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DockingPilot 11-25-2008 08:26 AM

Part II: Dockingpilot & NJ Crew Ride TAT West
Part II because we rode the eastern section of the TAT last Sept. Kentucky to the eastern border in Colorado. Excellent ride indeed. A couple of things first, excuse my spelling & grammer, it sucks I know, and quite frankly don't care. 2nd, I'd like to that Mark Sampson and Chuck "Ayroshark" for their insight, it helped us avoid screwups, bailouts and no-go's. Chuck, your 3 time TAT experience and advise was priceless and spot on. OK, on with the show as they say. I'll do this by state with a nice video of each at the end taken from my POV1.

We planned again for a early Sept. ride and we were 100% correct on this. The weather for the entire 2,500 miles could not have been better.
In NJ, mid August dropping the bikes at Allied to be shipped out to Trinidad Colorado were we would arrive on Sept.5th

We of course fly out to Colorado Springs

Were we have our ride waiting to take us the 130 miles south to Trinidad, the same town we left off last years TAT East trip and Valcom Motorsports were our steeds are now waiting. Yea, we do it right :lol3

As for the riders with me.
Duane "DK Kerzic 08' KTM 530, my close friend. DK is like having a living breathing Multi-Tool with you.
Multi time East Coast Enduro Asso Grand Champion & multi time USA ISDE rider and good friend Bruce "Redcorn" Kenny 07' KTM 950 Super Enduro
John "Boy" Pitts, a better guy to have on a trip there is not. 08' KLR 650
Prior Baja rider & good friend Jody Villa who will ride with us to Richfield Utah. 07' BMW X-Challenge
Meeting us in Trinidad and will ride with us to Green River Utah is my fellow Husky rider Dennis Spanker DeMarco. 08' Comp. Damp-"less" Husky 610 :lol3
And lastly my good friend from Idaho Falls would ride his KLR down from there, leaving a week ahead of time and camp along the way, is celebrity outdoorsman and western backroad, byway expert, Tony Huegel. If it's a dirt road and it's out west, he either knows it or made it, if you doesnt know it, well it doesnt exsisit then :lol3 . Tony would roundevous with us in Salida Colorado.
Oh, and myself of course, 07' Husky 610
Every bike had a loaded GPS and we would spread ourselves out on this trip. No obbical cord (Doc ?) needed on this journey. You could ride solo for the day if you wanted. Now sit back and I'll take you all the way to Oregon.
Our first meal and evening in Trinidad on the trip. Mexican. John looks half in the bag already (midship on the left) :lol3

We head out for Salida

Boy is this gonna be good ! :clap

Breakfast at our 1st fuel stop

We arrive 248 miles later in Salida where we link up with Tony

The 2 Huskies team up for the day. Salida to Lake City

We're now climbing and in awe at the vistas


Relaxing in Lake City. Really nice town. We stayed at the Matterhorn. Yes, recomended.
On the way to dinner we give the salute

AM departure. Lower 30's. Here's Bruce fueling up his thirsty 950. Next stop Montecello Utah

Up & Over !
John boy
Tony twisting the throttle

Animas Forks

Ophir Pass

This driver had a bad day

We decended out of the San Juans and crossed into Utah unscathed.

Colorado was breathtaking and Utah will not disappoint. But if it's really remote, old west you want, stay tuned for Nevada :wink:

Colorado video clip as promised. Hope ya like John Denver
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GB 11-25-2008 08:30 AM

