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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    The day we started heading southwest, had an encounter with a forest fire, :eek1 saw the Tallest Sugar Pine, got gas and provisions in Tiller, OR, and camped at Devil's Flat in the Umpqua N.F. :thumb

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  2. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    A shout out and thanks to everyone who's gone before us on these trails, and then reached out across time and electrons to give us a hand on our trip(s), we're riding in your tracks:<object width="640" height="360">

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    I shot this clip in one take, so of course I failed to mention a ton of people :doh... So I'm just going to add to this post as I remember those who've helped us with routing, scouting, advice, support, authored TAT ride reports, or otherwise assisted, motivated or inspired Mobius. :deal

    In no particular order:
    :bow
    Thank you Sam,
    Thank you gaspipe,
    Thank you DockingPilot,
    Thank you NorthernTraveler,
    Thank you TrailAce,
    Thank you VFR870!!!,
    Thank you Speez,
    Thank you Urban Cowboy,
    Thank you RenoDeano,
    Thank you Katoomon,
    Thank you John_L,
    Thank you Jet Doctor,
    Thank you Big & Little Wan,
    Thank you Taco250,
    Thank you Bonnie & Hayduke,
    Thank you Questor & Motoadventuregal,
    Thank you XC rider,
    Thank you Notar & Mav,
    Thank you Neduro,
    Thank you Nichelob,
    Thank you Vinnie the Snake & the Vintage crew,
    Thank you BigDog,
    Thank you what have i got into,
    Thank you Motor1,
    Thank you Brent4ADV,
    Thank you Gaprunr,
    Thank you RandomAussie,
    Thank you BlueLghtning,
    Thank you benh,
    Thank you quasi_inrem,
    Thank you SalsaBoy,
    Thank you dwj - Donnie,
    Thank you Black06LJ,
    Thank you Seth S,
    Thank you ROD CURRIE,
    Thank you Austin Vince,
    Thank you metaljocky,

    ETC!
  3. Black06LJ

    Black06LJ ZRX1200R Thrasher

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    What an awesome adventure you two are sharing with us! Thank you so much for taking the time to put it down for all to enjoy. I am really enjoying the videos as well. It is nice to hear your voices, and so much is conveyed that we all can just feel like we are there. I have found myself holding my breath at times and howling with laughter at others. So far the Cow Passing Incident is my fav! I am still chuckling about it! I was so sure you were gonna get taken out by Bessy!
    Your thanks is appreciated, but so unneeded. I was honored to help you all when you were here last fall and wish I could have ridden farther (all the way) with you guys.
    Just keep on posting these reports and hurry up! Just kidding. I look forward to catching up with your epic adventure each day after work!

    :ricky :ricky Thanks Doc n LDF!!!:beer
  4. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    We were 'actively discouraged' by the owner of the Woodsman Hotel from staying there as well. :huh

    Strange business plan...

    One part of me takes pride in being so 'grungey' that they won't let me in.
    The other part of me wants to set up an ADVrider boycott and picket that hotel out of business.

    In sum, :flip Woodsman Hotel.

    Q~
  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    nice weather, and we were getting a fairly early start, but it was chilly.

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    You could see smoke in the distance, and the smell was getting stronger as we rode along.

    There was still plenty of dust, as we ascended Windigo pass road,

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    The woods got thicker as we neared the top,

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    and I thought I might capture a "vaguely anticipated vista revealed" just over the pass, or around a bend... a little ways later I turned on the video camera, but unfortunately, there was no spectacular views to be had... only brief glimpses of the distance through breaks in the trees.

    I include this video for no good reason, only for myself to review when I'm old and decrepit and need help wiping the drool off my chin. It has no redeeming value, skip it at will.

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    After I stopped video recording, (of course), I was treated to some nice ones:

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    Not spectacular,

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    but not bad either,

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    all in all,

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    not a bad way to start the morning. :D
  6. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    and we were making good time,

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    The valleys were still a whole lot colder than the higher elevations,

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    LDF was glad to be done with the silty sand for the time being,

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    We were listening to music, but every once in awhile we'd cut in and ask "does that smoke seem thicker to you?"

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    Or, "is that fog burning off, or smoke?"

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    Then the wind would shift, or we'd roll around a curve and the smell would almost disappear. Nice fall colors:

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  7. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Rhododendron Ridge, this is what met us:<object height="360" width="640">

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    We had a conversation with the guy in the video above (who was smoking a cigarette, and we swear we both saw him flick it out of his hands into the gravel as we drove up). :scratch The gal who seemed to be in charge, came over to chat as well.

