Trans-America Trail 2
Our journey continues in Utah, one of the most scenic areas of the TAT. In turn, some sections of the route are very difficult especially when carrying a lot of luggage; the bike's handling becomes complicated in sand or rocks. In August, the environment is very harsh, temperatures average 40 degrees Celsius. A lot of water must be carried, but it quickly disappears when we have to spend energy lifting a motorcycle a few times.
Yes, yes! I fell many times. In the sand at slow speed, it is easy to lose control. In the rock, I was stalling the bike with an inappropriate usage of the clutch. However, it has been an excellent learning process.
My most spectacular fall. Bad rebound on the front suspension, and I lost control. Also, I rolled down to the river's bed; down a small one metre cliff behind me on the picture. Good thing we have armour and knee pads.
A nice mix of soil and water... This mud sticks to the wheel, and it's like driving on an ice rink.
I have a hard time walking due to a slippery ground, and also because of all the mud stuck on my boots.
A few times, we had to backtrack. Sometimes, the trail became too difficult, or else the distance combined with the scarcity of drinking water were alarming.
The month of August is a difficult time to cross the desert. With temperature around 40 degrees, a simple breakage or puncture could be dangerous. Indeed, the time spent to fix a problem involves a greater consumption of water...
Stop at a magnificent viewpoint of the Colorado River.