The Mobius Trip

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DR. Rock, May 23, 2008.

  1. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    logging area

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    and, while the actual surface under our wheels wasn't particularly difficult to ride,

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    it didn't seem like we were ever out of 2nd gear on account of all the tight curves.

    These are bridges that don't appear on any map, but I could see them on GoogleEarth, and was hoping that they weren't gated. They weren't. Whew.

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    I breathed major sighs of relief each time we linked two roads together that I don't think LDF was aware of. :knary
  2. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    But we hadn't seen a soul since Black Rock. :dic
  3. Rectaltronics

    Rectaltronics Barned

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  4. La Donna Fugata

    La Donna Fugata You're not the boss of me

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    No that DEFINITELY was BEAR poop. Dean taught me that riding out of Reno. :eek1
  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    DrLewall has provided additional instructions regarding bear poop identification:

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  6. SlowRide13

    SlowRide13 Veteran n00b

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    All right I solved the mystery once and for all...

    At 1:18, when the camera pans up onto the hill on the right, I pulled out a still frame. When I zoomed in and lightened the dark, shady area under the large rock about 10 feet up the hill, I found this:


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    Not sure what it is...... You be the judge.
  7. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    onto a road that didn't exist... :eek1

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    and turned around before we laid down too many miles in the wrong direction. I pulled out the maps, and spec'd out a 15-20 mile go-around. About a half mile into that, we found the road we wanted. Another whew, since gas was becoming an issue.

    then we ran into this:

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    :baldy OK, now what. The go-around at this point is going to be about 60 miles before we get to Mineral, CA which was to be our next re-fueling point. We probably had enough, but one more re-route, and we'd be stuck. So.....

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    we went around the gate. :dunno

    The road eventually deteriorated into this:

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    Now I was really worried. :eek1 I checked maps and GPS again. It LOOKED like maybe, just maybe there was a bigger road about a half mile uphill at the end of this obviously de-commissioned road.

    We pressed on, up and around berms and logs, and lo and behold... we popped out on this ridge.... Double Whew! :knary:knary

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    it was a real, not imaginary road...

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    with graded gravel and everything... home free to Mineral! :clap
  8. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    so imagine our relief when we passed this:<object width="640" height="360">

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    (She only filled it like 1/3 full...:loco)

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    We've got water, now all we need is gas, food, booze, and a campground... and it's starting to get late.
  9. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    we survived another killer beaver / bear sighting...

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    then it was all downhill... :D into the valley,

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    and back onto pavement.

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    We figured we'd gas up, get provisions, and head back into the woods and camp.

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    :doh:cry:baldy:waysad
  10. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    So we gathered intel at the country store,

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    and came up with a plan:

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  11. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    We rode the whole way with that pit in the stomach, waiting for the engines to start sputtering and die. :twitch

    I hate that feeling. We have 4gal tanks, and generally get about 45-50 mpg, but with the terrain we'd been riding, who knows. We had 4X22oz fuel canisters spare, but we were pushing well past our usual gas comfort-zone.

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  12. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    there was a proper grocery store,

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    where we could stock up:

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    I love that drinking bourbon supports a worthy cause. :nod Is this a great country, or what. :thumb

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    Learn more:

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    We also picked up some wine:

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    and headed to a National Forest campground

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    that we had passed on Hwy 36 between Mineral & Chester. That would set us up for a paved run up and over Hwy 89 to Old Station, skipping a few miles of our intended dirt route, but we had to make up some distance having to divert to Chester for gas. Oh well. :dunno

    Our stats for the day:

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    and the elevations:

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  13. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Just caught up guys. Excellent trip report again. :clap
  14. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Like I said at the beginning, M-4 had a lot of ups and downs, and this day had no shortage. We started waking up in the rain, climbed Mt. Lassen into the fog, and descended into a quagmire.

    It was another long day, and eventually we put down camp a few miles from where we'd pick back up the TAT on tuesday.

    Most of M-4 was routed from tracks from other people's rides. Today, however, was mostly my routing -- I was trying to connect the CBCDT with the TAT. There is an added anxiety whenever we're exploring a route I'm not sure even exists. There's some (small) comfort knowing that someone else has ridden this, even if it was a few years previously. None of that today.

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  15. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    in the campground. We cooked dinner, set up camp, the usual. In the morning we were up bright and early... no, not bright, it was still dark.

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    Eventually we broke camp in between sprinkles,

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    geared up,

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    and started rolling...

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    a disappointing 8:45am start. :dunno I was glad we had decided to skip some dirt, and wasn't worried that we couldn't make up the distance on pavement, and be back on track by mid-day. :thumb
  16. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    was completely shrouded in fog :cry

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    and it was cold :vardy.

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    No matter, we were Hwy 89, a legendary motorcycle route, not necessarily 'cause this was the route we wanted to take, but because it would get us caught back up. So we flipped on our heated grips, and grit our teeth.

    What we could see looked totally awesome... this is a stinky sulfer vent spewing yellow fart gas into the air:

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    but most of the ride was like this:

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    :doh
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    We both would like to return someday, and see it without the fog.

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  17. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    we got some breaks in the clouds,

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    I was particularly impressed that LDF was taking these curves without using her brakes. :brow

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    until I realized she was taking the curves without using her tail light either... :scratch

    We stopped at the visitor's information center,

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    and on inspection...

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    oops. :doh Oh well, it would give her something to worry about instead of bears... she didn't have the bike's registration with her either, so if we got pulled over, she'd be spending the night in jail fo'sho'. :deal

    It looked like I'd need some wire to splice in, which I didn't have, and I figured there was no urgency... I'd try to scrounge some wire, and get to it when I could.
  18. KI6HNB

    KI6HNB Been here awhile

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    Lemme guess. LDF jumped a tripple (while trying to avoid killer beavers) pulled off a superman in mid air on a fully loaded DRZ but botched the landing causing the suspension to bottom and the tire ripped the wire out?:lol3
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    booty0 Booger eater

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  20. Stan Dalone

    Stan Dalone Gotta get me somma dat

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    Does a bear shit in the woods? Apparently not, a bear shits in the middle of the road ( or wherever it dam well wants to) !!!
    LMAO !!:lol3