Two Riders and Reclining Figure

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This morning I have awoken in a slightly better mood. I am still disappointed about my hat. I lost it outside, not in my room, but I am still reminded of my own advice regarding room prep to avoid losing things. After a long day ...

Trans America Trail: All Things Must Pass

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None of life’s strings can last So, I must be on my way And face another day ~ George Harrison I am excited this morning. Today I will cross into another state on my journey. I am headed to Mississippi. It’s funny how just knowing ...

Trans America Trail: Dam Steak

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Today I completed the Tennessee portion of the Trans America Trail. Tomorrow I cross into Mississippi. I am looking forward to entering a new state. Tennessee has been beautiful, but mostly relegated to farm roads. I am sure I missed some of the water crossings ...

TAT-1d Santa Clause and Mermaids

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One thing I have never gotten used to is seeing mountains to the south of me. Growing up in Connecticut, mountains were to the north where Santa Clause lived, of course, and sea level was to the south where mermaids roamed and our government kept ...

Post Experiment – Dual Sport Riders Guide to the Galaxy

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After leaving Maggie Valley, I headed west towards Tellico Plains to begin my route on the “Trans-America Trail.” At some point along the ride I had an epiphany and realized I had been incorrectly referring to the route as the “Trans-American” trail for about 2 ...

TAT-1c Home in Tullahoma

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After my Lynchburg excursion yesterday I backtracked to Tullahoma, TN for dinner and a place to stay. Upon check-in I am virtually smacked in the face with a memory of home. What grabs my attention is the sound of undeniable New England accents. Not a haughty type of enunciation ...

TAT-1b Wet in a Dry County

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As I arrive in Lynchburg, TN it is raining. But I don’t get down. I ride past the large stone and metal gates and park the KLR just as the rain starts to let up. I guess the clouds got the memo about Lynchburg being ...

TAT-1a Trail of Tears

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As the miles click down closer to the starting point in Tellico Plains I feel the excitement and anxiety that comes with exploring a new place. I do not get this feeling when I ride on pavement, but the extra challenges associated with riding off ...

Trans-America Trail 2013 : Early Morning Start

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Originally posted to RoadRUNNER Magazine on August 15, 2013 Trans-America Trail 2013 : Early Morning Start Mmmm, the day’s first sip of coffee. I am waiting for the sun to wake up so I can make the trek from Knoxville to Tellico Plains, TN (paved) where ...