“The country through which we passed today was diversified…”

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Revelstoker, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. HD4MTNS

    HD4MTNS Adventurer

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    I'm diggin the ride report but I sure hope you made sure there was no one below you when you were throwing rocks.:nono
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  2. Revelstoker

    Revelstoker Been here awhile

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    We saw a bunch of folks on BMW's head down that direction...just joking. We are very responsible adults. Although, I do have to say I was worried about Gary falling and hurting someone when he landed.
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  3. Revelstoker

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    The first thing I remember knowing,
    Was a lonesome whistle blowing,
    And a young one’s dream of growing up to ride;
    On a freight train leaving town,
    Not knowing where I'm bound,
    No-one could change my mind but Mama tried.

    Merle Haggard

    The Slickrock Campground had proven to be a great place to stay while in Moab. One last picture of our campsite before pulling it all down for our departure.
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    Gary took his time taking his tent down so I headed back into Moab for one last breakfast and coffee. The day before I had been parking downtown when someone yelled at me from across the street and gave me the ADV Salute – turns out to be Ritalin Boy from Rhode island. He and his son were crossing the US on his 1150GSA with a hack. RB said they were having an awesome time – he was listening to satellite radio and his son had his iPod on, but they still had an intercom to talk. Anyway, I hadn’t had my camera with me that day and wanted to find them to take a photo – so that was also part of my mission this morning. Here they are - Dylan may have still been sleeping.
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    While in town that morning I also ran across these guys. I recall that there was 14 of them – they had started in Prudhoe Bay and were on their way to Argentina. They were to be back home in the UK for Christmas. Now that is a trip! The logistics between Gary and I were interesting somedays, I can’t imagine 14!
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    Gary and I finally pulled out of town just before 10:00am and headed up towards Gemini Bridges to get on to Metal Masher which would take us up and over to The Island in the Sky Road which we would be crossing and continuing West…but things didn’t work out that way all that well.
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    I turned right off the Gemini Bridges road onto the road up to MM, but Gary for some reason had his head up and didn’t see me nor was he looking at his GPS at the preprogrammed route. I waited for 20 minutes thinking he’d realize his error and return. He didn’t. I turned back onto the GB road and followed out to The Island in the Sky Road and still didn’t see him. By this time I was PISSED. This definitely goes against the grain of riding together as a team. I continued to follow the route and couldn’t even see Gary’s track. After 60km’s of this I wrote him off. At about 80km’s into the day I stopped to take this picture and take a pee.
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    I was looking East when way off in the distance I saw a little light bobbing it’s way through the desert. How Gary got behind me and the luck it actually took for us to hook back up was quite extraordinary. We made up.
    Just after we became a team again we crossed over I70 and turned onto the old highway which parallels the new highway. Which would you rather?
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    The old highway is very cool. I was enjoying thinking as we rode along all the cars that had driven on the piece of road when it had been open. The road is smooth with the odd little crack. I hit the 7000km mark as well right at noon.
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    We rode into Green River and filled up with fuel before heading out onto the next leg. We were attempting to stay on the North side of I70, but couldn’t find the correct way after spending way too much time doing circles in the old city dump. Instead of wasting anymore time, we rode I70 for only a few km’s before getting back on route.
    Back on route.
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    I quite enjoyed this sign. Made me want to find some sort of nuclear device that hadn’t detonated and strap it on to the 640.
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    The riding was very cool through this area – actually fairly technical. This area was very sandy, silty and dusty. To see Gary with his feet off the pegs is a very unusual sight.
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    Nice ledges and the odd obstacle – nothing a KTM can’t handle.
