TAT here I come! - Solo Kiwi and KTM 690

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by vegemanNZ, Jul 26, 2017.

  1. vegemanNZ

    vegemanNZ Been here awhile

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    Today was a day filled with attempts and alternates. I left Silverton aiming to go over California pass but once at the snow line, even the 4wd were turning back. I have it a go to see how bad...eek. Ice. Bugger, back to Silverton and then to ouray on the million dollar highway... it's cool. Ouray was nice and warm and talking to the outdoor shops they said that both imogene and black bear were closed on the telluride side. Ophir was open. Hmm... might as well go over that and get on the other side. Its a nice ride up, but can see how riders on big bikes, noobs, would freak a little. Not much room for error, granite rocks and steep enough to make you work for your lines.

    Got to telluride just as a thunder storm was brewing. Omg, this place looks expensive... and realised that ill be camping, I googled accommodation... just to much for a single dirt rider. Got camp sorted before the rain but suns back out. I think that's it for the weather... looking forward to moving west. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    Awesome updates Viv, keep it coming. I remember we talked about the timing of your TAT adventure, whether the passes would be snowed in by then, or not, but it looks like you nailed the timing perfectly getting to the mountains, being able to ride them with snow around, but not so much snow that they're impassable. Your modesty about your riding skills is unlike you, I can vouch for those skills - advanced experienced dirt rider - and I think everyone else following your blog will have picked up on that as well. Most riders wouldn't even attempt what you're doing on those snowy tracks ;) Go well, keep upright, enjoy the adventure of a lifetime.
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  3. vegemanNZ

    vegemanNZ Been here awhile

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    Oh dude, I've got nothing on you riding your pd1000. When i ride these tracks I think about PT and you riding your big machines. I think you could do it for sure, yet at times my bike has felt big. I nearly lost the front a couple of times coming back down California gulch... my desire to stay up was strong. Heavier bikes would not have provided that fraction of warning, that you aren't in control anyone

    If it was dry, it would not be an adventure!

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  4. Kawikazi

    Kawikazi Been here awhile

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    I should have mentioned that if you need a nice reasonably priced place to stay in the Telluride area, the Angler Inn is just outside of town maybe 5 or 10 miles. Best continental breakfast I ever came across. In Moab, I usually stay at the Canyon Lands Campground in the center of town across the street from the Moab Brewery. Never stayed at any of the hotels, but there is a hostel on the south end of town. Safe travels and easier terrain now that you are past the San Jaun's and getting into the high desert approaching Utah.
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  5. juno

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    You definitely get an A for effort tackling those passes!
    I hope you get a chance to stay at 3 step after the next leg! It is a nice ride to Moab from there and you could check out some of the attractions/trails in the area or push on to Green river in the same day.
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    Baggi'tard Assventure rider

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    Viv, hopefully you'll take the time to ride Onion Creek Rd NE of Moab, it has like 30 water crossings and is an absolute stunner in the early morning light...
    Kyle

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  7. Critic

    Critic More or less!

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    Onion Creek is a fun ride and BB friendly!
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    I say do the WRT...he has the perfect bike for it :bmwrider

    Onion Creek would be a blast though...no technical stuff to worry with, just twist the wrist.

    I am bias though...have Moab on the agenda twice in 2108:thumbup
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    Kawikazi Been here awhile

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    I agree with doing the WRT for sure. Never did Onion Creek but gonna check it out next year!
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    vegemanNZ Been here awhile

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    Long day, a bit longer than i thought and having hail and rain as I just left telluride, made that bit longer. I need food and beer. In Moab now... photos at least are uploaded[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    Sweet!

    What's the "WRT"?
  12. vegemanNZ

    vegemanNZ Been here awhile

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    I'm guessing white rim trail

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    Oh. Ok thanks!
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    You put in some good miles today Viv! Do you remember what the temperature was up on Engineer Pass? And has it warmed up in Moab?
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    Yeah I did! not much downtime. I think I wanted to make up for lost time so while I try to suppress my urge to get it done... today got the best of me.

    I remember going up and seeing -2C but didn't check at the top. Was to focused on getting there

    Today I had everything, rain, hail between telluride and over black mesa. Getting to dove creek was warmer but windy. Hitting the first part of Utah and la Sal was warm but heading up geyser pass, the temp dropped as I went past snow... was muddy more than snow. Dropping back to Moab felt long... and warmed up again... but it was crazy terrain... hard to believe the change in the distance I did.

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    Thunder-dog Been here awhile

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    You deserve a day off tomorrow! Check out Moab and the Arches National Park!
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    Just checking the photos of your bike, dude, you really have the luggage thing sussed, minimal size, nicely laid out and all low centre of gravity. How's it working out, is there anything (other than tools) that you haven't used and wouldn't take 'next time'? I'm looking forward to your Utah photos, been watching some vids on YouToob, seems some gnarly trails .. bit more than adventure and more 'trailride' type stuff. Loving your blog mate, keep it coming, stay upright, give it heaps.
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    WRT is the White Rim Trail, named as such because it follows the edge of the canyon along the Green River. It is about 120 miles of desert riding with spectacular vistas. No real technical riding, although Murphy's Hogback Trail is a bit of a steep climb. Sand can be the main challenge depending on current trail conditions. Rain washes sand into the trail at times. I recommend doing the trail from Mineral Bottom Switchback; finishing up on Schafer Switchback. Mostly a Jeep trail, but I have seen mountain bikes, hikers, etc..
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  20. Kawikazi

    Kawikazi Been here awhile

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    Thanks for posting that video. Onion Creek Road looks awesome.
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