TAT Tag Team Relay

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

  1. BrontideRob

    BrontideRob Adventurer

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    80/20. 80 miles of easy riding. 20 miles of river trail, downed trees, and baby head (and bigger) rocks. Still, a worthy adventure.
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  2. BrontideRob

    BrontideRob Adventurer

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    The last day of Leg 2 began with a brisk morning followed immediately by more trail clearing. We crossed over Marshall Pass and improved conditions made for easy travel. Few photos. I was simply enjoying the ride through the beautiful, diverse terrain. Fair winds.
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  3. Jedi2Rider

    Jedi2Rider Been here awhile

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    Thanks @BrontideRob for the daily recaps on Relive. Fun to watch. Looking forward to the next leg.
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  4. carbonjunky

    carbonjunky Adventurer

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    Hey I stayed there too , pretty convenient
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  5. i4bikes

    i4bikes Been here awhile

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    So did we. We were dodging a thunder storm and glad to find a room.
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  6. Resolrider

    Resolrider n00b

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    I got the keys from Rob on Sunday to begin my leg on Monday. It was a trial by fire day ... A sea level street rider going for some elevation on 4x4 trails. We did Cinnamon Pass, California Pass, and Hurricane Pass before heading to Ouray to find some bolts to replace the ones that rattled loose from Pete's panniers. The scenery is magnificent and I kept the rubber side down the whole day. A good start!
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  7. Jedi2Rider

    Jedi2Rider Been here awhile

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    Hey @Resolrider,
    Hope you do OK with the altitude change...keep hydrated and try to sleep low!
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  8. Resolrider

    Resolrider n00b

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    Roger that ... Completed our last Colorado pass yesterday (Orphir). We did it easy to west, I don't think I'd have made it west to east. As it was I pretty much let the bike to it's thing down wall the scree. Second day keeping the rubber down. The KLR loves the hills ... You think the engine can't rev any slower and will stall, but somehow there's more and more to keep you moving forward. Now in Utah! Just outside of Moab. The campgrounds are all packed ... No spots left so we had to make a spot before it was too dark. We'll stop a day in Moab and do some riding without all the gear on the bikes. Ought to be fun. Pete and I are swapping who leads each day. Today he did. Good for him, I was in his dust from the gravel all day!

    73,
    Mike

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  9. svneko

    svneko What?

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    OK I am going to back up a bit. These guys are at the top of Marshall Pass. Why are they celebrating? Isn’t that one of the easier ones?
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    I guess it is before a storm hits it. It started with a creek replacing the trail.
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    Then you run into a tree fallen across the trail.
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    No problem. Cut it and pull it out of the way. Round a bend and there are two trees down. OK a little more involved but with a saw and a heavy machete we can clear those. And the next couple as well.
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    But then you get to three big trees that are leaning across the trail. It’s 10,000 feet, 4 o’clock and we are old, tired and out of breath.
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    But you can’t turn back now. So you hack and cut and push branches and trees away to make enough of an opening that you can wiggle the bikes through sideways if you lower the mirrors and windscreens.
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    After an exhausting hour, you’re ur triumphant. Round the next bend and it’s not a tree but a steep stretch of baby heads.
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    OK get past that and we’re home. The gps says we’re about 1/2 mile to the top. It’s got to be clear from here. But around the next bend is the mother log lying right across the trail. 2’ thick and at right angles to the trail. It’s getting dark, you’re exhausted, it’s getting cold. What to do? We decided to make camp and figure it out in the morning.
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    After a cold night, we attack the log with a saw and homemade levers and anything else we can think of.
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    Finally through, we can get to the top and celebrate this first and supposedly easiest of passes. It seemed to us like no one had been up that trail in a while. Kevin’s goes a different way and we were sure this was some forgotten road but sure enough it is on Sam’s route.
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  10. svneko

    svneko What?

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    After the logging work getting to Marshall Pass, @BrontideRob and I had a nice scenic cruise to Lake City, where we would meet up with Rob’s wife and @Resolrider, who would be taking over the KLR from there for Leg 3 of the trip.
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    3C9205D9-3916-4152-8924-DADADF185396.jpeg The handover went smoothly despite a bear ransacking Rob’s car and stealing all the food they had packed for their camping trip. It was nice of the bear, however, to open the door by the handle, pull all the Tupperware into the parking lot before opening it and generally leaving the car in fine condition. Like a 5-year old, it ate all the good stuff and left the stuff it didn’t like after taking a little taste. But I’m any event it was great to ride with my old friend Rob and get to know him a little better. He’s a good, careful, technical rider who didn’t drop the bike once. We’ll be seeing more of him because he’s agreed to come back and complete the trip because we are behind plan and won’t get done during the time Resol has off from work. DECB3AA9-E1C5-4656-9380-53E71315B577.jpeg AFC25A04-0FDB-4DE0-AF19-DE2EF8225D10.jpeg F05688DF-A6BB-45F1-8225-32106A548425.jpeg 1CD068DD-DF8E-41B4-8B30-16FCF25E3262.jpeg FA9F9B64-C248-4A46-9BDF-245291025339.jpeg

    By the way, he mentioned Bishop’s Castle in an earlier post. It’s wild. If you have the chance to check it out don’t miss it. All built by hand by Mr. Bishop.
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  11. svneko

    svneko What?

