TAT 2019 roll call

Discussion in 'Americas' started by PackinDirt, Jan 25, 2019.

  1. tarhoo

    tarhoo Adventurer

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    My buddy and I ran from Western NC to the Mississippi Bridge last week on fully loaded 1200GS/As, finishing this past Monday. It rained nearly every day, with the early part of the week being a deluge. There were many places that had light mud, but nothing was really all that hard, other than one spot in Mississippi (Sam's segments - end of MS 03 and start of MS 04 in some state forest land). There was one very short spot which was severely rutted and very muddy/slippery which combined made it a bit of a nightmare. 1 hour to go about 200 yards, mostly by carrying the panniers then wrestling the bikes. In the dry, this section would have been no big deal but the absolute lack of traction nearly beat us (and made a good argument for those who push a smaller/lighter paradigm). Otherwise all the roads were in decent shape with occasional higher than average water crossings but nothing horrible.

    Three sleep/eat items:

    The casino at the MS bridge had rooms for $50 a night for two queens. That is cheaper than we paid to camp in Cherokee NC ($29 per person).

    The Inn at Ole Miss (Oxford, MS) is a short drive off the trail and $100 a night, but is nicer than average and has a free bus that goes into the center of town where all the college bars are. Since a night out drinking on your bike is stupid, this gave us a smart option to go bar hopping in a cool college town (and thus we drank more....). Good luxury break and nobody griped when we came in muddy.

    There is a guy named Brooks who runs a concession trailer in his front yard in central Mississippi. Good cheap food and nice people, plus he will do a deal for you to camp in his yard as well. It is right on the TAT and worth a stop. Look for the dune buggy on the left.

    1094 county road 34
    Thaxton, Mississippi

    I told him he needs a sticker wall. He does have a facebook page which is:
    https://www.facebook.com/pg/Bolens-Shack-and-petting-farm-488537878176719/posts/
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  2. onthetrail

    onthetrail Been here awhile

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    June/July timeframe - a friend mine are doing the TAT from NC to CO. KTM 690 and DR650. Open to other riders joining, feel free to PM.
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  3. Addapost

    Addapost Been here awhile

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    Massachusetts
    PM sent
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  4. TrailBreak

    TrailBreak Eternal Pessimist

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    Headed out in about 2 weeks. Anyone know how bad the flooding/rain has been in the eastern section?
  5. onthetrail

    onthetrail Been here awhile

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    It's suppose to rain all week :( I'm waiting for reports on this too.
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  6. Jtdunn92

    Jtdunn92 Adventurer

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    Brooklyn
    I’ll be hitting the MABDR this Wednesday and should be on the TAT by next Tuesday. Looking like rain all week... I will keep you updated on conditions and flooding.
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  7. Janus9

    Janus9 Been here awhile

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    It is going to be an interesting year. Looks like the CO passes are going to be under snow until Aug, some might not even open this year due to damage from avalanches.

    Lots of reports of avalanche damage and I saw this report talking about the snow pack in the San Juan.

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  8. fireman181

    fireman181 Adventurer

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  9. Liberator

    Liberator Been here awhile

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    Saw this on FB (could be a fellow inmate for all I know): Hope he's not right but wouldn't be surprised. Adapt and overcome I guess:

    "Coloradoan here. Those passes are commonly open now. We had a ridiculous winter here that only now is just subsiding. We're still calling it "Junuary" in the northern high country. The winter hit the San Juan mountains, which Cinnamon and Engineer passes are in the heart of, the hardest with avalanches. The debris clearing alone will not be completed for many roads and trails this summer, much less road repair. Expect flooding to cause erosion issues as well. The Hardrock 100 footrace was even cancelled - an incredibly rare event. As a general planning suggestion, I would not depend upon being able to cross these mountains on dirt this summer. I've cancelled all my San Juan plans for the year."
  10. fjmartin

    fjmartin Been here awhile

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    Do you have the link from FB. Would be nice to try to make contact and ask for any suggestions for alternate routes.
  11. oakcutter

    oakcutter Adventurer

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    Its on a the TAT page FB. Saw that post. Kinda a bummer as me and two amigos are leaving on July 13 to get to Trinidad and riding by the 16th. oh well, it will be what it is, an adventure.
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  12. Liberator

    Liberator Been here awhile

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    Ya, kinda sweating it myself as our first ride day is Aug 9th in CO.
  13. Liberator

    Liberator Been here awhile

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    And just like that a guy posts of pic of his bike in front of the Marshall Pass sign (on FB TAT group) saying it's open.
  14. Addapost

    Addapost Been here awhile

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    That’s fantastic!
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  15. Liberator

    Liberator Been here awhile

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  16. oakcutter

    oakcutter Adventurer

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  17. Addapost

    Addapost Been here awhile

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    Having all the passes closed would really suck. As long as one or two are open I'll be happy with that sample of the entire range. To be honest, if one or two are open with 20 foot high snow banks on each side that will kind of add to the trip. Anyway I'll be there in about a month, plenty of time for melting and clearing.
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  18. PackinDirt

    PackinDirt Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    I'm glad we're not leaving NC until Aug. 1. Our plan was to base in Telluride for a couple days of playing in the passes but I guess we'll see. As long as something's open, I'll be happy. Adventure indeed. Leaves more time to play in Moab on fresh tires!

    I don't FB so I thank you for posting local intel links here as well.

    Keep the reports coming as this is shaping up to be an interesting summer of riding the TAT.
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  19. sharpie1

    sharpie1 Been here awhile

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    I don't know if this has been answered yet, but I heard some were able to pass through on small bikes. I rode it last summer alone and decided to go around (never looked at the slide). It is in section 4 of Sams route. You can drop down (south) at Little Smoky Campground towards Selby to Highway 20 and go around that section to Featherville and not miss much. Fill up gas in Selby, fuel is Featherville is hit and miss (might be open, might not, was not open when I rode through early in the morning.)
  20. fjmartin

    fjmartin Been here awhile

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    I just put in a request to Spotwalla to create a location page called: Trans America Trail 2019

    Once it gets added you can use your Phone/inReach/Spot device to track you during your TAT adventure and be linked to this location page. This means that you'll be able to pull up this page and see where other TATers are on the route and maybe connect for a meal or drink. It also means if a TAT rider posts an SOS or other message we can see it and maybe help. I was part of a location page on my Alaska trip and it helped me connect with a bunch of folks for dinner, drinks and even riding together. It was awesome.

    I'll post when they get it put up

    Joe