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Showing posts with label Arizona. Show all posts
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Monday, August 17, 2020

2020 TAT - Day 34ish

Way back on August 8th (today is August 17th), we stopped in Montrose, Colorado. We had issues with Paul's clutch that needed immediate attention.. sadly, we've been 'locked down' ever since then. We have made zero progress on the TAT since we took the "short cut" onto Poughkeepsie Gulch.

We're told that the bike should be ready by end of day tomorrow (Aug 18th). Fingers Crossed.

My birthday was yesterday, so we decided to rent a vehicle and get out of the Montrose area for a little while. (Montrose is nice to use as a base - but, I can't 'live' here anymore!) We drove all the way to Jerome Arizona - great drive down through the mountains and the desert. Jerome was a pleasant surprise! My goal was simply to visit the Caduceus Cellar Wine shop... (which was a complete flop - more on that later)

Several Call-Outs for Motorcycle Service (Both good and bad):

1. Highland Cycles in Montrose - These guys really tried to help us as much as possible. Unfortunately, because of riding motorcycles in some events and the lack of parts, they didn't have the time to solve Paul's problems. However, they did point us to Humbles Vintage Motorcycles. I will say that they helped solve one of our problems: my brakes. Appreciate everything they could do for us.

2. Humble's Vintage Motorcycles in Montrose - Marty took us in and is going to get it done for us so we can get back on the road! (this is the clutch pack install on Paul's 2019 KTM 790 Adventure R). 

3. Davis Service Center (Montrose KTM [and other bikes] Dealer) - The parts guys did a great job of ordering and delivering on the clutch pack as soon as possible. I think we ordered it on Tuesday and we had it on Thursday. Davis "Service Center" on the other hand didn't even want to talk to us at all. Didn't care to even attempt to work on Paul's bike. They were busy and didn't have time.

Caduceus Visit was very disappointing...

1. Talk about awkward and non-inviting. They had some sort of 'barrier' up to enter the premises. Almost had to give them blood to enter. Then, they proceed to tell me that they're not doing any wine tastings and that I can't purchase any wine and drink there. Then, they say 'go over to our sister store (puscifer), two doors down. they've got wine you can try/taste. Uh... OK? Why can they do it and you can't? MJK, I know you're reading this... (hahaha) Logic is important. The complete and utter lack of Logic being deployed by your employees is astounding.

2. I attempt to ask if I can purchase wine and take it over to Puscifer. Nope.

3. I attempt to ask if I can purchase wine and ship it home. Yeah, on our website, not here.

so what you're saying is, you should just remain closed until Trump wins the election in 2020?

I then go down to the Puscifer store. They have a nice little wine bar with nice people running the show in there. They were mostly accommodating (reminder, this is one day before my birthday and Paul and I love to drink copious amounts of wine). We drank four bottles sitting there (with a great view by the way). 

I tried to pull a fast one: "Can I go next door and purchase a bottle of wine and you charge me a cork fee to open it in here?" - Response: "Uh, no, I don't think my management would go for that". 

20 minutes later: "Can YOU (the puscifer store) go buy a specific bottle from Caduceus and then charge me a markup as a product you're selling to a customer" - Response: "Uh, let me ask my manager." Five minutes later: "No, unfortunately that won't work either"

As we used to say in the Army - SNAFU and/or WTF. 

Enough crying... Honestly, I had a great day despite their attempts at ruining my birthday celebration with roadblocks and other various 'rules'.

Dinner on the 15th and the 16th was at the Jerome Grand Hotel in their Asylum restaurant. This place has some serious character! Check it out if you've never been to Jerome Arizona. When I bring my wife to Jerome, we're staying at the Jerome Grand! (maybe by then, Trump will still be President and Caduceus Wine Cellars Tasting Room will actually allow Wine Tasting)

So... now we're back in Montrose again after leaving Jerome AZ this morning and driving 8+ hours back to Montrose.

Day 35 is going to be a work day for both Paul and I - bikes won't be done until the end of the day anyways. Day 36, we should be back on the TAT!!

