A broken ignition switch messed our morning up. Chris started the 690 and went to fill up with gas before we left. Once we were all ready to go, he went to start the bike and got nothing. The tools came out and the bike came apart in-order to figure out what the problem was. We eventually traced the main problem to the ignition switch, although, there seemed to be another issue which we didn’t have the time to figure out. Luckily, we did have a spare bike so we could continue our journey. As one would expect, Chris was less than enthused to trailer his bike ride a different machine. The first part of our ride took us through Oregon’s beautiful forests that often reminded us of the east coast. Soon enough, we began running into down trees. They pretty quickly became more and more frequent, and eventually we came up on a completely blocked road. Luckily, there was a very short way around the carnage that put us right back on track. The rest of the day was much like the first part of the day, but we knew the next day was going to be much more challenging. A fellow TAT rider, who we met several states earlier and stayed in contact with, warned us of trail blocks for the final leg of the TAT.
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