Trans Am Trail From TN to Nevada on a KLR

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by olegmc66, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club. Supporter

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    Great report, beautiful pics.

    Only problem was I kept changing my desktop image!
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  2. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Thats excactly the way we went ! The Potash Rd into Canyonlands then up the Shaefer Switchbacks. This should be incorperated into the TAT.
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  3. AfricaWim

    AfricaWim Grumpy Old Fart

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    Awesome terrain! :thumb
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  4. BCC

    BCC I know better

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    Very, very nice.
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  5. malibu_dan

    malibu_dan Adventuring Mystic

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    Bill, thanks for sharing a great report of the TAT. Subscribed :lurk

    Jimmy: I'm planning on doing the same thing with my son, only I've only got a couple years to plan it before we kick him out of the nest.
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  6. tn-steve

    tn-steve Addicted

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    Better yet, once in the park and at the intersection where you would turn right for the switchbacks, turn left instead and loop around the White Rim Trail (Be sure to stop and check out Musselman Arch). About 80 miles later it takes you back to Highway 313 a bit north of where the switchbacks would have led you...

    Hijack off:
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  7. Seth S

    Seth S Will _____ for _____

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    I camped at Dead horse point state park just outside of Moab....a fantastic campground. I think I must have been looking down on this Potash loop...I took these pictures from the campground:

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  8. YnotJP?

    YnotJP? Long timer

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    Very nice. It sure comes across when someone has enjoyed their trip.

    This must have been a great Adventure for you.
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  9. dwj - Donnie

    dwj - Donnie Long timer

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    Great report! Keep it up!
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  10. olegmc66

    olegmc66 old chevy

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    After I got to the top of the Rim I rode out to the end of the Road
    at Canyonlands and took a few more pics, then took the
    road back to Arches and got there just in time for a few pics at
    sunset before going back into Moab for the evening.

    From the top of the rim around the Park Headquarters.
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    Out at the end of the road. The road below is one of the rim rides
    I would take if you have time, about 100 miles. Would take 1/2 day
    at least.
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    Some jeep down there taking the drive.
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    Arches NP is right about 5 mile outside of Moab on the way back
    from Canyonlands. Had just enough to get in a few shots before sunset.
    If you are coming into Moab on the trail at eveninig and
    are planning on heading out back on the trail in the morning,
    if you have time I would say
    ride up to and into Arches NP for at least 10 miles to see it at sunset.

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    Vigil at Sunset.
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    Destert Flowers always amazed me.
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    Sun Fortress. What a way to watch the sunset in reverse.
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    Wow I just park it right here and watch the sunset.
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    Back into Moab for dinner.
    Will Pack it all up in the
    morning and set out back on the trail, but want to get an early start
    and see some more of Arches on the way out. (I have to see at least one Arch!)

    Bill
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  11. Big Doobie

    Big Doobie Frustrated Redneck

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    Wow, Nice report, beautiful pictures.

    Gosh I'd like to try that.

    How long did it take you ?

    It'll be 15 years until I can retire, and I don't want to wait that long.
    I've got a wife, kids, and a mortgage, Heck I'm 42 already. :eek1
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  12. olegmc66

    olegmc66 old chevy

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    It only took a month - you can do it for as long as you want to.
    Don't wait 15 years man.

    Bill
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  13. jdoiv

    jdoiv Adventurer

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    Thanks for the RR. In the picutre with the Jeep, you can see a crossroads. I believe that road goes over to Dead Horse State Park. I rode the White Rim trail back in '97. When I got to that intersection, I ran into two bubba's in a Jeep loaded with a cooler of beer. They asked me if the direction they were going was the way out. Unfortunately, they were headed into the trail, not out of it. :huh By Jeep, it takes 2 days to do the trail. They would have been screwed if I didn't have a gps and map.

    The ranger told me it would take about 8 hours to do the WRT by bike. I did it in 6. I think I broke the park speed limit a few times. :D
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  14. Madhouse

    Madhouse Semi-Goodlookin! Supporter

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    I like your style!:thumbup
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  15. contacterich

    contacterich Been here awhile

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    :clap - really enjoy your report and the beautiful photos.
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  16. ROYAL COACHMAN

    ROYAL COACHMAN Long timer

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    Enjoying your report! Excellent photography! I was at many of these places in 07 on my wee strom. Great riding as you well know.

    MORE PLEASE!

    Glen
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  17. metalmaster

    metalmaster adventure dreamer

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    Great ride report and beautiful pics! Thanks!
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  18. John2453

    John2453 Back in the northeast.

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    Awesome RR! I wish I was there with you!
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  19. Stan Dalone

    Stan Dalone Where ever I go, there I am!

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    Oh man, this is just no good at all. Not only are you not going 110 mph and trying to cover 300-400 miles each day on cow paths, but your taking way to much time stopping for pictures. And speaking of all those horrible pictures, I mean c'mon, we aint suppose to tortue humans with these things, and your words just dont capture any feelings !!
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    Just kidding of course. Amazing pictures, and a great way to do the trip, no worries, no hurrys, we all wish we could do that for a month or 2. Thanks for sharing the ride with a snowbound back east suburbanite. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
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  20. RebornRider

    RebornRider Been here awhile

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    Inspiring!