I have two teenage sons and my oldest has a terminal disease... dirt bikes. He loves to race MX, I love to trail ride, and we all have a blast as a family riding. I began this dream 3 years ago when Id been reading ride reports and began considering the possibility of riding the TAT. I finally talked my wife into letting me buy a dual sport Honda XR650l and began commuting to work on it occasionally. I asked my then 15 year old if hed be interested in going on the TAT and he jumped all over it. I wanted to do this ride as a Senior trip for him, but didnt want to wait 2 more years to do it. The years are flying by and I felt like I needed more time bonding with my son and what better way to do it than doing an epic adventure. Allow me to introduce ourselves. Meet Cooper. Nothing makes this dude's day like riding a dirt bike. He races all he can and pays for it with his own money. He works on a neighbor's ranch after school and has several others he helps out with manual labor. You can call him a "working man!" Here are all the boys on Cannibal Plateau in Colorado a few years ago. My youngest, Connor, will help run my business while we are gone and I couldn't do this trip without him. I told him I hope he remembers this summer as a hard summer, but also the summer he began to realize what it is to be a man. Nothing is sweeter than leaving the cave, killing something, and dragging it home. I hope he will get a taste of that and use that to propel him into his calling in life. Meet my beautiful wife Sweet Julie and I. She is worried to death about us being gone but is fully supportive of our epic adventure. She will be dropping us off in Tellico, TN to begin the Trans-Amercian trail... over 4,000 miles of dirt road all the way to Port Orford, OR. Next time- Prepping the bikes and gathering the gear.