Trans America Trail 2021

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Motochimp, Jun 23, 2021.

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  1. Motochimp

    Motochimp Been here awhile Supporter

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    I am going to try to make it to this campground tomorrow, did you need a reservation? Thanks again, this might work out perfect.
  2. Bill Dirt

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    That looks like Sams southern option for Idaho. I would strongly encourage you to ride through Craters of the Moon and into Arco. The next part of the trail from Arco was one of my favorite days on the tat riding through Copper Basin...
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  3. Motochimp

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    Ya, I’m coming up from Utah into Idaho, I’ll take a look and see if I can find the northern route on my Garmin, and if so figure out how and where to navigate to that route. Do you know of a certain location on the southern route where you would head to the northern?
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    T3/T4 Hybrid Lone Rider

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    Last year there wasn't any reservation and its first come.
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    Motochimp Been here awhile Supporter

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    Thanks again for getting back. I’m gonna leave Wendover first thing in the AM and see how far I can get. The heat is really wears me down, nowhere to hide from it.
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    Thank you for the reply I'll be following the rest of your post.
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  7. MrAngry

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    THIS.THREAD.IS.EPIC! I was just sent to your story (so far) by a mate and I'm so glad he shared it... I can't wait for what else you'll be sharing, safe riding and have an outrageous adventure @Motochimp
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    Headed out of McDermitt to Eureka in the morning. Looks like I’m going to miss ya. Cheers Mr Monkey Man !! Have a good one!!!
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  9. Motochimp

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    What?! How we gonna miss each other, so I need to reroute? I have stories to tell brother!
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  10. Motochimp

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    Yesterday’s ride was a quick one. I switched over to Sam’s route out of Baker NV and headed north to Wendover, I underestimated the distance and showed up at 1pm without a plan to go any farther so I grabbed a cheap room at the casino and had a chill afternoon. Maybe it’s too early to say, but I totally recognized a difference between the two trail masters Sam and Kevin. It’s funny how after almost 3 weeks of following Kevin’s route, you almost know what kind of trail and condition of the route you’re gonna be on each day, almost a pattern. Yesterday I felt right away I was on a different type of route with a different mind set. As usual I rolled out of Baker onto a gravel road for about 25 miles, but for some reason it felt different, then started taking these small 2 track spurs up out of the desert floor up into the foothills, just high enough to give you some great views. These 2 track routes were sweet for cruising along, smooth, rolling, very little rock, you could actually look around and enjoy the moment. Now this was just one day, so I might be jumping to conclusions, maybe it was just that section, but yesterday was an awesome ride. I look forward to getting out of the desert though, it’s been about 5 or 6 days in a row of 100 degrees plus weather and it’s taking it’s toll, I hope Idaho is more pleasant but looking at the forecast I won’t be that lucky. C7256E10-4FFE-43F0-A9E5-7E82C9C7F20E.jpeg 5D153F42-C71F-41ED-8BF4-F5087523B141.jpeg CB1296DB-A3DD-456F-A498-5D8C6065CBA2.jpeg
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    I’m headed south to Baker Nevada. Cheers
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    Say hi to Anthony the bartender, he pours a tall cocktail.
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  13. GringoRider

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    You're dealing with some serious heat and it ain't gettin much better soon I reckon. Were I you I'd stay hydrated, motel it as often as possible and avoid the heat where you can. Long lunch breaks and frequent shade breaks to hydrate. I've had heat stroke while racing motocross and it's NOT something you want to get while on the road. The dry air just sucks the moisture out of you as you ride.

    Great job on the trip and the RR! Hang in there and survive it!!
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    Great RR. Keep em coming and finish strong.
    I leave NC on 8/12 with a buddy and we are riding to Port Orford on the TAT.
    Enjoying reading and can’t wait for our adventure. keep the advice coming
    Ride safe
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    I will! How’s the trail coming across savior lake bed? Sandy or ???
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    Great ride report! I've been on all of these trails in Colorado and Utah with the exception of Lockhart Basin. In Colorado, Engineer Pass is part of the alpine loop and typically run clockwise for whatever reason. You can go either way of course but most of the Jeeps and buggies go clockwise. It's a lot easier to pass a motorcycle on the trail though. On Imogene, many turn that into a loop as well and also do Black Bear Pass which is only one way to Telluride. So, you were probably going against the majority of traffic going up Imogene. Imogene is definitely easier going the other way. There's some steep parts going up from Ouray! If you ever go back, we like Ouray a lot more than Telluride. They're both great towns though. Ouray is a little less peopley than Telluride.

    You also made the right decision to skip White Rim I think. It is crazy hot out there and you could get in trouble in a hurry. But I'd recommend you go back in the spring or fall. I've been to Moab lots of times and I think the White Rim might be the most epic ride out there. It's not too difficult but it's over 100 miles between fuel stops out there. It takes a full day on a bike. I think it would be pretty miserable on a 100+ degree day though. For anybody else looking at doing the White Rim from Moab, the best and by far most scenic way is to get there from Moab via Potash Rd. It's spectacular out there. You eventually get to a T. Left goes down the White Rim trail and right goes up the Shaffer switchbacks. You could ride up the switchbacks and then back down and hit the White Rim.
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  17. Motochimp

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    It was fine, just long with loose gravel. Enjoy!!
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    Chief, thanks for the good info! I wanted to hit Ouray, it was one of those towns I wanted visit, had it all planned to have lunch there after Engineers, but the clouds started to roll in and I didn’t want to hit Imogene in a down pour. Unfortunately that lasted for about 3 or 4 miles up Imogene and here came the down pour. Also, thanks for the back up on WRT, wasn’t the day for it and I decided I’ll come back another day on my 350 and see it in all its glory.
    Thanks for following!
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    You’re going to love it, enjoy the ride!!
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    Ok, long day today, almost 400 miles! Got out of Wendover and headed north past Bonneville Salt Flats and around the north side of The Great Salt Lake, from what I could see of it… not so great. After that, the ride got a little… a whole bunch boring. BTW… WTF is up with the town called ATK? All kinds of funny looking buildings, security gates, cameras, and plain white vehicles everywhere. What’s going on in there? They park some missiles out front as a cover. “Take some pictures folks, now just move along”. I’ve never seen Area 51, but I’m pretty sure it looks just like this. Anyway, I was all high on Sam’s route yesterday, but after ATK, it fizzled out. Now maybe it’s the 100 degree temps, or the smoke in there air, but today reminded me a lot of Oklahoma, without the blue sky. Rolled in late to my brother in laws house in Boise, was met with a cold beer, followed by a bowl of ice cream. I took Sam’s southern Idaho route, very boring, farms and dairies forever. Although the 100 degree temps suck, I’ll take them all day verses 87 degrees with the humidity turned up to a billion. Pics of the day. 2E4C7FA3-1998-4974-A4AA-C52AB2728788.jpeg 20A1D278-827B-4CC1-8A3D-D394B324CD2B.jpeg 5D458A75-7994-4CD4-92B0-9C2710F83D38.jpeg 7836072E-093B-4657-A5F6-FE7A0AA39005.jpeg 05DA11DF-7183-4FB2-A447-908A4330C025.jpeg D7549A64-464A-4274-AE9B-6DD0E39088A5.jpeg 96AA3400-77BF-4852-A3B6-B2E9C821B1E3.jpeg 77BBBAE5-BDDC-4742-AE79-816021D882B6.jpeg 5AF1B007-FB0E-45A0-A11A-83995D6BD6D4.jpeg