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Old 10-22-2009, 10:08 AM   #151
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great pics, great story. I look for this thread each morning!
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Old 10-23-2009, 05:18 AM   #152
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Was this actually Saphire in North Carolina. Very attractive looking place. I need to put it on my list of places to go through.
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Old 10-23-2009, 06:39 AM   #153
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Old 10-24-2009, 02:57 AM   #154
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we're all going cold turkey out here.
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Old 10-24-2009, 07:34 AM   #155
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Hullo, where are you?
we're all going cold turkey out here.
Hello All.

Sorry for the lapse in posting.
Motoadventuregal and myself have been busy getting ready for a TAT presentation we did at ARES CYCLES in New Britain CT.
We did the presentation last night. We had a good turn out actually. We had 35 people show up and sit there as I talked for over two hours.

Also Motoadveturegal is getting ready to leave on her 6 month ride through Central and South America next week, so I've been busy helping her get ready.

I promise to get back to regular updates of this post really soon.

Also, I have not really been Home in two weeks, and I need a very fast Internet connection to upload all the pictures.

I enjoy writing this Ride Report, and look forward to having the time to do it correctly.

Sorry for the delay...
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Old 10-24-2009, 08:13 AM   #156
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Day 21: Tuesday July 14th, 2009.

Well, we woke up the next morning and still had a broken bike to worry about. We needed to get it to Denver to a fellow ADVrider "Bendejo" who we had contacted and said he would be able to help us out.
But how do we get a non-operational motorcycle to Denver some 100+ miles away?
Also, Motoadventuregal needed to be in Denver to catch a flight to the BMW National Rally in Tennesse in two days...

Well, we had another freind in Hartsel CO, about 30 miles away who said he had a truck and trailer we could borrow.
Heyduke was kind enough to offer to drive us, and the bikes to Hartsel.
So we loaded the bikes onto his trailer.


Tossed all out gear in the back of his Trooper, and drove to Hartsel about an hour away. Thank you again Heyduke, you really saved the day!


In Hartsel, we met up with our friend Chris.
Chris is building a summer house.


He's doing all the work himself, including building a deck to watch the sunsets.


After socializing for a few hours, we loaded the bikes onto his trailer, hooked it up to his truck,


and headed to Denver.



We stopped at BMW of Denver to pick up some tires we had shipped there.

Here's actually a funny story. So we pull up in front of this gleaming BMW dealership in a beat up old truck, with to trashed looking Suzuki dirt bikes on a trailer. I go inside and a sales rep approaches me. I tell him how much I like BMW motorcycles, and how much I liked the BMW R1200GS Adventure. ( I already own one... ) So we go through the motions...
How much they weigh, range, features / benifits, etc. "So how much will it cost?" I ask.
He tells me.
"OK, and how much will you give me on trade in for my Suzuki?"
He looks out the window at the bikes and says "Are you serious?"
I laughed, and told him I was joking, and that I was only here to pick up some tires that they were nice enough to allow us to ship there.

So after the BMW shop we went to "Bendejo's".


We explained to Bendejo what need to be done, and how we would be back in about two weeks.
Motoadventuregal had to work in Tennessee, and I was going hang out in the Vail Colorado area with my Aunt until she got back. Poor me...

Stats for the day:
Well technically we didn't do any riding...

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Old 10-24-2009, 09:58 AM   #157
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I've been enjoying your TAT ADVenture; your pics, your report and your journey!! I was wondering at which landmark you were going to fly the ADV flag!! Good to see you've brought it along!!

Hey Gadget Boy,

We actually flew the ADV flag at a TVA location the very first day of the TAT

I posted it at post #38
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...5&postcount=38
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Old 10-24-2009, 10:02 AM   #158
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Hello All.

Motoadventuregal and myself have been busy getting ready for a TAT presentation we did at ARES CYCLES in New Britain CT.
We did the presentation last night. We good turn out actually. We had 35 people show up and sit there as I talked for over two hours.

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I was planning to show up for that, but alot of drama got in the way. Have to get the story from here. It's all good.
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Old 10-24-2009, 10:19 AM   #159
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I was planning to show up for that, but alot of drama got in the way. Have to get the story from here. It's all good.
Sorry to miss you. We had a great turnout--we ran out of chairs!

I'd be happy to do a presentation for our dualsport club, Rusty. I have a really fond place in my heart for the club (and for you!). You were one of the first people that helped me on ADVrider a couple of years ago when I first wanted to get into dualsporting. You also told me about the Berkshire Trailriders, which has been really helpful to me.

The presentation will have to be next year, however...
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Old 10-25-2009, 03:14 PM   #160
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While Motoadventuregal is away... July 15 - 21st, 2009

Well, Motoadventuregal is away in Tennesse working...
I stayed with my Aunt in the Vail area of Colorado.

It's a great area to have a dirt bike while waiting for a few days...

I had a few adventures out there too.
See my Ride Reports about some of them:
Schofield Pass
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On July 20th I ride back to Denver to meet up with Motoadventuregal and pick up here bike at Bendejo's. We would also put the new tires on our bikes, and head back to Hartsel CO, to join back up with the TAT.

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Old 10-25-2009, 03:22 PM   #161
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Tuesday, July 20th, 2009.

So Motoadveture gal has been way for five days, and I ride back to Denver to meet up with her in the evening at a hotel.

I go from this:


To this.


In the course of events I end up riding around Denver a drenching rain and thunderstorm in the middle of the night. It was exhilerating, but not technically part of the TAT so I won't tell you about the details.

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Day 22: Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

We were at at hotel.
We took showers.
We ate breakfast.


