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Old 01-11-2009, 11:21 PM   #16
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Oklahoma

Got my maps from Sam in Westville, OK. I borrowed a pair of scissors and tape from the clerk
at the post office and did my first day roll chart right there in the post office.
The customers thought it was neat.
Took off back to the OK/ARK border to pick up the trail. That was not as easy as I thought.
I think Sam is right about not riding the trail backwards, at least not till you have ridden
it East to West.

OK, back in the saddle on the trail again in OK.




Lovin OK so far.




Okie Bridge.




Share the Road.




OK has some slick looking crossings, but they were not as slick as TN.




And you thought they raised cows in Oklahoma.
I said before, only on the TAT do you ride by Camels 10 feet away.




This way to Bartlesville, OK.





Well, maybe not quite this way. Time to ck out Sam's map to
find a go around.



End of the first day in OK.
Lucked out and got the Bartlesville in time to catch an old car
show and stayed in the motel with a bunch of them. Real nice guys.
Little did we know a tornado was going to come about 2 miles away
tonight. We were all in the rooms cking out the TV and planning
what to do. I was going to go down under the stairs by the soda
machine. Luckily it missed us.




OK, will post OK Day 2 tomorrow.

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Old 01-12-2009, 04:08 AM   #17
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This is really neat----you are just winging it as you go. No big plan---no time reatraints---no job.

And you are adapting your riding gear and equipment as you go.

Nice to ride alone with no time restraints----when I rode it I didn't have any time restraints either---nice pictures. This is going to be fun to read for everybody all trapped in with cold, snow and ice.

I'm glad you waited to tell you tale-
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Old 01-12-2009, 09:29 AM   #18
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Hi! Enjoying your RR! I've rode the TAT from Jellico to McDerermitt, NV in fout different sections. had the rear shock rebuilt with all the goddies before the last section and could not believe the improvent in its capabilities. Waiting for more!
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Old 01-12-2009, 10:37 AM   #19
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Subscribed! Some of my buds & I are contemplating the same trip this summer. Thanks for the RR.
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Old 01-12-2009, 01:34 PM   #20
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:06 PM   #21
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Oklahoma Day 2

I bought a new helmet in Bartlesville since old faitful was a little windy with the increased wind in OK. Spent the day and another night in Bartlesville just poking around, and letting it dry out a little from the tornado the night before. It had come up the path of the trail from the west.

Starting to get flat outside Bartlesville, headed for Alva, OK.





Okie water crossing, nice stuff.




Had both pavement and dirt/gravel, about 70% dirt/gravel. This is the first time seeng the flatland like this for me, amazing.





Green and Flat.




With a few rolls here and there, they would soon smooth out.




A little color thrown in. Walmart special tent, bag and selflatable roll now atop my bag.
Say what you will, but on the trail, Walmart is always not far away
and stuff is cheap. This combo serverd me great. I guess if I had
spent more time planning I may have gotten into the higher dollar, lighter stuff.




End of day 2 in OK at Alva, OK. That pool looks good. What a wimp.





Notice I took my windshield off. For my height, 6'2", I found I got less wind turbulence with it off.

Wind noise is a concern out here when you are riding all day long, day after day.
I had earplugs in which helps alot.

Can't remember the name of the motel, maybe Holiday Motel, but if you see
the big yellow flower stop in. The guy was great, I left my phone charger in Bartlesville,
he had a drawer full on ones left there, found a match for mine and gave it to me.
Local guy.

OK, tomorrow on to Liberal Kansas, which is the only big town around
and it is right on the OK border.

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Old 01-12-2009, 02:53 PM   #22
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OK Day 3, Alva to Liberal, KS.

OK, here we go loop de li to Liberal, KS.


Somewhere west of Alva, OK, headed west.




Still headed west, at a different spot on the trail :)




An ole International contemplates 3 different size bushhogs.




And 3 ole Chevys




Well up to now me and the trusty steed had not ridden thru any mud at all except at the water crossings. That was about to change.
Guess it was left over from the tornado.




Some hills and pipe sheds.




OOPS. It happens so fast, you know? The first of 3 spills on the trail.
Each one was harder than the last. This one was pretty soft.
Just be aware if you are going alone on a late model KLR, it takes
all you can do to get it up since it is so top heavy. Side bags
would help I guess and not let it go down so flat.





