Trans America Trail 2019 - 6 strangers journey to brotherhood

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

  1. FireDog45

    FireDog45 Knockin' on retirement's door

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    Were they camping from that load out? The sleeping components seem to double the volume of what I’m carrying.
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  2. fjmartin

    fjmartin Been here awhile

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    I was told they were not. But maybe I have bad info
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  3. GregDavidL

    GregDavidL Been here awhile

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    My son and I are going to have 70 liters of luggage space. Two 25 liter panniers and a 20 liter duffel on top. If we were not camping, we could eliminate a 25 liter pannier. So 40 liters sounds about right.
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  4. CRIAKLR

    CRIAKLR I like pie

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    From my personal experience, as well as observing others, most pack way too much stuff.

    Here's a few things to leave home...........

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  5. fjmartin

    fjmartin Been here awhile

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    Friday August 9

    Broke camp this morning and hit section 36 which is 141 miles. It turned very technical right away so the pace was very slow and arduous. Much of the first half was on ORV trails that were intermediate and advanced. Due to all of us being worked over we didn’t complete the section and stopped in Richfield, UT for the night. Tomorrow we will finish the last 31 miles and continue on 37 which should get us to the Nevada border. But with that section being 125 miles long plus the 31 left on this one we may be biting off more than we can chew if it’s like today!

    We decided on a super cheap hotel for the night. It’s actually pretty decent except the neighborhood.

    The other guys we met yesterday and camped with were still getting packed up in no hurry so we split from them and have the 4 of us still together.

    Packing up
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  6. DCTFAN

    DCTFAN VIN# JH2SD0451GK000002 '16 CRF1000LD

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    So the mud wins all the time with me.
    The goat trail also kicked my butt. Resulting in another JBWeld project. The innkeeper in Richfield was not happy...

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  7. bbanker

    bbanker Been here awhile Supporter

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    @DCTFAN Mike your bike is getting lazy brother!
  8. liv2day

    liv2day Life is all about how you handle plan B Supporter

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    That riding looks fantastic @fjmartin! I wouldn't want to do it on a big bike, but great scenery from the shots you posted. Hope @DCTFAN was ok after the off? No good to have to deal with a JB Weld fix on the ride.

    Appreciate the updates, hope you guys are enjoying today and the ride is a bit smoother with just as great scenery :thumb :thumb
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  9. fjmartin

    fjmartin Been here awhile

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    He was fine, the off was more of a tip over. The JB weld was from an issue a few weeks back before we met. It just popped and was weeping oil. That was previously fixed with the quick steel stick. This time we used the traditional 2 part liquid which seems to adhere better. Hopefully all will be good!!!
  10. DCTFAN

    DCTFAN VIN# JH2SD0451GK000002 '16 CRF1000LD

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    Well needed TLC, I say
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  11. DCTFAN

    DCTFAN VIN# JH2SD0451GK000002 '16 CRF1000LD

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    I seem to use my 'eject' button less this year, but the drops get more spectacular
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  12. Kentcomp

    Kentcomp n00b

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    That's how I feel after riding behind you on an ascent! Glad you're safe and having fun. What an experience.
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  13. fjmartin

    fjmartin Been here awhile

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    Saturday August 10

    We finished section 36 to Kanosh, UT. Fun ride over the mountain. Towards the end there were a bunch of short steep rutted climbs followed by the exact same conditions on the down. That took maybe and hour or so. Then while taking a break at a gas station we came up with a crazy plan. Skip section 37 and Sams UT 8, 9 and 10 for several good reasons:

    1 - Damn hot
    2 - Carlos from Mototrek saying it was a crappy sand filled set of segments
    3 - no lodging available due to speed week at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Well, there were a few open at $250 a night.
    4 - Couldn’t watch racing as there was rain so there is a hold
    5 - Winds in the forecast of 25 MPH makes for a sand filled tent!

    So instead we slabbed to around the great salt lake to Tremonton for the night and then we will hit segment UT 8 which will bring us into Idaho and then part or all of UT 9.

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  14. DCTFAN

    DCTFAN VIN# JH2SD0451GK000002 '16 CRF1000LD

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    Found a nice viewpoint in Saratoga Springs UT
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    And some shade with a playground
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    Beautiful pics guys. Thank you for taking the time to post, we who are following you are totally loving this.

    2 thoughts...

    1- for a midsouth/southeast guy like me, I am blown away by the expanse in those photos...truly hope I get there on a bike some day...but that will be about 4 more college tuitions down the road.

    2- the pic of the three bikes / playground really should be in a magazine article, maybe it could be something like "30 years of new models, and 3 gillion R/D dollars later, the DR650 can still hang." The Honda and KTM are truly beautiful bikes that I would love to own.....but damn the DR is solid. OH yeah, and you could do a quick jet change and valve adjustment creekside in 45 minutes if needed....dang.

    Safe Travels
  16. rjnutt

    rjnutt Desert tortoise

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    Really enjoying the report!
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  17. juno

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    Too bad you missed the Baker NV run up through the Pony Express trail. I believe that is the most remote section left on the TAT. I understand the issues with no lodging due to Bonneville so it was a good call. The section leaving bonneville had the most horrible and long washboarding of the trip.
    Plan some extra time for the upcoming trip through crate of the moons. The jeep ruts were rock hard, deep and askew when I went through.
    You guys are almost there! Do they have a go around for the section to Featherville yet?
  18. fjmartin

    fjmartin Been here awhile

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    Don’t know about a reroute but we won’t need it as we are following the lower Sam route to Meridian
  19. DCTFAN

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    Not much else for shade on the ID section
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  20. bomose

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    When you go through the Craters of the Moon section, be sure to stop at Bear Trap cave. It's on the Arco-Minidoka road. Some friends just blitzed on by it. It's a lava tube. Take a flashlight. It's also very cool inside. IMG_4385.JPG IMG_4410.JPG IMG_4375.JPG