A World Of Dirt...On A 500exc

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rtwpaul, Apr 14, 2019.

  1. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    He does pop up the odd pic on Instagram but I don't look at that very much.
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  2. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding... Supporter

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    heading out to the dirt, finally, next week, the madness will commence then, if you want to see or hear some of my drivel elsewhere look up 'gravel travel podcast rtwPaul' for an audio interview, or for a youtube one, search 'Taco Moto Tech Talk With...rtwPaul'
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  3. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding... Supporter

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    Six Days (ironically, hence the lame post) until I hit the road, it's been a long wait to get moving, but it seems like it's actually going to happen this time...on this, kinda, when I bought it with 24 hours and 545 miles on the clock for reference

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    which turned into this, I have to remind myself as its so long since I rode more than a few miles. Initial direction Colorado, after that you'll have to wait and see, it'll be as much of a mystery for you as it is for me which direction this RTW takes

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  4. Long Trail

    Long Trail ADV Willing

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    Awesome, been looking forward to this.
  5. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    That new screen looks great.
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  6. liv2day

    liv2day Life is about how you handle Plan B Supporter

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    Outstanding! If that direction happens to go north before heading east and you find yourself as far north as Portland and need something, hit me up. Heading to the OR outback Friday for 7 days of riding - hitting the Alvord and making my way to the ID border and the Owyhee before looping west. Sounds like I'll be back when you hit the trail.
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  7. Joe Motocross

    Joe Motocross Adjustafork.com - CEO

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    You’re travel as the pandemic plays out should be interesting. Love your loose agenda.
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  8. caribryder

    caribryder n00b Supporter

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    Hey Paul who is the MFG of the screen? is it available in Colombia?


    edit, currently no shipping in or out of Cali Colombia
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  9. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    brucemuzik Adventurer

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    Motominded.
  11. caribryder

    caribryder n00b Supporter

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    caribryder n00b Supporter

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    Thank you.
  13. BLucare

    BLucare What could possibly go wrong?

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    FYI, if you just want the screen by itself, it's the previous-style KTM 450 RFR screen from a few years ago. KTM Part #76408008000
  14. caribryder

    caribryder n00b Supporter

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    Thank you, may be able to find one of those here
  15. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding... Supporter

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    Unloaded the bike in Colorado and it was ready, just need to stuff the bags and ride

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    Southbound from Colorado, last year I got the 'Shadow of the Rockies' tracks from Sam Correro, but never rode it so it seemed like a decent starting ride.

    A quick ride to get out of CO over Marshall

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    and the ground begins to flatten a little

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    Trees will become a rarity in a few days

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    but for now, I make the most of their shade and the logging tracks that intertwine them

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    Further down the tracks the view on the ground is smooth, fast and the bike is ready to take it on at speed

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    Finishing the day in Branson, CO seemed like a good place to stop, no idea why the bell from the church is 500 yards from the church, there has to be a story.

    CV is still around, locals all 74, of them, are scarce I only see two. It was late, the more pressing question was can I put my tent up here? As a point to spot of dirt on the ground next to a small old stone building
    "Sure, no one will bother you!"


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    The location is right next to the jail, closest I need to get to being behind bars, NM is waiting.

    It's no Alcatraz and about the only thing its infamous for is -

    "It may be the world's wimpiest jail. According to its sign, it was mostly used as a play area for kids. Only two men were ever locked up -- they were drunk -- and "their wives set them free by chopping the lock off the door."

    I'm still staying in my tent!

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  16. Geezerguy

    Geezerguy In the shadows

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    Dang Paul, you were 30 miles away and then you were gone. Have a great ride.
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  17. liv2day

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    Hell yeah! So glad you're on the knobs and off to wherever. Safe travels as you make your way @rtwpaul, keep the knobby side down and if you end up in the vicinity of the PNW, happy to help if needed.
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  18. ricochetrider

    ricochetrider MotoMojo

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    HaPpY TrAiLs, Paul!
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  19. dano619

    dano619 Long timer Supporter

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    ALL aboard........:)
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  20. Sparrowhawk

    Sparrowhawk Long timer Supporter

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    Good to see you in the road again. I'm curious, do you have a general plan in place for the potential of waking up with a fever and chills one morning while traveling? I'm planning some of the Idaho BDR and the Continental Divide route later this summer and the idea of dealing with a serious case of the virus hundreds of miles from any real health facility, sleeping in a bivy bag, and a motorcycle for self transportation has me wondering how I might deal with it.

    It feels a little like camping in grizzly country without a way to hang food and no bear spray. It'll probably be fine but could also get really bad.