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Thursday, July 16, 2020

2020 TAT - Day 2

Day 2 is in the books... a whopping 217 miles were completed. (yes, we know, need more daily miles). It was grueling at times due to the loose gravel... always trying to keep the bike upright. Average speed today, only about 28 mph. (damn gravel - practice makes perfect.... I know there will be more gravel to come)

Not sure if you know this or not, the TAT (Trans America Trail) was created (or at least this version) by Sam Correro - he lives in TN. We'll be stopping by his house to say hello and thank him for his hard work. 

Yes, I did in fact pay for the rights to access his work for our trip - get your copy at transamtrail.com

Anyways, Sam and the TAT have been a work in progress for many years.

Direct from wikipedia:

The Trans America Trail or TAT is a roughly 5,000-mile (8,000 km) cross continent vehicular route, intended to be a way to cross the United States using a minimum of paved roads for leisure, traveled by dual-sport motorcyclesoff-road vehicle, or touring bicycle.

The trail was initially scouted by Sam Correro in 1984 who spent 12 years to assemble the route and maintains the legality of the route by only using publicly accessible roads and trails.

OK, so now you know what it is we're up to... let's get down to the D2 Details.

Our morning was filled with two things: Rain & Gravel. I guess you could mix the two and come up with something like concrete - but when you mix in motorcycles... ugh. Not as much fun. There were several  moments worth describing:
1. "Oh Shit, I can't see" - it was raining hard and we were in the clouds (mountain tops) and of course, our face shield for our helmets were constantly fogging up.
2. Riding through the farms - big and beautiful landscapes. Both Paul and I realized that we will probably describe our surroundings as 'beautiful' and 'amazing' many more times. It happened multiple times today. The last moment of the day was when we passed by Bath Alum. Just amazing. 
3. Gravel isn't really friendly to motorcycles. It takes your front tire and does whatever it wants. you need to counteract those actions or you'll be eating gravel.
4. I've been enjoying seeing/talking/waving to people. Everywhere we've been so far, people want to know what we're up to and everyone waves as we roll by. Refreshing and enjoyable to the heart.
5. CIVIL WAR - no, I'm not asking for a civil war... but we went through many many famous areas here in Virginia related to the Civil War. LOVE IT.
6. Dust.
7. Undulating & Curvy Farm Roads. I can't get enough of them.

Lunch today was at BG’s Family Restaurant. Double Bacon Cheeseburger with all the fixings. I heard my arteries scream. I ignored them as they sometimes deserve the punishment.

Great part about not having a plan - it was time to find a place to stay for the night and we got an all-in-one treat when we rode directly by The Inn at Warm Springs - Historic, Great Staff (let us wash our clothes), Great Food! Minutes away from the TAT!!! Which brings me to Dinner, Couple Bottles of Wine, Chicken Schnitzel Cordon Bleu (mouth full) with Mashed Potatoes, and Vanilla Ice Cream.

Animals and other furry creatures:
1. Many turkey vultures
2. Many doe and several baby deer literally running in front of my motorcycle
3. Dogs - Even saw a Great Pyrenees - made me miss mine... (BEST DOGS EVER)
4. One Snake (black. dead. I didn't kill it.)
5. Many Many Cows. 
6. Boer Goats
7. Horses

Something else I wanted to bring up that was the very awesome... Mountain tops and ridge lines that we were riding. Especially at the highest point today - 3,154 Feet. In the clouds, could barely see.

Mosko Moto. Quick plug - you may have noticed, both Paul and I are running Mosko Moto's luggage on our bikes. Well... literally one day before we start to ride the TAT, I noticed a tear in my right side backcountry panier. Bad Bad News for a trip like this one. I sent an email to Support at Mosko Moto. They got back to me today and are shipping my wife a new bag for me to install onto the hardware I already have. My wife is going to be meeting me in Oklahoma when we get there... so I won't have to worry anymore about this bag/tear. They've already shipped the replacement! Shout out to Mosko Moto for the great customer service! (Please note, the tear is not related to any wrecks or misuse)

More Pictures from D2:


  1. what's the over/under on weight gain for the trip?

    1. My guess is that I'll lose weight... definitely water weight!!

  2. Sounds like you're having a blast! Thanks for letting us be a part of it through your blog! Be safe!