Two Rats on the TAT

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by ratsGoneRogue, Aug 24, 2017.

  1. BlueM00se

    BlueM00se 'Cuse LAX Fan

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2012
    Oddometer:
    2,232
    Location:
    Holly Springs, NC
    Great report!

    Glad the two of you were able to have such a fantastic adventure!
    JagLite likes this.
  2. chudzikb

    chudzikb Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2016
    Oddometer:
    610
    What he said above! No other conclusion makes any sense.
    JagLite likes this.
  3. Trailace

    Trailace Dumb Ass

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2002
    Oddometer:
    1,190
    Location:
    Houston, Tx
    Great report thanks for taking me along. Lifetime of memories on one ride
    JagLite likes this.
  4. cptdrew

    cptdrew Adventurer

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2006
    Oddometer:
    18
    Location:
    Vancouver, WA
    Well done to you both. Thank you so much for sharing your journey. :)
    JagLite likes this.
  5. mtnslide

    mtnslide Adventurer

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2016
    Oddometer:
    16
    Location:
    Thornton, CO
    Congratulations, great ride and report! Thanks for taking the time to document it live!!
    JagLite likes this.
  6. Critic

    Critic More or less!

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2005
    Oddometer:
    1,554
    Location:
    West of the Illinois, heart of the state!
    Thanks for the ride! Enjoy each other, life can get short real quick.

    Yes, what is next?
    JagLite likes this.
  7. Rich B

    Rich B Long timer

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2010
    Oddometer:
    1,462
    Location:
    Stone Creek, OH
    Thank you for the ride report. You do a good story, very readable. Good luck in future rides
    JagLite likes this.
  8. Gatornation

    Gatornation Ayatollah of Rock n Rolla

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2016
    Oddometer:
    127
    Location:
    Virginia
    Great ride report. It read like a cinematic masterpiece, (narrated by Morgan Freeman) felt like I was there. Great visual details. Glad you made it safely.


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
    JagLite likes this.
  9. Yooper_Bob

    Yooper_Bob Long timer

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2005
    Oddometer:
    3,596
    Location:
    Da UP, eh! (Marquette, MI)
    Fantastic report! :thumb
    JagLite likes this.
  10. PsammonOfDoubt

    PsammonOfDoubt Adventurer

    Joined:
    May 11, 2010
    Oddometer:
    64
    Location:
    Illinois
    great RR! don't overthink your next adventure-leap before you look
    ratsGoneRogue and JagLite like this.
  11. BSTT

    BSTT Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2007
    Oddometer:
    111
    Location:
    Braunschweig, Germany
    Congratulaion!! You made it.
    Thanks for entertainig us :clap
    The last two pictures are the perfect finish line.

    Ciao Gero
    cyclopathic likes this.
  12. juno

    juno Long timer

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2014
    Oddometer:
    1,925
    Location:
    Jupiter
    Congratulations and thanks for taking us along!
  13. i4bikes

    i4bikes Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2007
    Oddometer:
    450
    Thanks for the RR, you gave great insight into what you were feeling.
  14. BornAgain

    BornAgain Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2008
    Oddometer:
    462
    Location:
    Rosenberg, TX
    Congratulations you finished and ya'll are still taking to each other :clap So what's next?
  15. wvboy

    wvboy Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2009
    Oddometer:
    299
    Location:
    Back and Forth
    I enjoyed every write up, thanks for taking the time to entertain all of us wanna-be's.
  16. Sburke

    Sburke Adventurer

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2017
    Oddometer:
    71
    Location:
    Charlotte,NC
    Really enjoyed the thread.

    Cheers!
  17. motosx

    motosx n00b

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2009
    Oddometer:
    7
    great report and great ride... awesome
  18. crashkorolyk

    crashkorolyk just happy to ride

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2010
    Oddometer:
    129
    Location:
    vancouver island
    Congrats on the journey,really enjoyed the adventure,gave me some good ideas for a ride down there next year,good luck on your next trip!
  19. ratsGoneRogue

    ratsGoneRogue Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2017
    Oddometer:
    67
    Post #41

    October 8, 2017
    Portland, OR
    Thank Yous & What's Next


    As I am sure you can expect, there were many people who helped us along the way. We wanted to take a moment to thank them.

    Alex and Wilder endured countless questions from me about our bikes. The two of them run a do-it-yourself motorcycle repair shop called SF Moto Guild on Treasure Island in San Francisco. (I really like the SF Moto Guild model and hope that it becomes more prevalent.) We used their shop to install all the mods on the bikes, perform routine maintenance and testing.