Dries out a little. This is nice, not a cloud in the sky, but I am
now trying to be a little more attentive.




OK up the panhandle into Liberal Kansas for the night. This is
nice town with lots of stuff going on. Had a nice meal and a few
drinks at the local bars, then turned in with visions of New Mexico
in my head.

Return here later for the run out of the panhandle into New Mexico
and up the Trinidad Colorado for the next night.

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Old 01-12-2009, 03:08 PM   #23
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Old 01-12-2009, 03:20 PM   #24
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when do you go? what month? My brother and I are doing just TN & MS next year - can't the time off for the whole thing.
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Old 01-12-2009, 03:32 PM   #25
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I was on the trail from about mid april to mid may.
The guy in the shop in Trinidad said, man you're early. I guess I was because I had to go around some of Co because of snow. But it worked out that it was not too hot in the desert. I think. Docking Pilot said it was best to wait till sept, but man it is just hard to wait that long.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by olegmc66
I was on the trail from about mid april to mid may.
The guy in the shop in Trinidad said, man you're early. I guess I was because I had to go around some of Co because of snow. But it worked out that it was not too hot in the desert. I think. Cannonball said it was
best to wait till sept, but man it is just hard to wait that long.
In other words, a April/May trip in just TN & MS would be nearly perfect?
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Old 01-12-2009, 04:23 PM   #27
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I concur Devils Den is a fantastic place to spend the night or a couple of days and it is very close to the trail. I seem to remember the ride into the park was a little sketchy but the park was a little oasis.


Its always fun to remember those roads...perhaps next year I can ride it again.
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Old 01-12-2009, 04:43 PM   #28
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Yeah late April, anytime in May would be great TN/MS
I would try to time it with the dogwood blooms
One good way to get to Jellico from MD is hook up to VA #58 to
Middlesboro KY, then there is a very windy stretch thru the mountains
from there to Jellico, route 90 is the one in TN, not sure what the
KY # is

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Old 01-12-2009, 05:44 PM   #29
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Ok to New Mexico to Colorado

Left Liberal Kansas, out the panhandle towards NM.


Ole Chevy basking in the sun beside his younger brother.




My first encounter with sand. You can see where I paddled
thru.





Ole Dodge just hanging out near the NM border.




Into New Mexico!





Hang on, I think I see a mountain.





Man this is getting good.




If I had to pick one ride out of the trip, this road would be it.
I think Docking Pilot said this also. Maybe it was just seeing
the hills again after the flatlands, but I wish I had taken
more pics, I think I was just in a stupor is why I didnt.
Cant explain it.




Snap out of it!




Here is the only time I really got lost on the trip, altho I did take alot of
wrong turns. The rollchart and map said hang a left, and this road was
at the right milage. But down a few miles it went thru a gate, then
another gate. I should have known right then that something was
wrong. But I kept saying just go a little further. Turns out I went
to the next turn and it was not there, only thing it took me about
5 miles to find out. But, it was one of the most beautiful rides
of the trip, just like the one I had just done. It was a ranch I guess
and I just kept getting deeper into a long ravine, with all kind
of game, elk or moose? rabbits, etc.
And when I got back and made the turn where it started there
was a sign about a mile up the road "Biker Trail", that I have seen
on Docking Pilot's report. Oh well.
Just be aware that if you get here and have to go thru a gate that
you would have to open, turn back and get the next road up.
(Unless you have time to have a beautiful ride I assume
trespassing on someone's property).






Here I am after taking the correct left turn to the top of the
switchbacks.





After the swithbacks, heading towards Colorado.





I thiink that may be a Colorado mountain out there.
Close to the CO border in NM. What a day?
Guess I will have to do some riding in the dark to get to
Trinidad, thanks to my little detour.
But it was worth it.





On the acutal NM/CO border on
the trail, you go across a cattleguard thru a
fence, then ride along the CO side of the fence for awhile. Cool.
On up to Trinidad CO for the night, I end up staying another night
just checking it out. There is a cool old movie downtown that
a guy has renovated. If you get a chance and it is still there
support it. He was struggling against the new cinaplex.

Tomorrow will post the first day in Co.

Bill

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Old 01-12-2009, 06:10 PM   #30
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Very cool ride report! I've spent most of my life in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming with trips to surrounding states riding roads like that. Now I live in Virginia and think it would be a hoot to ride "home" on this route!

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