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Old 09-05-2013, 05:40 PM   #46
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Sounds and looks like an awesome ride so far !

I was hoping that a couple IT Geeks would be streaming video real-time with a sat phone hook up.

(I was once an IT geek)

Looking forward to more ...
Oh man tell me about it! We have so many hours of video it's almost impossible to edit anything together. But we r working on it!
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Old 09-06-2013, 05:22 AM   #47
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I suppose I should elaborate a bit on the Clarendon AR story... We stopped in at the EZ-Go there and I spot this guy rocking a pretty wicked chopper scooter across the street. He was at the local to tobacco store. We were chatting it up with a super nicer lady about our trip trying to get info about the town looking for places to stay.

They guy in the chopper shows up and the first thing he says is "Ya'll from England?" I laugh and explain our story to him. We talk a bit and find out he's got some kin near where we live who know some of Vintagespeed's wife's kin, small world!

He mentions a few places to camp, one just out of town suites our needs best. So he runs us out to Jerry Ellis's place just on the outskirts of town. He told us there might be showers, but since he had not gotten them done yet David offered us to shower at his house. So we rolled back there. Showered and proceeded to talk for 3 hours about everything. We made it back to camp around 930pm and made quick work.

The next morning we made our way back into town to do laundry and get breakfast at a place called bendi's. great food, great people. And laundry on site.

We got back to find that little shithead dog got into one of my bags I loosely closed and drug ALLLLLLLLLLL of my shit around the property. So I spent the better part of an hour tracking it all down.

Here is a pic of the chopper David was rocking.



Here is Vintagespeed and David chatting it up about deer hunting.



Here is our camp setup at Jerry's



And my food at bendi's

Eggs, grits, biscuit and a pork chop!




Last but not lease here is the camping info for Jerry's in Clarendon

Jerry Ellis
Clarendon ar
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870-468-6454
Just out Highway 302
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Old 09-06-2013, 06:45 AM   #48
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Left coasters chasing grits on the TAT

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Old 09-06-2013, 11:00 PM   #49
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Ugh what a trying day. Flat tire, lots of rock. Mountains, Oark, war loop road, rode into a ditch, ran out of gas.....well, someone did..., got escorted out of town by the POlice... Good times!

creepy


pilot rock


AR walk o' shame


white rock mountain


oark


we're chasing Viper


Was a good day on the TAT. My ass is kicked and can't wait for more!
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TAT-2013: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=913898
SoCal_NoDak-2012: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=829203

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Old 09-07-2013, 08:29 PM   #50
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So it gets better! After rolling out late this morning we hauled ass into OK. Super fast roads at 70mph has been great.

Saw some bulls, camels, long horns, tubers on floats, might have outrun the local sheriff, zebras, buffalo, a zonkey and a zorse! And currently we are camped out in a one-armed rodeo performer's yard after steak, beers and a hot shower. Can't make this shit up people!

We ran in about 275mi today.









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TAT-2013: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=913898
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Old 09-09-2013, 07:51 PM   #51
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Finished up Oklahoma and New Mexico today. Fast roads and finally some beautiful scenery. Sitting here in Trinidad with a brew and a hot tub. :)











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Old 09-10-2013, 07:45 AM   #52
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I spent the night in that jail in branson, I signed the wall just to the left of you.Utah is a muddy mess, hope it dries out before you get here. I should hit Nevada to day

have fun!

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Old 09-10-2013, 09:38 AM   #53
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I spent the night in that jail in branson, I signed the wall just to the left of you.Utah is a muddy mess, hope it dries out before you get here. I should hit Nevada to day

have fun!

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Thanks Doug, we were hoping to catch up with you but you're moving too damn fast! We're taking today off for tire change and bike maintenance chores. Will be back in the saddle in the morning.
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TAT-2013: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=913898
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Old 09-10-2013, 09:55 AM   #54
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2 keyboard commandos attempt to tackle the TAT

A tale of two tires...

We are doing our tire change today so I thought I'd post up my side of the review. We both started the ride with new tires front/rear and we are about 2000mi on them at this point.

I think both sets have performed well, we have been talking about them and reviewing them with each other throughout the ride. Neither of us has had any tire related problems and the wear is actually pretty equal with only one exception. Front tires.

Here's what they look like after 2k:



D606:


D908RR:


Dunlop non-DOT:


Michelin Desert IT:


The consensus is that my front Desert IT kicks ass, I'm not even changing it. It feels great on and off road, sticks well in the corners and lets you know when it's gonna let go. The first couple hundred miles on pavement it's twitchy but after that its rock solid.

I feel pretty good about the 908 as well. It has performed exceptionally well in all terrains and paddles the big bitch through deep sand easily. The knobs are showing some small tears from us riding hard on the throttle and turning corners from here to Knoxville with the throttle. I'm very sorry to have to change it, but not taking any chances going over the Rockies. As the tire wore down to the wear bars it started getting a little squirrelly but once it wore past the. It started hooking up like new again.

So there's my unprofessional review.
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SoCal_NoDak-2012: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=829203

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Old 09-10-2013, 01:01 PM   #55
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You guys be safe. I heard this morning that Denver was hit by some hail so watch out for the passes in Colo. Oh yea, this is a friend cheering you on from F.A.
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Old 09-11-2013, 08:43 AM   #56
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Here's a couple pics from maintenance day. We are rolling north today and its wet.







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Old 09-11-2013, 08:55 PM   #57
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I think it's fair to elaborate on the story Vintagespeed glossed over a bit.

So we were deep into OK, getting worn out by the long straights and washboard roads. We were taking a break under one of the only shade trees within a couple miles. It was around 102* that day, and it was getting close to 630pm. We were getting close to trying to find a place to set up our tents along the way.

This guy rolls up in a red hummer and rolls his window down. First thing out of his mouth was "WTF are you doing out here?!!?" We explain our story to him, he still looks rather perplexed by it all. He then asks if we like steaks, and proceeds to break out a to-go container with a magnificent ribeye. Said his daughters dinner is 6 miles down the way and that his brother was cooking up these hand cut rib eyes. We asked about a camp ground, he said if we went and got steaks he's put us up for the night and give us a shower, how could we say no to that...

The rib eye was the best I ever have had, and I've had hundreds, from $8 specials, to $80 Kobe rib eyes. This was hands down done the best.

This guy we ran into ended up being a rodeo performer legend John "one armed bandit" Payne. He is a truly awesome guy. He sat and talked with us for the night, took us to breakfast in the morning, and then showed us around his compound. Buffalo, zebras, long horn steer and all. I hope to meet up with him at one of his shows.



The above is Mandy's where we got the steaks. Only on Saturdays from 5-8.

I have lots of pics on my digital camera I need to upload
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Old 09-12-2013, 08:28 AM   #58
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True dat! My vagueness is because I'm on vacation!

Here's some pics from Jon's place.







We are currently stuck in flooded out Colorado...



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TAT-2013: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=913898
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Old 09-12-2013, 08:32 AM   #59
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Some more pics along the way.







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TAT-2013: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=913898
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Old 09-12-2013, 12:09 PM   #60
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As a keyboard commando, I am very interested in this thread. I hope you guys make it thorough the west without drowning!
Myself and another fellow office slave are planning on doing the TAT in the next few years.
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