Archive for July, 2010

TAT Day 23

Posted: July 31, 2010 in TAT

We made it! It was a longer day than expected, due in part to a few missed turns and missing roads. But we reached Port Orford and the Pacific Ocean this afternoon. Of course we had to ride out into the sand on the beach, and then had a good time trying to get back out of the sand. Fish taco’s for dinner and now we’re in our motel with a sweet view of the ocean. It was a long and challenging ride and I’m glad I did it. Now I just have to get my busted body and busted bike back to Pittsburgh. The journey home starts tomorrow.

I shot a bunch of HD video with my GoPro HD helmet cam, I’ll start posting those up as soon as I can after I get home.

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TAT Day 22

Posted: July 30, 2010 in TAT

We left the trail for a bit this morning so we could go check out Crater Lake. I am glad we did, it was really impressive. After lots of pictures at the lake, we headed back onto the trail. For the most part, we had some very nice roads today. We also had the gnarliest hill climb of the trip. Steep and sandy with big rocks thrown in. And of course, we couldn’t get through the Oregon section of the TAT without a few reroutes due to non-existent roads. We are moteling it tonight, and just got back from dinner at a Mexican restaurant. My finger is less purple and the swelling is going down so I can move it more now. We should be in Port Orford tomorrow afternoon!

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TAT Day 21

Posted: July 29, 2010 in TAT

We finally made it to Oregon today. We started out the day at a diner where we got breakfast consisting of eggs, hashbrowns, bacon, sausage, and all you can eat pancakes for $7.99. We had some fun roads to ride for a change. We were hoping to make Crater lake today, but ran out of daylight. We are camping tonight at an RV park in Crescent, Or.

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TAT Day 20

Posted: July 29, 2010 in TAT

This morning I woke up and straightened my fork tubes. We then set out for Denio Junction. Once we arrived, we gassed up and got some Denio burgers for lunch. Bens rack had been detiorating as we traveled over the rocky terrain, so he decided to do pavement for the rest of the day. Chris and I continued on the trail, alternately crossing through desert and over mountains until we reached California. We were only a few miles in when we saw Ben riding down the trail to meet us. He had found us a great camping spot in the Cave Lake campground. My second most used finger is turning purple but I am still good to ride. Tomorrow we head for Crater Lake.

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TAT Day 19

Posted: July 26, 2010 in TAT

Today started out with miles and miles of rutted out deep sand 2-track through the desert. Eventually we went up in elevation and the conditions improved a bit. Even so, I had two crashes today. The first was up a silty hill. This one damaged one of my saddle bags and resulted in me losing one of my shoes. The second was way worse. I was going along at about 40 mph and I made a mistake and took my eyes off the trail to look at an approaching storm, and I guess I got got crossed up in the rut I was riding in and was thrown from the bike. I hit the ground head and shoulder first, bounced back up in the air and landed on my back. My pressure suit did it’s job and saved me from getting too busted up on the rocks. I have a bruise on my shoulder, my neck is pretty sore, and I jacked up my middle finger on my right hand. I don’t think it is broken, but it is swollen, won’t bend, and hurts pretty good. The bike took some damage too. When the front end hit the ground a mirror got sheared off, my headlight assembly got bent up and some of the wiring sheared off, the instrument cluster got destroyed, and the fork tubes are twisted up. It was ok to ride down from the mountains though. Ben had a good crash as well, and twisted his knee. Once we got to the small town of McDermitt, the storm was starting and we were hurting a bit, so we decided to stay in a motel instead of continuing on.

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TAT Day 18

Posted: July 25, 2010 in TAT

We started out the day with a reroute due to a mine blocking our trail. We had to run US 50 for about 13 miles to get back to the trail. By the time we had hit 30 miles for the day, Ben and Chris had both crashed in the sandy, rutted out “road”. This road seemed like it was designed to crash bikes. Deep sandy ruts not much wider than the bikes tires. You would have to get on the gas to make it through the sand, then you’d get some random traction and be thrown out of the rut. One bad spot got Ben . He was doing about 40 mph at the time. This crash pretty much destroyed his rack beyond repair. I think Chris is going to have to carry one of Bens boxes until Port Orford. Chis wiped out going pretty slow in some soft stuff so no damage besides a bent shifter lever. Today was a short day, we were in our motel by 2 pm or so.

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TAT Day 17

Posted: July 25, 2010 in TAT

Today was an expensive and frustrating day for me. I had two crashes. The first was in some deep sand. This crash ripped one of the straps out of my right side saddle bag. I didn’t know it at the time, but during the crash I must have also hit the latch on the Pelican case that held my iPhone. About 12 miles after the crash, when we got out of the difficult section, I noticed that my phone was gone. We all rode back and looked for it, which cost us at least an hour of daylight, but it was gone. It’s either buried in the Nevada sand or it flew off the trail somewhere. The second crash happened when I came over the top of a hill, I saw some big rocks, a big metal pipe, and a muddy spot. I was going too fast to miss all of it, so I chose to avoid the rocks, hit the pipe and go over the mud. Unfortunately, the mud was much much deeper and stickier than it looked. I hit it going at least 20 mph and it grabbed my front tire and held. I did a Superman over the handlebars, hit the ground and I think rolled right back up onto my feet. I wish I’d had the helmet cam going for this one. At least I got all the others. Chris also went down over a hill. Everyone was OK, but we had wasted a good bit of daylight and our energy was sapped. We stopped at our lunch stop at around 5 pm. After eating, we decided we needed to stick to the pavement for the rest of the day so we wouldn’t get stuck in the hills after dark. Chris and I rode into the little town of Eureka, NV and got a drink and found some wi-fi. We are camping at an RV park tonight.

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