Trans America Trail,a few questions

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  1. LOZ

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    hi there,i want to ride the TAT this spring and have a few questions

    how safe is it for a solo rider(do i need a gun:lol3)
    how long does it take(not racing)
    what sort of cost would you budget for(camping mostly)
    april/may a good time going east-west
    how do i get the route maps

    i've only decided to do it this weekend so i'll have more questions
    the state of the building game/economy in the UK is crap so nows the time

    thanks

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  2. SilentRay

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  3. William42

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    Loz,

    Everyone needs a gun. :evil
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    If your not a USA citizen i'd becareful with a gun.
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  5. DockingPilot

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    April/May imho is too early. Rain, mud & snow in the Rockies. You do not need a gun.
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  6. LOZ

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    how long will it take to get to the rockies from the start of the trail?

    loz
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  7. DockingPilot

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    9-11 days depending how aggressive you want to ride with mileage.
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    Yea!!
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  9. Seth S

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    hi there,i want to ride the TAT this spring and have a few questions

    how safe is it for a solo rider(do i need a gun:lol3)

    Ride intelligently and smartly and you should have no issue. Most people in the world are not out to kill you. A gun is not needed.

    how long does it take(not racing)

    Give yourself 4 weeks to comfortably ride the entire trail.

    what sort of cost would you budget for(camping mostly)

    Figure on $100 a day. So have $3000 to $4000 in the bank account. Factors include fuel, food, water, laundry, an occasional hotel room, bike repairs, tires, and maintenance. State and national park campgrounds tend to be the cheapest and the best and run around $10 to $20 a night.

    april/may a good time going east-west
    This is going to be way to early to ride the trail. In the east you are going to have colder temperatures and more rain. Most of the roads on this route turn into a horrendous quagmire of hellish mud when introduced to rain. When you get into the mountains of Colorado most if not all of the passes will be closed. When I went through Colorado in August there was still snow at the higher elevations. Late June or mid July would be a better time to ride.


    how do i get the route maps

    www.transamtrail.com

    i've only decided to do it this weekend so i'll have more questions
    the state of the building game/economy in the UK is crap so nows the time

    I spent several years dreaming of going and when I had the opportunity I did it. Was well worth the wait. Look forward to riding it again.


    thanks

    loz
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  11. debaisley

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    100$ a day ? You would live like royalty on that kind of cash.

    I was thinking 50$ max

    15 for food , 20 for gas ( if even that) and camping shouldnt cost you more than 15$ for a tent for the night.

    even better when you can have someone split a site with you
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    +1
    Guess he's figuring in lots a :freaky
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  13. Seth S

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    your cost is going to depend heavily on what kind and size of bike you are riding, how you go about feeding yourself, what sort of maintenance you have to do and if you have to do any repairs, whether you ever wash your clothes, stay in a hotel room, etc.

    When I rode the trail in 2005 I did it on a 2004 KTM 950 and gas never cost any less then $2/ gallon. I could easily spend $20 on gas a day. The cheapest state campground I stayed in was $13 and the most expensive was $20. I carried some food for breakfast and I bought water bottles along the way. Some times I filled bottles and camelback with tap water but a lot of the tap water was nasty. And I really didn't feel motivated to filter river water. So for me most of my additional expense was food and Water. Most days I spent about $60 some days I hardly spent anything and a few were over $200 due to hotels and restaurant bills etc.

    My take away point here is that you can ride the route living on ramen noodles, filtered mud puddle water, on a honda SL125, and sleep in the woods, and probably ride for about $10 a day. Or you can save up some money and have it in the bank and just have fun and not worry about expenses as much.
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    I usually come out to $30 a day average. Planning for $50 per day would be a nice cushion. Aside from Europe I can't think of a place on earth that I would pay for camping.
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  15. D-man

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    I have done the TAT from Ark to the OR coast and would not plan on "camping" very much. after a hard day on the trail you need a good shower and place to unwind. its a grind as it is you could MAYBE camp every other night but it would suck. Thats my take.

    Alone is very possible but not recommended. There are sections that are WAY out and if you dump and get hurt or break down. A lot of the time the trail is out of cell phone range, get a SPOT at least.

    Dont go any earlier than mid June, and that depends on the years snow falls in the Rockies and the Cascades in Or.

    4 weeks would do it but I would not schedule the return flight too tight add a few extra days for possible breakdowns and unknowns. We hit mud in OK one day that was so bad it took us 5 or 6 hrs to get through and out of 1 mile, only made about 90 miles the whole day. Other days in OK we did over 350 so you never know

    Maps are OK the roll charts SUCK for making time, you have to keep track of every little tenth of a mile and have to stop and reconnoiter a lot. We got the maps and converted everything to GPS routes. Used a Garmin 276 and a Zumo 550 would NOT leave home without them.

    good luck,

    The TAT has a way of shellacking your butt and dosent stop for a long time.

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  16. Seth S

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    a bad day on the trail.....solo...rain in Utah....worst mud I have ever experienced. 1 hour to go 1 mile. 1 hour to pick up the bike, 2 hour to go 1 mile back to "good" trail (good meaning not muddy). 10 miles back to pavement, 5 to 10 miles back to nearest town with car wash. Normally picking up this bike is not that hard. Try doing it on a surface where the footing is equivalent to stand on greased shoes on ice.

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    Hey, I used to live in Didcot, now in Nc :D .
    I am planning to do the TAT later this year, but nothing firm yet.
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  18. DockingPilot

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    In situations like this, you are literally better off riding off the road.
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    And I agree with D-Mans comments. I think early Sept. is the best time to do it.
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    And I agree with D-Mans comments. I think early Sept. is the best time to do it.[/quote]


    Actually....no. I tried that about 3/4 of a mile back and found that off the road the mud was axle deep and I barely made it out and back onto the road before losing all forwards motion.
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  20. DockingPilot

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    aint nothing like that western gumbo for sure. We hit it Arkansas but I was able to pilot my 950 through the areas that held vegatation without problems. My buddies 950 had its front fender tore right off ! Not always the case as you found out though.
    You hit mud like this, just bail and hit the sealed roads.
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