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Old 12-03-2008, 03:53 AM   #91
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Hi Pax,

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  1. Were your Dirt Bagz big enough to carry your stuff?
    Yes. I had the larger Rangers. They were just right

  2. Did you wish for more bag space? If so, suggestions?
    No. I packed extremely light and enough space.
  3. If you have a packing list from the ride, would like to see that too as it would help in putting together the trip.
Well I took the essential tools and spare parts, 1 set of boxers, 1 t shirt for off the bike. 1 pair of shorts for off the bike. 1 pais of flip flops. A small toiletrie kit with no shampoo in it (motels have em). 1. Gerbing jacket liner. Oh yea, we needed them in the am. And the gear I wore on the bike. Oh, and we rented a SAT phone. Cheap and small and a good idea on this ride.

I'm the logistics mans for me and my Pop for TAT '09. We are doing it on WR250Rs starting in Colorado to make for 10 days of riding and a week in Oregon with the families.

Sure appreciate your input of the ride. Without ride reports like yours, very few folks would discover this stuff on their own.

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Old 12-03-2008, 03:56 AM   #92
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No, but I could dedect the smell though and I knew I was on the right path


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You didn't happen to run into these guys did you ????
There out there in Nevada---still wandering around somewhere.

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Old 12-03-2008, 04:00 AM   #93
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Hey Frank....thanks for the kind words. Just to clarify something you said, I've only ridden the western TAT twice, but am planning to ride a third time next July with a connecticut rider. But, I have learned a couple of things along the way to help me better manage time.
Well Chuck, twice or thrice, you got it down pat my friend! Your advise was priceless, spot on and led to smooth and great TAT trip for us. In my field of work, we call that "Local Knowledge"

Chuck, also, yes, Hincky Pass to McDermitt from PV was really spectacular. I think you'll like it.
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Old 12-03-2008, 07:39 AM   #94
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OOOOOHHHHHHH Hell, Great Report, Great Memories, Battle Mountain and the next day from hell.

Keep it coming, I will be back next year to finish the Battle Mountain to OR one way or another.

Though I could still see the 2stroke smoke in a couple pics.

Thanks for the effort of the report Frank.
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Old 12-04-2008, 05:03 AM   #95
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Can I ask how many days were you on the trail ?
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Old 12-04-2008, 10:03 AM   #96
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I think about 14 days.

Ill be back here later to close Nevada and post the Nevada video clip. My favorite !
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Old 12-04-2008, 01:34 PM   #97
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Old 12-04-2008, 02:48 PM   #98
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I think about 14 days.

Ill be back here later to close Nevada and post the Nevada video clip. My favorite !
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Old 12-04-2008, 03:31 PM   #99
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well I just lost the entire day I just typed out.

I have to re do it over again.
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Old 12-04-2008, 04:08 PM   #100
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Old 12-04-2008, 04:19 PM   #101
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Last Day in Nevada

We're riding to Lakeview Oregon today. This is a mega day, long and fuel can be an issue.

We head out for Denio Junction
The locals never mind posing for a photo


A spectacular ride



We arrive at Denio Junction in time for breakfast


Waiting on the grub. And boy was it good !


Bruce taking on extra fuel the 950 would require.


With our bellies and fuel tanks topped off, we head west again. Once again Chuck has given us some great advise and of course we follow it.
We are headed across this:



We are riding the TAT through the Sheldon Antelope Refuge. Mustangs and Antelope abound.
ANTELOPE

MUSTANGS

Mustangs could only survive out here a rancher told me back in eastern Nevada. "A quarter Horse may be faster, but it wouldn't last a week out there. Only a Mustang can survive out here".

This is where a lot of TAT riders bailout and head for the tar in Adel and then slab it to Lakeview. As Chuck would tell us, "Mistake". And he was right. I mean this was great riding and extremely remote. Do not miss it.



Now, you may have noticed by now that outside of my snapped clutch cable, we have not had as much as one puncture !
Well, mishap #2 was unfolding.
Bruce pulls over (at Catnip for you vets). He has coolant dripping from his radiator. Seems a hoseclamp had slowly worn it's way through it.


Always being prepared, I reach for the JB Weld and we plug the hole.


And it holds ! And still does btw.
Notice the "Leaning Tower of Bruce" ?


We're back on the trail and continue west. Dont rush this ride fellas. Take it all in. The solitude is amazing here.


Colorado, Utah nor Oregon could match Nevada for remoteness. You better be prepared, because you'll sit here till you die before someone goes by. And it 'll only be another TAT rider I have no doubt.




DK shoots me riding away. Yea, very dusty, which is why we spread out so far.




Be back in a bit to take you guys across the Cal. and Ore. borders.
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Old 12-04-2008, 04:37 PM   #102
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We (Okies do the TAT RR) finished about the time you started. It is cool to sit here and relive it. Most of your pictures look familiar, some not at all. Too much to remember. ---Thanks for taking the time so do a RR. I WILL do the western TAT again.

It struck me as odd that there was an Antelope refuge. For hundreds and hundreds of miles we saw antelope, and EVERY time we stopped we could look at the ground and see Antelope tracks. Definitely not a shortage of Antelope. Thanks again and keep it coming.
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Old 12-04-2008, 04:52 PM   #103
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This was a long day indeed. OK, we're looking for the Pine trees now ! Any minute now....right ??



We know Fort Bidwell is California. No food or fuel there btw.


We suddenly notice the color of the soil change to red.


Looking down on where we just came from


The Nevada/California border !


The road into Fort Bidwell Ca.


Fort Bidwell was a peacefull little place far removed from the rat race I work in at home. A place time has forgotten thankfully.



And finally, we see pines, glorious pines !!


We ride through dense pine forest and decend into Oregon. There are streams, creeks, ponds and lakes, shade and trees everywhere! It's a dramatic change and it's sudden.


We have come a long way, but now we cross into Oregon. You imeaditlly feel civilized again and quickly propelled ahead in time back to the present. You really do. We also realize, we are nearing the end of this adventure. We beeline it to Lakeview for the night.



And now the Nevada video. I hope it shows the true feeling of riding the TAT through Nevada. I recomend you click the YouTube link below and watch it in "High Quality". Keep an eye out for the Mustangs & turn up your speakers and think :


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9VUIZgTQJ0

or



NEXT UP: OREGON !
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Old 12-04-2008, 05:07 PM   #104
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Does anyone have a good resource that lays out the TAT on a map? I've searched and searched online and find only bicycle references. Help!

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Old 12-04-2008, 05:09 PM   #105
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Awesome video, Frank!!!
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