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Old 06-06-2009, 03:34 AM   #16
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Top notch trip report and pics...Looks like you were hooked with with a rough crowd. On the list of things to do. Is there a aftermarket tank in the near future for the R2?
A 4 gallon tank should be on my bike within a couple weeks--that would give the bike at least a 240 mile range. It is an Aqualine tank available from www.justgastanks.com
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Old 06-06-2009, 03:49 AM   #17
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Fantastic write-up.
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Old 06-06-2009, 06:31 AM   #18
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A 4 gallon tank should be on my bike within a couple weeks--that would give the bike at least a 240 mile range. It is an Aqualine tank available from www.justgastanks.com
Yeah, I have had one on order for almost as long as you. Maybe one day they will arrive
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Old 06-06-2009, 07:33 AM   #19
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Tennessee was about 80% paved roads, some very narrow, traffic was minimal- looked like everyone was hiding in their houses or ??. Maybe they knew we were coming!!






Most of the streams in Tenn were clear water and scenic.


Many old bridges left standing next to the new bridges.






The trees covering the roads were thick and it was a lot darker then these pics show. It was hard to see in the dim light.







Crossing over I-24, the way to enjoy freeways- ride over them!


Burt taking a break.


Crossed many, many bridges.




Our first real water crossing- no problem.



Enjoying our success, the next one almost got Burt!!



Very smooth, fast graded roads, most of Tenn's roads were very smooth, groomed and almost perfect sized gravel for our bikes.



This is the most photographed water crossing in Tenn. It was slick!!



Burt scratching his head and saying: "Did you see me go sideways and almost loose it about 3 times?"


Pickwick State Park Campground, Tenn. Very close to Gaspipe's place. Note the "liquid refreshment" on my bike!!

First days mileage= 291 miles.

Second days mileage = 270 miles.

Third days mileage = 275 miles.
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Old 06-06-2009, 08:29 AM   #20
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More bridges!!
Some we crossed, some we couldn't!!










I think this one was in Miss. We had about 4 we had to go around.
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Old 06-06-2009, 08:58 AM   #21
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Left Tenn and entered Miss. Immediately the roads turned red gravel/dirt & the size of the gravel increased. My Scott's went into action to reduce the "dancing/skating' on the too deep marble sized gravel!!





Stopped in Holly Springs, Miss for lunch. Great food (too busy eating to get a pic)!!

Annie's is the place!!!





Kudzu & more Kudzu-- the whole state is covered!!







We got to the levee roads-- good views and elevated that cooled us off with the afternoon breezes!







We crossed the Miss River at Helena,AR. Grabbed the first motel we saw, headed to town for food. Helena & W.Helena, AR are both "war zones"!!
Looked like "Escape From L.A." Don't recommend the downtown area at all!!
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Old 06-06-2009, 09:20 AM   #22
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Story update: Burt headed for Bull Shoals, AL after Pickwick State Park to see a friend. Mike & I finished Tenn, Miss and into Ark.
In Helena, AR we looked at the local weather & Weather Channel and noted we were going to get wet. We decided to go until we got rained on and break for home.
Burt said he would met us in Helena about 7:30AM the next day.
We again checked the weather and saw that thunderstorms were already formed and hitting the Ft Smith & Little Rock area.
After breakfast at McDonald's- we waited for Burt, about 8:15AM, Mike hit the trail to do as much of the TAT as possible.
Burt arrived at 8:45AM, had to detour around a road closure. I told him our plan- ride till rain came & head for the house.
He decided to backtrack to Clarksville, Miss to see another friend- then head to Spur, TX (his birthplace) and meet his brother Raymond.
I changed my counter sprocket back to my 15 for faster road conditions and aired up my tires.

Off I head to catch up on the TAT just North of Helena. The roads were like Miss-- very large "marble-sized" gravel-- let the "dancing" begin.






Near Marvel, AR the sky fell in!! I hid under a car wash cover for about 20 minutes- put my rain gear on and headed for I-40.

I decided to slab it home, the sky was looking bad.
I only stopped for gas-- turned off I-40 , onto Ar 23 and headed into heavy rain for about 40 miles.
Near Elkins,AR I hit a cloud burst that really made my day-- all my "stuff" got wet!!

Made it home around 3:45PM-- just in time for "Happy Hour"!!

EPILOGUE: The Eastern TAT is fine, just not like the TAT from Colorado West! The best part of the Eastern TAT is the Ozarks in Ark (my opinion). Tenn is about 80% paved, Miss about 80% gravel, Ark about 80% gravel.
Not much challenging riding on the Eastern TAT,
but nice scenery.
The adventure is always unknown-- like the weather!!
Enjoyed the ride!!!
Continental Divide Ride next in August!!

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Old 06-06-2009, 09:22 AM   #23
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One last pic, the one above wasn't the one.

Ark TAT!!

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Old 06-06-2009, 10:01 AM   #24
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Good job Lee...Mission accomplished
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Old 06-09-2009, 09:00 AM   #25
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Great RR, guys! I'm looking forward to doing the TAT in the next year or so with my pal, The Gagster. He's going with a Honda XR650L, and I'm taking the Oh-So-Sweet WR250R.
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Old 06-09-2009, 09:01 AM   #26
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Old 06-09-2009, 03:35 PM   #27
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Old 06-09-2009, 03:59 PM   #28
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Old 06-09-2009, 04:40 PM   #29
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Thanks for the update.
I'll be out there in two weeks.

So looking forward to this...
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Old 06-11-2009, 08:54 AM   #30
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A 4 gallon tank should be on my bike within a couple weeks--that would give the bike at least a 240 mile range. It is an Aqualine tank available from www.justgastanks.com
I gave up waiting for Safari, Mark. Decided to use the EB Rotopax mounting system. Half the cost and only need to have it on there for the adv trips.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...30#post9895430
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