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Discussion in 'Americas' started by PackinDirt, Jan 25, 2019.
From Bushducks website for Animas Forks, Cinnamon and Engineer Passes:
5/16/19 - It is important to note that this was a historic year of snowfall. San Juan county has discovered the valley to Animas Forks is FILLED with snow, up to 100' deep. And this is the access road for the Alpine Loop Essentially. Nothing is open for Memorial Day Weekend, and all trails are in doubt until Late July or August. Just don't want a lot of disappointed folks driving up there. San Juan County plans to make a valiant attempt to cross Hurricane Pass with dozers to bi-pass the area below Animas Forks but they have no idea what they will face right now. The issue is not just snow fall, but record breaking Avalanche runs that buried and destroyed everything.
These passes may impassable for most of us headed out that way on the TAT expecting to do some exploring in Colorado before heading up to Moab. Early TAT departers: please keep us updated on trail conditions when you get out there. www.Bushducks.com seems to be a good place for local intel in that area but nothing beats first hand observations.
Wondering how that Husky is doing with the saddle bags and such given it doesn't have a metal subframe. I'm struggling with should I ride my FE 450 on the TAT or buy a TAT specific bike, I like the former better, but don't what to have the wrong tool so to speak.
Thanks in advance for any comments
Although I can't speak directly about the FE 450 (I'm sure there's a brand specific forum out there. ThumperTalk, maybe?), my XR650 has a weakish rear subframe. The solution was to pack REALLY light or install stiffening braces (which I did). I just bashed through the Canadian wilderness for a couple days fully loaded like I was on the TAT and it was fine. Actually even heavier since I'm going to cut down my gear a bit.
I think the "wrong tool" may be looking at your options from the assumption that the Husky won't cut it. If you like this bike, know it well, and have it well sorted, then make it work as your TAT bike.
Change of agenda for the two noobs. Leaving from around Pueblo, CO Aug 9th now.
Man, I think that website is intentionally designed to be offensive to the eyes. Good info though. Will keep an eye on it but with plans to be going there in early July that's not sounding great. I wonder what the best move is if it's still blocked. I don't really know much about the area outside of (some of) what to expect on the TAT going through those passes. Maybe pick up the BDR maps and try to find something else to fill the void? Or spend some more time in Utah and just go around?
Already checked into this thread but just had to tell someone that I got my 9 weeks vacation approved starting July 28!! In addition to the TAT I’ll be on some back country discovery routes out west as well. Bringing a fly rod to keep cool in rivers along the way. Looking forward to seeing everyone out there!
I will be riding my WR250R solo from NYC down the MABDR starting June 18th. Going to hook up to the TAT and ride west until Colorado. Then I am going to take GPS Kevin's Continental Divide ride north to Banff. I don't have to be back in NYC until Aug 10th so I will be taking my time and checking out national parks along the way. I will be camping most of the way. Reach out if you have a similar schedule and we can connect to ride for a few days. Hoping to see you all out there!
My friend said subframe is fine and to not worry, worst outcome you bend/warp it doing the trip and have to spend 200 bucks and replace it once you're done.
So update day 6 Sam's maps spending the night in Pickwick State Park just north of where TAT goes down to Mississippi. All roads clear no problems from Winchester TN to here. Dropped the AT for first time today.... Twice lol. Once in loose gravel and once on slimy rock at creek crossing south of Savannah TN. Today's riding from Lawrenceburg TN to here was best so far sense leaving NC mountains. About %80 or more dirt wooot. FYI Waterloo gas stop is closed permanently it seems.
Thanks for getting back to me. It would be a fun bike in the Rockies for sure
I'll be going from NJ hooking up to the TAT somewhere around West Virginia.
Leaving 3rd week of August, solo on an 1190R. Camping with a day or two in a motel to freshen up. In Colorado I'll probably peel off north to Wyoming, IdahoBDR, make my way to Canada. Who knows, I'm quitting my job so world is my oyster for 6 to 8 weeks.
You'll probably catch up to, and pass me about Arkansas with a steady pace.
Living the dream right there!
Alright alright, i'll be on the lookout.
It's time, enough is enough time to do something for myself.
Back home and safe. Sprained ankle in Alabama on county road 105. Next years part 2 return I will have proper riding boots not old work boots. We covered 835 miles in 6 day following Sam's 2017 maps beginning in Franklin NC with our entry point of Tellico Rd and exited at Pickwick State Park. I burned $51 in fuel and jerky. Everyone I meet allong way we're super nice. 2020 we resume at Picwick and our time of year departure will depend on how long we have and how far we plan to go. If I had to do over and knew then what I know now only one major change.. I would have omitted GA .
5 of us starting on June 20th, doing eastern half back to Oklahoma. If you see a gang of hondas being escorted by a Suzuki and a KTM, say hello!
More updates for us. Sam's TAT but connecting to northern sections of UTBDR at Green River, UT and then connecting back to TAT in ID.
I'll check in.
Planning to do Colorado to Oregon starting first week in September. I'll be on a DRZ400, riding with 2 others on GSAs.
I need to start putting together final details like a garmin inreach and getting the GPX tracks.
Also, anybody have a recommendation where I can park a car and trailer near the Colorado Springs or Trinidad area?