Going for Broke: TAT 2011

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by simonpig, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. Tompound

    Tompound M.M.S. Tommy

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    you need to pull the dust seal down first and the oil seal is up in the tube about 1/4"
    I have always used tear offs to clean mine out but the card should work
    just pry that first seal out of your way and push it back in place after you clean the oil seal hope this helps
  2. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    Me and Gaspipe rode our bikes on the beach----gaspipe buried his Honda (on purpose)----I've heard others getting chastised for doing this if getting caught.

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  3. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    I had Sam's GPS coordinates for the beach which weren't right as they were at some beach houses w/ not beech access. Follow the main road to the boat harbor and you can camp on the beach. There are a couple of RV parks on the main drag.
  4. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    Yeah no driving on the beach.
  5. rufus

    rufus We're burning daylight...

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    A little south of town we crossed a small bridge and saw an ATV riding towards the beach. There was a well worn ATV track there under or next to the bridge. We tried to follow it but the sand was so dry and loose and deep that we couldn't keep forward motion even while going downhill. i thought I was gonna burn up my clutch trying to go back 100 feet or so. No beach pics for us.
  6. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

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    now it's all downhill to the OR beach, well sort of with a few minor cascade and coast range bumps...again really enjoying your RR :clap

    not sure about an epic place to stay, but driving on the beach should be allowed for the most part around PortO. Nothing like a good beach cruise. Last scene of planet of the apes where Heston and the girl are on beach and ride off on horse back.

    As OR state mandate, the public must have access to their beach, although driving is restricted in many areas.

    Here's some OR State Park aerial maps (pdf file) that show the legal places you can drive on beach; around Orford, north of orford, south of orford (drive legend on left side of map)
  7. simonpig

    simonpig packin' heat

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    That's pretty fantastic. Gonna try for the boat.

  8. GotMojo?

    GotMojo? Long timer

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    Just curious how the IMS 3.1 worked in Nevada? Was it sufficient or did you need to tap into your extra fuel?
  9. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    No riding on the beach? I thought that was mandatory for finishing the TAT.

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    According to this Port Orford website, it's legal: click
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    In Oregon the beaches are public, and you can drive on them...
    Motoring on the beaches is an Oregon tradition dating back to the late 1800s when the motors were horses drawing wagons.
    In 1913 Governor Oswald West persuaded the legislature to protect all beaches from developers by declaring them a highway.
    The Beach Bill finally assured the status of Oregon's beaches as public property.

    You can see that there were plenty of tire tracks on the beach when we were there.
    (pic from 2010. also did it in 2009)
    Very cool, I hope it works out!
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  10. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    Guess riding on the beach is legal if you can't read. There is a sign stating no riding.
  11. simonpig

    simonpig packin' heat

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    The ims 3.1 was enough for me. I didn't have to use any fuel bottles either. If you have a gps and are one step ahead of where the next gas stop is you'll be fine.

    On the other hand if you're using roll charts you might need a bigger tank. It's for when you burn up fuel because you're really lost and finding your way.
  12. td301

    td301 Adventurer

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    I finished TAT first week of Sept. I rode on the beach and then asked locals. They said everybody drives on the beach. Sign says you have to have a "disabled" tag or license, etc. I spent a good 30 min there and no probs. Rode down the beach through the gap in rocks and then turned around couple hundred yards later.

    Griff's has good fish and chips on Dock Rd. It's down by the boats. (Navy retiree and wife on holiday bought my lunch after he asked what I was up to. :freaky)

    I've got pics similar to yours, some the same. Camped in park behind The Owl in Eureka too. Slept well after visiting the bar. NV was dry for me. Watch for two barbed wire gates in OR that are not well marked. The second one is just before Silver Lake is not marked well at all. Nearly ended my trip. Rode to Portland along coast and was foggy both days, all day, the whole way. Hope viz was better for you.
  13. Hypermofo

    Hypermofo Been here awhile

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    Simonpig - great ride, great report! This is my favorite TAT RR in a long while. Some how you put it all together very well with the right amount of pics and words all from a phone and busted laptop. The passage above is my favorite - not only can i visualize it i can FEEL it and it's just awesome.

    Ride safe!

