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Old 09-14-2013, 08:22 PM   #31
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Then it was some more gravel in the Tennessee Woods



and some more roads untill we came to famous distillery. Jack Daniels was directly on the TAT so we had a look.



parking between all the choppers and Gold wings.



Walking up to the visitor Center to get some Information about Whiskey.



Getting some lunch in the historical town just next door.

here are just some impressions from the gravel parts of the trail in Tennessee.










it was really hot and sweaty those first days specially in the afternoon. It was nice to have a rest in the shade every once in a while.



So guys thats it for tonight. got to try to get some pics uploaded now. Oh These wifis do suck every now and then.

sse you around.
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Old 09-14-2013, 09:03 PM   #32
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Nicely staged Budweiser can!
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Old 09-14-2013, 09:56 PM   #33
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Old 09-24-2013, 09:43 PM   #34
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Thomas and Sandra...it was awesome to meet you two tonight in Albuquerque!! Hoping the remainder of your journey to Baja and continuation through the States next year are safe and enjoyable!! Safe travels!!
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Old 09-26-2013, 11:58 AM   #35
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Hi Curtis,
we wanted to thank you and the rest of the guys for the wonderfull evening in A B Q. We really enjoyed the warm welcome we got.

We are sitting in Washington at the moment waiting for our flight to Boston.
See you guys maybe in december.
Cheers Thomas




And to all the rest of you, sorry for letting you wait.
I wanted to do this while we are on the way, but it didn't work out.(For a lot of reasons.)
But don't worry. We are on our way home and as soon as we are there you will get the full Story. So hang on.

See you in a couple of days.
Thomas
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Old 09-30-2013, 06:10 AM   #36
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Old 09-30-2013, 11:46 AM   #37
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cool, subscribed! enjoy those beautiful fast gravel roads.
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Old 10-01-2013, 11:02 PM   #38
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After the break it was back into the woods.



Where there was some more water waiting for us.
I think this was the widest crossing but not very deep.
Sandra taking it with no trouble at all.



During another break Sandra checking out the map where we are and what is to come.





Sorry got to get to work at the office. More to come.
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Old 10-02-2013, 10:59 PM   #39
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It was on one of these first days that Sandra asked me if I was comfortable with the speed I was doing. "Well its nice cruising along", I answered. "But your not going slow because of me are you? You could go a bit faster."Well we have been going offroad together for many years in many parts of the world, but she never told me to go faster up to now. Normally she maybe slowed me down a bit. So she was feeling good on her bike and that even though she had pretty well used old tyres on the rims.
Ok she didn't have to say that to me twice. Now the fun began. Not that we are the racing guys but did make more miles now and the riding was more intersting.

Entering Mississippi the ground became a more red color.



And here we have Sandras "red in the evening Mississippi dust face".



Sam does not lead you through too many places with a shop so when he does its always nice to have a break for a drink or a snack.
Here we are in Paris (without the french).





Some of the signs we past we just didn't understand or didn't see.



And it always went through.

There were a lot of straight fast gravel parts where you could really make some miles.



Her some more pictures of Sandra catching up with me.





I never had to wait long. Some times she was close behind me. Some times it took a couple of seconds because there was alot of dust or she stopped to take a picture.
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Old 10-03-2013, 11:09 PM   #40
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Later that afternoon we went over the mighty Mississippi river and spent the night in Helena.



After leaving Helena in the morning we made a couple of miles when we came across a sign I had seen pictures of in other ride reports here on ADV.



Of course we stopped. There was a man standing infront of the house. Seeing us he asked if we were the swiss. He had seen our report on ADV and had figured out that we should have been here yesterday allready. So he had been waiting for us. Now isn't that nice. We talked to him for a while and had a look at the interesting inside of the house. He even called a friend of his who came by to meet us. Really nice stop. Thanks alot.

Here is Sandra signing the book.



and chatting inside the house.



In the afternoon of that day we began to get haunted by bad luck for a couple of days. (stricking 3 times)

1. strike

Sandra got a flat on her front tyre.



Luckily ther was a log lying around we could use as a centerstand.



I found the leak and it looked like a mistake during produktion. To be faster I just threw in our spare front tube filled in air and on we went.



Then we came across another "road closed"sign. The bridge was out. But some other riders had found the way through allready. We saw some tyre marks.

And here we pass that part.





Then in the evening came strike 2.

Our notebook hadn't liked the day and now looked like this.



This made the usable part of the screen small and added another couple of dollers to the costs of the trip.
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Old 10-04-2013, 03:14 AM   #41
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Really enjoying your RR! Thanks for taking the time to post it. Just went through a flat tire streak last weekend (2).. Not so fun.
Keep it coming.
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Old 10-04-2013, 03:15 AM   #42
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The next day started out pretty good. First we had some time in the open



before it was back into the woods.



Then in the afternoon came strike 3. I was doing around 50 mph when I heard a klonk, klonk, klonk about 3-4 times then it was gone again. I was just asking myself if it came from the bike or if someone was hammering on sheetmetal nearby when the KTM was feeling a bit unstable in the next corner. I stopped and got off the bike and almost immediatly spotted this.



Getting out a pair of pliers I started pulling out the bugger. And pulled and pulled. It ended to be this long.



I thought this is not good.
Standig there looking for a possibility to jack the bike up a car came and stopped. The guy inside asked if we needed any help. I told him of my problem and he said he lives just 5 minutes from here and he will be back with is truck. While we were waiting I pulled the tube out to have a look at it. It was beyond repair. The nail had done a good job. there were several holes on both sides of the tube.



Robin brought this nice and handy piece of epuipment with him.



While waiting I had patched the front tube from Sandras flat yesterday. That was our only spare. I fitted the tube and Robin took off to fill in air with his compressor at home. In the mean time we drank icewater Cathy (was that her name?) had supplied us with. After fitting the wheel into the bike again we were back on track. Thanks alot to Robin and Cathy for everything they did for us.

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Old 10-04-2013, 04:04 AM   #43
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I've never really wanted to try and ride the TAT. But this report has me interested. I have a small dual sport out west ride from the Rockies to the Pacific. I have another one that I keep in Boston for the other half. How many days did it take to get to the Front Range?

Thanks again and keep it coming.
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Old 10-04-2013, 05:52 AM   #44
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Hi Pantah,
with the "front range" do you mean Tellico the beginn of the TAT?
If yes - it took us about 3 days to get there from Boston. One short one and two long ones with alot of interstate. Boring but we didn't have that much time.
Cheers Thomas
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Old 10-04-2013, 08:45 AM   #45
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...Then we came across another "road closed"sign. The bridge was out. But some other riders had found the way through allready. We saw some tyre marks.

And here we pass that part.


awesome! did not look like that when we were there!
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