The Mobius Trip

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

  1. Game over

    Game over Haha

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    Good luck, can't wait to hear about it
  2. AZ_ADV_RIDER

    AZ_ADV_RIDER Demons In My Helmet

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    Doc, I'm thoroughly exhausted after reading your RR - Great writing and pics - Thanks so much for sharing. Also, with everything you do from planning, logistics, coordinating dates/times/flights, gps mapping, filming, fire wood cutting, starting the campfire, bike maintenance, bike repair, setting up camp, cleaning dishes, breaking down camp, getting both bikes over gnarley sections plus the constant worrying about bad weather, critters and of either you or your wife getting injured - Doc, you're are truly an asset to any adventure!! Looking forward to Mobius Six - I'm also ready for the two of you to take some R&R (and I don't mean Road Report) trip to Tahiti on a secluded beach - God I do, I need the rest! :thumb

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  3. Arielck

    Arielck The Littlest Hobo

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    was good to see you guys at the shop (mmm, pizza!), I hope you have some luck at the Top of the World and we'll see you when you come back by!
  4. BKawa

    BKawa Adventurer

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    of Doc and LDF against the world.:rofl

    Can't wait to hear about it.
  5. GaryAK

    GaryAK Easy Going

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    Hi All -

    Dr. Rock and LDF asked me to post an update - Mobius 6 is afoot! They are fine and riding - should be on the Denali hwy today - spirits good, bikes good, and weather sketchy but sort of cooperating.

    I'm a local Anchorage rider - and went to meet Dr. Rock and LDF on Saturday (8/7/2010) at Alaska Moto Quest on Spenard Rd, next to the Harley shop.

    Saturday was a "tech" day and involved removing and replacing tires, sprockets, chains, equipment sorting, pizza, trips to the NAPA down the street for specialty tools, etc. And they were set up in the free camping area, courtesy of the really neat folks at the Harley shop. Saturday night (raining) was dinner at Fletcher's at the downtown Captain Cook Hotel (food was eaten, drinks were drank...you get the idea)

    Sunday dawned sunny and was more tweaking and packing up, and drying the tent - as a result, got a late start - by 1pm I think. Dr. Rock and LDF graciously invited me to join them for the Hatcher Pass portion of their Mobius trip - very cool! We gassed up and snaked our way out of Anchorage and North on the Glenn Hwy. Noticing that we were going a bit on the slow side - we pulled over at the truck scales and it was learned that LDF's bike was riding "squirrley" - hence the reduced speeds. Dr. Rock said we would continue and do a thorough tech check once through Hatcher Pass. Okay - he's the doctor.

    Gas stop at Palmer and then onward to the Pass. The sky was becoming gray and clouds were kissing the pass peaks - but at least no rain. In fact, we were treated to a rarity - the road was not muddy or not dusty - we'll take it. Typical of Hatcher Pass - good elevation (5000 ft thereabouts) that provided great views and vistas. 'Twas quite fun putting away the miles of switchbacks. Eventually, the road comes out of the mountains and turns into pavement for the final 10 or 15 miles to the Parks Hwy. We stopped at a coffee shack in the middle of nowhere and Dr. Rock found the "squirrely" cause on LDF's Blueberry - rear wheel alignment was one cam bump off - a quick fix and all was well again.

    Here is where we parted - I think they were going to at least make Cantwell (which is the start of the Denali Hwy) and decide whether to stay their for the night or head East on the Denali Hwy and either camp at Tangle Lakes or on to Paxson.

    Photo Interlude:

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    Last minute details

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    Ready to hit the road from Dr. Rock's Alaska command post - Alaska Moto Quest

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    The Doctor is in!

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    Gassing up in Anchorage

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    Gassing up in Palmer, Alaska

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    Gaining some altitude

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    LDF with a valley back drop

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    Finally some dirt!

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    As high as the clouds

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    Top of the pass - it's all downhill from here

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    LDF in "let's get it on" mode

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    LDF tearing it up in a left-hand sweeper

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    Foot peg time

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    Once down the mountain, the road turns to pavement

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    Dr. Rock wondering what I am doing on the side of the road snapping his pic

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    Coffee time!

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    Doc had said something funny...

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    Doc just finishing up readjusting Blueberry's rear wheel alignment

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    The sign says Cantwell is 136 miles up the road.

    This is where we said goodbye - 100 miles into Mobius 6. I must commend that Dr. Rock and LDF have really got the system down for adventure riding on the installment plan.

