RTW on a thumper... Round the World ADVenturization

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by rtwpaul, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    I'll send you an email later with a Mexico route that mikemike approves and see if u wanna venture south again in October
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  2. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    5000 mile advenutres is taking some of the best of the TAT (trans america trail) the western section so day one with wikedhd (pat), from Trinidad onwards

    time to hit the bricks and leave Trinidad

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    here's Pat ready for his first ADV ride

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    left Trinidad with a clear blue sky

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    all good until 8.41am when i lifted my visor to scratch my nose and a wasp gets in and stings me twice!!! emergency stop by this building

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    then up into the mountains

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    the obligatory TAT church shot

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    right around that time the big dark clouds started to come in and we dodged rain most of the day but got a caught a few times, nothing major

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  3. spen

    spen on my arse

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    sweet
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  4. 35xj

    35xj Been here awhile

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    if you make it close to asheville, nc. we got plenty of space
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  5. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    i'll send you a PM when i'm heading your way, thanks
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  6. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    Nice pics, Paul!
    You'll be glad you packed your camera when you get here.:clap
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  7. Manneman

    Manneman Polarbear

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    When you arrive to Scandinavia (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland) Make shure you contact me and I´ll arrange everything about accomodation and routeplanning for you to make your stay as pleasant as possible!

    I have ADV-friends all over who are more than happy to take a traveller every once in a while!

    :thumb
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  8. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    got up late, plan was for 200 miles, end up in Ouray late afternoon and hang out and relax….plan failed

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    by the time we got to the bottom of Hancock Pass it was about 8.30am.

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    I found out real quick the gearing on my bike was going to be a problem (too low)
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    if you've never been up here, this is a worms eye view, this isn't rock or pebbles this is boulders most of the way and its just a case of gas it and the boulders determine your line to a certain extent

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    i had two get offs before i was halfway up and then a third which would have made great video but no one even saw it. my front wheel hit a big rock throwing it up in the air, right at that same time i grabbed a hand full of throttle and wheelied into a bush at almost 90 degrees to the trail.

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    that trail is crazy tough and by the time we were at the top it was close to noon…

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    i guess living in Louisiana at sea level made it real tough going with the altitude, we had to take a good few rests. this was to hurt us later…

    up and down pass after pass, getting caught in the rain

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    By the time we were at the the top of Cinnamon we had been in the rain for a few hours and at cloud level

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    later at california pass we got a little lost, we were both on reserve, and then on the way down my rear brake fluid boiled so i had to roll down from 12,000 feet with the motor off and using the gearing for braking

    …eventually hitting 550 Pat ran out of gas and i had to tow him into town….quite a day that ended at 11pm…but fun all the same
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  9. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    won't be for a few years but i will keep your contact info...thanks
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  10. Flashmo

    Flashmo Whatever...

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    I'm in for another one...
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  11. wikedhdwifey

    wikedhdwifey n00b

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    I sure hope you two get OUT of Ouray alot easier and safer than y'all got IN to Ouray!! Ride safe and keep my husband safe!!!!:clap
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  12. wikedhdwifey

    wikedhdwifey n00b

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    Paul I love your pics.......especially the ones with the red and white HONDA in them!!! :norton
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  13. EKIN

    EKIN Just Do It

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    I am going to tag along for this ride.:clap

    Great pics by the way.....
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  14. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    left Ouray late after trying to find somewhere to get breakfast on a Sunday morning, plenty of places but all with a long wait…found somewhere and got riding around 9 am,

    first order of business for the day was Ophir Pass. Going out of Ouray around the switchbacks my front end felt very notchy so we rode down the pass towards Silverton to the gas station at the bottom, the plan was get some grease and fix it…a quick teardown to clean and regrease the bearing. the gas station had no grease but the garage in the back had the owner there helping a guy with a bicycle. i asked if i pulled my front end apart could i get some grease? "sure no problem, i love helping you ADV guys out" so i tear the front end down to get the top bearing out and its partially ceased, all this in front of his shop he refuses to help and i didn't ask and didn't need any but he makes comments as i go along of course then i get literally a teaspoon of grease - now keep in mind here i could have gone into town and got a tub full for $5….as i'm putting the front end back together he comes up and says "i'm leaving now give me $10!" Moral of the story ride the two minutes more in to town

    OK, front end back together and up Ophir…very cool, had to wait to go down the other side as a 50+ year old lady was jogging up, should have got a photo of her

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    we headed west to Utah after that and hit Moki Dugway, Goosenecks, Mexican Hat before finally settling at Valley of the Gods…

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    a storm looked like it was coming in, Pat somehow had a signal on his phone and it said 55% chance of rain - wrong. try 100% and it came down hard, with about 50mph + winds and a a full on lightning show to end the day, rain came down the whole night and at times it felt like the tent was being lifted up with me in it!

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  15. MadMax

    MadMax Marveling...

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    Spectacular pix, Paul! Thanks for posting after a couple of taxing days!
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  16. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    both of us were very tired from virtually no sleep the night before, we took a easy ride out of Valley of the Gods and thru the canyons for the rest of the day, with a storm brewing to our west the whole day, but not one single drop of rain…result finally.

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    We headed towards Green River UT, using old route 24 the land is being reclaimed and soon this road will disappear back in to the desert.

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    Got in the state park early and did a little minor maintenance and had a few beers, by 8.30 the storm caught up with us and it another night with the sound of rain on the outside of the tent
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  17. Motojon76

    Motojon76 Dirty side down

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    Paul,

    You have a great eye for photos. A great motorcycle. A great job. A great opportunity to allow me to live vicariously through your ride report.






    I hate you.

    Thanks. And hurry with the posts; reading is about all I can do for 4-6 weeks....:cry
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  18. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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  19. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan There, that's it

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    Gotta say, Paul, you really know how to ride it, shoot it, and post it. A truly beautiful Ride Report. Thanks!!
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  20. spress

    spress Land Flyer

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    Hey Paul,

    Nice ride, excellent photos. I'm running the same engine as you in my MT03 and I remembered something I had read previously when you mentioned that your rear brake fluid boiled coming down from California Pass.... and then using the engine to brake on the way down with it turned off. According to Yamaha, the transmission on this engine is not properly lubricated and may be damaged if the bike is coasted or towed for any distance with the engine turned off. Just a thought and a heads up.

    Good luck with the trip and the new venture. :clap

    Stuart
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