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Old 06-14-2012, 09:56 PM   #4876
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Old 06-15-2012, 03:35 AM   #4877
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I'm just as excited as the rest of you about this new installment of the Mobius adventures. However, please remember that when Doc and LDF get back to NYC, they have real jobs that they must go back to. Yes, they are superstars to us but we must give them time to get life going again.
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:50 AM   #4878
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Bone

I asked for a bone, we were thrown a great bone and got everyone excited...Dr. Rock did a great job there.

You have to remember in their small community, internet is someone unreliable. The one phone line to town could break when a hummingbird lands on it.

Patience for the guy who has patients, and has to teach too. His students should be graduating in a couple weeks. Everyone will get dressed up to go to the local grange for a party!

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Old 06-15-2012, 09:26 AM   #4879
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'Bout sums it up

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... However, please remember that when Doc and LDF get back to NYC, they have real jobs that they must go back to.. .
It's been a busy few weeks since we've returned. Every chance I've had I hack away at the photos and video, but it's slow going. I've processed images from the start, up to our arrival at Crater Lake which represents the halfway point of M9. I think that's enough of a photo cache to get started writing up the RR, so here goes.

If i can't keep the photo processing ahead of the report writing, we might have a little intermission while I get caught up, we'll see when we get there.

Hopefully Questor and AlbertaStrom (and LDF) will chime in with commentary (and images as they see fit. Dave is producing some high-quality vids which are simply outstanding.

If you haven't already seen Q's ride report of the first few days of M9 that he joined us, check it out -- I'll be covering those days as well, so you'll see a slightly different perspective.

Right, so here's to it
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:27 AM   #4880
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Mobius 9, May, 2012: [Idaho Falls, ID - Great Basin loop] index

-- Click on the underlined links to go to:
Mobius 9, May, 2012: [Idaho Falls, ID - Great Basin Loop]

M9 Corporate sponsor announcement, some during-trip banter, some previews, and the official M9 prelude
Departure from ChezQ, rerouting at McCammon, cowboy camping with Q. Riding canyons to the City of Rocks,
Almost Blocked by snow, the giant web camp, really blocked by snow, the great go-around, cow-poking, then into
and out of Bruneau Canyon. Gerrying our way to Jordan Valley, Rattler on the old ION, the Pillars of Rome,
Lava fields, buckarooing (before we even knew the term), Mr. Jenkins and the Round Barn, crappy camping at
The Narrows. Crossing the Malheur refuge, passing Llewelen Moss trees, Sheeprock and Fandango to Christmas Valley.
Ranching re-routes and a bit o' pavement getting to Crater Lake. Klamath falls, Northeast California, to Blue Lake camp.
Crossing on Buckhorn road and Buffalo Creek into Nevada, gas at Gerlach, Painted canyon on the Applegate, the eclipse
cowboy camp, sheep hill climb, Battle Mountain, shortcut to Crescent Valley, Cottonwood canyon, and the rancher incident.
Garcia flat, Hastings cutoff, to pick up the Pony Express, through Cherry Creek, saved by Tatiana at Langes Station.
Morgan Pass, Bunnyville salt flats, Lucin and the Transcontinental past Kelton Cemetery to Golden Spike,
Pioneer camp, two miles of hell, through Paris, Crow Creek road, T2 from the ID border back to Questor's @ Idaho Falls.

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Old 06-15-2012, 10:02 AM   #4881
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Mobius 9 prelude

It had been a long winter. Not particularly cold, but still, lots of time for planning, plotting, scheming, and fine tuning our next leg. Looking back on our trips across the states, and then up into the northern hinterlands and back down, we were able to formulate some opinions about what we liked better and not so much.

While Alaska and the way-up north-is stunningly beautiful, and remote as heck, and we have absolutely zero regrets hauling ourselves up there, the riding for the most part isn't particularly challenging, and the routing and navigation couldn't be simpler.

M8 gave us some insights into what really makes these trips great. The first was the technical challenges of riding rough terrain (once we got to the Tour of Idaho), as well as traversing vast areas on little traveled roads, not really knowing whether they go through or not. The second was the social aspect of riding with other people. LDF and I agreed that having folks ride with us here and there on M8 (and other sections) really added to the experience, so we were really looking forward to having Dave join us for the whole two weeks of M9. Having Q join us for the first few days was a welcome bonus.

I think we're pretty explicit in our descriptions of how we roll, but if I had to guess, maybe Q, but especially Dave (and maybe even LDF ) had to re-calibrate expectations of what it takes to ride along with the Mobius traveling circus. This was a tough one. Take the hardest riding we did on the TAT, make it 50% harder, throw in at least one massive obstacle per day, and then don't take a single day off for two weeks.

