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10-08-2013, 03:13 PM
Joined: Apr 2012
Location: San Francisco
Counting down the final miles of the CDR on our way to the TAT we had a few last water obstacles to contend with, made all the deeper by the recent rain.
I went a little deep on one of them pulling water into my airbox and stalling the bike.
Here we are at the intersection of the CDR and TAT.
It felt great to finally be riding the TAT. It was really a desire to ride the western portion of the Trans-America trail that had served as the original impetus for the trip. Riding through aspen forests we were excited by the prospect of finally climbing over the rocky mountains and getting a chance to see the high mountain passes of Colorado that we had all heard so much about.
Climbing a fun rocky trail we rode upwards towards Marshall pass. So far the bikes had been handling the elevation without too many issues so long as we kept our air filters clean. Mike's chain on the other hand was not doing well. He had lost the majority of his chain guide, and the chain seemed to be stretching - getting looser on a daily basis. Now tightened as much as possible, he was having problems keeping it on the sprockets as we bounced along over the rocky terrain. Our tires were also all severely worn, and we were anxious for Moab where we had parts and tires waiting for us.
We rode late to find a suitable spot to sleep that would put us within spitting distance of the passes that would see us across the Rockies.
Setting out the next morning we rode hard for Cinnamon Pass winding in and out of a long line of jeeps and quads as we steadily gained elevation. This was undoubtedly the best day of riding so far, with fun trails, epic vistas and mind blowing scenery.
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