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Old 10-19-2010, 06:03 PM   #151
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Video of the Day

Video of the Day, Final Day on the TAT


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Old 10-19-2010, 06:39 PM   #152
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Recap of the TAT Inmates along the way

Questor - Vinnie, how did you find this place.


Lefty and Steve - I think that was the best trip ever, I was told.


Dman (Thanks Dave for one heck of alot of miles and memories)


Makotosun


DEET (The guy for the sign and team motivator)


Mark (The man with the plan)


BigDog aka BadDog, HotDog, TheDog, BigDogAdventures


The TAT Vintage Gang with Nick the Orginal Chase Truck Driver.


Sgt Robert Williams Ret. - the one and only Walking Man and best Chase Vehicle Driver ever.


Joe Gringo Gresh - the rider, the writer and damn good mate.



The one and only BOSS of VNS my wonderful bride.


and me, Vinnie the Snake with my good friend BigDog who got me back on the bike again. Thanks Mark, I will be forever grateful!!!!


Trans America Trail - It gave and it took, but it always gave more than it took!



So we loaded the bikes and hit the road. Next stop and post to the Unfinished Business Thread - Roosvill, MT to start the second phase of the Unfinished Business Tour.
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Old 10-19-2010, 07:58 PM   #153
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It was awesome!

Just like being there.... (execpt for all the work!)


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Well done, Mate!
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Old 10-19-2010, 08:10 PM   #154
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This year work and other commitments kept me from any extended trips, so I am very bummed to have missed this one. but you have taken enough pics to almost seem like I was there. or does that just make me bummed more to see what I missed. DAMN! that should be a good bunch of memories for you guys. No keyboard cowboys there! YOU be the real deal.
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Old 10-20-2010, 03:46 AM   #155
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My part of the Vintage TAT

Nice recap of the Vintage riders.
And I was so glad an honored for you to let
me join in on some of the fun Vinnie.

The memories of your ride in which I was a part of
from Cape Hatteras will be with me forever.

The unique herd of cats that followed your quest for
the Pacific ocean I will never forget either.

So on with the ride Vinnie
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Old 10-21-2010, 10:47 AM   #156
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Before we get all mushy and teary-eyed, hand-sore from patting ourselves on the back, I'd like to remind the collective that this ride is only half over!

The Snake wasn't satisfied conquering the TAT.

No, his little buddy was still alive. That won't do. We must try to run the KLR250 into the ground.

The tough parts are still coming up.
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Old 10-21-2010, 02:49 PM   #157
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The unique herd of cats that followed your quest for
the Pacific ocean I will never forget either.
But they were a NICE herd of cats.

Standing by for Part II.

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Old 10-25-2010, 08:59 AM   #158
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Ok, So yesterday was September 14th. We got up early and headed to Roosvill, Mt to begin the second part of the Unfinished Business Tour. Like all kids after about 5 miles, Joe started to get restless.

"I need to stop at a Wal-Mart and buy a camera". "I need to stop at a Wal-Mart and buy a GPS". Now I am not sure why the urgent need to stop, as Joe never takes a picture and never knows where we been or where we are going.



So we stop at the first Wal-mart we come to, got no idea where it is. I wait, Joe returns, no camera, no GPS, hell, no nothing. We drive on, only 900 miles to get where we can get back on the bikes. Passing places we need to ride the entire way.

Joe, just keeps up the Wal-Mart pressure and jacking around with his old camera.


We find a place to stay, nothing special, dinner was below average and the trip is killing me.

This morning we continue on. Finally, Joe gets a Nuvi Basic GPS, so he is quiet in the back, playing with the new Iphone, Nuvi and old camera, technology is finally getting the best of him.

I had noticed the trailer was feeling awkward with the Trailer Hitch on the Toyota, I had Joe use his new Iphone to find a place to get a new hitch put on just as a little insurance and preventative preparation.

Joe, supervising the hitch installation.


They also were attempting to put mud flaps on the FJ, but I finally had all I could stand, paid the bill, hooked up to the trailer and got back on the road. Rest of the day was like yesterday. Many places to ride and we drive by them. Joe antsy and we keep going. Finally we make Roosville, MT.

Unload the bikes, do some maintenace and get ready for the Contential Divide Ride to Colorado where we hope to intercept he Shadow of the Rockies.

I did not realize how nice tomorrow was going to be riding.









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Old 10-25-2010, 04:30 PM   #159
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Now I see why my wife calls me a mouth-breather.

I had to get a GPS- The Snake was so far ahead I didn't even have a dust cloud to follow. At Ys in the road I would put my ear on the ground to listen which way the Viper's WR250 went.

The Walmart I went into had every damn thing rigged so that when I picked up a camera, alarms sounded! Then security would come to shut the siren off. I looked at like 3 cameras- alarms each time. I gave it up.
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Old 10-26-2010, 06:47 AM   #160
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Unfinished Business Tour - CDT or CDR

Like Joe said above, he had alot of issues with security, beedy little eyes, that look of what is that, kind of a cop magnet he appears to be.

With Joe Gringo Gresh, his constant draw of law enforcement and his talents to underwhelm folks with his humor, I decided not to cross into Canada. I figured the lost riding time just to say I had done it did not pay out and chances were high I would have to ride alone the rest of the trip.

