Trans America Trail 2019 - 6 strangers journey to brotherhood

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

  1. jordoc

    jordoc n00b

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    Thanks for letting us all live vicariously through your trip! I get excited just reading about it!
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  2. BLucare

    BLucare Inmate At Law

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    Hey, @fjmartin : Your trip is so epic, this dude ^^^^ has been a forum member for seven years, and his first-ever post is on your RR :thumb :beer
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  3. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    I gotta see Ed with his AT towing the trailer on the TAT.
    Tell him I said hola!
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  4. kirk824

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    Just a heads up to you guys in case you were unaware, there is a tropical system forming in the gulf that may effect you guys. stay safe out there!

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  5. Jedi2Rider

    Jedi2Rider Been here awhile

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    Very interested to see a trailer on the TAT.
  6. Jedi2Rider

    Jedi2Rider Been here awhile

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    Swing north or Ride Fast!!
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  7. fjmartin

    fjmartin Been here awhile

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    Here it is!
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  8. fjmartin

    fjmartin Been here awhile

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    Sorry for not posting up yesterday. Little to no signal all day.

    Day 2 of the TAT was fantastic. BadTex and myself rode section 4 and had a coordinated meetup time with Ed. He was an hour late due to needing to get a fender for the trailer at REI and then when we did lunch he left his lights on and killed the battery. DCT Africa Twin meant using a jump starter. We got it rolling and finished and headed out on section 5. This section took us into the Pisagh National Forest. Really great dirt for a lot of miles. We survived and then rolled into a little town with a world class Cuban Sandwich. No Joke! Then did an Air B&B for a cabin that fit the 3 of us. Showers and Laundry were the important thing as the humidity meant anything we’d worn was super stinky!

    Dinner Spot!
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    Cabin. Do I here banjos?
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    Fun Dirt
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  9. fjmartin

    fjmartin Been here awhile

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    Day 3 was finishing the last 11 miles of section 5 and doing section 6 and more. The morning started out with low humidity andmid70 temps. Awesome. A bit of highway then we turned into the most amazing narrow paved twisty roads in the mountains. So fun! Made me wish for a sport bike for that section. Then we stopped at a test stop by a highway and on the TV we saw the radar and it looked BAD. 10 minutes later the sky’s darker and opened with the hardest rain I’ve ever seen. We saw an old open faced shop next to the road and dove in. Soaked. Even my Klim gear failed me and I was wet, wet, wet! We hung out for 20 minutes or so and it started to get super windy. We decided we’d better get to the next town and just stop for the night. As we rolled up to the town we saw a huge banner for a festival. Oh no, no a room available anywhere. Next closest was 41 miles. We ate lunch and headed out. Still dumping on more twisties but now not so fun with water and mud flowing across bring rocks and such and the wind knocking branches into the road. Then we hit an dirt section that was in excellent shape even with the rain, but a few miles later in turned to soup and the bikes went where they wanted to, but luckily that was staying upright and on the path! We returned to Pavement and slow rolled until we made the end of section 6. Pulled into a hotel with a cover motorcycle parking area and a motorcycle welcoming committee...cool! But it was a rally for a Harley group of former submariners. Hotel full! 2 miles down the road we found a little hotel and the lady gave us two box fans to blow dry our clothing and a tub full of old towels to use on whatever. Now, sitting here writing this the sun is OUT! Time to lube the chain and get some food. In reverse order!

    They are everywhere. Including one went in my mouth
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    Into Tennessee for a short bit
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    Then back into North Carolina
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    Not a lot of pics or video today cause it was just too nasty. Maybe the other guys will have something.

    Now we have to worry about the tropical storm coming in and what it will do to us. More research to do on that!
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  10. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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  11. msteward

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    This is getting good.
  12. fjmartin

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    Ed and BadTex have. Me, nope!
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  14. Jedi2Rider

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    Hoping to do the TAT in 2020, and love the Sherpax trailer, but haven't found any report of anyone taking it on TAT.

    I am SO stoked to see this, so special request to Mr. Sherpax (Ed) to post updates about how the trailer is doing, how bike feels, any issues, picking up after unplanned dismounts, etc.

    Also include any trailer envy that comes your way from your new riding buddies! :ricky
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  15. liv2day

    liv2day Life is all about how you handle plan B Supporter

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    Looking forward to following this, think it’s cool as hell you shipped your bike and your gear across the country to do this journey. Also pretty damn brave to undertake something like this with 5 “strangers”.

    Hope that nasty $hit in the gulf doesn’t cause too many problems, we don’t get that kind of stuff in the PNW.

    This ride is on my bucket list as others have said.

    Safe travels and keep the knobby side down :ricky :thumb
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  16. drdubb

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    Western Mississippi and eastern Arkansas are FLAT and probably flooded or will be flooded. Bypass is acceptable, especially with the storm coming.
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  17. fjmartin

    fjmartin Been here awhile

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    The whole group will come together in Tellico Plains on the 13th and we are going to make some plans based on what’s happening with the storm, rainfall/wind, etc.

    Appreciate the info!
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  18. Nebbors

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    Hey @Ohio_Danimal , looks like some confusion on our part.
    None of us have done the TaT past the Mississippi.

    Thanks for the advice on the sand. Be safe on your boat next week!
  19. i4bikes

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    Pea gravel too.
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