T.A.T The Kiwi 4 x 2 way

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Phreaky Phil, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    Yeah, that's a shame, but on bright side it should be easier for Big Bike to climb now. :puke1 Thank god I climbed the rough one before they graded it.

    If you still remember the TAT trip as if it happened yesterday, how did you like the washboard once you get past the rancher's house outside of Black Mountain, NV? :evil :rofl

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  2. Phreaky Phil

    Phreaky Phil Long timer

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    If you still remember the TAT trip as if it happened yesterday, how did you like the washboard once you get past the rancher's house outside of Black Mountain, NV? :evil :rofl

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    I do remember that section, felt like it would shake the bike to bits and loosen your filings ! Was looking forward to getting off the washboard but after that were sand tracks
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  3. Phreaky Phil

    Phreaky Phil Long timer

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    Here's a pic of Dawn at Port Orford at the end of the TAT. She scrubs up alright after 5000 miles of dust, sand and being dragged through sagebrush bushes :D A glass (well cup in this case) of wine will usually put a smile on her face !
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  4. Phreaky Phil

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    The final chapter, the bike has arrived back in New Zealand and we drove to Wellington to pick it up on Friday.
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    The bike was shipped through MainFreight and they did a great job. Everything worked out great.The bike was where it was meant to be at the right time. You cant ask for more than that ! The bike was crated on the trip up, but the crate was left in Tennessee, but that wasnt a problem as Kiwi Shipping in LA is a part of Mainfreight, specializing in shipping Cars and motorcyles,so the bike can go uncrated in a container with a car. To easy :D

    Hmmmmmm ? Where next !
  5. leftystrat62

    leftystrat62 Adventurer

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    Hey P Phil, just found your RR,scanned thru your pictures-very nice-now I look forward to reading it. Quick question- did you have Sam's gps tracks as well as his roll charts? If you used both-how necessary did you find the roll charts? Do you think you would have done fine with just the gps? I'm heading out this year solo with gps and maps,but would prefer to leave behind the roll charts.
  6. Reverend12

    Reverend12 Well there it is..

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    Great Ride Report! Enjoyed reading it!:clap
  7. Trane Francks

    Trane Francks Been here awhile

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    Excellent RR. I especially loved the CO pics. I spent 11 months in CO, but (alas) no riding. Seeing your pics sure makes me want to do the TAT. Especially CO!:1drink
  8. Phreaky Phil

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    Hi there, we primarily used the roll charts and the GPS tracks for backup. The GPS tracks were what I had made up using the roll charts and maps. A lot of the GPS routes for the various states I did as auto routing but if the road didn't exist on the map it wouldn't auto route on it. Other states U did as tracks with a way point on every one of Sam's turns. If you name each waypoint with the mileage of that turn from the rollcharts,it is a very good back up to the roll charts. You can prove you are in the right place. IMO the tracks done like that we're better than the auto routing routes.
    I would get better maps of Oregon as Sam's ones are in to smaller scale to be of much use and Oregon can be very confusing. We had about 3 places where we go lost ( temporarily confused as to our whereabouts :D )
    I'm not sure about doing it all on GPS. I guess it depends on how good and detailed the GPS tracks are and how good the GPS unit is. I was using a Zumo 550. It can do more waypoints than a 660 but something like a Montana can have massive track file in comparison.
  9. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    +1 on that! Was having trouble with Oregon and the state map that was provided was too difficult to read. Got lost and somebody on other forum was kind enough to send me his track when he did TAT the year before I was doing mine. His condition was that if I find any trouble on his updated track to report back and I did find couple. I think that you will run into couple of glitches in Oregon that can not be helped.

    Also, not trying to slam Sam but his GPS track he is selling has few gaps that is not noticeable on basecamp but will notice it on GPS. I tried to discuss this with Sam but he was not interested. I would not recommend buying his GPS map but just his roll chart and map then review and do the GPS tracking yourself before you leave for TAT trip.