This is my first attempt at a ride report, so go easy on me, and I hope some of you find it enjoyable! I am writing this after the trip is copmlete, without any notes, and will give my best recollection of things. I was joined by Philip (MX Engineer), and I will add a link to his ride report as soon as he puts it up. Prologue: At the beginning of last year (JAN 2016), I came across a poor 2013 KTM 990 Adventure Baja, whos owner only put ~4k miles on it, and never took it off pavement (heresy!!). I negotiated a fair deal, and found myself the new owner of a cherry 990 ADV, which I could only stare at in the garage due to the copious amounts of snow on the ground at the time. This wasnt my first sip of the orange kool-aid, having owned a 690 SMC (2008) in the past, but while that purchase was rather a sudden impulse, the 990 ADV was deeply researched and highly anticipated. After a few short trips (solo and 2-up), the 990 ADV quickly became my favorite bike. I heard about the yearly KTM Adventure Rider Rally on ADVRider, and the 2016 event was held in the Black Hills of South Dakota. After checking my schedule, I quickly signed up to attend. At this point, I had close to zero experience riding off pavement (a few short waddles down gravel parking lots on a street bike dont count!) I had such a great time at the '16 KTM Rally, and met so many hoopy froods, that I signed up for the 2017 KTM rally on the spot, which would be held at Crested Butte Colorado. Planning: After signing up for the '17 Rally, I bandied about some grand schemes about riding the TAT across half the country to reach Colorado. I currently live in central ohio, and Philip, being in nearby Michigan, was interested in joining in on the trip. We decided to meet at/near Tellico Plains TN, and start our TAT trek from there. I scoured around for some GPS tracks, and ended up with a plan based on GPSKevin's TAT track. Unfortunately, I was only able to get ~2 weeks vacation from work, so we set a plan to take 7 days from Tellico Plains to Crested Butte. This was looking pretty tight, and made a few target points and contingincy plans, but not knowing what pace we would be setting I was mostly expecting to adjust on the fly. As we approched ~2 weeks to departure time, another inmate, KenCM, contacted me and asked if he could join us for our adventure. The more the merrier! As Ken had made some recent trips on the TAT, he had some valuable firsthand experience. Ken took some time and put together a new GPS track, based on Sam's TAT track, with some new daily targets. GPS tracks and daily campsites/waypoints fixed! Sadly, Ken's house was directly in the path of the hurricane, and he had to abandon his plan to join us.. Big Thanks to Ken for his help in putting together the GPS track for us, and for his advice on pacing and daily goals! Now with the track fixed, campsites found, and schedule set, all that was left was some bike prep. The basics were done: oil and filter change, clean air filter, checked brakes and clutch, and fitted new tires. The tires I went with were the MotoZ Tractionator Adventure rear, and a Pirelli Scorpion Rally front. Beyond the basics, I added a unifilter prefilter to the airbox (replaced the snorkel), with a filter skin (and spares so I could change on the fly if needed). I also modified the rear wheel to be tubless, using an outex kit off ebay. Other mods on the bike are: Rade Garage LED headlight and rally faring, Wings exhaust, KTM rally footpegs, Perfect Squeeze phone mount for GPS (using a Sony xperia Z3+ waterproof phone) Luggage setup is Mosko Moto Reckless 80, and a giant loop diablo tank bag. My riding gear ended up working great, this is what I wore: Shoei Hornet Helmet Knox defender armored compression shirt (very breathable, with really good armor including chest plate, and a bomber back protector) Joe rocket atomic waterproof/vented jacket (armor removed) for cool/wet weather and a Klim tactical pro jersey for hot weather. Revit Poseidon GTX pants (suprisingly tolerable in hot weather with all vents open) Alpinestars Toucan boots Revit Defender GTX gloves for cool/wet, and Knox Orsa MX for warm weather. Riding gear ready, camping gear packed, bike is set, lets go! (pic is not related but didnt take a pic of the bike before going..) DAY 0: Thursday September 7th I packed up the bike Wednesday night, and had to work on Thursday. I skipped out of work as early as I could in the afternoon, and rode from Columbus OH to Etowah TN, to meet Philip at the red roof inn. This was about 420 miles (avoiding freeways), and was a mostly enjoyable ride. I arrived at the hotel around 9PM, Philip having arrived slightly before me. Nothing really exciting, but the trip has begun! More to come soon, with our actual start of the TAT, and some pictures and videos!