    HM
  14. Callahan

    Callahan Long timer

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    Any Mile marker notes that you can add for those mystery/dangerous barbed wire fences.
  15. Johnny55

    Johnny55 Banned

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    Congrats Simon, where are you going to go now?!
  16. simonpig

    simonpig packin' heat

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    After port orford, frisco
  17. simonpig

    simonpig packin' heat

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    9/15/11 (Thursday)
    Daily mileage: 225 miles
    Overall average: 25 mph

    Getting out later this morning from the lakeview lodge I noticed my rear tire was leaking air slowly so I filled it back up. Should last me the day.

    The riding through was the national forest today was somewhat lackluster compared to the adventurous trails in Nevada. Not complaining, but just sayin'.

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    I did manage to barrel full speed through a barb wire fence. I was going downhill off the mountain road back into the main gravel road and at the last minute noticed it too late. The bike tore through the fence and I ended up going over the bars. Got up and composed myself. There was no damage to the bike.

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    The TAT is defarkling my bike. To date I've lost my zeta heel guard, a rear zeta disk guard and both my handguards. Lost the left one on this spill.

    An interesting views along the way

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    The next section of interest was through a valley of dead trees. Getting up to that point required me to reroute several times due to downed trees or purchased land. My policy in Oregon is the path of least resistance. There's a ton of roads here so why not go around.

    There was interesting powerline road section that at some points were super rocky. At certain points I would stop to take pictures and literally hear them sizzling above me.

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    In a valley of dead trees, I got stuck on a couple of logs and had to lift the bike over. My rear tire had also gone completely flat at this point so I wasn't getting the grip and clearance needed to hop over them.

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    After following some previous tracks I navigated through the section and exit through a gate that led me to the in forest road.

    Got out the compressor and inflated the tire and found a small hole which i quickly plugged up. A gentlemen in a small pickup stop to ask if i needed anything as the repair was taking place. I said no but thanked him for stopping.

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    During the last couple of hours leading up to that valley, the sky had become overcast and the temperature had dropped noticeably.

    The ride from here to silver lake was chilly. When i arrived there I got gas and ate at the plum creek deli. It was an interesting little establishment ran out of a parked and converted rv with a gas grill out front and a big teepee. There was also a Norwegian and us flag flying out front.

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    I ordered a bacon cheeseburger and fries and a big eight grade kid name Patrick prepared it. He said they get slot af advers coming around but I was rare in being a solo rider. That was the second time I heard that. We talked about hay, the big group of British adv riders that stopped by earlier in the season, guns, his want of his own motorcycle, and firefighting.

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    After my delicious burger which helped warm me up, I put on my fleece pullover under my jacket, hopped on with the intention of riding another 60 miles to crescent lake.

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    Unfortunately, I had grossly miscalculated my rate of progress and ran into several reroutes due to purchased land. It was 6:05 when I started and at 6:45 I finally made it to the entrance of the Fremont national forest. After going about a mile into the entrance, I decided to turn around and get on the main highway to crescent. It was freezing out and all I could think of was a nice warm room.

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    After finally arriving at crescent lake, I calculated I had missed about 50 miles of trail. I was bummed as I should've just stayed in silverlake for the evening, but I already made reservations in crescent lake a day earlier. Someone tell me, Did I miss alot of good trail from silverlake to crescent? If it was anything like what I rode earlier today, I don't think I missed much.
  18. simonpig

    simonpig packin' heat

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    Morning. Crescent Lake Cabins are sweet.

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    My plan for today was to visit the umpqua national forest and the hot spring located there.

    Rode over to crescent from crescent lake to get gas, and again noticed my rear was low on air. At this point my rear tire is looking rough. There's cracks around the knobs so there could be any number of leaks residing on it. Filled it up more than usual this time.

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    Getting to the spring took me up elevation for a bit and And to a pedestrian bridge leading to springs.

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    I met a couple on the brief hike over who were on vacation from Arizona. Cece and Shaun had 2 weeks off and were recommending I check out kentucky falls next to Florence. Shaun was a pretty sociable guy. When we got to the spring he would offer every bather there grabs at their tillamook cheese and crackers which they obtained on the factory tour earlier.

