Trans America Trail 2019 - 6 strangers journey to brotherhood

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by fjmartin, Jun 24, 2019.

  1. fjmartin

    fjmartin Been here awhile

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    To start this epic ride report, let me tell you a bit about what's to come. I'm from the Seattle area and shipped my bike last week to Raleigh, NC. Today I shipped my bags, gear and riding apparel. All should be waiting for me when I arrive on the 7th. Morning of the 8th I pickup the bike and gear and head to the coast where I'll meet up with 2 other guys. We'll stay the night and start the main TAT. We'll be following Kevin's tracks to start with. Once we get to Tellico Plains we will meet up with 3 other guys. I've never met any of them but used Adventure Rider to locate like minded individuals for this trip. The plan is to switch to Sam's tracks once we get to the Utah/Nevada border and go north to Idaho and then West to the coast. Two of the crew are only going part of the way. A few other things of note:

    1 - We are all on bigger bikes. 650cc or larger. I'm on a F800GSA
    2 - We plan on camping as much as possible
    3 - We are not on a fixed time schedule so we will do what we can do each day

    Once I get rolling I'll start posting pictures and some comments about the trail, sights, camping and food.

    Also, once I'm on the trail, I'll enable tracking on my inReach and you can follow me on Spotwalla at:
    https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id=1eb825d113117f38ff&hoursPast=0&showAll=yes

    Stay tuned!

    Joe
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  2. Ninjafreak

    Ninjafreak Been here awhile

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    I'm in! :lurk
    Happy riding and be safe! :thumb
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  3. Davidprej

    Davidprej Davidprej Supporter

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    I'm thinking of doing the same on my WeeStrom and wondering how it'll do on the TAT, how much I'd have to skip, etc. Following.
    Enjoy!
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  4. BLucare

    BLucare Inmate At Law

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    I'm in. Been thinking of doing a roughly similar trip for the last year-ish. Looking forward to following along :ricky
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  5. PA Dewayne

    PA Dewayne Adventurer

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    IN:lurk
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  6. NxtGoRnd

    NxtGoRnd This Time Around, Wearing Out Tires Supporter

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    IN :thumb
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  7. Krider1

    Krider1 n00b

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    Great plan looking forward to your reports. GOD BLESS!
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  8. CArcher77

    CArcher77 Adventurer Supporter

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    That sounds fantastic. Someday....
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  9. Jsherman

    Jsherman Adventurer

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  10. Jsherman

    Jsherman Adventurer

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    Oh. And in.
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  11. fjmartin

    fjmartin Been here awhile

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  12. octopotomus

    octopotomus n00b

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    Oh yeah. IN.
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  13. PittsDriver

    PittsDriver Fuse lit.... Supporter

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    Looking forward to watching your ride unfold.
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  14. norton(kel)

    norton(kel) He’s my President! Supporter

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  15. MYUMPH

    MYUMPH 'Ol Timer Supporter

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    :pyndIn!
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  16. C.Hensley

    C.Hensley Been here awhile

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    I'm "in" as well :beer
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  17. Amphib

    Amphib A mind is like a parachute....

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    Yup!
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  18. Trialsalot

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    Me Too! .... In!!!... one week to departure
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  19. GipsyRey

    GipsyRey Adventurer

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  20. chudzikb

    chudzikb Been here awhile Supporter

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    6 guys that don't know each other? Good luck with that! I can't get my longtime friends to think alike. Like herding cats.

    And IN!
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