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Old 09-22-2010, 06:44 PM   #61
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Most excellent recount.

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Sorry to hear about the busted ribs! His recounting of the tale was most excellent, and colorful. Ride on! Looking forward to more.
That is one of the most important reasons we have 1/2 rack along, his humor. I like to think of him as a younger William Shatner. The only thing more colorful was being there in person.

We, all four have just returned from the annual Gnatsass Ride near Austin Nevada. You know, I am really getting to like Nevada. Just stay out of the Casinos and stay on the trails and fewer people get hurt. We went early and spent a week. My wife, Patrol Wench is an avid fisherman (fisherwoman?) and landed us a nice meal courtesy of Grove Lake near Kingston. Now.... back to the report at hand.

As Quota mentioned, we rode from Lakeview to Silverlake. We only made 121 miles that day, not our best day. Three things, we went on a protion of the trail according to the roll chart but finally gave up because the forest service obviously didn't want us taking that old road, one of us got lost for a while, and it was the 4th of July. Having spent the extra time goofing around in the Oregon forests we voted not to go the extra 72 miles to get to Cresent or Gilcrest.

Now Silverlake is a great little place. The thing you need to consider is the little part. The only motel has four little rooms. We got the last two and that was around six o'clock. They do have a little store with the usual items like Cheetos and Diet Coke but the store closes at 7 so don't play around too much on the trail. Dean who Quota mentions as the cafe/bar owner has repented of his old ways. Dean no longer tells TAT riders they can pitch their tents and bags at the little city park. Dean found out the sprinklers come on every morning about 3 AM. Still, it would be a great place to stay if it works out for you. If you are trying to stay in motels every night, as we were trying to do, you will see that this was our downfall.

Stay tuned, we won't be riding for a couple of weeks so it should go faster.
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Old 09-22-2010, 08:35 PM   #62
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As was mentioned, the old timer told us how hot it was, and we decided to leave.

We hit a section of the Paiute ATV trail that was familiar to me.



A little water and shade felt good.



We arrived in Kanosh at just past 1800. The first stop was the Bob Nafus Sinclair station for fuel.



We decided that it was late enough in the day, that we shouldn't push on to Baker, NV. As warm as it still was, camping in Kanosh might be a better option that out in the desert where shade is much less. We asked Bob if he could suggest a place to camp. He offered his backyard. We thought that was rather generous, but didn't want to impose. He then suggested the city park. Some cities frown upon this. Bob didn't know if Kanosh would or not, but to just tell anyone that may bother us, that Bob said it was fine. Just then, the young son of the local mayor walked in. Bob tried to get permission from the mayor's son. The mayor's son said that he really didn't care where we camped. Patrol Dog and I kept eying the small motel next door. Bob claimed to be the assistant to the assistant of the assistant manager and said he could rent us a room. Another shower sounded nice so we sprung for a room. A room with one bed was $5 less than one with two beds, so I rolled my sleeping bag out on the floor to save $5.



Next, we needed food. Bob asked the next customer who walked in, how late the grocery store was open. 1830 was the answer. It was now 1840. There was a gas station that had fried chicken in Meadow, about 7 miles away. We were contemplating what to do when Bob mentioned that he had some burritos in a freezer out in the shop. Upon checking out the assortment of freezers and coolers, we found this place to be a culinary delight. I immediately picked a frozen burrito as well as a personal size frozen pizza. Some cold drinks and an ice cream. This was all we needed.

Bob and Patrol Dog making dinner plans.



Bob shared stories of some of the many TAT riders that he sees. Most riders have to stop here since there is not gas until Baker, NV.

Notice the bag of Cheetos on the counter.
As we would find out later in the ride, some people can live off of Cheetos and Diet Coke.

Last month we rolled in Bob's station and asked where good place to eat was. Bob said " Right here! We have burritos, pizza, and I can evan find someone to cook you breakfast" We declined the breakfast and loaded up on junk food.

While we ate, Bob told us about life in Kanosh. We enjoyed the visit.

BTW; I think you bought the burrito he tried to sell me.

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Old 09-29-2010, 11:37 PM   #63
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The following morning was 4 July and we celebrated by having Carol build us a nice breakfast. We then said our goodbyes to our new friends who humored us by posing in some photos.

