Big Bike Solo on the Trans-Am Trail (TN-MS-AR-OK-NM)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Cannonshot, Apr 27, 2007.

  1. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    Streams and rivers are beautiful with aqua colored water.
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    Just getting into the eastern side of the Ozarks.
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    Nice road rides in this area.
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    Camped in a federal campsite (Bayou something) near Hector. Four sites. Beautiful. I think it was $7.
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    There is fuel in Hector. Nice people too. A fellow told me that it was so windy the day before I got there that I would have had to park my bike. It has "smelled" like rain for quite a while, but it wasn't going to happen.

    Lets check in on that rear tire. About 1900 miles on it. So far it is hanging in there but soon that tread will be like kudzu in reverse.
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    Day 3 Waterford, MS to Hector, AR About 385 miles
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  2. Hayduke

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  3. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Take your time now, quality report going here, dont rush it ! Every detail is being read Cannonshot :lol3
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  4. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    I feel like I am taking this trip all over again . . . kind of worn out after posting each segment. :D
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  5. number9

    number9 Been here awhile

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    Man I need to buy a Wee-Strom.....nah I don't......yeah I do.....nah,......yeah.......nah........yeah......

    This site is bad for me :twitch
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  6. 65bmwr50

    65bmwr50 Been here awhile

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    Just start riding one, good to see what it is capable in the correct hands. Really enjoying it.
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  7. Wahoo

    Wahoo Persevering

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    Cannon, you better get outta there, the snakes are going to get you.
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  8. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    Tar snakes don't seem so bad anymore . . .
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  9. stou

    stou Been here awhile

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    Very nice report and beautiful pictures!

    We are going to the TAT in the east at the end of May. I can't wait to do it!

    Thanks to share this ride!
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  10. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    People are pigs. This really pisses me off.........

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  11. flyingbeard

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    That's a good tire Cannonshot, I'm sure you got another 1000 miles or so. :D
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  12. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    Yeah, thanks . . . (since you know I have to go more than 2000 more miles to get home).:D
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  13. leahyz

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  14. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    Bryan, I've ridden with you enough to say that you are one hell of a navigator!! As a recent Garmin owner, THANKS..thanks for posting this how to on the GPS.

    I've thought it a few times before..you should have a seminar on GPS and Nav!!

    Thanks for all the work, and for the great ride report.:clap
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  15. contacterich

    contacterich Been here awhile

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    :clap - great report. more please!
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  16. flyinfuzz

    flyinfuzz 2 Quarts low

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    Great report. I live just up from the Catoosa area. Anyone needing to camp or in need of help are welcome to give me a yell. I have plenty of space and a shop.The picture of the modern and old bridge side by side is called Nemo which was a logging community.Also just down stream from the short wooden bridge is a rock overhang( called rock houses around here) that the loggers camped and housed their mules. It is large enought to house 12 teams of mules.Over 150 miles of gravel and dirt in Catoosa alone plus great side trips. Calfkiller river was named for a Cherokee Chief.Enjoyed riding along with you. Ride Safe:clap
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  17. Grestil

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    What a great looking ride! I've never heard of the Trans-Am. Thanks for introducing me!
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  18. R.Markus

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    That was a rough crossing. It looks like you took the same line that we all did the first time we went across (and found that about 2/3rds of the way in there is a big hole in the rock bottom).

    The line slightly to the right of center is deeper, but smooth all the way across. I went back and forth through it a couple times (of course, I was on the WR, not a DL1000...and I wasn't alone).

    Here's my friend Scott going through:

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  19. R.Markus

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    Great report by the way...It really makes me want to go back and ride it again. :thumb
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  20. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    Great report so far! Former Wisconsin resident also! :freaky

    Thanks big time for posting about doing this on a DL1000. I've been thinking of a TAT trip, but was originally thinking of taking a DS bike. However, it would probably only be TN, MS, AR this first time around and the more I thought about it, the more I thought the Vstrom would work okay! It looks like from GA, we could do the 3 eastern states, and then hit the Ozarks and then enjoy a nice ride home.