2 keyboard commandos attempt to tackle the TAT

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by sintax, Aug 22, 2013.

  1. vintagespeed

    vintagespeed fNg

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    Utah been berry berry good to us! No rain gnarly climbs up La Sal. Great video none of which you shall see for awhile...

    But here's some pics:

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    Oh yeah! Sorry to the KLR guys we roosted as we blew into UT! You guys must've been really moving cuz we were going super fast when we passed you. :p
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  2. vintagespeed

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    Moab first showed us some love, in the rain.

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    ....and then it bitch slapped the shit out of us.

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  3. vintagespeed

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    Couple more.

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  4. sintax

    sintax Been here awhile

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    Here are a couple pics from the bike tune up day in Trinidad

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    Gotta keep em clean.

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    Little rain heading north from Trinidad into some beautiful country

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  5. sintax

    sintax Been here awhile

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    The parts of CO we ran were great.

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  6. sintax

    sintax Been here awhile

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    Utah has proved to be beautiful but mentally and physically taxing. That mud was a foot and a half deep in places and about as slimy and sticks as anything I've ever seen.

    I sure hope trail conditions improve.

    Here was camping in Moab right before the thunder storms flushed us into our tents

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    Some great shots before the mud

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  7. sintax

    sintax Been here awhile

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    Today we took a day to rest in GreenRiver UT. We had to clean up the bikes, do a little maintenance. The DR650 needed some air filter cleaning and some heavy duty mud removal.

    My bikes front break master cylinder had its fluid replaced with some black nastyness. I found the only place in town with some DOT4 brake fluid and flushed it out. It's feeling a lot better.

    Last night we got a steak at this place called Rays here in Green River. Totally over hyped! Avoid buying a steak, stick to the burgers they looked much better and were more reasonably priced. We got a good lunch today at The Chow Hound.

    We also knocked out some laundry at the local laundromat. Met some nice people from Texas. Their 2012 Chevy Duramax was struck by lightening. Stopped the truck dead, they were rolling 75 on the highway. Cool people, but now they are waiting to haul their trailer back to Texas. I'm sure it's needing new computers at the least.

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    Apparently the DR got a lot of work sawing mud. That's all mud packed in the countershaft cover
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  8. Harder1

    Harder1 braaaap!

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    Thanks for the updates guys. I'm enjoying your report and the way you guys are rollin'. :freaky
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  9. pterry

    pterry Desert rider

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    Cool pics guys! That Moab mud is terrible. Stay safe.
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  10. vintagespeed

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    Turned south in Salina. Thanks Sintax for taking me along on such a great ride!

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  11. vintagespeed

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    Forgot one or two...

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  12. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    Hey that spot looks very familiar!!!!


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    Looked a little greener in June 2011...

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  13. vintagespeed

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    Yeah we had to ride it in the rain... :)
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  14. vintagespeed

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    well, i guess i'll post an update since we were a little vague there after all the rain & mud days...

    due to some unforeseen issues at home, i had to turn south in Salina, UT. wasn't the plan but had to be done. sintax decided he would head home too, although i hated to be the reason he had to not finish the TAT.

    we had pushed hard up to UT. at that point the heavy rain and mud pits made moving difficult, we spent nearly 6hrs from Moab to Green River, total of about 65miles. it was brutal and really killed our momentum. we spoke to some guys who went through the same track a few days later who had no mud at all. after all the hard work getting through, we laid up another day in Green River to try to let the trail dry a little before moving further west.

    mud was the name they gave thee:
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    the next day was Black Dragon Wash, Eagle Canyon and Devil's Canyon......pretty ominous names for pretty ominous terrain. all the washes had been rivers only days earlier, the canyons full of mud and the rock ledges uncovered of any "helper" rocks. it was damn near impassible on a heavy ass dirt bike. i cussed and cursed every inch, tractoring the DR up and over rock ledges that would've been a challenge even on my light weight desert bike. on one such climb in Eagle Canyon i turned the corner to find sintax sitting sideways halfway up a waterfall, front wheel about a foot from a 40 foot vertical drop, i asked on the radio, "are you okay?" but in typical sintax fashion, the reply was, "yeah no problem, i got a little off track there..."

    it was mostly like that the whole day, Black Dragon wasn't too bad, gnarly on the big DR but the XR cruised through it like a Baja winner should. especially piloted by an experienced rider like sintax.

