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Old 11-20-2010, 06:24 AM   #1
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BigDog/SamCorrero-Mississippi Hill Country

November, 2010

How me and Sam meet for the first time and ride together has a story. So grab a cup of coffee.
As of November of 2010---Sam has only one route for his Mississippi Hill Country ride---with
a future return loop promised later on. I didn't want to go down there till I had both routes and could make a
nice 2 day loop ride out of it.

Mark Sampson left---Sam Correro Right



I hated to bug him--but e-mailed him to see if he actually had the other route ready.
What you see here is the maps of the South to North route available on his website.
I still needed the other route.
I also got an invite to ride it with him--but timelines never worked out.
So he sent me a rollchart that really wasn't ready for prime time to ride another route
North to South---so now I have both. But the one was just a rollchart.
I didn't know if I could convert the rollchart to a gps route---but did.

So I just head down there with the routes in my gps and sent an e-mail to Sam saying I was
leaving the next day to ride the routes and I would be riding right by his house, which is right
on the route. So...........he calls me and says don't come to his house ?????? I've moved he said !!!!!

He then diverts me to his new residence in Mississippi which is right on the Mississippi, Tennesee
border South of Pickwick Dam state park and Counce, Tennessee. He says we'll ride a brand new route and use a handwritten
rollchart that nobody has yet-------how cool is that !!!! When I get to his house he hands me the hand written rollchart
and I convert it to a gps route in a bout 5 minutes to Sam's amazement.
He then tells me I'm the navigator tomorrow----------OK !!!

Then I get a Mississippi Hill Country sticker which I immediately put me and Dingleweed's name on.




Here's the handwritten rollchart he hands me.
GPS coordinates---all hand written.






So I get to see all of his handy work--and where he keeps all his precious maps and rollcharts.
There are stacks of these thing--as he sells lots of them.



So I decide to help myself to one--surely he won't miss one !!!!!
Well---since I have ridden all of his routes I put it back.

See that hat I'm wearing ??? "The Man--The Myth--The Legend"
Yeh ---I stole that from him too !!!!

I'm just kidding of course--that was a gift to me from HF or High Five on Adventure rider.
But---it really should be worn by Sam no doubt.
Sam wouldn't take it anyway---said he never wore hats.



Friday morning 11-12-10 Sam hauls us to the start of the ride in Paris, Mississippi----population 17.



Sam's riding a new Yamaha XT250 and I'm on my Yamaha WR250R.
I proudly put my Mississippi Hill Country sticker on my rear fender---and another on my side panel.



We had departed in the dark and on our way to the start the sun almost has risen over the horizon as we
stop to take a break at these Indian Mounds.



More to come--later--going riding
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Old 11-20-2010, 08:03 AM   #2
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Old 11-20-2010, 08:13 AM   #3
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sams a good guy and an icon.

you can find a video interview with him if you follow the link in my sig.
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Old 11-20-2010, 08:17 AM   #4
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Old 11-20-2010, 08:25 AM   #5
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Not only did you meet Tatman, but you got a tour of the Tatcave. Then you go riding with Tatman.

Yep, I'm subscribed.
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Old 11-20-2010, 11:45 AM   #6
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Looking forward to another on of your excellent adventures

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Old 11-21-2010, 05:19 AM   #7
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I was on the lookout for this.....

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Old 11-21-2010, 06:19 AM   #8
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Old 11-21-2010, 02:27 PM   #9
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Da Big Dog does it again.

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Old 11-21-2010, 04:48 PM   #10
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All ya'll need is gaspipe with ya'll. Never done the Mississippi portion of the TAT. Should be a neat trip on a new trail. Looking forward to the report and pictures. Sam doesn't get near enuff credit for what he has worked so hard to create for us. Hard to believe it's been over 10 years since I started out with the Arkansas Map and Rollchart on my then DR350SE.
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Old 11-22-2010, 09:17 AM   #11
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Old 11-22-2010, 04:28 PM   #12
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Old 11-22-2010, 06:09 PM   #13
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My Day with Sam Correro

Glad to see everybody here---I hope to give some insight to you what makes Sam tick on this short but sweet ride

Me and Sam unload in Paris, Mississippi to start riding South on his new route and would end up the day in Gluckstadt, Mississippi.

Sam only had the time to ride a few hours today---and I finished the rest alone. But I had spent an afternoon and evening with him already and was starting to get a feel for who Sam Corerro is. And when I got back to his house 2 days later, I would get to know him even better.

After Sam gave me his hand written rollchart he gave me some Mississippi Hill Country stickers and I proudly displayed them on my Yamaha WR250R.

Can't ride without stickers.
I placed it proudly next to my Hells Canyon and Motorcycle Jazz.com stickers I got earlier this year on a ride
with my buddy Scott Stevenson----AKA---"Dingleweeds".



It's a beautiful crisp morning in Mississpi--just right for riding.
I have to admit I felt so odd or out of place leading Sam this morning on his own route-----I wanted him to lead but he would have none of that and off we went.



I was using my gps for navigation but brought Sam's maps and rollcharts in case I have a digital mal-function !!!
Sam carried no navigation and didn't have the route memorized--he depended on me to do it all.

Here is Sam riding up to me at a turn---I waited for him at any major turn--he is riding his Yamaha XT250. Sam is not very tall at all---I'm sure my bike would have way to tall for him.



I think he was amazed how I breezed thru turn after turn without any hesitation.
I learned a lot about Sam---one........he's a very simple man. Likes things simple and he's very old school too.
Loves old movies and things the old way. He putts around like me---driving the speed limit and letting everybody in a hurry
and all caught up in the modern dizzying world just pass him by.
He's a gentleman too---has a nice girlfriend...and I was impressed with their obvious respect and love for each other.





Sam and his girlfriend had identical XT250's and identical 4-wheelers to enjoy the trails together with.

I was really enjoying this ride and Sam loved hearing me say so---he loves people enjoying his routes he has laid out.

This one in dry weather was very easy---but relaxing and scenic--not many people wherever we rode.




Like I said---Sam is a simple man and rode in blue jeans and a sweater.
This man puts on no aires---at all.



We rode thru many burned areas----I should have asked---but I didn't know if they were accidental fires or prescribed burns.



Sam Correrro







If your never been to Mississippi you've probably never heard of the plant Kudzoo.
The stuff grows everywhere and suffocates all other plants and even trees.
It's usually a bright green--but after a frost in this area it kills it out for the winter to a brown color.



I'ts kind of earie looking stuff---and I can remember a trip me and my wife took in about 1987 to the East coast on my
BMWK75S. We were riding in the dark in Mississippi and was going to camp and ran into some of this eerie looking stuff
in the dark and it gave me and my wife the creeps.





It was near here that Sam had to leave me as he some things he had to do.
I would be left alone to ride all the way to Gluckstadt, Mississippi on his North to South route and then
ride North the next day to Batesville, Mississippi on a
different route----then on to his house where we would finish getting
better aquainted and where I'd spend the night again.

My gps would be my guidance----but I brought his maps in case my gps quit.
This is the first time I've carried his maps with me. I've always depended on my gps.



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Old 11-22-2010, 06:26 PM   #14
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Sam is truly a great guy! It's been a few years since I've rode with him, can't wait to ride with him again some day.
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Old 11-23-2010, 08:26 PM   #15
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Looks like a great ride Mark! Coffee's ready.
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