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Old 07-23-2009, 11:34 AM   #4
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on the actual TAT...

Picking up where the other Dave left off...

After getting back to the motel in a semi-drunken stupor at about 3:30am , we decided to an 8am alarm with a couple of snooze buttons would be respectible. We were on the move again by about 9am or so.

From Track Dave and Dave


Day 2 off-road was a lot more productive than Day 1. There's probably a reason there aren't too many reports on here about the Pony Express in western Nevada... After fighting our way through the sand, the dirt and gravel of the TAT in Nevada was a relative breeze. Our average speed probably went from the 10s to the 40s. We were cruising along vast open valleys of sage brush with nothing to stop us, except for the occasional cattle gate...

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...or breakdown of the f800gs. Almost like clockwork, after riding hard for about 2 hours in 90+ degree heat, the gs would stall. It'd allow itself to start up again a couple of times, but within 10 minutes it was game over unless it got a good 30 minute break in the shade. Shade in eastern Nevada isn't always available, so we had to start to anticipate the breakdowns, and seek good rest spots to avoid this sort of scenario...

From Track Dave and Dave


After a couple of "breaks/stalls" in the heat of the day, things started to cool off a bit towards the Humboldt Forest, which was some fun, fast, stall-free riding...

From Track Dave and Dave


...the skies were getting darker and darker until they fully opened up with downpour rarely seen in California. It was refreshing, yet painful on the neck. It helped keep the dust down a bit, but not enough...

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I was riding 2nd to make sure I was around in case of any more stalls, and to get some good video (forthcoming in a later episode).

Doing this portion of the TAT "salmon-style" meant that we were approaching Lund, and Sawmill Canyon. We gassed up, and hit a little joint called Whipple's (obligatory food porn shot for you FFs)...

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Good food. Nice people. And then headed up the long road toward Sawmill Canyon...

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Riding up through the canyon was awesome, and the terrain up top was even cooler. Mule deer (?)...

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...and a trail that was like riding on freshly mowed grass...

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...the weather was perfect up there, and the scenery even better. After a long day, with many a stall and break, it was nice to get in some consistent riding without any mechanical issues. Once we setup camp...

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...the other Dave realized we had left something behind. The SPOT wasn't on his top-case anymore. We thought we had seen it at Whipples, but went back to the video footage to determine when we really last saw it...

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..it was somewhere along the road up to Sawmill Canyon. Unfortunately, without cell reception / Internet available, we didn't know exactly where it was but probably within a half-mile stretch. We decided to double back and track it down in the morning.
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