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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by PittsDriver, Jul 4, 2015.
I read your RR often when preparing for my own . . . thanks for all the good info and photos!
Pitts, have you read this post?
A Journey Across North America
Like yours it’s on epic rides.
Talk about an adventure!
That link isn't working for me. I haven't seen it but would like to visit it.
Sorry about that, try this out: https://advrider.com/f/threads/a-journey-across-north-america.1416362/
The way we rode through the San Juans in Colorado on the TAT always left me feeling like I'd missed some great riding there. By the time we were descending out of Cinnamon Pass we all felt we were a bit on the clock to make to our stopping point in Moab so we went straight on down into Silverton, had dinner, and boogied on to Moab all in the same day. I thought I might get back there someday but wasn't holding my breath. Then, last fall I convinced a few of my friends to meet me in Durango to ride the CDR and the COBDR over a week. One moment from that ride is depicted here on top of Cinnamon Pass:
I sat there reminiscing about this TAT ride we had done nearly 5 years previously; how difficult we all thought it was to get up there; and, how easy it was this time arriving at the top almost by surprise. Was it because the road up there was much easier? I thought so - maybe they cleared a lot of the scree when they cleared the pass of snow. Or maybe after 5 years of ADV riding in some gnarly places, it just didn't seem like that much of a challenge now. Maybe both.
It looked like on a previous post you did this last ride on a KTM 690 Enduro? That had to be a different kind of ride in this stuff than the KLR you rode the first time. I'd think that contributed a lot to the different (easier) feel this time.
Like you'd also mentioned before about riding the TAT on the KLR vs your R1200GS, I go through the same decision process with my DR650 vs R1200GS. On more rugged stuff, the DR will be more enjoyable while the GS will require more effort and concentration but be far better for cross-country pavement. First world problems and all that.
BTW, great RR!
Currently reading your report for the second time as I plan for my Aug '21 solo attempt. The pictures are nothing short of amazing and the way you tell the story makes me wish I'd payed a lot more attention in literature class. I see you were running Sam's and Kevin's maps on gps, my question is did you use their paper maps as well? I not interesting in using Sam's roll charts and wondering if I could get by with just the sd card for his route?
I mapped Sam's paper maps/roll charts to GPS tracks for my stretch of the TAT from MS to NM/CO. It worked fine and taught me to use Garmin's basecamp which has paid dividends ever since. But if I had to do over again, i'd buy the SD cards anytime they are available!
Thanks for the kind words on the report. It was fun writing it and I'll admit to going back and reading it again every year or so to relive the amazing experience.
I bought the full package from Sam that included the paper maps and roll charts as well as the tracks but never used the roll charts. They're just too bulky to carry along so instead made sure I had a backup GPS in case the primary failed or was damaged. The paper maps were nice to have along and I did bring all of those. It was useful for when we decided we needed to jump off the track for food, gas, etc. Having the map was useful context and we always could assess how far it was to the next gas station or place to eat along the route. Sam marks the maps with mileages which is useful for knowing how far away something is along the track vs. GPS route/shortest way to get there.