Florida, to the SEAT, to the TAT, to Oregon on 3 WR250Rs

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by mikejana, Aug 26, 2018.

  1. mikejana

    mikejana Been here awhile

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    WoooooHooooooooo!
    So the weather is perfect, the adventure is now better than we could have imagined.
    Camping in Tomichi Creek, 10 feet from the creek.
    We planned to take the rainbow trail, but the locals at the Cotapaxi Store recommended against it. Brandon and company make such awesome Apple Turnovers that I will heed any of their advice. They said is was still un-passable, on horseback, due to fallen timber after the last fires?

    We stayed on the SAM tracks and had just a marvelous day. Trust the SAM tracks.

    Here is video from yesterday:


    Here is today's stuff:



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    More coming soon, as the boys find time to edit it.

    Can we make Lake City and engineer pass in one day, with good weather?
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  2. Yinzer Moto

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    The Rainbow Trail can get rough in places. We did it when we did the TAT but there were some struggles.

    I was on the Rainbow Trail a few weeks ago and ran into a couple rangers on dirtbikes, with chainsaws. I bet they got it cleared out.
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  3. Baggi'tard

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    Yes, piece of cake, you can ride from Salida/Sargents to LC and still have time to do the whole Alpine Loop back to LC or just keep going toward Ouray or Silverton. Head toward Ouray and there are campgrounds, one right on the road to Imogene pass..
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    Great getting to make lifetime memories with your boys. Thanks for sharing your ride. Good luck !
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    You don't think the castle is completely safe? That place is awesome. I saw it looming out of the mist during a heavy hailstorm with people sheltering in the gatehouse and thought I must be hallucinating. Thanks for the pics and great RR!
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    Where y’all at?
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  7. Yinzer Moto

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    They may have walked into one of the “recreational” stores in Colorado and forgotten where they were going.
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  8. mikejana

    mikejana Been here awhile

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    Thanks for asking, We had a planned break.
    My Oldest, Jamie is a Christian Music Artist and had to be in Nashville for a CD release party Tomorrow.
    Ellis, the youngest is taking online classes this semester and had to meet with professors so he scheduled it for the same week. He's also a volunteer firefighter so he'll log a couple days at the Fire Station.

    We left the bikes in a mini storage in Colorado and flew home.
    I was hoping the boys would finish some more videos to post by now, but I'll post them as soon as possible.

    We did several passes in the Alpine loop and Ellis and I are a little beaten up, so the break is a good thing.

    We are hoping to fly back in about a week, can anyone advise us on what to expect weather wise? Hoping to do the original Sam Tracks through Nevada to the Oregon Dunes.
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    mikejana Been here awhile

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    So, sorry for the lack of updates.
    I've really just been embarrassed to admit what's happened. The hiatus was only about 3 days ahead of planned, and welcomed as we were a little beaten up. At least 2 of us. Figured a few days home and we'd be back at it.
    I'm married to a doctor, and she promptly had us in front of an X-ray machine. The specialists were next. Despite the verification of cracked ribs (me) and a fractured wrist (Ellis), we had convinced ourselves that we would be back on the bikes before October. Ellis gets big Kudos for bearing the injury from the Ozarks through several Passes in Colorado and also realizes that it was not to his benefit.

    The calendar is open and we are still as optimistic as possible. Not convinced, but hopeful. At this point we just want to finish. The red track options and most challenging routes are no longer the priority. Just finishing this season, if possible.

    In the remote chance that we can continue in the next weeks, what advice can I get for making it from Ouray/Montrose Colorado to the Oregon coast in late October?
    Would the Old TAT (Nevada) or Idaho be safer? easier?

    Any input is appreciated. Thanks for following along.
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    Nothing to be embarrassed about! Take the time to heal up properly. You will all enjoy the trip more when not nursing injuries or forcing it.

    I can’t offer much advice on the rest of the trip, as you already know, it’s all weather dependent that time of year. I have ridden Colorado and Utah in mid October (2016) above 14,000 feet with no problems. However I was fortunate to catch a warm fall.