Dean with GNATASSERS



Gator with GNATSASSERS



The next number of miles were fairly uneventful. Navigation was a little tricky in one spot in the forest. Where were at an intersection where about 6 roads were. We took our best guess and looked at maps and figured if we where on the wrong road, we would at least come out on the correct one.

Guzzidude was making good time when the large tree below,came too close to his bike.


Guzzidude had been riding the opposite direction as in the above photo and the tree just happened to connect with where the hose attaches to the water pump. There was enough impact to cut through the hose and allow coolant to escape.

Patrol Dog and Guzzidude managed to move the hose just enough so it wouldn't leak. A temporary fix, but it would have to do.


Not knowing how long the repair might last, we thought it best to run north to La Pine, OR. and see if we could find a new hose. The odds were stacked against us though. Not only was it Sunday and many places were closed, but it was also the Independence Day holiday. No luck finding a hose, but at least we had a nice lunch.

We continued south down the highway to Crescent, were we would fuel up and continue down the TAT. At the fuel stop in town, Guzzidude somehow met a local guy that had an old truck that wasn't working. It had a piece of hose on it that would work if the temporary fix didn't, so Guzzi and the guy struck a deal for a piece of hose.

After being back on the trail for a few miles, we came across this photo that we had seen in other accounts of this ride.


We talked Patrol Dog out of trying to walk his bike across the bridge or fording the river.

Now back on course and headed to Windigo Pass, we ran into a little snow. Fortunately, a few trucks had been through the remaining drifts, and we could follow their tracks.

Top of Windigo Pass


Guzzidude west of Windigo


Patrol Dog


We were hoping to get to Tiller, OR. that night. It seemed as if all roads led to Tiller, but you couldn't get there easily.

This overgrown bridge didn't look like it was seeing much traffic.


There had been no signage indicating that this road was closed, so we continued on, through the dugout thinking that things would get better.



After walking down the road for 1/4 mile, it was obvious that we weren't going any farther on this road, so we tried to go back the way we came.







It wasn't quite as easy as it looks here



Finally we hit a paved forest service road. It actually felt good to be on tarmac for a few miles and riding next to the river.


We were still seeing signs pointing to Tiller, but didn't seem to be getting any closer. We gave up on Tiller and found a great campsite for the evening.


Guzzidude borrowing a little fuel to get the campfire going


His fuel worked


Patrol Dog fed everyone that night
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Old 09-30-2010, 11:30 PM   #64
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The following morning, we finally wandered into Tiller, OR.

Here we are at the north end of the Tiller business district. There is one gas pump in town.




Normally the Tiller mall, shown above, is closed on Monday. Today was the exception because of the holiday weekend. Not sure what we would have done if we could not have bought fuel here.


The South Fork Cafe is located at the south end of the business district.
Good food and nice people at this place.
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Old 10-01-2010, 02:35 PM   #65
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You flatter me, Patrol Dog.

[quote=Patrol Dog]That is one of the most important reasons we have 1/2 rack along, his humor. I like to think of him as a younger William Shatner. The only thing more colorful was being there in person.

Thank you, Patrol Dog, I truly am flattered to be thought of as a younger William Shatner and though I tried my best to fly as fast and far as Cpt. Kirk, my Enterprise (German spelling Interpritz?) was land-locked, momentarily literally. Seriously, however, what made the ride was not just the excellent company, it was also the Monet-inspiring vast spaces no one ever sees when the pundits pen their impressions of Nevada..

Thank you again, guys, and thank you for filling in the blanks of what I missed.

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Old 10-01-2010, 02:39 PM   #66
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We were fortunate enough at the cafe in Tiller to meet Tiller's ambassador/unofficial mayor. You would have thought that Patrol Dog and Roger had known each other for 40 years.




Roger's sister (although she won't claim him) operates the cafe. Her waitress at the place is Janet. She couldn't wait to get her photo taken with Patrol Dog.



The next miles were scenic dirt roads where Guzzidude could let it rip.



The roads led to the Heaven on Earth restaurant in Azalea, OR.
Located right on Interstate 5, I'd recommend it if you haven't been there before.



We had enough for the day and rode a few miles up the interstate to Canyonville to get a room for the night. A motorcycle riding patron at the restaurant recommended the Leisure Inn. Decent place, decent price.
The front desk clerk let us know about the rib-eye steak special at the casino in town. But first, we needed an ATM and money. While walking around Canyonville, we found that all roads do really still lead to Tiller.





