TAT 2013, the "I’m Just Sayin…" tour

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Kirkster, Jun 16, 2013.

  1. Philb772

    Philb772 Been here awhile

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    That's what she said.

    (sorry, couldn't resist)

    Great pics of your last section. Was not too familiar with that area of the country.
  2. Gentri in GA

    Gentri in GA Been here awhile

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    I've been reading your ride report as I cruise along the TAT behind you, gotta tell ya, I'm taking notes!

    My ride is not a "purists" ride, as due to elements beyond my control, I have skipped a few pieces for safety and sanity. Started in W. Hellena AR with 3 others, and now it's just me! :norton

    Currently visiting with a friend in Boulder and taking in the sights while I source a new rack from Wolfman and check out the scene!

    Keep the posts coming and ride safe.
    Gentri
  3. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    this rr deserves 5 stars.

    lots of effort you guys are putting to keep us entertained....:freaky

    thank you.
  4. NVcrash

    NVcrash n00b

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    Welcome to Nevada!

    Before you leave in the morning ride down the street to Ruby Hill Ave, this will take you up to the old mine on the hill, its worth the ride up there.
  5. Kirkster

    Kirkster Parts Murderer

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    Well we are deeper in Nevada now. Last night we were able to get real beer in Nevada and drink it in our hotel room in Utah. No more near beer.

    The good note is that the Antibiotics have killed my bronchitis and my cough is almost gone. This means that I am not trying to wreck my bike every time I cough like I was yesterday and the day before.

    We are not really sure what time we got on the road this morning due to the time zone wackiness. But as we headed back to the portion of the TAT that we had not yet done we ran straight into this intersection north of Baker.

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    We almost stopped but there was no traffic coming.

    Once you get back on the TAT south of Baker we found ourselves running into a lot of these.

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    The TAT for the first 50 miles into Nevada is not much more than a goat path. I swear that if it were not for TAT riders more than one of these “roads” would disappear.

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    Of course Esp41 had to go drive on the grass…

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    Driving towards the mountains…

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    Today was a heavy travel day and after 50 miles on goat trails we were starting to worry about making it to Eureka we did not hit our fuel stop in Preston till 2PM, which we thought was a bit late. We then had to pick up the pace a lot after Preston.

    The run down into Preston was a lot of fun. I should have turned on the GoPro but was having too much fun and did not think of it till we got to the bottom.

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    There was still a lot of scenery to take in as we motored.
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    Even got me in there…

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    Esp41 was even able to catch some pics of local wild horses.

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    The Passes in Nevada are not nearly as high as in Colorado.

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    Fortunately the roads had opened up and we were able to hit 35~45 mph for a long time through cow country. Of course the cows were everywhere. We even ran into a stretch where the cows were lying in the road.

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    We decided today that we like the 130 ~ 180 mile legs as we don’t feel so rushed and can actually appreciate the scenery as it goes past instead of spending all your time looking 40 feet ahead for the next rock that is going to kick out the front end.

    The 240 mile leg today was too much high speed running and not enough looking out and going “ohh, ahhh” so tomorrow we have a short leg planned with lots of photos.

  6. Off Limits

    Off Limits Banned

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    Nice ride read.
  7. DLOOP

    DLOOP Adventurer

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    Thanks for taking us along for the ride. This has been truly great to watch!
  8. MaverickChick

    MaverickChick I do my own stunts.

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    Go guys go!:clap I'm very glad to hear you guys are up and pressing forward!
  9. brokenhiplegarm

    brokenhiplegarm Adventurer

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    great.. after reading this dang report, i just went out and bought a bike.. you stay right there where you are, and i'm flying in...lol...

    picked up a v strom
  10. esp41

    esp41 Been here awhile

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    It is a powerlet connector. Kirkster and I have 2 of them on both our bikes. We keep one hot all the time and one switched. They are not waterproof, but they are vibration proof. We have had them in the rain with no problems. BMW uses them on their bikes.

    We charge our cell phone in the tank bags while riding. We can also charge spare camera batteries.
  11. Lightpath

    Lightpath n00b

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    Great read, Kirky!! Glad the rib is giving you less grief, and that nothing else is busted. :):clap
  12. Jsherman

    Jsherman Adventurer

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    Thanks! Wen you two gonna talk gear? Also interested in what came, what didn't, etc.
  13. Kirkster

    Kirkster Parts Murderer

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    Man you know how to throw a jinx.

    My gps power needs looking at and my fairing needs to get straitened out a bit...
  14. jcorni

    jcorni Adventurer

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    Awesome RR just read all 21 pages. I would agree on the daily milage, slow it down and enjoy the rest of the trip.
  15. Pmason

    Pmason Been here awhile

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    :rofl Great report guys...I've been following RoninMoto's report for awhile. Worth the read much like yours!

    I've read that the wind turbines nation wide produce about 29% of the installed capacity so there is a good chance you'll see them stopped.
  16. biker_gunner

    biker_gunner 2wheelsonly

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    Just got back on ADVrider after a long delay...I know, I know bad on me. That aside, this is one of the first RR I pull up to read and all I can say is job well done...I am inspired and my wife is worried.

    Looking forward to the rest of the trip!
  17. Kirkster

    Kirkster Parts Murderer

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    Sounds like we are doing our job... :rofl
  18. esp41

    esp41 Been here awhile

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    Day 22- Eureka to Battle Mountain ~120 miles

    After our long day yesterday, we allowed ourselves a late start. NVcrash pointed us towards the old mine on Ruby Hill. It was just outside of town- so off we went.

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    Lots of interesting things were left behind:

    A fire Hydrant?

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    This looked like a small hot box to torture people in

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    There was a great view from the mine

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    Time to move on. We spent a lot of time in the flat lands

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    Here is the Kirkster chasing some wild? horses. These horses has many miles of range to roam.

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    How big is the range you ask- this big

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    We did occasionally see some hills (between the plains)

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    We even rode about 200ft on the Pony Express Trail

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    Here we are cruising an easy packed road surface. It’s a great time to relax after miles and miles of rutted, sandy, rocky, and/or gravelly two track.

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    In the middle of one range we spotted this flag

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    Naturally, I turned it into a photo op

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    As we neared Battle Mountain, Kirkster spotted this huge mine tailing about ½ mile off the trail.

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    In ADVRider fashion, we felt compelled to investigate. We are in the middle of a dry range and here is what we found looking down from the top of the tailing pile

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    To give you an idea of the size, Kirkster is in the above picture. He is all the way at the end where the road goes into the water. Here I zoomed in as far as I could from the edge

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    We also passed another “going north” milestone

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    Tomorrow we go to McDermitt




  19. randyho

    randyho n00b

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    +juan. "What's a husk-vara?" :rofl
  20. jdn

    jdn Adventurer

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    The last mine is epic. :eek1 Looking at the pics I can't possibly explain why I still sit at my desk instead of exploring the world like you guys. Great RR so far! :freaky