Going for Broke: TAT 2011

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

  1. Rcrx21

    Rcrx21 02 KLR650; 04 WR250F

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    Download the Photobucket App to your smartphone, take pictures with your phone, upload them using wifi when you find a hotspot and post to adv all from the phone. I did my whole Key West trip that way. The pictures wont be as good as the camera but at least it will contain pictures!
  2. fotobo

    fotobo KTM rider

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    Sorry to hear about your computer problems. I assume you must have the rest of your tracks in the netbook and cannot download them to your gps. Four guys I know from Tulsa (adv guys) are currently in Moab I believe. Not sure if they have a computer with them, but you might check. They said they are staying at a Hostel at the South end of town ($12 a night). I believe they are on a couple of DRs, a KLR and a Husky. Look them up they may be able to help you if they have a lap top. They said in their ride report that they are going to Woody's tavern tonight.
  3. KTMitch640

    KTMitch640 KTMitch640

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    Great RR. Was good to meet you and Jeff in Lake City and suprised to see you again on Ophr pass. We made it back to NM on monday, had a great ride. Sorry to hear about your notebook. I'll be watching your progress.... b safe...
  4. Johnny55

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    That sucks, how ironic is it that we were talking about that very thing happening just 2 days ago! Good luck with the ride! Have fun.
  5. Johnny55

    Johnny55 Banned

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    NIce meeting you too Mitch. How was the ride?
  6. derrickbwg

    derrickbwg Adventurer

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    I've not been here long...but long enough to know that you got that right:D

    You've come this far, you'll figure it out....just one more good story that can be told around the campfire.
  7. simonpig

    simonpig packin' heat

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    Tire change. It wasn't without incident and with luck on my side was able to get replacement parts. Helped that my hotel was across the street from Moab powersport. Tj, you da man.

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  8. simonpig

    simonpig packin' heat

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    Yep. That's what I'm doing. It's not going to chock full of beautiful pictures but better that it is live I suppose. Then post the heavy journal when I get back with more pictures.
  9. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    if you can't retreive you coordinates for the TAT I can send you mine. Nevada will be off as there were no coordinates so it was a lot of guess work. PM me if you need it.
  10. simonpig

    simonpig packin' heat

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    Thanks for the tip. I'll have dinner there tonight and maybe I'll run into them.
  11. simonpig

    simonpig packin' heat

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    Thank for the offer. I still couldn't put them on my gps without city navigator and for that I need a computer. I remember having to install trip and waypoint manager before installing city navigator.
  12. fotobo

    fotobo KTM rider

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    If you can find my buddies and they have a lap top, I could email the tracks to them and they could download them to your gps. Let me know if you find them and I will be glad to do so.
  13. simonpig

    simonpig packin' heat

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    Late lunch. Feeling a little homesick for my neighborhood Chinese joint, I feast on a late lunch at the schezuan garden.

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  14. simonpig

    simonpig packin' heat

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    9/4/11 (Sunday)
    Daily mileage: 140 miles
    Overall average: 10mph

    Woke up this morning at 6:30 am and started typing on yesterdays ride report. Jeff woke up as I was putting the finishing touches on it and we went out on the town to grab some breakfast. The town of Lake City is a very nice place. Theres a small town feel and it doesn’t have the touristy feel of Silverton.

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    Hey you're dog right. I like your coat. Tibetan Terrier...cool dog.

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    We happened upon a coffee shop and I got a cinnamon roll and a coffee. We ran into a couple of guys, Mitch and Dave, on KTM 950 Super Enduros who were taking the labor day weekend to travel around Colorado for riding and camping. I would later run into them again up on Olphir Pass.

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    After breakfast, Jeff decided to head back to Taylor Park, since he was already about 150 miles from his basecamp. I continue on to Cinnamon Pass. Today was all about savoring the ride, shooting the shit and breathing the scenery. That’s why my overall average is a measly 10pmh.

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    Cinnamon Pass was really good. It was challenging enough to make it feel like an adventure for sure. A quarter of the ways up, I see a KTM 950 Adventure parked on even ground contemplating the decision to go up. I pull up and introduce myself. Tom, the rider, was packed with full luggage and wasn’t sure if he wanted to go up on such a heavy bike, so I offered to ride behind him and he dropped it, I could help him lift it. Seemed like a shame for a brother to make it so far up and not go all the way. He did make it up all the way without my help, and thanked me at the top. No problem, Tom, you da man.

