Trans Am Trail From TN to Nevada on a KLR

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

  1. pdedse

    pdedse paraelamigosincero

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    Superb! Add another adventure to my wish list...:norton
  2. O Captain My Captain

    O Captain My Captain Upsetting the apple cart

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    Great ride report and awesome pics. I love reading riders' journeys on the TAT. Will do it myself some day.
  3. Stretch67

    Stretch67 Mad Scientist Supporter

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    This is the best TAT Ride Report I've seen, and I actually go to the trouble to look for them. Great job.

    Anxiously awaiting the rest.
  4. olegmc66

    olegmc66 old chevy

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    I would say go for it on the Vstrom, Potash to rim. I would have a skidplate in place. There
    are a couple places of some 'nice' rocks. Should make it no problem. I did not do the rim ride,
    but they dont appear as rocky as the switchback road to the rim. I would plan for all day.


    I decided in Moab to go the rest of the way to the coast. Why not?
    So I called Sam and had him send maps for Nevada and Oregon
    to general delivery, Garrison, Utah, on the border with Nevada.


    I can't say enough about the KLR. It did not miss a single beat
    in over 5000 miles. The only thing that happened riding into
    Moab the speedometer cable came loose from the wheel and the
    inner cable fell out. I rode back over the trail for about 10 miles
    but did not find it. And you can't ride the trail without it. I found
    a small shop about 5 miles south of Moab that had a universal kit.
    I measured it, cut it with some tools he lent me and it worked
    great the rest of the way.


    Found another guy with KLR just like mine at the library.
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    One dumb thing I did was one night I tried to get some gas out of
    the almost empty tank on the end of a paper towel to help start a fire.
    And dropped the paper towel in the tank! Now what?

    I borrowed clothes hangers
    and various other things but could not get it out. Maybe it would dissolve
    and the filter would keep it out of the carb? Thankfully I waited till next
    day and called the Kawasaki dealer. The guy said no way, the thing
    will clog your carb and you will have all kinds of trouble. So I ended up
    pulling the tank off an dumping the gas in a gallon milk jug. The guy
    at the camp said he could use it. Then washed it out with a little
    and put new gas in. No problems with that either. I was lucky.


    Ready to leave my home for 4 days. Nice people.
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    Here an ole Chevy I guess water well drilling machine,
    heading out of Moab.
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    Will do a run into Arches on the way to Green River. Green River is only about 150 miles from Moab, so should have time.
    It's only a few miles off the trail.
    One of the first things you see is the famous balanced rock, just sittin there.
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    Big contrast to the Mountains I had just come over.
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    Going up the only dirt road in the park.
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    One of the many arches. Ck out the JB Weld/Duct Tape/Moab Stickers holding the fairing together.
    I think it gives it 'character'.
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    Walked thru here to check out the "Evergreen Arch".
    Ever tried to walk a mile in riding boots?
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    There's the evergreen right in the middle of it.
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    Just can't capture in pictures how nice these are.
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    Well, time to head west to see what else is out there.
    Here back on the trail headed for Green River, Utah.
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    Feelin good.
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    This guy standing guard.
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    Need some ground clearance on these steps.
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    These guys were coming up fast so I let them go around me.
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    This must be the top of the rock. Hard to follow the trail
    here in a couple spots.
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    Look out guys I think I see a crack in that thing.
    This is right off the trail maybe 100 yards.
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    Back down into some dirt.
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    Looks like we get to ride some power lines going to Green River.
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    Ok into Green River for the night. If you stop there, ck out the
    place right by the green river. Nice food and you can sit right beside
    the river.

    Tomorrow pick up with the ride from Green River out to Salina/Richfield, UT.

    Bill
  5. rufus

    rufus We're burning daylight...

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    There is a mileage reset between Moab and Green river. We looked at the beginning and ending mileage and thought we had 150 miles or so to get to Green River. We left the KOA campground in Moab at about 8 am. We got to Green River about 10:15 am. The reset is in big letters in the middle of the page ( Sams maps), but we missed it. Most of the route was like the last picture above. Easy cruising at 60 or so.
    We should have done more riding around Moab. Next time I will.
  6. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    The White Rim loop is very long! It took me 6 hours on a XR600R riding at a good pace (speeding) and only stopping for maybe 10 minutes total. Make sure your running addressive tires and are used to riding in rocks and sand. Take plenty of water.
  7. Sugar Pig

    Sugar Pig almost certain...

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    Greetings from Farmville,NC :D

    Going tomorrow to pick up a DRZ to do the TAT with soon. Shoot me a PM when ya get back and I'll buy you a beer. You can tell me all about it and what to avoid. I get up to Rocky Mount pretty often for work.
  8. AK Bear

    AK Bear Long timer

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    Great report! I'll be bringing a bike West from around Virginia in a couple of years and would enjoy following your route. Is there a published set of maps like with the North South route?

