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Old 03-30-2014, 02:21 PM   #1
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TAT: MS Hill Country Loop

Anyone here done the Trans Am MS hill country loop? Some friends and I are going to take an extended weekend and hit it.

Impressions? I've heard it's a little more aggressive terrain than the normal TAT trail.
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Old 03-30-2014, 03:47 PM   #2
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Hill country in Miss.

I would bet it is a muddy mess about now. Need some drying for dirt hills.
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Old 03-30-2014, 03:52 PM   #3
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I noticed I didn't put the date. We're going mid-May.

I've done the MS portion of the normal TAT route, and remember MS being enjoyable.
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Old 04-01-2014, 09:01 PM   #4
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I did it over Thanksgiving last year. Other than it was freaking cold (25 degrees) it's a very easy ride. It will take all day! I'd plan on being in the road each day by 7am. When in May? I might be interested in doing it again.
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Old 04-02-2014, 04:41 PM   #5
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We're gonna hit the trail May 13th. I get off work that morning, and will be about a 2.5-3 hour commute to the start point. Hope to get there around noon, eat lunch, and knock out 60-80 miles. We'll be camping at night.

Hope to get the rest done with two full days of riding, and head back the 16th.

Usually on TAT trips in the past, we average around 200 miles a day, so we might spill into the 16th a touch, but no big deal as we're close to home.

I see you're from Dothan. I grew up there... Small world.
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Old 04-04-2014, 07:41 AM   #6
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Anyone here done the Trans Am MS hill country loop? Some friends and I are going to take an extended weekend and hit it.

Impressions? I've heard it's a little more aggressive terrain than the normal TAT trail.

Hi JRose,

Yes---I road it a few years ago---and Sam Correro joined me on it for a bit.
You've been mis-informed about the difficulty (when dry)---it's the easiest route of all.

The story is here : http://www.bigdogadventures.com/Miss...illCountry.htm

I rate the ride extremely easy---------------unless it's really muddy--then it would may be impassable in places.
The Western TAT is much, much, much, much , much harder.

I was on my WR250R on that ride--Sam was on his XT250.

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Old 04-04-2014, 07:56 AM   #7
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I'm planning to go if I can ever get all of my ducks in a row. Hopefully I have my S together when ya'll go and I'll tag along, if not I'm going to attempt a solo trip sometime soon.
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Old 04-04-2014, 08:35 AM   #8
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It's a great ride. I did the North route last April, and plan to do both this fall sometime. As others have said, it can be rough if it's muddy, but 3 or 4 good sunny days after a rain will dry it up just fine. It can also be interesting if the roads are all freshly graded. I'm tellin ya, I followed a road grader most of the way up there.

Grenada lake is a great place to camp if you night stays don't fall at either end of the trail. Grenada also has a few good hotels.

I also have a few tracks that run from Mathiston to Forrest and over to Jackson, if you're interested in doing some gravel on the way or way back. I would be glad to send them to you. Be warned, few are untested .
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Old 04-04-2014, 12:44 PM   #9
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Anyone that can make those dates, feel free to tag along. I'm always into meeting new riders!

If it's a little on the easy side, that's ok. I remember MS portion of the TAT just being tons of gravel roads, but still enjoyable, pretty riding.

After the month I've had at work, I can care less how easy or difficult it is, I just need a few days on my bike, in the dirt.

As for tracks, I literally just got my first GPS in today (Garmin Oregon). I really have to figure this thing out, but would love to start sharing routes around our AO.
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