Questor and MotoAdventureGal ride the Continental Divide Trail

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Questor, Dec 5, 2009.

  1. Dr Leco

    Dr Leco Know Thy Measure

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    RIDE ON TIGER ;)
    Lookin fwd for some new RRs.

    Peace!
  2. asfault

    asfault Non-normative

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    I came late to this ride report. Really enjoyed it. :thumb Thank you Q!
    ...hear, hear!
  3. AltRoute

    AltRoute AltRoute

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    Q~
    "We could have finished the final 60 miles down to Antelope Wells, but I was a bit concerned about getting too close to the US / Mexico border. Perhaps I worry too much. If anyone has any insight with regards to this I would like to know what your experiences are. I'm not happy with the current "State of Fear" that we are exposed to and controlled by, but I am also risk averse."

    First off - I am in total :eek2 after reading both your RR - they are just class. The parts I really thought were great were not just your high points but also the (self confessed) lows - still don't know how you survived the culvert - you think the 950 would have been as easy to walk away from if you were riding it then -
    Just have to laugh at your "not going to the boarder" - you rode across the country then all the way down - saw bears - moose - slept in bear country - and on top of scorpions - even did the rim in the Moab with full kit on in 110+Deg weather - and then you wouldn't do to the boarder.
    Just to show how safe it is there I have a photo. I was doing the CDT and had a flat and pulled off into an abandoned fuel station just a mile or two from Lordsburg NM.

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    Have a look at the nice graffit on the wall - Boarder issues - what you talking about ??
    Naaa really - we made it down the the boarder with no problem - it was a VERY quite road and a VERY small boarder crossing -
    One nice thing - there is an open gas station at Hactica :clap

    Again thx for the RR - I'm looking at doing the TAT for my next trip and your report :super
  4. Rahn

    Rahn n00b

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    Just wondering how long the CTD takes? would you recommend that over the TAT for a shorter and more technical ride? And do you think a 250 would be OK? Hope all is well in Idaho. R
  5. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Hello Rahn. :wave

    I'm guessing that the CDT could be done - casually - in three weeks, perhaps a few days less.

    It's not difficult, unless the weather is bad, and then some areas would be impassable due to the sticky mud.

    The same hold true for the TAT. Rain in Oklahoma will turn the roads into sticky peanut butter mud that clogs things in under 500 feet.

    Bigdogadventure.com has some great GPS files if you ask him.

    A 250, with a big gas tank would be a good bike for it.
    A lot of people are using the Yamaha WR 250 as a Dual sport bike and having good results.

    Stop by and visit if your in the area. :thumb

    Q~
  6. MotoAdventureGal

    MotoAdventureGal Motorcycle Vagabond

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    Hi Rahn,

    In my opinion, while the CDT is shorter, it is NOT more technical than the TAT. While I did not ride from MT to CO (as I was at a fundraiser and Questor picked me up in Keystone), Q told me it was super easy. I think one day he rode like 400 dirt miles.

    Tthe only "technical" day I remember on the CDT (southbound) was the first day in New Mexico. We rode that just after a heavy rain and there were some stupendous ruts.

    Compare that to heaps of nice challenges on the TAT from CO to OR, which you could do in the same amount of time.

    I hope that answers your question in another way, but I suspect that leads to more questions...so many great rides and modern life offer so little time...
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  7. deerchser

    deerchser Bowhunting on a bike

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    OK, you hate Paige, MAG loves and hates Paige and I hate both of you. I have spent the better part of the day reading your report anf drooling on the desk wishing I could ride. I just had surgery on my right soulder so I am banished to reading RR's and dreaming of being on the road. Thanks for sharing your great ride and pics. MAG, my wife also really likes to ride but is a little nervious about a ride of this length, maybe this will inspire her.

    BTW, There are a few things in your report that really caught my eye. You mentioned all the animals in the pics except the Pronghorn in the pic above. He is standing on the little hill almost dead center of the pic. You can see his black horns pretty easy then the rest of his body (I dont know how to outline itin the pic so maybe someone can help there). The other thing is the "white" animal on page 8. It is simply a white elk. There is totally white animals of every north american deer. I have seen white deer, elk, moose etc.