    They told us the road we wanted was closed, and that NF-28 would take us to Tiller, but it became paved at some point before getting there. So I scrolled around on the GPS, and scoped out the maps, and figured we might be able to get around the fire by paralleling the TAT on NF-28 to the south, and at some point before Tiller, cut back north to rejoin the TAT route past the fire. That was the plan, anyway.
  8. TwilightZone

    TwilightZone Long timer

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    >"Liver & Onions (!) :yum for LDF:"

    What!!! That puts LDF over the top.
    Rides, fearless (except for bears), gorgeous AND likes liver and onions?

    er.... does she have a sister?
  9. Black06LJ

    Black06LJ ZRX1200R Thrasher

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  10. jetdoctor

    jetdoctor Master of the Obvious

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    Hi Doc and LDF,
    Hopefully I left you some good tracks to follow. I spent the last couple of days in Oregon sliding around the gravel corners and turning the brake rotors blue. It was usually obvious which way to go by following other people's tracks.
    I am enjoying your r/r as usual. I have been waiting to see what happens next. I was following along when you had the problem. Unfortunately, I was working and did not see that you were broken down until after you were going again. Nice savel.:thumb
    :lurk
    Cheers,
    Doug
  11. kl Richard

    kl Richard This is a Dark Ride!!

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    It's a rainy Sat. afternoon up here, which has given me a chance to catch up with your trip!!!

    I like the video clips, and I see you've got a solution for the audio problem in hand. BTW Nice save LDF:thumb I hate the sand too.....not that we have alot of it to deal with around here. I find it easier to ride it, if I keep the throttle on enough to lighten the front wheel; which isn't always easy, cause the conditions change so often!!!!

    What's next?

    Cheers
    Brian
  12. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Here's the photo LDF was shooting in the above video. It turns out what we could see here was only the tip of the fire area.

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    Riding down a few miles, indeed, NF-28 became a single-lane paved road,

    For some reason in the next vid, the sound didn't record... what I was saying was that the smoke was getting thicker and thicker. Towards the middle of the vid, we cross an area where you can see how smokey it is to our left. :eek1<object height="360" width="640">

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  13. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    we passed groups of firefighters -- hotshots, they're called.

    They were dirty and sweaty, and mostly hard at work carrying equipment in and out of the woods, and clearing underbrush, etc.

    I stopped and chatted with a couple of them on the side of the road,

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    Something must have struck a chord of recognition in my brain, because I felt an immediate connection with these guys waging war against the fire.

    I have since realized what it is: that's my youngest brother on the right:

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Riding into the ever-thickening smoke was stirring up a fair amount of anxiety for us. These guys were calm and collected, though. They didn't seem worried at all, and that was comforting.<object width="640" height="360">

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    You can see from his demeanor what I'm talking about. What he told us was that there was a crew up ahead that was cutting down some trees next to the road, and that we'd be able to pass in a minute or so. As we headed down towards them, I snapped this photo, and had an idea:

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    LDF rode slowly past them, and I stopped. I wanted to give these guys one of our good-karma pins that we carry with us to give as tokens of appreciation. As I was struggling to get one out of my pocket, I was trying to figure out which of these guys I should give it to. One guy walked up to me and asked if everything was OK, and that solved my dilemma. I said "I have something for you and your crew." He looked at me quizically, as I explained, "we've traveled all the way from New York City, and want you to know that we appreciate the work you're doing out here. It's a tough job. Thanks." and I handed him one of these:

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    As I fired up the bike, some of the other guys were walking up to us. I didn't want to hold them up from doing their job any more than necessary. He was squinting down to look at the pin as I was pulling away, and he must have realized what it was, 'cause I heard him shout, "Hey, thanks, brother."
  15. nachtflug

    nachtflug infidel

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    you know everytime she pulls those stunts all of us look bad.

    can't you reel that woman in? :D
  16. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    Here we go again!!!!!
    :lol3 :lol3 :lol3

    Great job on the RR Doc.:clap
  17. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Not all of us. Just the ones who still ride. :brow

    You feel like coming into the city tomorrow, Scott? Erica from Highway to Hell fame will be hanging at the ADVloft(tm)... give a call.
    :beer
  18. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    followed us for quite a ways,

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    and by the time we cleared it, the TAT route had turned south and was about to intersect NF-28. We were on NF-28 for 23 miles at that point, and the TAT route we were denied was about 31miles, so we rode 8 miles less, and I don't imagine the TAT was paved at all from the looks of it on topo, so all in all, our forced detour put us a little ahead of the game for our day's mileage.
  19. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    there was a pull-off to what looked like a dispersed camp site (not developed). It was at the junction of the South Umpqua river, and the Zinc creek, and looked like a nice place to stop for a rest and a snack.

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    I'm sooooo pissed (no pun intended) that you can't hear the music at the end of the vid... it was (Fisher)-priceless. (complete the full experience by clicking the link to hear the demo)

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Nothing terribly technical,

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    however, we kept seeing signs for Tiller, which is where we were headed for gas, and the arrow always seemed to be pointing a different direction from where we were going.

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    No matter, this wasn't a bad area to meander around.

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    and kinda makes me sorry maybe we missed some good riding on account of the forest fire. :dunno