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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by AT Blizzard, Jun 28, 2017.

  1. AT Blizzard

    AT Blizzard Been here awhile Supporter

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    Day 21 / 1 July (Ephraim - Border Inn)

    Today was simple, I woke up and started West up a hill to a ridge, and kept heading West to the next valley until I made it to the Utah-Nevada border.


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    This view is looking back East to the valley I slept in last night.

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    This view is in the same area looking West at the valley I'm heading towards.

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    Head West some more and you'll be looking at this huge valley.

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    Go down to the Middle of Nowhere 5-Way intersection, and the road I'm pointed towards will take you to the Border Inn on the Nevada-Utah border.
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  2. AT Blizzard

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    Day 22 / 2 July (Border Inn - Wendover)

    It was a lazy cool comfortable morning in the Nevada Casino diner. I finally got up and walked to my bike parked in Utah for the relatively short ride (~150 miles) to Wendover.

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    Beautiful start, but the day turned windy and dusty -- and I was covered in it as well as the bike by the time I hosed both of us down at a car wash in Wendover.


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    The monument a couple miles back was set up for public access. This monument was off the path -- but on the original Pony Express route.

    Sam's Tracks wandered through rolling hills and into an old mining town with a large abandoned building and rundown shacks, and a Mine close by. It appeared to be inhabited, but I saw no one as I passed through, and I wouldn't want to hang around there after dark...

    The roads were the usual mix of modern gravel to overgrown desert jeep track. Horses were roaming along with this unusual pair.

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    You can see the one staring down traffic. But there's also one in the bushes with head poking out. As I approached, they decided to go up into the hills.

    Wendover -- another strange town to enjoy!
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  3. AT Blizzard

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    Day 23 / 3 July (Wendover - American Falls)

    Busy Day.

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    First, I headed to the Salt Flats. It took me a few extra coins at the spray wash later in Tremonton to clean up that clingy salt...

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    Emigrant Pass came and went so fast -- I had to stop and look back (and check the sign). After Colorado, I had a different expectation for going over a Mountain Pass.

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    A lot of today's road looked like this -- dry and fast. I came over the hill and saw this downhill ramp with a lot of nice rolling bumps to the other side where it peaks and rolls over the ridge.

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  4. AT Blizzard

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    Day 23 / 3 July

    Part 2

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    Roadside farm art that caught my attention.

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    The change in scenery from Utah desert to Idaho farmland -- and the cooling temperatures -- was much appreciated as I rode into the evening.

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    9:15 pm, and still plenty of light on the farmland trails of Sam's Tracks. I motored on and even an hour later the Western sky had a twilight glow. There was also a section of cow highway pastureland a little ways back, so the diversity of trail made for a great day of riding.

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    I set up a tent in American Falls at midnight. I couldn't tell what was around except for RV campers and a lake somewhere. This is what I woke up to.
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  5. SOLOKLR

    SOLOKLR Back to work

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    So what was the top speed at the salt flats for you? You can't go out there and not run it a little bit.
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  6. AT Blizzard

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    With gear and full fuel -- it climbed to 66 before I eased off. It felt and sounded like that little power plant was working hard, and I need whatever is left for my final push through Idaho and Oregon.

    The offroad story: chain is lubed but gunky, air filter always a bit dusty, can't seem to change oil often enough, and it's laden. :-)

    But it fires right up, and keeps me moving up and down the trail, mostly from 8 to 50 mph (16-45 mph 80%). I average mid-80s mpg at those speeds.

    In the North Georgia mountains -- unladen, clean, maintained, and on tarmac -- it runs to Walmart in the 70s. :D

    Speeds are gps. No wind. No second run in opposite direction.
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  7. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Great report!
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  8. juno

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    Awesome report! Do Sam's new tracks dip into Nevada?
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  9. AT Blizzard

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    It straddles Nevada as you head North from the Border Inn. You can see the section that runs North into Wendover (I-80 on the NV/UT border).

    The Border Inn, where you first enter Nevada from Utah, is not shown in this photo -- it is a Track that extends South on the red line in Utah.

    I have gpsKevin's Tracks loaded, with the intent to do the old Nevada route once I hit Port Orford. Overtime riding.
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  10. AT Blizzard

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    Day 24 / 4 July (American Falls - Arco)

    Short travel day for the Fourth of July. I went through a rocky desert shrub trail in the badlands (~Craters of the Moon area) of Idaho. I couldn't find a rhythm today as I fought dried 4x4 truck tracks and mud holes, and lots of rocky trail. The two guys going the opposite direction riding dirt bikes didn't seem to have any problems -- they zoomed by.

