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Old 05-23-2008, 04:33 PM   #1
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The Mobius Trip

The Index: (click links below to see more details)
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Mobius I, May, 2008: [NYC - "TAT pt. 1" - Albuquerque, NM]

Mobius II, Sept. 2008: [Albuquerque, NM - "TAT pt. 2" - Flagstaff, AZ]


Mobius III, May 2009: [Flagstaff, AZ - "TAT pt. 3" - Reno, NV]


Mobius IV, Sept. 2009: [Reno, NV - "TAT pt. 4" - Seattle, WA]


Mobius V, May, 2010: [Seattle, WA to Anchorage, AK]

Mobius VI, August, 2010: [Anchorage, AK - Inuvik, NWT - Anchorage, AK]

Mobius 7, May, 2011: [Anchorage, AK - Edmonton, AB]


Mobius 8, Sept, 2011: [Edmonton, AB - "Tura I'doh" - Idaho Falls, ID]

Mobius 9, May, 2012: [Idaho Falls, ID - "Great Basin Loop" - Idaho Falls, ID]

Mobius 10, Sept, 2012: [Idaho Falls, ID - "Hazed & Confused" - Denver, CO]


Mobius 11, May 2013: [Tuscon, AZ - "TKO" - Las Vegas, NV]


Mobius 12, Sept. 2013: [Las Vegas - 3-Step Hideaway - Las Vegas... "The Rematch"]


All GPX files are available for download from here.

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The Beginning:


Why Mobius? The surface forms a continuous and ongoing path. When cut down the center it generates interconnected links . It's disorienting. It's a simple concept that's hard to describe. Enough rhetoric.

The kernel of the idea of this trip started around the end of '07. We floated the concept and fine-tuned it in a thread titled: "Dedicated trip bikes: Fly-ride-store-repeat?" in the Trip Planning forum, and we thank those who have helped and advised along the way.

So this is the first post, of the first leg, of an ongoing ride report, chronicling each stage of my and Francine's (La Donna Fugata... or LDF)'s project... throwing into the mix what works and what doesn't for anyone else who may want to keep a couple of itinerant migratory motorcycles as pets.



Note 1: Mobius 1-8 .GPX files are available for download here.
Note 2: Read on for the background, and the very start of Mobius trip I: NYC to NM on (mostly) the Trans-America Trail, or... consult the index above:
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The plan

In a nutshell: Keep our main bikes in NYC, and buy two DRZ400's. Whenever we can coordinate a 2 week vacation, ride the DRZ's from wherever we left off, to the next destination. Cover as much remote, isolated dirt, forest service, logging roads and jeep trails as possible. Camp and cook on our own mostly, hotel when we must. Ditch the bikes in a storage unit somewhere, fly home. REPEAT!

Start with the Trans-american trail as a framework. Mobius I took us from NYC to Albuquerque, NM. Next, with extra-bits to/from arrival/storage/departure points of Albuquerque, NM and Flagstaff, AZ we added the CO & most of UT TAT in Mobius II. Mobius III crossed the Great Basin (whew!) and then some, dropping down to Reno, NV to store the bikes. For Mobius IV, we tackled the PacNW and took another 2000miles in two weeks to get ourselves to Seattle, WA. Mobius 5 was half dirt, then mostly pavement the rest of the way to Anchorage. Mobius 6 looped us up to Inuvik and back to Anchorage, 3000 miles of riding. M7 brought us back southward along the continental divide to Edmonton, AB in 2300miles. M8 followed the Canadian Rockies and the Tour of Idaho T1 route to Idaho Falls. M9 made a big loop around the Great Basin. M10 took us from Idaho Falls through MT, WY, and CO down to Denver. After some bike maintenance, M11 started in Tucson and unfortunately ended in Las Vegas at the trauma center. M12 Looped out of Las Vegas exploring the North rim and back to Vegas via southern UT. Here's what the 27,600mi cumulative M1-M12 looks like (each color = 1 day riding):





And so it goes... (read on for Mobius I, or consult the Index)

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Forward

So I had been packed for days. Well two days, anyway.

Riding gear:


Packed gear:



And I managed to get out of work early on wednesday. I swung by our building to drop off LDF's BMW keys, and ran into our neighbor Bonnie who is friends with Chris, the guy who panhandles across the street. We took some photos and I was on my way down to TN. Who says NYC isn't a small town?





I had about 4 hours of daylight left, and my objective was to make as many miles as I could on interstate so I could enjoy the next two days on Skyline Drive through Shenandoah Nat. forest, and then the Blue Ridge Parkway down to Rick's place near Deal's Gap.

So this is what I did:



It sucked. But I knew that the number of interstate miles was dwindling, and I was glad to get it over with.

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I made it to Harrisburg, PA. Found a cheap Motel 6 or Super 8... Can't remember.



(Sweetcheeks are AWESOME!)

Had dinner across the street.



Called LDF. Slept well. Woke up early.
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The last of the Inter-state (almost)

I had another hour+ of hellish droning, vibey, wind buffeted, cold, boring interstate to suck up before I hit the Shenandoah:





Finally:



You pay $10 to get into the park. Speed limit is 35mph. I saw one other vehicle.





A few things were going through my head. LDF's pace had historically been a little slower than mine, so this was my opportunity to wick it up a bit. BUT, I had knobbies, and gear, and a 400cc bike, and I was riding solo, and if I wadded myself or the bike up on the way down I would essentially ruin her vacation.



