TAT Tag Team Relay

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by svneko, Aug 15, 2020.

  1. BrontideRob

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    Leg 2 Day 3 - Rain. Lots of it.


    And it appears to be persisting... for days to come. So, we moved west in hopes of getting beyond it. Along the way we saw flooding brown rivers and heard cautions about flash flooding. We saw muddy, muddy roads and ditches filled to the brim. Tomorrow more rain is forecasted, but we’ll continue to move north west to check out the TAT in northern Oklahoma ... hopefully just beyond the edge of all the falling water.
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  2. Jedi2Rider

    Jedi2Rider Been here awhile

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    Major bummer guys! Sorry you are catching such a bad break on the weather. :permazot
    Hope things eventually clear up.
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  3. BrontideRob

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    This is from Leg 2 Day 2. We had to get out of the woods to upload the data. That weird jog where we double back, that’s called “Fuel baby!” There is no Day 3 Relive video.

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  4. i4bikes

    i4bikes Been here awhile

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    IMO if it's wet in Oklahoma stay on pavement.
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  5. edgeoftheworld

    edgeoftheworld Been here awhile

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    It sure is hard to post real time on these trips. Especially when we were on the bikes for 8-10 hours a day. I have to go through the GoPro video still but I have some pics and video I haven't posted yet.

    The whole trip seemed like one big day that spanned 11 :) In a good way. Everything bleeds together and you have no idea what day it is or when something specific happened!

    Now back at real life and catching up on work stuff. I'll get things organized and give updates from my 11 days on the road.

    Here is a short video clip of the Back of the Dragon in Virginia.

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  6. BrontideRob

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  7. edgeoftheworld

    edgeoftheworld Been here awhile

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    Wow, those were a lot of very straight roads
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  8. svneko

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    Yes, Oklahoma is the land of right angles.
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  9. svneko

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    So @BrontideRob was thrown into the deep end with a wet and wooly ride through the Ozarks, including a night at the fabulous TAT Shak. This place is maintained for TAT riders right along the trail and offers a roof, bed platforms, electricity and even air conditioning, but no signal - you’re isolated. Even has a nice covered porch to watch the weather go by. You’re sharing it with spiders and mosquitoes but they’re waging their own war and don’t pay you too much mind.
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    We were finally able to escape Arkansas’s wet clutches though and burst into the beautiful rolling hills and pasturelands of eastern Oklahoma, where the skies promptly cleared and the gravel beckoned. CBCCDBBE-72D1-4C86-B392-338863B87DBB.jpeg We thought, hey, this isn’t all that bad. Nice scenery and pleasant trails, until we came out of the hills. It’s a state of straight roads hemming in fields of corn, sorghum and soybean... and windmills, hundreds of them.
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    And the thing about these roads is that they are sometimes gravel and sometimes deep soft powder with little warning of the transition. It didn’t take but one floppy, sloppy 15 mph ride for us to realize that this was no way to get across Oklahoma.

    Now my impression of Oklahoma is that the people are warm and friendly. They have something going economically that the Southern states do not. Whereas they were littered with dying or dead little towns, the towns in Oklahoma seemed to be hanging on well, and in many cases thriving. It’s just that for a motorcycle rider it’s . . . boring. 6CB2BB5A-C824-405E-AC36-9332F5ED46E3.jpeg So we are hitting a bunch of slab.
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  10. BrontideRob

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  11. BrontideRob

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    It’s 93 degrees here today, Sunday. And then this...

    “Special Weather Statement
    for Johnson and Bartlett Mesas Including Raton Pass

    Issued by National Weather Service
    Albuquerque, NM
    4:33 AM MDT Sun, Sep 6, 2020

    ...WINTER PREVIEW EXPECTED TUESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY FOR NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO...

    Near record heat will continue today and Labor Day, while afternoon and evening showers and storms develop over and near the mountains.

    Tuesday through Wednesday will feel like the calendar has abruptly changed from June to January. A upper storm system and powerful cold front, rivaling those of deep winter, will cross the region.”