We then rode 2 up on my DRZ to Bendejo's.
In the days we had been away, he had fixed Motoadvebturegal's DR350.
The carburator had been cleaned and re-jetted, the oil had been changed, and the clutch had been repaired.

Now all we needed to do was change the tires to the new ones we had shipped to the BMW dealership a week before.

What's hotter than watching a chick change motorcycle tires?


We thanked Bendejo and went back to the hotel to get our gear and load up the bikes.


Once loaded up, we rode out of Denver back to Hartsel CO.
On the way we grabbed a quick bite to eat.
I remember a big storm was on the horizon as the sun set and we were riding the high plains at an elevation around 9,000 feet.






Fortunately we did not get rained on, and had a warm snuggly place to sleep that night.

Statistics for the day:
160 miles
Moving average 36.6 Moving time 4:24
Stopped 5:00 Total 9:23

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Old 10-26-2009, 04:27 PM   #163
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What's hotter than watching a chick change motorcycle tires?

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I'm not sure about the hot part (not to say she is not hot, but greasy arms and hands on a babe dont do it for me) but it is very impressive to say the least! there are a lot of guys that dont even change their own tires! I say any woman that is willing to do that you better hang on to that one she is a keeper!

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Old 10-26-2009, 09:16 PM   #164
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Just caught up... I'd been out of town for awhile.

It was good to meet you guys and share some laughs! I'm really glad Bendejo found all the parts and got the bike fixed so quick.

Now, keep it coming!

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Day 23: Wednesday, July 22nd. 2009

Today was going to be a spectacular day!

We were headed to the Cinnamon / California Pass area.
12K+ foot passes and 14K foot peaks.

I was quite excited, and got us up early.
We had breakfast in Buena Vista. Yummy Mexican Omlette and a really darn good cup of coffee.


The road to Marshal pass was nice, but I was looking forward to some high mountain scenery.




Soon we started to gain elevation.


Motoadventuregal was right behind me. An Army of two, braving the Colorado Rockies on motorbikes.

(Nice one handed over the shoulder while riding photgraph if I do say myself. Lots of motion, good composition, sharp focus. )

We make it up to the top of the pass.


We haed down the other side and what do we see?
Cows!
I have a love / hate relationship with cows.
To me they are like big stupid slow deer.
Deer like to dash out and kill motorcycleists up where I'm from.
But cows?
Still dangerous, but slow.
So the potential Motorcycle Vs. Cow event takes minutes to play out, not seconds like with a deer.



But cows look funny when they run!

The TAT takes us along...




An interesting intersection.


We go this way.


Past things like this.


Along roads like this.


An amazing day, and it was about to get a whole lot better.


We come down out of the National Forest, and enter the nifty town of LakeVille, Lakemont, Lake something... I forget. But we found food here.




Very nice BB-Q.
Possibly the best on the trip.

Then after lunch we went off the the General Store to stock up on supplies.
Do I need an Assault Rife?


To shoot my canned chicken?

At the deli I couln't decide what kind of meat to buy...
Um, perhaps they have venison?




After getting our food and beer supplies, we filled up on gas, and headed south to Cinnamon Pass.


We were in the Colorado Rockies, baby!!!


We entered Gold Mining Territory. There were lots of old mines, and buildings along the way.




The trail hairpined its way up the mountain pass, constantly gaining elevation.


This pipe apparently belongs to this marmot.



Eventually we reach the top of the pass. Amazing views. I should have stayed there longer to admire the view, but the trail becons us onwards, a luring song of mountains and rocky trails.


A rather steep and exposed decent dropped us off in the next valley.
It was even more spectacular.
Bigger historic structures, bigger more colorful mountains.


Dozens of old abandoned mining structures were to be seen.


Some were huge.


Frisco mines.






After a short exploration, we rode on, up the valley ahead.


It was absolutely stunning.
I couln't really take it all in. It was a huge a spectical as the White Rim of Canyonlands in Utah, buit now I was seeing mountains. Huge colorful mountains.


Looking back down the valley we rode in from after decending from Cinnamon Pass. Probably 60 miles away.


It's starting to get late as you can see form the shadow above.
Were looking due North, and the sun is setting in the West. Probably got about 2 hours of light left. We don't want to be riding this in the dark.

After a few tricky steep switchbacks we make the next pass.


Were up at 13,000 feet!!!
The bikes are running great.
Oh, so happy to be here!!!

On top of the pass we find this.


Can you imagine hauling this up here with Horses and Oxen?

We drop off the ridge and see this. How nice!!!


The trail continues, we must follow...


Along an exposed traverse.


And we cross over the ridge into brilliant late afternoon sunshine. The views were amazing and crystal clear.


A panorama shot.


WOW! Huh?

We decend down the western front, through Corkscrew Pass.




We were pretty exposed and some of the hairpin turns were pretty tight.
I'd be a bit intimidated out here if I were on a bigger bike than my DRZ-400.
Fully loaded as we were, traction was scarce, and being heavire would not help things.

Dropping eleveation.




Finally, after what seemed like hours of decending, we come to the valley floor, and quickly find a place to camp. It was getting dark, and it had been an exhausting day. Not just physically, but "spiritually". I was delighted to have been able to spend some time up in the mountains, and to have seen so much in one day was almost overload.

One of these days I HAVE TO GO BACK THERE.

We set up camp near a stream.



And I set to making a pot of Chicken Ramen Curry Glorp.




After dinner, we settled into bed, quite content with the day, life, and everything. Best day ever.


Stats for the Day:
197 miles
Moving average 29.9 Moving time 6:35
Stopped 3:19 Total 9:55.
Total elevation change must have been around 20,000 feet.
I was buzzing.

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