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Old 09-09-2009, 09:05 AM   #46
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Great RR ED!
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Old 09-09-2009, 01:23 PM   #47
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Day number five.

For the trip home I had routed myself with mapquest through northern Colorado back roads and mountain passes. It was as good as riding as any.


























Put in a big day that ended in Nebraska.

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Old 09-09-2009, 06:32 PM   #48
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O.K. time to finish this thing up.

DAY 6

I got up the next morning for the final leg home. It was day six and I was getting homesick.

In the words made famous by Davis Dudley in one of the greatest songs of all time. Six days on the road and Im gonna make it home tonight.

The fog was as thick as I have ever seen. You know how wet that is to ride in. I donned my wet riding gear including the fancy shoe protectors.





I know it's not the latest or the greatest but none of my stuff is. What I have is functional but not fashionable. Take my bike for instance. Old school air cooled thumper. It is a 2002 DR650 bought it in 2004 with 3500 miles on it for $2500. I have ridden it in many states over every variation of road and terrain and it is showing no signs of weakening. I cant think of anything bad to say about it.

Going across Nebraska I was better off than most travelers because I was not on the interstate. Having said that sometimes there is just nothing better to do than make time. Back to some more words made famous in the same great song by Dave Dudley
my rigs a little old but that dont mean shes slow.




Dave Dudley again,

There's a speed zone ahead, all right,
I don't see a cop in sight.
Six days on the road and I'm gonna make it home tonight
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Another Historical Marker. This one is particularly interesting.




Disreputable men and women were its principle attractions ??? Yes a picture of that marker definitely belongs on this sight.


Back to Dave
My hometown's coming in sight,
If you think I'm happy your right.
Six days on the road and I'm gonna make it home tonight
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This tire wore a lot faster than the last one.



Final mileage.







It's good to be home


Next installment will be the far west section next year I hope. I bought an old one ton extended church van that I think I will haul the bike in to Oregon. I will just sell or abandon the van there and ride the TAT back to Moab.

Anybody interested in splitting the gas to get there? If the old van breaks down part way we can just unload the bikes and head on.
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Old 09-25-2009, 08:32 AM   #49
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Thanks for posting this report. I did the eastern TAT from TN to OK in August, and your pictures brought back lots of great memories. I saw so many wonderful sights in those 4 days, but I can't seem to remember most of them until I see a picture and I feel like I'm there again. Not sure if it's old age or just too much information in a short period of time.

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Next installment will be the far west section next year I hope. I bought an old one ton extended church van that I think I will haul the bike in to Oregon. I will just sell or abandon the van there and ride the TAT back to Moab.

Anybody interested in splitting the gas to get there? If the old van breaks down part way we can just unload the bikes and head on.
I would like to do the western part next year and might be interested in splitting the gas with you. Riding the van out to Oregon and starting fresh on the bikes heading east would be ideal. What time of year are you thinking about?
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Old 09-25-2009, 11:55 AM   #50
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Thanks for posting this report. I did the eastern TAT from TN to OK in August, and your pictures brought back lots of great memories. I saw so many wonderful sights in those 4 days, but I can't seem to remember most of them until I see a picture and I feel like I'm there again. Not sure if it's old age or just too much information in a short period of time.

Thanks for the words. I love hearing from someone that they got some benefit from what I posted.



I would like to do the western part next year and might be interested in splitting the gas with you. Riding the van out to Oregon and starting fresh on the bikes heading east would be ideal. What time of year are you
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I am open on the time of year. I don't like cold though.
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Old 09-25-2009, 12:12 PM   #51
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I am open on the time of year. I don't like cold though.
Same here, would rather be hot than cold.

I'm no expert on the subject, but from what I've read on this forum, some of the mountain passes out west can still be snowed in in June. July might be the best month.

Anybody who knows more than I about the best time of year to ride the western TAT, feel free to chime in.
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Old 09-25-2009, 12:40 PM   #52
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Same here, would rather be hot than cold.

I'm no expert on the subject, but from what I've read on this forum, some of the mountain passes out west can still be snowed in in June. July might be the best month.

Anybody who knows more than I about the best time of year to ride the western TAT, feel free to chime in.
More toward 1st of Aug has been best for me.....as far as snow goes
anyway. Have seen snow above 8' on both sides and only reason I got
thru is that the Dozer had been thru recently and that was in August

Nice report Ed!
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Old 09-25-2009, 02:15 PM   #53
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Great RR so far Ed. I started out on the TAT from VA around August 8th or so, and made it about 40 miles west of Denio Junction in Nevada before my KLR decided it had gone far enough. Hanging out in CA right now at my brother's house getting a new-to-me '01 DRZ-400S outfitted so as to get back on the trail and finish the TAT!

I really enjoyed looking at your pictures and seeing a lot of the same spots I'd recently ridden through. Trust me, there's still a bunch of great stuff to ride through, and by the way....I hope you like sand!

Good luck with the next section whenever you get around to it.
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Old 09-25-2009, 02:57 PM   #54
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Very Cool Ed, Great RR.
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Old 09-27-2009, 04:18 PM   #55
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Ed,

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Old 09-27-2009, 05:46 PM   #56
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Great report Ed. It was good to meet you. Glad you made it home ok.

Shortly after that turn off where we met, I stopped on the road to see the bear that was out in the open, not 75 foot off the road. Bet you were wondering why I stopped and pulled over suddenly as you went by.

As you finish up the TAT on your next trip, you're going to love Nevada.
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Old 09-28-2009, 04:27 AM   #57
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Great report Ed. It was good to meet you. Glad you made it home ok.

Shortly after that turn off where we met, I stopped on the road to see the bear that was out in the open, not 75 foot off the road. Bet you were wondering why I stopped and pulled over suddenly as you went by.

As you finish up the TAT on your next trip, you're going to love Nevada.


I enjoyed following your trip also Derek. Noel had sent me a message that you guys stopped for a bear.

It was an intersection so I thought you guys were having trouble navigating. I thought I would just go on by and you could follow along. Stupid me I should have stopped.

I think you have a picture of me from when we met up. Can you post it here if you find it?

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Old 09-28-2009, 07:54 AM   #58
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Hey Ed,
Somewhere between transferring pics from my SD card to my netbook I lost some pics. Lost my pics of you and the bear I got pics of. Here's one I got from Noel that he took tho.
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Old 12-18-2009, 05:41 PM   #59
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I also enjoyed your trip very much. Thank you.

If you had to do it again Ed, what bike, tires or accessories would you have brought/done differently?
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Old 12-18-2009, 05:42 PM   #60
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Same question for Trailryder42.
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