Planning an West-to-East partial TAT ride end of August

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  1. surferbum

    surferbum Been here awhile

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    Starting in Port Oxford around 8/24 and finishing in Monticello 10-14 days later.

    Bought Sam Correro's tracks (UT, ID and POS). Undecided on camping or motels or mix.

    Here's Rev 0. 2087 miles long from Port Orford to Monticello.

    KTM 690s class of bikes.

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    Any suggestions of slight detours along the route or great spots to eat, camp or visit are welcomed.
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    Utah will be the highlight IMO. If you need some tracks around Moab to Monticello, I have some 690 friendly stuff to share. I like the usual trails and I've travelled them loaded on my 690s just fine - White Rim loop out of Moab, Lockart to Monticello, fun to ride slickrock one day if you start early in the day. No doubt you've thought of the Aug heat. Have fun!
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    surferbum Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the offer. Utah will be the ~second week in September. Live in Scottsdale so know about the heat
    Please send me any tracks you can. Will PM you my email address.
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    surferbum Been here awhile

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    Does anyone know what percentage of Sam's Ut, ID and POS TAT rides are off-pavement vs paved?
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  6. Jenn

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    I have a set of unused TAT paper maps — each state in its own ziplock

    Yours for the cost of a USPS flat rate mailer (about $16)
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    My experience is that the ratio is about 99% unpaved. Paved sections are only when necessary, like crossing large rivers like the Mississippi.
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    20 miles out of 2000. is this from your first hand experience? One of the guys coming asked and rather than crawling through the maps online, I figured I'd ask. I would have guessed 80-85% non-pavement.
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    That was just a wild-ass guess based on my TAT experiences. Pavement mileage on the TAT is absolutely minimal, but I admit my numbers are probably not plausible and certainly not as-measured.
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  10. Blaise W

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    I rode Sam's new route a few years ago (what your map shows) and I think the 80 % figure is closer to actual. There are enough links and go-arounds to get 20% pavement. I'm a bit fuzzy on the last bit of Oregon though as on two separate trips one of our group had time issues and we had to scoot for the coast on the last day or so. Not to worry, plenty of gravel and dirt to keep you entertained!
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    Yeah. The version of the TAT we rode took great pains to avoid towns. So if we needed gas, food, or in our case a motel, we had to deviate to the town, almost always on pavement.

    And some of the TAT days were too long for us to do it all on the planned dirt. So we would jump off just to get to a motel. And in most cases we did not go back and pick up the dirt segment we missed.

    Plus I tend to regard planned trips like these as just a suggestion and have no qualms about deviating to see something I want to see. The TAT skips a lot of interesting places, e.g. Crater Lake in OR.
    Again these side trips are often on pavement.

    All this almost surely accounted for more pavement than was actually on the TAT.
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    Looking for camping suggestions for the Utah TAT route. Specifically any camping sites (other than side of the road) along the route after you cross US50 at Hinckley, hit Nevada and go north, and before you get to the Kelton on the northern part of the Grest Salt Lake.



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    Since I started the thread and motorcycle crashing is inevitable - go donate blood now.

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    Am adding this to my list courtesy of another inmate.
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    Yes adding to your last post- skip Idaho 3, 2, 1- very boring. Instead, when POS section 1 ends in Emmett, head east on Idaho 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 to American Falls then head due south on Utah 37 to get back to ID 1 just north of the Utah line. This is longer and will add a couple days but if you have that time it will be well worth it.
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    You might want to try the old TAT that went thru Nevada instead of heading north to Idaho. I thought it was pretty interesting. But there was some sand

    I think GPSKevins route has some really interesting and tough alternates.

    But all in all I think a lot of the TAT is boring just because of the sameness of the terrain. This what you get with a route whose main goal is to cross the US on as many dirt roads as possible.
    It has always seemed like good riding and nice scenery were somewhat secondary concerns in the trip's design.
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    Try freecampsites.net

    That track on the West side of salt lake is pretty neat. Follows the original railbed of the transcontinental railroad. Golden Spike monument isn’t far from there. That track will run you right by the Bonneville Salt Flats. Speedweek is the second week in August and not a sight to be missed if you’re in the area.
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    Thanks. That's the site I used to locate a few of the ones which I listed.
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