TAT old and new mixed

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

  1. Scootrider

    Scootrider Adventurer Supporter

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  2. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    30th August
    Day 25

    I'm awake s
    hortly after sunrise a
    nd with a small breakfast and no coffee I have a minimalistic start today.
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    The Patterson Pass is an easy gravel road and then the TAT follows he valley north through grazing land.
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    The road down the mountain towards Lund is more the style I was expecting.
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    Somewhere down there, more and more cows are coming up the mountain. First I didn't realize it and thought that they are just grazing and maybe walk to a water hole.
    But as I come around a corner there is a solid block mad of cattle. I switch off the engine and slowly walk the bike through all those cows. Around the next corner are the cowboys which are driving them up the road.
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  3. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    With some guilt feeling I apologize for pushing my way through the herd but they are very nice and have no problem with that.
    The ask me about my travel and give me the impression they would like to do this too. We are chatting for a while before I make my final miles out of the canyon to Lund.
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    Lund is a small town where should be a gas station which I couldn't find. While stopping on the roadside and looking on the GPS for the gas station, a guy stops in the middle of the road and ask if help is needed.
    He points me out of town where is a Truck stop. Its hot and after refueling I treat myself with a late breakfast before heading out NW.
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  4. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    The Humboldt NF is and easy ride with beautiful views.
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    Haven't seen a gate for a while.
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  5. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    In the middle of nowhere is an information sign placed at a junction of the historic Lincoln Hwy. (https://www.lincolnhighwayassoc.org/)
    I take a break and read about this first transcontinental hwy.
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    It is a not anymore often used road and shortly after my break I pay the price and have another flat on the front. Slowly this becomes annoying and I hope to get a replacement tube in once I reach Eureka.
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    But that seems to be very far away.
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    As I reached Eureka, I go on a hunt for a replacement tube without any luck.
    At the same time I try to find the supermarket and a place to stay. Last named is solved as I ask a sheriff and she points me to the city park where I pitch the tent for the night. It is 'fully' equipped with toilet and electrical power for free. The only downside is that in the night the sprinkler start working.

    After I found the Supermarket just out of town I have dinner at the Owl Club Bar.
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  6. Cobra5150

    Cobra5150 What? Where?

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    Think you were set up?

    Do you have a photo of the information sign? It would be neat to read it.
  7. Black Eye

    Black Eye n00b

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  8. Themastermike

    Themastermike Think you caught me in a coma Supporter

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    You changed more tires on this ride report than I do in ten years.

    What was your target for front tire pressure? Curious
  9. DiggerD

    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

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    Tube's are not what they use to be..newer materials makes patching iffy...I carry spares and run a higher tire pressure...but still get flats.


    Enjoying your ride report....from the warmth of my home on a cold icy winter day...perfect..........:D:D:D
  10. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    No I do not think that I was set up. Either she forgot or was not aware of it. She was actually very friendly .

    The information Sign is not readable on the picture I have, that's why I added the link to the homepage as I thought this is something interesting.
  11. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    I'm not an experienced ADV rider so I have experimented a bit with the pressure.
    Do to that I cannot recall what the pressure was, I assume between 20 and 25psi.

    The main reason for these flats where probably the age of the tubes (unknown as they where with the bike when purchased) and my inexperience in tire changes on dirt bikes.
    Some of them have for sure been cased by myself pinching the tube a little during the installation.
    By now I'm more comfortable with the process! :rofl
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  12. Ol Man

    Ol Man Long timer Supporter

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  13. Themastermike

    Themastermike Think you caught me in a coma Supporter

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    Just asking. Tire at that inflation should not have had flats.

    Nice ride dude.
  14. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    31st August
    Day 26

    As my search for a new tube was unsuccessful, I have been told that in Battle Mountain is a Motorcycle shop. So I start with good hopes into the day.
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    The ride is nice, great temperature and strange road signs.
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    Crossroads in the middle of nowhere. Thanks to GPS no problem.
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  15. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    I can not get enough of these wide open views.
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    And the road running through the valleys.
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    Until, …. guess.... another flat.
    Slowly I get concerned and glad at the same time that Battle Mountain is not too far away. (still to far to walk)
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  16. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    Great to ride on this roads. Sometimes in a valley and than up the hills.
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    Getting closer to the place of my desire for the day to get me tubes.
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  17. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    In the distance is Battle Mountain. Since the last flat I had another one and I shall have one more before reaching town.
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    Finally in town, I stopped at the first gas station to ask for the motorcycle shop. Nope, none here was the answer.
    But there is a tire shop down the street, maybe they can help. So I ride there with little hope.
    After a small resentment to help in the beginning the people where very friendly and helpful although the outcome was that I had to ride all the way (50 miles one way) to Winnemucca.
    I pace myself to babysit the tube, by riding as slow as possible and still make it to the shop before they close.

    Arrived in time without any issue and bought 2 new tubes. Initially I wanted to stay in town but here my cell phone provider has no service.
    Normally this would be of course no problem, but I have to renew my cellphone plan. So I ride all the way back to Battle Mountain as I know there is reception.

    Did this time the ride on normal Hwy speed and still all good.
    Sorted out my phone and looking for a motel, but they are all out of my budget and so I continue on the TAT in the hope to find a campground.
    The route leads through this high and very dry grass. I'm really concerned that the hot exhaust could cause a fire.
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    Thankfully nothing happend, except.... guess.... a flat.
    Here in the middle of all the high grass I do not want to change the tube so I refill and continue, and refill, ...., …. until I'm out of the grass.
    By this time it is almost dark and I have to pitch my tent next to the road. Replaced my tube with a new one, had my dinner and it was pitch black.
    So went to bed while listening to the coyotes howling.
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  18. Fat Chance

    Fat Chance Been here awhile

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    You must really have fixing a flat down to an art by now. Loving your RR, keep the updates coming.
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  19. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    Good news ahead of time: No more flats after installing the new tube!:clap
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  20. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    1st September
    Day 27

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    Today I had an early start, more or less just after sunrise.
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    And the old tube was placed to be dumped at the first opportunity!
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