    There’s more to the statement, but you get the idea. On average we have perfect riding conditions. ON AVERAGE.
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  12. BrontideRob

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  13. docwyte

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    90F today, snow tomorrow
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  14. BrontideRob

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    We are out of New Mexico and into Colorado. It was a short day on the TAT as we now wait for Labor Day to end and a front tire to arrive tomorrow for the KLR 650. While we waited we changed the oil and filter on both bikes. In addition, I replaced the air filter and the battery on the KLR. I am anxious to get rolling again ... weather permitting.
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  15. BrontideRob

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    After three nights of an imposed weather and maintenance delay, we are finally moving again. The team at Topar Racing in Trinidad did a great job of mounting the new Tusk tire on the front of the KLR. We started moving after temperatures reached the upper 30s and did just a short ride, around 76 miles, to La Veta, Colorado and into the mountains.

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  16. Jedi2Rider

    Jedi2Rider Been here awhile

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    Great to see you guys moving again!!

    So, how cold is it? :yikes How do you like the new Tusk front tire? Do you expect snow problems in the passes or will everything melt in the next few days?
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  17. BrontideRob

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    Today’s high was 47. The cold weather gear performed well.

    The new Tusk tire performed well also. It did a fine job tracking through the mud we saw today. Most mud was not too deep, maybe an inch or so, but that was slippery enough for me. I kept my eyes up and the Tusk did its job.

    We got to just over 7500 ft in elevation today with no snow problems. We can see the snow at higher elevations. We’ll have a better idea after tomorrow if snow in the passes will be a problem as we might see 10,500’ in elevation. Temperatures are forecasted to be in the 70s starting Sunday through all next week. We’re keeping our fingers crossed.
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  18. svneko

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    Dagnabbitt! We’re moving again! We rolled into New Mexico eager to climb into the Colorado mountains finally. We first did a detour to the Capulin Volcano, a national park. It’s a recommended stop and an interesting ride through forgotten Folsom NM. 998A81FF-469F-40A3-B3EA-30E4FF955608.jpeg 9F601E4C-E4E6-42C7-9203-4155548C42B8.jpeg B4381C40-CE40-48AE-9FB5-316FEE92774C.jpeg 6766C795-363E-44C5-92A1-2EC9E3649E40.jpeg

    Spiral your way up the volcano and awesome views abound. 30A5F6A6-88B2-4716-ABCF-9E54507CA5AB.jpeg D2392973-7D5F-4001-8D87-869D26892E40.jpeg

    Then we hoofed it up to Trinidad Colorado to have Topar Racing (great people - you can send parts ahead to them) put a new front on the KLR. But in keeping with this trip, the weather gods threw us another curveball and we got 4” of snow and snotty cold weather that we were not prepared for. 155701EB-2790-49C2-8909-CED353B0F179.jpeg 5023013B-5E57-402F-B4C3-C5E5CB31E53A.jpeg So we waited it out for a couple days. Finally today with itchy throttle hands we set out in 38 degree temps to make some forward progress.

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  19. svneko

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    A little cold in the 30’s when we set out but we couldn’t wait anymore, and what a beautiful ride it is up from Trinidad into the front range. We slowly climbed into the mountains and saw an abundance of wildlife and domestic life.
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    Please move Mrs. Cow. In addition to that, some things happened too quick to get the camera out - a fox chasing a rabbit, both of whom froze when when we went by, some kind of antelope that we also saw in Oklahoma that does 0-60 faster than my bike, turkey families who fluttered away all pissed off, and a lot more.
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    This is (was) a toll booth, set up on a road through a canyon that was a perfect set for an Indian ambush from the high cliffs on both sides.
    Only 70 miles or so and we rolled into a flea bag in La Veta Co but so glad to be on the road again. AB7D625F-26EF-4D86-94C1-569E92252CEF.jpeg F8C6404B-C0D3-4CB6-9BFB-556FB13E29D2.jpeg
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  20. BrontideRob

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    Still cool but starting to warm, we headed out of La Veta towards Salida. Mud slowed us down a bit. Sorry, no pictures. Our hands were full keeping the rubber on the “road”. The scenery was beautiful. We stopped by Bishop’s Castle, one man’s calling. With late afternoon noon approaching and a big, tall, snow capped mountain range between us and Salida, we decided that Westcliffe was an attractive place to stop, especially since we found a combined liquor store-motel.
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