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: 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: Santa Clause and Mermaids

Sep 12, 2013 View Comments by

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 a close eye on Cuba. This is the type of […]

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The Trans America Trail: A Touch of Home in Tullahoma, TN

Sep 05, 2013 View Comments by

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 but the more rural immigrant style […]

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Trans America Trail Journal Day 1b: Keeping Dry in the Rain

Aug 29, 2013 View Comments by

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 in a dry county! I head inside the large wooden […]

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Building Friendships on a Motorcycle

Aug 19, 2013 View Comments by

For the last nine days I have been riding with Joe Trey from where I met him in Fairplay, CO, to the end of the Trans American Trail in Port Orford, OR. Joe is my new friend, as I had never met him before this trip. One of the beautiful things about traveling with someone, […]

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Dual Sport Riders Guide to the Galaxy

Jul 25, 2013 View Comments by

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 years and 3 months and 4.5 days. I am sure […]

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Part-time Adventure Hermit . . . Fulltime Dad

Jun 27, 2013 View Comments by

There is always an air of excitement when getting ready for a big trip. However, with little ones at home it can also be a struggle. The road beckons, but family does too. Several years ago when I was still a touring musician and a stage manager I missed my oldest daughter Sophia’s loss of […]

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