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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by LittleWan, Aug 21, 2013.
I clicked the first one. :huh
Do I dare click the others?
(Where do you find these?)
I wish I had gotten a photo of that cute kangaroo mouse that Scott found at the mud crossing -
you would have liked that little guy!
Oh man, those beds at the Comfort Inn are amazing. I wish my bed at home was that plush.
Thanks for checking in!
Hmmm, that link didn't seem to work for us, but Matt did some sleuthing around and found a link for their blog
The Land Rover TAT trail report
You are famous! (in text, at least - you got a mention in their blog)
and in Utah the motorcyclist, who became our trail mates, said we missed a flash flood near Lone Tree Crossing in the San Rafael Swell by two hours.
Any of the floods could have ended our trip. In fact any rain could have destroyed our ambitious schedule.
Edit - oldtrucks has pointed out that the fellow in the photo is Sam Correro, creator of the TAT
It sounds like the Rover guys really had a good time.
The author writes about wanting to turn around and do the trail going East.
"I had emerged myself in the rhythm of the trail and was not quite ready to return to reality yet."
That's always my favorite part about long dirt rides.
There's something so special about being out in the middle of nowhere, for days/weeks at a time.
If you do it right (no internet, no phone), you feel like you're in another world.
I wish Sam wasn't taking all the best stuff out of the TAT (hancock and tomichi, 727, etc.),
but I do love the idea of crossing the country in the dirt.
And if it wasn't for the TAT, we never would have found a lot of really cool places.
Thanks for sharing that link/information, fletch!
I wish we had met you and Sharpie.
It sounds like we were really close a couple of times!
Our group was really slow around Kanosh, as you will see...
Too bad we didn't cross paths.
Thank you so much.
I'm really happy you're enjoying the report!
I appreciate your enthusiasm - you've been a great cheerleader!
There are only a couple more days - then the big finale.
Day 13: 8/13/13
Richfield, UT to Great Basin Nat’l Park
225 miles, continued
I like the varied terrain on this day of the TAT.
Nothing as fun as the black dragon/cat canyon day,
but a lot of variety.
It's a pleasant way to get from Utah to Nevada...
These will be our last aspens of the ride.
(there are some in the Dismal Swamp, near the CA/OR border,
but we aren't going that far North)
This was an easy turn to miss, so we stopped for the guys.
I missed the sign with the Paiute guy this time.
Tire pic. Not many miles on it. 450-500 or so.
Matt took a little video, but it's better for screen shots.
Even then, the GoPro flattens things out too much.
The Paiute is pretty, but there isn't much to the riding.
It just has some steep sections that you'll see later.
Mostly, I like how green it is.
Cool and shady.
I think it was a little tame for the Osos.
Our rear brake was getting hot, so we let Scott go by...
Okay - this next section will be the steep part.
Scott and Radek went first...
There were some uphill sections, too.
But they are flattened out even more than the descents.
Here are a couple pics from 2010.
My old $150 Canon took much nicer photos.
And then it's over.
Matt did a pretty good job of conserving our back brake.
I think Lica and Osito both had some brake boiling...
It was steep!
Looking back at the exit.
That was a nice little diversion, but it didn't tick off many miles.
Next up...Kanosh and the Sinclair station.
Not so quick there Kelly. I've been following along but unable to reply, the government shutdown my internet
Is that picture of the TAT Crew of SAM?
From Big Dog
Hey, you passed the test!
Before you posted that pic, I was googling around...
Matt and I assumed from the text (in the Rover blog) that the photo was of the "motorcyclist who became our trail mates"
and figured that had to be either fletch123 or Sharpie. Didn't look like Sharpie, so we guessed it was fletch.
But, now that you mention it - that does look like Sam...
Good job, oldtrucks! You're right, that's Sam.
Okay, guys - you know what that means...
Congratulations to this report's winner of the coveted....Pain and Tension Award!
(for paying attention)
I hope you will treasure this award as much as the previous recipients - scottmac and sion.
Day 13: 8/13/13
Richfield, UT to Great Basin Natl Park
225 miles, continued
We almost didn't stop in Kanosh, but Osito was only getting 24mpg.
It seemed prudent to get topped off, just in case.
Gas has gone up a little since 2010
What was supposed to be a quick fill up, turned into a 30 minute stop.
Lica had one of his tubes patched here.
Everyone had some snacks. I had a flattened cliff bar.
Almost ready? We still had over 200 miles of dirt to do today!
We left town via the cemetery road...
We didn't get very far...
Lica must have jinxed himself by patching that tube!
Another front flat...
Heh. Looks like someones tuckered out...
Lica was fast. He was getting some practice on this ride.
Better hurry and put a tag on him before Osote wakes up!
Osito found this yucky hoof and wanted a photo...
I took the opportunity to catch up in my journal.
And we're moving!
Over the shoulder photo of our dust. We had to space out today.
haha, I took that exact same photo last time...
We made good time on this stuff.
There were at least a couple sections today where we spent time in the 90-100 mph range.
I like this photo from 2010
Approaching Crystal Peak.
Looking back at it.
Another fast section.
Hey, this is where my avatar was taken...
I didn't quite get this shot. Oh well.
Anything around 100mph makes me nervous, but it was nice to make up some miles.
I like 85mph for this stuff. it feels better.
