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Old 07-20-2012, 09:01 AM   #181
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Spot

Staying home today fiddling around with my computer. Got your spot tracker up on my computer screen and been monitoring your progress today. Cool to see you moving every few minutes...

You ARE being watched!!!

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Old 07-20-2012, 09:12 AM   #182
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Not only Tom but me, too! You are becoming half TAT veteran. CDT??? BOTH TAT and CDT to finish off your goals. Way to Go!
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Old 07-20-2012, 09:19 AM   #183
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How many miles did you log since the begining of TAT? Keep us ADV readers curious.
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Old 07-20-2012, 01:17 PM   #184
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Just checked Spot around 3:00 pm. Just realized you can get real picture by clicking on satellite.
Dang---right in middle of the mountains now!! It appears he is having his hands full with the technical portion of the trail...
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Old 07-20-2012, 06:03 PM   #185
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Yeay Colorado

Gesture in ASL(American sign language)

" Look"...."Great"...: Flat"... "Fast"..."Awesome"...."Thumbs up"....Yeah




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Old 07-20-2012, 06:06 PM   #186
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Trinidad, CO. to Salida, CO.......

Here's another one for you Eastern Lurkers who can't wait. Going to dinner now..stay tuned...



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Old 07-20-2012, 07:21 PM   #187
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That was a teaser.....gimme more, gimme more, at least before us easterners hit the sack (11pm EST!!) So, you got the movie camera to roll today?!! loved the road you rode on today....I could have come along!!
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Old 07-20-2012, 07:51 PM   #188
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Loving the vids Elmer; especially the ASL tutorial!

Keep up the good work.
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Old 07-20-2012, 08:11 PM   #189
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Thanks XC....Us deafies can talk underwater, through glass, from a mile could cuss a pile and you wouldn't know , except which is universal!

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Old 07-20-2012, 08:18 PM   #190
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FABULOUS and cuz, I really wanted to go in pairing w/u.
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Old 07-20-2012, 08:42 PM   #191
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Question Trinidad, CO. to Salida, CO.......

First as you know I went to dinner first. From post#186..."

"Here's another one for you Eastern Lurkers who can't wait. Going to dinner now..stay tuned..."








Pesto, with pine nuts, tomato and secret cheese ..and complemented with a 6.3%'er Black Burger Microbrew..



Burp.....!!

Best Pizza West of Pecos..



OK...on with the Days run


Got up at 0430hrs..anxious to resume and it's suposed to be a long day.





T'was chilly and for the first time I had to wear the inner liner for my Rallye Pro 2 with all vents closed. Full face helmet...although felt good...dry clean air...not a soul on the road this early!

The mountains are visible..









Pretty sad..not snow caps on any of them. Very dry Colorado, all creeks are bone dry. A few are flowing which bring havoc tothte rafting business.











Obligatory Picture of this church when running the TAT!

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Old 07-20-2012, 09:11 PM   #192
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Must have passed over these "cow grates" by the hundreds. For you who don't know what these will do to the cow(s) that want to wander on another property; they will either get stuck or are afraid once they know it's dangerous for them to cross..so the cow learns. Got smart cows but we still eat em'.



Uh...had to re-route by about 50 yards..GPS didn't do a good job...reverted to "tracks" only!



Went that away....





From Cotopaxi to WestCliff was pretty much paved with an occassional gravel side loop either left or right but always coming back to rt 69. I think this area lacked much gravel to the destinations end point so Sam I guess made a few gravel loops as such to satisfy the "gravel" rider. For those who have time constraints or are fuel frugal..just cut them off and zoom down rt 69 till the "real" TAT returns. It was quite a long ride althoug beautiful to finally escape the pavement..thus my shortened time to Salida. He paved area is still a TAT route(new).



Finally back on the gravel TAT



Taking a break in the shade provided by Colorado's Aspens..



Man...whew...am exhausted going through the twisties for hours..(self portrait)



Machine..the venerable Brundhilde...





The Rockies loom..without their famed snow caps...





No Words....



Arrived in Salida, Colo...at 1400hrs...will stay here a few days, explore the Town which right now is crawling with weekend tourists...then will see whether I am game in scaling the passes up there.



Adios Amigos....nighty night..

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Old 07-20-2012, 09:33 PM   #193
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Coyote Melon

Cucurbita palmata

Family:
Cucurbitaceae, Gourd Family
Form:
Annual or perennial herbaceous vine
Range:
Southern California, southern Nevada, western Arizona, northern Baja California and Sonora, Mexico
Habitat:
Sandy places below 4,000 feet elevation; Creosote Bush Scrub, Coastal Sage Scrub, Valley Grassland
Living Desert Location:
Coyote Exhibit

Coyote Melon may be recognized by its rough, stiff-haired stems and large, palmate shaped leaves sprawling over sandy areas or climbing via tendrils into surrounding vegetation. It may also be easily distinguished by its three-inch, dull green, spheroid gourds with pale yellow vertical stripes. As the gourds mature they become straw colored.
Flowering time is April through September. The flowers are a beautiful combination of gold, yellow and orange. The pulp within the fruit is unpalatable, but was utilized by native people and during the depression, for soap. Clothing laundered with the soap reportedly helps to repel body lice.
The seeds are edible, unlike the pulp, and contain value as a source of protein (31%), and cooking oil (30%). The dried gourds have been used as rattles and containers. After the plant has gone to fruit, the stems dry up and wither away, later to re-sprout from the tuberous root once sufficient rains return.
Coyote melon can be used as an attractive and effective herbaceous ground cover in the garden. Incorporating this Coachella Valley native in a landscape provides nectar to various invertebrates including at least two of its more effective pollinators - Peponapis and Xenoglossa, the squash or gourd bees.
The three inch wide flowers open before dawn and wilt by late morning.













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Thanks for the education...great stuff. My TAT ride is not only about Iron Butting the TAT but to enjoy it in it's surroundings.

CHeers...
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Old 07-20-2012, 09:38 PM   #194
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Hey Elmer!

I think I'm going to need to add the TAT to my list of future rides. Looks amazing and the report is fantastic. How is the rig getting along?

I have to admit your pictures are making me miss the good ol' usa...
Hola Mattie...Yes, you gotta do it when you come home it's kind of short if you want to compare your current tour! Sidecar is great, been a good lady, remember mine is smaller. "Brunhilde" the motorcyle is fine and a great machine am very contend while having only 100 hp and you got 115. Matt you got to give your machine a name and sometimes talk to her..she's your mistress .

Ride safe, ride far

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Old 07-20-2012, 09:42 PM   #195
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How many miles did you log since the begining of TAT? Keep us ADV readers curious.
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Hola Bobby the Deaf Popeye..dunno about the miles. We BMW riders don't concern ourselves with miles like you HD guys worry about miles because of low resale. We ride until she drops... I don't seem to keep miles accumulated..but got 71,000 baby step miles on the Beemer.

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