Part II: Dockingpilot & NJ Crew Ride TAT West

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DockingPilot, Nov 25, 2008.

  1. PacificPT

    PacificPT Been here awhile

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    Ahh, this makes me want to ride... Thanks for the report, what a group of riders!
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  2. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    OK, we are still in the Black Dragon here
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    The trail
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    Now the wash was technical and Tony knew it which is why he chose to go around. John's front wheel caught a rock the wrong way and well, he was hurt. The result of the spill:
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    Later on in Battle Mountain Nevada, 100's of miles of offroad later, we would find out he fractured his leg ! However, it would take a lot more than a fractured leg to keep John from this trip. "Hell, my motorcycle boot is just like a cast anyway" he said :lol3 I'm tellin ya, these guys are top shelf.

    Here we are coming out of the wash and heading for the Swayze cabin
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    High speed riding again
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    We re-unite with Tony
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    Swayze Cabin
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    Friends for life
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    Bruce looks like Paul Bunyon here :lol3
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    Next up, we head into the very long but cool, Eagle Canyon on our way to our nightover in Richfield Ut.
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  3. dickosaurus

    dickosaurus Geezer Coalition

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    Black Dragon Canyon is a work of art, isn't it? But then, so was Eagle Canyon following it. I'm not sure that wasn't my favorite part of the western TAT. Damn I'd like to go back again.
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  4. Seth S

    Seth S Will _____ for _____

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    This comes up all the time. Basically a 650 sized bike is going to be your best size for the entire ride. A 950, F800, or 1200GS will do fine from Tennessee through a good portion of Colorado. The deep sand from Utah on could be a pain if you don't do any bypasses. I have ridden a 950 all the way to Moab on the trail...where I got off due to rain...horrendous mud and deep sand...too much gear combine with lack of big bike sand experience at the time was a problem. If I took the 950 back I could do it but my choice would be my 690 as it would be more fun.

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  5. johnpitts01

    johnpitts01 Long timer

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    Man I love reliving the trip with Cap'n Frank's report. But damn, that ankle of mine was pretty ugly. Felt fine so long as I had my boot on and was riding :D . Toughest job every day was getting my foot in my boot :eek1
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  6. dickosaurus

    dickosaurus Geezer Coalition

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    Lo siento, brother-I feel your pain. That picture of your foot is ugly and makes one hurt to look at it. And I agree with what Rufus and ya'll had to say about a big bike on that part of the TAT. To me, the beautiful thing about it[the TAT] is that even if you ride a big bike, and do the bypasses, it's still a helluva good and unbelievable ride. I did it with Rufus and Fotobo this past summer on a 450, didn't skip anything, and had a mighty fine time ,but could see the beauty of doing it on a bigger bike and doing the bypasses. Now that I'm retarded I can see doing it again on a bigger bike and, well, doing it again on the smaller bike too.
    By the way- am seriously enjoying your ride report (especially with the trail so fresh in my mind)- well written and good pics. Thanks for taking the time to post it.
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  7. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Lovin' it, Frank!!! Ride on. :ricky
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  8. divingbiker

    divingbiker True Blue Adventurer

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  9. MoBill

    MoBill Smiles when says dat

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  10. equipmentdude

    equipmentdude Booger Eatin' Moron

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    More...More! :lurk
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  11. spanker

    spanker I don't get this florida thing...

