.
    I'll be out there in two weeks.

    So looking forward to this...
    Q~
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  10. malibu_dan

    malibu_dan Adventuring Mystic

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  11. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    Speaking of gas, did you ever have to break into the reserve tank on the R2? I've about set on making it to Colorado in August, not sure if I want to add a gas can or not (right now I'm planning on using EB's rack for water).
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  12. 10Cup

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    Yes I got into the reserve part of the fuel tank often, found I had about 1/4 gal of fuel at that time and I was getting in the high 60's for mileage so would estimate about 25 miles max on reserve to be safe. I too have the rotopax and love it but sure could use the extra storage it takes up. Also I think the bigger tank will better distribute the weight on the bike. Supposed to be in stock on 6/22/09 so we'll know then I guess.
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  13. 10Cup

    10Cup Long timer

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    Burt, hope you can find time to post up some of your pictures and ride report too. If you ever get off that bike anyway :D enjoyed riding with you too.
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  14. GsVs

    GsVs Goin' Somewhere

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    Hey 10cup ... Great ride report :clap .... quick question - what windscreen is on your WR250R and how well does it work ??

    Thanks - Larry

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  15. 10Cup

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    It is a Vario Windshield and I would not ride those kind of miles without some kind of windshield. You will find several options available, I like this one because of the versatility, you can raise and lower it depending on highway or trail riding and totally remove it in 30 seconds too if need be.
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  16. GsVs

    GsVs Goin' Somewhere

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    Hey 10cup ....

    Thanks for the reply .... it looked like a a Vario

    I had a MRA Varioscreen on my R1150GS and it worked well.

    Thanks for posting all the great pictures.

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