Trans America Trail 2019 - 6 strangers journey to brotherhood

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

  1. wilddoktor

    wilddoktor Adventurer

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    Wait; is the Africa Twin not hauling a trailer any more? Or is that a different one? I'm easily confused... :dunno
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  2. Vince

    Vince Been here awhile

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    Ditto, did I miss its demise?
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  3. Diddly

    Diddly Bored of Directors

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    Amazing pics!!

    Is Black Dragon Canyon around that area? That’s also a bucket list destination.
  4. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    awesome pics Joe!
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  5. fjmartin

    fjmartin Been here awhile

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    Yes, a bit further along than the BDR route but is on the TAT
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  6. fjmartin

    fjmartin Been here awhile

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    The AT with the trailer parted ways with us a few weeks ago.
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  7. fjmartin

    fjmartin Been here awhile

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    No demise just parted ways with us. This AT is a completely different one with the two new riders we picked up a few days ago
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  8. fjmartin

    fjmartin Been here awhile

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    Still Thursday August 8

    It was 97 in Green Valley so we decided to move on and made it to Ferron and a cool campsite at Millsite State Park. Mike negotiated a deal for 6 tents. Yep 6 as we picked up 2 more riders for the evening of camping. Storm came in just as we got to camp. Could barely get my tent setup due to the wind and it’s blowing so hard it’s ripped off awning on campers and broken other campers tents. Rain came in for just a second then the system split around us. Temps are cool at 67 with a low of 59 and no more rain. Going to be Nice!

    Stones to help with stakes as they were being pulled out by the wind
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    Little protected bay then whitecaps on the lake
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    Rain with a bow
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  9. fjmartin

    fjmartin Been here awhile

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    Oh by the way, Ferron is very close to the end of section 35. So we should be able to knock it out and do 36 which is 141 miles.

    Section 35 was 90 miles but since we did the BDR route we did closer to 200.
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  10. scout68

    scout68 Been here awhile

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    Glad you finally hit some cooler areas.

    I simply can’t camp in 97 degree heat...especially with little moving air, call me a whimp. But 59 sounds dreamy. The low temps and rain and wind would be welcome “shelter”...
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    Still following your progress daily, and your pictures are really slick. Ride safe. Have fun.

    Thanks for taking the time to let so many of us enjoy your trip
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  11. i4bikes

    i4bikes Been here awhile

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    How was the trailer working out?
  12. MTBRALPH

    MTBRALPH Been here awhile

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    So......when I ride the TAT, I need to tow my EXC behind the big bike for days like this?
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  13. fjmartin

    fjmartin Been here awhile

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    It seemed to be doing well even though the bike and trailer were overloaded with gear.
  14. Oldschoolrocker

    Oldschoolrocker a.k.a. EZE Supporter

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    I can attest that those trailers actually do really well. I have had mine overloaded and loaded normal on a couple trips now. Offroad they do work great! Hijack over. DA716209-4D9A-4DD3-8A08-37C10E12F98D.jpeg
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  15. rjmorel

    rjmorel Dual Sporticus

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    Do you think you could of gone father on your RX3? When I rode there this spring thought RX3 was very good for that area. But didn't go in much deep sand or mud which is a pain on any size bike, rj
  16. i4bikes

    i4bikes Been here awhile

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    I more trailer question, are they home built or can one be bought?
  17. fjmartin

    fjmartin Been here awhile

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    Not sure. Would have to have been geared down a lot to make the climbs. Would have banged skid plate a LOT
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    fjmartin Been here awhile

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    His was purchased but I don’t know the company name
  19. LodiRider

    LodiRider Dairy Queen Expedition Leader

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  20. Baggi'tard

    Baggi'tard If I don't answer I'm ridin' or shootin' Supporter

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    IMO.. this is the way to pack for a cross country/continent trip, not a trailer with all the shit from your shed. 4 Aussies (world travelers all) came through on newly bought KLRs (45 days to do the Trans Am). Note their luggage. One 40 L roll bag, one small tank bag, and a hydration backpack each. These guys are the 1st or 2nd best packers I've ever seen. Their main competition was a Swiss man named Ernscht that came through on his 125cc step through that he was riding around the world.

    Ride on Joe, Tom, Bill, Dave, and the new guys... Joe, knew you guys would like Onion Creek. :D

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