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Old 06-22-2006, 10:46 PM   #1
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BigDog & Gaspipe Do The TransAm Trail West

I suppose it was inevitable.

Several years ago, I bought the maps from Sam, and started riding the eastern sections of the TranAm Trail on a regular basis as a 'warmup' for other rides. Over the past few years, much of the TN and MS parts have been chipsealed (and ruined) - something that pisses me off, but progress has it's way of moving forward irregardless.

The western states have long intruigued me, but responsibilities and work made exploration impossible. Until now. The rat race caught up, and I decided it's time to lighten the load of responsibility.

I sold my businesses.

[ring] [ring]

"Hey Gaspipe, ya wanna ride the western states of the TransAm Trail?"

"Yeah, OK. I'm in."

It was that simple.

There were a few other dudes expressing interest, but life's hurdels precluded any other participants. No biggy, as BigDog and I are pretty used to traveling alone anyway. Two works well - faster and logistically easier anyway.

Both of use had trodden up and down the eastern states, so we decided to meet up at the Arkansas/Oklahoma border, and pick up where we'd each left off on previous rides. The closest civilization was Siloam Springs, and that's where we 'holed up', readying for 3,500 miles of Sam Correro's best of the west.

Thank doG the rain came the night before, the dust was horrific - a harbinger of things to come.



The cheapo motel has some sort of 'theme' thing going on. Somehow, we got the "TallyHo!" room



And that was how Day Zero happened - June 1st. We're outta here at 0-dawn-thirty.

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Old 06-22-2006, 10:58 PM   #2
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Old 06-22-2006, 10:58 PM   #3
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Old 06-22-2006, 11:57 PM   #4
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More tomorrow. The 3,000 miles home beat me up.

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Old 06-23-2006, 12:10 AM   #5
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Damn it man!!!Passed right near me(55 miles) AND stayed the night.........Fook...woulda bought ya dinner.....


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Old 06-23-2006, 01:57 AM   #6
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oh man,this is gonna be great!!!
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Old 06-23-2006, 04:26 AM   #7
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Old 06-22-2006, 11:20 PM   #8
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Day 1

O-Dark-Thirty found us ready to roll - but we had to stow BigDog's rig, and get some coffee and grub first. Watching Mark drive the 4x4 with Tec6's on was a treat

WTF My 276C was not digesting the data well.....Mark spent painstaking hours converting Sam's data into GPS data using his patented 5" Buffalo Map Condenser. In a random fit of idiocy, I loaded it into my 276 using MapSource 7.0 - while Mark programmed it all in 6.0. It was useless....This created what could be a bad scene, as now we have no backup data.



Problem? Nope. No hay problema. Just adds to the adventure

We headed south to the starting point - a place where each of us had stopped prior at the conclusion of Arkansas.



Mark is riding an '06 Husky TE610 - a bike that's all but unproven to date, but Mark has it well sorted out. I'm on a modified XR650R. It was quite obvious we each put a good deal of time into prepping the bikes for the ride. 3,500 miles of isolated territory tends to warrant such a thing.

The previous night's storms quickly provide us some obstacles in the form of fallen trees, shrouded in poison ivy. Yeah baby!



Although there were some additional riders that had expressed an interest in the ride, by crunch time, there was just Mark and I.

C'est la vie.

We'd each been thinking of a name for this ride - something unusual to really personalize this ride. In an unusually picturesque river crossing, Mark and I ran into a particularly pretty young lady and her friend - and his dog.



He was an ex-MX racer, and was intruigued with our endeavor. We explained that there was but two of us, the others unable to commit, and he declared the ride as 'tahlequah'.

Yup. It means something.

After the Trail of Tears, the Indian tribal elders were to meet upon this very spot to decide the future. Only two of the three elders came, and "two is enough" was decided - and that word is "tahlequa".

Perfect. How fitting.





Eastern Oklahoma sure reminds me of western Arkansas. But that'll change all too soon. But for now, run, terrapin, run....!!!!



This ride is ON!

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Old 06-22-2006, 11:55 PM   #9
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Before long, the curves all became 90 degree angles, the agricultural roads layed out in a simple one mile grid pattern.



Long, straight roads. But at least there's some elevation change still lingering on, allowing for some nice views.



The Osage Indian Reservation took us through some beautiful forests and swampland.





Fuel was a concern for the Husky - it only carried 3.4 gallons. The Honda was fitted up with a Acerbis 6+ gallon behemoth, so fuel wasn't a concern so much for it - but the fella with the least range dictates the course. And that's how we managed the fuel - by the Husky's range.



