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Old 07-04-2010, 10:45 AM   #1
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Sam Hearn's Last Ride - The Trans American Trail

Sam died this morning a little after 9:00AM. He was a long time rider and hung in to the very end! Sam had a massive stroke a number of years ago and was supposed to die, but he didn't! He continued to ride and worked to his seventies. But, I guess all rides come to an end at some point, Sam's "earth" ride ended today!

Sam has rode many miles with Sheryl and I! We have had the pleasure of doing multi day motorcycle trips on a number of occasions. Sam only rode on pavement and never owned a dual sport bike, but as a dear friend, he was always very interested in my dual sport travels.

Sheryl and I are in Amarillo, TX attending a family reunion. Sam, who lives in Greenville, MS passed away at the VA Hospital in Jackson, MS. I brought my KLR with me and had long planned on re-riding the Colorado and Utah portion of the TAT with a cousin that lives just south of Amarillo. Sam knew of my plans, as well as Angie, his daughter. When Angie call shortly after Sam passed away, she insisted that I continue on with the trip. She told Sheryl "tell Donnie to go on the trip, that is what my daddy would want". I know that is what Sam would have wanted as well.

While the plan had been for both of us to return home if Sam passed away, the plan has changed. I am going to do the trip, but this time Sam can go as well! I am sure we will all have a good time! This will be Sam's first off road trip and his first time on the TAT!

We have a relatively new laptop with us and I am having trouble finding some pictures of Sam to post. If I can, I will post them from Amarillo, if not Sheryl will post some from the desktop computer when she gets home.

I was not planning on doing a Ride Report of this trip, but that has changed as well! There will be a Ride Report of Sam and my last ride together! I won't write it till I get home, but I will be thinking of Sam and the report the entire trip.

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Old 07-04-2010, 10:57 AM   #2
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Sam on his trike and Tom.

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Old 07-04-2010, 10:59 AM   #3
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Sam and one of his grand-daughters

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Old 07-04-2010, 11:02 AM   #4
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Old 07-06-2010, 10:27 AM   #5
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I love you Sam Hearn!
I miss you so much!
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Old 07-06-2010, 04:18 PM   #6
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Sorry for your loss. From the pix it looks like he enjoyed a good life. I wish you both good luck on the TAT!
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R.I.P.Sam

I'm sure he's enjoying your dedication... and knows he's been loved

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So sad to loose a close friend.
Will be following your ride. Enjoy every minute of it.
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Godspeed, Sam. Donnie, keeping the passenger pegs down for Sam is a great way to honor him. Looking forward to seeing more about your ride.
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Old 07-12-2010, 07:09 AM   #10
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Hi!

I got home last night and as soon as I go see my father at the Retirement-Home, I will start on the Ride Report. Sam, Billy and I had a great time!

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Sam Hearn's Last Ride - The TAT Day 1

After being at the family reunion from Friday through Sunday we were up early Monday morning. First I had to see my wife off to Mississippi! She was to ride with my aunt. Next Billy and I drove down to Canyon, TX to begin our ride.

Here is the Beauty and the Beast! Billy just bought a 0 mile 2007 BMW X Challenge and I am riding my 64,000 mile plus KLR.

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Sam Hearn's Last Ride - The TAT Day 1

Here is Billy Smith brightening up the picture. He will be accompanying Sam, if only in my thoughts and me for the ride.



Billy and I have rode the Colorado and Utah portions of the TAT before, but the passes north of Salida were closed due to snow, we hoped that they would be clear this year!

This is the beginning odometer on the old KLR!



64,627 miles and ready for more!
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Sam Hearn's Last Ride - The TAT Day 1

First we had to gas up before leaving town.



After 250 miles of US87, US64 and I25 we hit gravel, that is dirt for you city folks.

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Old 07-12-2010, 03:35 PM   #14
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Sam Hearn's Last Ride - The TAT Day 1

If I understood correctly from these guys, this was an old Indian Church.



Pretty obvious why we like to ride this trail, right?

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Sam Hearn's Last Ride - The TAT Day 1

Nice, relaxing riding! Getting cooler too!

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