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Old 11-29-2009, 09:23 PM   #1
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All CDR Tracks wanted

I will be doing the CDR soon and want to get as may tracks as i can. I have Bigdog and Countdowns track and want a few more. The more i have the better

I will be deploying soon (a Christmas present from my favorite Uncle) and want something to keep me intertained wile im there. I have the paper maps, but want something else to drool over and make me want to do the ride even more.

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Old 11-30-2009, 06:45 AM   #2
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Dreaming in the Sandbox

This site, and BigDog's write up of his western TAT ride helped me keep my sanity when I was there.

So when I got back I did the TAT... in pieces.

Went back over after a year off, and spent all my spare time planning for yet another big ride.....

Got back this spring and DID IT!!!!

TNJT, TWVT, TAT, CDR and SOR.... back to back, all at once.

Good plan for keeping your cool....
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Old 11-30-2009, 10:28 AM   #3
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I will be doing the CDR soon and want to get as may tracks as i can. I have Bigdog and Countdowns track and want a few more. The more i have the better

I will be deploying soon (a Christmas present from my favorite Uncle) and want something to keep me intertained wile im there. I have the paper maps, but want something else to drool over and make me want to do the ride even more.

Thanks,

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I have a four (GPS Kevin, TBirdSp, Python, & ?) besides Big Dog, send me e-mail and I will send them to you.
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Old 11-30-2009, 09:16 PM   #4
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I have a three (GPS Kevin, TBirdSp, & ?) besides Big Dog, send me e-mail and I will send them to you.
Thanks, ill pm you my email.
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Old 11-30-2009, 09:41 PM   #5
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This site, and BigDog's write up of his western TAT ride helped me keep my sanity when I was there.

So when I got back I did the TAT... in pieces.

Went back over after a year off, and spent all my spare time planning for yet another big ride.....

Got back this spring and DID IT!!!!

TNJT, TWVT, TAT, CDR and SOR.... back to back, all at once.

Good plan for keeping your cool....
What bike did you use?
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Old 12-01-2009, 07:46 AM   #6
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When I got home from Iraq I picked up a used - well used - Honda XR650L.

Front end was bent up so I installed the front end from a '02 CR125.

Tank was dented, so I added a Clarke 4.7 gallon tank.

Skid plate was also added.... and needed!

For '09 I added Dirt Bagz - Rangers - and dufflebag.

Also carried a 2 gallon can for gas on the really long stretches.... that gave me a 300 mile range which was VERY helpful in places!!!!

The motor is really solid on that bike.... which is great comfort when you're far from ANYWHERE!

At times I would have liked a smaller bike, at times I would have liked a bigger bike, so the XRL fit in the middle.

I just picked up a DR650 - more road worthy - but less dirt worthy. Still doable on everything, just a little harder.
Keeping the XRL though.... too much fun!!!

Thought about a DRZ400, or using my DR350, but you have about 50-60 pounds of gear minimum and the 650 hauls that with less fuss. That extra tractor power is really nice sometimes......
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Old 12-01-2009, 09:55 PM   #7
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I think i will be picking up a 690 Enduro R when i get back. I think it will do fine. They seem to be decent on the road and monsters in the dirt. I have a DL 650 now so going to the 690 will feel like going to a Cr 125 compared to the beast of the Wee. I have put the Wee through a lot of shit so the lighter dirt oriented bike will be fun.
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:20 AM   #8
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I think i will be picking up a 690 Enduro R when i get back. I think it will do fine. They seem to be decent on the road and monsters in the dirt. I have a DL 650 now so going to the 690 will feel like going to a Cr 125 compared to the beast of the Wee. I have put the Wee through a lot of shit so the lighter dirt oriented bike will be fun.
Did you get the tracks I sent?
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Old 12-02-2009, 11:07 AM   #9
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Did you get the tracks I sent?
Yes, thank you.
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Old 12-02-2009, 12:08 PM   #10
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Shelby, I did the ride north to south in July '07. I think Countdown sent you my tracks. Feel free to ask me any questions about the ride. Either PM or e-mail tbirdsp@yahoo.com

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Old 12-02-2009, 09:19 PM   #11
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Shelby, I did the ride north to south in July '07. I think Countdown sent you my tracks. Feel free to ask me any questions about the ride. Either PM or e-mail tbirdsp@yahoo.com

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Send me a copy of the track just in case.

I like the (ret) part. I cant wait.

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Old 12-03-2009, 09:21 AM   #12
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Send me a copy of the track just in case.

I like the (ret) part. I cant wait.

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If you look at the tracks I sent you his tracks are named "T Bird" don't you trust me?
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:19 PM   #13
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If you look at the tracks I sent you his tracks are named "T Bird" don't you trust me?
I dont trust my own Mother.

Just kidding i got it.
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:28 PM   #14
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Shelby,
Good luck on your deployment and stay safe.

Before you go order the maps and book from the Adventure Cycling Club. I used both and learned a lot of things I would have missed had I not bought them. They are pretty cheap.
Also, IMO you shouldn't skip Fleecer Ridge! Most tracks that I looked at didn't include it. Have the map so you can at least look at it and decide for your self after seeing it whether you want to tackle it. I did and it was the one of the highlights of my trip. I went up. I have to say I had the biggest case of vertigo when I got up to the fence where you turn left and looked over to the meadow to the South. If you ever do it you will know what I mean.
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Old 12-03-2009, 10:55 PM   #15
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Clint, you are Superman if you rode *up* Fleecer on a 640A. Especially solo. Although in retrospect we may have been better off going up than down like we did. We had so much shit on our bikes we couldn't lean back far enough for that steep of a hill. We also should have stayed off the loose shale and tried it on the sagebrush off to the side. The other issue is once we started having problems the altitude killed us, being out of shape flatlanders (1000 feet here in Omaha). The point Clint mentioned is at nearly 8000 feet. The bottom of the steepest part is about 1000 feet below that. Hwy 43 near Wise River is another 1000 feet down (although I don't remember much of that part).
Here is the story of our rather eventful July 4, 2007
The camera really flattens it out, but one clue to the steepness is the angle of the trees. Knowing that they are going straight up gives a better impression of the actual slope.
http://www.gdr.jennyandterrythompson.com/July%204.htm

Countdown's tracks do include Fleecer Ridge. BigDog's do not. If you have my raw tracks we made a bunch of wrong turns before we found the right trail.
We originally missed the turn Clint talks about at the fence (headed the other direction though) and went up another 500 ft of elevation straight toward Mount Fleecer.
Like I said, rotate the pics until the trees are vertical...
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