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    2016 TAT Part II

    2016 TAT Part II



    Back in 2012 Cameron (step son) and I started and completed some of the TAT. We made it from Savanna, Georgia to Bender, Oklahoma where the TAT crosses 35. You can read about it here. TAT Part I This year we will picked up where we left off in 2012. We wanted to do it in 2013, 14 and 2015 but life had other plans. This year, 2016, we would not be denied so we started getting ready in February for a September ride.
    We decided on Labor Day week so we would have an extra day off work for riding. Since I sold my BMW 650 in 2015, I needed to find another ride for this adventure. I sold the 650 because I wanted something a little slower and lighter for off road. Since I liked Cam’s WR250, I decided to get a second one. Not only was it smaller it would mean we would only need tools for one type of bike. As luck would have it the dealer right up the road had a 2015 and made me a good deal on it.

    Cam and I spent a few nights together getting the bikes ready. His needed all the maintenance - oil, radiator and brake fluid, tires, chain, sprockets and grips…… Mine did not need any service but did need lots of other things to get her ready. To list a few - tires, chain, sprockets, bigger gas tank, racks and countless other things. Here are a few pictures of the garage as we worked.
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    Last time we rode the bikes from start to finish but this year, to save time, we trucked them up to Edmond, OK to my friend Buzz’s beautiful home. We would have a few miles to the beginning of this year’s ride and 1200 miles back when we were done. My loving wife helped me load the bikes the night before we left.
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    Enough talk time to get on the road.

    Day 1

    Did not get much sleep last night, just laid in bed thinking about everything and hoping I did not forget anything. But once you’re on the road that goes away and you tell yourself I will just buy whatever I forgot. First stop, pick Cam up at his house on the way to OK.
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    We were both so pleased to finely be on the road and to get this trip started we were like little kids. Of course we had to stop at Buc-ee’s for gas and Breakfast.
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    While driving we worked on our head set to make sure they were synced and ready to go. The headsets are great for this type of ride and they worked great the whole trip.
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    I’m not sure if Cam was testing the head set or if he did not trust my driving.
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    We made it to Buzz’s a little after lunch and he seemed happy to see us.
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    Mellow, who is another great friend of mine, was also there when we arrived and they both helped us unload the bikes. Mellow was going to meet us at our first campground and bring dinner and drinks. This was great because there is not much of anything in the area. While unloading the bikes we noticed a little oil under Cams fork but we decided not to worry about until it became an issue.

    We parted ways and started our journey north to the TAT.
    Riding up 35
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    We were running around 65 MPH and it did not take long for us to get to the spot we stopped in 2012.


    2012 End
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    2016 Start
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    We would only be doing about 60 miles of the TAT today but it sure felt good being back on the dirt. Most of the roads on the western part of OK are long straight gravel roads like this.
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    But there are a few sections of sand or dirt that is almost unpassable when wet. There were wind mills all throughout OK. Here are a few new ones getting set up.
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    Tonight we would be camping at Great Salt Plains SP with Mellow. The GPS route took us to a dead end.
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    We tried this old cross road but it was blocked by a gate.


    When we found the park, Mellow had food and drinks ready for us. Thanks man!
    This was the first time to set up my new tent and I am happy to say it went up easy. Cam used the same tent from the last trip and it’s a little bigger and set up was also easy. The whole trip Cam would always have his tent up before me but I would have mine down before him.
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    Thanks to Joe for bringing firewood. We had a great fire.
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    A few night shots
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    Today’s Stats
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    Re: 2016 TAT Part II

    Great start for part 2. Looking forward to the rest.
    Thanks for posting this!
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    2016 TAT Part II

    Day 2
    Today is the longest planned day as far as miles go but it would be mostly easy riding so we can cover lots of miles if we don’t stop too much. Mellow got us up early and we were on the road before the sun rose behind us.
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    Sunrise (Not)
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    Mellow acting like he does not want to be going with us.
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    His cool car
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    We had to do a little pavement before getting back to dirt.
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    We stopped at McDonalds to fill our camel backs and ourselves. Check out the old car in the back ground.
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    Looked like we might hit some rain but it was just a false alarm.
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    Not a lot out here, look how far the road goes in front.
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    We did cross paths with other TATer’s. We passed this group but we would see them again later at camp.

