Ox and Pig - TAT 2019

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by PackinDirt, Jul 29, 2019.

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  1. AdamChandler

    AdamChandler Ascending n00b Supporter

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    Personally,
    1. A semi-clean house
    2. A cleaned dog (no stinky pooch)
    3. about 90 minutes please just to get everything unloaded and put away and set the tent out to dry and air out
    4. dinner reservations at some place with comfort food and wine
    5. a beautiful happy GF/Wife to listen to my stories all of dinner and then after the check comes I'll say "what did you do while I was gone?" and then listen to her for a while
    6. Couch time and a movie
    7. One day off work back in my house w/ nothing on the agenda the day after so I can sleep in, take a long bath, answer emails and just chill out with the house to myself and the clean dog and we'll watch Star Wars or something and I'll start drinking early

    Then back at work 2nd day home and all is good again.
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  2. NHPops

    NHPops n00b

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    Congratulations!!! Hope the ride to Portland is easy. We’re enjoying one dry sunny day after another since Friday. No precip until Wednesday. ‘Twill be good to give your butts a rest from the saddles. Man, what a challenge!!!
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    rjnutt Desert tortoise

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    I wasn’t expecting anything. I was the one that was off on an adventure for a month or better on my motorcycle, fully expected to have to get my ass in gear and catch up on things around the house. My family has always been supportive of my shenanigans. Same for work, they did their part by giving me paid vacation, just went back to the grind! I guess I don’t get overwhelmed too easy...
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  4. rjnutt

    rjnutt Desert tortoise

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    Really enjoyed your RR. Except for bagging on my stomping grounds...:rofl
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  5. Retired 18Z

    Retired 18Z Adventurer

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    Congratulations, fellas! Well done!
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    Congrats!!
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  7. PackinDirt

    PackinDirt Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    Cool and windy along the coast this morning but no fog to obscure the amazing ride up 101. Rocks, waves, and wind. Turned inland at Otis and headed for I-5. Hit rush hour traffic but made it to camp with plenty of time to put up our tents.

    Watch for a final report in the coming days as we've got a long drive home ahead of us.

    A YouTube video will be forthcoming as well. But that'll have to wait till we get home.

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  8. Dualsport Chic

    Dualsport Chic Long timer

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    Congratulations you guys on reaching the Pacific! Safe travels back east!
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  9. moriyama

    moriyama Mountain Forest (NH) Supporter

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    Thanks for sharing. Excellent adventure. :ricky
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  10. PackinDirt

    PackinDirt Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    Mule continues it's heroic push back across the US hauling a tired Ox and Pig back to the barn. Smallest U-Haul trailer you can get to go one-way and it's as big as the car! Almost as heavy, too.

    Drove through both the Columbia River Gorge and Snake River areas today covering almost 650 miles from Portland to Idaho Falls, Idaho. Lots to see but not many pics. Too busy driving. Tomorrow, Yellowstone!

    Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River from the Washington side. Bridge of the Gods. Mule hitched and ready. The rig is slow but well balanced.

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  11. DragonJoe

    DragonJoe Don’t know whatcha don’t know

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    Congratulations. Just read through your report and it brought back recent memories. I agree 100% on the difficulty of the descent off Engineer Pass down into Ouray.
    I finished the TAT from Virginia arriving Port Orford August 17. My RR is around here somewhere.
    Job well done you guys.

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  12. PackinDirt

    PackinDirt Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    Got into Yellowstone and only had to wait an hour for Old Faithful. What a show!

    Lots of hills to climb and descend to get to tonight's lodging. Mule's workin' hard. Amazing geology in this part of Wyoming.
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  13. IFriedman

    IFriedman n00b

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    I'd love to read it if you don't mind posting a link!
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  14. packedandreadytogo

    packedandreadytogo lifetime Girl Scout

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    In the beginning......syncing our communication system at the table in the restaurant preparing for trip!

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  15. PackinDirt

    PackinDirt Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    Saw Devil's Tower, Crazy Horse Monument, Mount Rushmore, and Badlands National Park today.

    Hope to make Madison, WI, tomorrow.

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  16. chudzikb

    chudzikb Long timer Supporter

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    Love that area of the country!
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  17. IFriedman

    IFriedman n00b

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    Fantastic report, really enjoying following along.
    Would you say now that you'd have preferred a larger or smaller bike? There is so much contention regarding this decision, I've seen people do this on bikes ranging from sub 100 to greater than 1.0L.
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  18. dualscotty

    dualscotty premix

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    Klr 650 was fine for the entire trip however a drz 400 would my choice next time around
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  19. CharlestonADV

    CharlestonADV I do my own stunts. Supporter

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    I really enjoyed my KLR and found it quite suitable for a ride to Alaska. On balance, I always thought lighter and more agile motorcycles would be more suitable for the TAT.
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  20. PackinDirt

    PackinDirt Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    As much as I love my XR, I might consider a lighter bike. Having said that, since it is so capable, I'd probably just take it the next time. Never heard anyone say they'd take a bigger bike. Yeah, probably wouldn't change a thing. Maybe limit myself to 40-45 lbs of gear. I like to be prepared.