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    Getting that fence open was easy -- getting it closed and secure was a PITA...
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  11. AT Blizzard

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    Laundry day. My riding pants and boots get cleaned with the same hose I use to wash my bike.

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    Shoei Hornet DS
    Glasses
    Buff
    Klim Mojave Jersey
    Moose Racing armored shirt
    Fieldsheer gloves
    Leatt knee armor
    Klim Mojave pants
    Darn Tough boot socks
    Gaerne G-Adventure boots
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  12. beewill

    beewill Been here awhile

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    We did the TAT from Moab to just south of Arco last October (part 4 or our 5 year TAT travels) and the road that goes along the Crater's of The Moon Park in Idaho was the worst road we'd ever ridden. It had rained a couple of inches 2-3 days before and the roads were dry but all of the deep ruts and anything off track were soaked and muddy. Took us most of the day to do those 30-40 miles along with going down a few times. We cut short our ending point in Arco and hit the main roads out of there as soon as we could. I would think in the dry it' still pretty slow going as there are some ruts in the road that are probably 50 years old plus.

    Good job on the report, anxious to see your trip to Arco to the end as we are planning on the same route in mid September. Good luck and keep the blue side up.
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  13. i4bikes

    i4bikes Been here awhile

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    I wonder a bit about those riders who try to ride the TAT in a fast as can be done mode instead of breaking it up and doing it sections. I guess each to their own, it is after all personal choice how it is done.
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  14. AT Blizzard

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    Day 25 / 5 July (Arco - Macks Creek Campground)

    Part 1


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    Morning drive.


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    Climbed up and over mountain passes. I also got high centered stuck along the way (I was off the bike walking it across a water obstacle with throttle) -- spun the rear tire, and like a cartoon it quickly dug the stream bed between banks. So I removed my bags, and with the bike in neutral, lifted the rear rack while pushing forward on the handlebar with my other hand -- the bike lifted up and out so easily it surprised me.

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    After a long scenic river run on smooth dirt, I descended into the resort/club strewn landscape of the greater Ketchum area on a picturesque trail.

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    I rolled through the downtown traffic and trendy district -- then found this establishment with good food, outdoor seating, and a casual attitude. :-)
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  15. AT Blizzard

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    Part 2

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    The Scramble across America continues...

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    So you make the best of it.

    After a quick stop at the Featherville cafe, I climbed a mountain, descended it on a corkscrew trail (no guardrails, just an occasional bush), and joined a river.
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    The river run was refreshingly cool, long, lonely (except for a few deer), and there were many camp areas.

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    (10:16 pm) I pushed on into the night with help from a bright moon.

    I reached the well-groomed Macks Creek campground and tented after midnight.
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  16. Lawrences

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  17. 10-96

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    Enjoying your RR.... Questions: How much weight (rider + gear) is the bike carrying for this trip? How is the 16T CS working for you?
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  18. AT Blizzard

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    Day 26 / 6 July (Macks Creek - North Fork Malheur Campground)

    Hot day in Western Idaho -- Cold night in the Oregon Mountains.

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    Over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, but there always seems to be a river close by in Idaho.

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    Crossing into Oregon, you get fast and smooth trail once you get outside the small towns. The dry shrub rolling hills where the cows roam, were peaceful in the bright evening light. I then passed what must be the Hay capital of Oregon -- huge fields; before climbing into the mountains and finding a campground along a river. My tent was up by 11:00 pm. The night was cold and clear, after a long hot day.
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  19. AT Blizzard

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    When I get a chance, I'll weigh it. I don't want to be the source of bad numbers. I weigh 160 pounds w/o riding gear.

    The TAT makes a lot of transitions to tarmac and has fast dirt in many places -- so the 16T CS works for me. It has pulled me out or climbed up everything I've asked it. However, I do carry the original 15T CS, because when I started this adventure I didn't know how the XT250 would respond to the Rockies (high alt, steep climbs and descents, etc).
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  20. NorthPole

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    Thanks for this report. Reading about places I doubt I will visit on a bike encourages me to take advantage of what riding years I do have left and go beyond my usual boundaries.
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