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TAT Oklahoma/New Mexico Memorial Day Weekend

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Oklahoma and New Mexico TAT
Memorial day weekend was the perfect time for Oldbuddy and I to knock out the Oklahoma/New Mexico parts of the TAT. We loaded up Thursday after work ans set off for Bartelsville OK.
Bigdon XChallenge
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Olebuddy DR 650
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To keep away from the food Nazi's there will be no food shots!
We did eat
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We were really disappointed in the food selection on this ride. There were some good looking Cafes but not much opened on this Holiday weekend.

Crossed this cool old bridge

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Then went through a wildlife preserve

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More Wildlife preserve! Notice the nice fluffy gravel.
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Crossed a grassland prairie . It was as green and lush as I have ever seen. The cattle were slick and fat. It looks like it is a dream year for the Ranchers.

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The farming looks to be on the way to a good crop! This corn could be clogging your carburetors in a few months.:eek2:

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We stayed in Freedom ,Ok. the first night. We rented the whole Motel, both rooms. We also had dinner and breakfast there. It worked out good!

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Nice Sunrise
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We were getting tired of the perfectly graded roads and fluffy gravel!
We happened up on this guy and Juanita told him to take the rest of the Holiday off!

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Is this the red dirt road the song is about!
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This guy told me that he stays out here and pumps water day and night. Please stop by and say Howdy!

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How'd those Expedition dry bags work?

What kind of saddle bags are those on the Beemer? They look pretty rugged.
 
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Scott , the Wolfman Dry bags worked great. All of the Wolfman products do!
I would like for them to be a little bigger for my use. He had them mounted to a Happy Trails SU rack. Very sturdy and secure!

Those are Andy Strapz Panniers on the Beemer! I really like them. Made of heavy duty waterproof canvas. Simple to use and tough! I also had an Ortlieb Large waterproof duffel on the top rack.
We moteled it every night and I only used the stuff in the left side pannier. The rest was extra but you need to be prepared. It is kinda remote out there.
 
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Kansas check!
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Buffalo, Ok.
They know about the TAT and would like for you to stop by and drop a couple of bucks!

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Here is the Buffalo Ambassador! He's really a nice guy.
We did not see many people while on the trail but all of them were super nice. If you have trouble, don't be afraid to ask for help. Top notch folks!

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City Hall Mascot
Red White and Blue Buffalo!

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This guy wanted to Race!

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Olebuddy gave him a head start.

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I feel cheated!
I heard the little guy mutter, after the burst of speed, great now I have to re plan my whole day!

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The terrain is starting to change

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I saw some pics of sandy loam and muddy road but nothing too dificult? Is that true or were you just to busy on the rough parts to take pictures? I have been told this trail would be too hard to take a large bike (1200GS) on. Would you agree with that?
 
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Bob , we started at the Ms. Tennessee State line. In dry conditions most of the trail could be ridden on my 1150. There are a few spots that could be tough like Warloop Rd.in Ar, Long Canyon , Rd in NM. Most of the trail is wide open gravel roads that are used every day.
We have been lucky enough to have most of the roads freshly graded just before we rode them.That is NOT what you want. It makes the bike wiggly and the dust much worse.
If you are riding when wet I would say 70 percent of Oklahoma would not be fun on a 1200 or even a 250. It looks like it could get nasty.:eek2:

Yes it could be done on a 1200 but I think a 650 class bike would be more fun!
 
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Nice report, looks like a couple of good bikes for the job. Looking forward to New Mex. How long did it take you guys to do this segment?

Saw tons of turtles walking or squashed on the roads in Oklahoma and Arkansas last week. Pecos helped one off the side of the road but in a more ballistic manner, with his X-Challenge...
 
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We left from Paris, Tx at about 5:30 Thursday afternoon, spent the night in Tulsa. Hit the trail Friday morning at about 10:30 at Bartlesville. We then ended our TAT at Branson , Co about 12:30 Sunday . WE started home and made it to Childress by 8:00 to spend Sunday night. We were home to Sulphur Springs by about 2:00 Monday. About 4 days of riding. :rider:
 
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New Mexico is awesome!

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I got a new camera before this trip. Some dumb***** keeps putting his finger in front of the lens!

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Juanita must look fast, everybody wanted to race!

I outran this big guy
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Then these little ones!

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This guy quit mid race!

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Quite a few domestics on the trail. Please treat with respect , running cattle may make your next steak tough !

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Don, looks like some awesome riding!! Now that I have the right bike I need to make some of these. After going through Arkansas to get my bike, I really wanted to stop and and hit some of the great looking trails!!
Did you put a new tank on the Beemer?Think I will need to put the safari tank on mine.
 
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Don, looks like some awesome riding!! Now that I have the right bike I need to make some of these. After going through Arkansas to get my bike, I really wanted to stop and and hit some of the great looking trails!!
Did you put a new tank on the Beemer?Think I will need to put the safari tank on mine.
Yes I added the 4.2 gallon TT tank. That gives me 6.8 gallons and a range of 250+ miles.

Holler when you want to try that bike out.
You and Rick should come to this
http://www.mctourer.com/rides/2010/Colorado/
http://forums.delphiforums.com/MCTourer/messages?msg=39451.1

It will be the same bunch that rode with us in Big Bend. Good group of guys.
 
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Long Canyon Rd. was interesting

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Thanks to ADV rider We knew to look for this sign

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This led to the most demanding climb of the TAT so far!

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Me and a friend are going from OKl/Arizona border west into New Mexico. Is this a chalenge or not? We will be on 650's. Going in July
 
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Me and a friend are going from OKl/Arizona border west into New Mexico. Is this a chalenge or not? We will be on 650's. Going in July
After you find the Oklahoma / Arizona border and head West, all your troubles will be behind you. :lol2:

But if you head West and North from the Oklahoma/ New Mexico Border you will should not have much problem. New Mexico part of the TAT is only 75 miles there is about a 1 mile climb on Long Canyon Road that is a little exciting. I understand that the trail gets more challenging in parts of Colorado and on West but I have not run that section yet.
 
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Nice ride report! My brother and I are trying to do Ark. , Okla and New Mexico this fall. He has a DR and I a KLR. Looks like it will be a great ride! Your pics are making me anxious.
 
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We finally arrived at our stopping point, Branson,Co

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Mr. Happy thought it was funny when Olebuddy was jailed for vagrancy

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Nice view of the outhouse!

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It was not as funny when the caught me!

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We escaped and high tailed it outta there!
We hit the two lanes and headed home.
Saw some nice places. I'm thinking of relocating.

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We rode on to Childress and called it a day, got up Monday and made it home.
The tale of the tape!

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We hope to do another week headed West this Fall or maybe next summer.
Thanks for playing along!
 

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:tab While it might take away some of the challenge of navigating, I think this is pretty cool! I especially like having bike friendly people in the area that can help out if needed.

Buffalo, Ok.
They know about the TAT and would like for you to stop by and drop a couple of bucks!

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Here is the Buffalo Ambassador! He's really a nice guy.
We did not see many people while on the trail but all of them were super nice. If you have trouble, don't be afraid to ask for help. Top notch folks!

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