Three Friends, One Direction: West on the TAT! Giddyup!!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by mathewsturtevant, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. mathewsturtevant

    mathewsturtevant Motojournalist

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    There were many sections here, where the correct trail was the less obvious and less ridden way(looking like this right turn on this "V" split). More often than not, you just have to consult the roll chart again ride a couple tenths of a mile more and then it would start to make sense. Shortly after this there was a "t" in the road but then shortly after the left only turn showed up. Then you cross reference the map to see if the general shape is all adding up similar


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  2. mathewsturtevant

    mathewsturtevant Motojournalist

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    We were headed to Gilchrist, the clouds were menacing, I'm sort surprised I didn't get lost in here. Lots of poor roads. Lots of guessing and going with your gut.

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  3. CBAT

    CBAT occasional wanderer

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    Were the GPS route/tracks even close to the route you took in all those turns and intersections?
  4. Motor 1

    Motor 1 Been here awhile

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    Yeah, what Rod said! :lol3

    Great RR. Hope you have plans to do another ride and report.:D
  5. mathewsturtevant

    mathewsturtevant Motojournalist

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    The roll chart was close, but once you are off by .01 of a mile everything ahead is irrelevant till you match up a turn. Usually in Oregon I could look at the map and see that I was earthier dead on or running parallel. Again I don't blame Sam Correro, many times the roads were brand new and followed better routes. Other times my GPS showed dotted lines which meant dirt but it would be paved. Many many parts of TAT are newly paved. The sooner you run it the more dirt you'll get.
  6. mathewsturtevant

    mathewsturtevant Motojournalist

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    I am not much of a gear head but we had some notable equipment that made this trip much more comfortable. I wore a DARRIEN LIGHT Aerostich Jacket and Aerostich AD-1 pants. Also Aerostich Combat boots and Elk skin roper gloves They performed flawlessly through cold mountains, forests, rain and furnace like heat of the desert. Underneath my gear I wore Columbia Omni-Freeze Zero shirt and bandana(seen here). The shirt has little circles that are somehow activated by sweat and cool you off a little bit. I was very skeptical but it worked!!
    Also, my IMS tank increased my range over 50 miles and for a worry-wort like me this was a big help.

    This gear made me much more comfortable. And comfort makes for happy camper::evil

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  7. live2ridetahoe

    live2ridetahoe RN

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    +1. And Rod has the experience to back up his good advice. Are you following this RR because you are thinking of coming to this side of the pond to do the TAT? Cheers.

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  8. ROD CURRIE

    ROD CURRIE Been here awhile

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    Maybe. I suppose I have to come over as Motor 1's one of the 3 I can ride with and he's been over here to Europe the last 2 years...so I guess It's my turn to go Stateside.
    Route as yet undefined but I'll leave that to The Old Fool. We like the same kind of stuff, ride at the same pace and fall off about as often as each other. Pretty hopeless really...practice doesn't always make perfect :wink:


    Sorry for the Hijack Mathew..keep up the tale-it's great. RC
  9. mathewsturtevant

    mathewsturtevant Motojournalist

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    The bad news is I can't tell you much detail about what happens next....

    The good news is I got a book deal!!!!!!:lol3:loll:clap:freaky:deal:evil:rofl

    What I can tell you is the rest of this story includes a bear, A completely F#*@'d up axel, Losing my maps,while GPs AND Rolls charts aren't working.

    Sorry, folks. The book is supposed to come out next year. IF you've been wondering why my posts have been slow it is because I was waiting for details. There will most likely be a video too.:loll


    Thanks for reading hopefully some of you will want to read more.
  10. Shooby

    Shooby Long timer

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    Congrats Matt! That's awesome. Be sure to post deets when appropriate
    and make it available on Kindle ok?
  11. mathewsturtevant

    mathewsturtevant Motojournalist

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    Somebody had written:

    I am a bit concerned about your rack mounting. I would be surprised if that made the whole trip on paved roads with nothing on it. You might want to beef up that mounting system. :deal Or just leave that add on part at home...

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    I did turn the bolts downward but this works fine. Plus if I crash this will bust off rather than breaking a subframe er sump thin.
  12. mathewsturtevant

    mathewsturtevant Motojournalist

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    Looks like I was just one of several who got turned around in Black Dragon Wash. I don't blame Sam, it's so much info to keep track of and it does change from time to time. My confidence in roll charts and GPS was gone though after a bit of Utah which made Nevada really daunting considering my worrisome brain.
    Below is photo from inmate Mootuno from his recent TAT trip:
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  13. mathewsturtevant

    mathewsturtevant Motojournalist

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    Rene who wrote University of Gravel Roads stayed at my house last Sunday. He rode 95,000 miles over 4.5 years and now gives tours of South Africa. truly inspiring to be around him and hear his stories.
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  14. bbanker

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    I just saw Rene's presentation in Greenssboro, NC a few weeks ago. Great time, very inspiring.


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  15. mathewsturtevant

    mathewsturtevant Motojournalist

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    I sent it to the publisher last week. Man. It took a while to sort my notes, feelings and make time, but hopefully I will know soon when it will be available.