Thursday, July 16, 2020

2020 TAT - Day 2

Day 2 is in the books... a whopping 217 miles were completed. (yes, we know, need more daily miles). It was grueling at times due to the loose gravel... always trying to keep the bike upright. Average speed today, only about 28 mph. (damn gravel - practice makes perfect.... I know there will be more gravel to come)

Not sure if you know this or not, the TAT (Trans America Trail) was created (or at least this version) by Sam Correro - he lives in TN. We'll be stopping by his house to say hello and thank him for his hard work. 

Yes, I did in fact pay for the rights to access his work for our trip - get your copy at transamtrail.com

Anyways, Sam and the TAT have been a work in progress for many years.

Direct from wikipedia:

The Trans America Trail or TAT is a roughly 5,000-mile (8,000 km) cross continent vehicular route, intended to be a way to cross the United States using a minimum of paved roads for leisure, traveled by dual-sport motorcyclesoff-road vehicle, or touring bicycle.

The trail was initially scouted by Sam Correro in 1984 who spent 12 years to assemble the route and maintains the legality of the route by only using publicly accessible roads and trails.

OK, so now you know what it is we're up to... let's get down to the D2 Details.

Our morning was filled with two things: Rain & Gravel. I guess you could mix the two and come up with something like concrete - but when you mix in motorcycles... ugh. Not as much fun. There were several  moments worth describing:
1. "Oh Shit, I can't see" - it was raining hard and we were in the clouds (mountain tops) and of course, our face shield for our helmets were constantly fogging up.
2. Riding through the farms - big and beautiful landscapes. Both Paul and I realized that we will probably describe our surroundings as 'beautiful' and 'amazing' many more times. It happened multiple times today. The last moment of the day was when we passed by Bath Alum. Just amazing. 
3. Gravel isn't really friendly to motorcycles. It takes your front tire and does whatever it wants. you need to counteract those actions or you'll be eating gravel.
4. I've been enjoying seeing/talking/waving to people. Everywhere we've been so far, people want to know what we're up to and everyone waves as we roll by. Refreshing and enjoyable to the heart.
5. CIVIL WAR - no, I'm not asking for a civil war... but we went through many many famous areas here in Virginia related to the Civil War. LOVE IT.
6. Dust.
7. Undulating & Curvy Farm Roads. I can't get enough of them.

Lunch today was at BG’s Family Restaurant. Double Bacon Cheeseburger with all the fixings. I heard my arteries scream. I ignored them as they sometimes deserve the punishment.

Great part about not having a plan - it was time to find a place to stay for the night and we got an all-in-one treat when we rode directly by The Inn at Warm Springs - Historic, Great Staff (let us wash our clothes), Great Food! Minutes away from the TAT!!! Which brings me to Dinner, Couple Bottles of Wine, Chicken Schnitzel Cordon Bleu (mouth full) with Mashed Potatoes, and Vanilla Ice Cream.

Animals and other furry creatures:
1. Many turkey vultures
2. Many doe and several baby deer literally running in front of my motorcycle
3. Dogs - Even saw a Great Pyrenees - made me miss mine... (BEST DOGS EVER)
4. One Snake (black. dead. I didn't kill it.)
5. Many Many Cows. 
6. Boer Goats
7. Horses

Something else I wanted to bring up that was the very awesome... Mountain tops and ridge lines that we were riding. Especially at the highest point today - 3,154 Feet. In the clouds, could barely see.

Mosko Moto. Quick plug - you may have noticed, both Paul and I are running Mosko Moto's luggage on our bikes. Well... literally one day before we start to ride the TAT, I noticed a tear in my right side backcountry panier. Bad Bad News for a trip like this one. I sent an email to Support at Mosko Moto. They got back to me today and are shipping my wife a new bag for me to install onto the hardware I already have. My wife is going to be meeting me in Oklahoma when we get there... so I won't have to worry anymore about this bag/tear. They've already shipped the replacement! Shout out to Mosko Moto for the great customer service! (Please note, the tear is not related to any wrecks or misuse)

More Pictures from D2:

Monday, July 13, 2020

2020 TAT - Day -1

Today is day negative 1. 

We left from brooksville, Florida at 7:30. 11 hours later, bikes are unloaded and ready. 

Steak dinner tonight with Paul and Dad. Early to bed, heading to cape hatteras and kitty hawk tomorrow!!