According to the GPS, our top speed was 102mph.
I think Lica said he hit 106mph.
Those speeds weren't going to help Osito's mileage any.
photo curtesey of Osito.
Caught up and I tell you, after a shitty few days, Mameshiba and LittleWan are my favorite.
But I can't believe you left Matt to the mud gods for a Kangaroo mouse.
congrats to oldrucks...I'm STILL braggin on my win of the last one...of course, no one has any idea what the hell I'm talking about so they just nod and smile and assume I'm oso loco...
My GPS recorded 178 km/h
178KPH?? Lica, you're as bad as 'they' are! hehe (102mph - 2 up on dirt/gravel? hmmm)
SO, it was a requirement that all members of this little expedition be totally crazy??
Once again you have surpassed yourselves....with a whole band of similarly afflicted individuals ! Excellent riders, all!!
I just wish I had the inseam to support a 990.... Can't ride my ZX10 in the dirt
Awaiting more of the 'high' adventure.... riveting as always!! (you are so good!)
Just to clear the confusion here I am.
As you can see Sam is much more handsome than myself.
Littlewan, Just curious, were doing a 100 down this section. That looks like the road that had like 12" of gravel laid on it. Sharpie and I could only do 45 at best. That deep gravel was screwing with us. I thought I was going down a couple of times. Not a good feeling to have the bars at full lock at 50 mph when traveling straight ahead. :eek1
>"were doing a 100 down this section. That looks like the road that had like 12" of gravel laid on it"
I think the 990 is so heavy the rocks simply move out of the way. :eek1
The weight definitely stabilizes the bike. I've had gps record me at over 200kmh on loose (ish) gravel. The 990 is VERY stable. I run a 16/42 combo though and have to use more clutch in the very technical rough stuff.
I had members of this crew pass me (pinned on the 450... 82 mph) at *well* over 100 mph while digging a 2" deep trench in hard packed gravel/dirt roads. That bike with those riders is stoopid fast.
heh. He's lucky that wasn't a bunny rabbit!
Aw, sorry you're having some tough days. I've been checking on you...
It doesn't look like it has all been shitty, though...
Aw, sion - I'm so glad to hear that!
You did have a very nice acceptance speech at the awards ceremony....
The committee is still impressed by your commitment to the spirit of Pain and Tension.
Here at WanCo Industries, the committee selects reader-participants who exemplify the highest standards and practices of the RRR (ride report reading) profession. These qualities include but are not limited to demonstrating extreme attention to detail, high standards for themselves and their comments, the ability to click on a link and watch a video, appreciation for my stupid lame jokes, and other fine contributions to the wider Wan report community.
Thank you again for your distinguished service.
Holy shit, Lica! :eek1
110.6 miles per hour.
The thing that freaks me out the most is the fact that you were running a patched tube!
Did you remember that?
Matt and I were talking about that this morning. I have photos later...
I'm having issues this morning...
more comments coming up in another post..
ooooo I remember well that day... I'm still freaked about that patched tube / speed combo
I won't say anything but this : IT'S COMING
It's almost over... no !! :)
Glad you're enjoying the report!
Well, seeing as how we made stickers that said, "OSO LOCO," (on a whim)
It was only fair that the guys had to follow through.
Once the stickers are printed, there's no going back. Them's the rules.
Matt and I were planning a pretty tough ride,
so we needed pretty tough riders.
They needed to be great riders, with great attitudes, open to ANYTHING.
I guess being a little crazy comes with the territory.
This group was awesome. They fully lived up to our expectations!
I only hope that they had as much fun as we did.
Thanks for the photo!
Yeah, sorry about the confusion there.
The real tip off was the bike in the Rover photo - I realized it didn't have a trials tire on it.
Nope, that's not them.
Yeah, that section had some serious gravel on it...it was deep.
I probably shouldn't have used that caption on that photo...
It was pretty fast, but not 100 mph fast. Not that reddish gravel.
The photo below was taken 2 minutes (literally, I checked the metadata) before the photo above...
In this 2nd photo, Matt was on the phone with his friend John.
John had asked, "are you busy? what are you doing?"
and Matt had answered, "Oh, I'm going 65 down a gravel road..."
So, to answer your question - No, we weren't doing 100 in that thick gravel.
More like 65.
For us, the fastest parts were the 10 miles before Crystal Peak
(Matt said he was watching the clock and it took us less than 6 minutes to cover those 10 miles)...
and then everything from Crystal Peak until you hit the pavement...
That's another high speed section. 90-100 mph.
Definitely the fastest bits of the TAT west.
Now that you have your 950, you need to go back and do the TAT again!
Watch out, rocks - school bus coming through!!
Actually, we do have to go kind of fast or it gets ugly.
If Matt slows down, the front wheel tends to grab.
For us, faster is usually better.
Momentum is our friend.
124 miles per hour! :eek1
You Canadians and your socialized medicine!
Don't forget about the giant dust clouds that they leave in their wake...:eek1
and the rocks that get chucked...
Don't worry, we'll have to get everyone up there to visit you in WY - for the great WY dust storm of 2014
Day 13/14 were rough ones for you...
and your bike.
(oh, and day 16!!! :eek1)
almost forgot about that one...
I know! It's sad, huh?
It only took 2 frickin' months to re-cap 2 weeks of riding!