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Old 09-12-2013, 06:23 AM   #1
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The Kentucky Adventure Tour (KAT)

After 6 years of development, I've finally got the KAT to where I'm happy with it.
This is a 833 mile loop (not counting the hard sections) around the hills and mountains of south eastern Kentucky. It is about 65% rural narrow twisty paved roads with the rest being gravel and dirt roads. It will take 4 full summer days of riding to complete the main loop. It will take 5-6 days if you take the hard sections. Some of these areas are very remote so do not go alone! The average distance between gas stops is around 50 miles. I have marked with waypoints the gas stations, food and hotels.

This loop does go through some active coal mining areas on the far eastern side but the roads are still open to the public. You may run into a situation where the road is shut down due to work or blasting. There will be a security guard in a truck, the ones that I have spoke with are very friendly and more than happy to tell you a way around.

As far as bikes go, the main loop can be done on bigger bikes but keep in mind there are sections with large rocks, some mud and hills so I highly recommend that you have experience in these conditions and run an aggressive tire.

If you decide that you want to take the hard sections, I STRONGLY advise light weight bikes that can handle very difficult single track, mud, creeks, hills, rocks, tight switch backs, downed trees and lots of other trail nasties. I would only recommend taking these sections if you are a very experienced off road rider. The Hatfield Extreme section requires a Hatfield McCoy trail pass. FULL KNOBBIES ARE A MUST!!!

The main loop is broken down into sections using different colors with each color being 500 track points or less. The red sections are the hard sections.

You must use a GPS that is capable of reading track logs (NOT ROUTES!). Garmin Roads and Recreation software shows all of these roads. I have also had very good luck using my iPhone and the Motion X GPS app with the Motion X Roads mapset. I used this on my final check ride this past week and it worked perfectly.

Here are some hotels that I have stayed in and recommend...

Slade, Li'l Abner Motel
Williamson, Mountaineer Hotel
Harlan, Mount Aire Motel
Jellico, Days Inn
Williamsburg, Cumberland Inn‎
McKee, Town & Country Motel

Post your comments, ride report links and if you run into any issues here.

Have fun and ride safe!

A fantastic ride report by Cannonshot... http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=971478



Here is the GPX file...always download the latest addition before making the trip as I may add or change things from time to time.

Updated as of 9/13/14
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Old 09-12-2013, 06:48 AM   #2
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Here are some highlight pics...































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Old 09-12-2013, 07:03 AM   #3
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Awesome man! I'd love to see that posted up at dualsportmaps.com
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:06 AM   #4
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Can't wait to look at this in detail. Thanks for all the hard work Jeff!

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Can't wait to look at this in detail. Thanks for all the hard work Jeff!

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Sorry I didn't get to meet you the other night when you picked up your Shorai, I had already left for the day.
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Awesome man! I'd love to see that posted up at dualsportmaps.com
I'll look into it when I get some more time. When are you going to develope an iOS app?
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Old 09-12-2013, 09:03 AM   #7
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Old 09-12-2013, 09:20 AM   #8
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Can't wait to ride it! Thanks!!!!
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Great work Jeff. Like the others I can't wait to give it a go!
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Old 09-12-2013, 06:38 PM   #10
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sounds like plan on late fall
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Thanks!

Thanks for all of the hard work. I can't wait to get south and try this out!
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Looks like a good ride!
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:59 PM   #13
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Ready set go!

Sent from my phone because it's easier.
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Old 09-12-2013, 08:32 PM   #14
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where can we get the map or gps cord.
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Old 09-13-2013, 05:02 AM   #15
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where can we get the map or gps cord.
The GPS file is in my first post.
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