We waited for our casino shuttle.




Tonight would be a special night for Guzzidude. No, it wasn't his birthday and he wasn't going to get rich at the casino. But, he was going to get his very first ride on a casino shuttle. What is the big deal about that? A lot of people have never ridden on a casino bus, but Guzzidude lives near Carson City, NV. and had never ridden one.

I don't think any one could tell that it was his first time. He quickly fit in with the others on the bus.




Patrol Dog and myself at the Seven Feathers Casino and Resort. Nice place. I'd probably stay here myself next time unless I was with someone that wanted to ride the shuttle.



After dinner, we went back to the hotel and found this parked next to us.



The rider was also on the TAT. He is DirtDuc here on advrider.




Somewhere between Canyonville and here. I'd lost my case containing my maps, roll charts, and national park passport. I'd didn't know I'd lost it until later, but it certainly isn't in this photo at the bridge.





This place got Patrol Dog excited. He loves a good swim and had been talking for days about getting to the coast and getting wet.




The area had been burned and logged heavily.




DirtDuc had a list of trail updates that we did not have. He shared them with us, but we had to go and see for ourselves if the road really was impassable. It was.



No way around it, and if there was, who know what could be down the road farther. Patrol Dog wanted to try to fix the situation.



We had heard of the infamous landslide that was blocking part of the trail. We had to go and see how bad it really was.
Just a few rocks in the road here.






The rocks got bigger and we decided the road really was closed.



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Old 10-05-2010, 10:37 AM   #67
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All roads lead to Tiller

Ok, let me fill in a few details. We had to camp out in the forest because we didn't have our ducks lined up just right. We had hoped to stay at a motel in Tiller. We asked numerous people we met about Tiller OR. No one we talked to had even heard of it.

I could see we were going to be out in the woods for the night and kept encouraging my buddies to get something for dinner. They didn't listen so I bought a bag of Cheetos big enough for all of us.

As Quota has explained there isn't much there and remember the Tiller Mall is normally closed on Mondays. The Oregon forest is full of roads and every time we came to an intersection it gave a direction and mileage to Tiller. Hence we were disappointed finding out it was so small. I have always believed that all roads lead to Rome, and I still believe that but if you start on the west coast you have to first go through Tiller.

I am not going to bother you with the mileage between points. Let me just say this. With the changing weather, road conditions, break downs, fall downs, closed sections, and getting lost sections, it was very difficult to say where we would end up for the night. Me personally, I would not take this type of ride without a sleeping bag and some kind of small tent or tarp. And just let me say that Cheetos are good to take also. They are light, don't crush easily, available most everywhere, and are the cheesiest.

I am sure 1/2 rack is having as much fun with the ride report as the rest of you as he hasn't seen these sections until now. We sure missed him for the last part of the trip.

DirtDuc was sure excited to see us. He had been riding solo since way back east somewhere. He came upon our tracks a couple of days back and figured we were no more than two hours ahead of him so he and was trying to catch us. He was sure suprised that there were three of us because he was only seeing two sets of tracks. I told him that I had been taking up the rear and that Quota and Guzzidude wouldn't let me make my own tracks. I had to always run in one of their tracks and that wasn't easy. Those guys were all over the place.

The Casino was fun and Guzzidude bought me a 22 degree Budwiser that was in a special cooler and special aluminum can. It wasn't bad but I don't think I will switch from my regular brew.
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Old 10-25-2010, 06:17 PM   #68
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Having FUN?!?

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I am sure 1/2 rack is having as much fun with the ride report as the rest of you as he hasn't seen these sections until now. We sure missed him for the last part of the trip.
Heck yeah this is fun! Seeing all of what you guys did after I was done with embracing Mother Earth (what a MOTHER...) is cool. However, Patrol Dog, you forgot one of the most important items you need for taking a trip like this-SEAT TIME!! Having ridden the Dakar for the few months beforehand helped, but a couple more weekend all-day rides would've been much more productive in my case...that and an antigravitational device of some kind (Houston, are you listening here???And hey there at NASA- what've you got in Gov't surplus I could use??)

