Hacking West by West: The TAT….

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Abenteuerfahrer, Jun 29, 2011.

  1. mrprez

    mrprez KJ4WMZ

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    I was going to skip OK and truck the bke out to NM, now I am thinking about riding out there. I can leave the house and be on the TAT in MS in 8 hours or so...:norton
  2. DirtyDog

    DirtyDog Lust for dust.

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    Coyote melons, IIRC.

    Here's hoping that the epic sand you pictured yesterday is actually the worst of what is to come.:hide

    I think there is worse sand to the West of you, not only in the Western states, but still some sandy 2-track in the panhandle.
  3. DirtyDog

    DirtyDog Lust for dust.

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    Huh? Why? I don't recall anything treacherous in NM.
  4. joefromsf

    joefromsf Dark Happens

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    There's the one hill when you turn left at the "Long Ranch". Not sure it's something he should automatically bypass without at least looking at it. The road is certainly plenty wide for his rig and I don't recall it being too steep or loose. Mainly remember it for being the first real hill since the Ozarks. But remember, he's pretty much running street tires.
  5. bigdon

    bigdon Long timer

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    I think you can do New Mexico. That hill is not much problem.
    The 75 miles of New Mexico is not to be missed (IMO) it was some of my favorite.
    If you do the New Mexico part ,stop when you get to the paved section that takes you back into the Valley. You'll know the spot when you get there.
    When we stopped 8-10 horses came up to us wanting a hand out I guess.
    It was pretty cool!
  6. DirtyDog

    DirtyDog Lust for dust.

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    This one, I'm guessing. I remember a hill, but nothing narrow or technical. Certainly hack-worthy, as it is a road, not a trail. Of course, waether can change things dramatically.
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    I think this is somewhere near the top of that road. Note the condition of the road.
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  7. bigdon

    bigdon Long timer

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    Here is the climb on Long Canyon

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    The town with all the murals Is Gate , Ok!

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  8. XC Rider

    XC Rider Motorcycle Vagabond

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    Hey there Elmer! :wave

    Glad to see you back out there tackling the TAT! Everything's looking good so far, and the best is yet to come. With what you've tackled so far, I think that you'll be able to tackle that Long Canyon hill in NM; trust me, the view from the top is well worth the effort. The only hard part about it really is some of the tight switchback curves which having pactically no experience with a hack, I have no idea how hard it might be for you.

    Good luck though, and I'll be keeping an eye on this RR now that I've discovered that you're making another run at it! :clap
  9. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Hmmnn....aarrghh...I usually don't get much posting from the experts, however you just did here while in Trinidad, Colo. IF and only IF I had read you posts last night and or opened the PC this morning in Liberal, KS to see what I would expect with the "Long Hill" there I would of course give it a go. You see this guy Ken that has left the team paged me to warn me of this hill, he was giving me all kinds of horror stories; technical; wet; loose rocks; oil pan smasher, couldn't help you if you're stuck..etc..had a hard time himself.."Re-route is tandamount", no if's or but's! :huh. Well, what was I to do..this :fyyff or that:pynd. LIke you said I should have taken a lookee...and see for myself...:baldy. Well It's done. I re-routed big time..so next time I shall see for myself. Got another message that on the way to Salida CR 320 is hilly and treacherous when wet...no grip! Told him to cease sending me Scout Reports!

    BigDon; XCRider, DirtyDog..thank you for your input and sorry I didn't read your posting at the earliest.

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    YouTube video of the "Long Canyon Road", New Mexico...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z17Gsje5Yn0



    THE LAST OF OKLAHOMA...

    Woke up at 0630hrs to a clear, cool 60 degree morning and went back onto the TAT not too far from the Town. Rode comfortaboy until I got to this: :eek1...thought this is too early in the morning and for my 1200# rig...don't have the morning strength to dig ourselves out so re-route a bit.

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    Been smelling some pretty good stuff..being from NC, I knew it to be a pig farm. But the smell was kind of overbearing...then I came to an asphalt cross over in view of one of these hog farms with it's own cesspool.[​IMG]

    This pool is full of pig waste mostly urine that the farmer evaporates in the sun, what's left is concentrated uric precipitate giving a great smell for miles. Actually the farm is pretty far from the major highways.

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    Here are your future pork chops...:deal

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    Now the picture doesn't do justice here...I kept smelling the stuff for a few miles..."Brunhilde" stank...thought maybe I picked up some of the stuff under my fenders....alas it's this stretch of road..browninsh,,,moist...just for a few miles. Eh, it's PISS road..the first I have ever ridden on. Sometimes farmers that don't have cesspools just disperse these urinary delights on these far away gravel/sand roads and you drive on em'...pisses me off:lol3. It isn't always too good to scatter these liquids onto his fields..too much urea! So here it is the TAT piss road!!:clap Tell Sam:rofl.

