Ride the West

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Vksf, Sep 29, 2013.

  1. rpet

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  2. fanatic291

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    Keep the pictures coming. What an adventure.
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  3. Vksf

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    As we dropped out of our last high mountain pass, we took a break to eat lunch super excited by the days riding. Although we had been looking forward to hitting the passes, they exceeded our wildest expectations, and though still a bit dark and overcast, we had pulled through them with relatively good weather and the bikes running smoothly despite the high elevation.

    Pushing on from the sparse and beautiful passes we found ourselves climbing through lush, rocky, forest roads. Still wet from the recent rainfall, we plowed through mud and pooled water having fun.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10356195823/" title="photo-28 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2833/10356195823_9da8a65bf7_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-28"></a>

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    Riding fast, it felt great to let the bikes skitter over the rocks, and get loose through the mud. Eventually they started getting a bit too loose and my bike disappeared from under me sending me flying.

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    Bruised but not broken, I picked up the bike and we ventured on. The mud got thicker and thicker and we slowed almost to a standstill as it became impossible to get traction. It felt like riding on ice. Mud caked our already worn tires and was impossible to knock off. None of us had ever encountered such sticky thick mud, and it became the most frustrating slow riding ever as we crept forward.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10356006425/" title="photo-31 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3809/10356006425_8db9536fa9_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-31"></a>

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    And then it started raining ....

    The roads turned to rivers, the mud continued and our bikes went down with increasing frequency. Not that fun.

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    After what seemed like a very long time we descended out of the forest hitting a gravel road. Although we had intended to push on farther and camp, I was spent, bruised and my bike was not happy. Mike was still having problems with his chain, my bike was having electrical issues, and we were all freezing cold and tired. We charged into town and happily checked into the first motel we encountered.

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    The next morning saw us feeling much better. We spent a few hours giving the bikes some love and then jumped back onto the TAT.

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    One of the things I most enjoy about riding is watching the landscapes slowly change mile by mile. Crossing from Colorado into Utah certainly didn't disappoint.


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    Riding hard, we were anxious to get to Moab. Our bikes needed tires and a few parts that were waiting for us. We also planned to take a few days to enjoy the national parks and surrounding riding.

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    We knew we were getting close when we started hitting the very characteristic beautiful Utah landscapes.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10356008335/" title="photo-37 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5524/10356008335_4f2d188633_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-37"></a>

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    Finally pulling into Moab, we gassed up, gorged ourselves on good Mexican food, replenished alcohol stores and then went to find a nice, beautiful, isolated place to camp above town.
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  4. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    Outstanding! More please. :clap
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  5. Vksf

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    Our phones all vibrated simultaneously as emergency alerts warning of flash flooding in the area were sent out repeatedly.

    Sitting at the top of a large rock high above the desert floor, pretty far from sober, we quietly took in the impressive lightening storm that was raining down on the desert immediately surrounding us. Although the wind was building, and dark menacing clouds were beginning to blow in on top of us, so far we seemed to be in one of the only patches of decent weather.

    As the first raindrops finally began to fall on us, we decided we better make a hasty retreat back to the camp. Our tents were only half set up, and Rob scrambled to put a fly on his tent while Mike hunkered down in a shallow cave afraid to try to set up his ultra-lite tent for fear that it would blow away.

    An hour later I lay in my tent as a river flowed under it threatening to wash it away. Mike's sleeping pad danced around in the air 60 or 70 feet over our heads after being ripped out of his hands by the wind, while Mike himself stood in the middle of the torrent afraid to take shelter in the shallow cave for fear of lightening. Rob sat with his tent balled up under his arms uselessly - after running to rescue it before it washed away. Our bikes had hastily been moved to higher ground, for fear that they would sail away down the rapids that had formed on the road they were parked on.

    All in all it was a long, wet, exciting night that ended with Mike making a run for it into town to check into a motel, and Rob and I wet and tired walking through the wreckage trying to reclaim lost items.

    After reconvening in the morning and drying out our stuff, we hastily rode into town to check into a motel, and drop our motorcycles off at the shop for a tire change.
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  6. WYO George

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    Great RR, can't wait for the next installment!
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  7. Vksf

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    With fresh tires we set out to see what Moab had to offer.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10146577654/" title="9485124871_fc563078ea_c by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7440/10146577654_891f2c326e_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="9485124871_fc563078ea_c"></a>

    It was already a bit late in the day, so we decided we'd take a spin around Arches.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10394849563/" title="photo-42 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2814/10394849563_61f120d356_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-42"></a>

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    As darkness set in, the most amazing lightening storm I have ever seen could be seen on the horizon. This was as close as I got to capturing it before my camera ran out of batteries.

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    We headed back into town planning to check out the Canyonlands the following day via the amazing 150 mile long White Rim Trail.

    We checked back into our motel next to these fellow adventurers.

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    We woke up uncharacteristically early to sample the continental breakfast hoping to start the trail before the worst of the heat set in.

