You are probably saying to yourself, "why
would anyone purposefully ride their motorcycle across the United States
using only dirt roads". My answer: "I want to travel and see America
as God created it, not on man-made roads linking McDonald's". Most importantly,
to have fun achieving a big dream.
It all started in
1998 with a great book called "The
Adventure Motorcycle Handbook". In it, I found all information I
would ever need to know about traveling to the ends of the earth...on
a motorcycle. I realized that trail riding is a fun way of getting from
one place to another. What we consider offroad in the U.S. is actually
an average street you'd find in third world countries. Backpacking,
camping, and nature: this combination, with some motorcycle repair,
will make it interesting!
On this site, you
will find information on, what I consider, to be the trip of a lifetime!
I found out about the Trans-American Trail in June, 2000. I am fortunate
to have ridden the entire route starting in CoIumbia, TN. I have accepted
the notion from many friends that I have a screw loose to ride my dirt
bike across the U.S. - specifically sticking to dirt roads.
There is very little
information on the Internet about this route for motorcycles, so what
better way then to ride it and report back my findings. On the flip
side, I have learned everything from buying a motorcycle to which paperwork
you need to get around Baja, Mexico via the net. I must give a standing
ovation for two incredible sources: Whitehorse
Press and the The
Adventure Motorcycle Handbook. The XRLUG Yahoo group was great too!.
I hope my site will
serve as a resource for others around the world planning similar trips.
I have sections on Camping, Navigation, Motorcycle, Electronic Communications,
and other links which I personally have found very helpful. Thank you
for visiting, I hope you find the United States as great a country as
I do...from sea to shining sea!
"dare to dream"
of Trip: June 12, 2002 --- July 10th, 2002
Purpose: Write/photograph for a magazine article and possible
book on the trail, learn more about my country, and a fun ride in
the spirit of American adventure.
4,400 miles, 95% off paved roads.
Time: 4 weeks
States traveled: Tennessee, Mississippi,
New Mexico, Colorado,