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Old 10-09-2010, 03:55 PM   #1
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Five Okies Head West on the TAT

So this ride started as so many do ... We're sitting around JoMammas for the Tulsa tuesday night Pub Crawl in August, drinking a beer (maybe two) and the idea of a TAT ride comes up. So after some refined discussion the plan starts to formulate:

Trailer out to Black Mesa State Park on a Wednesday afternoon, ride Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, make it back to the trailer before the Sun goes down on Sunday and then drive all the way back to Tulsa, ready for work Monday morning.

Plan A - Ride all the NM/CO part of the TAT - reach Monticello, Utah and then return back via a secret Southern route of dirt, trails, and lesser traveled pavement.

Plan B - Ride all the NM/CO part of the TAT - reach Monticello, Utah and then Super Slab it back to the trailer.

Plan C - Head West on the TAT, cover as much of Colorado as possible, then head back by whatever means available Sunday morning and try to make it to the trailer before the sun goes down.

Any guesses as to the winning plan .


A little teaser video

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Old 10-09-2010, 04:04 PM   #2
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The inmates: (in alpha order so no one gets upset over top billing)

Dirt2007
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Our sixth participant, DirtyDog, decided not to tag along with this motley crew. I'm sure he claimed some worthwhile endeavor kept him from going - but for me it was kindof like when KTM pulled their backing from the "Long Way Round". "I just don't think these guys are going to make it". Anyway he was missed, because had he been along - this ride report would have been completed on time.

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Old 10-09-2010, 04:15 PM   #3
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Boy, that is a weekend you guys should remember for a long, long time.

And, it will probably be talked about and retold many times. One of those situations where all of your friends that were not there say, "oh boy, here we go again."

Thanks for showing us a part of it.
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Old 10-09-2010, 04:35 PM   #4
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Day One - The Loading

Let's load em up. We want to be on the road by 12:00 noon.

One bike, Two bike

KLR650 & DRZ400X

Three bike , Four bike

Versys (yep), DR650

The trailer courtesy of Dirt2007 aka "Trailer Master".
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Old 10-09-2010, 04:39 PM   #5
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Day One - Loading

The KTM had to have special trans arrangements - you know, because it's a KTM

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Old 10-09-2010, 04:45 PM   #7
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Day One - the Haul

Vehicle Two.

If you were a hitch hiker and these guys stopped to pick you up ... Would you get in ???

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Day One - the Haul

Traveling through Oklahoma - it's all kind of a blur.

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Day One - the Haul

Gloss Mountains of Oklahoma - it was right around here that we had a ....


FLAT





The flat happened about 30 miles from here. This is Woodward where we're getting a new spare. Hoping this isn't an omen. Oh, I guess I should mention that Tomski is dying from some strange disease that was diagnosed over the phone from Poland. He's iffy on the trip and we know he's not faking it because he's hardly talking (so he's really, really sick ).
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Day One - the Haul

... and with the sun going down, looks like we'll be pitching tents in the dark.

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Day Two - Breaking Camp

Getting ready to roll out of Black Mesa and onto the TAT!





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Day Two - On the Trail

Leaving the world behind

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Tat

Bird's eye view of the route via Plan A. TAT on Top, Southern return route on bottom.

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Looks like a blast, great video.
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Old 10-11-2010, 05:18 AM   #15
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Looks like a blast, great video.
Thanks, the video was put together by Tomski.
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