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Old 08-07-2011, 06:44 PM   #91
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Originally Posted by GotDrySocks? View Post
Great ride!! That Nikki... what a trooper!

How were the Alpinestars Scout boots on hot days? Been thinking about a pair.

The Scout boots were awesome for Nikki. She said that she never noticed them being any hotter than here old MSR trials boots (non-waterproof). My Gaerne Balance Oiled Boots have the waterproof liner as well, and my feet have never been uncomfortably hot. The only bad thing about the waterproof boots is when you get the water over the top of the boot - then it takes a couple of days to dry out .

...working on finishing up the final couple of days of the trip

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Old 08-08-2011, 05:47 AM   #92
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Day 9

We headed out of Fallon, NV on Hwy 50 heading towards Lake Tahoe.

The plan was to cross over the Sierra's on forest roads, but everyone we came to was still gated shut. So instead we are forced to stay on Hwy 50 into South Lake Tahoe.

We had it on good intel (weather forecast) that there was a pretty good storm pushing through the valley and headed this way. We had two options: 1. Keep pushing, riding through the rain, and stop somewhere in the valley. 2. Hang out here for the day and enjoy the remaining good weather,then head out in the morning - hopefully missing all the bad weather by that point. We choose option 2, and get a room in town.

Heading down to check out the Lake...

You can see the clouds building and pushing in over the range in the above picture...

Towards the end of the day, we head up into the mountains on the West side of the lake to check out some waterfalls. We get chased back down and into town when the rain starts. The only picture I got of that area:

Ate some pizza in town then an early night to bed.


Day 10

We woke up to this in the morning:

38 and raining in town. I guess I was a little off in my calculations of exactly how long it would take the rain to push through. We geared up and headed off into it. We actually hit a bit of snow climbing out of Tahoe, before we eventually started dropping down into the valley.

Stopping for some gas and lunch - it has been a chilly ride so far .

Conducting a bit of business, "Sorry, I am out of the office today."

After the lunch stop we got into some much better weather, as we rode some smaller highways towards San Francisco.

Crossing the wind swept valley.

And through some wine country...

Then hitting Hwy 101 North of S.F. Before we headed into town, we headed out towards the Muir Woods to see the Ocean.

Really fun roads through here.

And then we were at the Pacific Ocean:

Not quite the same as riding on the beach in Port Orford, but it still makes for a termination point of a route - you can't ride anymore West if you wanted to .

But we weren't done for the day... We headed back towards the 101.

And down towards San Francisco, where we caught our first view of the Golden Gate Bridge:

And like any good out of state tourists, we drive half of the speed limit while taking pictures of the bridge crossing .

I cost $6 bucks to cross, so we only wanna do this once - better get it right!

Shortly after crossing the bridge, we landed at our friend's place where we would be tourists around the town for the next week.

Our trip totaled 1,933 miles and with the exception of a few hundred miles, all done off pavement. What an extraordinary way to cross the country . I couldn't have been more pleased with how well Nikki rode through the technical sections of the route. Some people may see traveling with their wife as a burden, but I enjoy it, and feel quite lucky that we both can enjoy something like this together . The bikes performed well enough, and never let us down. A big Thank You to all the advriders on here who have posted reports and information on the their own TAT experiences - it really was vital in my planning and routing.

After Nikki and I did our week in San Francisco, we put the bikes in the back of a moving truck and drove them home. We had 3 days to get home, and a marathon ride on the 250's was not appealing at all, and I didn't want to ruin my fond memories of the trip with a ride home like that.

Thanks for reading along !

Jordan & Nikki

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Old 08-08-2011, 09:29 AM   #93
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Great ride report. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 08-08-2011, 02:13 PM   #94
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Way to go- both of you- really enjoyed your ride report.
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Old 08-08-2011, 02:30 PM   #95
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No, I don't know where that road goes, let's find out!
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Old 08-08-2011, 07:57 PM   #96
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Old 08-08-2011, 08:36 PM   #97
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Once again a fantastic RR with great pictures ! So........stop resting on your laurels....where ya going next !!!!!!!!
Seriously, I have so enjoyed you and Nikki's adventures. Be well and good planning for the next trip !
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Old 08-09-2011, 06:39 AM   #98
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great rr, really enjoyed it
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Old 08-09-2011, 08:02 AM   #99
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Thanks guys, really enjoyed reading about your trip!!!
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Old 08-09-2011, 08:42 AM   #100
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Nice RR! Fun Ride!
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Old 08-09-2011, 09:53 AM   #101
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What a great RR! I looked forward to every update along the way. We are doing the TAT in sections and are hoping to see the west side of the TAT summer of 2013, your report makes me want to quit the job and take off.

Thanks again for the ride!
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Old 08-09-2011, 11:39 AM   #102
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Originally Posted by jglow View Post
You may have read Nikki and My trip we took last year to Alaska 2up on our V-Strom 650.

Day 1 Coming up...

I get the feeling this is going to be just as enjoyable as the original. Thanks in advance for that.
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Old 08-09-2011, 03:47 PM   #103
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Great RR enjoyed it alot might have to add a 250 to my stable THANKS!
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Old 08-09-2011, 04:11 PM   #104
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Great ! Love it, Hope i can do this one day ....I doff my hat to you guys
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Old 08-09-2011, 04:38 PM   #105
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Another fantastic report!! We share your love of riding 2up sometimes and riding separate bikes on occasion. Thanks for sharing your latest adventure! Awesome reporting skills for sure!!
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