A Journey Across North America

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rudy4pl, Nov 12, 2019.

  1. MYUMPH

    MYUMPH 'Ol Timer Supporter

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    Congrats! You are one bad mofo!
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  2. 10-96

    10-96 Adventurer

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    Congratulations. Loved the report.
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  3. CavReconSGT

    CavReconSGT Just the right amount of evil.

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    Fantastic. I hope you are going to post about the TCAT? Just continuing from here on the report?

    KR
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  4. KTMtrailrider

    KTMtrailrider Been here awhile

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    I hope he is, I've never followed a TCAT ride report, but with Rudy's writing style and experiences, I would love to be able to read it and enjoy his adventure!
  5. CavReconSGT

    CavReconSGT Just the right amount of evil.

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    I was planning on doing the TCAT east to west on my trip to Deadhorse Alaska and Tuktoyotuk this year. Now I am wondering if I can instead do the TAT across country and hopefully when the border opens to cross over and do Alaska and then the TCAT on the way back. Still trying to figure this out. I was originally leaving on May1, now I am waiting until May 15 to see how things are starting to shake out. Was planning this trip for 5 years. Now it might not occur until next year. It was supposed to happen last year.

    We will see.
    KR
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  6. Cobra5150

    Cobra5150 What? Where?

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    Congratulations!!
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  7. Vacillator

    Vacillator Adventurer Supporter

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    Thank you for the entertainment over the last few weeks. It was sorely needed, and much appreciated. Good luck with your future travels.
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  8. jwc

    jwc Ready to go Supporter

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    Fantastic report. Thanks for posting.
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  9. Marbleminer

    Marbleminer Been here awhile

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    Really enjoyed your ride report. I admire the tenacity you have to stick with it when it gets tough! Bravo!!! As others, I hope you continue your posting of your TCAT experience!

    I rode to Alaska, Dead Horse and Tuk last year. Probably was a good idea to pass on it this trip as weather was going to close in on you. But definitely make it another trip. Beautiful and a great place to ride!
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  10. td63

    td63 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Really entertaining report and, as the others said, you're the new poster child for true grit!
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  11. theecjsmith

    theecjsmith Adventurer

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    I'm so enjoyed this thank you for sharing. I felt your highs and lows.
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  12. mframe

    mframe ozarkrider Supporter

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    Thanks for sharing your trip! You did an awesome job of documenting the whole thing...you and that DR took a licking and kept on ticking!
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  13. rudy4pl

    rudy4pl Been here awhile

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    TAT expenses:

    So how much money did it take to ride the TAT? To a person that's coming into this empty handed without a bike etc, then it would probably cost quite a bit. I use this bike as an everyday means of transportation and did not purchase it specifically for this trip so I won't include it. I'll also exclude the additional items I've purchased before I left, ie,: gear, but every penny spent on the road while on the TAT will be accounted for.

    TAT (45 Days) - Food/Gas/Sleep:

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    Total: $1,421.65
    Per Day : $31.59

    I could have easily dropped that daily average spending to like $26.00/day if I purchased lesser quality groceries. Grocery cost also included cost of ice which varied from $1.50-$3.50 per bag, and it had to be refilled every 2 days on average. $0 spent in 45 days for sleeping, all free camping :D


    TAT (45 Days) - ALL:


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    Total: $2,120.21
    Per Day : $47.11

    Maintenance expenses mostly consist of tires, oil, new chain/sprockets, + a couple of small items. I could have probably ridden on 1 set of tires if I had purchased something less aggressive. I started on a fresh set of tires which I won't include, and throughout TAT, I purchased 4 rear tires and 1 front tire. 1 rear tire went to waste due to improper mounting procedure.

    Electronics mainly consisted of tripods, usb cables and usb chargers.

    Clothes consisted of mainly laundry. I think I might have put some laundry expenses under misc as this seems slightly low.

    I could have probably dropped that daily average spending to like $34.00/day if I purchased lesser quality groceries, had less aggressive tires and ridden on 1 set. Once again, $0 spent in 45 days for sleeping.
  14. rudy4pl

    rudy4pl Been here awhile

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    April 18th: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Saturday the U.S. and Canada have agreed to keep their border closed to nonessential travel for another 30 days and he said it will be undoubtedly longer before the restriction is removed.

    Hopefully they do open mid may. TAT -> Alaska seems more like a safer option.
  15. GS2Trout

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    One of the most enjoyable ride reports I've read. Kudos to your persistence, your positive attitude, and your can-do spirit. An inspiration to us all, young and old.

    I'm amazed at the detail you are able to recall for each day. Did you take notes while on the trip, or are you just remembering with the assistance of photos and videos?

    Again, thanks for taking the time to write this. I look forward to further reports from you!

    Best,
    Bill
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  16. rudy4pl

    rudy4pl Been here awhile

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    I kept a journal which I updated every night, everything would have melded together otherwise :-). It's kind of a pita, but well worth it as you can go back and reference each specific day.
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  17. dcwilcox

    dcwilcox Been here awhile

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    Great ride report!

    Congrats on make it all the way in spite of many trials and tribulations! I suspect these memories will last a lifetime! :clap
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  18. Donniejoe

    Donniejoe Adventurer

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    I wish I would have known you were passing through. I live in Russellville and I ride a DR650. I have a shop with plenty of tools. I usually have an extra set of tires too. I'm sorta retired and could have quickly helped you and put you back on the road.
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    strom thingie Lost and Proud! Supporter

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    Great report! You are made of stern stuff.
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  20. jense

    jense Been here awhile

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    Late to the report ... I’m in
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