|08-02-2011, 02:28 PM||#77|
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: crazytown, sacramento CA.
I hope my wife never see's this, or i'm doomed, my days of riding alone may over !
If you need any help around the sacramento area or would like a cool route to S.F. from this area, i could be of some advice,
and if you wanted to save a penny or two on lodging, you can crash out at the river house if you like.
keep on keeping on !!!!!
|08-02-2011, 06:59 PM||#78|
Joined: Sep 2008
Location: Marietta, Ga
Just found your RR! Great write up and pictures. Bringing back memories from my complete TAT in July of 2009.
I wish you both the best of times!
RIDE TO RIDE AGAIN
|08-02-2011, 08:52 PM||#80|
Woods Racer & D/S Rider
Joined: Feb 2008
Location: Formerly South MS, LR-Ar, Houston-Tx, now BR-La
Just got caught up! Great RR, thanks for sharing - very inspirational! Love the pics too!
Subscribed, hope you share the rest of that trip with us -
|08-03-2011, 12:00 AM||#81|
Paint it black.
Joined: Jan 2005
Location: Über Alles,Ca
I'm still "in", make it your own I like to say.
Just to tempt you for next year...Nevada is the very best of the TAT.
Be sure the safest rule is that we should not dare to live in any scene in which we dare not die. ~Lewis Carroll~
|08-03-2011, 04:37 AM||#82|
Two wheeled traveler
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: Lowry Crossing, TX
Very pleased with this helmet.
|08-03-2011, 02:48 PM||#84|
Joined: Aug 2011
Thanks for introducing me to the TAT. Until a few days ago, I never heard of it. Didn't know it existed. At first, before I started catching on, I was wondering how you were able to find all those off roads. I can't get over the scenery. Amazing. Now I'm planning my own ride. Going to buy a DR400 and ride it down from NJ to pick up the trail in TN and take it all the way across.
I love dirt riding but there is so little of it where I live. First I'll learn the dos and donts from those who went before. I also read your thread on the Alaska ride. Fantastic! Good luck the rest of the way.
|08-05-2011, 06:45 AM||#85|
Two wheeled traveler
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: Lowry Crossing, TX
Creating the TNT...
Trip Day 8
Our overall route turns and heads West now. On the previous day of the trip, we had finished riding the TAT. By the use of a bit of dead reckoning, we will attempt to continue West on similar primitive roads that we have been on thus far - we will see how we do.
Before heading out of Eureka, we stop by the local coffee shop for some breakfast, then head out of town on Hwy 50.
A few miles down the Hwy we pick up our new trail - we dubbed this route "The Trans-Nevada Trail" (TNT)
Which already has it's own 80's style cheesy theme song:
Passed by some more abandoned mining operations today...
These companies sure do leave a mess behind. One area looked like they were trying to compost a bunch of metal containers . I work in the construction field (Coatings Application), and I have a clause in every one of my contracts that notes "Leave area free of all contractor debris". Must not apply out here .
Following some typical Nevada two-track through here...
We stop and look around this old stacked stone structure, maybe an old homestead?
And then we spotted our first group of wild horses.
Hit a bit of deeper sand here, almost sent me into the brush.
A little bit past here, our two-track hits a larger gravel road. I am just following roads that are on my GPS mapset - piecing the route together as we go. We come to an entrance to a small home/ranch. There is a sign that says "Private Property" and has an arrow pointing to the right towards some 2-track. Nikki and I couldn't decide if the sign meant "Don't go right - It's private" or "Don't continue straight -take the two-track to the right". Well, my GPS showed the actual "road" was the one that continued straight towards the home and not the two-track to the right. So we head straight up towards the house. Right as you approach the house, the road turns and there is a gate. Nikki doesn't like this - it doesn't feel right. "Yeah, but it's on the GPS - don't worry!" I hop off the bike, carefully open the gate - the whole time waiting for some one to come out of the house (only 30 yards away) yelling and screaming at us. We pass through, close the gate up nicely as we found it, and rounded the corner, out of the view of the home. A couple minutes later we come through another gate, and confirm our suspicions:
This is where the two-track that went around to the right merges back with the actual road on my GPS. Oops . Maybe this is just a case where someone fenced in a public road, or maybe they took over ownership of the road - I don't know how that stuff works
We clear out of the area... Passing this sign:
Looks to me like they seeded a million-billion acres of sage brush .
