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    Re: 2016 TAT Part II

    Day 4
    We woke to cool temperatures but we put our liners on so not a big deal.
    Cam eating breakfast.
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    The sun was still low and it would be a while before it would warm us up. This deer watch us for a while before taking off for the woods.
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    We’re heading toward the mountains and Hancock pass.
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    My GPS kept losing power so we stopped to see if we could fix it. It would be an off and on issue all day.
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    In 2008 we did not make it over Hancock pass due to a physical reason one of the riders had, this year we would try again. This pass is no longer part of the TAT but I wanted to see what it was like. I told Cam if it was to difficult we would just turn around and do the real TAT trail. Once we arrived at the beginning it started to rain and we had to stop and put on the rain gear.
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    We were just starting up when a guy on a side by side stopped us and filled us in on the pass condition. He said he had not seen any bikes go up to the pass this year from this side. He was telling us there was a real bad section a few miles up that would be hard to get over on bikes. We almost turned around but after talking it over we decided to go as long as it was not too hard on the bikes. We made it up a mile or so and decided to head back down.


    On the way down.


    Although we did not make it up Hancock Pass we had fun trying. We plan to go back and try again when we have more time.
    It was about 30 miles back to the beginning of the Monarch Pass road but it got us back on the TAT. The east side of the pass was fun and fast but we did have to slow down for a heard of goats.


    Marshall Pass
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    The road coming down was a lot of fun with lots of water bars or whoops. Cam was enjoying himself.


    We would camp tonight in Gunnison at the KOA. We set up camp and headed to town for dinner and drinks.
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    Dinner
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    You have to have a fire or it not camping.
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    Stat for the day.
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    Re: 2016 TAT Part II

    Loving the vids, I'm nominating you for Dad of the year!
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    Re: 2016 TAT Part II

    Day 5
    Today’s planed route would be the best one of this trip. There were 3 passes over 12,000 feet and if there was time, a fourth over 13,000 feet. As we were leaving Gunnison they had the road closed for construction so we stopped at Mickey D’s for breakfast. It was about 20 miles for us to get back on the trail and it was cold running 65 MPH to get to it. This area was located between two big mountain ranges and there was not a lot out here.
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    If you look close you can see where we are on the map.
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    Old Agency Ranch establish 1881
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    We had to detour around this locked gate.
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    The paved road we came into Lake City on sure was a lot of fun.


    We stopped in Lake City for lunch before taking on the passes. We also filled up with gas. We should have passed on the gas to cut back on the wright we were carrying.
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    The first pass today would be Cinnamon. Nothing too difficult and lots of scenic views on the way up.
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    The traffic today was light since it was a weekday, doing this area on the weekend it gets real crowded. We made it to the top in no time.



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    Next up, California Pass but we stopped in Animas Forks to have a look around.
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    On the way up.
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    It was amazing on top of California Pass.
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    We went over Corkscrew pass and down to 550. Here is where we had to make a decision go right to Imogene pass or camp for the night in Silverton. I wanted to do Imogene, so I persuaded Cam to do it. Probably not the best decision this late in the day but we made it up and over before dark. We did not make it to camp until late and in the dark. Sorry Cam.
    The beginning of the route to Imogene pass is out of Ouray. We had a few issues finding it but before long we were on the way up. This first video shows the beginning of the road and my wipe out. Enjoy.


    This next video picks up after my first wipe out and ends at the next one a few hundred feet from the top. The total video was over 30 minutes long so I cut it down to a 3 and 7 minute video.


    As you heard in the video the bike did not have the power needed to get me, gear and gas up to the top without walking it for about 10 feet. We were at 13,000 feet and it’s a 250 cc with stock gears. Other than this one pass it did great. I’m thinking I might put a bigger sprocket on the rear if I go back. Cam road his up with no issue but he is about 40 pounds lighter than me and I was carrying tools as well. Another issue was the main road was blocked by a broken down truck and we had to go up a steeper side road.
    This is a picture of where this happened and the broken down truck. Looks so small from the top.
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    At the top.
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    At this point Cam and I were both tired but no stopping now, we had to get down. We debated over going the way we came up or heading to Telluride. Hate doing the same road twice so Telluride it was.
    Few pics on the way down.
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    Here is where I made mistake 4 for the day. We should have stayed in Telluride or Ouray for the night. But no, we pushed on in the cold and dark for Silverton. Once there we found the RVPark/Campground office closed for the night and no afterhour’s instructions. It was cold and dark so we set our tents up in a rocky RV site. We headed to town for dinner before everything closed down. We had great pizza and beer at the brew house. Once back at camp we found out you needed a code to use the bathrooms and there was no one around to get it from. Not fun!

