@Pepperlady and I started from the Heart of Dixie, took a leap frog west out of the weekends zone so as not to "waste" vacation. You know, since you can ride the weekend radius zone anytime. We left after work and rode into the night to the West side of MIssissippi. There we stayed at John Kyle St Pk and picked up the on the last leg of Mississippi the next morning over into Arkansas. I don't recommend trying to find John Kyle St Pk in the dark. Evidently the interior roads have changed over time but the old intersections still exist along with some of the old signs that lead to dead end chain link fence around an electrical substation. We got it done though. This following video is the first of a series documenting the 28 or so days we rode the TAT. I intend to edit this same post and add more to the story as I get the footage edited and uploaded. I'm not a professional video maker so keep that in mind. Not in Day 1 on the trail footage; after we left Mr. Percy Kayle's TAT stop in Trenton Arkansas, there was a muddy section that got wild shortly but neither of us went down. Also footage that I thought I had just after that we turned at a dirt road intersection and could see a water crossing ahead. Just in front of me at the intersection was a mud puddle about 30" diameter. I didn't bother to avoid it on my Royal Enfield Himalayan assuming it was 2" deep max. IT SWALLOWED my front tire and about took me over the handle bars, the Himalayan did roll out but with just enough momentum left that the engine stalled and again threw me into the handlebars as I was recovering from the first shock. I almost dropped there with a hard heavy catch on the right foot. Then also nowhere to be seen in my footage the immediate water crossing afterward. The Himilayan of mine almost drowned out in it with its low intake position. It did get the filter damp evidently by its bucking and snorting, but didn't die and did dry out and operate fine after a little distance down the road. @Pepperlady on her Honda CRF 250L bored to 304 and lowered 1.5" with the additional short person assistance of a 1" lowered seat had no problem at all crossing the same water. Being really tired of a 8'x8' windowless office with a computer screen in front of me for years straight without two weeks off consecutively, even the straight paved roads between the fields were a welcome relief at the beginning of this trip. Day 2 We left Bebee Arkansas eager to get to the Ozarks. Just being free with no particular daily destination and no worry of where to be tomorrow was a real delight. The Ozarks reminded me of the Smokies without the crowd, which is very welcoming to me not liking crowds. It was hot but we were prepared with summer breathable suits and hydropaks. We met Paul a rider from Belgium that has ridden many fabulous rides like "The Road of Bones". Paul and we shared advice on what lay in front of each of us. On his advice we would later skip Oklahoma Trail for faster Hwy to avoid flat straight grid section roads with no shade that keep your time burnt up without accomplishing distance "the way the crow flies". Paul also warned us of a dangerous wash out just ahead in leg AR-03, he said we should avoid it for safety so we did. We exchanged emails and parted ways. Then we soon arrived at the Oark Cafe for a fantastic lunch, ending the day before reaching AR-03 breaking to Alma Arkasas to room for the night. Day 3 After a church service in Alma AR, we got a later start in the day. We were blessed with great weather on the trip overall, a small shower this day was the only time we got wet until reaching the end of the trail. The overcast day was still hot but cooler than day 2. Once into Oklahoma we navigated Hwy ending the day at Keystone State Park staying at the campground below Keystone Dam. Keystone was very clean and kept for the information of future travelers. Day 4 On Paul's advice whom we met in Arkansas to skip the straight flat grid with no shade in Oklahoma for picking up trail in New Mexico, we skipped trail in Oklahoma for Highway to get to the other side. The morning started from Keystone State Park in Oklahoma headed West. After lunch at Moore's Cafe in Woodward, where the kind waitress told us we were there in their record hottest two days this year, we got really hot. She said if she'd thought of it in time she would have placed out hydropaks in the freezer while we ate. So there is a tip for you if at Moore's Cafe in Woodward, bring it up they would happily oblidge and you'll be much appreciative in August. After lunch the wind was 30mph coming at us from 10:00 O'clock position and I could run faster in 4th gear than 5th, but the engine was screaming. I chose to give it a break running WOT (wide open throttle) in 5th at a lower rpm. I've never experienced this kind of heat. It was reflecting off the pavement. Back home in the Heart of Dixie, wind, even when its 100F will cool you off some. Not in dry Oklahoma, it was just as if someone had a hairdryer on high heat stuck in your face. There were these convenient shade shelters along the side of the Hwy that I've never experienced before. A fellow on what seemed to be a classic Triumph passed us 3 times, then would be laid out on the bench under the provided rest shed on the side as we'd pass him back with preseverence. We ended the day at Longhorn Motel where we used their laundry service, maintained the bikes chains, and refreshed enjoying the A/C for the next day. The cream of the trip was about to begin. Day 5 We left Boise City Oklahoma after eating at Blue Bonnet Cafe, and got a pretty good start. It didn't take long to get to the beginning of NM-01 trail leg. This was a much better day full of scenery suprises for a Southeasterner. The day was long, I don't know about for you that weren't there, but seeing it all again while editing the video for the day almost took me back. This was enjoyable to go through even though it took longer. We didn't get rained on even though it was threatening around us. La Veta looked like yuppie investors rolled in with visions of investing and turning the town into a tourist trap, lost their butt, and nearly closed up the town. The RV park there looked nice, but wasn't interested in moto scum tent camping there. After finding out the confisticatory ways of CO state park system we thought we'd stay at a motel for nearly the same price. The motel near Lathop state Park wasn't up to par, so back to the Park we went. If in a 4 wheeled vehicle it wouldn't be as bad, but since they charge per vehicle it was rough for a non electric site and two "vehicles". The total was $58 for no electric sites, and no shower rooms. With the day late and the options low thats where we stayed. We had all the electricity we needed on the bikes to charge things, and all the food we needed also. Early in the day there are two pictures climing out of the canyon of NM, my left hand is in them. Sadly I failed to take video and accidently only took two pictures. That climb was one of my favorite things of the entire trip, and I didn't get it. It was basically the first thing resembling technical that had been seen in a while.