There are plenty of hills and obscure roads in northern Oklahoma in that Osage reservation. It was utterly devoid of humans, and just to our liking.





I skipped a fuel stop, thinking to myself "why do I want to carry all this fuel all the time?" Well, in these remote areas, it's best to just to do like you do in other countries. Fill up when you can. I almost ran out of gas on the first day



I could just imagine this place a hundred years ago. Cimmaron!



Eventually, the sun grew swollen and fat, sinking to the western horizon. We need to be thinking about shelter.



We approached the town of Newkirk, got gas, and decided to get some grub. The Stagecoach BBQ is highly recommended. Friendly service, great food. We stuffed ourselves, and elected to get a motel for the night.



A wonky wheel bearing was re-adjusted....



And the 'waffle stomp' shower laundry set out to dry. You hard cores know what that's all about.



Day one ends, about 280 miles under our belts for the day - a big chunk of Oklahoma already chewed off the ride.

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Old 06-27-2006, 03:33 PM   #10
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Hey!! I went to highschool in Newkirk, OK!!! Go Tigers!!

Don't remember no bar-b-que there though...

They still have only ONE stoplight?

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Old 06-27-2006, 03:39 PM   #11
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Thanks for the great write up. It made me feel as if I was with you. A sign of a good writer. Thanks again
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Old 06-27-2006, 03:46 PM   #12
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I don't post much, but I read lots. And this is the best report yet.

What a ride. Thanks.
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Old 07-12-2006, 08:04 AM   #13
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Thanks for the report.

I SO want to do this trip!

I also visited you own website, great site!

I think it would be helpful for y'all to list everything you packed & took, what you had but wouldn't take on the next trip, what you didnt have but will carry on the next trip.

A complete inventory would be helpful for new adventure riders.

I'm suprised you didnt have any helmet comms.

And are you gonna help finish the trail to the east coast? even if it means having to use paved backroads,
(aint much dirt left near the east coast)

Sam should put a link on his site to this site & thread.

& I agree with your not selling or giving away the GPS points of the entire route, maybe a few of the "not to be missed" stops here and there would be ok I think.
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Old 07-12-2006, 09:08 AM   #14
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Thanks for the report.

I SO want to do this trip!

I also visited you own website, great site!

I think it would be helpful for y'all to list everything you packed & took, what you had but wouldn't take on the next trip, what you didnt have but will carry on the next trip.

A complete inventory would be helpful for new adventure riders.

I'm suprised you didnt have any helmet comms.

And are you gonna help finish the trail to the east coast? even if it means having to use paved backroads,
(aint much dirt left near the east coast)
Roundhouse---so glad you enjoyed the ride and I hope you get to ride it someday.

You must have missed my gear inventory---go back and check it out------I not only went completely thru my riding gear---but also what I took and what I left behind.

I have a helmet communicator but GasPipe didn't have one------I;ve found some guys don't like to be bothered with chatter and I don't like music when traveling---just want to hear the sound of my motor and what it's doing. It would have been nice a few times when a rider got out of sight and you could check on him---when my battery died I couldn't do anything while GasPipe disappeared from me. I was alone for quite awhile but I knew he would find me eventually. He made quite a few turns before coming back---------the GPS was indespensible for him finding his way back.

Plotting more trail to the East may be in the future as I have worked with a friend of Sam's some checking out trail possibilities.
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Old 07-12-2006, 09:34 AM   #15
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I have a helmet communicator but GasPipe didn't have one------
Once upon a time when I did ride a lot with another fella, I had a communicator - a vox Collett, which worked nice, but I found that I didn't like it much - it was very distracting. I still have it somewhere, but don't recall what frequency it transmitted on.

Anyway, like bigdog, I like to hear the wind, the motor, the chain, the tires, etc. Generally, I can hear a problem before I can feel it. For example, when I picked up that big-ass nail outside of LaVeta, CO, I could hear the flat before it went flat. Unfortunately when the patch blew off a hundred miles later, I could hear that too - it was like a gunshot

FYI, my gear was:

Kili II jacket for the bad weather (usually rolled up on the rack)
661 pressure suit
highvelocitygear armored gloves
661 knee braces
Simpson GS3MX lid (I just bought a new one for $69!!!)
Smith goggles
MSR padded riding shorts
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Coolmax shirt & polypropylene socks
70oz Camelback knockoff from Costco ($20)
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