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    Been with @Resolrider for a little over a week now and we are gelling into a well-oiled unit, but a unit that needs a lot of oil. Creaky joints abound. But we got through the Colorado passes without any drops except for one by me where I cut a switchback going up Cinnamon too tight and the climb became basically vertical. The 790 said “are you serious...ok let’s go” and climbed right up, loaded and all. It was only rider inability that prevented making it. That bike is pretty willing. Anyway, people say Ophir is one of the easier ones. But it was big loose rocks all the way down. Hard to maintain control and braking. The bike on the right in this image is a poor guy who was walking his bike down.
    22F8F854-2193-4DDC-9E82-A76E49A33CBB.jpeg But Resol is a very capable rider and has not put the KLR down once. It might get to Oregon without a scratch. But that’s what you expect from a guy who was herding cattle on dirt bikes while I was making loose change mowing lawns. He’s a pretty good camp cook too.
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    After Colorado we enjoyed the beautiful diverse scenery of Utah. 0B1E854E-9C3E-4089-B82E-B8CF7E826270.jpeg A2E87DC7-6755-456D-A5E0-8CCC9A9AE40F.jpeg B595D304-8DA8-4029-9A4F-02BB573D32C9.jpeg
    Mike had a chance to sharpen up his moto-herding skills a couple of times. FBA70462-B0A9-4EFF-AACF-54391220B654.jpeg

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    We had instituted Dust Duty, where we swapped the lead each day and the rear rider ended up coated head to toes in dust. When we finally had enough dust, we diverted north from Sam’s TAT to the UTBDR making for Idaho. We encountered a closed road but were able to ride around the first gate and dismantled (and carefully reinstalled) the second gate to get through. It was only later that we saw on the BDR website that this road was closed and there was a work around. Oops. But no harm. It was for logging and there was no activity on a Sunday.
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    Now a hot tub soak in Evanston Wyo and all is right in the world.

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  12. mbillens1

    mbillens1 Been here awhile

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    Hey, fun chatting with you all today! Best of luck on the rest of your trip!

    IG: mattbillenstein

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  13. svneko

    svneko What?

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    Hey, same to you. Where did you guys end up?
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  14. mbillens1

    mbillens1 Been here awhile

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    Camping at Starvation state park near Duchesne.
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  15. Jedi2Rider

    Jedi2Rider Been here awhile

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    Any good restaurants nearby? :D
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  16. Jiffy_Spaz

    Jiffy_Spaz n00b

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    The campsite looks very E.T.
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  17. BrontideRob

    BrontideRob Adventurer

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    Leg 4 has begun and BrontideRob is back on the bike as ResolRider handed off the baton in Ketchum, Idaho. Leg 4 is roughly 1000 miles to reach the Pacific. The first day back in the saddle was rewarding as SVNeko and I made our way through the mountains west of Sun Valley, Idaho.

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  18. Jedi2Rider

    Jedi2Rider Been here awhile

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    Question for Sr. @svneko :
    How are you liking the Adventure Spec Mongolia jacket? Do you also have the Baltic Hybrid for your insulation layer? What else did you do for warmth when the snow fell? What is your waterproof layer? The Mongolia is #1 on my jacket list right now and would love to hear your feedback. Thanks!

    And for Sr. @BrontideRob :
    How are you liking the Tusk DSport tires? Any feedback on them from @Resolrider ? Thanks!
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  19. svneko

    svneko What?

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    Ok after many miles and some of the high life
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    @Resolrider has grudgingly handed off the keys to @BrontideRob in Ketchum, Idaho.
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    With Resol it was all about the ride and we covered a lot of ground at a good clip, having a great time along the way. Sorry to see him go, I think he is bit by the motoadventure bug and will be looking to replace his V-strom with something more dirt worthy. Don’t tell his wife.

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    As a little backstory, I met Resol and Brontide while we were all sailing our boats down from California alongside Central America, through the Panama Canal and onto the Caribbean and points farther. You can read about my trip at SVNeko.com and Brontide’s at Brontidepeak.com\Voyage. Resol preferred to keep his story a little closer to the vest. It was a good reunion. Here we are having Thanksgiving dinner on our boat. 49FCD7B5-CB14-42BF-9AF3-58236C4114E2.jpeg
    And finally, for the Heeler people, here he is with his best friend plotting the day’s mayhem, completely unaware that we are tracking his every move. 5E55806B-2F84-4C33-9AC2-50D0E1100530.jpeg

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  20. svneko

    svneko What?

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    Adv Spec Mongolia jacket has been great. I have the recommended Forcefield armor in it, which fits perfectly and stays in place. I’ve gone down a few times wearing it and have had no injuries. It is a great warm weather option. I picked it because it also provides a modicum of abrasion resistance. Since we easterners usually have to ride quite a bit on roadways to get off road, that was important to me. Over it for warmth and rain, I have a Mosko basilisk jacket. It’s a bit of overkill. It’s a great setup for chilly wet eastern rides, think NEBDR etc. But if I were doing the TAT again I would get a different setup. The abrasion is not so important out here and 2 coats is bulky. I would go with a base layer, armor and an outer jacket for cold and/or rain. The basilisk would be good for that but frankly so would a $50 Walmart rain jacket.
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