When I got home from work today, there was a parcel waiting for me on the kitchen table.
A very well travelled parcel, in a US Postal Service box, all the way from a Mr Sam Carrero of Corinth, Mississippi. Sam is an American motorcyclist who is rather enthusiastic about trail-riding. So much so that he spent years linking together a series of trails leading (almost) the entire way across the United States, from Tennessee to the Oregon Coast. He called this route the Trans-Am-Trail
(TAT), and produced a set of maps and a roadbook/rollchart so that other people could ride it too.
The reason I've bought a set of maps from Sam is that next year, I will be spending twelve weeks in the US, accompanied by the Tenere, the first 4-6 weeks of which will be riding the entire 4,800 miles of the TAT from east to west. The remainder will be returning to the east coast by whatever route takes my fancy.
I'm really rather excited.