Eastern Trans American Trail
United States Georgia Alpharetta
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4 Days on the Trans American Trail and 2 days return home for a total of 60 plus hours of riding and 1606 miles.
Things I learned;
The WR250R was fine for the trip, 70 + miles per hour when needed and 120 miles until the reserve light.
D606 rear tire shot after 1400 miles of paved roads.
Turn off turn signals.
Tie all straps up, including front tank bag strap.
People on cell phones are even on dirt roads. She almost ran me into the creek.
When eating ready to eat meals use a bowl not the bag that it comes in for heating.
Watch out for everyone, I was nearly run over by lady crossing 2 lanes in Mississippi.
Checkout all creeks you are not familiar with. Preferably, before you fall down in the middle of the creek.
When it looks like a driveway it probably is.
Dogs are everywhere in the country.
A flying turkey can knock you off the bike.
105 degrees is hot, but the Darien worked great and the SIDI Adventure Gore-Tex worked even better.
When you are riding gravel in Tennessee, watch out for ATV's.
There are a lot of nice people out there.
We left Alpharetta on July 10th at about 7:30 a.m. headed for Blueridge, Tellico Plains, and Knoxville then on to Jellico, Tennessee. The plan was to camp at Indian Mountain State Park, but we arrived about 1:00 PM, so we hit the TAT. There was a lot of gravel, dirt roads and elevation changes on the first leg. Our fist night’s camp was at the local reservoir outside Crossville Tennessee. The site was clean and quiet.
The next morning we headed for our second day in Tennessee. This section contained mostly paved farm roads. We found a few houses built in the middle of the farm road and the bridge was out across the damn. After rerouting and continuing on, we found ourselves looking for gas along I-24 south of Nashville. It was time to find a camp for the night, so we chose a private RV/tent park. The site was nice with an air-conditioned day room and clean bathrooms. We needed the air, after riding in 105 degree heat all day. By the way, ear plugs work great when you are camped next to I-24.
The new day brought more paved roads with only a few challenges. The challenges included several very slippery creek crossings. As I was sliding on my side in the first I heard Chris’s bike rev as he went down also. The bottom was one big piece of slate rock covered with slippery goo. I assume the people in the mobile home by the creek enjoyed seeing motorcycles headed for the creek. It had to be hilarious seeing us both crash in the creek at the same time. The next creek crossing was fine, but the 3rd was another challenge. Chris went first, sliding through with his feet down, me, it took twice to learn. Feet up, standing on the pegs, I’m riding through. Well it didn’t work this time either as I go sliding in the water again. The bottom was so slick it took both of us to get the bike up and the current was sliding us down stream. The last creek was fine.
We finally reached Mississippi. There were more gravel roads in this area of Tennessee. I guess the paving crews have not made it to this part of the state yet. Once we reached the Mississippi line, most roads were gravel. We crossed major roads several times as we zig zaged from the Tennessee line toward the Mississippi river. As we navigated the gravel roads around more farms there was another bridge out with road closed sign. Enough is enough, so we decide to see if we could get around this one. As we were making the decision, yes, we could get around this one, a man in a truck pulled up. At first, we assumed he was one of the construction crew and was getting ready to turn us around. It turned out he was very nice and offered directions once we crossed the old bridge. When we reached the Mississippi River our route took on top of the levees riding the gravel roads on top for about 5 miles. We crossed the Mississippi and ended up in Helena, Arkansas and found another motel with air-conditioning. 105 is just to hot to lay in a tent.
Day 5 heading home
Left Helena at about 8 and head for Huntsville, Alabama on as many back roads as possible. We ended up looking for a camp site around Guntersville Lake in Alabama, but it started raining really hard, so we ended up in another motel.
Guntersville Lake to the house on as many back roads as possible.