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Old 07-26-2013, 03:02 PM   #1
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Mootsuno and Leadman's TAT adventure, plus a little more.

Late last year myself and Leadman (Pete) decided we needed an adventure. I'd been
talking about doing the TAT the last couple of years. Business was going well this year and I decided I could afford to take the necessary time off to do the entire journey.

Pete needed a little adventure in his life so we booked a flight and arranged shipping of the bikes. We were now committed.

I have a buddy, Russ, (capitalistbiker) who lives just outside Pittsburgh and he told us we
could ship the bikes to his home. He also wanted to do the first part of the ride
with us too.

Bikes just before the pick up.



The bikes were picked up at my home in Cotati, CA the second week of May and our flight was out of Oakland on 6/14. Shipping of the bikes went just ok. I
received a call from the shipper during transit that my bike had developed an oil
leak and they had no idea why. I told them not to worry I'd check it out when I arrived at Russ's. So we get there and some oil on Russ's garage floor. I check it out and none of the obvious places are leaking. After a closer look I see oil coming the throttle body plenum. The only way that could happen is
if the bike was laying on it's side for an extended period and the oil came up through
the breather hose. It was an easy fix, just take the plenum off, drain it, clean the
air filter and add some oil. Although I did have to add 1.5 ltr and it only holds 2.3.

Anyway, the bikes were ready to go and we headed out from Russ's on Monday 6/17. Day one.

By the way, Russ moved out there from California a couple of years ago and here's
what you can get in Pennsylvania for under 300k, with 5 acres:




Our initial group was comprised of me, Pete, Russ, and his friend Jim who's the senior enduro champ for the area. I was on Dakar, Pete on his DR650, Russ on a 990 Adventure and Jim on a DR650. Our goal for the day was to get down to Bethany Beach, DL our Atlantic Ocean starting point and do a little sight seeing
along the way. All pavement, no dirt the first day.

Our first stop about 80 miles in was for breakfast at Ruthie's Diner. Decent
food and cheap.



Second stop wasn't much to look at but was a lot to think about, even a little
emotional. It was the Flight 93 Memorial.



As we left the Memorial pulling back on the highway I felt something fall into
my lap. I look down and see my new Garmin Montana. I guess I didn't attach properly and I always wondered why people attach leashes to them. Now I know
and it has one.

Our next stop was Gettysburg.



Pete and I really wanted to do the tour but Russ and Jim wanted to keep moving so all we have are a couple of pictures.

We kept going until we reached I-95 outside of Baltimore and headed northeast
towards Delaware. By the way I-95 is a turnpike which we Californians aren't
used to. so we had one person pay for all four and just filed through. Then
the weather turned a little ugly and we got hit with a gullywasher. It was raining
so hard cars just pulled over, put on their flashers and read the newspaper.
We kept riding, albeit at 20mph, until we reached our exit which was 15"
underwater. By the way it was so warm it wasn't worth putting on rain gear,
it was over 80 degrees and as soon as the rain stopped you dried out.

We were now heading south towards Bethany Beach but it was getting late
so we stopped in Dover for the night.

I'll work on Day two shortly. And don't worry the trip gets more interesting.
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Old 07-26-2013, 03:04 PM   #2
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Old 07-26-2013, 03:14 PM   #3
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Old 07-26-2013, 04:09 PM   #4
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Welcome home to you and Pete!
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Old 07-26-2013, 05:15 PM   #5
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:59 PM   #6
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congrats dean. glad to see a rr in progress.

sorry pete you have to abort your trip. we were all rooting for you guys. well, better luck next time.
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:15 PM   #7
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Glad you're starting this up Dean! Ill be checking in often to see how this story unfolds ;)
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:45 PM   #8
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Glad you're starting this up Dean! Ill be checking in often to see how this story unfolds ;)
Hey Art,

Good to hear from you. As people will see you and LateNate are part of it.
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Old 07-27-2013, 06:32 PM   #9
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:30 PM   #10
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Day 2

So we woke up in Dover and headed for Bethany Beach and have breakfast there. A little back story about starting the coast to coast ride in Bethany Beach.
Russ has friend whom he calls the "Human GPS" layout an eastern route for us. It was to start on the Atlantic seaboard and make it's way to Jellico, TN, trying to avoid as many freeways and highways as practical. Jim and Russ would only be with us for four days and that's the time we allotted to get to Jellico.
Of course our start point for the TAT was Tellico Springs but Jellico is another place where riders begin so that's what Russ told his friend to use. We be riding through Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia then Russ and Jim would
head home when we hit Jellico.

Anyway, we head down the middle of DL and then east to the beaches and into Bethany Beach. We wanted to get pictures of our feet in the Atlantic then of course when we finished the ride in Port Orford, pictures in the Pacific.

We arrive at Bethany Beach and find a place to park near the water.



Then it was time to get our feet wet.

Me


Pete


We had breakfast and started our journey west. It was my first time in DL
and was surprised by all the farmland small towns. It wasn't too long before
we crossed the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and into Annapolis and Maryland.
We did a quick detour to check out Annapolis and get some snacks at a gas station then back on the road. The route took us north of DC through a number
of beautiful neighborhoods, suburbs of DC since we wanted to avoid any DC traffic. Nothing too exciting and we ended up in Winchester, VA and decided to stay there for the night.

While we were unloading in the motel parking lot a KLR pulls up with an ADV
sticker on it so of course we had to find out his info. So we find out he's on a ride and on his way back from visiting his dad. He seems like a cool guy and
we invite him to dinner with us.

