Going for Broke: TAT 2011

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

  1. Callahan

    Callahan Long timer

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    If you by-pass the TAT it will be like we are not reading a real TAT adventure anymore.
  2. TK-LA

    TK-LA SoCal Rider

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    ...THIS are what make ADV riding awesome!!!
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    Those two pix sum it up...and the first one should be on the front page TODAY :clap
  3. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

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    NV is one of the best sections of the TAT. Why would you pass up the route in NV?
  4. simonpig

    simonpig packin' heat

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    Yes Nevada is pretty awesome. The ride from baker city to eureka was anyway. Nice single track thrown in there and the ride through sawmill canyon was fab.
  5. simonpig

    simonpig packin' heat

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    9/7/11 (Wednesday)
    Daily mileage: 160 miles
    Overall average 20

    I kinda made plans to ride the white rim trail with Newner and friends but I overslept by 20 minutes so I texted him and wished upon them a fantastic ride.

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    I spent most of the morning pecking these massive ride reports on my iPhone. Thats how I'm gonna roll from now on.

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    Today was tough. I got totally and completely lost at mile 192 of Utah. It is the section, where you turn off I-70, open a gate and proceed to the road next to black dragon wash. Someones gotta give the dl on the section. Maybe it's not as difficult when it's dry, but there were so many bowling ball size rocks throughout the trail on top of big boulders, I thought I was riding erzberg enduro. It was smooth in areas but then I would hit a massive rock garden every so often. I wasn't even sure it was the right path. I got off and walked ahead to check several times just to take a breather and to let my clutch cool off. I swore I could smelled something burning. I dropped the bike 4-5 times. There was one section where I got the back wheel stuck behind a rock and almost endoed the wrr from slipping clutch. *I made it maybe half mile through all of this and the trail just ends at the canyon wall. Arghhhhhh. Turned around and at this point I had had enough. Going back was easier than going forward since I sorta knew what to expect. Got back to the black dragon wash sign and tried to figure out where I went wrong. After consulting with the roll chart i couldn't figure it out. Every road going in the general track direction led that canyon, which I might add was freaky and claustrophobic. Throughout that whole section I was afraid I might get stuck. After backtracking, I just decided to take interstate and pick up the trail a bit later on.

    Pictures of the aforementioned freaky deaky canyon

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    Rocks, rocks and more rocks. Big ones!

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    The trail ends in a canyon wall. WTF!

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    Eventually I did catch it at the next exit, but I wasted so much time figuring out that section, that next section of canyons I hit, I entered at around 6pm. It was a fun section, but the light was falling, and thanks to a motorcycle track that had been there maybe a day ago, I was somewhat confident I was going where other motorcycles had gone before. The trail also is starting to become very sandy.

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    A picture we've all seen before of the Interstate overpass, except that these pictures usually are taken during the mid afternoon.

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    At around 7:15 I started getting worried since it was obvious there wouldn't be signs of life forawhile. The TAT as I have come to experience it so far is an adventure ride that takes you into the sticks and out in sections. There are paved sections (or sections close to pavement) that connect all these together. Well I looked on map and the next connector (gas stop) was about 28 physical miles away which meant closer to 40 miles when you add in the curves of the trail. If I were to continue on I wouldn't hit civilization until 9pm at the earliest. Very troubling as I remember Sam warning us not to get caught in the backcountry after dark.

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    As I ride on in hopes of maybe finding a suitable camping area, I make a turn over a hilly rocky section which opens up into what looks like a baby grand canyon. Bingo this is where I will camp. The view is amazing and though I don't think you are allowed to camp, I had no other choice. The other option would be wrought with unnecessary risk.

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    Luckily I filled up both my platypus water bottles and camelbak before heading out. Dragonwash took away my whole camelbak and then some, so for dinner and water for the rest of the evening, I made sure to ration away at least 1 liter for the ride out.