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    Continuing on to the Black Dragon Canyon you skirt along this ridgeline – it really reminds me of some sort of scary reptilian back feature…maybe a black dragon!
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    The Black Dragon Wash is fabulous! I unfortunately didn’t do my homework prior to entering the canyon and didn’t realize there were pictographs here – apparently very close to where I took this shot there are some great examples. Tread is holding up very well for over 7000km's I must say.
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    Gary powering up a short climb.
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    If only this old truck frame could talk. I wonder how long it had been here and who it had belonged to?
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    I’m looking pretty diminutive amongst the walls of Black Dragon.
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    As we exited the BD, we traveled on some high speed smooth roads. It felt nice to get wind in the face after traveling at a not so fast pace for the last hour or so. It was still very hot out. The view off to the North as we approached I70 which we would be crossing under.
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    As we hit the underpass, we hit this troll who was looking at porn on his toy computer in the shade.
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    Just joking, I don&#8217;t think he&#8217;s a troll...but he was the next best thing. It&#8217;s Northern Traveller, a fellow ADV Rider. He was just back from Afghanistan where he was doing some private contracting and decided to unwind on the TAT for something like the 4<sup>th</sup> or 5<sup>th</sup> time in his life. Being the consummate gentleman that he is, he said we could ride with him if we could keep up.
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    We cruised up to Sawayze&#8217;s Cabin for a look around. This was a beautiful spot, but it was in the middle of nowhere and it was ^&%@* hot! Must have been a miserable place to live way back in the day.
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    Northern Traveller (NT) framed not so perfectly by the window of Swayze&#8217;s Cabin as we loosen the legs up before heading down into Eagle Wash.
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    Eagle Wash is yet another TAT playground and NT proved to be quicker than he looks, but Gary and I weren&#8217;t going to be outrun quite yet. Sandy ups and downs that require some attention.
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    Gary did a good job of running up onto a bank to get the shot.
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    We took a breather just before we crossed back under I70 to head into a series of quad oriented trails which made my day. These trails were full of twists and turns. And we kept NT in sight.
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    The scenery was spectacular. Northern Traveller kept pointing as to where North was &#8211; here Gary is the recipient. I guess that was how he got his name.
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    This shot more or less puts the whole area into perspective - a road carved by a machine out of dirt.
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    Gary and NT riding in formation. I was wanting a full on slide around the corner in unison, but this is all I got. Very conservative.
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    The infamous lava boulder field. Like the old truck in Black Dragon Wash, I wonder what story these things could tell. How many years ago were they spewed out of some volcano 100km&#8217;s away!? There are some very large one&#8217;s and they are everywhere.
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    Precariously balanced.
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    Another formation shot. If I told you they were doing 140km/h would you believe me?
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    Me looking very tiny again against the backdrop.
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    This was a shack that had been built into the hill. Even as hot as it was and with no door, this place was cool in the very back. Someone had been relatively ingenious.
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    NT and myself looking like something from a Norman Rockwell painting.
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    At this point in the day it was getting late. We stayed true to the TAT and rode the old highway section as well as the old railbed as far into Salina as we possibly could.
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    What started out as a very negative energy day where I was tremendously angry turned right around. The TAT is indescribable. It is a work of art and it was perfect redemption.
    We spent the night at The Butch Cassidy Campground in Salina.
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  4. Revelstoker

