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Old 10-05-2012, 02:48 PM   #1
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My photos from the Western TAT in August 2012 (now with video!)

Parx400, Drufiddy I did the Western half of the Trans America Trail TAT in August, so I wanted to share the photos with you all. We had plans to write up an epic ride report, but quite frankly TAT RR’s are a dime a dozen on here and I’m better with a camera than a keyboard.

We spent a year planning the adventure. Acquiring the maps from Sam, piecing together a GPS route and checking and double checking that route against known landmarks, calculating mileage and planning gas stops and lodging areas. We decided to transport the bikes to Green River, WY and ride the Shadow of the Rockies trail to Salida, CO, where the TAT would officially start. The trip was 2500 miles of dirt roads, trails, mountain passes and desert two-track over 14 days.

Here's the link to the photos, there are many of them, but I'll post some highlights here.

ONLINE TAT PHOTO GALLERY

The route


The bikes all loaded up


Rest in Bonneville


The start of the ride in Green River, WY


Wyoming




Stealth Camping in CO


No trip would be complete without epic food.


Indy Pass, just out of Aspen, CO


Hancock Pass, CO


Gnar gnar


Chris has got his adventure face on, you can see.


From where we came (Tomichi Pass)


Old Monarch Pass


Teepee at Tomichi Creek

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Ah yes, nice and warm


The view in the morning




Approaching Cinnamon Pass, CO


Cinnamon Pass. 12,640 feet!


The world from almost 13,000 feet


The backside of Cinnamon. The ghost town of Animas Forks in the distance.


Animas Forks, CO




California Gulch


California Pass, CO


Ca Gulch from the top




The view from 13k feet.


Alpine Lake

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Coming down Corkscrew Pass


Ophir Pass


The town of Ophir, CO


Smallest post office EVARRRR!!


The Mineshaft Inn, Rico, CO


Oh sweet! A bed!


San Juan National Forest




Made it to Moab!


Arches National Park


Balancing Rock


The famous Delicate Arch




On the way to Canyonlands National Park


Start of the White Rim Trail

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Looking out into the vastness


lulz




Musselman Arch




Island in the Sky




Western Utah


Storm brewing. Better stop for the night


Wow. Crazy storm


Camp for the night


Black Dragon Wash


Okay then, we'll just travel half way across the country then.


Chris' leaky radiator. He would continue to Emery, UT while Drew and I hit Eagle and Cat Canyons


Swayzie's Cabin

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Drew about to enter Eagle Canyon




Eagle Canyon




Wild horses in Cat Canyon


Dinosaur Droppings


Wow, that's a deep mud hole


Go around!


Many of you probably know Randy in Emery, UT.
When Chris asked for a tray to drain his coolant into (being from California and all)
Randy replied, "something to drain the coolant into? What, are you gonna reuse the shit? Drain the sumbitch right there!"

...the EPA Blackhawks did not come swooping in and the world continued to rotate on it's axis. lol


Radiator fixed!


Western UT


That is a long, straight road right there


Entering the NV two-track




There were a great many gates to open and close in NV

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Mine exploration in Preston, NV


Old buildings from a bygone past


Preston gas station lol


Native American ruins


Ruined mining town of Hawthorne, NV




In the jail!






Silty,sandy two-track


Yes people, this is a road.




This was a really silty day


Holy hell. This silt is 18" deep and there's about two miles of it. Great.



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Holy silt balls!


Pretty much like riding through water




Made it to the cow camp




Recognize this logo Keith?


Fellow ADV'ers. There were messages all over the walls from previous TATers.


...so we left one too


My epic adventure beard is coming in nicely.


The photo doesn't even do it justice. This shit is 12" deep and it goes for miles.


Hot Spring


High above the hills in Northern NV


We were tired. This day served up 185 miles of the most difficult terrain of the trip with nowhere to stop and at least get some shade. It was silt, rocks and sand all day.


Finally approaching McDermitt, NV


600,000 acres were burned a month before we came through

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It was like riding on the moon


Poor guys. There's nowhere to hide


Quickly running out of filterskins lol




Poseriffic.


Warm springs


We'll need to get back here.




The long road into Cederville, CA that marks the end of our TAT trip

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Old 10-05-2012, 03:12 PM   #9
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Well Done!!

Looks like you guys had a great adventure. Just enough narrative with lots of great photos.

I have ridden many sections of the Western TAT, and I hate SILT...especially if you're behind other riders.

Thanks for posting.

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Old 10-05-2012, 04:21 PM   #10
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Very Nice

Amazing photography. Thank you for sharing.
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:25 PM   #11
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nice. thanks for the inspiring pics. cant wait to see the sights myself.
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:27 PM   #12
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Fantastic pics!!! Thank you for posting them up!
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Thanks everyone. We had a great time for sure.
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