I departed Lincolnton, NC on 3SEP and made it to Port Orford on 22SEP. I will load up some pics when I get back to NY but for now I am just going to share some pointers and experiences from this event. I rode a 2002 DRZ400E with 14/48 geaing. The TAT is two disctinctly different rides. The "eastern" (TN, MS, AR and OK) is a fun street/gravel road ride that takes you deep into some back country. I was caught in Hurricane Isaac's aftermath so I saw rain for the first three days. Lots of it. The water crossings were deeper than usual, I'm sure, but nothing was impassable. The paved roads in these states were very slick when wet and some of the mountain gravel roads were washed out and exposed lots of rock. I ran a Dunlop 606 on the front and a Kenda on/off (can't recall model). The eastern half could be done on a mild on/off tire (mind your pressures accordingly) in my opinion. Knobbies are not necessary. The western half (NM, CO, UT, NV, CA and OR) is the real deal. From CO on you will be challenged in certain spots and knobbies, or ideally, trials tires will be necessary. I changed tires in Tulsa and looking back, I should have gone with trials tires. The rocky sections in UT were lengthy and many steep, gnarly uphills. I ran 606s again and that is a good all around tire. It was dry and hot from OK on so I didn't fare too badly with the 606s. My gearing limited me to 55 mph and the bike was turning 7500-8000 rpm at that speed. Looking back, I would have started with a 15 tooth countershaft sprocket and changed it to a 14 in CO. There are steep, rocky climbs in CO/UT/NV that you will need be careful on. Heavily loaded and with the wrong gearing is a potential issue. I felt confident with the 14/48 in the steepest sections. I was running a stock clutch, no Rekluse/Revloc etc. My bike had a fresh piston and rings with proper break in and run in before I left so I was not concerned with extended revs on the street. I fact, the bike ran better each day. It never lost power in the high elevations (162 main jet) considering it is a sea level bike (Long Island, NY). The deep sandy sections in NV will crush your spirit if you are too heavy, improperly geared, inexperienced. There are long, silty sections (check any TAT report) with sagebrush growing in the ruts and they will be difficult. Stay on the gas, get back on the seat, wiggle the bars slightly, keep your feet on the pegs (!) and do not stop. It's all worth it because when you get to OR, you are rewarded in many ways with nicely graded forest roads, clean, narrow trails and an overall wonderful riding experience. OR is stunning at every turn and its only equal for fun and beauty is CO. Navigation issues were few and far between. Sam Correro is a real American hero in my book and I tip my hat to him for what he has done. This ride is amazingly complex, navigation wise, and he has it nailed down. I took note of two distinct issues with his roll charts, but for the most part, navigation errors were of my own failures. MS has some very close navigation points where you will need to slow down, really pay attention and possibly get off the bike to reference other things. On a couple different occasions, I had to reference all my tools. Blackberry, ipad, paper maps, roll charts and compass. Which, reminds me, I ran a Trailtech Voyager with a compass and it was very handy to have. In some instances, if you get "lost" you can reference the roll chart's general direction and keep moving that way, eventually finding the trail again. NV had some issues in/near Coyote Mountain if I recall and I spent three hours fighting these tight, rocky cattle trails out of the mountains because I blew it coming in and was WAY off. Don't do that. Overall, these maps and rollcharts are very accurate and you just need to take your time and learn early the difference in your odometer's readings against Sam's rollcharts. Mine ran 2/10ths heavy most of the time. For example, if the rollchart said "next turn in 6/10ths" mine would read 8-9/10ths. It is key not to panic when you don't see the turn, slow down and it will be there. Sometimes it was necessary to pay very close attention to the roads/trails that you would NOT be taking as they provided clues to the one you WOULD be taking. In fact, these details are key. I had good wx after the first three days and it was VERY hot from AR to NM. I regularly saw 100 plus degrees during the day and my bike typically ran 100 degrees hotter than the air temp. I had no cooling/overheating issues but I did see 230 degrees climbing Cinnamon Pass in CO. You may want to install a temp sensor on your bike if not equipped. The Trailtech unit has a very tidy install/set up with a radiator bleed screw connector and was very accurate. Recommended. I wore synthetic thermals under my gear and that, while sounding crazy, allows for your skin to breathe under the gear. Do not wear cotton clothes for any reason, at any time. They will become trash. Invest in a good set of synthetic thermals from North Face, EMS, etc. I did not camp. Not once. I brought a tent, sleeping pad and bag in case I needed it but I never did. There are motels and hotels laid out on the rollcharts and the pacing of the ride is well done by Sam. By the time you see the directions into town for a motel, you will need it. Some sections you can press on to the next one, but in the west, I wouldn't recommend it. If you are doing this solo and suffer a mechanical issue, there are some very remote sections that you will need to camp and figure out a plan to get back to civilization as these remote areas are devoid of cell signal also. Fuel. I had a 4.1 tank and never did I run out. I did on one occasion had to lay my bike over and get the fuel from the right lobe into the left, petcock side. In NV there are some long stretches. If you get lost and spend too much time burning through fuel trying to get back to the trail, you might have an issue. I would not recommend any less that a four gallon capacity. My bike was getting 45-47 mpg. I carried an auxiliary container but I did not need it. Make sure your seat is comfortable. Make sure everything is comfortable. Any minor annoyance will be a major one on this ride. I have an aftermarket seat on my DRZ that was fine to about central AR and then I started to feel the burn. I bought a used Airhawk pad from a Yamaha dealer near Norfork Lake and that saved my trip. Do not even kid yourself on this issue. Make sure your seat is comfortable. You won't be sitting much in the western states but the east you will. I found the people (you won't see many) to be mostly friendly. I think that they got friendlier as the trip took you west. People in TN, MS and AR basically ignored me and from OK on, people were coming up to me asking where I was from and what I was doing. Of course, this is just my take on it. CO, UT, NV and OR has a lot of off roading/outdoors type people and they were eager to hear all about it. I spent an hour in OR talking to an ex enduro rider who said he wanted to get back into it and saw his chance encounter with me at the gas station as a sign from God to get back into it. My favorite experiences: Backwoods of AR. Very remote and many abandoned farms. Felt like I was somewhere new. All of CO. Cinnamon and California pass made me cry like a baby. Very moving natural beauty. Stunning views and a kick ass ride to get there. Moab, UT. Great town. Very alive. Many people doing many things, good bars and food. The ride into the mountains after leaving Moab was awesome. All of OR. Just perfect. Great trails, great roads. Great wx. Hated to leave. The forest, the smells, the cool air. The whole thing was worth it to ride OR. I planned this trip for two years, took a year to prep the bike and did it solo in 19 days. The real star of the show was this Suzuki DRZ400. I believe machines can have souls. But, I am not here to discuss that. Neither are you, I can say this, this motorcycle may or may not have a soul, but it made me feel lke I had one for the past three weeks. This is the YAHBO signing off for now. YAHBO SLEEPY! YAHBO FLY BACK TO NY!! YAHBO EAT PIZZA AND USE FOUL LANGUAGE!!!