    Best of luck, heal up, looking forward to more videos, and the rest of the adventure.
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    mikejana Been here awhile

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    Thanks,
    We are certainly having a "warm" fall in Florida, hoping it holds up out west.
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    It is going to be chilly, and the days are going to get very short. Heated grips and heated jackets will be needed because you will want to get on the bikes at the crack of dawn in order to get a full day of riding in. FrogTogg jackets and pants offer a lot of wind protection and pack up really small once the day warms up. I did a ride across the country last October and the one thing I did not count on was how short the days were.
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    Lizzard323 Solo rider. Lover of solitude and corn meal.

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    I disagree that anything heated would be required. Doing this for three bikes that are not even at home is near impossible if you need to add grips, power sources etc. I do agree that the best idea are the FrogTogg jacket and pants. Basically TyVek the gear has added greatly to my riding in cold/rain. Don't want to debate the "heated gear" issue here.
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    mikejana Been here awhile

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    Thanks Guys,
    The bikes do have heated grips. We all have FROG TOGS and extra layers.
    We bought great sleeping backs in Colorado.
    With the current weather, I'm losing optimism. I am definitely itchy to be back riding.
    We are watching and still planning, but we will realistically need at least another week before we can make the decision to Go.

    Most of our lives have been spent in places like Florida & Hawai'i, so I want this finish to be enjoyable. Really cold is not fun for us.

    We will definitely finish. Next season, it is likely that my 3rd son can join us for more than the last couple days in Oregon.

    Appreciate the advice, want to make the right decision when we are able.
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    The temps in the mountains are barely breaking freezing temps this week, with the tops of the mountains being covered in snow. I might be a pansy, but I like heated stuff when the temps get below the 50’s, while dual sporting.

    I just departed New Mexico today and the mountains there were getting snow.

    Milwaukee makes some battery powered jackets/vests that are nice.
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    mikejana Been here awhile

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    We left our bikes in a mini storage near Ouray last September. I’m in Colorado prepping the bikes for a finish. I plan on leaving Ouray area Sunday the 11th of August with 2 of my sons. My 3rd son could not get enough time off from work so I will pre position his bike closer to Oregon.

    Question: We have 5-6 days to ride from Ouray and get as far west as possible. We can ride long days. Is Boise a reasonable goal?

    The 3rd son can fly in somewhere and meet us on the 17th, I would prefer to slow down and enjoy the scenery (and crater lake) for the run into Port Orford.

    Suggestions where to leave his bike?


    I will leave his bike in our cube van at an Airport.

    I’ll get the van to Oregon after we finish and haul them home to Florida.
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  17. Yinzer Moto

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    Ouray to Boise in 5-6 days is reasonable. You know your daily milage tolerance better than us. On my WR, I usually budget about 300 per day. Some days may be closer to 400 and others closer to 200. Direct routing puts Boise about 700 miles away. So if you take a more scenic route at 300 mi a day, you might be able to follow the Rocky Mountains north to the Jackson Wy area and then turn west to Boise. That would avoid some of the lower elevations, where summer temps could be a little uncomfortable. Budgeting 1500-1800 miles should allow for a pretty scenic ride.
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    mikejana...if there is anything you need while away, I am in Indialantic...Not seeing brewing in the near term (5 day Hurricane forecast) BUT if something decides to spin up and threaten our coast while you are away, PM me & I can assist with panels, etc. if you need....Have a great ride, 92 degrees and raining here (as usual). Good news is the man made reefs of Sat bch - Indi are now holding fish, got a nice black drum from the yak, friend speared a nice sheepshead, I will miss the low tide reefs, but we lost that battle...there is no stopping the truckloads of sand coming soon....Safe Travels!
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    mikejana Been here awhile

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    Thanks. Trying to get on a plane now to come home for 2 days. The original 3 bikes are well sorted in Montrose and ready to ride on Sunday.
    The van and other bike is at the Boise Airport, ready to join us. All delivered in 4 days.
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    Sandspit Been here awhile

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    Nice! you are able to return for a few days, If you have not heard...tomorrow Am (8/8) there is a Atlas Rocket Launch at 5:55 AM (night launches are the best), They launched one off yesterday as well. Launches are becoming a weekly thing now. Back to motos....You do not happen to know the individual who has the private moto-cross track near I-95 in our sleepy little town of Melbouring? (not naming the exact location, as a courtesy) Never have been able to contact the owner, looking to get back into moto-X, maybe you know the owner of the track? I had skate ramps, bowls and half-pipes in my yard for years and understand waivers, signing away risk rights, etc. I would be willing to help maintain or pay a club fee if required...thanks