My first adventure ride - the TAT

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by PittsDriver, Jul 4, 2015.

  1. PittsDriver

    PittsDriver Fuse lit.... Supporter

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    Thanks for the compliment. Every time I look at that photo I can smell the scent of the sage that was so strong in the air there. I didn't write much about the sensual experience of the TAT but I'll never forget the hundreds of miles of sage and mesquite we rode through and remarking to my buddies that it was like riding through a hooty-flooty spa.
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  2. Crew Chief

    Crew Chief Justsomeguy

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    Well done. Thanks for posting.
  3. Bammer

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    Great RR Thanks for sharing.
  4. trikepilot

    trikepilot Been here awhile Supporter

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    Thanks for the great RR. Yet another tale to build up my excitement.

    I am doing the TAT this summer - leaving Kitty Hawk on June 1st.
  5. OldRon

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    I can certainly appreciate the gratuitous gravel but I have a flaw in my character where I need to do it according to directions. I don't have the flaw where I judge folks on their choice. So on May 28, 2016 I'll be leaving Tellico Plains and running through Oklahoma. I'm wondering if at the end I'll wish I would have listened to PittDriver. I guess we'll see. Great Ride report. One of the top 5 in my opinion.
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  6. wandrob

    wandrob Been here awhile

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    Nice.
  7. Valley Rambler

    Valley Rambler Adventurer

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    Just binge read this report. Well done. Maybe one day my KLR and I will have a similar story to tell.

    Sent from my XT1080 using Tapatalk
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  8. PittsDriver

    PittsDriver Fuse lit.... Supporter

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    Thanks for the very kinds words!

    You should get Sam's track for the new start of the TAT in Andrews NC. It's about 81 miles of great track straight up into the hills and crosses the Cherohala Skyway before rambling into Tellico Plains. Totally worth it as a great start to the TAT.
  9. brokenhiplegarm

    brokenhiplegarm "Section 8 Specialists"

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    Great ride report.. there are 9 of us (one female) setting out on this ride this august. Can't wait. We all purchased DRz400's.. still contemplating on whether to take the vstrom....it already has bags and braces, large tank... .... sure would be more comfortable.. thoughts?
  10. Hog1450

    Hog1450 I use the oil you hate Supporter

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    Not having done this yet, one of the things I got out of the RR, was they all had the same bike so each rider didn't have to carry a bunch of their own spare parts??
  11. NicorAdv

    NicorAdv Been here awhile

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    Maybe...
    Just one thing, don't rely on splitting the tools between riders.
    Carry your own.
  12. runnr548

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    Awesome RR! I have been thinking about riding a few sections of the TAT. Thanks for the writeup! :-)
  13. PittsDriver

    PittsDriver Fuse lit.... Supporter

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    You can ride anything and complete the TAT. People have done it on everything from Harleys with side cars to Honda Trail 90s. I'd say that about 90% of the TAT could be ridden enjoyably by someone of moderate skill on a VStrom with proper knobbies and protection parts. There are parts of it that you're going to wish you were on a lighter, perhaps more dirt worthy bike. There was a guy on a VStrom trying to work his way over Cinnamon Pass in Colorado when we went through and he was having a heck of time and probably not enjoying himself. Not that can't be done. Depends on what you enjoy!
  14. PittsDriver

    PittsDriver Fuse lit.... Supporter

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    That's certainly wise advice - be self sufficient. In our case, we knew there were going to be four of us on the ride that would finish it unless there was some catastrophe. And even then, we had decided that we'd always pair off if we had to split up so no one would be solo. That made it pretty straight forward to share tools and spares. Since I rode the first couple of days and last couple of days by myself, I carried everything I'd need on my bike but I would still make use of other's tools when convenient. And, a KLR is a pretty simple blunt weapon so it doesn't take much expertise or special tools to keep it going.
  15. Tailhooker

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    When are you doing the TAT in 2016? I 'm starting mid May east to west.
  16. PittsDriver

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    Not sure if this question was directed to me or one of the other posters here but we're planning our next epic trip now. I've been collecting GPS tracks, maps, and making connections for a ride from North Georgia to the Maine Coast. My plan is to stitch together a ride from a variety of sources that connects the dots, with as little pavement as possible, to interesting places to ride and camp. Unlike the TAT, we may base ourselves for a day or two in a great place before moving on northward. My plan this year is to take my GS:

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    But I've yet to put a challenging off-road ride on it. That happens this weekend when I'm heading up into the Allegheny forests for a couple of nights of camping and riding to see if I can keep up with some experienced GS Giants and KTM Enduro riders.
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  17. rastawheel

    rastawheel Pittsburgh, PA

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    Whats going on up in Allegheny National this weekend? An event or just some friends? I plan on doing the GS Gypsy Tour iun July up there.
  18. PittsDriver

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    Naa. Just some new friends being a bad influence on me. I tend to shy away from the big huge rallys.
  19. SteelCityADV

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    The atv trails are pretty tame. I'm not sure if they are open yet or not
  20. flyinturbo

    flyinturbo Been here awhile

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    Excellent ride report. I enjoyed following along! Thank you!

    PittsDriver, nice new ride ya got! I also like your shiny flying machine! I just might sit in something a bit larger. Not sure what it is about pilots and motorcycles but we seem to be drawn...

    Why does the TAT only go from East to West? Is it all just one way dirt trails?! :)