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    Up on Cinnamon pass, taking portraits, Mark and Chad, on 300XCW and XR600R, stopped to talk. They were looking to tear up on single track and had a trail map. Throughout the day, I would see many dirtbike on the trail and that made me feel warm and fuzzy. I also saw many Jeeps and 4x4s, at point there would be a Jeep traffic jam. I went down once on a steep downhill trying to get around a 4x4 going uphill on a narrow track. The rocks were so loose, there was no traction. I would go down once more when the rear broke loose on a fine grit downhill corner – again very low speed. For the steepdowns, you have to be geared low, and to be sure to use both brakes -- the front, 1 finger light. The rear only won’t cut it, but I’m sure most of you know it.

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    The landscape of course was just too much to take in. Everywhere there was something for your eyes to devour.

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    The going was slow for the most part because sometimes I was in jeep traffic, but mostly because I was stopping so much. I didn’t mind as my plan was to get close enough to the passes yesterday evening so that I could take my sweet time today. That strategy paid off.

    After getting down California Pass, I would go up and down Olphir Pass which was like a landscape from Mars as I traverse a whole mountain side of rocks. Tre cool.

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    I ran into Mitch and Dave again. They were looking for a campsite and asked about the other side of the pass. They a case of beer and were fully loaded down and it was the end of the day, so Dave really wasn’t in the mood to go it. They went back the other direction to look for something idyllic next to a creek.

    I continued on in hopes of making it to Monticello. The next big off road section was the Black Mesa Trail. It was a windy uphill that reminded me a lot of the mountain rides in PA I did. At the top of the mountain, I approached a closed road, so I had to backtrack 1 mile. I eventually found an ATV trail that took me the long way around “dark” side of the mountain. At this point it was around 6:30 so the woods were getting dark and spooky. Especially under my dark tinted goggles. While I was rerouting on the ATV trail, I was praying that there were no downed trees in front of the path as the trail was a narrow double track that tighter than the woods roads I’ve been on usually. Since there were rock ledges just overhead, I was also praying no mountain lion would jump me… you see, I’m a paranoid dude.

    Anyway, after what seemed like eternity, I make it out of the ATV onto the main trail and down the mountain I go to highway. At this point it was 7:00 and for a second, I thought about continuing on and pushing but there were campgrounds along that road, so I explored a couple and was able to find an available site.

    As I pull into my site, a group of campers hail me down and ask me about my ride. Turns out they were a trailriding family, 3 brothers and a father. They asked if I was game to come along the next day, but I felt mentally ill prepared for a day of crazy single track, so I respectfully declined.

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    After setting up my campsite, I head over and meet the Judds. Not the country music sensations, but a Mormon family out to do their business on the gnarly single track trails of Colorado. They had an insider who was local and knew all the good spots. Over a delicious meal they graciously prepared me, we talked about work, the trip, new york, missionary work, and dirtbiking. The three brothers, Malcolm, Tyson and Breck were all really blown away, I was riding cross country on a 250. Their Dad was a stoic guy who didn’t speak a great deal, but when doing so, was essential. He was a joker as well though, poking fun at Malcolm for his anxiety on the next days ride. Malcolm was the oldest and running his own business in Wedding photography. Breck and Tyson were still in college and very competitive with other when riding. It was interesting to find that Malcolm spoke Korean and Breck spoke Mandarin Chinese.

    After a full belly, good conversation and a warm fire. I was off to bed. Another awesome day in the great outdoors.
  15. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    be warned once you start a TAT thread people expect (demand!!) updates and pictures. They throw out things like wondering if you've been busted up but that's not thier real concern. Those addicted arm chair adventures just want their fix, so realize they aren't looking out for you, but just want to see pictures and hear of potential carnage. Thow in a little excitement and leave em' hangin' they really like when you do that!!!
  16. Callahan

    Callahan Long timer

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    Hey Simon what the F.., that ride report sucks. I am hanging out here bleeding for more details. Go buy a new computer and hurry up about it will ya or we all will have to come and find you and then what :rofl we know where you are,,,,, sort of ,,,,,,, and would love to see more.

    Oh yeah and on a more serious note of continuity and chronological ordering of posts.