We headed North to the Canadian Border to start our trip South. Sure seems the US has spent alot of unnecessary money to keep the Canadians under control, and the Canadians appear to be doing quite well at their crossing without alot of grand structure. I guess its the way of the times.

Headed South at the US/Canadian Border North of Roosville, MT.

Joe wanted a picture of this guy, said he was some long lost uncle.


Joes Uncle seemed to be pretty popular guy.


Bikes fired up, we head South, no real route for a change, just work out way thru the trails, roads and so on to make it a Southerly Direction. As soon as possible we left the asphalt for better surfaces.

As we riding along, I thought damn, look at this, the forest service finally building some motorcycle bridges. Doing a damn fine job of it too.


As we work our way to Glacier National Park, man did we hit the mother load of good back roads and everything. Damp and cool conditions made riding perfect. Nothing seemed to be pressing, just making miles on the Backroads of America.








We stop for a break time to time.


This next pictures may be the all time oddest picture I have taken. If you look the stream is dry, bone ass dry. The timber around has burned in the last few years, so big damn deal.

Tell me why the river is flowing above this section and below this section but not thru this section where the fire was. We never saw a bypass or anything, Just bone dry river for about a mile then back flowing from then on.



So we continued down the trails and tracks as we worked our way to Glacier National Park to Polebridge near the Western Gate. Man it was perfect riding the whole way so far.







Looked down a lane of cut trees and saw the Polebridge Store. Decided a cup of coffee and a break were in store so off we went for break time.

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Old 10-26-2010, 06:48 AM   #161
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much more later, work is calling.
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Old 10-26-2010, 04:17 PM   #162
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We hung around Polebrige, had homemade rolls, coffee and some good conversation with some locals. They were interested in the trip and suggested we take the dirt road around the place and head into Glacier National Park thur a small gate on the West side just a few miles down the road.

Joe, was looking around, checking out all the items and noticed the fire wood. He decided at a $1.00 per stick, there was about $500,000,000 worth of wood withing a mile of the place. No wonder everyone is so relaxed at that place.


More of the Camp area, I think it might be a great place to spend the night on another trip and explore the area.


Back on the bikes, feeling good to be back on the trail, we headed down the road as directed.


To our suprise this was turning out to be a pretty good back road and ride. We finally came across a small entrance gate that was unmanned, instructions to pass thru at no cost, so off we went to check out the back roads of Glacier.







WOW, this is cool, nice road, no traffic, no people, remote and free. Added up to 35 miles of pleasure.









The trail continued on, uninterupted. Finally a National Park with no people. Yea, BS, right up to the point where we met up with the Chase Truck to fuel up and get ready for our journey of Logan Pass.


West Glacier was to change it all. People were everywhere, campers, buses, cars, trucks, trailers and OMG the people. My favorite part of West Glacier was the sign, everything else was just PEOPLE.


Our orginal plan was to meet up with Walking Man and go over Logan Pass as a team, however, due to the trailer that was out of the question due to the rules. The rules, every damn sign had a new rule.

Walking Man turned back to head around the South end of the park and meet back up at East Glacier, then head South on a dirt road to camp.

Joe and I headed on into the park. I must admit, at times it was amazing and at times it was hell in traffic. But all in all, I am glad we rode the Logan Pass Road just to say we did it.






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Old 10-26-2010, 05:11 PM   #163
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The road to the pass was packed with cars, turn offs were packed and so as the ride continued the weather got worse, traffic increased and finally came to a stop ina work area. But like before, the sights were very nice and we were taking them in for sure.




Weather turned bad in just a few minutes, we were looking for a place to excape the cars and found this nice place in a cut. Worked out well. We missed the worst of the storm, took a break and got our rain gear on without being killed by the 4wheeled demons all around.






The rest of the ride thru Glacier National Park pretty much sucked. Rain, Cars, People, Road Construction, Ice and Snow was all that we saw as the clouds closed in and our views were just what we could see for a few meters.



We worked our way thru the missery and over the pass to East Glacier. It took several hours of inching our way down the road and by the time we got to East Glacier it was time to stop for the night.

These cabins called Sears Motel looked to fit the need, two rooms procured, warm and relaxed we settled in for a long evenings nap.


Joe seemed to find a happy place here at East Glacier.


Normally on a adventure ride, less is more. Much less in Luck 13 and more would have been required. It was dry, warm and level, but had a steady breeze and was a close to camping without pitching a tent as we had found. But I must admit, after a day in a National Park with the tourist we face, damn fine place Lucky 13 turned out to be.


Joe in his happy place. What a opossum shit eaten grin. Dude, you killing me.
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Old 10-26-2010, 05:18 PM   #164
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16-Sep-2010 end of the day

So as with all days, we lubed the chains, fueled the bikes and headed off for dinner. Once again we seem to never take pictuers of dinner, but Ribs were suggested by the local motel owner. Hell, they were like on the Flintstons, beef ribs, the whole damn rib.

Yea, Ill take one. Got the look of the day from the waitress. Ok, if you think you can eat it, was the response of the day.

We waddled back to the cabins, chatted about all the people and decided tomorrow we have to get away from society, its killing us.
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Old 10-27-2010, 09:10 AM   #165
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Mmmm...

BB-Q Ribs...

Thank you again for this wonderful Ride Report.

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