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River Pilot 12-13-2012 07:47 PM

River Pilot Tours - Trans America Trail
 
Official Trans-America Trail page. Help others get ready for a trip across the Trans-America Trail. Ask a planning question, offer support, discuss items or leave information for others here. This page is intended to be a central ADV Rider exchange for accurate, thorough and current information about the Trans-America Trail. To learn more about the Trans-America Trail visit the official website: http://www.transamtrail.com

Background and History

The motorcycle oriented Trans-America Trail was designed as a west bound trip across the U.S.A. The trail starts in Tellico Plains, Tennessee and extends to Port Orford, Oregon. The trail took over 12 years to create, is approximately 4,977 statute miles long and covers nine (9) states across the U.S.A. The trail has been updated and modified over the years due to normal changes that occur and is maintained by the Trans-America Trail team and volunteers. The Trans-America Trail is also known as the TAT. There is an adventure bicycling Trans America Trail that is different from the motorcycle version of the Trans-America Trail.

Trans-America Trail creator Sam Correro, says, "Hi, I'm Sam Correro. For years I passionately pursued my goal of charting a coast-to-coast, off-pavement motorcycle adventure. I studied reams of maps and surveyed thousands of miles to create what I believe is one great trip. Over time, I began to realize that a lot of people share my interests."

"This motorcycle adventure across America on the Trans-America Trail is NOT a single-track tight woods ride. It is a route using dirt roads, gravel roads, jeep roads, forest roads and farm roads. Dropping down into dried-up creek beds. Riding atop abandoned railroad grades. It's all there and destined for the dual sport rider." - courtesy Trans-America Trail.com

Resources

Official maps, GPS tracks and support can be obtained direct from Trans-America Trail at: http://www.transamtrail.com

Social Media

Trans-America Trail Facebook

Trans-America Trail Twitter

Video

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Overview Map

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Trans-America Trail.com Trail Overview - 2008

DVD

Pre-Planning DVD can be purchased at MotorcycleTravelDVDs.com

Trail Notes and Information

1. Recommended Daily Riding Distances - 150 to 200 statute miles
2. Recommended seat time of approximately 6 hours per day. Average 10 hours in the field daily.
3. Time to ride entire route end to end in one trip - Approximately 24 to 30 days.
4. Fuel, motels, camping available. Best practices during planning or operational phases will ensure availability of motel rooms.
5. Recommended motorcycle - Dual Sport, street licensed, 400-800cc. Larger bikes and displacement acceptable in most states other than CO. and UT. due to some medium uphill sections where smaller bikes are more agile and manageable.


Note: All reference material related to the off road trail and website commonly known as the "Trans Am Trail" is owned, copyrighted and retained by Trans Am Trail LLC. All noted intellectual property rights owners retain ownership over their copyrighted and trademarked material.

BlueLghtning 12-13-2012 08:04 PM

As an FYI, some of that info from that page is outdated. Sam spent some time in in 2011 remapping and redoing many portions of the TAT. It now begins in Tellico, TN and the entire section of TN & MS were re-mapped and updated.

I rode from Jellico, TN to the AR/OK border in 2009 and then in 2012 rode the new section from Tellico TN to the MS border and also ran the MS Hill country North & South.

River Pilot 12-14-2012 11:42 AM

Hello BlueLightning,

Noted and adjusted. New overview map for 2013 and beyond requested from Trans-America Trail.

What did you think of the new route? What were your average hours of seat time and distances daily?

One Less Harley 12-14-2012 05:32 PM

you could list some of the TAT ride reports, in your first post. There's a bunch of good ones. I have a prep and ride report in my sig.

BlueLghtning 12-15-2012 07:36 AM

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Originally Posted by River Pilot (Post 20248988)
Hello BlueLightning,

Noted and adjusted. New overview map for 2013 and beyond requested from Trans-America Trail.

What did you think of the new route? What were your average hours of seat time and distances daily?

Both times we went, we had large groups. 13 the first time and about 8 riders the second time. That makes it a bit slower going than a small group of 2-3. Generally speaking, 200 miles/day is a long day and takes about 8-10 hours depending on your speed. A good avg to plan on overall including stops is an avg 25mph which means it takes about 8hrs to go 200 miles. Faster riders in smaller groups can definitely make better time than that though, but that's a good avg for a basic dual sport rider.

For the most part, I liked the new route in TN compared to the old route, although part of me missed the 4 slick water crossings that were great for some crazy pics, but they were a double edge sword too if you went crashing down in them. I still felt the TN section hit a lot more pavement for my liking and some of that was obviously stuff that had just been paved in the last year. Over all though, the TN route remained scenic and very rural roads and was still very enjoyable. I think its just the nature of where the TN route goes. If it dropped down into N. GA and/or N. AL I think more dirt could be incorporated into the route.

MS was definitely a lot better than the previous route and very enjoyable. There is lots of good dirt and gravel in MS. The MS hill country routes were really enjoyable too.

I still need to make it out West on the TAT, but living in the SE, that's a bit more challenging time wise.

BlueLghtning 12-15-2012 07:38 AM

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Originally Posted by One Less Harley (Post 20251333)
you could list some of the TAT ride reports, in your first post. There's a bunch of good ones. I have a prep and ride report in my sig.

That would be a good idea. There are lots of good TAT ride reports out there.

Cannonshot 12-15-2012 09:35 AM

Take a look at this existing thread.

The TAT Index

River Pilot 12-20-2012 04:15 PM

Trans-America Trail 2013

For the 2013 season, be sure to report any items that need to be addressed on the trail to www.transamtrail.com

River Pilot 03-31-2013 10:57 AM

March 31, 2013 Cheyenne, WY. Trans Am Trail Tour - Book now

The River Pilot Trans Am Trail tour is taking reservations for the July 21, 2013 - July 27, 2013 dates. The TAT Tour departs with a minimum of 5 persons. Book soon.

River Pilot Tours
Cheyenne, WY. U.S.A.
PH: (01) 307-222-6347
E: tours@riverspilot.com
Web: www.riverspilot.com
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