Here's some kind of TAT summary/wrap up. A little rambling, sorry.
Distance from Trinidad, CO to Port Orford, OR
: aprox. 2735 miles
that includes our extracurricular riding (Slickrock, Arches Nat'l Park, Canyonlands loop, Preston to Ely and back, checking out every dead end in Oregon, etc.).
Number of days on the TAT
: 12 (11 riding days, plus one rest day in Battle Mountain, NV)
Average miles per day
Average speed per day
: 28-32 mph (daily averages according to the GPS. These numbers seem low, but they include all stops and breaks throughout the day - when our speed was zero)
Number of flats: zero!
Number of crashes: 2
Number of get-offs: 4, maybe 5 if we had one in that silt on potash road
We wore the sh*t out of the tires!
What we brought
In the tank bag
- the day's TAT maps and upcoming roll chart, AAA state map if we had one.
- moto com intercom and ipod
- my small journal + pen
- small water and snacks (granola bars, nuts, dried fruit)
- extra batteries/SD card for camera
- SPOT locator, set to send breadcrumbs
- cell phone and charger, turned off (rarely used - only to call motels in town)
- my glasses and contact lens stuff
- swiss army knife and leatherman tool
- 2 spoons and 2 forks
- handiwipes and napkins and emergency toilet paper
- freshette *
In the wolfman bag
- 2 tubes, front and rear (heavy duty)
- large can of chain lube
- 10 oz of oil
- small solar charger for battery (KTM battery can easily get drained if you get caught in deep sand. Lesson learned the hard way in baja)
- 2 nalgene bottles with water
- more granola bars, almonds, dried fruit
- the rest of the maps and roll charts
- small first aid kit (bandaids, gauze, tape, neosporin, vicodin and motrin, maybe an ace bandage)
- small ziplock of laundry soap for sink laundry
- giant pack of baby wipes and sleeping bag liner that we forgot to unpack when we decided not to camp
- soldering iron purchased in Kanab, UT to fix the intercom. was also used to plastic weld the kolpin, though unsuccessfully.
- clothing and sandals
- toiletries bag
Clothing and sandals
In addition to riding gear, we each had:
- 3 quick dry shirts (I had 1 lt. cotton tee shirt for town)
- 3 quick dry undies
- 3 pair socks
- bathing suit/swim trunks
- 1 pair shorts (matt) or capris (me) for town
- 1 pair sandals
- 1 brimmed hat (in case the bike broke down in the desert)
- super basic and put together before we decided not to camp
- toothbrushes and toothpaste
- dental floss
- gold bond powder (really used the hell out of this stuff when it was hot)
- pepto tablets (leftover from mexico)
On the bike
- matt's everyday bike stuff - tire irons, mini compressor, tools, etc...
- 2 MORE tubes in the fairings (front and back tubes, heavy duty)
- kolpin gas cans - usually empty. Maybe one gallon of gas in the good (non-leaky) can.
- fire extinguisher (for entertainment purposes only)
- extra fuel pump zip-tied to the crash bars
- compass, I mean, GPS
- roll chart holder
- north face hydration backpack was bungeed on top of the wolfman bag
- we carried a little extra water in the desert, either inside the bag or strapped on top
- helmet (Arai XD for matt. Shoei - TZ-R for me)
- Olympia AST touring jacket (in my jacket - wallet, more contact lens stuff, chapstick, camera, kleenex)
- Olympia AST touring pants (in matt's pants - wallet)
- boots (tech 3 for matt, some kind of alpinestars waterproof touring boot for me)
- summer gloves (dirt gloves for me)
- bike shorts - I was happy to have them when matt was washing my pants in the stream (and taking pictures!)
We brought the insulated liners for our jackets and pants but never used them. Mailed them home from Salida, CO.
We were really happy with the Olympia gear. We were always pretty comfortable, even when the temps were over 100F. They were a little warm when we were in Death Valley, but it was 128F, so nothing would have felt cool. The gear was also great in the rain and hail, which we had plenty of.
I think that's just about it. Wow, looks like a lot when it's all written out.
What we would leave at home
- 1 quick dry shirt each (only needed 2 each)
- my cotton tee for town
- kolpin gas cans
- Olympia insulated liners
- giant pack of baby wipes and sleeping bag liner
* Oh, one more thing. Since there seem to be some wives/girlfriends reading...Ladies, if you're doing the TAT, especially camping, you need one of these: freshette
(you guys/men/dudes do not want to look. trust me.)
You had to look anyway, didn't you?
What we wish we had done differently
1) bring a better, more durable camera and take more pictures.
It would have been nice to have a camera that was waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof. Maybe one of those Olympus Stylus dealies. There were times when I wanted to take photos but didn't dare because it was raining too hard or was too dusty. Also, the camera was in my jacket pocket for both crashes. Luckily, when we fell in the hole, I landed on the left side of my ribs and the camera was on the right side. I am not a natural photographer; I love to just watch the road when we're riding and I really had to force myself to take snaps. Now, I'm happy to have all the pics and I wish I had more.
2) I guess we could have brought a better GPS with topos. maybe
I know, I know, after all that bitching and complaining about our POS GPS... But, we've done plenty of navigating with GPS (sailing) and following the roll charts is so much more fun! Matt and I were talking about it and we still would have used the roll charts as our main source of information. We liked the scavenger hunt feel of it and Matt really wanted to make things more challenging for himself as a rider. Even when it turned out poorly
It would have been nice to be able to turn to a GPS chart (or maybe forest and BLM maps) on some of those super-horrible days, to save ourselves HOURS of frustration and homicidal rage. But, half an hour - 45 minutes of hunting around for stuff... that's okay. I think even more than a better GPS, we would have liked to have some freaking waypoints
for NV and OR. Even our crap GPS can find waypoints. Sigh.
Looking back now, it just makes it all the more satisfying that we actually finished the damn trail.
3) that being said, we could have done without meeting Randal and his septic test holes. Oh well. I'm okay with it. Matt's having a hard time right now, but he'll live. I just hope Randal fills those holes, soon (he told us that he lets kids ride their quads in that field).
I found a few more photos that I didn't use earlier.
This was from Matt's favorite day of the TAT - Day 6: Salina, UT to Ely, NV
. Included that little sandy/single track section in the trees.
Coincidentally, I'll bet this was our highest average speed day, too
We were FLYING all day. It was a blast.
My favorite day was Day 2: Salida, CO to Lake City, CO
Loved those rocky roads and the rich green mountains. I was so stoked to be doing Hancock Pass
and Tomichi Pass!
The first part of Day 3: Lake City, CO to Ophir, CO was a close second favorite. Okay, maybe it's a tie...