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    The ride into Canyonlands was pretty unreal.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10394854853/" title="photo-52 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5476/10394854853_c5eba6794a_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-52"></a>

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    Finally on the White Rim Trail proper we enjoyed a day of fun and varied riding encountering everything from mud, to slick rock, to loose sand.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10146670565/" title="9487857288_58f4ff3691_c by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2824/10146670565_7cff8eb5f0_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="9487857288_58f4ff3691_c"></a>

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    Did I mention that we encountered a few canyons along the way.

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    All in all it was an amazing day of riding. We saw two trucks the entire day, and had the park to ourselves. As much as we loved Moab and would have loved to check out more of the trails, our schedule was getting tight. Rob had to make it home in time for a flight back to New York, and we were anxious to get moving again on the TAT.
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  8. garnaro

    garnaro MotoBlunderer

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    holy crap. I cannot believe I missed this half of the trip. anybody wanna do it again?
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  9. Vksf

    Vksf Adventurer

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    You definitely missed a few of the highlights! We'll have to repeat it when you get back from Africa.
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  10. rpet

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    There is no "do it again."

    We are always doing it.

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  11. California

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    JEALOUS

    love every single post, picture, word of this. Thank you for sharing it with us!
    keep it coming!
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  12. rpet

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    Best username to-date right there!
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  13. Vksf

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    Sorry for the delay in getting this ride report updated and completed. I've been obsessing about sailboats and starting a new job.

    Back to it. :muutt
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  14. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Nice loop, thanks.
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  15. Vksf

    Vksf Adventurer

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    Alright.. Sorry about the delay.

    Moving along!

    Moab had been the first and last protracted stop of the trip. It felt great to stick around one spot for a few days, relax, work on the bikes, and have the time to explore. We had experienced flash floods, the most intense lightening storms I think I've ever witnessed and sampled the amazing local riding and scenery. It had been a great few days, but with Rob's flight back home to New York fast approaching it was time to start laying down some miles.

    Riding west out of Moab we soon found ourselves sliding around in the red Utah silt.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10560051164/" title="photo-47 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2891/10560051164_f10d399a8c_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-47"></a>

    It was warming up steadily and starting to get really hot. We had been hoping to get an early start out of Moab to avoid the worst of the heat. For us that meant hitting the road before 1. At least we are consistent. We kept an eye out for shade to take a break in and cool off as we rode but it was becoming more and more difficult to come by.

    When we were lucky we might encounter something like this.

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    But most of our stops looked more like this.

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    We eventually found ourselves at the notorious Black Dragon Wash.

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    The riding was a fun mixture of loose silt, and rocky obstacles and climbs. We ran into some beautiful scenery and found some scattered petroglyphs.

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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10560007986/" title="photo-38 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5501/10560007986_38779c3b52_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-38"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10560043404/" title="photo-37 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5495/10560043404_ee5d769edc_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-37"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10560041304/" title="photo-34 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3781/10560041304_089436be2b_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-34"></a>

    We kept catching glimpses of wild horses in the surrounding desert.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10560038724/" title="photo-30 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5494/10560038724_380d49039d_c.jpg" width="800" height="586" alt="photo-30"></a>

    Overall the riding was really enjoyable. The techy rocky climbs kept it interesting.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10560040144/" title="photo-32 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5487/10560040144_e37193141f_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-32"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10560039584/" title="photo-31 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3712/10560039584_a71a6de70f_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-31"></a>

    At times it got pretty loose.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10560001606/" title="photo-28 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2817/10560001606_8020610aba_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-28"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10559978655/" title="photo-29 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3724/10559978655_5d6c641165_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-29"></a>

    But we plodded along moving west through the desert mile by mile working our way towards Nevada.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10560035044/" title="photo-25 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3702/10560035044_d57dd2577a_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-25"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10559976625/" title="photo-27 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3823/10559976625_f39d1f60d1_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-27"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10559976155/" title="photo-26 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5472/10559976155_02fef4f6e3_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-26"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10560006046/" title="photo-35 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2826/10560006046_0bda294575_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-35"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10560006986/" title="photo-36 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5489/10560006986_51947f732a_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-36"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10559916176/" title="9485938711_48282e7bc6_c by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5538/10559916176_fc808a46f1_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="9485938711_48282e7bc6_c"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10560152253/" title="9488951070_4aa03d44af_c by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2836/10560152253_d537b677e4_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="9488951070_4aa03d44af_c"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10560150633/" title="9485903689_9e6d6dd2a4_c by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3725/10560150633_02e716fc78_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="9485903689_9e6d6dd2a4_c"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10559915986/" title="9488715848_75e6f4fa1c_c by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3793/10559915986_049dd2bd9f_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="9488715848_75e6f4fa1c_c"></a>
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  16. silverspurs

    silverspurs what's over there?