    Revelstoker Been here awhile

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    We all had a pretty rough sleep as the Butch Cassidy Campground is right on the main road and the trucks barreled through all night long. We pulled up camp and were back on the bikes on the way into Richfield for breakfast and a resupply stop at WalMart. I was running very low on memory for my camera and had refused to be raped for a new card while in Moab ($40USD for a 2gb card) so I had switched it down to relatively low resolution pictures for the few days in order to conserve. WalMart did not disappoint as I purchased the same card for $22USD.
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    Outside of Richfield we entered the Fish Lake National Forest which is home to The Paiute ATV Trail system.
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    I always joke about ATV&#8217;ers as having twice the amount of wheels, but as only being half the man&#8230;but, I do have to say they make great trails. Here Gary negotiates one of the many right angle corners.
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    Hard to express the steepness here. Gary&#8217;s Rally Raid was growling as it went by.
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    This was a cattle guard that was made of rebar. Certainly was much more fun than having to get off the bike and open a gate. After hitting the bulldozer the other day I was wary of catching my pannier on the post!
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    Riding the rolling hills of Utah. Hard to believe we had just been in the desert and were going to be back in the desert in just a matter of hours!
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    Gary & NT taking a break from the heat of the day. The two of them can spin some pretty good stories about what kind of camshaft was used, and from what material it was manufactured from, and what angle the lobes are on in Husky's produced in the latter half of 1997.
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    We pulled into Bob Nafus&#8217;s Sinclair station for some quality entertainment! Bob seems to be famous in TAT Ride Reports as he is a total character. He seemed to have the low down on everyone that had come through recently. His station seemed to be the local hangout. This is Bob&#8217;s dog Obama. I don&#8217;t think that he named his dog Obama because he is a huge admirer of The President.
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    Rush hour in Kenosh, Utah.
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    Food selection at Bob&#8217;s is stellar. You walk back to the deep freeze, make a selection, then nuke the crap out of it in the microwave by the front cash register.
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    Northern Traveller was keeping his chain well lubed&#8230;and his swing arm, wheel, and tire too.
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    This is the main street of Kanosh &#8211; pretty impressive considering less than 500 people live there.
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    Apparently there used to be more of a population in Kanosh, but the US Military did some atomic testing in the are in the 1950 and 60&#8217;s that lessened the population with many of them developing cancer! This used to be Bob&#8217;s competition.
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    Departing Kenosh with full fuel, lots of water and amped up on RedBull is a necessary thing as it is a long and very hot haul through to Nevada. The roads outside of Kenosh are laden with gates with we alternated opening and closing quite deftly between the three of us. It was NT&#8217;s turn for this one.
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    No country for old men - the boys needed a break. NT likes underpasses.
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    Who needs GPS?
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    Soon we on the otherside of Interstate 15 and headed across the desert to cross over Highway 257. The road was starting to get challenging the closer we got to the South end of Sevier Lake. It was like riding on huge bearings. I found the faster I went the easier it became.
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    It looks like I'm either praying, crying, or picking myself up...I think I was taking a picture.
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    Sevier Lake, at least on the South end, is pretty dried up. Apparently this is the last remnants of Lake Bonneville which used to cover most of Utah.
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    Gary & NT head West passing the end of Sevier Lake.
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    These were doing a good job assisting me through the ball bearings.
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    The next point of interest after some pleasurable straight dusty gravel road was Crystal Peak. Crystal Peak is this landmark that stands out in every direction. I&#8217;m no geologist, but it really looks like it is a huge piece of quartz plopped in the middle of the Wah Wah Mountains. Doesn't show that well here unless you squint, but Crystal Peak is in the notch up ahead.
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    NT took this for me.
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    Leaving Crystal Peak, we could virtually see Nevada at this point. A few straight sections West, a turn to the North, a few more sections West and we&#8217;d be there. This is looking East back &#8211; you can see Crystal Peak way in the background.
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    Me looking diminutive once again.
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    I was trying to capture the dust - didn't work all that well. This is a good shot of my trusty camera though.
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    Ahhh, the state line and a team photo. 10 more feet and we&#8217;ll be in Nevada.
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    I was very pleased to find a Mobius Trip sticker on this marker. Doc Rock and his wife have put together a great Ride Report and have put their stickers along the route. I posted this picture on his forum and he replied that it had made his day which kind of made mine in a weird sort of way.
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    Fence line riding coming into Baker, Nevada.
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    We had to ride Highway 50 for a few miles - I didn't find it that bad.
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    NT&#8217;s bike looking a little dusty.
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    I elected to stay at hotel associated with the LectroLux Café. Gary and NT went across the street as it was a bit cheaper, but I didn&#8217;t feel like putting my helmet back on to save $5.00. The hotel was quaint to say the least. I recommend the coffee and granola for breakfast at The Café.
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  5. Revelstoker