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    we made it through Eagle Canyon, bashing skid plates and balancing the bikes up 2 foot drops & ledges, around deep ruts and across cactus fields. Devil's Canyon was a wash, full of shale, sand and stone, topped with a nice thin layer of slime. just enough traction to get you moving too fast into each corner. and the wash went on & on for hours, mile after mile.. unrelenting.

    we came upon a group of ADV riders running the TAT into Colorado, they gave us some intel about the route ahead and we gave them some about the route behind. they were on the right bikes to tackle Eagle Canyon, mostly orange with a couple green ones in there for good measure. they reported, "there's a couple mud crossings, not bad though." boy was that an understatement...

    the first mud crossing was wide and shallow, not too bad, 2nd gear, pin it and pray. we made that one with ease. the second however, "Muddy Creek" (no shit) was a little more imposing. the KTM guys had the benefit of coming into the mud off a bridge and crossing into a grassy field. we were running the opposite way so we had to either hit the bridge opening or mob off into the creek. not to mention we had to avoid the ruts that were left for us by those kind fellers.

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    i made sintax go first, he likes to think i set him up but really i was just too deflated to head into that shit. i didn't see how we were gonna make it through on heavy ass bikes, at least not without some mud bathing. i was half right. we definitely got some good cardio, dragging sintax's bike out of the mud and pushing mine through as i tried to walk it. you couldn't really walk though because your boots were vaccuum sealed into the ground by 8" of slime.

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    it was really the last hurdle of the day though, we got through and made it into Salina, UT around 7:30pm. the next morning we would ride up the train tunnels and attempt to pick up the TAT on a steep rocky up-slope. i attempted it first, but failed about halfway up. dropping the DR on her side and filling the airbox with fuel. it was either too much for the heavy DR or too much for my weak legs from the day before. we picked up the track further down the trail and rode it into town where a good lunch and a decision to head south was made.

    a night over in Vegas afforded us front row parking next to the limos and a few cold ones on the house before sweating our way home the next day.

    all in all, it was a great trip. we met some amazing people and shared just a little bit of their lives, hopefully they gained as much from us crazy dirt bikers as we gained from them in our short time together. the people, as much as the amazing riding and beautiful terrain, were the highlight of the trip for me. i got to spend 19days on my dirt bike, riding across the country via back roads and trails, seeing less than a handful of vehicles each day. what a wonderful change from SoCal, where we commute with thousands.

    i'll work on getting some video put together, there are some good clips. mud days, rain days, water crossings, drops, dumps and goof-offs. i know sintax has some as well, as well as some great pics from the camera that haven't been posted yet.

    i hope to return and finish the passes in CO and all the way to the coast, you can't hold me back Utah! it's gonna happen. :lol3

    deal's gap, first day:

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  15. refokus

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    Great RR, enjoyed every bit of it. I hope you are able to continue to the finish. Great job :thumb
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  16. Bob

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    Nice report, thanks.
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    finally got a little video edited, it's not very good. i'm horrible at the video stuff and these are the last one's i'll post as there's little interest in this thread.

    Eagle Canyon, Sintax nearly riding off a cliff - 1.5mins

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    Black Dragon Wash, Eagle Canyon, Devil's Canyon - 15mins

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    added video clip. done, thanks all.
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  19. ned quick

    ned quick Been here awhile

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    Great ride report. Sounds like you met some awesome folks and had a great time. Hope you get to finish the ride soon.
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  20. Gramp-Z

    Gramp-Z Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the RR . So did the TAT give you as much fun as you had thought ? Are you planning on trying to finish it next year ? I always love TAT reports and if I get lucky , maybe I will get a shot at it after I retire . Then the only question is , what bike will I choose ? I am kind of leaning to a DR 200 and take a nice slow trip . I don't think my old body would like lifting my WeeStrom too many times .
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