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    Frank, I'm so disappointed, you didn't show the pic of my electric toothbrush! Awesome report my friend, Happy Thanksgiving.
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  12. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    :lol3 Your a good man Dennis.
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  13. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Only 3 of us would ride Eagle Canyon it was decided. Myself, Bruce and DK. Bruce and I would pair up and DK would ride about 1 hour behind us solo. Tony, John and Jody would take another route and meet us that evening in Richfield. Or so we thought. Eagle Canyon is long, and once your in, your in, so if you go, make sure you have enough fuel. Sand is the buzzword in here. Sandy but fun ! Pay attention to your GPS too as navigation can be tricky. Glad I was on my 610 :lol3
    OK in we go !
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    I just cant imagine the fellas who rode this in July or August. Forget it
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    Mr.ISDE was far enough ahead of me to get this shot of me climbing the staircase. Flipin fun I tell ya....on the right bike of course :lol3
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    From below. He who hesitates, is destined to try again :wink:
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    Like I said, the temps were fantastic for us. Mid to upper 70's mid day. But this place just screams " one mistake and I'll kill you in mid summer suka"
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    This was cool. You can see us ride through in the upcoming Utah vid
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    Here you can see my POV1 mounted on my helmet. I like BigDogs helmet mount better, my way you see the visor in the footage. Me no likey.
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    Bruce and I take it in, Solitude unmatched...for now anyway :wink:
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    Now after a while you drop into this wash. A small cut, about 100' wide on average. No way out, your in the cut, and it curves back and forth for miles. When Bruce and I come around a cornor, standing there is a black Mustang. Very cool. Our 1st of many wild horse sightings to come. I did capture it on my POV1 and you can also see it on the vid. But many more to come in Nevada.
    So anyway, the wild horse is running like a raped ape in front of me but cannot get out of the cut ! Finally it opens a bit and he runs up this very steep wall. We stopped and snapped this photo. He was going like a banshee !
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    ok this was interesting. After emerging from the wash and around Justen Flats we began to see these boulders everywhere. Weird and cool.
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    Getting close to Richfield now
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    And we arrive around 1600. Like an oasis this town was. Mormans keep it nice, neat and green ! We setup camp at the Best Western for the night. It was our last night in Utah.
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  14. wpbarlow

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    Man oh man- this is spectacular! :clap
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  15. crillyiv

    crillyiv Adventurer

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    Thanks for taking the time to share this with us.


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  16. ducnet

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    Wow! Great pics... Thanks keep em coming.
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  17. jorge

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    started cooking last night and kept checking the thread... woke up this am to find more... hooha!

    Johnny P you busted yer leg and didn't tell me that in all this time? man you can keep a secret! Riding with a broken paw... you are hard core man!

    this might be the best thanksgiving ever...LOL i hope there is more in a few hours... turkey is in the oven... working on deserts...:wink:
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  18. johnpitts01

    johnpitts01 Long timer

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    Jorge:

    I got your facebook post a week or so ago, but I knew this was coming. Was gonna send you the link last night but didnt get to it.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all!!!:spam
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  19. arroyoshark

    arroyoshark Needing some space

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    Great job, Frank !!!


    Looks like you've been raiding my TAT pic files.... LOL


    Me likey your mule, too !
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  20. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    ALL right fellas. We spent the night in Richfield Utah as Sam recommends. In fact we overnighted in all of Sams recomendations. Not much choice the further west you go !:lol3
    Also, Jody would say goodbye today and head for home via Salt Lake City. Tony's plan was to ride one more day with us to Baker Nevada. This particular day would turn out to be one of my favorites ! So as they say "and then there were 5"
    Here we are getting ready to shove off.
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    Richfield btw, for you guys planning a future trip like "The Breeze", Richfield has Walmart, Home Depot, restuarants, it's really civilized compared to the other towns you'll stay in. So if you need anything at this point get it here, because beyond here your going back in time 150 years :clap .

    Another note. We again decided to split up for the morning. Bruce and I would stick to the TAT and ride the Paiute Trail which gets tight and a bit technical, the other guys will follow Tony around on a Huegel route which turned out to be fantastic of course. The guys know every dirt road out there I tell ya. He just has no neck :lol3

    Bruce and I head out
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    You better have good brakes on this section of the TAT :eek1
    Riding this part was really, really fun. But if your on a big bike and dont have Bruces talents you may want to go around this section.

    1st mechanical mishap. Broken clutch cable. No problem, like a boy scout, I was prepared and had a spare zip tied to the other.
    Here I am calling (cannot believe the phone works) Halls Husky in Illinois to overnight ship another spare to an upcoming town.
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    We didnt get many photos on this section because we were riding like the wind :clap

    Tony would lead the others this way. Sweet !
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    See what I mean about Tony not having a neck ? :lol3
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    To our disbelief, after Bruce and I decended down this monster hill and emerged onto a dirt road, low and behold there was the team ! :clap
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    be back asap. Wife yelling :puke1
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