    Revelstoker Been here awhile

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    [FONT=&quot]A friend of the devil is a friend of mine<o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]If I get home before daylight<o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I just might get some sleep tonight<o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]We are in Nevada and back on Pacific Daylight Time although I haven&#8217;t set the Garmin back yet. I came to the realization about half way through breakfast at The LectroLux Café which was perfect as it gave my an extra hour for a few more coffees![/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]I hooked up with NT and Gary over at their hovel and NT suggested we go over to State Line, Utah for breakfast at the casino. Why not have breakfast in a smokey, dark, slot machine heavy cavern? I hung around outside and caught up on phonecalls and took a picture or two. [/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]You never waste much time on pavement when you are riding the TAT. After passing back through Baker, we were back on it. This is a rare sight &#8211; a water crossing in the desert. Here Gary deftly negotiates so that his Alpinestars don&#8217;t get wet.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]One interesting note about the TAT is that there is a fair amount of time spent riding along fence lines. I was quite cogniscent about getting too close and catching something and being flung into the barbwire. This poor little fellow didn&#8217;t have much luck getting over this one.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Gary and I tried to figure out what this was sitting on the top of this fence post. To me it looked like something you&#8217;d stick into a chicken in order to roast it on your BBQ with a can of beer inserted in there as well (which BTW makes for a very moist chicken). [/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]NT&#8217;s trusty steed. He rode this Honda like the old pro that he told us he was.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Another deserted ranch in yet another inhospitable place. There was a natural spring very close to this old place that probably made life a wee bit easier. [/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]We spent an hour or so this morning heading South to make our way around The Great Basin National Park before we started to head back West. Up to here we had done a lot of really straight line riding. These shots give a great idea how far we had come with out having to really turn the handlebars.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]The next section was worth the price of admission. NT had been reading Ride Reports on ADV Rider had noted that many riders were having difficulty navigating this section and he had brought ribbon to make it easier for those to come. [/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]This beer can caught my eye. It was quite old as it was the thick steel and had the old pop top style thingie on top. Definitely weathered on the exposed side.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]The riding was tight, the sand loose and the chances of putting the bike over were definitely existing. Luckily we all made it through with nary a scratch. [/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Back on the flats we came across this old well. I loved the history of this marker. 1943, the same year as The Battle of Guadalcanal, Roosevelt and Churchill were leaders&#8230;that&#8217;s a while ago![/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Riding through Nevada is a great experience, but sometimes it is a little like Ground Hog Day&#8230;you will ride the flats looking at a wall of mountains up ahead, you will go up and over those mountains to another massive plain and off in the distance will be the next set of mountains. This goes on for days! I&#8217;m not complaining, but it is kind of funny. [/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Here we are are at the top of Patterson Pass. Not quite the height of a Colorado Pass, but what it lacked in height, it made up for in heat![/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]I recall making a point of taking the next two pictures. This one to remind myself of what it&#8217;s like to drink water out of a camelback that is at least 20 degrees warmer than body temperature.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]This one to remind me that the fan was on constantly trying to keep the LC4 cool. If you&#8217;ve never ridden the 640 before, those holes are there to strictly blow hot air onto the inside of your knee.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]We proceed up and over another small range of mountains to end up in Lund - this is the dust show in front.
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    We filled up just outside of Lund at a true self-serve gas pump where I saw this sticker. I wonder if someone doing The Gumball had actually left this here.
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    [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Dinner was at Whipple&#8217;s Country Store &#8211; in the back there are a few seats and the owner whip&#8217;s up some good food.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]She was a very nice lady.[/FONT]..the one with the apron on.
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    [FONT=&quot]Ross Perot country. Better than Palin country I guess.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]These are what the other patron&#8217;s of Whipple&#8217;s Fine Dining had pulled up on.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]We departed Lund fairly late bound for the ghost town of Hamilton. It was a big push and we rode quite a bit of in the dark which didn&#8217;t impress me that much. I&#8217;d have preferred to camp, but persevered through to set up the Marmot in the dark. Overall though, it was yet another wonderful day on the TAT. It still amazes me how you are able to still ride a motorbike across the USA and just barely ever be on pavement![/FONT]





