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Old 03-21-2014, 03:59 PM   #76
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Old 03-22-2014, 06:55 AM   #77
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Dean, So glad you finished the report. I've been periodically checking, and anxiously waiting since your last post in Sept. Again, congratulations. Following along with your report, I felt like I was with you for the whole trip rather that just the first 4 days. Hope to meet up with you again soon. Jim
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Old 03-25-2014, 02:01 PM   #78
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Glad to see you finishing this up Dean! Me and Nate are prepping for the CDR this summer! Hope all is well.
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Old 03-25-2014, 08:22 PM   #79
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Nice job on the report Dean - entertaining and informative. Thanks for the effort - appreciate it.
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Old 03-26-2014, 06:19 AM   #80
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Old 04-02-2014, 06:56 PM   #81
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Day 32, last day on the road.

I'll start off with the last night.

The campground Art found at Clifford Kamph Memorial Park was great.
Right on the beach. In fact if you're in that area and need a campsite I'd
highly recommend it. There's about eight sites with plenty of room between
them.

Shot of the campsite.


You park in a small parking lot and then a footbridge across a seasonal creek.
When the camp host we were on bikes he said just park them in the campsite.
How cool is that? Unfortunately with the bags on my bike it was too wide
to fit across the bridge. The camp host saw my predicament and told
me to get back on 101, go a couple hundred of yards south and look
for a footpath just off the highway. that footpath will take you in to the backside
of the campsite. Which it did.

Anyway, we set up camp did a little beach exploring and the boys had to do
their "swim call". The ocean was sitting right there so what else could they do.
And since it was the last night we decided to splurge a little for dinner. We rode a couple of miles north
to the Nautical Inn and had a pretty good dinner. Nice place with gorgeous views overlooking the ocean.
I'd say try it if you're in the area but apparently it closed down. Oh well.

We got back to camp, lit up a camp fire and hung out for awhile.
Me, being the old one of the group (I turned 55 yesterday) decided
to hit the sack while Nate and Art celebrated late into the night. I think
they even went one another swim call in the dark.

Obviously we did not get an early start which really didn't matter. The ride
home
was only 300 slab miles straight down 101 to my hometown of Cotati.
For those of you who don't know the ride down 101 the Northern California coast is beautiful and sometimes I take it for granted.

Art has ridden it before but I think Nate (being from Missouri) was a little
overwhelmed by the size of the Redwoods. He'd never had seen trees
of that size.

We also had to stop for a picture of the ever popular Roosevelt Elk.


Another interesting thing about today's ride was the felt temperature difference.
During the trip I had put on my jacket twice, both for rain. Riding down the coast
through the morning fog was really cold and my jacket was necessary.

When we turned inland and away from the coast
the temperature started to soar.
Between Garberville and Willits we were in the mid 90's. We stopped
in Willits for some for a quick bite and some fuel.

This is where Nate and I would say goodbye to Art. Art has relatives in Sacramento
and was going to take Hwy 20 east from 101 over to I-5 and south to Sacramento.
Nate was going to come to my house for a couple of days
to do some much needed maintenance on his 950 then meet up
with his girl friend and Art in southern California.

Nate wanted to do some shopping before settling in for the evening so I gave him
my address and told him show up whenever. I finished the last 15 miles of the ride by myself.

One thing I didn't mention earlier is that when left Port Orford I had turned off
my SPOT so nobody could track me anymore. That way nobody would exactly when I got home and could have a couple of days to myself.

Of course it really didn't work. As I pulled into my driveway a couple of my neighbors saw me and came over and welcomed me home. It was nice but
it was late afternoon on a Friday and after 5 weeks I wanted a couple of days
to catch up with things.

I know this wasn't a around the world trip but it was sort of weird being home.
I got used to exploring and being in a different place almost every day.
It took a few weeks to get back in the swing of things.

A few comments about the overall trip and equipment. First, I actually had one more day of
riding than indicated. I combined two days into one in Arkansas, I think we
stayed in Beebe between Helena and Russelville. Doesn't really affect the story though.

I'd also like to say this was the best motorcycle trip I've been on. I've been through the western US, western Canada and Alaska mostly on slab with
some dirt thrown in. This trip was probably 55-60% dirt/gravel and though
the distance traveled per day is much less than on pavement, it's more
enjoyable. Frankly, I find riding the back country less fatiguing too. You're
always changing your riding position and you don't have that constant
pavement drone that wears you out.

