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Old 07-26-2013, 01:12 PM   #24601
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I bought the Rangers(big)...
I had same thinking re: the wolfman setup. Nice but spendy. If I were going round the world or TAT - maybe. Even then probably still just as well off with dirtbagz. not water proof but maybe easier to live with. Simple on/off vs wolfman and easier to dig into when packed up.

ribs still tender, but better. Seems like they got worse for two days after.
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Old 07-26-2013, 04:06 PM   #24602
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ribs still tender, but better. Seems like they got worse for two days after.
That's the beauty of muscles & bruising...two days later you wonder what you did as you try to pull your old lame ass out of bed.


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Old 07-26-2013, 06:00 PM   #24603
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Mission accomplished. Finished the entire TAT today with a ride into the Pacific at Port Orford, Oregon.......

...Tomorrow we begin the prep for Joe and his Dad to make the return trip. Oil and filter changes, tire changes, small fairings added, and transfer of the tools and parts. I fly home Friday morning, and they head back to Virginia via Highway 50, the Loneliest Road in America. I can't believe Joe is willing to ride that XR home on the highway. It was painful enough as it was at 25-35 mph!
That's because Joe has an 18 y/o bum and yours is on the flabby side of 50.
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Old 07-26-2013, 06:54 PM   #24604
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That's because Joe has an 18 y/o bum and yours is on the flabby side of 50.
No. It is because Joe is 18 and has never ridden anything else. He doesn't know better. I do. Self inflicted pain is the worst kind of pain, unless you kinda like it. I didn't think I did.

But then again, we did call this the SKS Tour for a reason. It does take a "Special Kinda Stupid" to ride 6300 miles on a thumper, on dirt and gravel roads, at 25 mph.

Okay, guilty as charged. I should have ridden home.

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and oh, my bum ain't on the flabby side anymore. I lost 8 lbs on the trip and my buns are like steel now.....
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Old 07-27-2013, 03:58 AM   #24605
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That's because Joe has an 18 y/o bum and yours is on the flabby side of 50.
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Old 07-27-2013, 04:29 AM   #24606
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Old 07-27-2013, 06:35 AM   #24607
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Thanks - where credit is due

Now that I'm back, I want to publicly thank a couple of guys who really helped with my trip. I mean, had a MAJOR impact on it.

First is Bloochdog (Loftus), for graciously giving me his extra spot and explaining just what it would do. I've seen others talk about the SPOT transponder, but I didn't really understand what the big deal was. Now I do. It allowed Joe's entire family (and extended family) to actively (in 10 minute increments) ride along with us, and to finally go to bed at night when we sent the "all safe" message. I had no idea that people would be watching us so closely, or that it would give them such a feeling of being connected to us, and knowing we were safe. Thanks Blooch. I owe you big-time.

Second is B.E. Coyote. (Brian). He and I have ridden together for thousands of miles, and he planned on doing the TAT too. As a back-up to the Roll Charts we purchased from Sam Correro, he manually entered about every 3rd directional point into Garmin, so I could have a back-up to Joe's navigating with the roll charts. That small act (well it was no small act because I'll bet it took him days to do it all) saved our asses over and over again. Navigation with the roll charts is a real challenge, but with those backup points, I could at least get us back to a known point no matter how lost we were. It was a life-saver, literally, when we were deep in the Nevada desert. Sam now sells the entire TAT in digital format for GPS, so I would encourage you to buy it if you are planning on doing the TAT. The roll charts are old school, and I loved that Joe used them, but the digital backup is a fantastic safety net.

When I get back some normalcy in my life, I'll start trying to put together the hundreds of GoPro Videos I took on the trip, into one coherent (and fairly succinct) video. Then I will host a ADV get-together if anyone wants to see what the TAT is all about.

It is good to be home. Joe and his Dad are crossing Nevada today on the "Loneliest Road in America". They should be back in about 9 more days. We converted the bikes to highway use by adding fairings to them, and apparently they are loving them.

Cheers,
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:07 AM   #24608
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Then I will host a ADV get-together if anyone wants to see what the TAT is all about.
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:44 PM   #24609
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Then I will host a ADV get-together if anyone wants to see what the TAT is all about.

Sue and I would love to attend your movie night, please keep us in mind.

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Old 07-27-2013, 04:40 PM   #24610
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Old 07-27-2013, 07:18 PM   #24611
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I hope to be riding the TAT this time next year, so definitely count me in.
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:01 AM   #24612
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Hey everyone...

I have got the final set of links for my trip. I'll be leaving on July 3, and hopefully returning. I expect the trip to take 3-4 weeks.

Link One. GPS Spot. This link updates every 10 minutes. It is just a dot on the map showing where I was last. This should run 24/7 (except when I am changing the batteries).

http://share.findmespot.com/shared/f...l0pPgb28EyW3ju

Two links to Flickr. This will show the pictures taken from a statically mounted camera on the motorcycle. This will update in near real time as I travel... as the pictures are captured they will be automatically uploaded with GPS-Tags and you can see daily what I am seeing :)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/49616329@N05/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/4961632...rder_by=recent



I have a gimic for my traveles... once a day I will be 'accidentally' running over a Dora the Explorer doll. Look for that picture daily and Smile! .. I am having a good time.

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Hey... I am having a good time. I am re-posting this for Todd... the last link is the one that shows the map. I have had quite a bit of IT issues.. specifically GPS's dropping out... like not working any more... go figure.

I have a work around so things are not near real time until I get yet another GPS to try... this time I am trying a Megellin... maybe that will be more reliable.

Be home in 9 days :)
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:39 AM   #24613
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Hey... I am having a good time. I am re-posting this for Todd... the last link is the one that shows the map. I have had quite a bit of IT issues.. specifically GPS's dropping out... like not working any more... go figure.

I have a work around so things are not near real time until I get yet another GPS to try... this time I am trying a Megellin... maybe that will be more reliable.

Be home in 9 days :)
Hey Karl! You just missed my brother-in-law and my nephew. They just called me and they spent last night in Ely. They are heading east in the next hour on highway 50. So if you saw two XR650's with fairings on them, that was my family on the return trip!

You are just getting into the hard part of the ride. Carry a lot of water when you do the section from McDermitt to Denio Junction. It took us almost 4 hours to do that 67 miles. You will get lost at least once. The next section after that, from Denio Junction to Lakeview, was where we snapped Joe's frame. Oh, there is no gas at Denio Junction. Have fun!

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Old 07-28-2013, 10:15 AM   #24614
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Good luck Chuck

Good seeing you and Linda this morning. Good luck and safe riding to Indianapolis(?). Kick butt and we'll see you back here in five weeks.

Can't wait for that promotion party......

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Old 07-28-2013, 10:50 AM   #24615
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I saw this coasting in from europe this morn about 50 miles north of goose bay at 38000 feet wondering if this is the trans-lab.

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