Rach & Ed ride the TAT on Honda C90's

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  1. WanderOnAHonda

    WanderOnAHonda Been here awhile

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    It was when I was having my cold shower in the morning after being cooked out of the tent that I was thankful for the relocation, although I wasn't too thankful of being woken up at the time.
    Despite being tired we soon felt better as we found out that if we signed up as members to the casino that removed us, we got a $10 betting voucher each and a free buffet! So we signed straight up, bet the free $20 and made nearly $10 real cash which paid for the campsite, then stuffed our faces with free food courtesy of the casino. As you can imagine, that made us feel much better.

    We left the casino around mid afternoon and continued our ride down to get back on to the T.A.T. It was horrendously hot, and stopping every five minutes searching for Mississippi mud pie didn't help. Fortunately though I found a freezer full of ice and promptly stuck my head in it; so good.

    Sadly we didn't find any Mississippi mud pie, and before we knew it we were crossing over the massive Mississippi River in to Arkansas. There was quite a bit of pavement but we eventually got on to some gravel and dirt, and soon found ourselves at a surprise T.A.T stop.

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    There wasn't anyone there but there was a book to sign, and apparently there was water too but we couldn't find it. It was fun looking at all the other riders that had been through, and we hoped that we'd bump in to some more as we continued west.

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    I decided that I wanted a photo sat on the swing, and just as I sat down the swing dropped by about 2 inches, and Ed managed to capture this...

    This is more what I had in mind..

    The gravel, dirt, and dust continued, and we soon arrived in the town of Marvell. We needed to get some fuel and some more oil for my bike as it had started getting thirsty, as were we, and it was when we'd pulled up outside the dollar store to get some water that we met Dale. He'd ridden the T.A.T himself 4 years ago, and after asking where we were staying he immediately invited us back to his house. It was 7 miles in the wrong direction, but with the lure of a converted barn to sleep in, a hot shower to de-grime and some good company to keep us entertained, we gratefully accepted his offer. It was a real pleasure to spend time with him, his wife Liz and their son Owen, and they looked after us very well. We got a proper bed to sleep in, real towels, and a garage to work on the bikes, not to mention a lovely dinner with fresh veggies and fruit. You really appreciate things like that when you're on the road, and as always we couldn't thank them enough.

    Dales air compressor also came in very handy to get some of the dust off the bikes, and Ed set about swapping our carbs over to see if it made any difference to the way his bike ran. We also got to blast off our air filters, which is when we discovered that the glue had come away between the filter material and the casing, causing my bike to suck in dust and dirt; that would explain why it had started using more oil. It had been whisping oil smoke for a while, but I think riding in a perpetual dust cloud with a faulty filter had finally got the better of the piston rings!

    Dale warned us that we had more dust ahead, and deep stuff too, so Ed glued the filter back together and we also changed the front sprocket from a 17 tooth to a 14 tooth, to give us a bit more torque in the dust and a fighting chance of getting through it.

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  4. Oznay

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    Reading your RR,always makes me feel good, and your pics are a treat as well. Keep on keepin'on..
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    Re the Bee stings. Ed's getting old if it took him that long to get your top off......
    Good luck on the ride.
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  6. Mr. Wilson

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    Guys I am definitely in. Thanks for stopping by Buffalo, OK. :clap
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  7. Britome

    Britome Get Free

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    Amazing thread
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    You guys still in arkansas? If so I'm in fayetteville, not far off the TAT. Got a garage, tools, bed and beer. I'm a big fan of your vids and it would be an honor to have you stop by.

    Also, the TAT shak is great, free place to stay.
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    i'm surprised you still have those Christmas lights!?....and the spider?
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    I'm almost positive that I passed you guys somewhere up along the Maine/New Brunswick border on a back road, probably July 1st. It was a cool and rainy day, my wife and I both had our heated grips on and tucked in behind our little windshields and I see you guys coming along and I thought to myself....thats fucking hardcore! We ended up riding to Newfoundland and then back to Pittsburgh and then I rode the TAT so we must have passed each other again. Enjoy the trail!
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    So glad I found this RR. Looking forward to following your travels on the TAT. :lurk
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    OMG you two are a nut case. You are so funny and the bike of choice Wow anyway looking forward to your RR. I'm planning to do the TAT in the next year or so. And thanks for bringing us along.
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    Gee, all I can do sitting out here in the "west" is read, watch and wrestle with my envy as yall meander about the country... Damn my life of mortgages, work and "responsibility"...I CURSE YOU BEING A GROWN UP <TO THE OLD FART I SEE IN THE MIRROR EACH MORNING>
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    Fantastic ... REAL bikers ... REAL adventure !!!
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    And I thought I was nuts for riding my CT90 through the Lincoln Tunnel at rush hour. . . .
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    Definitely awaiting your reports! Met you two somewhere in MIssissippi riding a Tiger. Knowing now what's ahead, I'm sure lots of adventure awaits. ( hope Rachels bike isn't still fogging the trail lol)
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    Day 11
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    After a breakfast of homemade rolls and jam, we said goodbye to Dale, Liz and Owen and got off on our way. We rode back to Marvell and got back on to the trail, and as promised the dust began. It wasn't anywhere near as deep as Dale had warned us though, and I'm pleased we didn't go round it like he'd advised. We're not ones to give up easily, and would much rather try and fail than to give it a miss altogether.

    If you rode relatively slowly it was pretty easy to ride in, but if you rode faster and got stuck in a rut it was a bit more of a challenge, which I discovered rather spectacularly while doing a ride by with Ed filming. I was doing fine as I approached him and rode past him, but I ended up going a bit too fast and got stuck in a rut, which caused me to wobble violently from side to side before being slammed on to the ground. I hit my head pretty hard, and immediately thought I was going to get a concussion. We had the intercoms running at the time, and as my tyres had already caused a dust cloud Ed couldn't actually see what had happened, and only heard 'ouch' or something similar after I'd landed. It was only after the dust had settled that he saw me staggering around rubbing my head, looking rather 'antiqued'.

    Thankfully I was wearing a full face helmet and all my gear, as I always do and always will, and apart from a minor head injury, a mouthful of dust, a slightly bruised elbow, a broken mirror and a relocated headlight, I was all good. I even managed the customary 'look what I did' pose, but I did struggle a bit to have a conversation with a guy who stopped to see if we were ok.

    We continued on, with me taking it steady, and after a short stretch of gravel we were back on to the dust again. I really can't believe how dusty it was, that stuff gets everywhere, literally. We pulled over to rig the camera up to get some footage, but as I went to pull away nothing happened. There was no resistance in the throttle and we soon discovered that my throttle cable had snapped.


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