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Road Less Traveled

a feature documentary by James Beatty

The adventure begins…

Day 1 & 2 - July 8th, 2006

Steven writes: The morning started off in a mad rush to get the rest of my packing done. Every item I needed seemed to be hidden away in some random corner of my apartment. I finally finished my packing and then met up with the rest of the crew who were all busy packing up […]

Prelude to 5,000 miles…

Day 3 - July 9th, 2006

Although the crew are all tired from a full days drive to Tennessee and from less than 4-hours of sleep, we were all up early and ready to begin our journey. A few last minute mechanical and safety checks on the motorcycles and tape and battery checks on the cameras, equipment and bike-cams, we rode […]

Setup, review, ride, film, eat, film, breakdown, sleep, repeat for 35 days…

Day 4 - July 10th, 2006

The film crew is now working more efficiently as we all begin to settle into our routines. Still in Jellico, and anxiously awaiting the moment when we’re actually begin riding the Trans-America Trail, the morning is filled with preparing the day for our riding and shooting. Footage from the previous days shooting is reviewed, cameras […]

“Nothing a little tap of the ol’ sledge hammer couldn’t fix”…

Day 5 - July 11th, 2006

…actually, it’s probably best to let the professionals handle this one. A minor warranty issue on the BMW lead Michael to a 4-hour round-trip ride to the local dealership just outside of Nashville. Thanks to the quick attention from the Service Manager and mechanic, the visit was less than an hour – and just long […]

Good ol’ Sparta hospitality…

Day 6 - July 12th, 2006

Today we were awaked by the aroma of fresh coffee and breakfast prepared by Cameron and his parents. We all had a good nights sleep. Although we had planned for a reasonably early morning departure, the hospitality of the Farris family was too much to pass up. After enjoying a spread of their homemade zucchini […]