I kinda had a feeling I'd be routing us on some tough stuff, and at times it was way over the top, and my riding partners probably wanted to kill me, but I gotta say, I think I've got this routing thing pretty dialed in. All said and done there were very few reroutes at all, and the ones there were were mostly due to snow... only a couple of locked gates, though there were times that we all had our doubts that the trail (or as Mr. Jenkins calls them "roads") would emerge back into civilization.

More on Mr. Jenkins at a later date.

There was a lot of history all along the route, from the old ION trail to the Pony Express, to the Trans-continental railway. I'm not a big history buff, but every time we spend time at one of these places, I'm surprised to find that I get all stoked to learn more about the places when I get back. For instance, Kelton cemetery left a big impression on me for some reason.

The great basin. Personally, I love the place. The riding is the bomb, the scenery austere, the weather pretty perfect for riding in May. Could use a few more gas stations, but whattya gonna do?

2-weeks... 2347miles. Probably fewer than 100 on pavement.
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It was like the Dakar... only not a race. And with luggage. And way slower. And with no day off in the middle.
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Old 06-15-2012, 11:02 AM   #4882
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Echos of D'oh

A few weeks before departing. I'm loading maps onto the GPS units. I want to include maps segments for any cities we have layovers in, just in case we get stranded or something. LDF is in charge of M9 airline logistics. I call her from work.

"Hey, what cities do we have layovers in on the way to and from Idaho Falls?"

"Just a second, let me find the itineraries. OK, on the way there we stop in Minneapolis, then Salt Lake City, then Twin Falls."

"Wow, three layovers? What time do we land in Idaho Falls?"

"Ummm. This just says "Twin Falls"...

"Yeah, but then we must get on a small plane to Idaho Falls, right?"


"Ummmm.... I'm gonna have to call you back in a few minutes."



That was soooo M8. Well, we got that sorted out. Nothing that can't be solved by throwing money at it. Funny how at the time it was such a big deal, but now in retrospect I'd have paid 10X what it cost to change the tickets to be able to experience this trip.

In the end we only had one layover in Salt Lake City. On the way to JFK we got to see the Enterprise waiting to get to the Intrepid.



I bet Q will like these pics.



We thought of him as we drove by.
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Old 06-15-2012, 11:04 AM   #4883
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I doubt anyone could get upset while using the Anti Hassel Tassels.

I need a set. Sometimes I'm way to serious to be on vacation.

Bring it on Doc, your fans are waiting!
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Old 06-15-2012, 11:08 AM   #4884
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The layover in SLC

Was noteworthy for two things. 1. these seriously yummy rosemary/candied almonds:



And that they have a smoking lounge. It was like stepping back in time.



For real. Smokers in captivity. Cool.

Before long we were boarding our plane (not ours)



stepping out into....



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Old 06-15-2012, 11:15 AM   #4885
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The price I pay

to get friday off to travel is that I work overnight thursday. If I'm lucky, I get to sleep at the hospital and it's like a free day. If I'm not lucky, I'm up most of the night, and it takes a few days to get caught back up with sleep.



If I'm really unlucky, I'm up most of thursday, spend the day friday traveling across the country, and then stay up 'till 2am mountain time (4am EST) prepping bikes so we can get at least a half day riding in on Saturday.



OK, even my worst-case sleep deprivation scenario involves riding, so I got nothing to complain about. But man, was I dragging those first few days.

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Old 06-15-2012, 11:18 AM   #4886
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Dave arrived

from Edmonton, and we got his bike unloaded. This was NOT posed.



He's a capable wrench, and helped with the radiator,



and heated grips re-wiring project:



Fortunately, we had adult supervision.

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Old 06-15-2012, 11:30 AM   #4887
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Besides the heated grips project,

we had to install 3 pairs of Anti-hassle Tassels™ (compliments of the new corporate sponsor of the Mobius trip) on the Blueberry, the Tiger, and the Black Beauty.



We took a break for dinner -- pizza, salad, and adult beverages.



talked about the weather, bikes, gear,



you know, the usual stuff you talk about



before embarking on an adventure. Look how happy we are!



Not that we were ever truly unhappy, but this is probably the high-point of morale, and the lowest amount of stress we had for the next two weeks.

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Old 06-15-2012, 01:35 PM   #4889
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See folks, our patience is rewarded!
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Old 06-16-2012, 05:35 PM   #4890
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Looks like you've been practicing with that M8, too! Love those last 3 people shots above.
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