Escaped Inmates, Guns, Nails and Southern Hospitality

after some R&R we rode directly to the TAT and joined it heading eastbound, passing a Yak along the way and Egle was amazed to see one but all I could think about was Ron White.(some of you might get the joke)

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Cuchara Pass is where we hit the dirt for the TAT and instantly it didn’t look good

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Two miles from the top the snow was everywhere but not on the track

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One mile from the summit and I had a go at riding further but a solid sheet of ice under the snow made me turn around after just 50 yards because of zero traction and we ended up doing a 75 detour to get to La Veta

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on the east side of the Rockies, you get to see the land flatten out and know it’s going to be your companion for quite a long time

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but get out of snow and you know there is going to be something else waiting for you down that dirt road, in a 3 hours stretch we had mud…

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and a flat tire a piece and both times it shredded the inner tube!!!

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but we kept on rolling for a few days as the road got flatter and straighter

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in Kansas I reminded Egle that last year as we were riding around Europe and I kept saying why we were taking photos of everything but these sights and buildings to her weren’t anything special – “well there might be a guy in Kansas who has never gone anywhere and never even seen a hill never mind a building over 100 years old”. On this road, she turned to me and said: “OK, now I get it!”

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The TAT just touches KS for a very short time then heads into Oklahoma where straight roads, cows, wild horses, escaping inmates and weird guys who jump out of bushes are the norm

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we spent the evening in Tulsa at the weekly ADV gathering with @Throttlemeister @SmilinJoe @tomski74 and a lot more inmates and then got to stay in this famous location

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after a few days in OK, it’s nice easy riding thru Arkansas, a little water along the way and a burger and some pie of course

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we’re not the first here of course…

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now where most of you would continue along the trail and we would have too but, as we never heard a thing from Guinness who knows if this record attempt is even a thing we decided to detour to see some friends in Louisiana and we’ll rejoin the TAT in Mississippi in a few days but first we need some southern hospitality, some good Cajun cooking, and a little gun play, and maybe a beer or three…yep that’s how we roll – a different kind of R&R this time

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and if you have never held live ammo before you might look a little surprised about what’s going to happen

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but then you go with the flow and act like a total boss and hit every single thing they suggest you aim at

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gumbo was devoured too quick so no photos but how about a steak and a twice baked anyone???

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See you in Mississippi if you are headed west we’ll be riding straight at you…

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