Big Fat TAT on a BDR Roll: aka The 2021 U.S. Dirty Dirty Ride RR This Ride Report chronicles my (Ikeya-Seki) 2021 ride across the U.S.A. as I attempt to ride six and a half of the Backcountry Discovery Routes and the Trans America Trail all the way to Yuma, Arizona and beyond. I will be riding a modified KTM 790R, camping, lodging and vagabonding along the way. The intended route: North East BDR > Mid Atlantic BDR > Trans America Trail > Oregon BDR > Washington BDR > Idaho BDR > Nevada BDR (to Tonopah) > California BDR. From Yuma, I will ride west to Coronado, CA and points north before the return ride to New Hampshire. Time Frame: Early July to later October. Expected Milage: 15,000 miles (BDR’s & TAT) 4000 miles return trip. This RR will be split between two sections: A Nuts n’ Bolts, which will focus on logistics, trail conditions & a section of bike / rider observations & Insights. Photo Heavy. Uploading when possible. Tuesday, July 6 - Day Zero (riding to the start) Nuts n’ Bolts: backroad slab ride to Kingfield, ME to visit an old school buddy for fish n’ chips Mileage: 200 more or less Weather: 84-79F Sunny with light clouds MPG: 59-60 Quick visit with Derek up at Sugarloaf ski area before setting off for the END of the NEBDR. Was a pleasure to spend a few hours with my old friend. Unfortunately I probably was not the best of company as all the run up to departure caught up with me like a freight train and put me to bed by 8 p.m. Coffee and morning sunshine at daybreak. Day One: Wednesday, July, 7 - Official Start Nuts n’ Bolts: Rode from Kingfield, ME to “End” of NEBDR - section 8. Some backroad slab, mostly fire roads & two track. Mileage: 192 Weather: low 70’s. Mostly sunny early, clouds forming late MPG: 58 Stops: The Shed in Rangeley, ME for lunch. Pulled pork, slaw & a beer. Lodging: Rangeley Lake State Park - no reservations. Observations: Saw a good sized bobcat crossing the trail about 12 miles from the end of NEBDR. First one I’ve seen while riding. No other riders. Enjoyed a few private moments & cast some of Bill’s and Chris’ ashes in a few spots - one among the wild iris at the head of the Connecticut River. Ethanol-free gas was nice. Day Two: Thursday, July 8 Nuts n’ Bolts: Rode from Rangeley State Park to Conway, NH - essentially section 8 & 7 Mileage: 240 ish (need to verify) Weather: 52-62F light to moderate rain with 1 or 2 downpours, misty all day MPG: 58 Stops: Lunch at Ebineezer’s Pub in Lovell, ME, Lodging: Eastmans Inn in North Conway Observations: Riding was solid. Damp, packed gravel with occasional puddling and some mud, but nothing harsh. Cold and wet all day. Three layers - switched on the heated shirt a couple times. Neoprene gloves a good choice. Cone valve suspension upgrade is incredible. The set up is a little lively, but Katy M is smooth, stable and well mannered. Eating up the bumps. A group of four riders on bigger bikes (Africa Twin, Tenere, etc,) was pressing on some of the longer dirty stretches. I blasted off to see if I could get some space and then stopped for a little trail side tune and stayed put for a bit to let them “go.” About 10-15 mins later I came upon one of the riders mid trail, waving arms. From what I could tell, the Tenere rider failed to negotiate a turn and flopped his bike. After determining there was no need for First Aid, I pressed on…. oddly satisfied.