    Anyway, they said to say hi to everyone and that he might pop in for an update if they find some wifi. (And this is my first post on here - I hope I didn't screw it up!). Also - you can track their progress - Spot is running...


    best,

    Gary
  6. MK Bike

    MK Bike D2T

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    Not at all.....Good job Gary.
    Thanks for the update and welcome to the forum.
  7. TheFryedaddy

    TheFryedaddy Roadflogger

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    Fantastic,can't wait for the RR's.:clap :clap
  8. KI6HNB

    KI6HNB Been here awhile

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    Good to see another Mobius segment off to a great start. :clap

    Anybody know what rear tires are on the bikes this trip? Is that the new Kenda K766 Trackmaster III?
  9. rycomm

    rycomm Been here awhile

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    It looks like they replaced the TKC90's for something a little more knobby.

    The sponsorship must have ended?

    Enjoy the ride, waiting for the report.

    Ryan
  10. GaryAK

    GaryAK Easy Going

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    Looks like a course reverse out of Chicken, Ak on the SPOT - might have something to do with this -



    Taylor Highway Flood Repairs :ear

    Hot Line Phone Number 907-322-3844

    UPDATE: Tuesday, August 10, 2010

    The Taylor Highway north of Chicken, milepost 67, is currently impassable.
    Today DOT&PF is:

    Flying the sections that have not been accessible. Rebuilding the washed out sections of the Taylor Highway between Chicken and the junction of the Top of the World Highway. It is projected that the Taylor Highway between Chicken and the junction of the Top of the World Highway¬óweather dependent¬ówill be open by the end of this week. This will enable travelers to access the Top of the World Highway at milepost 95 and the Canadian border.

    It is unknown when the Taylor Highway from milepost 95 to Eagle will be open. Convoys to and from Eagle are cancelled indefinitely.

    http://www.dot.alaska.gov/nreg/taylor-repairs/

    http://www.adn.com/2010/08/10/1404170/state-reports-progress-on-taylor.html (this link leads to a couple of good pics of the Taylor Hwy carnage)

    Strictly a guess - maybe a tactical retreat to go the long way around through Whitehorse and then up to Inuvik, and then the Taylor Hwy might be open for the return trip. Current weather reports are okay - overcast to sunny, and no rain.

    As they say, the adventure starts when things stop going as planned...

    best,

    Gary
  11. Black06LJ

    Black06LJ ZRX1200R Thrasher

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    caught up on M5 just in time to wait with baited breath for the M6 RR! :lurk

    Doc & LDF, Thanks for continuing to share your adventures with us. This last installment surely solidified my desire to visit AK!

    LDF, Your riding skills are improving exponentially! Your comments and contributions to the RR are great. More please! :thumb

    Have a great and safe ride. Can't wait til your back and posting agian.
    (Still feels funny to read about myself in your RR. I was pleased to be able to help get ya rolling when your were here.)

    :ricky :ricky
  12. martinef

    martinef Been here awhile

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  13. Vegan_Bob

    Vegan_Bob Loving the ride

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    I hope M6 is as good as the previous 5.

    Good Luck and safe riding.
  14. Reconstructed

    Reconstructed Been here awhile

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    Oh heck, I'm in. I've read the whole thing before, I think I'll read it again.:lurk :lurk
  15. 4n6iscool

    4n6iscool Adventurer

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    Good idea :nod
  16. GaryAK

    GaryAK Easy Going

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    Dr. Rock and LDF finished Mobius 6 yesterday in grand style & it was a highly successful adventure. Today was spent "tech-ing" Blueberry and Honeybee and they are now prepped for Mobius 7 in May.

    Dr. Rock and LDF will store the bikes at Alaska Moto Quest and fly home tomorrow - so stay tuned for continuing updates next week.

    I've seen many of the videos and heard the stories - all awesome - and worth waiting for.


    best,

    Gary


    PS - for those wondering what new tires they used - I can tell you that they are Mefo Stone Masters and they worked very well - more to come from Dr. Rock and LDF - stay tuned...:ear

  17. AugustJane

    AugustJane Been here awhile

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    M5 hooked me! Looking forward to seeing and reading M6...
  18. fotobo

    fotobo KTM rider

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    Can't wait to hear the whole story from Doc.
  19. Bell47Pilot

    Bell47Pilot MonkeyButt

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  20. CBAT

    CBAT occasional wanderer

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    :beer Bravo! Looking forward to another great ride report.