Trans America Trail duration

Discussion in 'Americas' started by StormTr00per, Sep 18, 2017.

  1. StormTr00per

    StormTr00per n00b

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    I've been trying to get a grasp on how long it takes to do the trans America trail. I've seen a few variations but it seems just over a month for the trail itself. As I'm coming over on a 90 day visa waiver program, would that allow enough time to visit a couple of other places/detours on the way?
    Working under the assumptions the bike is sorted and the experience level is lots of trail riding but not extreme off road, taking it at an easy pace.
    All input appreciated.
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  2. severely

    severely almost a noob

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    Yes, more than enough. What are your interests, history, scenery, people ? If this trip is happening soon weather is going to be a problem. Fill in the blanks and you will get better information. Good luck.
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    When are you coming?
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  4. PittsDriver

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    The TAT is a 3 week ride. Many take longer than that because they like to stop and smell the sage, take side trips, and take down days for restorative body and bike needs. But, the ride itself is roughly 21 days depending on your pace. We did it in less because we skipped most of Oklahoma (a flat, straight, sandy/muddy 400 miles). Some people take 2 - 3 weeks longer with bike repairs and add-on stuff.
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  5. StormTr00per

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    My intent is August/September. I hope to visit Kennedy space centre/air and space museums and some national parks. Maybe a detour to yellowstone or Yosemite. Any specific suggestions?
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    Don't get to the mountains too late. You could get snowed out!
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    Or, worse, snowed in.
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  8. PittsDriver

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    The trade off is that August is a great time to be in the high country in Colorado, Utah, Idaho and Oregon but a bad time to be visiting the more popular national parks due to the heavy traffic. We were in Yellowstone in September after school started back (less families on the road) and yet Yellowstone still felt like we were in a parade of cars at times. The parks out west aren't terrible in your time frame so it just depends on what parks you have in mind?

    If you like Air/Space museums are plan to go to Kennedy, the Navy museum in Pensacola (Blue Angels are based here) is pretty good but the best of them is the Air/Space in DC and at the Udvar-Hazy near Dulles. Plan on a day each. There's also some funky cool air museums littered across the country. The TAT runs relatively close to Liberal KS and there's a huge hanger there full of military and home built planes. Also, when you get to Oregon, check out McMinnville to see the famous Spruce Goose.
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  9. Dirt = Life

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    Hi Storm trooper.

    I was also thinking of doing the TAT around that time next year and are planning for 4-5 weeks.
    As i live in Denmark i was going to ship the bike over and doing the ride solo but as i research the trip more and more i think a ride buddy might be the best.
    I have some enduro experience and trail experience but better safe then sorry.

    Like you i am also looking at taking it slow and have time to see the sights on the way.

    If you are interested pls PM me and we can have a chat.
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  10. Dennis Mak

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    I am planning a solo run for the TAT this August 17 - 22 Sept, 2019. Giving my self 5 weeks. Departing central Mass area about 17 Aug. Was looking for one or two partners. Riding a well set up 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R. I attempted this last yeqr only to have some issues develop with my KTM (my fault) and had to abandon run. I got as far as Atkins VA. This year I was going to bypass much of "The Long Way" routes to begin in lower VA this time around. Anyone interested?
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  11. thumperchief

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    Dennis- I have interest in doing the TAT and would like to talk to you about it. I have a well set up DR650. I was planning on splitting the trip in two legs leaving the bike in Creede Co. I have a safe place to store it there. Second leg would be at a later date to complete.
    Send me an email to discuss further. Rob rdvollers@heritageguild.com
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  12. SATEX

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    You're planning a solo ride and inviting others to join you? I can't make the math work.
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  13. Dennis Mak

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    Excuse me...I am planning to do the TAT solo for lack of any friends or family riders to join in. Make sense now?
    Seems most of my riding friends are either too young, with families or too old and would rather be in Florida. I am going to do this but just looking for someone else who would rather NOT ride alone. That's it bro.
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  14. TipsyMcStagger

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    I realize this comment was posted more than a year ago but how exactly does one "skip" most of Oklahoma?

    Do you mean you slabbed it through the state?
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  15. PittsDriver

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    Yep, we came out of the Ozarks down in to Tulsa and hit the road and didn't get off of it again until we were in Boise City. Like hitting the fast forward button to get to the Rockies. Not at all a bad thing if you're riding a larger bike but riding those road miles on a 250 would be a test in its own right.
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  16. SATEX

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    I figured that was the situation, but the opportunity to bust your chops was too good. :D Good luck on your trip!
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  17. onestroke

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    I'd offer to potentially join. Planning on doing the full TAT from Vermont this summer xr650l. Not sure how committed my buddy is on his dr650 at this point. Flexible on timing
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  18. Edoz

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    Tulsa to Boise City on the highway isn't that great either.
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  19. PittsDriver

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    No it's not. It was a long day but it saved us at least a day in our schedule that ultimately had an expiration date. I envy people who can take off for the entire time it takes in one shot but for everyone that can do that, I bet there are 20 more that dream about riding the TAT but can't make that whole block of time. My ride report was meant to be an example of how you can enjoy every bit of the experience without riding over every bread crumb on the track. Also it was meant to show how it can be broken up into two phases and still accomplished in one riding season.

    Now, that approach is going to violate some folks sense of taking on the real adventure and is somehow not as worthy. Good on you if you can do it that way and I envy you. But, if we'd waited for that opportunity we'd still be waiting instead of having the incredible memories of that adventure:

    https://advrider.com/f/threads/my-first-adventure-ride-the-tat.1077645/
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  20. Edoz

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    @PittsDriver I wasn't bagging on you for skipping it, I'd do the same thing. I'll admit I took one look at the OK section of the TAT on a map and thought "Nah, I'll head over to Arkansas."
    I've said many times that the OK Panhandle is pretty but it's about 300 miles too long.
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