I sure do miss my days on the Trans American Trail. I had a couple setbacks along the way, but looking back on things I wouldn't change a thing!
I've got some pictures for you guys, hopefully they will help with the winter blues.
Some of the trails on the TAT are rather faint
the same rain that caused the sink hole that i, "found"...
caused lots of washed out roads in Utah which slowed thing down for me a lot and also made for an extremely rough ride.
Crested the hill a little on the fast side...
I was going up hill...
Something doesn't look right. (Broke the right seat mount off of the frame)
After setting up camp i got to work on the bike...
Once your lost with just roll charts it can be a PITA to get back on the trail.
Endless trails like this in Nevada literally beat the crap out of me and my bike. I remember trying to push to the next fueling station as I was getting rather desperate for food, but with the rough terrain and slow pace i was forced to spend another night in the bush.
The next morning i made it to the first gas station in Oregon. ( Which by the way is now out of business!) it had been 160 miles of TAT trail since the last fuel stop, but i had gotten turned around a couple of times and i was running very low on gas. I ended up slabbing it northward to the nearest gas station and picking up the trail from there.
It was very refreshing to be around trees again! Not to mention fast roads
Finally i ran into another TAT rider, Ian same age as me started in Oklahoma and has been slabbing it about half of the time because of time restraints. We chatted at this gate crossing for a bit then parted ways, but not for long.
We ended up running into each other again that evening at a motel. we spent the evening sharing stories of our adventure over a few beers.
The next morning after a photo we parted our ways again. Ian was going to slab it for 100 miles and then pick up the trail to make it to the coast. My plan was to stick with the trail, but soon after we went our own ways i discovered that my speedo stopped working! ( the speedo gear at the hub stripped out)
Honestly what kind of timing...the last day of the TAT, how am i gonna follow the roll charts without an odometer?
I called Ian and left him a message asking if he'd mind me tagging along. I ended up slabbing it in the direction i thought Ian would be taking. About and hour later i saw him stopped on the side of the road waiting for me
We ended up having one hell of an adventure that day, the Oregon section of trail is very hard to follow...Not many pictures of the day, just some video that i still need to edit...
After completing the TAT we split a motel room as we were both socking wet and cold!
The fellow adventure riders next door were kind enough to take a photo for us.
On my way home i stopped at my sisters for a visit and to make some much needed repairs on the bike.
Ummm.. no bolts left to hold the rack on ( Upon ariving home i found the subframe of the bike to be broken in 3 different places)
Oil EVERYWHERE!! Countershaft seal failure.
Many of you asked how I got un-stuck
I tried prying the bike out but i was just bending S%$&...
Desperation! I literally had my face in the water digging with my hands to get the the front wheel loosened up. In the end I ended up crouching down and lifted with every bit of energy i had left, ignoring my screaming back. Finally the bike fell over and i was able to drag the bike out of the water.
Not that i was un stuck once i had the bike out of the hole...
Did I ever mention that I'm a daily morning coffee drinker and that i missed my cup of Joe that morning...The headache was a great way to top everything off