Trans America Trail duration

Discussion in 'Americas' started by StormTr00per, Sep 18, 2017.

  1. StormTr00per

    StormTr00per n00b

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    I've been trying to get a grasp on how long it takes to do the trans America trail. I've seen a few variations but it seems just over a month for the trail itself. As I'm coming over on a 90 day visa waiver program, would that allow enough time to visit a couple of other places/detours on the way?
    Working under the assumptions the bike is sorted and the experience level is lots of trail riding but not extreme off road, taking it at an easy pace.
    All input appreciated.
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  2. severely

    severely almost a noob

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    Yes, more than enough. What are your interests, history, scenery, people ? If this trip is happening soon weather is going to be a problem. Fill in the blanks and you will get better information. Good luck.
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  3. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer

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    When are you coming?
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  4. PittsDriver

    PittsDriver Been here awhile

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    The TAT is a 3 week ride. Many take longer than that because they like to stop and smell the sage, take side trips, and take down days for restorative body and bike needs. But, the ride itself is roughly 21 days depending on your pace. We did it in less because we skipped most of Oklahoma (a flat, straight, sandy/muddy 400 miles). Some people take 2 - 3 weeks longer with bike repairs and add-on stuff.
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  5. StormTr00per

    StormTr00per n00b

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    My intent is August/September. I hope to visit Kennedy space centre/air and space museums and some national parks. Maybe a detour to yellowstone or Yosemite. Any specific suggestions?
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  6. 8gv

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    Don't get to the mountains too late. You could get snowed out!
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  7. migilito

    migilito Been here awhile

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    Or, worse, snowed in.
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  8. PittsDriver

    PittsDriver Been here awhile

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    The trade off is that August is a great time to be in the high country in Colorado, Utah, Idaho and Oregon but a bad time to be visiting the more popular national parks due to the heavy traffic. We were in Yellowstone in September after school started back (less families on the road) and yet Yellowstone still felt like we were in a parade of cars at times. The parks out west aren't terrible in your time frame so it just depends on what parks you have in mind?

    If you like Air/Space museums are plan to go to Kennedy, the Navy museum in Pensacola (Blue Angels are based here) is pretty good but the best of them is the Air/Space in DC and at the Udvar-Hazy near Dulles. Plan on a day each. There's also some funky cool air museums littered across the country. The TAT runs relatively close to Liberal KS and there's a huge hanger there full of military and home built planes. Also, when you get to Oregon, check out McMinnville to see the famous Spruce Goose.
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  9. Dirt = Life

    Dirt = Life Living of water, loving on dirt.

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    Hi Storm trooper.

    I was also thinking of doing the TAT around that time next year and are planning for 4-5 weeks.
    As i live in Denmark i was going to ship the bike over and doing the ride solo but as i research the trip more and more i think a ride buddy might be the best.
    I have some enduro experience and trail experience but better safe then sorry.

    Like you i am also looking at taking it slow and have time to see the sights on the way.

    If you are interested pls PM me and we can have a chat.
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