So, I pushed in moderation. It was a relief to smell the woods, and be off the interstate. This was just another motivation to keep the speed within reason:

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In a nutshell: Keep our main bikes in NYC, and buy two DRZ400's. Whenever we can coordinate a 2 week vacation, ride the DRZ's from wherever we left off, to the next destination. Cover as much remote, isolated dirt, forest service, logging roads and jeep trails as possible. Camp and cook on our own mostly, hotel when we must. Ditch the bikes in a storage unit somewhere, fly home. REPEAT!

Start with the Trans-american trail as a framework. Mobius I took us from NYC to Albuquerque, NM. Next, with extra-bits to/from arrival/storage/departure points of Albuquerque, NM and Flagstaff, AZ we added the CO & most of UT TAT in Mobius II. Mobius III crossed the Great Basin (whew!) and then some, dropping down to Reno, NV to store the bikes. For Mobius IV, we tackled the PacNW and took another 2000miles in two weeks to get ourselves to Seattle, WA. Mobius 5 was half dirt, then mostly pavement the rest of the way to Anchorage. Mobius 6 looped us up to Inuvik and back to Anchorage, 3000 miles of riding. M7 brought us back southward along the continental divide to Edmonton, AB in 2300miles. M8 followed the Canadian Rockies and the Tour of Idaho T1 route to Idaho Falls. Here's what the cumulative M1-M8 looks like (each color = 1 day riding):





And so it goes... (read on for Mobius I, or consult the Index)

i have NEVER thought about using storage spaces as a way to "take breaks" in a tour before. Wow! where's the book you wrote of your adventures???
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Why Mobius? It's surface forms a continuous and ongoing path. It forms interconnected links when cut down the center. It's disorienting. It's a simple concept that's hard to describe. Enough rhetoric.

The kernel of the idea of the trip started about 6 months ago. I floated the concept and fine-tuned it in a thread titled: "Dedicated trip bikes: Fly-ride-store-repeat?"
I am totally green with envy! As a geometry/architecture major, I understand the Mobius metaphor completely, and believe you may have touched on the ultimate explanation of why/how we ride. Secondly, my wife and I have been planning the same sort of ride/store/fly,repeat trip for our retirement. The only thing we're going to do differently, is, since I ride a Harley, leave the bike at an HD dealer for service, and then come back and pick it up , days, weeks, months later when it's time to resume the strip. I figure the entire trip, including time at home, will take almost a year!

Congratulations on a great theorum, a great plan, and a great ride report, so far!
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Dave, Great report so far!
Love the Mobius-Stip-Model-of-the-Universe metaphor...
(honestly I have no idea what you're talking about)
What I really want to know,
are those Titianium coffee cups?!



Btw - just picked up a set of these on your recommendation.
Guess you're becoming somewhat of a motoguru yourself.


Looking forward to more....
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Old 05-29-2008, 05:36 AM   #11
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Hello Dr. Rock and LDF.

Nice trip you've got going there.
Obviously very thoroughly researched.
I'm taking notes and following along....

I love the spreadsheet idea for the gear list.
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Thanks for the feedback, California. Good luck on your version of the same, and let me know if we can be of any help, or offer any advice. I've been learning a lot in the process of planning and riding, but it's probably mostly stuff that other people already know... like what to do when you have to stand down a bull in the middle of the road .

Chris: those are NOT titanium coffee cups, though the coffee pot is . They're just the Coleman peak 1 double-walled mugs, with the handles knocked off. I did that because they pack easier, and since it's double-walled, it stays cool on the outside anyway, so you don't really need the handle.

Oh, and it saved 28 grams.

Questor: How's Willy (the whale... not that one!)? Where've you been hiding? Look us up if you ever make it down to the city, eh? PM me your email and I'll send you the gear list file if you want... then you can edit it for yourself rather than creating it from scratch.

And for all who asked, RE: the Andy Strapz pannierz on the dirt bagz racks...

I think the dirt bagz are great. (LDF doesn't like the zippers on hers as much as the roll-top on mine, though) Why did I go with the Andy Strapz? I liked the expandability and even though we were traveling light, I thought it would be useful for at least one of us to be able to stuff a six-pack, or a watermelon in a side bag if we stopped at a grocery store a few miles from our end-of-the-day destination. I also like the top-loading, and I think they're a bit more waterproof than the dirtbagz.

The install of the Andy Strapz on the dirt bagz racks is quite simple. I don't know if I specifically have photos showing it. The bags have straps which velcro together over the top of the seat. Then you attach a second strap to the front and rear of the dirt bagz racks (I used the Rok Straps), and clip it across the lower mid-section of each Expedition Pannier to keep it tight and prevent it bouncing up and down when you go over bumps.

The Dirt bagz racks serve merely as stand-offs to prevent the bags from moving horizontally in towards the rear wheel. they're not actually providing any vertical support.

(I'll get back to the real reporting shortly)

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Hi Dr. Rock,
while we are already talking equipment: I have a DR-Z with Clarke tank as well and I'm looking for a tankbag that can take my DSLR. I guess yours is from Wolfman. Would a DSLR fit in there (preferably with some room left for appropriate padding)?
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Old 06-18-2008, 01:59 PM   #14
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Wow Dr. Rock, you've come along way in a short time since that ride we did on your DR650. Love the RR keep it up and enjoy!
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Mr. Happy Puppet's cousin...

I picked up Mr. Santa on my way back from dropping my sister off at a friend's house. He was laying all alone and dusty on the dirt road, (Long way away from the North Pole, he must have been investigating some naughty children and forgot to bring water in the hot desert?) so I picked him up and stuffed him under my headlight. I promptly forgot about him, and a few days later my sister asks what's up with the santa clause under my headlight?! Suprised that he stayed in there so long, I decide that he deserves an honorary seat on my bike forever, or at least untill Christmas rolls around
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