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Old 08-08-2008, 11:55 AM   #16
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Old 08-08-2008, 02:55 PM   #17
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Some random pics of TN...



People having fun in the creek..



Really nice scenery...





The spot John placed a cache. We had to find one that was cool and secure at the same time....
The spot underneath a bridge.....
The rest of the cache story is John's to tell though.



July 1st was the day that I needed to do something about my vibrating front wheel and I removed the excess dynabeads from the tire. There was an issue with seating the bead but that was resolved the next morning after a good night's rest and a fresh view on things. John had a similar issue but it seemed less than what I went through. I have no pics as I was too aggravated by this. John probably does...........
We did do a water crossing today and it was neat to do.
John checking out where to cross. It is best to walk ahead and see what the situation is before plunging a 500+ pound bike into a watershed...





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July 2nd, was the day I took a dive with the bike at 30 MPH+... Fortunately I was fine due to the fact I look like the blue Power-ranger
ATGATT pays off . The bike went down in river gravel and it was slicker than snot. It was also a foot deep and the front wheel just washed out...
I have no pics from the scene and I know John does as I was banging my right hand Zega case back into shape as well as getting rid of the adrenaline rush. I had never gone down like that before.
That and a PIAA light was the only 'major' damage sustained. The character scratches on the hand guard and beak don't count IMHO..

Later I found out why the bike handled like crap. The rebound on my suspension was set too high (streethandling) and after loosening this up, I gained more speed and thus stability as well.
Last year in Alaska I had no such problems and I guess when my shocks were rebuilt, the valving changed enough to alter the ride even though the settings were the same. Live and learn..

After this interlude the trip went on and we crossed yet another bridge...



We stopped for the day and got a motel room.
A room explosion This was a 'bad' one as John needed to keep the battery charged and it was easier to put the bike in the room than to take out the battery....





To be Con't

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Old 08-08-2008, 03:06 PM   #18
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First real dirt in TN


Typical TAT TN gravel


Lot of forests being cut down



TN lawnmower, very effective


Trash day


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Old 08-08-2008, 03:17 PM   #19
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Yours days are running together Oscar! Wheres that diary?
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Old 08-08-2008, 03:32 PM   #20
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Random old building shot (somebody start a thread)


We found some nice church yards for lunch. I brought enough food for the both of US for several days. Doods gotta eat!


Met up with this gentleman who was doing the MS, AK tat. I don't remeber his name. He had enough tools and spares to rebuild his bike.




Caney Fork River Damn - It is closed for renovations


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Old 08-08-2008, 04:14 PM   #21
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The dynabead saga OMG. Now how to get the bead set?


Good people (they have HDs)


Explosshun (told U I brought a lot a stuff)


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Old 08-08-2008, 04:17 PM   #22
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Old 08-08-2008, 04:20 PM   #23
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Hi Oscar! It is great to see you on the road again, and thanks for taking the time to post your report. I'm definitely going to follow along.

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Old 08-08-2008, 06:20 PM   #24
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Having ridin the Tiger a few weeks earlier in the Florida sand, I figured out how to ride the loose stuff. Thanks Jeff.




Oscar with his handling issues didn't last long in the river rock. I was waiting for him at the next turn when a couple of guys pulled up and said they had helped him pick up the GS.


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Crossing the Ole Mis at Helena AR




Meet a neat couple that had riden their bikes from Texas. They were laughing their arses at the ADV salute.
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Yours days are running together Oscar! Wheres that diary?
Got excited and put a seperation in between the days of July 1 & 2
Thanks for the vids too!!! I have yet to sort mine out....

That river gravel was pretty deep and the big pig didn't like that at all. I did change the rebound settings after that and the bike handled a lot better untill........

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Meet a neat couple that had riden their bikes from Texas. They were laughing their arses at the ADV salute.
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We were laughing at their cleaning skillz too, as she was cleaning his bike as well.....Now where can I find a woman like that down here???


That repaired pannier that same day...And it is waterproof as later I repaired it with screws, Goop and Gorilla tape. Never leave home without Gorilla tape. John's "overpacked" bike carried Duct tape and got us going again. I did have Duct tape too, but not in the sheer quantiy John had. No arguing with a full roll of the stuff...
Note to all: Bring a full roll....

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Old 08-09-2008, 10:19 AM   #28
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Great trip, great pics, some getoff Oscar. Sorry to see/hear about that, keep smiling, you are tough.

Also see you have up graded that "blow up tent' you had at Westfest!!!!LOL

Hang in there , see you in CO when you get here.

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Old 08-09-2008, 12:39 PM   #30
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Thanks guys!!

Well lets see here so the pannier was fixified for now , we had a bike sharing a room , and met cool folks on the way .

July the 3rd was a dusty day of 217 miles in AR. On the way we met a really cool guy named Owen. He has a workshop with huge equipment and is willing to lend a hand if any more TAT riders stop by. He can weld.... . Owen may actually have a sign up by now too.
Now I forgot where exactly he is located, but believe me you can't miss the barn, as it is genormous. John has pics I am sure.....

We met many locals who were all wondering why the bikes they saw, were only going one way. We explained the TAT to them and now they understand and will keep an eye out too..Again, lots of friendly folks out there too.

We stopped for lunch at a neat bridge.
John checking it out.



The "local"



In the PM we did a watercrossing to wash of the dust....



John going thru 'deep' water....



And I also let my bike rest in it's natural position after the rear tire slipped of a rock....
That by the way was a steep piece of road and it doesn't show well here.
It was a precursor of what was to come the next day.....



This was the second and also the last time I dropped it while riding the rest of the trip. Might as well get that part over with sooner than later right??... After all we had no idea what would be in store for us the following day..... .



Stay tuned.....

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