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    FANTASTIC!! :clap:clap
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  17. rpet

    rpet Awesometown

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    !!
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  18. BucketFoot

    BucketFoot n00b

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    Super trip. We want to duplicate it. Any chance you might have the gps tracks somewhere ? Appreciate all the posts!!!
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  19. rpet

    rpet Awesometown

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    Hey man -
    For the tracks, I used the following sources:
    OBDR - GPSXchange.com
    Divide - Cannonshot's tracks from ADVrider - see his big thread.
    TAT - bought and paid for from Sam who made the TAT.

    They are all easily available to grab yourself. I did very little map prep other than loading those tracks onto my Montana. I spent most of my prep time on bike and gear set-up, and the gamble paid off... we got lost basically never and were off course for maybe an hour out of 30 days' worth of riding.

    I haven't had time to edit the logs from my Montana. That will take quite some time, as my Montana likes to randomly insert 600 mile / 10000mph via points every so often into every single one of the tracks.

    GOod luck!

    -Rob
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  20. Vksf

    Vksf Adventurer

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    As we worked through the final stretches of Utah crossing into Nevada the riding remained remote, hot and loose. We had been riding for days through silt, but now found ourselves following long straight roads of sketchy, loose, deep gravel as we passed by salt lakes and herds of pronghorns that kept track of our progress.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10910576206/" title="photo-74 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5490/10910576206_7ec7aaf86c_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-74"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10891306275/" title="9488964000_ce1670f41d_c by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3666/10891306275_cfb9b5fd4f_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="9488964000_ce1670f41d_c"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10891613573/" title="9488974622_42e0ba1bf4_c by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3723/10891613573_7199a03102_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="9488974622_42e0ba1bf4_c"></a>

    With our bikes pointed west we rode on towards Great Basin National Park, where we planned to stop and camp, excited to check out one of the United States' least visited national parks.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10910804143/" title="photo-50 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3782/10910804143_318b2acfbf_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-50"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10910501815/" title="photo-53 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5483/10910501815_7d2e419c17_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-53"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10910845933/" title="photo-73 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3831/10910845933_684d7a846c_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-73"></a>

    Great Basin was cool, but unfortunately I failed to take a single picture there choosing instead to document Rob's new favorite chewing tobacco.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10910639184/" title="photo-52 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3766/10910639184_dbfc7c076f_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="photo-52"></a>

    We carried on across the desert, almost tasting home and the end of our trip.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10910539316/" title="photo-55 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5537/10910539316_46642ab9c5_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-55"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10891351136/" title="9489014500_899604d7f6_c by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7426/10891351136_e0966b9331_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="9489014500_899604d7f6_c"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10910544116/" title="photo-57 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3666/10910544116_86759db9aa_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-57"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10910507445/" title="photo-56 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7448/10910507445_99cdd30ca2_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-56"></a>

    We had heard rumors of the endless amounts of fences encountered in Nevada, and it certainly turned out to be true. At times we were off and on our bikes every 5 minutes opening and closing the gates that separated the tracts of land around us.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10910809983/" title="photo-54 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3789/10910809983_56272e498e_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-54"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10891354156/" title="9489085166_1ab6546e5e_c by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3675/10891354156_8af9a4000c_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="9489085166_1ab6546e5e_c"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10910552736/" title="photo-61 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7307/10910552736_6c6806d2ca_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-61"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10891309385/" title="9489007424_73c084ce1d_c by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7411/10891309385_8442c5d13d_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="9489007424_73c084ce1d_c"></a>

    With the landscape changing around us mile by mile we eventually came upon a small shack that we recognized from numerous other ride reports that we had obsessed over in the months spent preparing for our trip. The shack was filled with graffiti from other riders who had passed through while riding the TAT over the years.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10910652784/" title="photo-58 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7449/10910652784_e7b604b8f3_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-58"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10910514565/" title="photo-59 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5476/10910514565_8ee8a62e9e_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-59"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10910516255/" title="photo-60 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5500/10910516255_8152913b05_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-60"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10910662184/" title="photo-63 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7404/10910662184_52278512b6_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-63"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10910519655/" title="photo-62 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3807/10910519655_671c5044f2_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-62"></a>

    It had been an exhausting day of riding. Tired we kept an eye out for a hospitable place to camp, preferably somewhere with water.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10910665634/" title="photo-65 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5473/10910665634_c5e48009d0_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-65"></a>

    It soon became apparent that a campsite with water was not in our immediate future however. Exhausted, barely able to sit on my bike any longer, and with the sun going down we settled in for some desert camping.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10910844243/" title="photo-72 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5514/10910844243_58a239c677_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-72"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10910836543/" title="photo-67 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3755/10910836543_4884207f5e_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-67"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10910671784/" title="photo-68 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2829/10910671784_5148bef521_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-68"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10910840513/" title="photo-69 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5538/10910840513_624dbd6876_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-69"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10910673944/" title="photo-70 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3795/10910673944_a99e9bb1b4_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-70"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45626488@N05/10910571176/" title="photo-71 by tobagosama, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5509/10910571176_23fcc0fdf5_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="photo-71"></a>
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