The Kentucky Adventure Tour (KAT)

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Central, Texas & Gulf States' started by Jeff@TheQuadShop, Sep 12, 2013.

  1. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    After 6 years of development, I've finally got the KAT to where I'm happy with it.
    This is a 900 mile loop (not counting the hard sections) around the hills and mountains of south eastern Kentucky. It is about 50% rural narrow twisty paved roads with the rest being gravel, dirt roads and trails. It will take 5 full summer days of riding to complete the main loop. It will take 5-6 days if you take the hard sections. Some of these areas are very remote so do not go alone! The average distance between gas stops is around 60 miles. I have marked with waypoints the gas stations, food and hotels (there are others on the loop that I don't have marked).

    This loop does go through some active coal mining areas but the roads are still open to the public. You may run into a situation where the road is shut down due to work or blasting. There will be a security guard and or signs, the guards that I have spoken with are very friendly and more than happy to tell you a way around.

    As far as bikes go, the main loop can be done on bigger bikes but keep in mind there are sections with large rocks, logs, mud and hills so I highly recommend that you have experience in these conditions and run FULL KNOBBY tires!

    You may run into downed trees and creeks that may be too big or deep to cross. Any of this can be bypassed if you just scroll around on your GPS screen. A small saw or machete comes in handy for the small downed trees.

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    The GREEN track is the main loop and the RED tracks are the optional hard sections.

    If you decide that you want to take the hard sections, I STRONGLY advise light weight bikes that can handle very difficult single track, mud, creeks, hills, rocks, tight switch backs, downed trees and lots of other trail nasties. I would only recommend taking these sections if you are a very experienced off road rider. The Hatfield Extreme is optional and extremely difficult even on race bikes! This section requires a Hatfield McCoy trail pass. FULL KNOBBIES and a high skill level ARE A MUST!!!

    You must use a GPS that is capable of reading track logs (NOT ROUTES!). Garmin Roads and Recreation software shows most all of these roads. I have also had very good luck using my iPhone and the Motion X GPS app with the Motion X Roads map set. I used this on my final check ride this past week and it worked perfectly. Download the maps of the area that the KAT is in to your phone, you will not need a cell signal if you do it this way.

    Here are some hotels that I have stayed in and recommend...

    Slade, Li'l Abner Motel
    Williamson, Sycamore Inn
    Harlan, Mount Aire Motel
    Jellico, Days Inn
    Williamsburg, Cumberland Inn
    McKee, Town & Country Motel

    There are tons of places to camp along the route. Most places you can just throw up a tent a few yards off the trail.

    If you need any help while out on the trail, feel free to PM me for my phone number.

    Post your comments, ride report links and if you run into any issues here.

    Have fun and ride safe!

    A fantastic ride report by Cannonshot... http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=971478

    Another great report with pics by Mudaura... http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/high-water-kat-ride.1060895/

    Awesome report from 2016 with some great video's of the Hard sections http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/wildkat.1155143/#post-29729357

    If you'd like do do this in a 4x4, go here... http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/116377-The-Kentucky-Adventure-Tour-(KAT)-4x4-version

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    Here is the GPX file...always download the latest addition before making the trip as I may add or change things from time to time.

    Updated as of 8/29/16

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  2. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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  3. craftycoder

    craftycoder Motobrain PDU

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    Awesome man! I'd love to see that posted up at dualsportmaps.com
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  4. Sourjon

    Sourjon TAT'erd

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    :clap:clap:clap

    Can't wait to look at this in detail. Thanks for all the hard work Jeff!

    John
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  5. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    Sorry I didn't get to meet you the other night when you picked up your Shorai, I had already left for the day.
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  6. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    I'll look into it when I get some more time. When are you going to develope an iOS app?
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  7. wasions

    wasions Hang 10

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    Just... WOW!
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  8. brewski83

    brewski83 Mud Hunter

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    :clap Can't wait to ride it! Thanks!!!!
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  9. Goofy1

    Goofy1 Been here awhile

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    Great work Jeff. Like the others I can't wait to give it a go!
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  10. szramer

    szramer Been here awhile

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    sounds like plan on late fall :freaky
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  11. Btown Jason

    Btown Jason MotoChimp

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    Thanks for all of the hard work. I can't wait to get south and try this out!
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  12. kimzx1000r

    kimzx1000r Been here awhile

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    Looks like a good ride!:clap:clap
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  13. FYYFFKY

    FYYFFKY Adventurous

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    Ready set go!

    Sent from my phone because it's easier.
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  14. backwoods bobby

    backwoods bobby Adventurer

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    where can we get the map or gps cord.:huh
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  15. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    The GPS file is in my first post.
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  16. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    Done! :deal

    Now how about that iOS app? :ear
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  17. woodly1069

    woodly1069 Long timer

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    Fantastic! Can't wait to give it a go, thanks for all your hard work!
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  18. Beairmo

    Beairmo Keeping it real

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    Thank you very much, Jeff!!!

    Its people like you that make adventure riding the excellent past time it is!!






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  19. alpiv

    alpiv Sr. nOOb

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    Rocking it baby....
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  20. LexLeroy

    LexLeroy Mr. Spoil Sport

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    Thanks for bringing it over the goal line. This will be a huge boost to riding in our state. :clap
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