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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by fjmartin, Jun 24, 2019.
Made it to Raleigh. Last to board plane. Almost bumped as way oversold. It is HUMID!
I'm in, this is on my bucket list to do
As happen with groups, things take a bit to come together and in this case, get together. Two folks just met up north to ride the MABDR down to Tellico Plains but the third is still waiting at home for his new seat. He’ll slab it down when it comes in. Hopefully tomorrow. Another of the crew was going to meet us in Morehead City but decided to get new suspension for the trip so is in Asheville to get Cogent to do the work tomorrow so we’ll meet up with him on Wednesday along the way using the Spotwalla page to find the best crossing point. So if things go well I’ll have one rider start with me on the Atlantic Ocean. He’s coming from Texas and said he’s 385 miles from our meet point so we should connect up by dinner. It’s all good!
Now, I have to try to sleep. Hard for two reasons:
2-my body is on west coast time and thinks it’s 6:45pm
Oh, ouch!! That's great!
Nothing so fun/painful as a good pun!
Bucket list - in. Good karma.
I hope, for the guys making last minute changes to their bikes, that it works out for them. Let the adventure begin!
Picked up the boxes of gear at UPS this morning. No damage and no hassle.
Then I got a UberXL (minivan) to take me to the district center to get the motorcycle. Whew, it looked perfect and started right up!
I then spent the next hour sweating in this terrible heat with humidity putting all the gear on the bike. No issues and all fit just fine!
Next was the sweatiest ride I’ve ever had. 168 miles from the depot out to Atlantic Beach and the Sand Dollar Hotel. Thank goodness that even though I am 3 hours early for check in, the room was ready! Quick strip into some shorts and I already feel 95% better.
So in a rare non-ATGATT moment I am riding down to get a late lunch!
I consider this day 0 of the TAT. Tomorrow it begins!
Our inmate waiting for his seat got an out for delivery notification so hopefully he can get rolling.
Our trailer towing AT man posted pics sitting at Cogent while his suspension is being put on. We chatted and will connect on Wednesday as he rides towards us and us towards him on the TAT.
The other guys must have started the MABDR. I think/hope!
Oh, and I now show up on the TAT locator page here in NC!
Didn’t stop for lunch so grabbing a late one on the beach.
Well, inside, cause it’s too damn humid outside
But the Shrimp Tacos are AWESOME!
Decided to ride past the hotel and check out Fort Macon. Dipped my hand in the Atlantic to start things off right!
Good luck on your journey! Following.
Good luck and safe travels!
Watching and learning....
Want to follow with the TW 200 soon!
As I rolled back into the hotel, in comes our Texas inmate! We ran back to the same restaurant and he also enjoyed some shrimp while I had some key lime pie!
Started to spit a bit one the mile ride back to the hotel and now full on thunder storm!
Just saw this...hate I didn't catch it earlier. Could've helped out in Raleigh and at Morehead City.
I did the TAT just to Arkansas a few years ago with two other guys who had never met. Worked out ok, they were great guys, not sure of their opinion.
Have a good time...and Mississippi is HOT!
What’s the web-address of the “Locator” page??
Here ya go:
We'll be heading back to Mars Hill NC to pick up where we left off last year. How do you get added to the Spotwalla TAT map? I'd like to add our group when we set out in September
This is gonna be good! Be careful boys!