Trans America Trail 2019 - 6 strangers journey to brotherhood

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by fjmartin, Jun 24, 2019.

  1. fjmartin

    fjmartin Been here awhile

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    I really appreciate that! Thank you!
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    fjmartin Been here awhile

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    Proof that beemers get tired!

    Steeper than it looks!
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  3. wilddoktor

    wilddoktor Adventurer

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    Lurking here for your entire trip, been loving the updates! I finally had to say something...that picture is incredible. :-)

    I'm curious: do you guys let air out of your tires and / or fiddle with your suspension when you come upon sections like this?
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  4. Diddly

    Diddly Bored of Directors

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    Today’s a new day. And, Moab!!!!
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    i4bikes Been here awhile

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    Camera shots always flatten out the grade.
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  6. DCTFAN

    DCTFAN VIN# JH2SD0451GK000002 '16 CRF1000LD

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    Not always. But going from 34psi to 28 in rear helped riding up Imogene Pass.

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  7. chudzikb

    chudzikb Long timer Supporter

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    Would fresh tires have helped? Those look a bit beat just before replacement?
  8. Alfred_Bham

    Alfred_Bham Been here awhile Supporter

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    That is a GREAT “Photo Op” spot but also a very tough ride through!!
    .......and, , , you haven’t reached the “White Rim Road” yet!! :doh

    Most of those big rocks don’t move!!
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  9. liv2day

    liv2day Life is all about how you handle plan B Supporter

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    Definitely understand, but as @Jedi2Rider pointed out, at least you gave it a shot. I know the only way I'd do something like that would be on a small single, likely will be my WR when I finally drag my arse to that part of UT and ride.

    Fantastic scenery shots from the places you rode that day @fjmartin. Seriously cool and cements even further my desire to throw the bike in the truck and head there.

    Looking forward to the report from your trip on Onion Creek and that route. And I think it's awesome that you hooked up with @DCTFAN, what a great way to keep the adventure heading west!
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  10. fjmartin

    fjmartin Been here awhile

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    I don’t let air out as the rims in the F800gsa are made from weak stuff and will bend so need to keep the pressure high. Others with rim locks and tougher rims do drop pressure. I don’t touch my suspension as it’s set for the load.
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  11. fjmartin

    fjmartin Been here awhile

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    A little but deep sand and heavy bike are a bad combo
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  12. chudzikb

    chudzikb Long timer Supporter

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    Well you are surely making my thinking for a 450L to be more sane than I thought!
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  13. DragonJoe

    DragonJoe Don’t know whatcha don’t know

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    Feel your pain Joe! I dropped my DR 100Yards from the pavement after riding Engineer and the last (should be) red section to Ophir. Got my ankle and knee tweaked. Bill ran back up from the parking lot at the bottom to help pick it up. We’re in Dove Creek.
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    fjmartin Been here awhile

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    Ah man, sorry to hear that. Is this going to stop or delay you?
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    DragonJoe Don’t know whatcha don’t know

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    No, just not going to ride the Geyser pass after reading your report on it. Engineer was fun till the section into Ouray. I miss wrote about Ophir. Didn’t ride that. Proper Judgement of the situation and acting accordingly..that sounds like what you did too. Would be fun to catch up to you guys.
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    Todd157k Long timer Supporter

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    In the direction you're going, right up the road from that is a nasty hair pin turn in deep sand. After that would have been a great ride. Maybe hit it again starting up at Schafer. Going down Schafer is a butt pucker too though, but do-able.
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  17. SOLOKLR

    SOLOKLR Back to work

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    Crashing sucks!
    Our TAT trip ended near there last year, we had to go back to town and then home. My son ate it hard when we got stuck behind some sidexsides.
    Keep on cruising.
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  18. wilddoktor

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    ^^^^ This, times a million!

    Thanks; I'm always trying to learn!

    Interesting; thanks for the reply! I'll continue to follow; I'm living vicariously thru you guys, and dreaming of my next epic ride!

    (Scurries back into hiding...)
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    Yeah, that doesn’t look like much fun on a big bike.
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  20. fjmartin

    fjmartin Been here awhile

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    Thursday August 8

    Left Moab about 8:30 with a plan to ride the Utah BDR to Green River rather than the TAT. Turned out to be a great decision! It was awesome!

    We did stopped by the police though when we exited part of the Kokapelli Trail. Good news is they had closed the road for a bit while Geico was filming a new motorcycle insurance commercial!

    Onion Creek was so cool in the slot canyon and crossing the creek a LOT!

    Much of the rest of the ride was next to the Colorado River. We spoke with some rafting guides when we stopped at Hittle boat launch!

    Views today were just awesome! Riding was technical but super fun!

    Off to a campground!

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