    See the different road color in the distance...The end of the piss road:wink:

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    Abandoned homes on the TAT were plentiful but this one got my attention:

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    Oh, totally restorable ??

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    We bid you good bye Oklahoma...you are A-OK!

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    Because of the warning regarding the "Long Canyon Road" I slabbed it to Branson, Colorado....

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    Elevation change...getting cool, dry.....

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    108 mph at 4000 rpm ??

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    I wuz there, proofs in the pudding...

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    Change of landscape is evident as you go more west ..

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    Colorado State Line....

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  10. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Ok, lurkers, posters...friends..enemies..:1drink. I made it to Colorado my actual TAT goal inspite of a few diversions on the TAT..still feel that I've been pretty TAT'erized . Now I'll play around Colorado till I am satisfied and move on to other avenues.

    NO mo' video as the camera went a fritz just this morning. Dunno why, so sent me a new one:lol3. Still pictures from now on and no "live" piss roads anymore.

    Obligatory Branson, Colo. Town jail stop picture..

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    Now look at this: one of the finest gravel roads ever ridden on; Colorado..wooo....so well manicured, groomed, re ground and packed...could go 120 mph on these!? Great job Colorado tax payers, I am envious..who's your Governator?:norton

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    Nearing Trinidad, CO. Look at this spread up there..what a view..is it one of the clinics(what??) Ah, lemme tell you ignoramus'es after my St"Bucks fix..

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    OK, I am now properly caffeinated...

    SEX

    Have I got your attention:

    Let's see: You've ridden a long way here. Your arse has been pounded to smitherens...your scrotum twisted and your penis been sliding rearwards and you sit on it...pretty flacid. Wanna get rid of this damn nuisance, ah, you've come to the right place.

    This is the SEX change capital of the USA, bar none. One of the best in the World. Leave the oat sower here and get a vagina. Send home your Dick via UPS and ride non challantly to the Beaches of Oregon. Aye...think about it..

    Cheers...
  11. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Hi mrprez...Come on over and do the "piss" road but don't dare fall over..it's soft, mushy and smells pretty evil...forget the Karoos..they hold too much mud...better use the Metzeler Tourances!

    cheers...
  12. hondachopper

    hondachopper Adventurer

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    LOL....

    Now, why are you at Trinidad?

    Good RR...

    Too bad about the long hill. Wished you could've tackle it with your hack...

    Tom
  13. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Coyote Melons..??..Good only for Coyotes :huh.?..can we eat em' ? Good thirst quencher for dehydrated TAT'ers??

    cheers...
  14. XC Rider

    XC Rider Motorcycle Vagabond

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    Don't worry about it; the only thing that matters is......Are You Having Fun!? If the answer is yes, then just keep on doing what you're doing. :thumb


    As anyone who's done any kind of travelling will tell you, it's easy to make decisions from the comfort of your easy chair at home, but it's completely different when you're on the road, by yourself, out in the middle of nowhere, and breaking your machine by taking too many chances is simply not an option.
  15. Okie Preacher

    Okie Preacher Been here awhile

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    Not survival food, just a wild gourd--don't think they are toxic but they are inedible. About the only thing they are good for is chucking at your little brother's head when bored. :D

    Great Ride Report!!!
  16. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    :thumb..well said..! Having a helluva great time...thanks for your support:1drink. It's on to Salida tomorrow < Cotopaxi, < Westcliffe, etc...Tips??

    cheers..
  17. XC Rider

    XC Rider Motorcycle Vagabond

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    The stretch of TAT leading into Salida is good fun, nothing really bad that I can remember. After Salida is when it starts to get really interesting! I would definitely do Marshall pass, it's really easy for CO. After that it can get a little more challenging, but I don't want to influence you one way or the other. My rule of thumb when travelling solo and getting into "uncharted territory" is to simply go ahead and try it, but always keeping in mind that if it gets too challenging for my comfort level, I want to be able to turn around and double back.
  18. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    The seeds are edible, unlike the pulp, and contain value as a source of protein (31%), and cooking oil (30%). The dried gourds have been used as rattles and containers. After the plant has gone to fruit, the stems dry up and wither away, later to re-sprout from the tuberous root once sufficient rains return.
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  19. mightymatt43

    mightymatt43 URALiNEED

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    Hey Elmer!

    I think I'm going to need to add the TAT to my list of future rides. Looks amazing and the report is fantastic. How is the rig getting along?

    I have to admit your pictures are making me miss the good ol' usa...
  20. VespaMamma

    VespaMamma Shutterbug

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    oh geez, wish I came along....now that you're getting into some interesting scenery!! Love the pictures and will miss your videos since they were starting to get interesting. Make sure you don't leave anything behind in Trinidad!!! :lol3 :raabia