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Old 09-11-2008, 10:45 PM   #1
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TATtered old men

I've been told "The TAT ride report MUST be written" I, the illiterate one, was elected by default. Since I am the youngest of the old TATtered men, I succumbed to the mounting pressure although my memory has aged beyond the youthful status that appointed me. In light of this fact ALL riders MUST interject and keep my facts straight!!!! I met Burt last March on a ride in Baja - Click if interested-
He mentioned in passing about doing the TAT in July - I just said "call me" Now I'm thinking -- the desert in Aug.? Is he crazy?? Well the call came and I Guess, well, we all must be a little crazy to even be on this board!
Anyway, The players are ----


General Lee


Rick - rode the Oregon section

Burt rode all the way from Washington state on a DR650 to start the ride at the General's house on the border of AR. and OK. on July 22nd AM. I met up with them at Keith's shop in Tulsa OK. on the 22nd PM
Keith was great!! Put us up for the night and handled any needs we may have had -- Well bike needs anyway --- Can't find a picture Keith, must have been to freaked out to take one -- A big THANK YOU for everything you have done for us and others. Your hospitality is rare and appreciated!!!

Left that morning on the flat open spaces of OK.
Had a pretty good clip going, then it turned into two track with deep dry sand in the ruts. I kept the speed up to stay on top and eyes peeled to the slot or rut because it was narrow. Knowing that the consequences of a mistake would be immediate, I neglected to look in my rear view mirror very often. When I did - NOBODY was back there!! I hate turning around in rutted sand, but managed to stay upright. A little farther back I saw Burt picking up his bike and checking everything. Windshield was broken and the engine wasn't running very good but he wanted to go find the General. On the way back, we crossed paths with a guy in a truck, said he helped pick up a bike a little way back. Came up on General Lee - Guess the truck guy made him rethink going forward, so we back tracked and went around. No big deal - it was OK. Pun intended.
Really, there were no pictures so it must not have happened.

Shade was hard to come by

I waited under a cattle loader - only shade for miles. Did I mention, It was 104 in the shade and about 85% humidity

Burt didn't need no stinkin shade

Lunch at a patriotic restaurant

Spent the night at a no name motel where Burt fixed his windshield, a vacuum leak in the intake manifold, loosened the triple trees to straighten the bar and broke his PVC tool carrier in the process. After a few beers we hit the sack.

More later - your turn to add some Burt and Lee
Later, Chuck
It is now to late to turn back - the thread has been started!!
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Old 09-11-2008, 11:04 PM   #2
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Yeah. that sand was no fun.
I have a feeling you cowboys had a hell of a ride.
Can't wait to hear about it

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Old 09-12-2008, 03:30 AM   #3
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Thanks for the intro.. good start

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Old 09-12-2008, 07:03 AM   #4
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Good to see the old guys out and about. Good start.

I'm one also and was scheduled to start the trail yesterday,until Ike showed up. Rescheduled next Thursday,maybe it will dry up by then.
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Old 09-12-2008, 07:37 AM   #5
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Eagerly awaiting the outcome of this one.

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Old 09-12-2008, 01:53 PM   #6
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I guess I'll have to chime in soon! Can't let Chuck get all the story told from his point of view-- plus my memory is better than his-- but Burt is the walking data book!!

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Old 09-15-2008, 10:19 PM   #7
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Thumb still riding eh!

hi Chuck!

call me.

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