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Old 09-08-2010, 04:47 PM   #31
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Day 1 - Broken Arrow, Ok to Perryton, Tx

Day 1 of the Unfinished Business Tour for Joe and I started like many mornings in Oklahoma full of Thunderstorms. Joe just getting back from Russia only a few days before still had a few things to do so we sat in the shop dinking around.

Finally around Noon, I had enough and off we went into the rain. Made it thru Tulsa and the sun began to shin.

We decided to take Hwy 64 west. Two lane road with dirt road options along the way.

First stop was Pawnee for fuel and a drink.


On the run we go and looking for a dirt road to ease the pain of asphalt. Found this road and headed West for about 60 miles. Looks good now but I bet could be bad news wet.








Needing fuel, fighting the rain we pulled in after we cleared a funnel cloud for fuel again.


Western Oklahoma below the Panhandle has some amazing things to see. Cherokee Valley in all its splender.


Sun was getting low, deer roaming the ditches so we got back on the asphalt to make our final run to Perryton to spend the night with some family.


Joe on his KLR250 grinding away into the wind.




Me and my friend Vinnie the Shadow.




Sun set in the Texas Panhandle. Tomorrow we find some more dirt to work our way west.
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Old 09-08-2010, 05:35 PM   #32
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Day 2 - Perryton, Tx to Raton, NM

Started the day with a visit to the old family farm outside Perryton. My Grandfather farmed here until 1968 when my Uncle took over and now has my cousin's farming as well. Great long history of a family farm.

One of Grandpa's tractors that was used up thru the 1990's.


Then we met up with my Uncle and Cousin's for a brief discussion. Arnold was loading the crop duster for another run and had to go but we enjoyed the takeoff.



Off we went, Joe and I had miles to make. Still needing to meet the chase truck in Baker, Neveda to finish the TAT West on my Vintage Yamaha. We worked our way thru the Texas Panhandle for a couple hours and found some neet things to see.

Old thrashing machine


We stayed the course, dirt West. Nice wide dirt road turned to this. The road just kept getting more and more remote


To this smaller road.


Finally the road turned to this small two track, down to a single track and finally nothing.

More Day 2 later
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Old 09-08-2010, 07:26 PM   #33
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More Day 2 --> 02-Sep-10

As the road continued to get less of a road we finally found ourselves riding across virgin ground. We worked out way thru cactus and sage for several miles to more modern gravel roads thanks to the windmill construction.



Many mile of dirt road that just kept going and going. We came across a farm that had a cool collection of Minneapolis Moline Tractors and Equipment. Had to stop and look.




After a brief stop of tractor looking, probably good we did not see the owner as might of turned into "tractor shopping" we continued West on the back roads of the Texas Panhandle into New Mexico

Couple heards of Antilope crossed paths. They probably thinking the same thing we were. "what the hell you doing way out here", perfect place to be.



We darted into Clayton, NM for fuel and a sandwich and then off to the back roads of New Mexico. Heading to Capulin National Monument to check out some volcano history we came into Folsom, NM. No gas, but there is a muesum with food and drinks to refresh the soul.



Back on the trail we made time for Capulin Volcano. Kinda a cool place to visit. Drive up the side of the volcano and check out the top of the cone.

Joe and his tourist pose. Still needs practice, but had to take the picture.


VNS and Joe doing the tourist thing and Joe doing his impression of a puppet.


View from the top of Capulin looking North to the Trans America Trail 19 miles off in the distance.


Having our fill of Volcano watching, we needed to make time and head West. Few more miles of dirt and then back to Highway 64 we made Raton, NM for the evening.

Another great day on the bikes.
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Old 09-08-2010, 08:22 PM   #34
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Day 3 --> 03-Sep-10

Day 3 started with cool fresh air in Raton. Motel was ok, at least clean but a little on the rough side.

BigDog and I had discussed Chama, NM on a ride before and after seeing his pictures on his ride report I had a bad need to visit. My connection to Chama is the Rail Road.

Marshall Pass Road, Colorado is where I grew up riding my Mountain Bike motorcycle that I have been doing the TAT on. The property at the cabin is at the old rail station of Mears Junction which was the connect to Chama. I have pictures of the steam engines there as late as 1950 but everything but the old bridge foundations are gone.

So off to Chama, NM we go via Taos. We did stop in Taos for a brief moment to shop for some trinkets and hang, but to damn many people to be comfortable. So we had to get gone.


On down Hwy 64 we crossed the Rio Grande River Bridge. Good reason there are not many connecting dirt roads in that area. Pretty deep ditch when you see it.


