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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Motochimp, Jun 23, 2021.
Right on!! Just got out of the desert and into the mountains of Utah! Just outside of Kanosh.
If you’re on Kevin’s route, Kanosh to Richfield is sweet. There’s a good KOA in Richfield.
Wow, what an epic day. Without getting ahead of myself talking about finishing, let me cover today’s ride. I left Crescent Lake early in hopes to finish the TAT today. I grabbed the trail about 8 miles south of Crescent and headed west towards Port Orford. This part of Oregon is so different from the eastern and central parts, much more green and mountainous. When I rolled out onto 138 I noticed the large amount of Forest service rigs and firefighting equipment, very little traffic otherwise. Made my way down a few miles in hopes of grabbing breakfast, the gal at the cafe said they just reopened this section yesterday. As I rode further in the thick smoke there was a lot of damage left by the fire, everything was torched on both sides of the road. I continued on and made it to Canyonville, I was so stoked I made such good time I kept moving on…but wasn’t this where I told myself yesterday I would grab gas? Anyway, we’ll come back to this in a few. The riding out of Canyonville kept getting better and better, great trails, great temps, no smoke, honestly, maybe one if the top 3 sections on the TAT if you ask me. After about an hour, I noticed I only had 80 miles left on fuel and figured I would find something somewhere along the route…the riding was so epic, the next time I looked at the gauge it read 45 miles to empty. I started to get a little nervous because I could tell I was a ways from anything. I got serious about it, mapped out a way to get to Powers Oregon and by the time I got there gauge said 14 miles to empty, which would have been fine if there was a fuel station in Powers Oregon. As I searched my Garmin, the next closest thing was 35 miles from here, I was fu@ked!! As I was sitting there on the side of the road staring into my Zumo, a white truck pulled up and said “are you riding the TAT”. I said “I was until now”. I asked about the nearest fuel option and he confirmed what I just found out…35 miles! Like so many generous and thoughtful people I’ve met on this adventure, he said he has an equipment yard down the road where he has fuel. This guy was so damn cool, was heading into town and noticed Sam’s TAT sticker on the back of my helmet and stopped to say hi, saved my dumbass from having to start knocking on doors on a Sunday afternoon. Anyway, loaded up with a few gallons and headed back towards Kevin’s green route to finish up. The last 100 miles of this trail where so damn good, the views, the trail, and knowing today was the day. Rolling along on some epic 2 track along the Elk River, something happened, a light breeze, a slight temperature drop, I couldn’t see it, but I could smell it… the Pacifc!!!
I knew I was close, those last few miles along the Elk River cannot be missed if you’ve come this far, it was an awesome way to finish. I rolled into Port Orford, soaked in the moment, and noticed the Crazy Norwegian Fish House Pitts told me about, I stopped to take a quick pic and I was grabbed by the arm and a familiar face said, “congratulations”! It was Gary and Mary Kay! Funny thing about these 2, I first met them in their muddy red Jeep Wrangler back in Oklahoma, then again in Colorado, then again in Utah, again in Central Oregon, and now here they were at the finish line. It was always small talk until now, Sam’s or Kevin’s, where you from, camping or lodging… I think they were as happy to see me as I was to see them, it seemed so appropriate to get to share the moment with familiar people with a familiar story. They invited me in to share some dinner at the fish house, and I gladly accepted. I first needed to hit the beach and have my moment and celebrate. I came back to share war stories of the TAT and swap numbers, I have a feeling I will have a connection with these two for awhile. I rode off down the street to check into my room and prepare for the 6 hour ride home that I need to do tomorrow. I’ve met so many great people on this journey, it’s the one thing that keeps happening that I will never forget, there are some beautiful, good hearted, generous, thoughtful people out there, all with dreams of adventure.
I will follow up in a few days with more information on my equipment, my bike, what I would do different, etc… and for any of you future TAT riders, feel free to reach out with any questions, dumb or not, I’ll do my best to give you my opinion and share my experience. I used a GoPro camera this whole time but couldn’t figure out how to post them here. I will get home and put something together and share some of the highlights of the trip, Oklahoma mud, Imogene, and of course fu@king Lockhart Basin.
Congratulations on an epic ride! You are correct, this country is full of nice generous friendly people. Thanks for taking us along and look forward to your equipment list and videos.
Fantastic journey and story telling on your part. Thank you for taking the time to bring us along for the ride, I know it can be a RPITA!
Congratulations, my man!!!
I'm just going to assume you posted those photos three times out of sheer excitement, and to make sure we didn't miss anything
Thank you for bringing us along for the ride. This has been yet another "everyman" journey, which will surely inspire many of us (I know it got me hooked!).
Motochimp, congrats on an epic adventure! Thoroughly enjoyed each post, and the personal moments experienced along your route.
Your words and pics were really well done - especially liked the Colorado pass choices and the Lockhart Basin save!
Ditto all that was said above. Huge CONGRATS, well done, and thanks so much for the fantastic “real-time” ride report.
Very much looking forward to your “epilogue.” But take some time to catch up with the fam first.
Ya, I got a little loose in posting the pics, I think I tried to edit something mid stream and boom… triplicates!
Great report and pictures I loved your story, thanks for taking this old man on your adventure
Thank you for this special RR! It makes me want to do it again; well maybe, if I was 20 years younger. I hope to see more RR's from you in the future.
What a fantastic adventure, been following since your first post! Well done and thanks for taking us all along with you!
The trip of a lifetime! Thanks for bringing us along on the adventure. That feeling of rolling in to Port Orford after the thousands of miles of TAT is hard to describe to people that haven't done it. I'd dreamed about it for so long and read so many ride reports that actually arriving there with the experiences all fresh in my mind is a feeling I'll never forget. Congratulations!
Sincere congratulations on making the journey @Motochimp!! "Outstanding adventure" does not do justice to what you've experienced - in the least. I imagine the sense of accomplishment, relief, awe, and a whole host of other emotions were something else when you hit Port Orford, only topped by running into folks you met multiple states away.
I have greatly enjoyed your RR and appreciate you bringing us along - so many great stories! I don't make it over to Bend all that often, but do head over to Christmas Valley and my happy place of SE Oregon - would be honored to buy you a beer (whisky?) and hear some of your stories first hand if the opportunity ever presents itself.
And if you find yourself on the western side of the Cascades anywhere near PDX, riding or not, hit me up. Have a shop if needed as well as plenty of space in my home.
Thanks again for the journey man...truly effin' epic.
Fanatastic RR..........just fantastic! Thanks for sharing it all.
Thanks for taking us along! It was a great ride. Very happy for you.
Thanks for the kind words and following along. Before I left I geeked out on some of your Oregon ride videos and they very much helped push me over the edge when deciding to pull the trigger on the TAT. If you ever plan a SE Oregon trip let me know and maybe I can tag along, or at least catch up with you on your way through town. Thanks again, John
Fantastic thread, thanks for sharing. I might have missed this along the way but what is your opinion of the KTM after all those miles? If you went again, would you pick the same bike? Any favorite gear or farkle come to mind? Not many have logged these kinds of miles on diverse terrain with 890R.
Well done and thank you!!!
@Motochimp Congratulations! And best of luck to all riders on the TAT now! I applaud you all!
My friend Kevin is currently in Tennessee riding east to west on his Africa Twin.