I&G plans for the Trans America Trail by CCM GP450 & Honda CRF250L

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Drumbrakes, Jan 4, 2016.

  1. Tommyturtle

    Tommyturtle Been here awhile

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    I had the same nonsense re. puncture repair glue. I just put the kits in my check in bags and took them with me.


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  2. Drumbrakes

    Drumbrakes Been here awhile Supporter

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    We weren't planning on taking any checked in luggage on the way out. We've got a few hours for a change between airlines in Newark, and collecting then Rechecking hold baggage just adds to the time. A British friend who works in NY has lost many hours of his life waiting at immigration, which could cut into our time between flights quite badly.

    All we actually need with us on the plane is change of underwear, our documents and our electronic items.There's nothing much we would need to check into the hold apart from those tubes of vulcanising gel.

    I've just checked BaseCamp, and I do already have TellicoFarmHouseInn.com as POI in my TN and NC lists.
  3. Drumbrakes

    Drumbrakes Been here awhile Supporter

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    Right! I'm packed, except first aid kit & my riding kit, & all the stuff I'm taking on the plane, & the stuff I've lost or forgotten.
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  4. wianbiggar

    wianbiggar Been here awhile

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    Ah well, since you're going to America, no doubt you'll be able to buy anything you need there!!
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  5. Drumbrakes

    Drumbrakes Been here awhile Supporter

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    Ready to go!
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  6. kwakbiker

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    Who carries the cat then?
  7. Drumbrakes

    Drumbrakes Been here awhile Supporter

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    The Cat will be staying here to rule her empire, but she did want to give the bikes an inspection, and make sure they were properly scented, and had sufficient cat hair stuck to them.
    (The bulk of our cat hair supplies are going on our clothes though. Her ladyship has been working hard to make sure our riding kit has enough to last us 2 months.)
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  8. kwakbiker

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    well at least if it turns cold you could knit a quilt lol
  9. Drumbrakes

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    Bikes dropped off with James Cargo at their Manchester depot
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    A local Feline patrol takes over security duty!
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  10. kwakbiker

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    Youve got a cat thing going on there, bet its in the crate lol
  11. Drumbrakes

    Drumbrakes Been here awhile Supporter

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    Well, our road insurance is finally sorted, paperwork is in the post, from TourInsure in Germany.
    The bikes are with the shipping company.
    I have a good set of spares bits from CCM, including the legendary fuel pump relay, packed with the bikes

    Just a few more GPS points to plot, then load onto the units.

    That's about it for the planning stage, I think?

    Just about time to put my feet up and read ride reports from others who've already started.

    If you've not already seen it, follow Trogdor's TAT ride here:
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/1149651/
  12. pinball1008

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  13. kwakbiker

    kwakbiker Been here awhile

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    Great map link
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  14. Drumbrakes

    Drumbrakes Been here awhile Supporter

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    The Google map thing is really good, though that is for the GPS Kev route, rather than Sam's trails. There are quite a few differences, especially in Utah and Nevada (as well as the east coast to Tellico sections and the California branch), but I still use it when people ask where we're going.


    They say you only find out if an insurance company is any good when you have a problem.

    I've just got the insurance documents through from TourInsure in Germany. The bikes are defined on the insurance documents by VIN, rather than by the registration number. Unfortunately I spotted that my wife's docs have the VIN for the stolen KLX, not the replacement Honda!
    I screwed up, and looked at the wrong V5 to get the VIN, did not double check it. Should have been obvious, it has the letters K, L & X in order!
    Let's see how easy it is to get this put right...

    The insurance policy is a bit geographically diverse...
    It appears to be a Wisconsin policy (A state we're not riding the bikes near at any point), issued by a broker based in Florida (another state we're not passing through), arranged by a German company for UK registered bikes and riders.
  15. pinball1008

    pinball1008 Been here awhile

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    Easy mistake to make and I'm sure German efficiency will shine through for you.
  16. kwakbiker

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    Just say 'didnt you get the revised email with the new numbers on it' lol
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  18. Drumbrakes

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    Well, that's the trip prep phase over. We fly out tomorrow morning!
    Probably about time to start a RR threadI I'm trying to persuade "Mrs DrumBrakes" to do the creative writing part, just as soon as she decides on an Advrider user name.

    Other TAT riders, such as Trogdor, have set a very high standard, which I know I can't match.

    Thanks to all who've provided help, support & constructive criticism.
    I have a tendency to worry unnecessarily, but I'm feeling really happy with what we've been able to do before we leave home, and now just looking forward to getting on the trail.

    Everything that happens along the trail will happen, and it will all be part of the trip experience.
  19. Drumbrakes

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    Oh and TourInsure.de have just got back with the amended insurance docs!
  20. alimar

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    Might bump into to you guys somewhere. We just getting set up getting to our bikes and gonna ride out to the coast too.

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