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  1. hverbakel

    hverbakel ODSC-OFTR Member

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    I've been doing some research into the TAT with the hope of tackling part of it next year., Has anyone here ridden the trail that could give me some insight.
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    hardman ODSC-ADV Member

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    Advrider.com is a good source of information as there are many ride reports on the TAT
  3. DualSport

    DualSport Ride Organizer

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    A few years back, 3 of us decided we'd try the TAT. The first decision was to skip the first few Eastern states and start at Colorado. A set of maps and routes for CO, UT, ID, & OR were purchased from Sam Correro (the "owner" of the TAT route) and at that time all the information was on paper. The first step was to plot everything in GPS format, although now you can purchase a GPS tracklog as well as the original data.

    It became apparent that it would be difficult to do this ride from an Ontario base without additional support. Just getting to the start in SE Colorado would be quite an effort, but having to ride back home from the Oregon coast after completing a 2 week ride would be a depressing thought. Could you ship bikes.etc to the start and from the end? Could you find someone to drive a support vehicle for the entire trip? We eventually decided it wouldn't be practical for us to do this trip - I was the only one with a "real" DS bike that was capable of doing the to/from road stuff, the other bikes were a Husaberg TE450 and a KTM 525EXC.

    For me, the main attraction of riding in the Western States is the mountains and there's nowhere better for that than the Colorado Rockies. We abandoned the TAT idea and decided on a 3 week trip to CO and UT, starting with the the ADV Rider WestFest Rally in Buena Vista, CO and moving on to Gunnison for a while, then Moab, UT and finished off in Ouray, CO. A large Triton trailer was borrowed from an ODSC member and we used my 3/4 ton truck to haul everything. It was a memorable trip for all of us - see Colorado Trip (Note: this was a captioned Picasa WebAlbum but Google closed Picasa and moved pictures to Google Photo and lost the captions and GPS data).

    I would point out that we did try to do some sections on the TAT that were close to us. It was really frustrating as there wasn't any access to the many of the sections we tried. I read on many posts on ADV Rider that this is typical on the the TAT - access changes and Sam's original route doesn't always get updated. Not sure if this is still the case now that GPS data is available and can be updated easier than hard copy data.

    I'd be interested in how your trip planning turns out.

    Bob
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  4. hverbakel

    hverbakel ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Thanks for all the great info Bob. I've spent a fair bit of time on Sams site and Kevin's site trying to gather information about the trail. I was planning on devoting about a weeks time to tackle the first section of the TAT. I was planning on trailering down south from Buffalo or Detroit to a point somewhere along the TAT where the majority of pavement ends and backroads and actual trail conditions begin and head west from that point. My thoughts were if you had 5 guys, all on dual sports, then 4 guys could ride and one drive the support vehicle, taking rotating shifts every half or full day. The time off from riding might be welcomed. I have a good open aluminum trailer that could hold the bikes. I know the western portion would be spectacular as Ive ridden roads bikes there for many years, as I have throughout the eastern portion of the surrounding trail areas. I just don't want to waste time riding on the pavement on the DRZ. I am trying to determine where that initial drop off/start point should be.
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    DualSport Ride Organizer

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    That's a good idea of 5 guys and 1 driving the "support" truck. I found it was difficult to get 4 guys who could make a committment to spend 3 weeks away in the summer and only 3 made the trip. A shorter trip would be easier to organize.

    Bob