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

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

  1. Baggi'tard

    Baggi'tard Assventure rider

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    three buddies and I also just finished riding a bunch of the CO/UT TAT (added a lot of other awesome stuff!) in mid June (see my ride report). We must have about run into each other at points. We hardly saw anybody else out riding, except of course the odd highway stretch here and there.
  2. mathewsturtevant

    mathewsturtevant Motojournalist

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    This little corner of New Mexico was really something. In Texas if we had country that looked like this it would be a national park or a resort or something. But in NM, it's just another one of many similar to it. Mountains, canyons, a little stream. I really was digging it. When we reached the switchbacks near Colorado border which was the most dramatic section, my Go Pro camera batteries died of course. I have 3 batteries total but they seem to last about 8 minutes apiece. Stupid. So I just have a few stills and some video I'll post later.[​IMG]
  3. OKlr

    OKlr 25mph gate inpector

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    enjoying the report. Too bad i missed you guys in Ponca city.
  4. SR1

    SR1 Back in S. Korea

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    I'm late but I'm in. Great report.
  5. Baggi'tard

    Baggi'tard Assventure rider

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    LOL, so I also have three batteries for my GoPro, and ran into the "oops out of battery", and of course it was dead or you'd forget to turn it on during the most crazy stuff, like Cottonwood Pass, or Devil's Canyon. Sometimes the camera wouldn't record either, I think all the shaking would dislodge the chip just enough. When I was in Afghanistan, another person I went on missions with had a Hero 3 version and the battery life was outstanding compared to my Hero HD. She got an hour and a half or more of battery life.
  6. mathewsturtevant

    mathewsturtevant Motojournalist

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    I have the Go pro 3 and it seems to depend on quality settings as far as battery life. Weird and not logical, but travis had one too and how lasted for a really long time. Same camera, same batteries but different settings. :hmmmmm
  7. AtlasExp

    AtlasExp beer me

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    I was with Hero 3 and every day was only problems!!!! After purchasing Drift HD Ghost no more problems!!! 3-4 hours battery life. Tagging option is the best for adventure riding. No more Hero for me!!!:clap:clap:clap
  8. mathewsturtevant

    mathewsturtevant Motojournalist

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    Coming up was also our first town in 120 miles or so. We stopped in Branson to get our bearings, fuel up, pee. The basics. But there was no gas station, and no people. Anywhere. Weird. A swing set blowing in the wind, no children. Nobody anywhere. Richard needed to pee and since nobody was around and there certainly were no other options so he considered peeing right there on main street in from of the post office. We re- inflated my tires so I'd get better mileage to Trinidad. Again, I'd been going to reserve @160 miles and we still had a ways to go....:eek1 We later read that lots of folks end up on vapors here.
    Pulling into Trinidad got gas, figured out where the actual town itself was.
    We planned on staying just one night, but my ATM card had been swallowed by the machine and I couldn't get it till Monday morning.. DOH!!' However it was a good thing we stalled in Trinidad. Travis checked his oil which there didn't appear to be any. I checked mine, same thing EEEK. MY BIKE NEVER USES MUCH OIL. I guess all those 70 miles an hour running from tornados on Oklahoma highways burned through it. We probably wouldn't have checked had we not had the time.
    We found a hotel the we rather liked with 3 beds. It was called Trail's End motel. It was reminiscent of a cabin.. I think. We had dinner at a pretty good pizza place:[​IMG]
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  9. CBAT

    CBAT occasional wanderer

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    Now you are getting to the good part. Ride on! :clap
  10. mathewsturtevant

    mathewsturtevant Motojournalist

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    That Monday we did several hours of dirt through picturesque rolling foothills. [​IMG]
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    The Spanish Peaks come into view and stay with you for at least an hour. The road was gentle and curvy. There was a great old church that was abandoned.
    [​IMG] We speculated that long ago people were married in this quiet Valley. Funerals, too and baptisms. After Gardner We continued on dirt of a ways then hopped on the hiway as the clouds turned dark and the wind picked up. The Sangre de Christo mountains on our left we hurried through the chilled air. Pretty tired we pulled in for gas and for me to look at the maps. As we streched, a crusty local informed Richard that his KLR had a flat. He had just been saying how the bike was bogging down. Well this was one of my dreaded scenarios on our trip, but with a gorgeous view of the mountains, a Subway reastaruant, bathrooms, plenty of ice and water it was about as ideal as a flat could be. They even let us use and old milk crate to raise the bike up. [​IMG][​IMG]

    We casually ate sammiches and then switched out the tube. Took us about 40 minutes top swap tube. A marked improvement from my first fumbling attempts that ooh 6 hours and I pinched the tube.
    Pulling into Salida just a few minutes to late to get my package from inmate HayDuke @ FAT Tees. doh! We settled on a youth hostel and were practically the only ones there. There was a communal guitar that felt good on my hands as I stumbled through a few songs. The town was great, with lots of cool outdoorsy shops and more than a couple good places to eat. A very healthy active population lives here. There was one weird guy at hostel who grumbles, doesn't have a car and has figured out all the freebies around.He talked loudly on phone in the bathroom. Why is he here? he is not traveling, he doesn't have any mode of transportation. Just odd. Next day got gear from Hayduke, got my crap mailed back home and headed out... a bit later than we liked, but the first pass (hancock) was snowed in anyways so we had to slab the next portion anyway so we'd have some time.....I thought anyway.....
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  11. joenuclear

    joenuclear Ride to eat, eat to ride... all roads lead to pie!

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    Hancock was snowed in? Better wait till it thaws......:D

    Thanks for the update! Now back to the :happay
  12. mathewsturtevant

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  13. betitou

    betitou Thumperized!

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    Private video! :evil
  14. mathewsturtevant

    mathewsturtevant Motojournalist

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    thanks , i reset it to public.
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    betitou Thumperized!

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    More than welcome Matt. Let's have a lurk! :lurk
  16. Doug329

    Doug329 Adventurer

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    Mathew:

    Your video today (reply #156) is the best I've ever seen on the TAT. It was like reliving every day again. Great shots..keep it up. I hope the full length version is available in the future.
    Thanks for all your efforts,
    Doug :clap


  17. CBAT

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    :clap Love the video :clap
  18. mathewsturtevant

    mathewsturtevant Motojournalist

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    Doug329 and CBAT. I have a ton of footage and I do plan on making a DVD available. Might mean I do a less detailed ride report.........
  19. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Yup, awesome video
  20. mathewsturtevant

    mathewsturtevant Motojournalist

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    Bob. i stayed up late tweaking it