Off to Chama we go. Motorcycles everywhere, some wave, some don't. One thing for sure, none of them look like us.

After a very close call on fuel, we make Chama and visit the train depot.


The coolest part of this tourist stop, is they let you check things out that normal place block off. We walked aroung the cars that were there, then into the shop, spoke with one of the machinests, check out it all. Very cool place to spend an hour or so.









Cool story here, I have pictures of this Steam Engine at Mears Junctin and going over Marshall Pass. Kinda cool to see the real thing.


Yep, Joe this was another good day on the Road Less Traveled.


Day 3 ended with a long haul of asphalt. Thought about stopping in Pagosa Springs, but to many Harleys. Then to Durango, again, way to many Harleys, yes bike rallies everywhere we turned. Not one adventure rider in site. Finally found a place in Cortez, Co and ended the day.

Honda XR650L doing great and the little KLR250 hanging in there.
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Old 09-08-2010, 08:47 PM   #35
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enjoying it so far. I would love to ride those roads someday.
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Old 09-08-2010, 09:28 PM   #36
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Wow Mr. Snake.

Good to see you smiling again.

Those old locomotives sure are cool.

Standing by.
Find us some more "cool stuff to look at".

Nice!!!

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Old 09-08-2010, 10:09 PM   #37
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Wow Mr. Snake.

Good to see you smiling again.

Those old locomotives sure are cool.

Standing by.
Find us some more "cool stuff to look at".

Nice!!!

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Headed your way, one way or the other. Having a hell of a time with my 1976 DT400C Mountain Bike, yesterday was tough. Spent the day in Battle Mountain, NV working, cleaning, checking. Hopefully tomorrow it will be fixed. One more thing to check, muffler might be clogged it is a very old hard worked machine.

If the 400 lays down tomorrow, on the trailer it goes and off the trailer will come the WR250R to finish the TAT and head to Montana for the CDR and Shadow of the Rockies both modified. The XR650L perform flawlessly now I got the intake issue fixed. All in all, I will be riding something but I will be riding.

The riding gear is great, need that winter suit badly. I can tell you those dakar pants have saved my legs more than once in the sage and doing well.

Appreciate the input on the gear, has made a definate difference. You guys won me over, I will be wearing KLIM from now on.
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Old 09-08-2010, 10:12 PM   #38
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enjoying it so far. I would love to ride those roads someday.
Make it happen, I know how life gets in the way, but in the end, Rocking Chair Memories is all we have. Good luck and look forward to reading your ride report in the future.

Thanks for following along, cool knowing someone enjoys my sharing my adventures.

Cheers
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Old 09-09-2010, 02:01 AM   #39
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Make it happen, I know how life gets in the way, but in the end, Rocking Chair Memories is all we have.

Pretty damn good quote for your signature line Vinnie!


Glad you got the 400 sorted out, let me know if I can still help in any way.

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Old 09-09-2010, 06:25 AM   #40
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Battle Mountain...

Things start getting remote from there on.
Enjoy the sage brush.

Be sure to stop at the bar in Paradise and add a $1 to the ADV wall.

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Old 09-09-2010, 12:59 PM   #41
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Hey Vinnie, I thought you were going to ride but instead you've made this a junk yard tour. Old farm machiery and old steam locomotives. I don't believe it. Where are the good mountain trails? I guess I'll have to head down there and tear you away from the scrap iron and lead you by the front fender. At the rate you're going you will never make it up here for the CDT. Your DT evidently caught a virus from some of that old scrap around one of those junk yards and has laid down on you.
Well, all in all, a good report and good luck. Looking forward to seeing you before the snow gets too deep.
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Old 09-10-2010, 05:14 PM   #42
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Roll on...

After meeting up near Border, you know we are wishing the best for your efforts. Some of those miles come easier than others, but watching you roll, we have no doubt you can do it

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Old 09-10-2010, 06:40 PM   #43
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It seized twice but the piston looks good.........Could be a bad crank bearing. Rotate the flywheel and see if it feels bad. ----You sure it was the motor that seized? -----Could be a wheel bearing locking up, or a transmission bearing.---------Rear brake adjusted too tight and the shoes overheat,swell and lock up. Not likely, but I have had it happen on my KTM twice.
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Old 09-10-2010, 07:18 PM   #44
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Looking good Vinnie!!!

I hope you get your DT back on the trail!!

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Old 09-13-2010, 11:59 AM   #45
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Hmmm... Long time since the last update.

The trail gets tough after Battle Mountain...

I hope everything is OK.

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