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Old 08-05-2013, 06:04 PM   #16
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Day 5 and 6

Day 5
From Norton, VA to Madisonville, TN.
Even though it was day 5 of riding it was day 7 of our trip and we were getting
antsy to get to the beginning of the TAT. So we decided get there a quick as possible via freeways and highways.

We stopped at BassPro Shop in Sevierville, TN for some camping gear and that place is amazing.
The place was packed and we received a few strange looks walking through the
aisles with all our gear on. We also stopped at Mountain Motorsports to pick up
a bungie cargo net for my bike.
When we came out an older gentleman was checking out our bikes. He asked what we were doing and where we were going, questions you'll get all the time
on these kinds of rides. I then asked if he still rides and he answers, " Of course."

"What do you ride?" I ask. "I put on about 6000 miles between my cruiser and my KLR. I used to more but since I'm over 80 now the wife asked me to stay
at home a little more."

It turns out he was 82 and takes his KLR on dirt and gravel roads on a regular basis. With encouragement like that I hope I can ride another 30 years.

After that we jumped back on the freeway and headed for Madisonville.
Madisonville is only 20 minutes from Tellico Plains so we decided to stay there
for the night and get an early start on the TAT.

Day 6

A lot of things happened this day, the first day on the trail. First off we grabbed some breakfast at an AHOP, not an IHOP. We were talking about the trip
at breakfast and the guy at the next booth overheard us and started asking questions. He asked what we thought about the area and I asked him what was
up with all the giant lawns. He says, " Heck, I live in a singlewide and I have a 2 acre lawn. It takes me 2 hours to mow it since I don't have a one those good cub cadets, just a regular sit on mower. We just like grass."

We decide it's time to get on the road. We get the rollcharts out and look for mile 0, the beginning of the trail. It starts at an intersection in Tellico Plains.

The beginning of the trail.


The start of the trail? OK, where's the dirt? So we follow the roll chart and my messed up GPS routing (I'll elaborate on that later) and get to our first turn point a couple miles down the road.

Here we go. Now we really starting. Our first dirt on the TAT.


The roads are in great condition. Dirt and gravel, just a little moist, not too much dust. A few easy water crossings, well I thought they were easy. Pete
tells me later he's never done one before.

10 miles in we come to a water crossing that's a little tougher. Now these aren't
the infamous slimy cement water crossings TN is notorius for, they're later on
the trail. These are just rock and gravel. But the fourth is solid granite with solid granite narrow ruts to catch your tire in. Which Pete did and down he went. He didn't get hurt but did manage to completely flood his DR.

After we got it ashore.


Sorry, the was a little condensation on the lens.

Giant loop bags will take on water when submerged.


The day was just beginning. I'll continue it in the next post.
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:18 PM   #17
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Day 6 continued

OK, let's get the DR started. Pete hits the start button, the engine chugs a bit,
then coughs and finally starts.
It's a little rough and then it starts blowing steam from the exhaust. We figure
it has a little water in the system so we run it for minute or two but the steam is
still coming.



We check the air filter and the airbox is full of water. Easy enough to drain.
Then we check the sight glass and it's looks like grey milk, time to change the oil.

Of course we only have one extra quart so it's back to town to find some more. On the way back to Tellico I pass a campground that caters to motorcycles and figure they may know where I can pick up some oil. It's early
and the office isn't open yet but I see a some dualsports in one of the campsites.
I walk over and introduce myself and find out they're starting the TAT today too. They're the kids, Nick, Eric and Taylor who just graduated from Virginia Tech this is their graduation present to themselves. We talk a bit and figure
we'll see each other on trail which we will and I head out to find some oil.

I eventually end up at a Napa auto parts which has some oil. I buy 5 qts of Mobile 1 (enough for two oil changes) and the clerk asks " You know how much that is?" Yeah I do, here's my debit card, you need an ID?

He says " Let me see your belt buckle." "I don't have a belt buckle." "Well that's
what we use for ID" "Where do I get one?" An older guy at the counter says I have to earn it. I ask "How?" "We're having a snipe hunt tonight." Yeah, I not that young, I'll see you guys.

I get back to Pete and we do an unenviromental oil change on the side of the trail. Bike starts right up, no indication of oil in the sight glass, load up and
get going. The entire delay was less than 1.5 hours, not too bad.

We ride for bit, off the dirt and on to the pavement. We're stopped at an intersection figuring which way to go. Pete had never used a roll chart before
and I screwed my routes on the GPS. It's my first GPS and didn't really know how to use. That's not the case anymore.

Anyway, the kids I met earlier pulled up and we started discussing the trail.



