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Old 12-03-2009, 03:27 AM   #196
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Thanks. I am reading your RR now and about half way through. Great trip and RR.
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Old 12-03-2009, 06:37 AM   #197
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I sure wish that they were still in production because I want one. I am currently trying to figure out which method of carying extra fuel I will use without buying a new Safari tank. Anyone have one that they want to sell?
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Old 12-03-2009, 12:55 PM   #198
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TN TAT Detours

Really fine trip report. Appears that Sam's GPS tracklogs aren't updated with closures and essential detours. My riding buddy & I have his maps and GPS data (somewhere). Did you document at what milemarkers on his maps the closures and detours were?
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Old 12-03-2009, 05:51 PM   #199
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Didn't mark it, sorry. The big detour is in Mississippi, which I got from this thread:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...8&postcount=62

The TN off-piste excursion, and well most of them, were a mapping issue on my part imo, not a TAT routing issue. The roads get hard to read in Oklahoma and Arkansas... The problem isn't Sam's routes, as his maps match up very well with the CityNav2010 maps from Garmin, the problem is that bridges have been removed, roads closed/erased, etc and the maps haven't been updated. None of the reroutes took me more than 5-10 extra miles and were always just as if not more scenic. Think of the route as a solid suggestion, not canon.
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Old 12-04-2009, 09:49 AM   #200
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inspiring RR... beautiful trip. It's also great to read that you got your license in 2008 (same as me) and felt comfortable doing this long a trip. Had you been riding before off road or are you a total beginner? Good luck with the classes
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Old 12-04-2009, 10:51 AM   #201
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great pictures. thx for posting!
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Old 12-04-2009, 11:18 AM   #202
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inspiring RR... beautiful trip. It's also great to read that you got your license in 2008 (same as me) and felt comfortable doing this long a trip. Had you been riding before off road or are you a total beginner? Good luck with the classes
Total beginner. Except for riding a bicycle, mostly when I was younger, I had never been on a 2-wheeled vehicle. Between November when I got my first bike and August when I left, I had ridden just under 8000 miles, with as many forays into dirt as I could manage as well as a 1500 mile trip to Put-In-Bay Ohio, to get myself ready and to ensure I could handle the ride.
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Old 12-04-2009, 04:18 PM   #203
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Time to be greeted by one excited hound dog (from the walk a little after I got home)


get myself a beer, and start unpacking. When I got home I had 3 full days left before the start of fall classes, meaning I had a nice 3 days during which I did absolutely nothing. Well thats a lie, I had to unpack, clean the bike, get books, and sit by the pool staring at the hotties.

Hmm... guess he wasn't that excited after all, just wanted to get back into my room so he could get to my bed!


Thanks to everyone who helped me finish this trip, all of those whose rides inspired me to do this, and all of you who are reading it now.
Holy cow..I just got to page 10 of your RR, and I saw the dog. Looks just like Molly, our hound. We got her from the pound at 6 months....that was about a year and half ago. She is only starting to calm down now. LOL

The other dog is Taz, Siberian Husky/Beagle mix.



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Old 12-04-2009, 08:33 PM   #204
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Old 12-04-2009, 08:35 PM   #205
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Just read your entire RR. Great adventure! Really enjoyed it. Like that little Yamaha. Makes a great Dual Sport. I rode the TAT on a KLR650. Think your bike would have been better. Thanks for taking to the time to share your adventure.
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Old 12-04-2009, 09:18 PM   #206
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Great to hear skierd. I took an MSF course in October of 2008 but don't have a bike Tryin to save $ and reading ride reports helps a bit. Nice to know you pulled this off with so little experience! Cheers
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Old 12-05-2009, 03:19 AM   #207
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Loved your report...read it in one go

The little Yamahas looks like the perfect DS weapon ...... wish we got them (and I had the extra disposable income)
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Old 12-06-2009, 02:44 PM   #208
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Awesome Ride Report, Skierd. Sorry it took so long for me to notice it!

Cataloged this one on the WRRDualSport site, hope you don't mind!
http://www.wrrdualsport.com/ride-reports
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Old 12-15-2009, 05:21 PM   #209
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So I'm assuming that lots of people do this ride? If so, when you go through Catoosa WMA outside of Wartburg, do not go riding off through all of the little side roads. The rangers will be super pissed if they see you. Trust me on this one. I drove through Catoosa every day for four years and NEVER saw people riding ATVs or bikes off the main road, and that place is ATV central. People there will have more money in their ATV than their home.

I have a question. Does this route go from Lake City over to Petros through the Cumberland Mtns? If not, it should.

Also, there are some really wicked caves off of the main highways down around Rock Island. My father in law lives on that very river upstream a few miles towards Sparta. I've been in some caves down there that are insanely huge, and I grew up in Western KY where the whole place is just a bunch of caves. Trust me on this one, too. Go see the caves before you get to Rock Island.
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Old 12-15-2009, 05:36 PM   #210
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This is Angel. She was starving to death under an oil well pump jack right outside of Catoosa WMA in Morgan County, where Wartburg, TN is. Damn good dog. She can run from Wartburg to Crossville through Catoosa easily with only stopping to drink. Amazing.



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