Part II: Dockingpilot & NJ Crew Ride TAT West

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  1. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Part II because we rode the eastern section of the TAT last Sept. Kentucky to the eastern border in Colorado. Excellent ride indeed. A couple of things first, excuse my spelling & grammer, it sucks I know, and quite frankly don't care. 2nd, I'd like to that Mark Sampson and Chuck "Ayroshark" for their insight, it helped us avoid screwups, bailouts and no-go's. Chuck, your 3 time TAT experience and advise was priceless and spot on. OK, on with the show as they say. I'll do this by state with a nice video of each at the end taken from my POV1.

    We planned again for a early Sept. ride and we were 100% correct on this. The weather for the entire 2,500 miles could not have been better.
    In NJ, mid August dropping the bikes at Allied to be shipped out to Trinidad Colorado were we would arrive on Sept.5th
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    We of course fly out to Colorado Springs
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    Were we have our ride waiting to take us the 130 miles south to Trinidad, the same town we left off last years TAT East trip and Valcom Motorsports were our steeds are now waiting. Yea, we do it right :lol3
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    As for the riders with me.
    Duane "DK Kerzic 08' KTM 530, my close friend. DK is like having a living breathing Multi-Tool with you.
    Multi time East Coast Enduro Asso Grand Champion & multi time USA ISDE rider and good friend Bruce "Redcorn" Kenny 07' KTM 950 Super Enduro
    John "Boy" Pitts, a better guy to have on a trip there is not. 08' KLR 650
    Prior Baja rider & good friend Jody Villa who will ride with us to Richfield Utah. 07' BMW X-Challenge
    Meeting us in Trinidad and will ride with us to Green River Utah is my fellow Husky rider Dennis Spanker DeMarco. 08' Comp. Damp-"less" Husky 610 :lol3
    And lastly my good friend from Idaho Falls would ride his KLR down from there, leaving a week ahead of time and camp along the way, is celebrity outdoorsman and western backroad, byway expert, Tony Huegel. If it's a dirt road and it's out west, he either knows it or made it, if you doesnt know it, well it doesnt exsisit then :lol3 . Tony would roundevous with us in Salida Colorado.
    Oh, and myself of course, 07' Husky 610
    Every bike had a loaded GPS and we would spread ourselves out on this trip. No obbical cord (Doc ?) needed on this journey. You could ride solo for the day if you wanted. Now sit back and I'll take you all the way to Oregon.
    Our first meal and evening in Trinidad on the trip. Mexican. John looks half in the bag already (midship on the left) :lol3
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    We head out for Salida
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    Boy is this gonna be good ! :clap
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    Breakfast at our 1st fuel stop
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    We arrive 248 miles later in Salida where we link up with Tony
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    The 2 Huskies team up for the day. Salida to Lake City
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    We're now climbing and in awe at the vistas
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    Jody
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    Tony
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    Bruce
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    John
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    Dennis
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    Relaxing in Lake City. Really nice town. We stayed at the Matterhorn. Yes, recomended.
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    On the way to dinner we give the salute
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    AM departure. Lower 30's. Here's Bruce fueling up his thirsty 950. Next stop Montecello Utah
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    Up & Over !
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    John boy
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    Tony twisting the throttle
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    Animas Forks
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    Ophir Pass
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    This driver had a bad day
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    We decended out of the San Juans and crossed into Utah unscathed.
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    Colorado was breathtaking and Utah will not disappoint. But if it's really remote, old west you want, stay tuned for Nevada :wink:

    Colorado video clip as promised. Hope ya like John Denver
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  2. GB

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    Wow!! What a great trip :super

    :lurk :lurk
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  3. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Awesome, Frank!!! Love the John Denver!! :clap
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  4. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Looks like another great report:clap
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  5. bigdon

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    I don't want to miss any of this!:rofl
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  6. equipmentdude

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    I am inspired!! Can't wait for Utah!:thumb
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  7. benh

    benh lookin 4 a way outta town

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    A lot of familiar sites there! Looks like a blast...the limo is priceless! :D
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  8. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    For you guys wondering, we fowarded our airplane travel clothes and the gear bags holding our riding gear on the bikes as they were trucked, to the last motel in Portland Oregon. They would be waiting on us there. We would not carry them across thankfully. We only had the nessecities, which wasn't much :lol3
    "Light is Right"
    Also, I learned from Tony that we were riding:
    The Rockies
    The Colorado Platue (Utah)
    The Great Basin (Nevada), where water does not flow to either ocean, it just sinks. It was also a giant inland sea a very long time ago, its borders running from the Rockies to the Cascades.
    And finally the Cascade Ranges.
    Cool ha ?
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  9. Gunslinger1

    Gunslinger1 GIVE'R

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    OH Yea...........:clap ..........been looking forward to this.
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  10. JackL

