The Kentucky Adventure Tour (KAT)

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

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How much would you estimate that you spent each day (average) while riding the KAT?

  1. 0-25

    3 vote(s)
    4.3%
  2. 26-50

    15 vote(s)
    21.4%
  3. 50-75

    19 vote(s)
    27.1%
  4. 75-100

    15 vote(s)
    21.4%
  5. 100-125

    8 vote(s)
    11.4%
  6. 125-150

    8 vote(s)
    11.4%
  7. 150+

    3 vote(s)
    4.3%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. cookrw1989

    cookrw1989 n00b

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    Would an R1150GS be able to handle this? Obviously not the 'hard' parts, lol. I've always wanted to do the TAT, but with this in my backyard, it's a much more attractive option!
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  2. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    It's not really the bike, it's the person riding it!
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  3. cookrw1989

    cookrw1989 n00b

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    I'm screwed then, lol! The videos I've watched don't seem too bad for most of it, I've just learned the hard way that sliding around in the mud with the pig gets super tiring. Still, I'm super tempted to throw on some TKC80s and give it a go!
  4. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    It's been done on the big Beemers. The more aggressive the tire the better! It is however much more difficult than the TAT!
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  5. zamboni9

    zamboni9 Long timer

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    Currently enjoying the KAT via Supermoto and Avon Trailrider tires for the second time. Not doing hard sections. But what a blast.
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  6. zamboni9

    zamboni9 Long timer

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    Just out of Matewan going clockwise. Just before Freeburn. Tracks lead into very tall tall grass with little sign of a trail. I walked 1/2 mile to scout trail. We decided on short detour and all good.

    Day 2. 200 miles. 9 hours on the bikes.

    Here is the 3 foot high wet grass where we decided to detour.
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  7. zamboni9

    zamboni9 Long timer

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    Day 3 of the KAT. Black Mountain is awesome. 60 miles of off pavement or questionable pavement. That part took us 3 hours with only 2 three minute stops. 588 total miles. Western half next time.

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  8. zamboni9

    zamboni9 Long timer

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    Just FYI- Tires I used for Slade to Harlan clockwise on the supermoto. Avon Trailrider. 17 inch rims. Everything was fine with them. We rode Monday- Wed. It poured all of Sunday night and Monday evening. The KY rocky roads drained nice on our section. Didn't do any hard sections.

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  9. johnQ6pack

    johnQ6pack ALT-Mid

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    Need some input from some of the KAT area veterans. We (buddy and I) have 1 day, that's it. Had to stay in Pikeville (free on points). We can't decide if we are better off trailer to Williamson and just riding out into the H&M area for the day, or doing the loop I have in the picture. The black section is taken from the KAT to connect to H&M (we intend to at least ride the H&M marked RED trail) the lower blue section is what I figured we could do to get back to Pikeville. At some point, we do intend to do the full loop. Right now we just want the best "day" of riding we can make in the area.

    Little bit about "us".
    Recently plated 86XR250R (returning KY veteran) and a Blueberry.
    We like a challenge, have ridden in KY (Fedscreek, grundy, etc area) many times in the past.
    Would rather be on a "less crowded trail".
    Not afraid of single track
    We like nice views (but not walks on the beach.... ).

    So,
    What say the veterans? Ride the map loop (black + red + blue), or trailer into H&M and ride that area only? Anything cool, interesting, challenging, etc in the black trail? Any reason to avoid what I have in blue for the trip back to Pikeville?
    Big time thanks in advance, we only have the one day so trying to make the best of it. If there is a better plan for the day we have, don't hesitate to call me crazy and tell me what we should do :)
    Best regards,
    Sean

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  10. B-Mac

    B-Mac Aged Beef

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    Spend a day at H&M, It's Epic
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  11. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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  12. pilot09

    pilot09 Adventurer

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  13. Kent Glasscock

    Kent Glasscock Been here awhile

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    It's posted on the FB page that carb Hill is closed by the USFS. Which blows. Jeff stated it's not a recognized route. I'm not sure what that means. I'm assuming the USFS runs it and can say what is and is not. Surprising since many go to this including 4 x 4 drivers
  14. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    It basically means that it's illegal to be on it.
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  15. Kent Glasscock

    Kent Glasscock Been here awhile

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    Yep. That's what I thought. Thanks Jeff.
  16. B-Mac

    B-Mac Aged Beef

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    Eclipse Trip: Wife and I took a few days’ to ride, ”Slow” down thru Kentucky to Crossville, TN. area to view the Eclipse.
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    We traveled on curvy back roads most of the time
    First night was in Slade, Kentucky.
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    With pizza at Migules.
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    Next day, Breakfast at Migules . Then we followed the (KAT) route south staying on the asphalt down to a overnight stop at Williamsburg. Next day continued south past Jamestown, TN. near Crossville, TN.
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    It was hot and traffic was picking up so we headed back into the forest with tree cover and mountain rocks that were wet to stay cool while we waited for the Moon thing.
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    KAT Moon
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    After the event we stopped by the former secret town of Oak Ridge grabbed a snack and headed back on the (KAT) route to Jellico, TN. and spent the night at Pine Mountain State Park Lodge.(Very Nice,$80.00) Next morning we started heading home still trying to stay on the back roads to stay cool but still try to beat the storms that slammed us around McArthur, OH. We had a great time. I love the asphalt back roads of Kentucky. Thanks Jeff for all the work you do on this route.
    Brian.

    Here is a (KAT crap)video of some of the trip.
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  17. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    Looks like a fun trip!
  18. drm

    drm Been here awhile

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    Finally tried out some of the KAT 8/21-8/23.

    Left middle TN 8/21 and took back roads to Jamestown and made it to S-Tree campground. Camped of the bike after getting soaked in the rainstorms. Tried some red trails on my way to Slade but the rain that came through TUE night slicked everything up and my worn shinko 244 wouldn't cut it.

    Rode to Slade - the creek trail before Slade was nice and soupy. The creek ended up being a better path than the road at times. Rode through the tunnel after Slade and then high tailed it to Frozen Head State Park in TN for a nights sleep.

    On my way, I passed through Burnside and turned off the road to get a picture of the Home of the Boyscout sign for my boys. As I made the turn, some ding dong in a SUV rear-ended me and sent my bike 20ft down the road. A little shocked and unhurt and really lucky no major damage to me or my bike. Took a break with the police report and continued my trip to Frozen Head.

    Slept like a rock after a hot shower and took some amazing back roads on the trip back home.

    Day 1 - Home to S-Tree - 358mi
    Day 2 - S-Tree to Slade to Frozen Head - 310mi
    Day 3 - Frozen Head to Home - 162mi

    832mi total and I need a better seat.

    Thanks for all the work putting the tracks and waypoints together. It was nice to just glance at the GPS and just ride. FYI, used a Garmin 62s and split the tracks so that they were <10,000 points. All worked just fine.

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  19. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    WOW, that's scary! Glad to hear that you and the bike weren't hurt and you still had a good time!
  20. matt300

    matt300 n00b

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    We just rode the eastern half of the KAT on 2 DRZ's. 1100 miles included the trip to and from Charlotte 8/23-8/28. Incredible trip! Thanks so much for the work on this route. We picked up the route in Appalachia and rode counterclockwise around to Deep Creek 2. Camped at Breaks Interstate Park, Matewan Bed and Breakfast the next night, camped at a site on Hard 11 the next, Travelwise Motor Inn in Beattyville the next, camped at Cumberland Gap Historical Natl Park the next. David Hatfield at Matewan B&B took care of us. Even has a bike wash area. We'll have to come back to ride the west half! Here's a few pics:
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