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Old September 14th, 2013, 10:11 AM
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Set a date, make a commitment, plan accordingly and execute!

In essence that's exactly why we did VOT this year
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Old September 14th, 2013, 10:24 AM
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You could do a relay across the US if people did not want to do the entire thing
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Old September 14th, 2013, 03:23 PM
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In essence that's exactly why we did VOT this year
I like your attitude.

We can all have a talk at The Conclave over shitty beer and good food.
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Old September 18th, 2013, 12:38 AM
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So you guys are kinda getting this second hand. The TAT was originally formed as a motorcycle trail and has become one of the bucket list items of the Adventure Rider. I'm an owner of an r1200 gs and have ridden parts of it, i'm also an owner of a d90 and I have to point out that if you are on this board, and want to do a trip like this for the off road element, you will be sorely disappointed. In a car, that TAT is not an off road adventure, it's simply a different and more scenic road trip. You could run the entire TAT in a RAV4. if you're cool with that.. it's stunning and an awesome experience. My .02 cents.. if you can, do it on a bike. it will be more rewarding and A LOT cheaper in gas. For a shorter experience.. I would recommend everyone look into the Shadow of the Rockies trail. More off roadish and shorter to run.
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Old September 18th, 2013, 09:29 AM
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Old September 18th, 2013, 09:40 AM
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We have talked about driving the Tennessee part of the TAT.

Other things we have talked about are going to Moab and Assateague/Chincoteague.
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Old September 18th, 2013, 09:56 AM
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Speaking of which, I am sure we'll discuss this around the camp fire this weekend so show up!

But you do know first hand that you can't do it all. I am a husband and father, then did the dumbest thing ever - took on a hybrid build, and it kind of sucks out the time for long trips. I haven't even made Uhwarrie in years. I do take a number of smaller/long weekend trips every year - more than most and according to my wife, too many!

Anyway, there are life issues which make doing this a little harder than it might seem, especially when you want to do it with others (complicates the planning). I bought the TN maps for the TAT a while back, and the plan was to do that first and then plan the next section. But yes I suck, and it hasn't happened.
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Old September 18th, 2013, 10:51 AM
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Speaking of which, I am sure we'll discuss this around the camp fire this weekend so show up!

But you do know first hand that you can't do it all. I am a husband and father, then did the dumbest thing ever - took on a hybrid build, and it kind of sucks out the time for long trips. I haven't even made Uhwarrie in years. I do take a number of smaller/long weekend trips every year - more than most and according to my wife, too many!

Anyway, there are life issues which make doing this a little harder than it might seem, especially when you want to do it with others (complicates the planning). I bought the TN maps for the TAT a while back, and the plan was to do that first and then plan the next section. But yes I suck, and it hasn't happened.
Bring the family.
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Old March 28th, 2014, 10:14 AM
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Speaking of which, I am sure we'll discuss this around the camp fire this weekend so show up!

But you do know first hand that you can't do it all. I am a husband and father, then did the dumbest thing ever - took on a hybrid build, and it kind of sucks out the time for long trips. I haven't even made Uhwarrie in years. I do take a number of smaller/long weekend trips every year - more than most and according to my wife, too many!

Anyway, there are life issues which make doing this a little harder than it might seem, especially when you want to do it with others (complicates the planning). I bought the TN maps for the TAT a while back, and the plan was to do that first and then plan the next section. But yes I suck, and it hasn't happened.

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Same here.

Bring the family.
I'm the wrong one to be talking about this, since it has been I don't know how many years since my poor D's tires have left the pavement. However, the idea of running this as a Family Excursion has interested me very much. I've heard to expect everything from extremely mild to serious 4WD vehicles needed (for the western portions), and even that some areas are simply impassible by truck due to width constraints, so not entirely sure what to expect though..

What I would love is a bunch of family oriented Defender owners making the trek WITH OUR FAMILIES, and making some memories for our kids to cherish for life. Unfortunately I don't know that I am experienced enough to spear head such a trip, but I am certainly willing to help someone who is. If we could plan it a year out, maybe August 2015 or something, maybe there would be a chance in hell of putting together a group of like minded souls and pulling it off?

Other issue is of course space with the D90. With our (nine year old) Daughter (and probably a friend) in the back seat, there is essentially zero cargo space, which would mean the need for a trail ready trailer like Adventure Trailers Chaser, Horizon or teardrop. Too bad we can't rent such a resource, cause I can't afford to plop down $15-25K for a trailer for the trip, and I think many of the memories would be created camp side..

Sorry to dig up an old thread, But I'd be interested to hear others thoughts and ideas..
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Old March 28th, 2014, 11:16 AM
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Other issue is of course space with the D90. With our (nine year old) Daughter (and probably a friend) in the back seat, there is essentially zero cargo space, which would mean the need for a trail ready trailer like Adventure Trailers Chaser, Horizon or teardrop. Too bad we can't rent such a resource, cause I can't afford to plop down $15-25K for a trailer for the trip, and I think many of the memories would be created camp side..
Roof rack and a couple Pelican cases should do the trick.
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Old March 28th, 2014, 11:29 AM
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Roof rack and a couple Pelican cases should do the trick.
You can also get a trailer hitch rack that can hold the pelican cases. Much more affordable and you save the time of installing a roof rack. If you know how to weld, you can make one yourself.
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Old March 28th, 2014, 12:15 PM
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One should look into The Shadow of the Rockies closely, permits for reservation lands & laws we're not accustomed too could get a vehicle confiscated & you'd pay dearly to get it back...not saying it would happen but it could.

I'd still very much like to run it myself though.
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I still want to do this.

We need to set a date and stick with it.
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I still want to do this.

We need to set a date and stick with it.
What pray tell will you be driving Pedro?
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What pray tell will you be driving Pedro?

Something he rurr'd?
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Old March 29th, 2014, 08:28 PM
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You can also get a trailer hitch rack that can hold the pelican cases. Much more affordable and you save the time of installing a roof rack. If you know how to weld, you can make one yourself.
I drove across country with a trailer hitch rack with a pelican case and jerry can. I would have preferred a roof rack. Its annoying to not be able to open the rear door. Also, a trailer hitch rack isn't ideal off road.
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What pray tell will you be driving Pedro?
I haven't bought it yet. LMAO
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Old March 30th, 2014, 06:19 AM
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I still want to do this.

We need to set a date and stick with it.
If you want I'm up for anytime between April 21st and the end of June at least for the eastern portions. It will take a long time to do the whole thing offload in trucks.

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