    JackL T plus 16 months

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    Don't leave us waiting. Give us more. :freaky
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  11. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    We spent the night in Monticello Utah. We did our laundry which was a nightly task, showered and went to eat. Monticello is a Mormon town, so no alcohol available. Good food and nice folks non the less. After a swim in the Days Inn pool we hit the rack. I watched my nightly installment of Nancy Grace :hide and passed out. Bruce would be my room partner for the whole adventure. The first couple of nights he said "what the hell is that shit ? Nancy Grace ?" Ah, but by the end of the trip I think I had him hooked ! :lol3

    As I said before, we were all self suffcient and spread out during the day. We would arrive at the motels at different times. here's Tony pulling in.
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    Todays route would take us over the La Sal Mountains, into Moab & up the Shaffer Switchbacks thanks to Tony, and into Green River. The Schaffer Switchbacks should be incorperated into the TAT in our opinion. Its easy to include it and it's not to be missed. You''ll see it good in the Utah video clip at the end. Its takes around 1'000 above the Colorado River.
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    Me and Bruce taking a breather
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    As the sign implies, the TAT would route us through Geyser Pass
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    Decending down out of the La Sals we see our 1st glimps of the real Utah ! :clap
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    Sand Flats Road leading into Moab
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    Ill be back:
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  12. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Dramatic changes in landscape from Colorado
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    We stop in Arches National Park after brunch in Moab. Moab.....ah a bit over built for our tastes.
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    Heading into Canyonlands and the Schaffer Switchbacks
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  13. divingbiker

    divingbiker True Blue Adventurer

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    This is awesome. I hope to do this trip soon and will be following along closely.

    What are your thoughts as to the size of the bikes to do this trip. My riding buddies have a F800GS, 1200GS and KTM 990. To big for this section of the TAT?
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  14. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Well, depends on the rider of course and how much you want to work. Bruce rides that 950SE like most guys ride 250's. The 1200GS might be a bit much. But you can take the big bike alternates with no problems. Dont overload the bikes.
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  15. rufus

    rufus We're burning daylight...

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    Yes, they are too big. I have a 990 KTM and almost rode it on our TAT ride ( Okies do the TAT RR). I rode my 525. It is rideable on a big bike if you are a good dirt rider. BUT it wouldn't be as much fun as on a smaller bike. Hundreds of miles of 2 track with rocks, gravel, and sand. The sand is what will wear you out on a big bike. Lots more work on a big bike. I am an Expert/A class rider and I would NOT want to ride my 990 on the western TAT. BUT....... if that's all you got, then go for it. Just ride a more relaxed pace and take the big bike bypasses. AND watch out for the silt beds.
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  16. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Well we rode the Switchbacks wich were unbelevable and then on up into Green River for the night. All of us arriving at different times but all within an hour and a half and well before dusk.

    Here's DK showing the ladies of Green River what a NJ man is really like :lol3
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    Now, I have been breaking Dennis's balls about his "overloaded" Husky. I mean the man had everything ! Cold weather gear, warm weather gear, rain gear, night wear, boots, shoes, hats, gloves, hairspray, 5 pairs of Levis, a Snap On tool truck load of tools (ok, thats a good thing), air pump, no not a small one a regular bicycle pump you have in your garage !, 6 cartons of Marboros, a log splitter and chain saw.
    Here you can clearly see the happier Husky :lol3
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    of course it was not more than 5 mins after the photos were taken I was asking him to borrow some tools :lol3
    Dennis is a great rider it the load didnt bother him in the least. Of course he didnt ride Nevada with us ! Dennis would also have to circle back and head east and home. Good bye my friend, it was great rinding with you this far. Your a good friend and great guy.

    Here we head out early and shoot under (not over :lol3 ) the tracks, thanks Mark !
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    we ride this abandoned road to the Black Dragon Wash
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    Tony, who has been in the wash many times in a 4Runner would opt out of this section and meet up with us coming out of it.
    Bruce "Redcorn" Kenny going in
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  17. bemiiten

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    :clap Seems like I've been waiting for this report longer then it took Axel to finish Chinese Democracy. :lol3 :D :lurk
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  18. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    OK, into the Black Dragon Wash we go. This place was super cool ! :thumb
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    Hey, is it me or does it look like my Husky has chunks of KTM 950SE coming out of its tailpipe :lol3 :kat
    yea, right.......
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    DK rounding the cornor on the 530
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    Ill be back and show you where we see Swazye Cabin then enter Eagle Canyon, it's in there we see our
    1st of many wild Mustangs. And yes, "it's caught on tape"
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  19. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    Dang---I was wanting a front row seat for this ride............

    And here I am in the nose bleed section already.

    Now let that Husky eat Frank---so glad I was able to help you out on this ride.

    The western TAT is still my favorite ride I've ever done---so far.
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  20. mrkartoom

    mrkartoom Lurker Extraordinaire

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    Great ride report. Looked like lots of fun. The more I see of the west the more I'd love to get out there and ride sometime. Thanks for all the great pics.
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