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TAT old and new mixed

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by MotoPet, Jan 15, 2019.

  1. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    Before I leave I have to add a sticker to the many already there.
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    Than the route goes further through the hills and down the famous Warloop Road.
    The road was just a rough downhill track through the woods. No big deal but still too steep to stop for a picture.
    More hills and farmland. :-)
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    In Lincoln I looked for some supplies and a campground. It seems to get more difficult to find one the further West I come.
    Someone sends me north and there is one next to the Cincinnati creek.
    Many mobile homes and during the night even a visit of the sheriff.
    Still a descent night sleep and the people have been definitely interesting.
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  2. bateslandscaping

    bateslandscaping Adventurer

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    In! Planning a 2019 August trip myself, thanks for taking us along OP
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  3. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    17th August
    Day 12

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    Early start today. A quick ride south to join back the TAT.
    The weather looks not good in the direction I should go but it is a wonderful atmosphere with the dark clouds and still some sun.
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  4. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    At the turn NW just before Christie it is clear that if I follow the trail it will be a rain disaster. So my first off the TAT routing.

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    I decide to head along the separation line of the storm and the more or less clear sky. This leads me to Tahlequah, where the rain catches me.
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    I wait for a break in the rain and head further west to Tulsa where the weather is great again. I stop to by myself a new rear tire.
    Don't need it now but after the fairly long search for my front tire I thought I take the opportunity of a Procycle shop.
    Than I'm heading straight north on the Hwy to join back the TAT just past Bartlesville turning west again.
    As more north I get the weather is not so great but no rain.
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  5. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    As I get further west the trees are getting less present and the weather is getting better.
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    Really better!
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    The evening is pleasant and I stay at the Bear Creek Cove campground. Till late in the evening I'm alone except the host, but then a fully loaded car shows up.
    I fear the worst but for no reason. The only downside of the campground is the Spider 'infested' restroom, but the view makes up for it.
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  6. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    18th August
    Day 13

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    The day starts with perfect sunshine. Still I'm concerned about the famous Oklahoma mud after all the rain I have seen yesterday.
    Many straight lines but not as flat as I have anticipated.
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    Old and new technology are seen everywhere.
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  7. BMgreenmt

    BMgreenmt Long timer

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  8. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    Farmland, Farmland here they have definitely a lot of it.
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    A typical Crossroad on the TAT. 20feet of tar.
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  9. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    Seems to be an abandon Farmhouse.
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    And more Farmland.
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    An than there it is, the Oklahoma mud. Not much of it but it gives me an idea what it is like and I'm even more happy that I skipped the rainy section the previous day.
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  10. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard Instagram @motopossum

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    Great ride report! Looking forward to more!
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  11. Addapost

    Addapost Been here awhile

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    Great report!
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  12. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    Long Straight.
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    And more...
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    Approaching Liberal. I know, you can't see it.
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    As I arrive in Liberal after a nearly 300mile ride the weather starts to change. I just pitched the tent as the rain starts. Nothing dramatic yet.
    During the night it pours down like crazy. I even pack my stuff in the tent to be ready to evacuate if needed.
    A quick peek outside shows that it was a wise decision to set up the tent on a slightly higher ground as all around is flooded.
    My little island is just high enough and the tent does a good job.
    I stay try and sleep ok after the rain becomes less hefty.
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  13. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    19th August
    Day 14

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    In the morning nothing shows that it was raining so hard during the night.
    Although it doesn't show on the pictures the weather was god through the morning.
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    Look a hill! Ok, kind of.
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  14. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    A few barns along the trail.
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    Yes, Oklahoma is flat, I get it. This is boring and exciting for me at the same time. You know, we do not have so much flat land in Austria.:-)
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    A 'small' water pump. 2x V8 engines with nearly no muffler and a bit leaking. This we would also not have, at least not for long, the police would not like it.
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    Despite the rain of last night it was not muddy at all, but you can see that this could be different.
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  15. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    Another TAT crossing. No tar, and no this time the route didn't go straight.
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    Definitely abandoned farmhouse.
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    The first Tornado shelter I saw in my life. This was in the middle of nowhere. I haven't seen a vehicle nor a person for a long time.
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    I have read about this and think its great that people do nice things along the TAT. But it was just past lunchtime so I continued.
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  16. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    More flat land.
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    Yes, this would be the trail. No, this was not due the rain, it seems that some farmer thought they need to water their field, maybe a bit much.
    A quick check of the NAV showed that there are plenty of other farm roads running parallel to this one.
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    Slowly the landscape is changing as I approach New Mexico.
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  17. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    Its difficult to see, but there in the valley is a farmhouse where the route runs through the gate than between the house and the barn and leaving again through a second gate.
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    New Mexico.
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    During the TAT preparation I saw some videos and read about this climb from New Mexico up to Colorado. Looks more difficult than it is but it was still a highlight of the day.
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    After a short climb the road is on a high elevated area running towards Trinidad.
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  18. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    The campground for the night with a view over the lake.
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    Not the best campground I have seen on the trip.
    Especially as you have to pay park entrance fee, camping fee and than you have no water, a pit toilet, no electricity no fire allowed.
    The place got full during the evening and it also was a lot cooler during the night than up to now.
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  19. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    20th August
    Day 15
    Initially I had planned to do a rest day, but Trinidad had a feeling of a tourist trap to me. All was expensive and people not very friendly.
    So I packed up and was on the road at 9am.

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    At the beginning the land was a bit boring, still nice.
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    In the distance there was a huge train. Thankfully it was not blocking the railroad crossing I had to take.
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  20. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    After crossing the train and the Hwy the route leads up the Gracia Canyon.
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    There are some remaining's where I think they produced charcoal.
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    The route runs through the mountains. Looks like a prefect day.
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