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  6. redpillar

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    Great yarn!! Thanks
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  7. Snuffy

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    One item that i find interesting are the gas/food and POI that everyone seems to always stop at. How many times have we seen a pic in a ride report and say, I've been there. Helps to relive a past ride. Thanks!!
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  8. Revelstoker

    Revelstoker Been here awhile

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    I know what you mean! I read alot, and I mean alot, of ride reports on the GDT and TAT prior to my trip...and it was actually kind of cool to get to a spot and think 'wow, I've seen this exact scene on ADV Rider before'. Bob at The Sinclair Station is a perfect example.
    Every ride report is done at the risk of repeating the last one, but we all have a slightly different perspective which helps differentiate them all. But like you Snuffy, I'll be avidly reading future ride reports and envying those that are doing the trails that Gary and I had the opportunity to ride in the Summer of 2009. Thank you.
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  9. Off Limits

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    its a great story, or report. i love it hope one day i can do a 20 day ride!
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  10. Revelstoker

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    I got ten forward gears,
    And a Georgia overdrive.
    I'm taking little white pills,
    And my eyes are open wide.
    I just passed a 'Jimmy' and a 'White':
    I've been passin' everything in sight.
    Six days on the road and I'm gonna make it home tonight.

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    [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Hamilton is definitely a spot that is worth an excursion to. Hamilton lies in the White Pine Range&#8230;one of the many ranges that we would cross over in Nevada.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]We didn&#8217;t really get a good look at where we had set up until we awoke. I had chosen to put my tent up behind these big vats &#8211; I checked first for oozing cyanide, but didn&#8217;t see any. Mind you it was dark out. [/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]This target was on one of the vats just above where Gary had placed his tent. I guess that person wasn&#8217;t a bad shot&#8230;if he had only three bullets. [/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Pretty cool spot to wake up at. The wall left standing in the background is all that is remaining of the Wells Fargo Building.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Hamilton, believe it or not, used to have a population of 25,000 people, but only for a few short years as the silver deposits were not what was expected. [/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Judging by the various buildings and trucks that have been left in Hamilton, there were a few other attempts to extract silver. This spider had done a good job of taking over this old truck.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]After exploring around for an hour or two, we hit the road bound for brunch in Eureka. Unfortunately it didn&#8217;t really work out that way.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Right out of Hamilton we were riding on the Lincoln Highway. This was a very cool piece of history that others had vaguely mentioned in past ride reports. The Lincoln Highway was the first road across the USA. It was conceived in the early 1900&#8217;s as the first transcontinental route. In places, it is still in very good shape, in others, not so good. This Lincoln Highway marker was a bonus as it had the much coveted Mobius Trip decal![/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]We weren&#8217;t on the Lincoln Highway for long until we had another team meltdown. NT was first down the road, then Gary and finally myself. We were spaced out because of the dust so watching the rider in front wasn&#8217;t an option&#8230;it was absolutely necessary to watch the route scroll by on the GPS. The route had a hard right turn down to a gate a few hundred meters down the road. I arrived to find only NT. Obviously Gary had missed the turn. NT and I waited, and waited, and waited. I was getting used to this now and kind of chuckled while NT became progressively more angry. Do you ever find yourself getting stuck in a rut?[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]NT decided to go back to the turn Gary missed and proceed down that road while I went to the next waypoint which is where we would meet. Once again I waited. Breakfast was beef jerky and Corn Nuts. Self portrait while waiting.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]NT showed up after an hour or two&#8230;by himself. Here&#8217;s NT doing his best job of tracking.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]There had obviously been a complete breakdown of team tactics today. We could only assume Gary had rescued himself and somehow bypassed NT and me and was on his way home. Home as in Revelstoke.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]NT and I decided to proceed on to Eureka for lunch. This marker dates back to 1947. I was trying to imagine the surveyors out here in the middle of Summer bouncing around in some old Dodge without the luxury of air conditioning and GPS.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]We arrived in Eureka and lo and behold who did we see but our old friend Gary. As suspected, Gary told us that he had noticed he was off track and as luck would have it eventually was brought back on track and continued to proceed on through. NT was furious, Gary was contrite. NT decided to proceed on by himself which may have been a good thing. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Gary and I made up but not before I made sure that I wasn&#8217;t happy about how the day was turning out![/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Just outside of Eureka, we turned 8000km old.[/FONT]
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    [/FONT][FONT=&quot]We proceeded on heading West through some very dusty, silty rutted roads. I was not negotiating these ruts very well today and dumped the 640 a few times. [/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]This natural spring had a lot of water in it now, but this guy probably visited on a not so plentiful day. [/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]I was really not having a good day. Here&#8217;s Gary picking my bike up for me. I&#8217;d been going way faster than I should have been and got caught by one of these ever present ruts. My foot had been pinned under the pannier with my foot pointing towards the back of the bike. It had been very uncomfortable until Gary arrived to help me out. Honestly if Gary had not been there, I probably would have had to hit the SPOT as I was absolutely immobile. So, there is something to be said about teamwork after all![/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]I didn&#8217;t feel like taking many pictures after this experience. I didn&#8217;t feel like tenting tonight. We hit Battle Mountain, Nevada and each got our own rooms, bought some beer, ordered a pizza and watched bad TV. Overall, I think that both Gary and I were getting tired after 23 days of riding. Maybe tomorrow will be a better. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]The one shot I took after my spillage was of Gary with a water bomber in the background. He had flown really low over us and I had tried to get my camera out in time for a closer shot. It does show the storm clouds moving in. Storm clouds that would affect tomorrows departure time. [/FONT]
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  11. DakotaKid

