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#640170 - 09/28/10 05:00 PM Re: Westward Ho ! 2010 [Re: big-t]
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I am beginning to understand how hard it was to come home.
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#640174 - 09/28/10 05:10 PM Re: Westward Ho ! 2010 [Re: Kathy R]
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Lovin' it!

Keep it comin'.

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#640179 - 09/28/10 05:17 PM Re: Westward Ho ! 2010 [Re: big-t]
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Originally Posted By: big-t





I think you guys found it. The middle of nowhere. Looks like you're gonna be there awhile too. smile

Keeps gettin better, epic.
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#640208 - 09/28/10 06:54 PM Re: Westward Ho ! 2010 [Re: big-t]
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VERY adventurous, great pictures !
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#640252 - 09/28/10 09:29 PM Re: Westward Ho ! 2010 [Re: roadscholar]
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Thanks for the kind words folks. Here is a little more:

Someone stole the fuel out of my bike at a hotel one night while we were driving across Kansas, so the first night we were on the bikes I was a little nervous. There is no key for my bike since it began life as an off road only bike. So, that night in Richfield I zip tied it to Toddís bike. I was happy to see it still in the parking lot the next morning with fuel still in the tank. That may be a downside to a transparent tank I had not thought of.
After breakfast and a fuel stop we were back on the trail and the terrain started to change rapidly again as we climb out of town.


The Paiute area was awesome, and definitely deserves further exploration. Wish we could have found the town of Rock Ridge ;-).We passed a lot of trails as we wandered through that begged to be ridden. One minute it was rocky and desert like, the next we were surrounded by trees.

Iím not quite sure what we would have done without two different gps units AND the roll charts from Sam. It took a lot of comparison and collaboration to stay on track, and we still got lost a few times. At one point, Toddís garmin 60 showed there was no trail ahead, but the roll charts and my zumo seemed to indicate we were on track so I followed the zumo. As Todd mentioned, we were soon on a pretty steep descent which I really enjoyed. The trail tightened up a bit and took some focus to keep things upright. It flattened out for a minute here, then took off down the left side of this ridge toward a large valley.

Next thing you know we were on the Al Gay trail, not to be confused with the big gay Al trail (southpark reference for those of you who are uninformed). It was F A B U L O U S! ;-)


Now the terrain is opening up again, and we knew that we would soon be in the desert proper.

We came out of the forest in to the community of Kanosh Utah for fuel and a snack. Here we found out that 3 guys who talked funny were now somehow ahead of us, so the chase was on. Their tracks actually helped us know that while we may be lost, we were following someone who was too. More about day 2 a little laterÖ



Edited by Kenny Haynes (09/28/10 09:33 PM)

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#640306 - 09/29/10 12:02 AM Re: Westward Ho ! 2010 [Re: Kenny Haynes]
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Are you sure you guys didn't ride in and out of heaven?

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#640354 - 09/29/10 02:11 AM Re: Westward Ho ! 2010 [Re: Kenny Haynes]
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Fantastic pictures and report - Thank you for sharing! thumbsup
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#640368 - 09/29/10 02:39 AM Re: Westward Ho ! 2010 [Re: Kathy R]
Kenny Haynes Offline
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Now, where was I? After Kanosh, things started to open up a good bit compared to the Fishlake/Paiute area.


The trail became a good bit easier to follow, and our speed picked up as a result. We occasionally would see a dust cloud on the horizon coming from another vehicle speeding across the terrain.





We could see good sized patches of green in the distance indicating a water source and a ranch nearby.





Eastern Nevada was looming large, but we are not quite there yet. We are getting close to the highway 50 area, the lonliest highway in the country according to some.





Parts of this area are certainly beautiful. Some of the road was being maintained and in places the gravel was pretty deep and a lot like riding on marbles. Iím not complaining, but give me that knarly rocky sandy(as long as it isnít too deep) stuff any day over the groomed high speed gravel. It was nice to make some time though.



Crystal Peak is very pretty and distinctly different than what surrounds it.



On the other side of it, another valley stretches toward the horizion with more mountains on the other side. This pattern repeats itself over and over.







This is looking back toward Crystal Peak.


Nearing Baker Nevada and a cold beer, or perhaps more than one.



This stuff was fun, and we are almost there.



As we pull in to the hotel/casino in Baker, I spy some bikes with big license plates and realize we have caught up to the New Zealanders. Dave, Tim and String are riding an F800, Dr650 and a 650 Xchallenge. It has been nearly a month since I met them at the Time Warp Tea room in Knoxville. These boys are hard core riders. After riding from Long Beach California to Tennessee to start the TAT, they decided it would be a worthy endeavor to put their feet in the Atlantic prior to starting the 5000 mile trail. So, on the Tuesday I met them, they rode over to Charleston to check off that box, and back to Knoxvegas to mount tires and begin the journey later that week.



I didnít get a picture at dinner that night, but we had a bite to eat and a few cold beers together while telling tales of traversing the plains, the Rockies, Utah canyons and sand traps, and tearing across the desert. We didnít know it that night, but it would become a pattern and something we looked forward to every day for the next several. Iíll let Big T have the floor now.

Oh yeah, Mitch with your skill set you would take right to the off road stuff. I think you would really like it.

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#640434 - 09/29/10 11:45 AM Re: Westward Ho ! 2010 [Re: roadscholar]
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Quote:
I think you guys found it. The middle of nowhere. Looks like you're gonna be there awhile too. smile


Not yet Bill,but we are getting there.Kenny has a Zumo pic that I'm sure he will post at the appropriate time that indicates how far away civilization can be..
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#640459 - 09/29/10 01:05 PM Re: Westward Ho ! 2010 [Re: big-t]
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2010 TAT Day 3

Baker to Eureka NV

Hardly out the motel parking lot and the two track starts.The first two days had some gravel roads in between the tough sections where we could get a breather.From here on the gravel sections are a lot shorter






Ö.and the gates begin.



This group of Pronghorns came out of the wash on my left and crossed in front if me.They really move fast.



We stop for a minute to check out a old cabin.



Whoope! Nothing like a section of gravel road to get cooled down.



We could often see what was coming for miles ahead



The locals said it had been a wet year so there was some color in spots



Into the hills and the trail gets tighter






Then back into the desert.That dust cloud is Kenny.We were often several miles apart to avoid the dust



Over Patterson Pass






This ones for Mark lol



The landscape is constantly changing



Look closely and you can see Kenny on the road ahead,waiting for the old guy taking pics..lol

An old mine along the road


Here's Irene.You will find her in Lund NV at Whipples Country Store.She whipped up a BLT and fries for two hungry travlers.


Then we were back into the mountains for the rest of the day




A couple of Muleys that crossed in front of us.As the sun went down they started popping out everywhere and we had several close calls





It was dark by the time we got to Eureka...which becomes another story,Kenny?
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