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    Re: TAT in the fall 2008

    Keep it coming guys!
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    Re: TAT in the fall 2008

    TAT Day 3

    There was now a third compadre of the TAT in camp last night and even though I camped a hundred yards away his snoring still woke me a few times. It was another cool morning and we were already on the dirt when the sun rose above the horizon.



    There would be lots of this today.




    However the team of three just kept pushing on.


    We dropped down off the TAT to Bartlesville for something to eat and gas.

    Then it was back on the road. Not a lot to see but was beautiful in its own way.



    The grassy plains of Oklahoma are a sight to see and seemed to go on forever in all directions. This is where I started thinking how hard it must have been for the settlers to pass over this hard land. What took us minutes would take them days.



    When you’re out on the plains it’s hard to pass up shade.



    As we were coming into NewKirk the route took us right by a casino and the temptation to stop was high but we knew they would not want our dusty butts in their nice clean building. We did stop in town for a drink and a snack. This is where Guy decided to end his ride and head for home. We hated to see him go and would miss him. Now I would be stuck with only Chief the rest of the ride.



    Once past NewKirk the roads went from gravel to dirt and if it had been raining these roads would have been a real mess. There was no rain today so its fun fast riding as we pushed on. On this section the road changes a lot so you have to make sure you stay on your game. It would be a perfect smooth road and right over the next hill it would be 10-inch ruts and holes. We could see bike tracks on the right and left of this area telling us there must have been deep water on the road, again we were lucky, high and dry. We dropped down off the trail about 20 miles so we could camp at Great Salt Plains State Park. (Free no where to pay) As we galloped through town on our trusty steeds we could feel all the eyes on us. The park was on the south side of town and we quickly found a site. Chief with great wisdom said why don’t we go back to town and see what there is to eat before setting up. That was a great call because as we turned into the only store in town the lady was just locking up. She was nice enough to reopen or it would have been a 30+ mile ride to the next town. There was not a lot to choose from but who cared at that point. Dinner would be Dinty Moore beef stew, chips and beer.





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    Re: TAT in the fall 2008

    TAT Day 4

    Last night while eating we heard on the Red Cross weather radio that a cold front was moving into the mid and west side of OK. This would bring rain and thunderstorms into our planned route.


    With a beautiful morning like this how could it rain?


    As we headed north we can see the clouds in front of us, however our luck still held and all we had to deal with was drizzle and this rainbow.



    Since we were still in OK there would be lots of this today.



    We wanted to make Black Mesa State Park so it would be a long day with lots of miles. Riding into the small town of Gate we decided to stop for a bite to eat, after all dinner last night was not the best.

    I believe these two ladies were checking us out as we dismounted.


    Laurie’s Café was the only eatery in town so that where we ate.


    The food hit the spot and the service was excellent. The lady who ran the café was also a rider and her husband would be leaving in the morning for a ride. We asked about gas and found out you needed a special card to pump it. Since we did not have one there was no gas. The lady said she would have her husband meet us and we could use his card and just pay him cash. That was a great help and now we could make it all the way to Boies City without stopping.
    Just blazing down the trail without a care in the world.


    Then we ran into a little sand and Chief’s horse took a break.


    More sand


    The roads before you come into Boies City.



    You have to get gas in Boise City, no other gas stations for 200 miles, so we did and we also filled our own tanks. When we came out of the diner we could see that Chief had picked up a nail and was in need of a new shoe. We replaced the tube and headed to Black Mesa State Park.




    The park was really cool and I will be taking my SO back someday. We took showers and cleaned our clothes and hung them to dry in the stiff west wind. We would not be using our rain flys tonight and I fell asleep looking at the stars. They were truly amazing.

    Lot’s of miles today


    Starting to climb.

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    Now I seen everything I would have called auto club for my flat. Trailace/Chief, you guys are tough. I was once tough...then I got married Its nice to see when people are happy doing what they like.

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    Great report Trailace. It was really disappointing to come out of supper, ready to get to camp and see a flat tire. Luckily, Rick is really good at changing tubes and he did most of the work. I would have been flailing away at it for a couple of hours at least!

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    Of course, Trailace had to try and put the moves on the ladies. I think he was getting lonely.

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    This sand was really deep and the hill was pretty steep. We were both all over the road trying to keep from falling but I got to going too slow and got in the middle and then boom. The sand was so deep it didn't hurt at all but my windshield popped off and I spent the next week trying to get it straight again.

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    Re: TAT in the fall 2008

    That just looks like fun...
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    Trailace tried to get away from me at one time and hide but I found him!

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    The next day we left Oklahoma and headed for higher country.


    and the riding got a little tougher.


    And I had to get Trailace out of a little trouble.

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