    Jennifer conducted an intensive course on moto field repairs for us. Additionally, she was an on-call mechanic for us. Despite nagging children in the background of our calls, she was available, stayed focused, and delivered rock-solid advice. She helped diagnose the electrical problems on the DR200, and without her we would have spent valuable time figuring out what was wrong. Or just worrying more.

    Scott and Julie of 3 Step Hideway were like family to us. They opened up their garage. We did oil changes and changed air filters. I swapped out a tire, installed a heavy duty tube, and adjusted the sag on my bike. Scott was on hand to point me to tools and even showed me better ways to do a few things. We enjoyed our time there immensely and really appreciated the help.

    Kenny of Inside Line Racing in Eden, Utah diagnosed the air leak on my bike in about 2 minutes. He whipped the bike up on his stand and re-seated throttle body and had us on our way. I'm not sure what we would have done without him. The KTM was popping pretty harshly. It seemed unreliable at the time. He may well have saved the trip.

    We left equipment and a storage bin with a good friend of ours. We'd mail stuff home to her when we no longer needed it, or found that we didn't need it at all. She could have sent us equipment had we wanted it. She was also an ally in figuring out the mudslide situation in Idaho. (It helps to have someone who is amazingly competent and persistent and thorough who can call during business hours while you are riding.) She knows who she is, and we are very grateful to her.

    Sam Correro takes the Trans America Trail and its riders very seriously. It seems like it's almost a full time job for the guy. During our time on the trail, we had exactly three detours: (1) a bridge in Clarendon, Arkansas that is probably fine now, (2) a mudslide on road 227 from Sun Valley, Idaho to Featherville, Idaho that may not be fine for years and (3) an area just northwest of Glendale that may or may not have been private land. (I need to talk to him about that.) Otherwise, the 5,296 miles of trail were as advertised: mostly on dirt, accessible to newer riders and beautiful. He took us into his house, gave us a private briefing on the trail, and sent us on our way.

    Brent, Jackie, Kellan and Teague. When he heard about our mishap in Utah, Brent (Amanda's cousin) was among the first to text us and ask how he could help. We ended up staying with him and his family for a week, which is a lot to ask of a family with teenage kids. Even so, Brent, his wife and the boys made us feel right at home. They let us into their lives, and we got to see homecoming, how teenagers get homework done and a hilarious movie called Shaolin Soccer. It was an entirely unscheduled stop, but it was a highlight of the trip.

    And during that same mishap, we had a dickens of a time speaking with roadside assistance, even with a sat phone. Vickie, Amanda's mom, supervised the situation and ensured that someone was coming to a remote corner of Utah to pick us up. We are grateful for her time and her competence.

    I'll give a heartfelt "thank you" to my wife. As a brand spankin' new rider, I don't know what kind of courage she had to summon to tackle a 5,000 mile off road trail with unknown challenges, but I'm sure it's big. She has an uncanny knack for listening to and remembering my "one day I'll do that" comments and helping make them a reality. At no time on the trail did we have any harsh words. The mood was always constructive, always patient, always positive. It was us against the challenge of the day. This, probably more than anything, made the trip a wonderful memory.

    There are countless, unknown people -- kind strangers, really -- who helped us in the small things each day. From asking if we were OK while on the side of the road, to wishing us well in a line a Subway, it seems like the traveling moto-rider brings out the best in people. This country is truly a wonderful and special place.

    And finally, I'd like to thank YOU, the members/readers of advrider.com. Unlike other places on the internet, this oasis appears to be thankfully free of trolls and merciful on the inexperienced. We read every one of your comments. We appreciated those who helped us out when asked. We appreciate those who respond thoughtfully to "how-to's" and trip planning posts, as we used a number of those tips. I will return the favor by contributing where I can and being a cheerleader/fanboy to those who are living the dream.

    As for what's next for the Rats. We rented a uHaul truck the next morning of our trip. After loading gear and bikes into the bike, we got into the cab. We looked at each other and realized that we really didn't have anywhere to be until Amanda's mom's birthday in Portland, Oregon on the next Saturday. I haven't had this feeling of freedom since I was a kid. We toured the coast on our way to Portland.

    After a time where we can exercise and get back into shape, where we can eat healthy and shed the lbs that we gained, we'll see friends and family, have those conversations and phone calls that you never seem to have time for. Some time back, Amanda booked us on a scuba diving trip to the Maldives which is fast approaching. The Maldives are on the opposite side of the planet from us, and it takes an ungodly amount of time to get there. We may just turn that scuba dive trip into a round-the-world trip. Not sure where exactly we'll go. But you know all those places you say you'll go but never have time? They'll be first on the list.

  20. chudzikb

    chudzikb Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2016
    Oddometer:
    610
    As all of your posts have been, well put, and from the heart. For that we all thank you!