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Trans-America Trail September 2018

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1 year 7 months ago - 8 months 6 days ago #14263 by Richard
Trans-America Trail September 2018 was created by Richard
I have always wanted to drive across the county, and the Trans America Trails (TAT) seems like the perfect opportunity to experience the county from a off-road perspective. What is the Trans America Trail? It is an off-road route that traverses the United States consisting mostly of dirt roads, logging roads, fire roads, farm roads, unimproved roads, and back county roads. The route generally attempts to avoid pavement, but it does travel through towns for essential services, such as gasoline, groceries, laundry, etc.

Below is the url of an informational website detailing the routes, maps, GPS tracks, and general information:

sites.google.com/site/gpskevin/adventure.../trans-america-trail

The route is based on the route data from the link, though it is slightly modified to address certain single tracks that will not support a vehicle. I plan on following the LA section 09 to LA section 01 and TAT section 33 to TAT section 07.

The route I plan on following is approximately 3,800 miles from Mesquite, NV to Waynesville, NC, with an additional 2,300 miles back to Southern California along the I-40 or I-10.

We will begin the trip on September 3, 2018. I am allocating 19 driving days from Mesquite to Waynesville, and four days for the drive back to California. I added one day in Waynesville to relax in the Smokey Mountains, celebrate the completion of the trip, and for any vehicle maintenance (oil change, etc.) prior to the return drive home. The total duration of the trip is 24 days.

The route is well documented and there is ample lodging (motels and campgrounds), restaurants, markets, gas stations, laundromats, and general services along the way.

I have created GPX files with the 19 daily track segments, and additional files with waypoints for gas stations, campgrounds, motels, sights, laundromats, restaurants, and markets. I have also created spreadsheet that includes the daily route and mileage, gas station locations, and primary and alternate lodging (campground or motels). The daily drive distances vary, as can be seen on the route detail spreadsheet, I do not foresee fuel being an issue, since we will pass by at least two gas station per day.

The plan is to make this a predominately a camping trip, though there may be times when we will stay in motels. Most of the campgrounds I have chosen have showers and laundry. I have also identified backup campgrounds/motels along the route; therefore, we have numerous options. We will be passing through towns daily, so we should have access to other services as needed.

Lastly, I tried my best to lay out a plan. There are many factors that may impact the schedule once the trip begins. It is important to understand that it is a starting point. I am very flexible and open to working with those that join me. A trip of this duration will require individual flexibility and patience. The route is not etched in stone, but since the goal is to run the Trans America Trail, there is little room for large route deviations.

I have posted all the information on Dropbox. If you want access, send me an email and I will get you connected. File size is too big to email.

I am limiting the group size to six vehicles. As of today, I have myself and one confirmed.

Richard

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1 year 7 months ago #14275 by Hovik
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Count me in.
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8 months 1 day ago #14972 by Richard
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Looks like the trip is definitely a go. A LRCSD member is going and a local (to me) D2 owner has expressed very strong interest. I hope others can join us as well.

I just take two to make an adventure.

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6 months 2 weeks ago #15063 by Hovik
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Hi Richard,

I'm going to have to bow out of this trip, business is a bit crazy with crazy hours spent on client sites, and I've taken up hiking 6 miles a day and hoping to one day hike the PCT, I'm training my lazy ass to hike more so one day in 7 years to be exact when I retire early, I can run the PCT. Have fun and I'll see you on the trails/

Hovman

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6 months 1 week ago #15064 by Richard
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Hovik,
I completely understand. The group is currently at three, so the trip is definitely a go. I am thinking about a 2 week trip next year along the Great Continental Divide. Maybe you schedule will allow then.
Richard

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6 months 1 week ago #15065 by Hovik
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Richard,

Are you going to hike the CDT or going for a driving trip?

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