Thought I'd start my first thread here for everyone who's doing the TAT this coming year to post up with their plans, preperations, expectations, idea exchanges, and general BS about the trip. Me and a bud are doing the eastern portion this spring, 2 weeks starting in Jellico TN and going as far as Bartlesville, OK. We're looking at the last week in April and first week of May, a little cool and rainy still but hopefully avoid the worst of the bugs. He's riding his 2005 DRz400S, has a lot of miles on a DL1000 including Mexico and much of the western U.S. Not a lot of experience with enduro/trail riding but he's a natural rider and has youth on his side at 34 years old. Me, I'm al old fart in my 50's with over 45 years riding both on and off road. I'm in the process of prepping my 2008 DR650SE for the TAT and beyond. So far I've gone with a lighter custom-fabbed exhaust, dual off-road headlights, and putting together a rack/bag system using Alice-pack frames and soft bags. Also doing my own custom seat mod and a bunch of other little tricks here and there. It's a low-budget project with a lot of do-it-yourself stuff. Reading through all the DR650 threads has been a great help. But this thread isn't bike-specific, I'd love to hear from everyone that's doing the TAT in 2010... whatever bike you're riding. And those who have done it already, your experience and advice is, as always, greatly appreciated. So who else might we meet on the Trail this coming summer?