And again-Quota, you are the MAN with the camera!! I'll even bet there are some Sierra Clubbers surreptitiously checking out your stuff here and wishin' they knew how to ride..And I'll gladly teach 'em!! (How's that mantra go?? "Rubber down, helmet up; rubber down, helmet up, oh shit where'd that rock come from...")
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Old 10-27-2010, 04:01 PM   #69
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Old 10-29-2010, 12:44 PM   #70
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Thumb Love the commentary on your "get off"

Very colorful. Glad you're ok. Ride on
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Old 05-12-2011, 01:32 PM   #71
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Where"s the rest!?!?!?!

WHERE"S THE REST!?!?!?!

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Old 05-12-2011, 03:03 PM   #72
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Tequila....... I don't know what to say. The man with the pictures quit posting and started snow skiing. One of the Ski resorts her in Utah is planning on being open through the 4th of July. I waited a couple of weeks and when there was no action I started thinking ...... there are a lot of ride reviews out there and there is probably no one following this one anymore!
We are planning this years ride and it looks like we may be short a couple of guys.
We are going to ride the TAT from the Oklahoma/New Mexico border at least through New Mexico and Colorado in the middle of July. I hope the passes are open. We have had a lot of snow this way.
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I haven't been skiing in a few days, so I guess this report deserves another entry.

Ever since Patrol Dog started talking about riding the TAT to the Pacific Ocean, he would mention taking a celebratory dip in the coastal waters. He would talk about it even more on the warmer, dustier days.

After the detour around the rock slide we found ourselves on the coast in Port Orford, OR. We checked into a motel and went in search of dinner. Guzzi Dude and I tried to get a photo of Patrol Dog taking his dip in the Pacific, but it wasn't to be.

This was as good as it would get.


All of the talk about jumping into the ocean and celebrating was just that. Talk. What a disappointment for those of us who followed Patrol Dog across the country...

With no swim to celebrate with, we settled for dinner.







And wandered around the only dry dock port on the west coast.
Each day, the cranes lift the boats into the water, and each night they get lifted out.





Patrol Dog longed to be a captain at sea.


On the way back to the motel, we saw DirtDuc riding into town.



We got talked into going to Pitch's instead of to the motel and to sleep.


The next day, we made certain to get a group photo.
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Old 05-12-2011, 11:26 PM   #74
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Our group of 3 headed south along the coast until just north of Eureka, CA where I headed inland on Hwy. 299. I had 2 days to make it make to home in Utah. The others didn't have to be any place quite so soon, and went another way.

Following the coast, we had been in cool, damp weather. It probably only took 5 miles of riding inland for that to change. By the time I made it to Redding, the thermometers were over 100F. I started thinking that would love to have had the chance that Patrol Dog had, to jump into some cool water. I thought that if I had the chance, I'd not pass up on it.

1100 miles after leaving Port Orford, I arrived home. Fortunately, the stream in the backyard had not dried up yet, so I got in the water to cool down.





This should get the ride report caught up for now. Preparations in the works to explore the Colorado and New Mexico sections in 2011.
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Old 05-14-2011, 09:05 AM   #75
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Everything Quota said about the swim is true. I had every intention of going for a dip. It was just so danged cold that taking a ribbing from those two seemed a lot better than a swim.
I promise you guys that next time I will for sure go for a swim.
Quota headed for Truckee Ca. and I-80. Guzzie dude and I went for a little slower and more scenic route. We went through central norther Ca. where we hit 100 degree weather. From very cold to very hot in the same day. Motorcycling is not for sissies.
We went around the norther end of Lake Tahoe and dropped into Nevada.
We stopped to see Nevada Half Rack and found him kicked back in a big easy chair. He was still in some pain but his spirits were high. Half Rack said that was the most fun getting hurt he had ever had. He vowed to return on the next trip.
I said my goodbyes to Guzzi Dude and headed across Hwy 50. Highway 50 through Nevada is dubed " The Lonliest Highway in America." I disagree, Hwy 6 takes that prize.
It took 3 days to get home (just north of Salt Lake City) from the coast. I didn't have to ride after dark.
What an awesome ride!
It was all fun, the planning, anticipation, working on my bike to get it just right, and of course the ride.
Thanks to my riding buddies who can put humor into anything and helped make the ride so fun.
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