Time for a Western TAT report, and the clock is ticking toward our start date, 6 Aug 2009 leaving from Trinidad CO and heading West. Our group consists of myself and my Daughter MaverickChick, Paramedicrogers and his accomplice Ben from Kentucky, Ghilly From PA, and a late comer to the group Brett that will be riding the first 4-5 of the TAT with us, then running to Cedar City to visit family. The bike Roster Notar_520 DRZ400 SM with dirt wheels MaverickChick DRZ400 E Paramedicrogers New style KLR 650 Ben KTM 450 EXC Ghilly DRZ400 S Brett XT225 Good variety of bikes, no huge monsters and lots of DRZ's to share spare parts with. The TAT, I have to credit the many really good ride reports here on ADVrider.com. These reports have been the driving force to setting a date to do the TAT, and they are also the inspiration to make a plan and stick to it. My Daughter has been riding Street bikes since she turned 16, and over the last 3 years she has progressed to finer and larger machines, and we have aplan to go to Alaska in June 2010. This last winter we decided to get her riding in the dirt to extend the riding season into the winter months, and to provide her another set of skills that also would make her a more aware and skilled driver on the street. Northern Utah gets snow, and that shuts down riding on the street for me. We do have an expansive Desert, and often in the winter the valleys have minimal snow cover and a temperate climate. Time for a dirt bike. Mav is regular height female, so swinging a 38 in. seat height dirt bike was out of the question. She has mastered riding her street bike with just the balls of her feet touching the ground so we looked for a bike that would feel about the same. After looking at all kinds of dirt bikes, we settled on a Honda CR85. In many ways it fit her well, and in many ways it had a steep learning curve. She has since progressed to a KTM400 EXC, then a DRZ400 SuperMoto, and finally her TAT bike a DRZ400E that has been lowered. It was in January that we decided to ride the Western TAT, and it was also in January that I saw Paramedicrogers post about forming a group to ride the TAT in Aug. 2009. Safety in Numbers, and who would complain about riding with some true American hero's, the Fireman(paramedics to BOOT). This is how it starts, and this will be our story. Rough start for MAV.