Across the street from the motel in an all you can buffet and we're all hungry
that's where we go. So talking with Jeff, the KLR rider(adv name GasGuy) he's
tells us he's from Michigan and a friend of his had recently moved to California. I asked where and he said Santa Rosa, where Pete lives and close to me. What's he ride?"," He has a 2 stoke plated KTM and an Adventure."
"Is his name Dan?" Jeff says "Yeah, you know him?" "Yeah, I went dirt biking with him a few weeks ago."
Then we decide to call him.


Jeff calls and asked how he's doing then hands me the phone. "Hey Dan, it's mootsuno. How you doing?" Answer, "What in the Hell are doing with Jeff?" "Just having dinner. Met in the motel parking lot.
Talk to you later."

Yep, the ADV world is a small place.
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Old 07-29-2013, 05:08 PM   #11
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Hope you have room for another. Sounds like a great start (with a great ride to follow).
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Old 07-30-2013, 03:48 PM   #12
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Day Three

Nothing very exciting. Sort of like doing a transport stage at the Dakar.
We left Winchester and headed down into West Virginia.



West Virginia has some beautiful roads to ride and they're in great condition. In
fact much better condition than most of California. Thank you Senator Byrd. We
started on pavement and then following the human GPS's routes we started getting of the tarmac. Even the dirt roads are well groomed. Since we were on a transport stage we decided to do a little sight seeing and headed for Spruce Knob. Spruce Knob is the highest point in WV and in the Allegheny Mountains with an elevation of 4863' and great views.



Parking on Spruce Knob:


From Spruce Knob we headed down another dirt road. Our next destination was to be the small
town of Helvetia. Helvetia is a small tourist town the was settled in the 1800's
by Swiss and German immigrants. With it being so remote many of the decendents
are still there and many practice the crafts of those early days.

He we are parked in front of the general store and post office. The same woman is in charge of both.


And a shot down the main street.


After Helvetia we did a little more dirt and a little more pavement and ended up
in Summersville, WV for the night. Day 4 we start to have some adventure.
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Old 08-01-2013, 05:01 PM   #13
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Day 4

Summersville, WV to Norton, VA via KY.

We started riding much more dirt back roads this day. A number of small town
mainly comprised of single and double wide trailers. Funny thing was almost all them were very well kept and had huge manicured lawns. I think one of the pastimes in WV is lawn maintenance.

Most of the dirt roads were pretty easy then we got to one which was a bit tougher. It was a little steep was some loose rock. Jim and I made it up but Russ and Pete were having a little trouble. So we decided to go back down the hill and find a different route. As we came down the hill the woman who lives at the
beginning of the hill flagged us down. She wanted to warn us that not too many people can make it through there on a big loaded bike and most turn around.
We talked to her and her kids for a few minutes, thanked her and headed down a different road. That reroute ended up getting us in some small town trouble.

Anyway we were back on pavement cruising along about 45-50 mph and we come upon the town of Rhodell, population 174. As we enter town the speed
limit drops to 25 mph. All four of us chop are throttles and slow right down.
we ride through town which takes about 2 minutes and head out the other side.

Just as we're leaving I see a white unmarked SUV with blue flashing lights on top come speeding out of town. So I slow down, pull to the right and it goes
right by.

I look in the mirror again but didn't see Russ so I decide to pull over and wait for him. A couple of minutes later the SUV comes back pulls up next me and the officer says wait here while I talk to your friend. At this point I was a little
confused, did something happen to Russ? Another couple of minutes go by and he says for me to follow him to my other friends and Russ wasn't following.

So I follow him about half a mile up the road where Jim and Pete were waiting
at an old gas station where the SUV had dropped off a junior officer and he was writing them speeding tickets. Of course I was getting one too. He told we
were doing 32 in a 25. Jim was politely explaining to him the his GPS said he was going 27. Nope got you at 32. Pete and I were just sort of laughing at this point. Total speed trap, unless you lay on your brakes as you enter town
you're going to be speeding.

We talk to the senior cop and he was actually very polite and he tells us that they give everyone tickets who speed through town. Also, since we were being so polite he tell the judge we were only going 29 mph. According
to him that means as long as we paid our fine they wouldn't report to the CA DMV and we wouldn't get any points on our license.

Then he said if he saw our other friend (Russ) he would take him to jail for evading an officer. When I spoke to Russ later he said he wasn't sure if he
was supposed to wait or not since he didn't talk with the officer but he figured why wait around to see. He took off in the other direction.

For your entertainment we did get a picture of the officer with us.



Don't we all look happy.
One thing I surprised the officer with was that had my registration and insurance in my phone. I pulled it up when he asked and he said he hadn't
seen that before, at least he accepted it.

After handing us our citations he said to call the number at the bottom and they tell
us how much the fine would be. It took us a few attempts to get through to the number and we ended up getting a voice mail from the mayor of Rhodell
informing us our fine would be $162 and to mail it to the address on the ticket, which Mrs. Leadman took care of for us.

It was early afternoon when that was all done and we still hadn't had any messages from Russ. Jim thought he probably headed for home (which was the case) and that he should probably head home too. We said our good byes
and decided to head for Tellico Plains via the quickest route which was through
KY and then back into VA where we grabbed a motel for the night.
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Old 08-01-2013, 06:20 PM   #14
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32 in a 25 Ha!!! These guys would shit their pants patrolling the streets of Southern California.
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:32 AM   #15
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Law breakers!

You do the crime......you pay the fine! Better than doing time.
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