The morning temperature was pretty cool and the mountains had us in the shade for most of the morning. We relished any sliver of sunlight that could reach us. I would stop every-so-often to get pictures of the guys riding and at one stop I look down and realize I missed getting a flat by inches. A screw went right through the middle of one of my tread blocks. If there is one thing about the TAT, it is that most of the trail is incredibly peaceful. You are often away from the business of human life and can enjoy the places you visit without the distraction of other people. Utah is a beautiful state with spectacular riding. Chris and I got a little spirited with our riding at one point and hit a corner with a little too much speed. Chris laid his bike down, but didn’t damage or hurt anything. It wasn’t long before we got our first glimpse of the salt flats. We were so excited to see the salt flats and had a blast riding around on the incredibly sticky surface. It was a long hard day of riding but we eventually made it to the Border Inn at the border of Utah and Nevada. It is the only place around for miles.
June 13th took us through rural Arkansas. As we got further into the trail that morning, we began to feel like we were getting deeper and deeper into nowhere. We wondered if we would ever get to a place to eat and to our surprise, we suddenly ran up on the Oark Cafe. They make a killer burger and is a fantastic spot to grab a bite to eat! We met a fellow TAT rider there and discussed our trips so far. After the Oark Cafe, we found ourselves throughly enjoying some pretty beautiful landscapes in Arkansas. One of the most technical portions of the trail is on this section. War Loop is a rocky and wet section of the trail that is the most technical part of the eastern section of the TAT. It isn’t anything difficult, but it is a good change of pace from graded dirt roads. All of our bikes handled it just fine. Overall it was a pretty great day of riding!
We don’t have much time to post. For now, here are some pictures from the last few days. More to come!
This all started as a few of us coming together with a desire to experience the Trans-America Trail. As we learned more it became apparent that this trail is not known by the general public and has never had the type of exposure that other great American adventures have. We decided to turn our adventure into the task of create something beautiful for the purpose of better sharing our experience with the world. There is so much this country has to offer for those with an adventurous spirit.
We have many of the major hurdles taken care of as we prepare for this trip. We are working to partner with other companies to assist in achieving this goal as we move forward. Along with the technical aspects of preparing for such an undertaking we are working on riding and working as a team to most efficiently accomplish our mission. PreTAT rides and updates will be coming as we progress. Keep an eye out!