2017 TAT, Ocean to Ocean in 12 days

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by KenCM, Aug 3, 2017.

  1. vegemanNZ

    vegemanNZ Been here awhile

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    I'm trying not to rush through the TAT, I'm spending shit loads of time and money to ship my bike from the bottom of the world to ride through this awesome scenery and country. Most of my life, I've been 'on the gas' and focussing on destination, outcomes and generally getting stuff done. The TAT will be a challenge to not try and rush through it! so I'm really focussing on soaking in the experience. I'm mentally working towards 200miles per day, get up early smash it out...cruise the rest of the day BUT if things come up that require more time...then ya gotta take it. 30 days should be a nice number
  2. Comrade Art

    Comrade Art Working stiff

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    Looking forward to TAT Part III :thumb
  3. juno

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    The key is to try to follow folks on here and on the FB page to find current conditions. @AT Blizzard was a week or so ahead of me and some of the detours and conditions he encountered saved me a few days of riding and the stress of rerouting in the wilderness. If I had encountered the mud Ken and Aaron had I would have lost a week solo!
    You can't predict weather, forest fires and landslides.
  4. vegemanNZ

    vegemanNZ Been here awhile

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    Thx man.

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  5. i4bikes

    i4bikes Been here awhile

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    That's true tip, we used FB post to by-pass most of OK due to high water and area of closed roads.
  6. vegemanNZ

    vegemanNZ Been here awhile

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    I actually wasnt aware there was a Facebook page... what s the link and I'll add it to my lists.

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  7. MCCOYBOY

    MCCOYBOY Been here awhile

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    I'm curious about that as well.
  8. i4bikes

    i4bikes Been here awhile

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    I don't FB but my riding partner did. He looked at FB every time he could. I tried Trans America Trail and it looked like a FB page to me.
  9. Midwesttrekker

    Midwesttrekker Been here awhile

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    vegemanNZ Been here awhile

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  11. arghhh

    arghhh Adventurer

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    My heart skipped a beat, I say that shit too. Lesson learned...

    A fate worse than death :lol3 That picture is awesome, whereabouts in USA?
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  12. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    I believe that was Corkscrew Gulch Pass, in Colorado, on the West side of Red Mountain No. 1 - not to be confused with plain old Red Mountain.
    On Google Maps the road is labeled 20A.
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  13. dhilt

    dhilt Been here awhile

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    Just finished the TAT. We pushed hard. Rode from about 7am to 7pm on average. We didnt stop for lunch, other then a quick snack. We had pretty good weather, which helped and only had tire changes for mechanical issues. We did change the front once and rear twice, which took up some time. We completed the route in 16.5 days but we did more road west of Bend due to forest fires. That might have made a half day difference. It is hard to see how this could be done in less then 15 days. Do you think you might try it again?

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  14. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    First things first... Congratulations on completing the TAT and especially in under 17 days!

    After riding it solo last year, I concluded that on a bigger bike it could be done in 14 days.
    I found a great riding partner (to help pick up that bigger bike) - except that he could only get two weeks off work.
    That's why we set a 12-day target - to allow him to get back to work in time.
    So, I am reasonably confident I can do it in 14.
    Less than that I'm not sure.

    We've discussed our attempt and what we might change.
    We'd leave later in the year to reduce the chance of wet weather through the plains.
    And we'd ride so as to ensure that each evening we are stopped in time to make sure we are under way each morning before sunrise as progress can be substantially better during daylight.

    Another attempt?
    In the words of the immortal Bugs Bunny "Mmmmmmm... could be"
    I am preparing a Ducati Desert Sled, which I hope will allow me to do this type of riding solo.
    My TKC-80s for that bike showed up yesterday - headed out to put 'em on.
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  15. Aces 6

    Aces 6 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Over

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    Sounds like the gauntlet has been thrown down :clap
    and the challenge taken on a different platform.....:lurk
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    AT Blizzard Been here awhile Supporter

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  17. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    Klim sent me a new pair of gloves that look exactly like the pair I sent back.
    However, the packing slip indicates that they are of a new design.
    I've put them on and taken them off several times and the liners haven't come out.
    I am cautiously optimistic that they have fixed this problem.
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  18. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    I received it a couple weeks ago but because of the hurricane, I just got around to testing it today.
    It actually WORKS!

    I've only tested it in my yard and will need to do some field testing before I rely upon it, but this looks VERY promising.
  19. Midwesttrekker

    Midwesttrekker Been here awhile

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    How much does it weigh?
  20. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    A little under 8 pounds.
    It's not light, but it's lighter than a pillion rider to help right the bike :lol3
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