The Mobius Trip

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

  1. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    I just got home and was looking to see the news on M6. Hope the trip went well and waiting for the report. :freaky

    David
  2. arwenalaska

    arwenalaska swimmin' the lacunae

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    Mobius Loop intersected with GaryAK and I - and what a delightful pleasure. Thank you to Dr. Rock and LDF for sharing their wisdom and friendship with us when landing from Mobius VI. Cheers! Here's to Mobius VII!
  3. La Donna Fugata

    La Donna Fugata You're not the boss of me

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    Great spending time with you both. Can't thank you enough for your generous hospitality. Hope to see you before Mobius VII takes off either here on the east coast or once again in Anchorage.

    Ride Safe

    Francine
  4. Bell47Pilot

    Bell47Pilot MonkeyButt

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  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    It's been kinda non-stop here since returning -- 2 weeks of neglected regular life to catch up on. I've just finished downloading and sequencing the media, I need to put out a few fires here at work, and I'll get cracking on the RR.

    33gb of electrons to sift through, and a whole winter to pass 'till the next leg, so this ain't gonna be a rush job. :deal

    A big hello to the ADVriders and friends we met along the way, and a special thanks to our friends in Anchorage who provided food, lodging, and support -- :bow Gary & Deb, Phil, Ariel, Brendon, Jeff, Jason, Parker (Cobra) and the rest of the Motoquest crew... and also our eye-in-the-sky home-team Spotters who had our backs: Ethan, Steve, and Ken :thumb

    Here's a teaser from the Top of the World highway -- a great place to be, until the lightning kicks up. :yikes

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    :wink:
  6. CBAT

    CBAT occasional wanderer

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    Awesome! :lurk
  7. NittanyRider

    NittanyRider Walking Contradiction

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    Wow, 3-stars?!! This isn't even my ride report, but I'm insulted!! I've been a fan since M1, and as far as I can remember this has been a 5-star RR. What happened? :dunno
  8. Bell47Pilot

    Bell47Pilot MonkeyButt

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  9. Lil' Steve

    Lil' Steve PussyWagon™ Chauffeur

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    You should post that pic in this thread.
  10. jeickerman

    jeickerman Full of it.

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    Pull that battery from the pager so you will not get interrupted and get to work on the ride report. Your followers need their fix of Mobius. That is what work is for! :D

    John
  11. redog1

    redog1 KTM 690R

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    who the hell are you people that give the 1 or 2 star rating to bring such a fantastic RR down? Who are you?
  12. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Hey! thanks for the support, but no worries, the rating system has been changed and upgraded... It's like t-ball now, -- there are no loser ride reports. :thumb
    ***** = metaljockey
    **** = epic
    *** = inspiring
    ** = excellent
    * = niiice

    I'm honored to have Mobius rated as epic, and thus differentiate it from the way-over-the-top adventures like metaljockey's, or the estonians. :nod

    Photos downloaded and geo-tagged, waiting in LightRoom for processing -- only about 200 more emails to sift through before I can get to it.
  13. jetdoctor

    jetdoctor Master of the Obvious

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    Doc and LDF,
    I have not been stalking (err......following :wink: )you two on your Spot page, but I sense a successful trip. I was expecting you to be a bit farther south at the conclusion though.

    I look forward to your sharing your trip in your usual entertaining style. I will have to live vicariously for a few years.

    Yeah, my wife and I are starting a great adventure. It is kind of cool to be starting it at this point in life. You know, you and LDF would make good parents too..........raising kids is the ultimate Mobius trip.
    Cheers,
    Doug
  14. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    First off: Thank you for your patience. I am fully aware how many days have elapsed since returning. I apologize for not having started writing sooner, but... well, I could supply excuses, but it doesn't really matter. I now have the media downloaded and enough crossed off my to-do list so that at least I can get started. There may be some delays, but I'm committed to either process or post a bit each day. No intentions to string things out, but that's just my reality for the time being.

    Big picture -- consider the definition of
    par·a·dox [par-uh-doks] –noun
    1. a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
    2. a self-contradictory and false proposition.
    3. any person, thing, or situation exhibiting an apparently contradictory nature.
    4. an opinion or statement contrary to commonly accepted opinion.

    Our impression of Alaska, Yukon, and Northwest Territories through our travels on Mobius 6 is that the northern hinterlands are the land of paradox.

    Focus on definition #4. commonly accepted opinion: ie, the area is remote, uninhabited, those who do choose to live there are fiercely independent, nearly hermits. help is rarely available, you must have impeccable survival skills, conditions are primitive, etc.

    I can see how these opinions evolve, but our experience was quite the opposite; there are so few roads, that anyone traveling across the land is on those roads. This was the most social of any of our Mobius segments. We met amazing people... locals and other travelers who were approachable, helpful, and, while certainly prepared and capable survivalists, at the same time seemed to savor social interaction. Motel facilities were easily available, and we had to make an effort to camp, and even then, it wasn't cowboy camping, but in well-appointed, (if empty) organized campgrounds.

    We covered more miles on Mobius 6 than any previous segment. We learned that this is not our preferred m.o., but a necessary compromise to be able to go where we wanted to go, and see what we wanted to see.

    The area up there can only be described as vast. The roads are few, and very far between. They're well maintained on the whole, but step 10 feet off them to either side and immediately you're in virgin, unspoiled wilderness with a capital W.

    We both concluded that it's really impossible to experience the back-country of AK, YT, and NWT via motorbike. Unlike the TAT, the american west, or sounthern BC, if you really want to roll up your sleeves and immerse yourself in the land, you've got to leave the roads. That means travel via small airplane, foot, dogsled, snowmobile, canoe, kayak, etc.

    Frankie says, "lets get started."

    :pierce
  15. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Yeah, I'd worked the thursday night before, like I always do so I can get a free day off. I got home, and finished packing. Gave each of our duffel bags a hoist and tried to figure if either was over the new 50lb limit.

    Switched some tools over to LDF's bag, and when mine (the heavier one) got on the scale, it read:

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    whew. :thumb
  16. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    enough times, that it almost is second nature. LDF even made chicken salad sammiches for the trip with leftover grilled chicken that we'd otherwise have tossed.

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    it's almost too easy. Packing takes a couple of days instead of a couple of weeks like it did on M1-5. It certainly helped matters that weather was on our side.

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  17. Anciano

    Anciano Bushpilot

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    Doc don't apologize, you don't owe us anything. I am grateful for whatever/whenever you are willing to give it to us.

    Wayne
  18. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    we were approaching Seattle for our transfer.

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    We killed time between flights doing what we do best. :brow or rather, second best. :wink:

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    :beer
  19. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    through the terminal to stretch our legs,

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    Hanging out at the gate, waiting for our flight from Seattle to Anchorage, we "pre-briefed" our M-6 planned itinerary:

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    :evil

    We in fact, got in at 11:30pm (did suck for us), and went right to sleep... much like I'm going to do now. More tomorrow.
  20. Lil' Steve

    Lil' Steve PussyWagon™ Chauffeur

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    :lurk