A suggestion, if you like to do the TAT but don't have time to do the entire ride,
do the second half. Start in Trinidad, CO and go west from there.
In fact I'm planning to do that part of the route in the summer of 2015.
I'm going to play tour guide for a few of my friends and possibly my nephew
who will have his drivers license by then.

Also, I going to take a smaller bike and travel light. don't get me wrong
the Dakar was a great bike for this ride. I think it's one of the best
compromise bikes. OK in the dirt, good on the pavement and very comfortable.
It gets fantastic fuel mileage, low maintenance and can carry a lot of weight.
Very reliable too. The only problems I had were one flat tire, had to change the rear brake pads (which I should have done before the trip) and a leaky fork seal. Of course the leaky fork seal sprayed fluid on the radiator where dirt accumulated and caused an overheat on a very hot day. As soon as I cleaned the radiator it was fine.

I have to admit my Dakar isn't exactly factory either. It has KYB front forks with 11" of travel, stock is about 7.5 and a fully adjustable Wilbers rear shock.
Also the touratech foot peg relocation kit. These items in no way turn it into a
real offroad bike but it is a HUGE improvement over a stock Dakar.

That being said the ride wold still be more fun on a smaller bike.

And as for Pete. He's still recovering from his surgery. He's doing long walks
and some road cycling. Still too painful and weak to run or mountainbike.
He has a great attitude though and should be back to normal in another
few months. He did however sell his DR and says he's retired from motorcycles.

So there it is, that's my report. If you have any questions or comments please
let me know.
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Old 04-02-2014, 07:38 PM   #82
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Just before we reached Fort Bidwell, CA (another town without fuel) we had another close encounter.
I was cruising along about 55mph on a paved road. Next to that road were fenced lined pastures filled with cows.
Between the road and the fence the bushes were waist high. Just enough to hide the calf that decided
to jump out right in front of me. Don't let anyone tell you ABS is bad on pavement. I slammed on my brakes
and barely missed him. I'm getting really sick of cows!
I know the exact spot you're talking about, but instead of jumping in front of me, the one loose cow got tangled in the barbed wire trying to get back over. It managed to make it through but it definitely looked like it hurt.
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Old 04-03-2014, 12:18 PM   #83
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Glad to see you finishing this up Dean! Me and Nate are prepping for the CDR this summer! Hope all is well.
Art,
Good to hear from you. How's married life going?

I'm sure you two will have a great time on the CDR. I'm thinking of doing
the Oregon BDR this summer. Should only take about a week though.

How long are you planning to take for the ride and are you starting in Banff?
Also, did you and Nate ever finish putting together the videos from the trip?
I still want a copy!
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Old 04-07-2014, 07:58 AM   #84
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So there it is, that's my report. If you have any questions or comments please let me know.

THANKS for finishing your ride report Dean! Atlantic to the Pacific, and you did it ALL! Congratulations!

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Old 04-07-2014, 09:42 AM   #85
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I rode the TAT six years ago (wow.. it's been that long already) and every time I read a TAT ride Report I get all nostalgic.

It was one of the best summers of my life.
I would love to do it again.

Thanks for all the memories.
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Old 04-07-2014, 01:57 PM   #86
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Well done Dean - thanks very much for sharing.

A buddy of mine lives near Knoxville and hadn't heard of the TAT.
He's a big offroad fan (jeeps and ATVs), and I've put the bug in his ear for the 2 wheeled variety.
I reckon it's just a matter of time.
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Old 04-07-2014, 04:32 PM   #87
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Thanks for the comments guys.

It's not going around the world or to South America but
I think it's one of the best rides in North America.
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Old 04-07-2014, 07:30 PM   #88
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Great ride report, glad to see you made it to the end! My brother and I stopped and talked to you, Nate and Art in Nevada on the trail. We were on WR250R's.

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Old 04-07-2014, 08:43 PM   #89
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Old 04-08-2014, 12:13 PM   #90
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Great ride report, glad to see you made it to the end! My brother and I stopped and talked to you, Nate and Art in Nevada on the trail. We were on WR250R's.
I remember you two. You guys were so much faster than
us on the WR's. When I do it again it's going to be on a smaller bike.
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