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    The soak was amazing. It made the soreness in my left shoulder from yesterday's chilled ride melt away. There was a total of 6 pools there that got cooler the farther down you descended the Rock staircase. The one above mine was taken a older scruffy looking mountain man and another pool housed under a wooden canopy by a young hippie couple. They were all in the buff soaking and getting out to grab the occaisional cracker and cheese. I brought my swim trunks just in case but decided to hang loose, to save from having to dry my swim trunks.

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    It was liberating to be soaking in the buff on the side of a mountain surrounded by Trees and cool fresh air with the sound of the river running below. This is the Oregon I had envisioned. It wasn't to be found on the TAT up to this point.

    After soaking for 45 minutes and hiking out, I ran into 2 couples who had a flat the night before and decided to camp out. There was another guy, Jimmy was was acting as a fixer, whom I had met earlier getting to the springs. Jimmy at first asked me if I could ride down to a gas station with a Jerry can to get gas since one of the guys truck ran out of gas. The other guys car had a flat tire. I had all the tools needed to plug a tire and inflate it, and so I did. Both of the guys were on military rr from Iraq, so it was the least I could do.

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    Jimmy was from Michigan, but his playground was in Venice beach Cali. He is a musician there. Somehow he was able to hitchhike all the way to Oregon and would be hitchhiking a ride back at some point. It seems like he had been camping out there for awhile.

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    One couple, Travis and his girl Alia were both from Oregon and endorsed it over the other many states they traveled to some of which included Montana and Wyoming.

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    After fixing the tire the group thank me and I roll away. It was around 5 pm at this point and I head south to Crater Lake and enjoy the view.

    Did I mention that the last couple of days felt the the end of November? It was chilly. I was getting all sore from the chills. Had to bust out the balaclava.

    Crater lake is pretty cool. I enter from the north entrance and slowly make my way south going counterclockwise around the big water filled hole hitting the different vistas along the way.

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    Click below image for the Crater Lake Expedition Video... The Pig has landed!

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    After having my fill, I exit through the south at mazama village. There I stop in at annie's restaurant for a dinner buffet before setting out for my cold-as-balls ride to the union creek cottage and rv park.

    It's a comfy place to rest my head for the evening.

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  19. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Nope, not a thing...you're doing fine. :thumb
  20. simonpig

    simonpig packin' heat

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    Awoke this morning and started on the last couple of days reports on the iphone. Live reporting really takes consideration and time. Everyday I’ve been trying to write the first thing in the morning and its really taken up the last minute of checkout at 11. Its not different this morning.

    After getting all my crap together, I go down to lash it all down. On the way out, I notice a really nice old school hot rod with a ford emblem and exposed engine block. The owner, Bill, approached me and asked me about my trip. He’s maybe in his late 60s or early 70s. He asks about my trip and makes recommendations for road to take while on my way back east. He and his wife Lynda, who is smoking a Marlboro red, seem to be an adventurous couple. He use to ride dirtbikes and was telling me about Death Valley and that I should take the Sonora Pass back. We walk over to his hot rod he built up from parts either meticulously gathered from swap meets or hand built himself. It’s a beautiful machine with a nice low grunt. He remarks that it’s the smallest v8 made. Don’t know much more than that, but I do know something special when I see it. After a thorough going over of the map, we say our goodbyes and they roar off in the V8, after detaching the small trailer from it.

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    After heading south for 11 miles to Prospect from Union Creek to get gas, I head back up 35 miles to pick up the trail I left off yesterday (around mile 285). It’s funny, but its easier to run out of gas in Oregon than in any other state. That’s what it seems like anyway. The gas stations are few and far between especially once you get in the national forest.

    The trail today took me up through some mountain passes and back down and then back up again. There are some mountain roads that have been closed so I had to reroute the long way around the mountain.

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    Visiting the worlds tallest sugar pine

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    Around mile marker 365, I start to realize that I don’t have enough gas to make it to the 426 mile point so I reroute to a bigger road and finish the day in Canyonland. I have been missing a lot of the trail here in Oregon, but for some reason, I don’t really feel like I’m missing anything. Maybe it’s that I’m starting to get lazy, or the TAT is taking its toll on me, but drifting along seems fine to me. For sure, tomorrow will be the last day as I make it to Port Orford and thus, my TAT trip will end, and the trip back begins.

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