    We headed to Liberal, Kansas for lunch.
    State Line
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    Me setting up the camera for state line picture.
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    After lunch it was back to work and we came to a sandy section right after this cattle guard. Also came across a few more TATers
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    The sand is not bad but it has been a while since either of us have ridden in any. Then it was back to more of this.

    Cam riding behind me
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    We stopped in Boise City for dinner and then on to Black Mesa SP for the night. The campground is 30 miles west of Boise City so forgetting to get drinks or snacks while in town stunk. I thought about going back but 60 miles for a drink was not worth it. We had water so we would just have to wait. We never made that mistake again.
    We found a nice spot near the water and not too far from the showers.
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    We took showers and cleaned our clothes and hung them to dry.
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    The wind was unbelievable and it took no time to dry our stuff. The weather and the sky made us think we might have some rain so we decided to put our rain flys on. Of course not one drop all night.
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    Stat for the day.
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    Re: 2016 TAT Part II

    Hi Rick,
    Nice update on day 2. When you rode up to Donny312 I had to chuckle, nowdays when we ride up to dualsport riders and we always ask "You on Adv Rider"
    Looking forward to the next update.

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    Re: 2016 TAT Part II

    Love seeing this Rick, looking forward to seeing more! I think Joe really wanted to go with y'all.
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    Day 3

    Today we would be leaving OK and going into NM and that had us both happy. Nothing against OK but the last 300 miles gets monotonous. We both slept well and were on the road in no time.
    Cam at the park sign.
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    We still had a few more miles of OK. She did not give up easy.
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    The sun was at our backs
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    Welcome to New Mexico! The sign was knocked over so we did what we had to do.
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    I put the sign back up but with the winds out there it would not be up for long.
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    Of course there were lots of cows and prong horns in NM.
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    This Prong Horn was on the road when we road up on him and it was not sure where he wanted to go. There were fences on both side of the road. We waited a while for it to move on but it would not. We had no chose so we pushed it along the way. You can see him on the right in this video.



    Back in 2008 when I did the TAT for the first time I stopped and walked out to this old home. There was not a lot to see just what was left of someone’s dream. I build a rock pile back then, the rocks were still there but knocked over. I rebuilt it and we moved on.
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    New Mexico has some nice little roads, here are a few. In the second video the trail is clear but while you are on it, it was hard to tell which way to go.


    Sorry Long


    This is what they do to you if they catch you speeding in New Mexico.
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    We did not see a welcome to Colorado sign. I guess they don’t put one up on every road. It was getting late so we stopped for brunch in Trinidad. The Trinidad Café was packed but we found 2 spots at the counter.
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    This was some great food.
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    Old church
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    Old house
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    We camped for the night at Ophir Creek Campground just north of Bishop Castel off Hwy 165. We found a great spot at the very end of the park. There were a lot of campers down by the creek but only one other couple near us.
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    We had a hard time trying to find a level place for our tents but we made do.
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    After we were set up it was off to check out Bishop Castle. Cam is an architect grad and I knew he would like to check it out.
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    After Bishop Castle we headed to Colorado City for dinner it was about 20 miles away. There was nothing closer. We ate at Max’s, not the best food but better than nothing.
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    The trip back to camp was a long cold one. The temperature dropped a lot once the sun went down and we had only or mesh jackets on.
    Back at camp Cam started a fire to warm us up and we had a much needed beer.
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    Stats for the day.
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    Re: 2016 TAT Part II

    Good to see you guys off the flat lands and into some trees.

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    Re: 2016 TAT Part II

    Great pictures Rick. Looks like a wonderful trip.

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    Thanks for sharing, great pic's and commentary......
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    Re: 2016 TAT Part II

    Nice write up. Makes me long for the road (or maybe in your case the dirt path )

    Bishop Castle looked like an interesting place, had to google it and read all about it. Interesting story.
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