    DakotaKid Been here awhile

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    She stole my heart age stole the fire
    they stole my prairie when they strung all that wire
    -Radney Foster

    It's an empty wire spool. What a great ride report. :clap

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  12. B-Rod

    B-Rod RubberNecker

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    Well, I have two things to do now this weekend. The WRC is down to the wire and will be decided this weekend, with one measly point separating the leaders.

    . . . .and I hope you hit the keys and give me some more to read. I love it! Tension's rising after 23 days, and although it appears that by this point you needed a break, the riding looks amazing! What a trip, and what a read. Thanks Revelstoker. Keep it up.
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  13. Revelstoker

    Revelstoker Been here awhile

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    You made my evening - thanks for not only the answer to our dilemma, but also the appropriate lyrics for the topic at hand. Thanks as well for commenting!
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  14. Off Limits

    Off Limits Banned

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    i went to a wrc round in finland last summer, it was cool. who is in the points this year? good ride btw
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  15. Thorne

    Thorne Sherpa-ing around

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    Great RR
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  16. Revelstoker

    Revelstoker Been here awhile

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    Thanks B-Rod. You're my kind of person; KTM's and WRC! I bought one of the first WRX's in BC when they came out in '01 as an '02 model and have been a fan of WRC ever since.
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  17. Revelstoker

    Revelstoker Been here awhile

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    Silver wings shining in the sunlight
    Roaring engines headed somewhere in flight.
    They&#8217;re taking you away, leaving me lonely
    Silver wings slowly fading out of sight.