As it happens, Taylor had done tracks for the entire TAT in his GPS and offered
to let me copy them. So we traded micro SD cards and did the transfer.
He said just keep his chip since the tracks were on the hard drive of his GPS.
Cool, we set for the rest of the ride.
We talk some more and decide to ride with them for awhile. This leads to our next event of the day.

All five of us were riding along on the pavement going up a mountain with
some hairpin corners. I was 3rd in going into a left hander. About half way
through my rear tire decided to step out. I counter steered but the rear just kept coming around. My momentum kept the bike up until I was going maybe 3 mph. The bike went down but not me.
I was just standing over it and the bike was on it's side. Luckily there wasn't any oncoming traffic since I ended up halfway into the other lane.
No damage to the bike at all and I just had a slight hamstring pull from trying to hold the bike up. Looking a the road I actually hit an oil trail.

You can see the oil trail in the pic.


We lifted the bike up and and I said too bad we didn't get a picture. Then Nick says, "I got it on the GoPro! The entire slide out." I haven't seen the video yet but am hoping to get a copy.

It was then I started to realize how top heavy my set up was and I might have to change it. I get more evidence of that later.

We rode on and then guys said they were heading to Nashville to meet some relatives for the night. We said we see them later and headed to Monteagle, TN and grabbed a motel for the night. Our first day on the TAT was an interesting one.
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Old 08-08-2013, 08:45 AM   #18
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What a way to get the adventure started, one baptized bike and one low sided bike
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Old 08-08-2013, 09:57 AM   #19
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I would love to see that video !!! LOL!!!
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Old 08-08-2013, 01:20 PM   #20
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Seriously! That video needs posting. Are the VA Tech guys finished with the TAT yet? Lol, I thought we took our time...
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Old 08-08-2013, 02:34 PM   #21
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sounds like a great trip....

sorry, i think fat pig cops that perform highway robbery sukk!!!... did the same routine going up the ohio river a couple of years ago.... the town ain't got enough $$$, so that's how they pay the judge and piggys.... lame.....
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Old 08-09-2013, 07:08 PM   #22
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Not to jump ahead in the story, but some of you already know Pete (leadman) had a
little mishap in Colorado and destroyed his knee.

Well he had surgery today, full knee reconstruction, and the doc said everything
went well. He's looking at 4 weeks on crutches and at least 6 months for full recovery.
I picked him up at the hospital and although he was a little loopy,
he was in great spirits.

Everybody please wish him well.
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Old 08-12-2013, 04:47 PM   #23
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Days 7 & 8

Day 7 Monteagle, TN to Florence, AL

Not much this day. Just riding through the back roads of TN. Very green and lush and much more riding on pavement than we expected. We did visit the
Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg. Lots of bikes in the parking lot, of course
all Harleys. They thought we were nuts with all our gear on but after sliding out the
day before the gear was fine.



We came across some critters,



rode under train trestles,




and also crossed some of the infamous TN slick water crossings. They ended up
being a non-issue especially compared to the day before.



It was getting to be late in the day and we checked the GPS for the nearest motel. It was about 20 minutes away and ended up being in Alabama.

We settled into our rooms and then headed for dinner. It had been hot all day
and it felt great to ride to dinner in shorts and a t-shirt. Of course then it decided to rain, a full blown thunderstorm, with hail, and we got drenched. Walked into Ruby Tuesdays completely soaked, but dinner was decent.

Wet with no gear.



Day 8

Florence, AL to New Albany, MS

We would finish riding in TN today and get into MS.

But first we'd have to negotiate deep sand.



Pete had his first dry land get off in the picture above. I ended up riding his bike through it and he took a short walk.

My bike felt way top heavy with my luggage set up and it started me thinking
it might need a change. I'd be convinced a few days later.

We crossed over the Tennessee River on the Pickwick Dam and a few miles later we were in MS and it was a pleasant surprise.

I had never been to MS and didn't expect to be in forest most of the ride.
We were riding great dirt roads that looked like their primary use was for
logging. No offense to TN but the riding was much better here.
This is also the day we had our first flat. Pete hit a nail and down went his rear tire. Easy fix except for the 90 degree heat and 90% humidity. Us
California boys aren't used to manual labor in those conditions. It was a welcome
relief to get back on the bikes so we could cool down.

We grabbed a room in New Albany and headed for Arkansas the next day.
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Old 08-12-2013, 05:23 PM   #24
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Not to jump ahead in the story, but some of you already know Pete (leadman) had a
little mishap in Colorado and destroyed his knee.

Well he had surgery today, full knee reconstruction, and the doc said everything
went well. He's looking at 4 weeks on crutches and at least 6 months for full recovery.
I picked him up at the hospital and although he was a little loopy,
he was in great spirits.

Everybody please wish him well.
hey pete, wish you a quick recovery. you'll get another shot next time.

meanwhile, let's enjoy dean's adventure.

nice reporting and keep them coming.
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Day 9

New Albany, MS to Helena, AR

We started our 2nd day in MS with some more great dirt roads.