    Thanks again, ride often and ride safe.
  8. DocAxeYarYar

    DocAxeYarYar RideDualSport.com

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    Thanks for your awesome ride report and pics. I am planning in June to do a short section of CTD from CO thru NM to Dell City Texas. Its a loop ride, heading N thru NM, a stop in Trinidad, then head south via CDT back to Dell City. Appreciate all your efforts on the ride report!

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  9. MotoAdventureGal

    MotoAdventureGal Motorcycle Vagabond

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    I hope you have an awesome trip! (And be sure to post your own RR so we can follow!)

    ~MAG

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  10. Ze Red Baron

    Ze Red Baron Adventure seeker

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    Awesome trip Questor and MotoAdventureGirl. Between just seeing this and reading your AK ride report, two things have become clear. I need to hit the road, and I want to do it on a nine-fiddy.

    How cool was it for Q. to find his on consignment in New Mexico - almost better than a barn find.

    What's on the agenda for this summer?:ear:lurk:deal:evil

    Gero
  11. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    I'm finding that a lot of things in life are a matter of serendipity and timing.

    I don't see finding "Tiger" so much as me looking for a bike... It's more like the bike found me.
    It's like having a small barnyard kitten find you, and decide that it wants to be your friend. And then having it grow up into a big powerful beast.

    Tiger has been a great friend for me.
    It's really changed how I feel about motorcycles, and what I want to do with them in the future.

    There are some really big empty spaces out West here, and I intend to go explore the middle of them.
    That's why I'm building up a KTM 950 Super Enduro with 10.5 gallons of fuel capacity. :wink:

    My "Idaho Gold Mine" tour was just the tip of the iceberg...
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=618077

    Stay tuned. 2011 is going to be a great year for riding!

    Q~
  12. CalGSer

    CalGSer Robust Adventurer

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    Mr Questor and Ms MAG,

    Just found your RR and read it end-end, what a great job, many thanks for sharing.

    Now that you are on the KTM, would you recommend a big bike for the CDT? From what I saw on your RR, there are only a couple of difficult spots plus the risk of rain/mud. How about deep sand?

    I subscribe to the less is more theory of life, but I am on an 1150gs because a) that's all I have and b) am 6'5" and don't fit on smaller machines. I've had the GS do the WRT 2x along with lots of other Moab area trails, is this comparable to what the CDT is about?
  13. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Hello CalGSer.

    If you can handle the big GS on the White Rim trail, you will have a great time on the CDT.

    I don't remember there being much sand compared to the area on the White Rim trail down by the Green River.
    The only think to watch out for would be the slippery mud when it rains.
    The mud in New Mexico can be "entertaining". :evil

    Good luck, and be sure to do a Ride Report.
    Everyone loves a good CDT Ride Report. :deal

    Q~
  14. DocAxeYarYar

    DocAxeYarYar RideDualSport.com

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    Your ride report here inspired me to do this trip, me and my twin brother are leaving Friday for NM to do CDT heading north, then loop back down south on the other side of NM.

    Gun Slingers Divide Ride:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=694864

    Thanks for your great ride report!

  15. MotoAdventureGal

    MotoAdventureGal Motorcycle Vagabond

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    That's awesome--even more awesome you're doing a RR yourselves.

    Weather is finally clearing up here, although there's still heaps of snow at altitude. And speaking of which, bring your warm fuzzies because we camped outside Yellowstone last weekend at about 7000' and it got down to 38F or so. ~MAG
  16. CalGSer

    CalGSer Robust Adventurer

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    Hey Buell78753,
    I will subscribe. Looking to do the S-N route late this summer myself.
    And like you have been inspired by the great RR by Mr Q and Ms MAG.
  17. ErikMotoMan

    ErikMotoMan Long timer

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    Awesome!