    Fine ride, and looking forward to the rest, Bear
  9. olegmc66

    olegmc66 old chevy

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  10. DaFoole

    DaFoole Well Marbled... Supporter

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    GREAT report!

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  11. DrLewall

    DrLewall Master of bating

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    Great RR! Just wish you guys who are going to do the TAT would come over to the Arkansas section and give us a heads up that you're comming so we can meet ya on the TAT and cheer you on! Oark Cafe is a great place to meet up at!
  12. NewEnglander

    NewEnglander Been here awhile Supporter

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    Absolutely great pictures! After seeing this I am going to do this! Does Sam sell GPS tracks for this? Cant wait to see more!:bow
  13. Kyler

    Kyler Geezer

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    no - no GPS tracks however for the east coast, the GPS data is printed for each waypoint and you can make your own GPS route.
  14. bomose

    bomose Long timer

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    I don't know about doing the whole WRT 2 up on a VStrom.My wife and I did it to Lathrop Canyon and back up the Shaffer Trail. That took most of the day stopping for pics and lunch on the Colorado at Lathrop Canyon.That is only about 60 miles. The WRT is 130 from Moab to Moab. We were on a KLR. Murphy's Hogback would be difficult unless you are a very good rider. It would also be very rough on your passenger. The trail goes over rock face in some areas and gets very rough and bumpy. I did the whole trail alone in 6-7 hours. Two up would take at least 12.
  15. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    You can make your own track log for the whole trip, not just the east side. You take Sam's maps and transfer them into Mapsource using the track draw tool. This is actually pretty fun and you learn lots of information about your trip. It should take you about 1.5 hours per state.
  16. fotobo

    fotobo KTM rider

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    That is really strange about you losing the odo cable. I lost mine too in almost the same spot. My bike is identical to yours. I too tried to find it but couldn't. The only other trouble I had was the turn signals falling off. Kawisaki replaced them all after I got back. They had a recall on them.

    Oh yeah, there was one other thing. My air filter kept getting clogged to the point that it would hardly run. Finally figured out that it was sucking in dust from the back wheel. Had to do an emerengcy trail side tracheotomy (if that is the way you spell it). Stuffed a rag in the intake by the rear wheel and cut a big hole in the top of the air box, so she could breathe.
  17. Trailhead

    Trailhead Adventurer

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    Thank You!!!!

    Great Report. :clap
  18. txmutt

    txmutt n00bin' around

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    I am ready to announce my early retirement, cash in the Harley, buy me a KLR and head out! This report is INSPIRATIONAL!!!! (By the way, the wife may not go along with my plans... seems I've got more work to do before retiring... like about 23 years worth...)

    GREAT REPORT!:clap:super:lurk:thumb:wings
  19. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    Great ride with excellent photos and lots of information. Thanks for posting. Looks like it is inspiring a few people to make the trip! :thumb
  20. olegmc66

    olegmc66 old chevy

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    Well changed my oil in Green River the night before.
    Met some nice guys who lent me a wrench big enough for the oil plug.
    This morning heading out towards Salina.

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    This looks sandy!
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    I can't figure out if I am supposed to go thru this tunnel or not.
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    Some clouds but they don't look too bad.
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    Radioactive explosives? Am I sure I want to head out thru here?
    Think I will stay on the trail :).
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    Head on in.
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    Interesting how the rock formations change as we head west.
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    Heading into Black Dragon Wash.

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    Walled in.
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    This is a good ride.
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    On into the canyon.
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    Half the time you are on a trail, the other half in a creek bed.
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    On thru.
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    Crossing a dry small stream bed.
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    Looks like a challenge ahead.
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    Canyon widens out.
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    Coming on out.
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    We made it!
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    Loaded up and truckin out that way.
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    Somewhere out there is Salina.
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    Around this bush.
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    Some flat road.
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    Good dirt.
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    Round about.
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    Straight ahead.
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    One of hundreds of cattleguards on the Trans America Trail.
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    Cloud just hanging in there with me.
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    Clearing up. Looks like I still have some mountains to go over way out there.
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    The trail leads back on the main hiway. This is from an overlook.
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    I hit some deep sand here so have to walk out and scout out a trail.
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    KLR inspires confidence.
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    Up into some foothills.
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    The hills.
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    Flowers by the trail.
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    Sam says 'only in Utah', a tunnel on a service road to Interstate 70.
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    On into Salida.
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    Will come back tomorrow and continue the trip.

    Bill