TAT old and new mixed

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by MotoPet, Jan 15, 2019.

  1. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    Hi guys,
    some of you might have seen my introduction to the ADV riding when I did in spring 2018 the AZBDR and a bit more into Utah. RR 'AZBDR and beyond'

    This was the shake down trip for the TAT ride from east to west following a mix of the old and new route.

    As now is for most people the non riding season I thought that I will slowly write a report for this TAT trip I did in the beginning of August 2018 hopefully for some joy.

    Please be patient as now I have to work again. ;-)
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  2. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    4th August 2018

    Today is the day I'm leaving from Europe to fly to Charlotte where my bike waits for the TAT trip.
    The bike was shipped to the east coast with the help of inmates.

    All is packed.
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    After a long flight I'm arriving in Charlotte and hope that Allen and his wife are picking me up as promised.
    Allen was so kind to allow me to use his address to ship my bike from Arizona to Charlotte and offered generously to stay with them as well.
    Pickup? Of course! What was I thinking.

    After a warm welcome we drove the short trip to their house and I was united with my bike again.
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    Obviously Allen likes bikes as well.

    After a very nice evening with an excellent dinner and chatting with another inmate (Augie) I quickly fall into a deep sleep.
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  3. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    5th August

    Its hot and humid in NC, but I need to get a few things done before the trip can start.
    Allen and his wife are extremely helpful and I'm able to organize all what I need thanks to their help.

    The bike gets the final touch by installing a Volt/Temperature Indicator and topping up the oil.
    And so is the day gone very quickly.

    Sorry guys, no pics.

    6th August

    After a quick breakfast with coffee it is finally time to get going.
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    The plan is to ride to the outer banks to kind of he starting point of the TAT.
    I decided not to go all the way to Cape Hatteras. Instead I want to 'show' the bike the ocean on the Emerald Isle.
    For me it is more about the coast to coast experience.
    Good plan, but things are going not as planned. This day the beach access is closed.
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    So from now on it is the TAT ride.
    It starts vey boring but I'm still excited that finally I can do this trip.
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  4. MotoPet

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    The evening is faster approaching than expected and is going to be my first camp night.
    The campground is a remote and small place in the middle of farm land. The 'road' to the campground was even marked with a no trespassing sign.
    Nevertheless, the place has electrical power and hot showers. Those are needed as it is still hot and humid.
    Small dinner with chips and beer. ;-)
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    The next morning shows how high the humidity level is. (it was already warm.)
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    The route of day 1.
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  5. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    7th August

    Today is the first full day on the trail. Day 2 route:
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    The route lead through mostly farmland and all on pavement. Even this is not what I have expected of the TAT (all paved) it still is a very nice ride through the country.
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  6. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    Really pretty.
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    After some search for a campground east of Lenoir I gave up and continued for some more time and found a place to stay just west of the town at the steel river.
    The campground just had a flood a few days ago but the spot I pitched my tent was try.
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  8. MotoPet

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    8th August

    This morning all is wet and the sky is covered with clouds.
    So I have to pack the wet tent and hope that the sun comes out later on the day.
    The route for this day:
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    The route lead up into the mountains and finally I'm on dirt road. :clap
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    On the other side of the mountain riding towards Little Switzerland, looking back.
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    Initially I wanted to have rest in Little Switzerland but despite the fact that it is looking nice, there are far too many tourist for me.
    So I dry my tent somewhere along the road on a parking lot during a short break.
    The landscape is very pretty but for the rest of the day I'm again on pavement.
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    As I'm riding towards Waynesville the weather is getting worse. More and more dark clouds are coming and now and than are a few showers passing through.
    I made it into town and the sky opens. So no camping tonight. I found a Motel which was newly renovated for a good price.
    As the rain made a short pause I went for a dinner and got soaked on the way back.
    Still, I had a good night sleep and was looking forward to the next day.
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  13. MotoPet

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    9th August

    Today is a nice day and the route leads into the smoky mountains.
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    As I gain some altitude the road runs thru some fog and I question my decision to do a loop in the smoky mountains.
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    Soon the pavement ends and I'm again on some dirt road.
    Shortly after the turnaround point on the loop road a black bear cup runs just in front of me across the road.
    He is soo close that I do not even try to stop and give space for the potential Mother crossing.
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  14. MotoPet

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    The few times the trees allow a view, it is fantastic.
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    Later the road runs along a small river.
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    Next highlight is cades cove. Only the many tourists are disturbing the beauty.
    The rule that you are not allowed to stop on the road (plenty of pull offs) is causing the people to drive soo slow that even in the first gear and idle throttle my bike is too fast. :muutt
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    I know this looks different but this was the only time there have been no cars on the road for a few seconds.
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    I'm really happy to reach the shortcut to the Tail of the Dragon.
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    After refueling and a quick tour thru the souvenir shop the rain has passed thru and I glas to leave such a touristic place.
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    Soon the route follows the Cherohala Skyway towards Tellico Plains.
    The Clouds are getting very dark and I pass on the last section of dirt road through the woods.
    Nevertheless the rain hits hard soon after.
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    For the night is pitch my tent at Hunts Lodge.
    I can highly recommend this place. Their slogan is from bikers for bikers. How you might ask? They even have a drying cabinet for motorcycle boots!
    And all for a very good rate. You can also rent a cabin if you like.
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    The weather was a bit better in the evening and I drove to a restaurant nearby for some beer and dinner.
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    Looks like an epic trip. Inspired to get out there myself this year.
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    That's the best reason for RR.
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