The pine forest started to give way to smaller trees and the terrain started to flatten out as rode towards the Mississippi delta. Then we ran the kudzu.
It just covered everything and made the trees appear as some kind of giant topiaries. I don't know if it kills the underlying trees but it looks cool.



The last few miles before we crossed into AR the TAT had us riding farmland levies. These were good riding, nice, hard pack and you could actually ride
with some speed.



Lady Luck Rhythm and Blues Casino and the Helena bridge is where we crossed the Mississippi River into Helena AR and grabbed a motel.

To everybody reading this I know it's been a bit dry but don't worry it'll get
more interesting. Especially out west.
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Old 08-14-2013, 09:24 PM   #26
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Old 08-15-2013, 05:18 PM   #27
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Day 10

Helena, AR to Russellville, AR

The riding this day started on the flat farm roads of the Mississippi Delta.
You'd think it'd be easy riding, you would be wrong. The farmers need to get
around without getting stuck on dirt roads so, they are covered with deep gravel. We're talking 3-5 inches. Not fun to ride with a top heavy bike. I'm thinking
again that I have to do something about my luggage situation.

Then as we were going through some small town out of the corner of my eye
I see an older gentleman waving his arm at me. I'm only going about 20 mph
so I'm not speeding so I just keep going. I get to the next intersection and look
back waiting for Pete and he's talking to the guy and Pete waves me back.
I had no idea what was going on. So I go back and it turns out the guy has a TAT registry and wanted us to sign it. Apparently he has a sign a little ways back but
we didn't see it.

Turns out his name is Percy. He's retired and spends his time collecting items and displays them in his museum. He also offer TATers ice cold sparkling
water for free. We take him up on his offer and spend some time talking him,
real nice guy. So if your riding by where ever it is stop by and say hi.



After leaving Percy and the deep gravel roads we came to some nice smooth
gravel roads and sped up a bit.

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Found some roads with interesting names.



As we headed into the hills and the beginning of the Ozarks my bike's rear started to feel a little wonky.

Turns out I had a screw in my rear tire, our 2nd flat of the trip.



No wonder it got through the tire.



Luckily we were in the shade for the repair. Because Pete's Vapor trip computer was reading 105 and checking the weather that day the humidity
was around 90%.

You can see by my shirt we were sweating a bit.



There was a little creek nearby and a head dunk was a welcome relief. We
got the bike back together and headed into the hills. A little elevation meant a
little cooler temps and more entertaining riding. Good roads, lots of trees and elevation changes. Some great views too.

Easy road



And the views



Later in the day we stopped in Scotland, AR for some Gatorade and snacks.
It's commonplace in these small towns to have tables, like small restaurants,
for their customers to sit and eat. Since it's air conditioned we hang out for awhile and when we go to leave they ask if we're doing the TAT. "That we are," we say. "Will you sign are TAT registry?" Be glad to. I think AR likes keeping tabs on us.

Right around dusk we started looking for a motel and ended up in Russellville.
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Old 08-16-2013, 01:08 PM   #28
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lookin' good!
Hope you made it all the way to Port Orford!
Matt and I did some of the TAT last week, but stopped in NV...

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hey mootsuno, how long ago did you ride the TAT? you dont mention dates.

also, what is the town that Percy is in? we are starting the TAT in 2 weeks and would like to stop in and sign his registry. i think that's pretty awesome.

thanks man! can't wait for more. and best wishes to your rider who was hurt, waiting for details on that too...
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hey mootsuno, how long ago did you ride the TAT? you dont mention dates.

also, what is the town that Percy is in? we are starting the TAT in 2 weeks and would like to stop in and sign his registry. i think that's pretty awesome.

thanks man! can't wait for more. and best wishes to your rider who was hurt, waiting for details on that too...
I arrived home 4 weeks ago today. That put me in Port Orford 4 weeks ago
yesterday. I live 390 miles south of Port Orford directly down Hwy 101, only a one
day ride home. We started riding from Butler, PA on 6/17 and started the trail in Tellico Plains on 6/22.

I'm sorry I don't remember the name of the town Percy is in. Keep your eyes peeled in the small towns in the first part of AR,
he told us that there's a sign welcoming TAT riders but we missed it.

Percy's a great guy and you'll probably meet his son Len, too. Along the trail
you'll find a number of establishments that welcome TATers and I'll try to finish the ride report
before you leave that'll show a few more of them.

Thanks for the sentiment for Pete. He had a surgery follow up yesterday and the doc
said he is doing well and should be back on the road in a few months.

VS, I think you're really going to enjoy this trip. I've been on quite a few multiweek
trips and this was by far the best. Have a great time!
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