Start in Tellico:
The first 10 minutes of actual TAT have you thinking "WOW!! This is intense!". One river crossing went up to my knees. Wet slick dirt roads, but then it mellows out and actually in first few days just sort of figuring out the system. Lots of roads with no signs, wrong names, but the roll charts are spot on with distances!! I always doubt it but then at last minute it all adds up. At times it seems that Sam is sending you on a scavenger hunt. You'll go two miles out of your way for 600 feet of gravel seemingly. Then other times you'll just meander through a neighborhood for reasons I can't figure out. Over all though.. VERY beautiful, it even smells wonderful!! Super nice people!