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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    S-Tree is a nice place to camp.
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  2. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    I made a couple of changes this weekend, I should have the tracks updated tonight or tomorrow.

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  3. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    Just a little tip on Deep Creek 2 waypoint. If you stay on the down stream side of the rocks (opposite of where I'm standing) it is much shallower. If you can't see the rocks then I'd highly recommend rerouting this crossing.

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    Taking one for the team!

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  4. jmckeown88

    jmckeown88 Been here awhile

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    I want to do this ride so badly!
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  5. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    The track log has just been updated with the latest changes.
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  6. XT Traveler

    XT Traveler Been here awhile

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    Glad to see people posting pictures from the KAT -- when you ride with that bunch I ride with we almost never stop to take pics -- we just point and ride by. :lol3
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  7. Rave

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    Thanks for creating this and keeping it going. Looks like my dad and I are probably going to run this next spring.

    Nathan Rave
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  8. oldstove

    oldstove 132k+ KLR650

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    What a great job! This was an excellent read. Got me interested for sure.
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  9. Canoeman

    Canoeman Adventurer

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    I am very interested in this route. Thanks for putting it together and sharing. I want to do it some day.
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  10. Beairmo

    Beairmo Keeping it real

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    Hello future KAT Riders. I wanted to clarify a point where we got confused and off the trail.

    In the track "Jellico to Harlan", you pass through a blip of a town called "Miracle". As soon as you pass over the train tracks, the GPS will point your to make a hard left and lead you down a road by the train tracks. Long story short, there is an actual road called "Collies Road" that follows the train track and we couldn't find it.

    The problem is that if you follow the train tracks you could end up playing chicken with a train. Plus you have cross the raw tracks a few times, which was a bitch on my F800GS. BUT, you will get to see some big equipment and get up close and personal with ginormous mounds of coal though. We did meet a nice guy working at the mine that looked at us like we were nuts and he gave us directions to get out. No way I was going back down the tracks as I nearly dumped it 100 times.

    Backer an I argued that we were on the intended trail. I claimed that there is no way Jeff@TheQuadShop would take us down a railroad track. I think I was right....:rofl

    I marked up some maps to point this out.

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  11. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    They must have "erased" the road when they started moving coal out of there recently. That used to be a great gravel road.
    I'm actually getting ready to take out the entire road that goes around that mountain and replace it with all off road that I recently found out how to do. :D
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  12. Beairmo

    Beairmo Keeping it real

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    That would explain it. Some of the maps I looked at show the road but others don't..... Pretty funny they would "erase" a road.

    Riding that section of railroad track was in my analysis a "hard" section. We hit that on our first day before any "hard" sections and I was really scratching my head. Made me want to avoid the hard sections as I was a bit skeptic that I could handle anything harder on my f800. But I will say both Backer and Hulsy kicked ass riding down the side of the railroad track so I'm the big pussy here. And they were both on 1200's. :clap Good to know that we were off the trail and that wasn't part of the original KAT.
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  13. Jeff@TheQuadShop

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    The track has now been updated to take out said RR tracks.
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  14. Beairmo

    Beairmo Keeping it real

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    Hey Jeff,

    Just another point, on the hard section labeled "Hard 4", when heading west from Hueysville we came up on a closed gate and there was no way to get around it. I have looked on google earth and can't pinpoint the exact location, but it was at a point where we turned off the pavement and went up a pretty steep hill to the top where the gate was. Getting back on the main path was a challenge as we snaked around for a while, found a few dead ends, fallen tree road blocks, then finally picked up a gravel road that took as back to SR7.

    If you know that area, it would be awesome if you had a route around that gate. That area had some good riding. Thanks again for all your efforts making this a great tour!
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  15. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    Does this look like it? If so, you just ride around it on the down hill side. Sometimes it's open sometimes it's closed. The locals say they don't even know why it's there and they go through there all the time.

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  16. Beairmo

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    Not sure but that looks like it. Hulsy was on a 1200 Tenere and there wasn't enough room to risk it on the side of that hill. It seems like somebody had done more to block the path around it. So we bailed.
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  17. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    I'll check it out next time I'm out that way. Thanks!

    Actually it's probably best that you guys didn't go that way, that's one of the hardest sections on the whole loop. Going that direction you would have had a steep uphill in a 3' deep washed out rut with rock ledges. It also has a 1 mile section of creek riding. I've been racing GNCC's for almost 25 years as an A class racer and I personally would not take anything larger than say a 650L with full knobbies in that section.

    This brings up a good point, these hard sections can be very difficult on smaller bike much less larger ones. I do not recommend taking large bikes on these sections.
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  18. Beairmo

    Beairmo Keeping it real

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    Oh good to know we missed that. I'm definitely going back on the 450 and ride the hard sections.
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  19. jwhuls

    jwhuls Adventurer

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    That almost sounds like a plan.
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  20. briarjumper12

    briarjumper12 n00b

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    :clap I live outside Williamsburg. I've emailed this info to my buddies to get em involved. Probably have to budget for a ride next spring.

    I am stoked to have such resource in my area. Thanks to Jeff for putting this together.

    I got to get my xr600 plated and adventurized. Hopefully I will have that project done by next spring. Also have xr400 scheduled for the same treatment for my brother to ride. I was planning on the TAT but I think this must be done first. Thanks guys!
    JY