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Old 06-11-2011, 11:28 AM   #76
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Check out bmw in Mancos

Basin motorcycle works in Mancos is not far from Durango. I stopped by there last year and they are all into Adventure riding. They should be able to help you with your wheel. There number is (970) 533-7005
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Old 06-11-2011, 01:08 PM   #77
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Many thanks are due to all the inmates who offered assistance. Most of all, DesertRatliff.

I think both of is were surprised how well a propane torch, vise, and some ingenuity worked to straighten the ding. Thanks again.

I'm now mobile again and headed to Moab via pavement. I'll spend the night there and pick up the TAT again through Utah. Looking forward to it.
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Old 06-11-2011, 01:15 PM   #78
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Looks much nicer mounted.
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Old 06-11-2011, 03:09 PM   #79
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Any advice/opinions on this? Would you continue to ride 3000 miles?

Think it's fixable?


Fotobo bent his worse than that in the California section. Made it to the coast with no problem.
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Old 06-11-2011, 04:05 PM   #80
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Following along in spirit. Hope the gremlins have all fallen off by now and the rest of the ride is eventful, but not in a requiring-a-blow-torch-kinda-way.
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Old 06-11-2011, 04:51 PM   #81
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In moab for the night. Highway approach as suggested by DesertRatliff was outstanding. Major epic twisties. Beautiful scenery, but I only stopped a few times for pics.

Staying in a hostel recommended by Tomski. Once I dropped his name though, the clerk's smile turned into a frown and they shoved me off-site in a private room.

DesertRatliff sent me on my way with a pair of local brews. I'm gonna put these in the fridge and see if I can scrounge up a cold IPA and some grub in town.
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Old 06-11-2011, 04:56 PM   #82
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Lazy Lizard hostel. Beats paying for a hotel or camping in the heat.
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Old 06-11-2011, 06:20 PM   #83
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Good to hear that your were able to continue your adventure.
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Old 06-11-2011, 06:37 PM   #84
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yea...glad your back on the road!!
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Old 06-11-2011, 06:58 PM   #85
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Met four gentleman dual sporters from British Columbia and one from Georgia tonight. They are camped up the road and are enjoying riding the canyonlands on their KLRs and Stroms.

Might join them for some bench racing tonight.
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Old 06-11-2011, 07:14 PM   #86
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Glad you are rolling again! Watch for gravity, it will sneak up on you when your not expecting it. Looking forward to the pictures!
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Old 06-12-2011, 04:29 PM   #87
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Utah is EPIC!

For those of you passing through soon, put on your navigating hat, strap on your stair-climbing boots, and cinch up your sandy panties. It's pretty tough on a fully loaded bike.

Sand for days. Wipeouts were numerous. Got lost a few times. Backtracked for miles. Didn't take a single pic in the Canyonlands. Tried to make up for it later. Rough, desolate terrain. Fun shit though.

Gonna camp out on the trail somewhere west of here (here is Salina, UT), so I won't be doing any more updates today. I'll hit the spot till camp whenever appropriate.

Not sure how many miles I did today, but it seemed like a LOT. I'll get some more before I'm done though.

Did I mention that I like Utah?
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Old 06-12-2011, 09:30 PM   #88
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Old 06-13-2011, 08:16 AM   #89
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Amen, Brother, Utah is truly epic, and that stretch between Moab and Salina is stomp down amazing. Hope everything is now staying together for you. Watch the super-silty stuff when you get to Nevada- there may be hard square edged ruts under the silt.
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Old 06-13-2011, 09:29 PM   #90
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In case you are following along, I'm currently in Eureka, NV.

Seems like I covered a lot of miles today, but yesterday afternoon was eventful as well. I planned to camp at Adelaide CG in the national forest (right off the trail). I started that stretch pretty late in the day and eventually had to reroute due to snowed-in trail. I finally turned back after going over numerous downed trees and paddling through several muddy snow drifts. Fortunately, Fremont Indian State Park was just "downhill" on the highway, so I rolled in there at about 9pm. Nice place. Had firewood for $3, so I got to make my first campfire of the trip. My tent was literally pissing distance from a creek. Nice night's sleep.

First thing this morning I beat feet and tried to pick up the trail where it dumped out at the highway. I missed a turn (the only one available) and I was forced to ride the interstate for a while
As the sweet section of the TAT, complete with tunnels, continued right next to me. Oh well. I rejoined at the next chance I had and continued high speed dirt to the Nevada border. Saw some of those infamous mormon crickets. Impressive.

From Baker, NV I embarked on a leg of trail scheduled for 210 miles. :eek
I learned something new about the GPS today. Knowledge that would have been helpful beforehand. I had some navigational problems- "road" not on GPS, "road" disappears, etc. Made for some confusing moments. Caused a bit of anxiety too because I was concerned about fuel. When I finally got about 50 miles from the end of the leg, the GPS was predicting an arrival after 10pm, so I said fuck it and made a shortcut that saved me an hour and probably 20 miles.

So now I'm in Eureka. Neat town. I asked the clerk where I could tent camp nearby and she directed me to a free city park with restroom, water, electricity, and a ramada. Lots of plush grass too. The catch is- there are lawn sprinklers. They come on in the morning. Don't know when. Therefore, I pitched my tent under the ramada on the concrete.

Just did the math- 370 miles today. Some of it was rerouting due to the dead end last night.
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