Then we hoped on Hwy 50 for a bit to go over and look at a Petroglyph site that I had seen on the map yesterday.
Then we headed back into some ranch land.
I love these gates that have a handle for extra leverage. With all the gates you have to open and close through Nevada, you start to really appreciate the ones that make the task a little easier.
Saw another group of wild horses in this area, and try to head them off for a picture, but they disappeared.
However, I did find some remnants that must of been from others previous attempts to ride the TNT .
Then we picked up a Forest Service Road that was to take us through the Toiyabe NF and clear the range - dropping us in Austin, NV.
Started out really nice - a much needed terrain change after being in the Valley all morning.
We hit our first water crossing. Kinda high and moving pretty swiftly.
Not too bad though, but we wouldn't make the next one.
The water was moving very quickly, and I couldn't tell how deep it was. Sitting here typing about it, I feel like kinda a weenie for bailing, but at the time I was really concerned about drowning the bikes .
So instead we back tracked a few miles over to Hwy 50 and took that into Austin for a late lunch break.
After Austin, it seemed our options for off pavement routes were non-existent (or at least ones that I could find on the fly). We ended up on Hwy 722. If Hwy 50 through Nevada is "The Loneliest Hwy in America", then hwy 722 is it's extremely depressed brother-in-law .
Not a lot going on out here - not even any other traffic.
I learned this move from Dingweed:
Getting hot and windy through here.
Looking in the mirrors - the best scenery of the trip!
After you cross the valley, the road climbs into the next range.
We pull off the main road up this steep track to take a break.
Nikki ran into a tree at the bottom, so she decided she would rest right there . I don't know how she does it, but it's almost like a magnetic attraction towards things she doesn't want to hit, i.e. ruts, large rocks, trees branches & trees .
Then back onto the hwy, and eventually we merge back with Hwy 50 - which we follow all the way into Fallon, NV.
Where we stayed for the night at the "Bud, Get in!" (learned that from Littlewan)
From here, we will try to cross over the Sierra's off pavement, but again, the mega snow fall from the winter may stop us in our tracks.
2 Texans to Alaska (and back)...
2 Texans Ride The TAT...
Ultimate Utah Adventure Route - The UTBDR and a Whole Lot More!!
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|08-05-2011, 09:17 AM||#86|
Joined: Oct 2009
More good stuff....really enjoying this one.
I would not at all feel like a weenie for turning away from an unknown depth water crossing...I would have done the same. Its one thing if you are riding in your local area and help is 10 minutes away....its a whole different thing when out in the middle of nowhere and help could be days away.
""Nikki ran into a tree at the bottom, so she decided she would rest right there . I don't know how she does it, but it's almost like a magnetic attraction towards things she doesn't want to hit, i.e. ruts, large rocks, trees branches & trees .""
Classic Target fixation. At speed in cane be a dangerous thing. You should teach her to recognize the danger( of the obstacle), and then immediately look away to figure the way around it to avoid it. Easier said than done, I know.
|08-05-2011, 03:56 PM||#87|
Joined: Apr 2007
Location: East Texas, 100 mi. south of the U.S. border
Great ride!! That Nikki... what a trooper!
How were the Alpinestars Scout boots on hot days? Been thinking about a pair.
There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading; the few who learn by observation; the rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves. - Will Rogers
|08-07-2011, 06:05 PM||#90|
Joined: Apr 2011
Location: south of houston
Really enjoying the rr
Water rise, winds blow, and FEMA SUCKS.
06 Vulcan 2000
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