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Trans America Trail: The Middle (Fanfare for Return)

Jul 10, 2014 View Comments by

Arriving home is a strange and bittersweet feeling. The journey is only half over but coming home in the middle creates some type of finality. From this point forward I will have riding companions for the majority of the trip. For many people the Colorado portion is the highlight of their TAT experience. It really […]

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Trans America Trail: Salida, CO and Home

Jul 03, 2014 View Comments by

Ben arrives in time for dinner and once again the chef does not disappoint. Southwestern cuisine, in the form of cattleman steaks, is on the menu tonight and it’s soon in my belly. As we work through out steaks, I spy two riders rolling up outside. One on a KLR and the other on a […]

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Trans America Trail: Making a Pass or Two in La Veta

Jun 26, 2014 View Comments by

As promised, I pick up where I left off last week in the middle of a hail storm just south of Trinidad on my way to La Veta, CO, pronounced like the cheese (Velveeta). For almost 20 years I have insisted on pronouncing it with a short “e” sound, but upon arrival in town I […]

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Trans America Trail: Nothin’ New in New Mexico (It’s Still Beautiful)

Jun 19, 2014 View Comments by

Finally! Today is the day I leave Oklahoma. I am not so much excited to be leaving Oklahoma, as I am to know that I will soon be home in Colorado, my halfway point on the TAT. I have been on the road for about a month since first leaving Connecticut. I am really looking […]

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Trans America Trail: Kansas Detour (I Don’t Think We’re in Oklahoma Anymore)

Jun 12, 2014 View Comments by

As I continue to pass through “No Man’s Land,” their wording not mine, the views become more and more desolate. Without a doubt the most prevalent street sign markers are for cemeteries. I have no idea why, but every few miles there is another one. You can’t see the graveyards from the road, and since […]

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Trans America Trail: The Great Salt Plains

Jun 05, 2014 View Comments by

Even when traveling on pavement, Oklahoma is still one big ol’ state to try to cross. As I approach the town of Jet I can’t resist a quick “selfie” with a town who’s name shares my initials. Following the morning’s photo-op, today is once again set aside for detours as I head up to the […]

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Trans America Trail: No Rest for the Wicked….but Plenty for Me

May 29, 2014 View Comments by

Soon, the beauty of the Illinois River gives way to what will be the rest of Oklahoma. The Oklahoma I expected after reviewing the maps; hard packed dirt roads that crisscross the highway back and forth extending the journey in an effort to stay off pavement. I oblige for a while before choosing to give […]

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Trans America Trail: Chewbacca Bridge!

May 22, 2014 View Comments by

When I look around at the roads that I am riding, both paved and dirt, it is hard to believe I am riding across America. I have driven across country before, but like others it has usually been with a focus on going fast, zipping down the highway, not stopping to learn anything. Simply traveling […]

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Trans America Trail: John F. Kennedy Overlook and Memorial

May 15, 2014 View Comments by

Waking up in a giant overpriced room with no view of the water was not in my plans. But then again the rain pouring down outside provides plenty of water, so I guess I should be grateful. In a way, waking up to more rain is like greeting an old friend. A quick cup of […]

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Trans America Trail: Heber Springs, AR

May 08, 2014 View Comments by

RoadRUNNER’s Adventure Hermit, aka Joe Trey, is back with his Trans America Trail Adventure. You can read his previous posts here. Reverend Shaw Moore: Were you drinking? Ariel: No. Reverend Shaw Moore: Smoking something? Ariel: No! I wasn’t stealing, I wasn’t gambling, I wasn’t dancing, I wasn’t reading books I’m not supposed to! I am […]

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Trans America Trail: Crossing Unknown Waters

Oct 31, 2013 View Comments by

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” It finally happened. I have arrived at a place where I must somewhat blindly ride through or turn around. I have been hearing the stories ever since I left Connecticut of impassable water crossings, but this is truly the […]

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Trans America Trail: Gas Stations, Gustatory Delights, and Surprise!

Oct 17, 2013 View Comments by

I must admit, as a kid I ingested a lot of television. I didn’t realize it at the time, but that fact is now proved by my ability to quickly answer obscure questions like, what was the Brady Bunch Kid’s Dog’s name (Tiger) or who replaced Major Frank Burns (Larry Linville) on M*A*S*H when he […]

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Trans America Trail: Coke Oasis

Oct 10, 2013 View Comments by

For anyone who dares to follow the road less traveled or the road-less trail, not knowing if you are even going in the right direction can be both exhilarating and daunting. For anyone who has tackled the Trans-America Trail you already know that it can be filled with challenges including closed roads, privatization of land, […]

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Trans America Trail: All Things Must Pass

Sep 26, 2013 View Comments by

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 that you are crossing an imaginary line can create such […]

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Trans America Trail: Dam Steak

Sep 19, 2013 View Comments by

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 that gave others such grief, which is probably good since […]

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