Wow!! What a great trip :super

:lurk :lurk

larryboy 11-25-2008 08:52 AM

Awesome, Frank!!! Love the John Denver!! :clap

Bob 11-25-2008 08:55 AM

Looks like another great report:clap

bigdon 11-25-2008 10:06 AM

I don't want to miss any of this!:rofl

equipmentdude 11-25-2008 10:21 AM

I am inspired!! Can't wait for Utah!:thumb

benh 11-25-2008 10:31 AM

A lot of familiar sites there! Looks like a blast...the limo is priceless! :D

DockingPilot 11-25-2008 10:38 AM

For you guys wondering, we fowarded our airplane travel clothes and the gear bags holding our riding gear on the bikes as they were trucked, to the last motel in Portland Oregon. They would be waiting on us there. We would not carry them across thankfully. We only had the nessecities, which wasn't much :lol3
"Light is Right"
Also, I learned from Tony that we were riding:
The Rockies
The Colorado Platue (Utah)
The Great Basin (Nevada), where water does not flow to either ocean, it just sinks. It was also a giant inland sea a very long time ago, its borders running from the Rockies to the Cascades.
And finally the Cascade Ranges.
Cool ha ?

Gunslinger1 11-25-2008 12:01 PM

OH Yea...........:clap ..........been looking forward to this.

JackL 11-25-2008 12:08 PM

Don't leave us waiting. Give us more. :freaky

DockingPilot 11-25-2008 01:53 PM

We spent the night in Monticello Utah. We did our laundry which was a nightly task, showered and went to eat. Monticello is a Mormon town, so no alcohol available. Good food and nice folks non the less. After a swim in the Days Inn pool we hit the rack. I watched my nightly installment of Nancy Grace :hide and passed out. Bruce would be my room partner for the whole adventure. The first couple of nights he said "what the hell is that shit ? Nancy Grace ?" Ah, but by the end of the trip I think I had him hooked ! :lol3

As I said before, we were all self suffcient and spread out during the day. We would arrive at the motels at different times. here's Tony pulling in.

Todays route would take us over the La Sal Mountains, into Moab & up the Shaffer Switchbacks thanks to Tony, and into Green River. The Schaffer Switchbacks should be incorperated into the TAT in our opinion. Its easy to include it and it's not to be missed. You''ll see it good in the Utah video clip at the end. Its takes around 1'000 above the Colorado River.

Me and Bruce taking a breather

As the sign implies, the TAT would route us through Geyser Pass

Decending down out of the La Sals we see our 1st glimps of the real Utah ! :clap

Sand Flats Road leading into Moab

Ill be back:

DockingPilot 11-25-2008 02:35 PM

Dramatic changes in landscape from Colorado

We stop in Arches National Park after brunch in Moab. Moab.....ah a bit over built for our tastes.

Heading into Canyonlands and the Schaffer Switchbacks

divingbiker 11-25-2008 02:46 PM

Very well done!
This is awesome. I hope to do this trip soon and will be following along closely.

What are your thoughts as to the size of the bikes to do this trip. My riding buddies have a F800GS, 1200GS and KTM 990. To big for this section of the TAT?

DockingPilot 11-25-2008 03:05 PM


Originally Posted by divingbiker
This is awesome. I hope to do this trip soon and will be following along closely.

What are your thoughts as to the size of the bikes to do this trip. My riding buddies have a F800GS, 1200GS and KTM 990. To big for this section of the TAT?

Well, depends on the rider of course and how much you want to work. Bruce rides that 950SE like most guys ride 250's. The 1200GS might be a bit much. But you can take the big bike alternates with no problems. Dont overload the bikes.

rufus 11-25-2008 03:19 PM


Originally Posted by divingbiker
This is awesome. I hope to do this trip soon and will be following along closely.

What are your thoughts as to the size of the bikes to do this trip. My riding buddies have a F800GS, 1200GS and KTM 990. To big for this section of the TAT?

Yes, they are too big. I have a 990 KTM and almost rode it on our TAT ride ( Okies do the TAT RR). I rode my 525. It is rideable on a big bike if you are a good dirt rider. BUT it wouldn't be as much fun as on a smaller bike. Hundreds of miles of 2 track with rocks, gravel, and sand. The sand is what will wear you out on a big bike. Lots more work on a big bike. I am an Expert/A class rider and I would NOT want to ride my 990 on the western TAT. BUT....... if that's all you got, then go for it. Just ride a more relaxed pace and take the big bike bypasses. AND watch out for the silt beds.

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