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Transam Trail Jun 2007

Hi,
I'm going to be starting the Transam trail from Jellico TN 5/6/07, hopefully reaching Port Orford early July 07.Just wondering if anyone else is planning the same trip.
Any advice from people who have recently completed the trail or bits of it would be greatly appreciated.
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Transam08, these guys are planning on doing it in mid-May if you are not set on the date of May 6.

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We'll be on your tail!

My husband and I are in Tellico right now and are planning on hitting the TAT in a couple of days. Unfortunately for you we are behind you - But we would LOVE to hear your news from the trail as we will probably be only about a week behind you!

Who knows, maybe we will even catch up with you!
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The old english date trick,

Arrgh, sorry guys I will be starting 5 June 2007, NOT 6 May 2007. (quaint english date format dd/mm/yyyy
So you are 3 weeks in front of me. Maybe you could paint a few arrows on the trees , and maybe move any big rocks out of the way? A bottle of every 100 miles or so would be nice.
Are you doing the whole trail? I'll check your website.

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Talking transtrail

Hello I live in Kentucky and rode to Jelico last weekend from the west, Big South Fork Nat'l. Recreation Area. I didn't have the T,A,T, maps but we found our way with De Lorme atlas.
Pretty nice area, we rann up several blind alleys. There are very few signs and we went up one named road that seemed to have been bought up and closed off. A bit confusing.
I rode a 650 KLR and it's O.K. for the job, but I had to stand on the pegs and ride fairly hard some of the time. We went through some creeks that were over the pegs. I'm not sure I'd want a bigger bike for this.
One other thing Tennessee in June can be 100 degrees F and in the woods with no air moving very oppressive. Hydrate well and take plenty of breaks. You can always bail for blacktop find a store and enjoy a R.C. and a Moonpie.
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RC??....Moon pie????

Thanks Kbikey,

I have a camel back and like taking breaks.

What is an RC and a Moonpie. Does it involve taking your trousers off?
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Thanks Kbikey,

I have a camel back and like taking breaks.

What is an RC and a Moonpie. Does it involve taking your trousers off?
Most folks drink a Yoohoo with their Moon Pie.
If they're out of RC, try Cheerwine, or maybe a Sundrop.
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Thumbs up mooning

No no no , keep your pants on unless you're going skinny dipping. R.C. is a cola Royal Crown Cola to be precise. The Moonpie is a triple layer cookie and marshmallo treat covered with chocalate[ or vannilla or bananna icing] yum!
If you're riding through Ky. on your way to the trail, let me know I'd be glad to show off my state,put you up, find you some moonshine or whatever.
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find you some moonshine or whatever.
Do you mail-order?
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Nosey questions

Sounds like the tables are turned. Sorry for the confusion - I should be used to the inverted dates by now, considering my husband is an Aussie...
You will certainly catch up with us on trail since we are taking it pretty slow. We'll be watching for you.
What are you riding? Will you be camping or hoteling? Are you currently in the U.S.?

We are in Tellico Plains at the Cherohala Motorcycle Resort for the weekend and plan on heading to Jellico on Sunday. We'll let you know how the trail goes as we progress.

BTW - as a southern native, I highly recommend taking up any offers to experience true southern charm - complete with R.C. cola, Cherrywine, Moonpies and of course, moonshine...

Good Luck and Happy Trails!!!

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Hi Guys,

This is turning into a confectionary based thread! I'm riding an XT600 which is shipping out tomorrow(13 MAY 2007) and I am picking it up in Charleston SC 4 JUNE 2007, riding to Jellico and starting the trail 5 JUNE 2007. Well that's the plan. I will be flying in on 2 JUNE 2007.
I plan to stay in motels mainly but have an interesting set up involving a motorcycle, tarpaulin and a bivvy bag if all goes pear shaped.Might need some moonshine to get it to work!
There is another english guy called Paul Howey riding the trail about 1 week in front of me, you are bound to meet him at some point. He is riding an XR honda.
I'm also an Oz citizen having lived in Perth,Melbourne and Newcastle for 13 years.

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See you on the trail
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We'll be wishing you good luck getting your bike sorted out.
We will be camping much of the way, with the occational motel for a proper wash-up.
Darren, my husband, is from Melbourne. His red KLR has an OZ flag on the side behind the turn signals - But you (or Paul) would probably have to pass me before you reached him anyhow, since I tend to trail behind!

We'll post on our website and here to report any great finds for accomodation.

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Moon pie history

Sorry,
I had to post this.
RC and moon pies were one of the many quaint terms I had never heard before moving to the southeastern U.S.
From what I understand, RC cola was much cheaper than Coca Cola. A very important issue for a lot of poor Southeners.
And of course, neither cola had to be refrigerated, unlike milk.

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By the way, moon pies originated in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Which just happens to be at the doorstep of The Great Smokey Mountain National Park, The Tail of the Dragon and the Cherohala Skyway; probably some of the best motorcycle roads in the entire U.S. You will be revered as a true Southerner if you order an RC and an MP anywhere around The GSMNP.
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Who else is out there?

We are currently traveling on the TAT (with some diversions). We are just entering New Mexico from Oklahoma.
Just wondering where the other travelers are - Jon? Paul? George? Ringo?Anyone else? We are thinking of hanging around the NM/Colorado region for the Colorado HU meeting & would love to catch up with yall as you ride through!

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