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Published: August 24th 2010
Talk about bloody hot here in Texas, I have been down in Harlingen over the past few days with my old mate Curtis and Janet along with my old room mate Bill, that I shared a room with on my first South American Patagonia trip in 2005.
It was so good to catch up with these guys. Janet let me take her Spyder for a ride and we also took Dave's (another guy from that same adventure) V10 Viper for a run to get some fuel. Dave lives in Bali and Curtis looks after the car for him, keeping it in ready mode for when Dave can come back to drive it.
It was such a long way down to there, but the hospitality was awesome, thanks guys.
I hope you have found your legs again Bill, after that wayward bottle of Southern Comfort.....
I left Curtis and Janet at 7.00am to try and beat the heat up to Austin to visit with more great people that we have met over the years.
Phil and Barbara have been part of our lives now, for many years and has been great to catch up with them along the way.
On the Tat
here around 2.00pm with temperatures well into the hundreds, we sure are not used to these temperatures.
Phil is a bit poorly as he has his leg in a brace and can not bent his knee after a tumble that broke a chip of bone off the top of his tibia by his knee, now that has really slowed him down.
Today Phil and Barbara took me to lunch and we consumed a cow between us, the outside temperature was around 108 and inside they had TWO GAS FIRES going as the air-conditioning was keeping the inside temperatures too low???? Only in Texas!! But What a great lunch.
Tomorrow I will leave here on daybreak and make a run for little Rock in Arkansas before the temperatures start to fry me, and onto meet up with Ronnie and Vanessa from Marshall, via Freindsville, where I will fit a .
Here is a little bit about what the others are up to....
Keith and Bryan are in Clinton, Arkansas, he says the trail is getting gnarly, with some sand, mud and mainly dirt roads, but great fun. tomorrow they will hit the Ozark National Park.
RH and TT here, just checking in with ya all.
We are in Baker, Nevada, tonight following a day of ‘baking’ in the desert.
The XRs are still popping along just fine, however my counter shaft seal starting leaking today - lucky I was carrying a spare in my little bag of tricks on my carrier.
We have just about worn out our rear tires that we had fitted in Trinidad - partly the trail’s fault, partly a right hand problem.
Will be looking to fit new ones during the next few days somewhere???
Everyone must be well into the TAT by now - trust you are having fun and enjoying the experience to the max!
We now have a USA mobile if anyone wishes to call us in the evenings - we will be in Eureka, NV, tomorrow night - RH & TT on 435 210 0727.
On the day you leave Salina, CO, the route has you going over the Hancock pass.
The road was blocked by a landslide when we came through, which may or may not be cleared by the time you reach this neck of the
We had to make a big detour via the Tincup pass and the ½ horse settlement of Tincup (the only thing missing in the town was a guy playing a banjo outside the general store, if you know what I mean).
And now from Tony...
Having caught up with Bryan and Keith in Selmer (TN), se set off at 06:10am (!!!!!!) to do my first day of the TAT and Keith and Bryans 3rd. There was a fair amount of sealed pavement and some section throughs forest of metalled tracks which would have been a real challenge in the wet. We checked into motels in Helena (AR) and glimpsed String and co racing by on their way West. Keith and Bryan stopped for a rest day, while I continued on alone to Clinton (AR) for my day 2 of the TAT and today to Fayetteville (AR) at the end of TAT day 3. I have pushed on north on my detour to Kansas and eventually Trinidad and am currently in Bolivar (MO) some 150miles north of Mountainburg.
A few picutres attached of the TAT - although not many as there is precious little to photograph
on a forest dirt road. The motel in Oklahoma City donated the centre of its coffee tray to make a mount for my GPS on the tankbag - don't think the cleaning lady will be very impressed! The Tenere is looking forward to some new tyres, oil, cush drive, chain and sprockets etc. in Trinidad as the riding today was like balancing on marbles all day with a totally worn rear and not much on the front. Can't wait for some real knobbie tyres.
Hope you are all having fun - for those of you riding - keep it rubber side down.
So, enough words - enjoy the photos.
Drive safe and be careful
RH and his merry man, TT.
Here is news from Sundance and The Larikin Kid...
Hi Guys. Just a note to check in and update. Tonight Tues 24th we are in Siloam Springs Arkansas after a neat ride through the Ozarks today.
We are having a great run and had a rest day at the Isle of Capri Hotel on Sunday. No dramas so far but tyres are going to be an issue soon.
We have some being
TT having fun...
delivered to Trinidad by Saturday and hope we can get another 3 or 4 days out of what we have left.
The trail has been amazing with day 3 out of Columbia a real highlight. Great roads lots of wildlife, lots of Amish and major flood damage.
We had to bypass washed out streams despite our best efforts but we did manage to pick our way around a house which had been shifted about 100 metres onto the road.
We are still hitting the road about 6am to try and miss some of the heat which is sort of working. I saw a mountain lion on the road today from about 50metres away which was pretty cool and a bit rare apparently. Sounds like everyone is having a good time.
Keep us posted. Bryan and Keith.
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