MAD TATer 2019 - a Trans America Trail journey

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  1. DragonJoe

    DragonJoe Don’t know whatcha don’t know

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    Let’s say we rode it by default . An unintended consequence . Thank you.
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  2. DragonJoe

    DragonJoe Don’t know whatcha don’t know

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    And from the YouTube vids I can find I would have to agree 100%
  3. Jedi2Rider

    Jedi2Rider Been here awhile

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    Hey @DragonJoe ,

    thanks for posting about your canyon get off adventure. Journalistic integrity and all to tell it like it was, but also a big help for those of us planning for the future in terms of route, equipment, water, solo/group, etc.

    Really glad you were OK.
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  4. flashbang

    flashbang Adventurer

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    Glad to see you got to finish. At our age sometimes it's hard enough just riding much less riding injured.
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  5. DCTFAN

    DCTFAN VIN# JH2SD0451GK000002 '16 CRF1000LD

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    Love the photo. Idaho across the river and campground in OR.
    Then there were five. Good decision to meet/join us.
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    That evening's recounting of your Lockhart Basin "challenge" was the best.
    Only thing missing was a crackling campfire!
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  6. DragonJoe

    DragonJoe Don’t know whatcha don’t know

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    But you made up for it by rolling in with a 6 pack of double IPA’S! which may or may not have contributed to the story!!
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  7. DragonJoe

    DragonJoe Don’t know whatcha don’t know

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    Thanks. I learned a lot in preparation for this trip through ride reports. You open yourself up to armchair quarter backs when you post mishaps but I thought it a useful lesson to relate. The desert environment is unforgiving like the ocean. I give immense credit to my Partner that this did not turn into an SOS call. I would ride Lockhart again under different circumstances. But.....there’s other places to see!
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    DragonJoe Don’t know whatcha don’t know

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    Thanks @liv2day . Maybe we can have a beer while I’m here n Vancouver/Portland area.
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  9. liv2day

    liv2day Life is about how you handle Plan B Supporter

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    Just let me know @DragonJoe, I'm around all this weekend if you're still in our neck of the woods man :beer
  10. molochnik

    molochnik Anhedonic Enthusiast

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    Wow Joe; I’m kicking it in a motel right now letting a few injuries heal(injury may be hyperbolic) and just hydrating.
    I thought maybe it was me but I agree that a good number of Kevin’s blue routes ought to be red.
    I’m gonna slab into Dove Creek because I wanna be somewhat rested to go over the Rockies.
    Glad things worked out for you.
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  11. DragonJoe

    DragonJoe Don’t know whatcha don’t know

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    Not just you or me but everyone in our ride agreed that was the case. For example, this is Kevin’s Blue route less than 50 miles from port Orford. An abandoned road that has been this way some time. Sam’s route bypasses.
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    molochnik Anhedonic Enthusiast

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    Holy mackerel, yes I’ve run across different but equally daunting stuff.
    I feel a little like a jabroni for skipping the Moab section but I just realized this morning that I’ve been on the trail six days without a break.
    Having another set of hands would be a huge help for putting off exhaustion.
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  13. DragonJoe

    DragonJoe Don’t know whatcha don’t know

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    Morning pack up t John Day campground

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    We rolled out of Farewell Bend State Park as a group of 5 and invaded the gas station at Huntington where you pump, then tell the cashier what the non digital amount was...and then pay. Super nice folks and I restocked my Kind Bar supply and we were off like a herd of Angus. Soon we were among those wily creatures on open range dirt and gravel then through a few barbed wire gates and sketchy pine paths. Climbed higher with a few vistas and charred fire remains. Lots of dust so we strung out pretty good.
    Winding down in elevation we enter John Day for late lunch (three egg veggie omelette) a few groceries and an unremarkable state campground. But! Showers, and after 331 miles the previous day I was ready for an early tent.
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    @fjmartin pic credit
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    I think he’s picking blueberries

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    DragonJoe Don’t know whatcha don’t know

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    Wednesday August 14
    After the morning pack up, gas and free air up on tires. Prineville is the only population ahead of us and pretty much the main goal for the day. Some dry mountain and very remote forest service roads where they spared no expense on the gravel. About 30 miles from Prineville I elected to do pavement and glad I did. No other vehicles and leisure riding allows one to see the country you’re passing through. Cattle and flower filled meadows and forested mountains rising. Rolling into Prineville first I picked a recommended Mexican restaurant and eventually all assembled there and an extended late lunch with carry out for camp.
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    Camp maintenance
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    Gear is showing the miles
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    DragonJoe Don’t know whatcha don’t know

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    Camp tonight is rocky but beautiful setting along Crooked River, with Castle Rock casting a moon shadow over us. Some of us took a crisp bath and clothes washing before dinner and sleep.
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    Evidently, some have cell service!
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    :lol3
    Looks like those socks are trying to slither away on there own.:lol3
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  17. Baggi'tard

    Baggi'tard If I don't answer I'm ridin' or shootin' Supporter

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    Kevin's routes don't seem to be updated (or even vetted) at all. I gave him a really nice Maggie Valley to Tellico Plains route at least a couple years ago, to avoid Cades Cove and the "closed for years now Parson's Branch road." Obviously never updated his info, we had guys a couple days ago using his info, sill routing that miserable "no escape" route.
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    DCTFAN VIN# JH2SD0451GK000002 '16 CRF1000LD

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    Castle Rock CG was the first of many CG along the Crooked River which also meant the HWY 27 running along it was crooked and twisty.
    The CG was almost empty and we spread out a bit.
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  20. liv2day

    liv2day Life is about how you handle Plan B Supporter

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    I need to get a ride setup that ends at that campground, or at least has it as part of a loop - what a killer spot! Great set of updates @DragonJoe, it's always cool to see what folks take shots of and experience when riding through my home state.

    Thanks for keeping this going, it's been fun to keep checking the updates :thumb
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