Tat 2012 q&a

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Phreaky Phil, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. Blaise W

    Blaise W Long timer Supporter

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    Wow, Black Dragon Wash looks like a freeway now compared to when we did it last year! Looks like the normal rain and water flow has filled in the bottom with sand and smoothed things out. Looks like fun! Nevada coming up, and that was the best part of the trip for me. Most challenging maybe, but definitely great riding. Enjoy!
  2. WERA456

    WERA456 Been here awhile

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    I just finished the TAT. I was in black dragon wash around the end of July as well I thought black dragon was hard but eagle and cat gap were harder.
    The ride from Moab to Silina was the hardest section of the entire trip in my opinion.
    I did the white rim trail the day before and it was a great warm up for the conditions we saw. [​IMG]
    I managed it on a f650gs Dakar loaded with 75 lbs of gear. It was hard but fun. Don't miss it but be prepared. Lots of water and I suggest going with someone through here.
    My bike kept over heating in the sand. The guy I was with burried the rear wheel to the axle, don't think he could have gotten unstuck on his own.
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    On another note what is so hard in NV? I keep hearing reports about how hard NV is but I don't remember anything real challenging after salina. the only concerns would be if you broke down between towns you could be out there for days without ever seeing anyone and no cell service. I sure did appreciate my spot out there.

    The only other difficult section was a steep rocky climb in OR. I think it was mile 214 on the roll charts. I did not see it coming had a tip over and really struggled to get going again on the steep grade with all the loose and large rock.[​IMG]
  3. Rwelch360

    Rwelch360 Been here awhile

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    You guys are awesome! Always leaving some fun videos for us and some nice trinkets for us to find. Next time you should get a new porno and litter it with ADV cone stickers!
  4. MtTripper

    MtTripper San Juanderer Supporter

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    A friend of mine recently opened a really nice backcountry hut/lodge pretty much at the top of the Ophir Pass, in SW Colorado. After accompanying a pretty tired fellow on an XR650 down the Pass last weekend, it occurred to me that TAT riders might enjoy spending a night at "The Opus Hut."

    I'd call it more of a lodge than a hut. It's totally off the grid, with solar power, hot water and wood stove heat. Perched at 11,500' +, the views are amazing. Here's the link:

    http://opushut.com/

    Anyhow- I thought weary TAT riders might like another cool choice for a warm, dry place to rest.

    Have fun out there!
  5. WERA456

    WERA456 Been here awhile

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    I sure wish I had known this one when I was passing through. It would have been perfect
  6. joefromsf

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    Check out the link and it looked interesting, but did I read correctly, "Parking lot is 1/4 mile from lodge"? :eek1
  7. Parx400

    Parx400 Long timer

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    I bet that is for a car or truck. I would ride to the front door.
  8. Giddy Up

    Giddy Up Pedal, Damn IT!

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    Looks like we will be out there with some of you all at the end of August (CO - OR) and I am enjoying the reports. Has anyone found out if there is WiFi in the towns when you stop for gas? I am Debating buying a SPOT or Ireach by Delorme. However if there is WiFi, I could send a quick note to the family that all is well from my Ipod.

    Thanks!
  9. Giddy Up

    Giddy Up Pedal, Damn IT!

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    Excited to see the maps arrive over the weekend. Whoa, there is a lot of coordinates to plug into the GPS! :eek1
  10. Honkey Cat

    Honkey Cat Tailights Fade!

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    Took me weeks to put in all gps and then make tracks last month
  11. WERA456

    WERA456 Been here awhile

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    I was able to get wifi in most towns. Find a local coffee shop etc. I had a spot and was very happy with it. Very comforting when you are in the middle of no where with no cell service. There are a couple sections in NV that if you break down you could be out there a couple days before you saw anyone.
    One place is stopped they were talking about that they had just found a guy dead in his truck out in the desert. He had run out of gas. He had been out there for a couple weeks when they found the body. Maybe they were just trying to scare me but I was glad I had my spot with me just in case.
  12. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Sure there are..but you don't have to use the coordinates: use your track tool to follow the roads from Sam's maps...or if the roads are so clear and precise according to his mapping which comes from a Topo or !!?? use the route tool..but Tracks are preferred still. Much faster..

    cheers...
  13. kpt4321

    kpt4321 Long timer

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    Cell phone service is available in many places on the route. Just send text messages or make calls.I bet that most days you could call more than once.
  14. Honkey Cat

    Honkey Cat Tailights Fade!

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    yeah, I went on google earth and basically ended up doing that. Worked great and you got an idea of the terrain
  15. joefromsf

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    Can folks chime in on the availability of Jetboil compatible fuel canisters on the Western TAT?

    These are the small propane/iso-butane canisters like this (also made by other manufacturers.


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    I am assuming I can find it in Colorado, perhaps in Salida, Lake City and Ouray. And perhaps also in Moab Utah.

    Can folks confirm where they've seen or purchased it and let me know of any sources after Moab. I know a multifuel stove would be best for this trip but I'd like to bring what I already have rather than purchase a new stove.
  16. Giddy Up

    Giddy Up Pedal, Damn IT!

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    Thanks, everyone. Good to know about the cell phone and wifi coverage.
  17. Blaise W

    Blaise W Long timer Supporter

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    Joe, regarding availability of fuel cannisters, I don't think you have to worry about finding replacements. These things are just about everywhere, from hardware stores to small general stores to big box stores. If you cook a lot, just carry one spare, and when it goes on, keep your eye out for another one along the way.
  18. joefromsf

    joefromsf Dark Happens Supporter

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    Are you sure? I'm talking about the small backpacking canisters, not the very common larger Coleman propane bottles.

    I need this: [​IMG] or this: [​IMG] or this: [​IMG]

    Not this (which is readily available): [​IMG]
  19. Giddy Up

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  20. Rockdodger

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    Two XR650Rs from So. California. We've shipped the bikes to Savannah, Georgia and will be leaving from there on the TET-S connector to get to the TAT start in Tellico Plains (special thanks to intothenew and others for creating that track to allow an Atlantic-to-Pacific ride).

    We'll be leaving Tellico Plains around 9/8. We'll be doing the TAT in two legs; this first leg we'll get over the high passes and put the bikes in storage in Colorado, then return next spring 2013 for the second leg to Oregon....hopefully crossing the desert when it's cooler.

    This trip has been years in the making. Thanks for BigDog and Gaspipe for their inspiring TAT trip report from long-ago!

    DesertRacerX and I have taken the XRRs to Inuvik/Alaska, Mexico-to-Canada, and many other rides. The bikes are about as well-equipped as any XRR for long adventure rides, and we've hopefully done our planning.

    Anyone know if the TAT is in good shape? Or are there any impassable sections? Has the route been affected by any rain from Hurricane Isaac? We'll be going over the Colorado high passes ~9/19/12, so hopefully no snow!

    Any final advice? Thanks!