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Old 08-22-2009, 09:57 AM   #166
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Hi, just test driving my new name (matt got tired of my girly nonsense sullying his screen name)...

HEY, LOOK! the guys - Julian, Andrew, and Paul - finally started their ride report!

check it out here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=498246
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Old 08-23-2009, 10:51 AM   #167
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I enjoyed your thread, I am riding from central Texas this Friday to Arizona and Utah. Where did you get your map, and could you give me the route you took in Utah. You described hitting your foot in a tight spot, I have the Gobi bags on my 990 Adventure S, will I have a problem with their width? Any advice you can give me about traveling in the back country is appreciated. Thanks, Hollis, hollislewis@yahoo.com or PM me, Thanks again
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Old 08-24-2009, 07:04 AM   #168
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Hi, just test driving my new name (matt got tired of my girly nonsense sullying his screen name)...

HEY, LOOK! the guys - Julian, Andrew, and Paul - finally started their ride report!

check it out here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=498246
welcome LittleWan - may there be many reports of girlieness & craziness in ride reports in your future!
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Old 08-24-2009, 02:18 PM   #169
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I enjoyed your thread, I am riding from central Texas this Friday to Arizona and Utah. Where did you get your map, and could you give me the route you took in Utah. You described hitting your foot in a tight spot, I have the Gobi bags on my 990 Adventure S, will I have a problem with their width? Any advice you can give me about traveling in the back country is appreciated. Thanks, Hollis, hollislewis@yahoo.com or PM me, Thanks again
Hi Hollis,
Hmmm. I'm not sure I understand your question ("Where did you get your map, and could you give me the route you took in Utah."). We were following the TransAmerica Trail. The maps and roll charts are available here: http://www.transamtrail.com/. If you are leaving this friday, I hope you already have your maps!
Maybe you want the map for the Canyonlands loop from Day 5? You can get one for 25 cents at the Moab visitors center. If you go to the entry for Day 5, I explain where to catch the loop on 313.

Matt thought his Gobi bags would have been fine on the TAT, but he's used to riding on narrow trails with them. He does suggest carrying straps in case the bags get knocked off and the locks break.
Hopefully, if you're thinking about riding the TAT (or just off road in Utah) with your 990, you are comfortable riding fully loaded in rocks, sand and silt. Be prepared to handle any mechanical problems on your own. We rarely saw another person on the trail.
Oh yeah - watch out for slick mud after heavy rain and avoid falling into giant holes
Good luck and have fun!

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Old 08-24-2009, 06:31 PM   #170
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Great ride report. I've ridden those passes on the Alpine Loop in CO between Lake City and Ouray. 2-up on a 950? well done!

Question for ya. What can you tell us about the gas can panniers in this photo:

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Old 08-26-2009, 05:19 AM   #171
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I've been riding slabs for over thirty years with a little dirt on the side but your report has me thinking, wifey look at all the beauty we could see on the TAT and stay away from the herds of cagers we seem to draw like flies. We will see, I hope you guys are all healed and I really, really enjoyed your RR. Hope to leave Va and head west again soon.
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Old 09-01-2009, 06:15 PM   #172
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We had been looking forward to the jeep road (727) that was coming up next. Sam noted "Fun, Fun, Fun" on the roll charts and we figured it would be something good. Yeah. It turns out that Sam is a fan of sarcasm - that road was 13 miles of horrible. Nothing but baby heads and slick mud puddles that went on forever - not rocky enough to be interesting, but really uncomfortable at speed. Ugh. It was raining the whole time so I didn't take any pictures, but here's the trail map if you want to have some "Fun, Fun, Fun" of your own.

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Oh I soooo completely agree!

Loving your report so far; I'm on page 2. Currently in the process of doing the TAT myself, in Green River, Utah tonight. I salute you both; I can only imagine what it must to be like to ride the trail on that big a bike with a passenger, or to be that passenger!
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Old 09-02-2009, 07:44 AM   #173
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Great RR!

Our description / photos of the "fun fun fun" section starts here:

I too hadn't heard anyone document anything about it... It was an ass-kicker at the end of that day!
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Old 09-02-2009, 07:41 PM   #174
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Old 09-03-2009, 06:32 AM   #175
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Our description / photos of the "fun fun fun" section starts here:

I too hadn't heard anyone document anything about it... It was an ass-kicker at the end of that day!
That looks like my idea of fun dual sport riding. Also why I like the DRZ over some of the heavy trailies. It does look fun, fun, fun.
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Old 09-03-2009, 10:08 AM   #176
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What a great report

A well documented passage, such a fine report. I'm just amazed at the strength of your wife to have taken such a trip two up. The affection between you both seem very strong. however she seems to be very much a part of this adventure not just a passenger along for the ride. What a personal achievement congratulation!
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Old 09-03-2009, 10:13 AM   #177
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2 Up on the TAT, hat's off to both of you, and thanks for sharing the ride.
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Old 09-03-2009, 11:01 AM   #178
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Kelly and Matt you are my idols - Reading your RR just made my day, simply fantastic
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Old 09-03-2009, 06:16 PM   #179
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simply fantastic y'all.
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Old 09-06-2009, 06:25 PM   #180
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Just finished reading your RR while having dinner here in Winnemucca, NV.

Great Job! Both on finishing the TAT, and this great RR; loved it! Thanks for the tips about Oregon, luckily I have topo maps on my GPS. So between your wonderful heads up and my topo maps, I hope to fare a little better.

Hope you're healing up well Kelly, and I look forward to reading another one of your RRs when you're riding your own bike!
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