    I set up camp before dark and prepare dinner via jetboil and a pack of mountain house food. I have the gratifying feeling of preparedness as I brush and floss after dinner.*

    It's is 10pm and I am typing this as I stand on the of the canyon. The moon is 3/4 full and delicately illuminating the canyon's features. *I don't use my headlamp because the moon is so bright. Glad its not the new moon. It's incredibly peaceful and only the sound of insects permeate through this gigantic crevice. no coyotes or mountain lions, and for sure, no bears. Knock on wood.
  6. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    Don't by-pass anything in Nevada-----it was by far my favorite state of the whole TAT.
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    And you may run into these guys.

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  7. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    I would guess your ridding skill is about what mine was. You're experience of Black Dragon mirrors mine, I was with two other guys and it was still a bitch. It was very hard to find the entrance to the canyon, Ken got us tot he right spot. It was a long task. We had to scout out and build rock ramps to clear some stuff. We finally made it though, but in my mind I didn't know if we were on the right track.


    Somewhere around Nevada MM 385 (here in my RR) you'll get to a water crossing. The creek is a little high in spots, don't cross here but go up stream maybe 15-25 yards and cross there. It's not as steep, but a little tight on the left side. Trees have been cleared away for you.

    NV MM 543 one hell of a rock climb, your gonna love it!!


    After the creek crossing things open up for a bit, but then it gets tight a scrub brush....he, he, he...

    Winnemuca Has a Yamaha dealer, if you need something
  8. DougZ73

    DougZ73 Fading off.........

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    Try not to stress over things. Sometimes, we are our own worst enemy. Worrying is one of those things that snowball quickly. Have faith in the knowledge that others have gone and done what you are doing and made it OK.

    Those are also the moments that we contemplate bailing, but when we don't and finally make it through, we look back and go, " nah, I guess it was not that bad.".

    Rock on and ride safe. :clap
  9. Johnny55

    Johnny55 Banned

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    Holy shit, is that Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday?!?!:wink:
  10. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    That picture is almost my favorite picture of me and GasPipes Western TAT. Out in the middle of nowhere we had just opened and closed a wire gate---and there they were.

    Mark
  11. Johnny55

    Johnny55 Banned

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    That is wicked! That looks like something straight out of the 1880's! I love the suits. Did you talk to them at all?
  12. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    We did make small talk with them------It was so remote--and we just went thru a gate----at first I was weary we were off course and trespassing. But they just kind of slowly rode by and tipped their cowboy hats as we sat there with our motors off so as not to scare the horses. It was so surreal watching them approaching us from far away. The whole scene made us feel it was 1840. I'll never forget it.

    The movie "Brokeback Mountain" had just come out----I think that crossed our minds :huh:huh:huh:huh:eek1:eek1

    Mark
  13. simonpig

    simonpig packin' heat

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    Nevada. Why you messin' with me.

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  14. rj72

    rj72 Adventurer

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    lmao!

    I was going to say Pale Rider :p
  15. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    looks like some muddy shit....:clap. Glad we talked you into it, aren't you happy!!! Good thing your packing light at least it looks that way. Can't wait to read about it.
  16. simonpig

    simonpig packin' heat

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    The chum is in the water. pictures are up for post #135. gonna pull some overtime to get caught up.
  17. AJxr

    AJxr #395

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    envious would be an understatement! :clap
  18. simonpig

    simonpig packin' heat

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    Corresponding pictures added. See updated post #140.
  19. simonpig

    simonpig packin' heat

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    Wise words. I'm not worried about the ride. Most times, I'm able to overcome the obstacle if I take it a step at a time, and ride smart.

    There have been 2 occasions where there might've been cause for concern. Both times was when my leg was caught under the bike, and I had almost no leverage too push it off me. Was able to get out after great effort.

    Its not the big crashes, or the flying off a mountain, that I'm worried about. Its the really simple thing like that -- the "help, I've fallen and I can't get up moments."


  20. simonpig

    simonpig packin' heat

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    Thanks for the heads up. Great info. I will put these as waypoints as watchouts.