    [FONT=&quot]Merle Haggard[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]The Owl is very a very inexpensive spot to stay in Battle Mountain - $29.95/night with breakfast included. After probably 40 years of business and a lot of guests that smoked there was no getting away from that insidious smell of stale cigarettes. I think I may have actually slept in my bag that night as well. We were happy that we&#8217;d rented rooms as we were tired from the escapades the day prior and it had rained all night.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Gary and I agreed to a delayed departure so I headed off to the laundromat even though I didn&#8217;t really need to. The laundry seemed like a nice warm spot that hopefully wouldn&#8217;t smell like old smokes. Finally at 10:00, we hit the road. My GPS had taken a beating on the one fall I took &#8211; big scratch on the screen and one of the buttons had been ripped off &#8211; honestly don&#8217;t know how that happened![/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]This was one of those Mom & Pop&#8217;s put out of business no-doubt by the chains located out on the highway. [/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Our departure worked out well as the downpour had ceased and it was a slight drizzle. We were worried that the silt from the day before would be nasty, but the riding was nice and tacky. No dust today either.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Gary wanted to make a new seat cover for his 640 from this.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]The sage was particularly aromatic today as well. Sage smells wonderful after a rain![/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Tackiness of he trail still didn&#8217;t stop the occasional get-off again today. These ruts were not my friends.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Gary and I had a good understanding regarding the importance of sticking together. Here&#8217;s today&#8217;s rain gear laden team shot. [/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]The TAT is an a true work of art. The route sometimes narrows down to singletrack. I wonder if when it was first plotted out by Sam, if some of these spots were wider and in better condition. I thought quite a bit as I was riding along that I was very happy I wasn&#8217;t on my HP2 &#8211; I was very content to have a shorter wheel base and lighter bike in this terrain.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]My turn to open the gate. There were quite a few to open and close on today&#8217;s route.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Collecting the tumbleweeds.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Gary and I could tell we were coming up to an old homestead witha couple of barns coming into view, but first had a little water crossing. Even a small water crossing is a rare occasion on the Western portion of the TAT.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]This old home was perfectly located &#8211; it had a great pasture and water. The construction was very high quality. [/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]This is the view from the backside. Definitely getting the sun more so on this exposure. Neither Gary or I could figure out what this pole would have been used for. Definitely some sort of improvised crane.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]The stove has had better days. Reminds me of the stove at the house I shared with a bunch of other students in University![/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Gary caught this little guy hanging around in the back shed.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Gary winding his way through the barbwire. The trail behind him is what we&#8217;d just ridden down &#8211; very typical of today&#8217;s terrain. A little less than double track, but not quite single track.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]What is a day without some fenceline riding on the TAT?![/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]&#8230;and some more fenceline![/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]At the end of the fenceline in the previous shot, we came upon a gravel road section which is kind of a relief to tell you the truth. It's nice to get some speed going.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]A little patriotism in the Nevada desert.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]I absolutely remember stopping here as I could see every direction forever and see only rolling hills.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]After riding for what seemed like all day and seeing nobody we came across these guys working on the road. They knew we were there, but were in no hurry to stop working and let us through. We waited patiently &#8211; not much else you can do.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]We&#8217;re starting to sound like lightweights, but once again fatigue was catching up and we debated spending the next two hours on the true TAT or taking a slightly quicker route and having a nice dinner and setting the tent up in light. The dinner won out.[/FONT]
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    The road through the Humbolt-Toiyabe was very enjoyable. We honestly didn&#8217;t feel like we were missing out. The color and texture of the rolling hills is hard to describe. I don&#8217;t know if you have ever seen the coat of Weineramer dog, but the sage and rolling hills had the same gleam. [/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]The bottom of the switchbacks[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]We pulled into McDermitt, NV right at dinner time and stopped at the only real spot in town&#8230;The Say When Casino. After a couple of MGD&#8217;s and a steak we were back on the 640&#8217;s to find a campspot. Heading West, just out of town, Gary pulled in towards the edge of a well hidden grass field where we set up for the night. [/FONT]
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  18. pyrate

    pyrate Walking the plank

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    Quick question - why the vertical license plate mounting?
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  19. B-Rod

    B-Rod RubberNecker

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    You have a 50% chance that it will be very easy to read. But seriously, Canadians write vertically, much like many Asian scripts.

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  20. Revelstoker

    Revelstoker Been here awhile

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    B-Rod's right - it's a Canadian thing.:D
    Seriously though, the lower portion of the 640 fender is the perfect fit for a plate vertically...and the bracket that KTM supplies to place the plate in a horizontal manner sticks out either side of the fender in a sloppy sort of way. With that said I really just find it aesthetically cleaner. 33,000km's now on the 640 and I have yet to be hassled by the authorities.