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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    Nah, once we left California, we really didn't see any evidence of bears. :dunno
  2. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Level B with LUGGAGE! It's a new class... or should be. :lol3
  3. rufus

    rufus We're burning daylight...

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    Do you remember the house on the inside (left) of a switch back a little ways before the wrecked car? We stopped at the wrecked car,and I was worried that the residents of that place were hiding in the bushes waiting to cut us up for dog food and use our engines for rototillers. We took a short break at the crashed car. I kept looking and listening. I never did sit down or relax there.
  4. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    I was doing the math in my head, and could tell it was going to be late by the time we got to the coast...

    I figured we'd be OK as long as we were on graded gravel transit sections -- here I'm commenting on the various aspects of routing vs. navigating vs. riding, and pointing out that the section we were riding here was among the most difficult to route, that is, there's a maze of logging roads and setting the route on the GPS was a bitch. Navigating, though, wasn't so bad, and the riding was actually pretty easy.

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    alas, it wasn't long before we hit another technical special section.

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    a few more of these, and we'd be cowboy camping shy of Port O.
  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Isn't it funny? We rode the same route, and I have absolutely no recollection of a house. :dunno Sometimes, I look at photos that LDF took, and I'm thinking... where was I? :scratch Weird.
  6. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    here, I'm commenting that this is just the place for a fully loaded V-strom, or GS1200... no thanks. I was happy we were on DRZ400's, and that WR250 is looking sweeter and sweeter.

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  7. rufus

    rufus We're burning daylight...

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    Same here. I am having a great time looking at all your pictures and videos and I remember lots and lots of the places. But some of the pictures bring up no memory at all. Too much to absorb. Apparantly I need to do it all again!

    Your TAT RR is the best here!! ----the aformentioned woman would fit right in the house I saw.
  8. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    and it was time to de-fleece:

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    we were nearing Dutchman Butte, and when we got closer, we were treated to some more great views:

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    sweeping left to right,

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  9. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    we were spending more time in specials than transits today, and discussing our pace, it was clear unless we were handed some easier riding, we were going to really have to push to make Port O.

    Up on the ridge, the riding was easier, but we tended to slow down to savor the views:

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    We crossed another clear cut area, which, even though the road was smooth, involved a lot of switchbacks

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  10. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    even though we were constantly moving, we weren't making great time.

    Then we hit a particularly gnarly section. I'll let the photos provide the commentary.

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    You know when I'm riding point it's particularly ugly. But LDF rode it all. :clap

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    Here she comes...

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    I'd ride ahead at my pace, and then wait for her...

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    I tried not to get out of range of the Scala's, so I could tell her what was coming up. Eventually, she'd catch up...

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    When this happened, though,

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    It was she who had to wait for me. :brow
  11. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    when we connected with this super-highway:

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    If it stays like this, maybe we have a shot at making the coast by nightfall.

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    but even here, it was hard to get our speed up. In the vid, I try to explain why... "taking a turn 'a little wide', turns into 'a lot wide' when you start sliding down the cliff."<object width="640" height="360">

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  12. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    of photographing signs as we pass them... just in case we have to backtrack or re-route, I can bring up the photo on the camera, and see how far it is to wherever.

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    This was the first time that habit really came in handy... note: Glendale 25miles. :deal
  13. DrLewall

    DrLewall The Human GPS

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    DR, You have got to submit this one for front page!

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  14. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    the road started to open up some,

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    and I remember thinking to myself,

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    "if it stays like this...

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    maybe... just maybe

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    if we push... :pynd we'll make it to the beach! :jkam
  15. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    we bounced on to a short paved connecting road. The dirt road we wanted forked off to the right. Francine missed it, and stayed on the pavement.

    I yelled over the Scala... "you missed the turn"....

    "Fine, wait for me while I turn around".

    I waited.

    "Hey," I hear over the intercom. "my bike stalled while I was turning around and it won't start back up... it sounds like the battery is dead."

    Grrrr....then hmmmm.... then...

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    "we don't have time for this", I'm thinking. Maybe the revs weren't high enough in the technical riding we've been doing today to keep the battery charged???"

    As quickly as possible, I pull out my multimeter, the jumper cables, get the side panels off both bikes, which necessitates unstrapping the bags...

    grrrr....

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    and still, the bike's not charging. I can get it jumped from my bike, but it's only putting out 11.36v at 5-6000 rev's.

    It starts to look like we won't make it to the coast today... and maybe even never. We're 60 miles from Port Orford. LDF is having a hard time wrapping her head around it all. You can see the disappointment in her expression as I explain the troubleshooting and diagnostics I've done up to that point:<object width="640" height="360">

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  16. Trailace

    Trailace Long timer

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    Your not going to believe this but that is the same spot my GSP quite working. :huh
  17. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    Trouble so close to the end...


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  18. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Here? N42 47.207 W123 44.756 ... it's like the Bermuda triangle or somethin'... I wouldn't be surprised if Amelia Earhart's plane was found nearby. :arg:patch:dic:norton
  19. Trailace

    Trailace Long timer

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    The best I can tell my issue was here N42 47.180 W123 44.481 :norton
  20. DRZmaui

    DRZmaui Been here awhile

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    I think I know what your problem is, Check the alternator/rectifier wire coupling. Had the same thing happen to me.
    They have a nasty habit to melting, and then they ground out. ItÂ’s an easy remedy; just get rid of the coupling, and hard wire them.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to PM me.

    DRZmaui