    Could you please post a note when you and note within how far back it is, when your updates backdate to.

    Many thanks, wish you well and glad you ares still ripping it up.
  17. Gbob

    Gbob Gone fishin

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    Nice report:clap:clap Did the TAT from Jellico to Colorado in May. Noob ride. Spontaneous combustion. Cool to see some pics from the many scenic spots along the trail that I recognized. Can't wait to go again...wherever. Good luck with your computer and the western trail.

    AAARRRGH:freaky
  18. KTMitch640

    KTMitch640 KTMitch640

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    Was great, did a bunch of passes. Imogene was great. Did almost a thousand miles over the weekend.
  19. simonpig

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    9/5/11 (Monday)

    Daily mileage: 192 miles
    Overall average: 30 mph

    At 7am I woke up and went over to the judds camp. They had invited the prior night to a breakfast of eggs sausage and pancaked. As the guys were loading up to go on the trail ride tyson asked if I wanted to take a spin around the campground on brents crf450r and i did. Really fun bike with tons of torque.

    Malcolm warming up by the fire

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    Breck representin'

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    Tyson's getting pumped for the days ride

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    Creek by the Marveeso Campground

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    As they set off I wished them well and snapped a picture.

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    Decided to catch up on reporting for yesterday, so i started a fire, since it was still early and chilly out. Thanks to a couple of inmates, I now know how to start a fire in theory. On the other hand, I needed to be efficient so I busted out the fuel bottle and wallah instant fire. After a couple of hours of writing and then packing, i set off for Moab.

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    The ride today's in western Colorado was pretty straightforward with well maintained gravel roads and no mountain passes.

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    Love Sinclair the Brontosaurus

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    As i roll into Utah red rocks start to appear though I could see mountain in the backgound.

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    The sky was big and beautiful and fluffy clouds lined the sky before me.

    There was a section of road that was gated and had a sign that said there might be nuclear fallout and to be careful. Not sure what that was about bit I went around the gate.

    As I ride on I get closer to the manti lasal state forest and the mountain that before was a blip on the horizon. Going up the mountain was fun as there was some nice atv rocky and rough double tracks that wind their way around the mountain top. Again very trailride like.

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    Cool alien trees again

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    At this point it was getting very dark as there were black clouds that had begun to envelope the mountaintop. When I reach the highest point on the other side of the mountain, I could see thundercloud maybe 15 or 20 miles away coming my direction.

    I buckled down, zipped up my vents, put on my balaclava and continued on. Eventually I did hit some rain and the klim suit dis it's job. The rain wasn't coming down that hard so guess I was lucky.

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    In Moab I check into the sleep inn. Since I had arrived Moab at 5:30 I went to the car wash and to oreilly for motor oil to prep for the maintenance that was to take place tomorrow. I like working on a clean bike so the Powerwash was a welcome service. Planning on hitting up Moab powersports for a front tire early tomorrow morning.

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    After doing my chores, I went to the Moab diner. Their signature green chile was what caught my eye. Stuffed myself silly and then went back to the hotel to wind down. *While I was frolicking in the pool and and soaking in the hottub, my klim suit and other clothes was spinning in a washer cleaning off the the sampling of dirt and sweat from the last week and a half.

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    Back in my room I went to get my computer to post yesterday's report and to watch the steel city mx nationals I discover that the screen was cracked. I think it must've been from placing it upside down in duffel. My tools are below so there must've been a pressure point that causes the screen to crack. Oh well. To those thinking about carrying a computer. Either get some sort of hard shell over case, or get a panasonic toughbook. I think I will invest in one of those when I get back to NY. The computer is covered by Amex so no worries. Just stinks because now. I can't load up the Nevada and oregon maps. These are the two states that are notoriously hard to navigate through. Helmet cam will have to be put on hold which is ok. I don't think it's really a necessity for this trip after having experienced using it.

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    I have big enough card on my panasonic to last me the whole trip so no worries there. My iPhone is operational so I can still capture my reporting and makes simple post. I just can't upload all the associated pictures.

    I will survive.
  20. simonpig

    simonpig packin' heat

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    Any inmates in western Utah close to Nevada? I need use of your monitor with VGA connection and a mouse. Pm, your charity is greatly appreciated. Please pm me. Thx in advance.