For those of you just tuning in, the TAT stands for Trans America Trail, a 5000 mile dirt route across the United States. From Tennessee, we'll follow the trail all the way to the Pacific Ocean along the Oregon Coast. Follow us here as we document our adventure over the next six weeks. More info on the trail at www.transamtrail.com
Thursday, August 4, 2011
End of day 2 on TAT. Lighting storm.
We covered about 190 miles yesterday and ended up finding a great camping spot just off the trail with a creek flowing through it and enough room for a tent and two bikes. We immediately went into the creek to cool down and swim a bit as well as wash some clothes. It wasn't soon after the sun went down that we saw the biggest lightning storm I've ever seen. It was SO humid and hot. It was nonstop lightning, actually nonstop and the thunder just rolled and rolled. Our gear got a bit wet, but the tent and rainfly kept us in pretty good shape. The scariest part was the trees hanging over us, one bolt of misguided lighting could have easily meant a tree branch crashing to the ground. Fortunately our prayers were heard and we made it out fine. The good news about the big storm from was that it pushed out all that humidity that was making life tough. I had actually considered sleeping in the creek before the lighting started. That's maybe the most dangerous part of this whole trip, the fact that I can convince Luke that just about anything is a pretty good idea, and he possesses the same skills. Both good salesmen I suppose.