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    Re: 2016 TAT Part II

    That was dandy day. Great pics and videos. For your gearing issue. I carry a counter sprocket that is one tooth smaller for times that some extra grunt is needed. It's easy to change on most bikes. I love seeing Colorado ride reports . I was stationed at Fort Carson in the 70's and fell in love with the mountains. Back then the elevation did not bother me but now after living at sea level for 40+ years it kicks my fanny
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    Excellent thread, subscribed. Wonderful photos.....
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    Re: 2016 TAT Part II

    Day 6
    We woke to the coldest morning on the ride and everything was covered with ice.
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    With all the Ice on everything it was so hard to pack. Our hands were wet and so cold they hurt. It also seemed to take forever to get on the road. We only went 1 mile and decided to stop in town for breakfast and to warm up. The sign in town read 26 degrees and that was an hour after we got out of the tents.
    We felt a lot better after breakfast but it was still below freezing as we filled up with gas. Then back to the TAT and up Ophir pass. I forgot to recharge the GoPro and it died just as we crested the pass.


    This pass is not that high but it is real cool.
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    Not too far after we came down Ophir pass we hit a road closed sign but we had seen this before on the TAT and most of the time we could get through. This time it was not going to happen. There was a crew member at the bottom of a ditch we were cutting through and he told us there were 3 bridges out up ahead 10 miles that they were over 30 feet deep. Time to turn around and find a detour.
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    We had to do about 45 miles of pavement to get around the closed road but we made it back to the trail. Once we did we had this to think about.
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    It turned out to be a controlled burn and we made it past with no issue.
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    Welcome to Utah
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    Utah is not for everybody but I love it. We would be camping tonight at Canyonlands Campground in Moab. We took Sand Flat road into town and it was just beautiful and fun.


    Last time I stayed at Canyonlands Campground they put us in the front bottom section and it was nice. This time we were up top and it was not so fun. The pool was not heated this time and the water was a little cold. We did get all our laundry done and had a nice dinner in town. I know I have not mentioned Cam’s fork seal in for a while but it seems to be leaking a lot more since Imogene pass. While in town we found a car wash and cleaned the fork oil off the bike. Everything was still working ok but we would need to keep an eye on for sure.
    The weather for camping was good but there was just too much noise to get much sleep.
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    STAT for the day
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    Re: 2016 TAT Part II

    Day 7
    Today was our last day on the TAT for this year but we still had to make it back to the truck in OK. It was nice packing up in warm dry weather, compared to yesterday’s cold icy morning. To save time we had breakfast at McDonalds it's just across the street from camp.
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    The trail picked up just outside of town. Below is a picture looking back towards town.
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    Utah is a lot different than Colorado. Here are a few picture from today.
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    We stopped for a break.
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    Cams forks seems to be leaking a lot more now.
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    We decided to cut the day a little short due to the forks and would start for the truck once we hit 70. But before we hit 70 there was 15 miles of sugar sand. It’s not bad if you keep your speed up but the sand was in corners, up hills and through wash outs. It just kept going and going. Here is a short video because the batteries went dead and I did not notice.


    After the sand there was a real nice area here are a few pics.
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    Although we cut the day short we still covered 179 miles of the TAT today.
    Ending Picture.
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    Half day STAT
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    So now we are back on pavement and headed for OK. We stopped in Green River for gas and eats. Cam was complaining his feet were sweaty so he took his riding boots off while we ate.
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    Sure make a lot better time on pavement. Welcome to Colorado.
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    We road hard for the rest of the day and into the dark. West of Salida we decided grab dinner in Salida and look for a campground. We headed for SP Rincon – Arkansas Headwaters about 50 miles east of Salida. It was a long dark cold 50 miles but we arrived just in time to grab the last site. The best $8 spent on the trip, we were beat.

    Total STST for the day.
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    Day 8
    We both slept great and woke full of energy. This was a beautiful spot on the river. The only drawback was a busy road was right next to the area.
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    We stopped again in Cotopaxi for breakfast and it was just as good the second time.
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    Before long we were back in OK dealing with the wind again. Boy did that get old. As the sun started to set we stopped to put on liners and wind break gloves.
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    We made it back to the truck around 10:00 PM. We were happy to get of the bikes but sad because the ride was over. Buzz gave us a drink and helped us load the bikes. He wanted us to stay and rest but we wanted to get home. We made it back to Houston and I dropped Cam off at his house around 6:30 am. I was home 30 minutes later and in bed fast asleep in no time.

    We had a great trip and are looking forward to TAT III in 2017.

    Total STAT for the bikes
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    Great trip Rick. Thank you for taking us along!

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    Thanks Bob we had a great trip and can't wait to the next one.

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