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Old 02-26-2014, 09:07 PM   #136
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Enjoying your RR.



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Old 09-05-2014, 04:34 PM   #137
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Because of the stop at the swiss couple and the time we needed to find a tow truck it was getting dark before we reached Bahia de Los Angeles. I hate this. The lights of the 640s are as good as about 2 candles so you are more guessing where to go than seeing anything. Of course there was a cow on the road that I almost hit. (Ok, I was just playing with the GPS and spotted it very late.)
I hit one of three cows in the same exact spot. Looking forward to meeting you tomorrow.

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Old 10-12-2014, 10:35 PM   #138
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Western Part of the TAT

Hi erveryone,
I promised to report about our ride along the western part of the TAT.
The plan was to do it as we go, but that didn't work out. My laptop showed a white screen after starting it on one of the first days in the US and that was it. I did try and start it again after a week or so and what a surprise - it fixed itself and is working ever since. But I didn't want to do all the catching up, so I thought i would give you the full story when we are back home and here I am.

So let's get started.

After the estern part of the TAT (until Oklahoma) and our Baja trip in winter, we took our vacavtion in September and headed back to the states.

Bags were packed



The door locked



and we were back in Albuquerque to get our bikes out of the storage.

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Old 10-13-2014, 03:53 AM   #139
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Alright! Glad you are going to finish the rest of the RR.
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Old 10-13-2014, 07:47 AM   #140
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w00t w00t!

The bikes are still there!
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Old 10-13-2014, 10:22 PM   #141
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There must have been some very dusty winds in NM during the last months. Everything was covered with a layer of dust.



Getting the bikes out



We were invited to stay with some friends we had made in ABQ during our last visits so we cleared the storage and moved with our stuff to the outskirts of town where we got a very warm welcome from Joanne and Mark and were taken in very friendly.
I was in heaven when I saw Mark's garage. No more working on the bikes in the motel parking.
I had to service the bikes and do some small repairs. Sandra's KTM gaot a new clutch cover off craigs list and on my KTM I had to repair the starter clutch which was not engaging anymore.



With some help from Mark we got the clutch working again.

Thanks again Mark for your time and help.



Then it was time to say good bye, but we should meet again in a few days in Silverton, Co. as they were going there for some riding and we were passing close by.

Joanne and Sandra



We then rode up to Clayton, NM. to pick up the TAT close to where it enters New Mexico.

Our TAT ride this year was really nice and uneventfull. We had about 10 drops of rain untill the last day in Oregon. No mechanical problems, not even a flat tire. Not too many bike drop, one dust dive (more to that later), and that was about it. But we really enjoyed being out there on the bikes and on the dirt. So lets ride.

First the landscape was still pretty flat, but in the distance you could see the first hills.





And then after all the flatness of Oklahoma and the first part of New Mexico came the first uphill part. You will recognise this from allmost every TAT report.



After the 70 miles of NM we made it to Colorado and set up camp in La Veta for the night.


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Old 10-14-2014, 07:40 AM   #142
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Alright! Glad you are going to finish the rest of the RR.
You guys are so inspiring!! Looking forward to Western TAT report!
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Old 10-14-2014, 12:16 PM   #143
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Alright! Glad you are going to finish the rest of the RR.
Well a promise is a promise!
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Old 10-14-2014, 12:18 PM   #144
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You guys are so inspiring!! Looking forward to Western TAT report!
Thanks and hang on this will take a couple of days.
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Old 10-14-2014, 09:59 PM   #145
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Back on the KTMs in the morning we had aome fast gravel roads where we could make some miles.



The high mountains were still a bit away but at least we could see them allready and were eager to get there.











We passed some lower mountains and I think we evan went over some pass allready. It was late in the afternoon when we came down to a place called Sargents. The temperature was dropping allready and we were thinking about putting up our tent. But since they had cabins there we decided to check into one of those. It was a good decision. The next morning the bike looked like this.



But as soon as the sun was up it got warm quickly.

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Old 10-15-2014, 10:21 PM   #146
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We were looking forward to a great day of riding. The sun was shining, temperatures were very comfortable, and we were heading to some high elevation.

But first we still had some flater parts to get through.











But then at last we were at the "real" montains and the track went up.





Here is Sandra approaching Cinnamon.







And of course the picture from the top. (You cann't do without)



For the people that don't do feet but meters here's a picture that shows how high it is.

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Old 10-20-2014, 10:04 PM   #147
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Then it went down to the old ghost town of Animas Forks where they were looking for gold in the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. Pretty impressiv in 3500m. I read about a 23 days blizzard that burried the town under 7-8 meters of snow back then. The people dug tunnels from house to house.






Then the ride went on to the highest point of the TAT. The landscape was just stunning. Just look at the scenerie.

















On top of California pass the highest point.
(for the meter guys)



Don't get that high that easy in the Alps.

Still had some more to do that day. On to Corkscrew with a steep decent.



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We then stopped in Silverton for the night and met up with our friends Joanne and Mark. They had come to do some riding in the Rockies and luckily had brought thier trailer and had a bed for us. Believe me it was cold that night again.



Here the trailer and the bikes in the morning.



But as soon as the sun came out it warmed up and everyone got ready to ride. Some other riders came over for a chat.



We rode off to the last high pass and to make our way to Utah.





Up on Ophir Pass.











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Old Yesterday, 10:51 PM   #149
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You two have too much vacation time! Great ride report, if you are ever in San Diego on a trip and need a place to stay, you are always welcome here.
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Old Today, 01:19 AM   #150
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Amazing scenery!



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