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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    gaining some altitude:

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    anticipating some nice views at the top, it certainly was impressive along the way,

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    where ARE we? it's otherworldly.

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    I felt about the size of an ant. :dunno
  2. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    still look plenty threatening,

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    but it's stopped raining, and the road is actually drying out.

    more life on the Denali highway:

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    (this is the kind of parking lot I was referring to)
  3. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    and then too soon, we were back on pavement.

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  4. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    at Paxson, we were on the Richardson highway, heading north,

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    following the Delta river valley downstream, which eventually meets up with the Yukon river further north.

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    The long stretches of pavement allowed for higher speeds (translation: wind + wet = cold) :vardy But also, we could observe the scenery without worrying so much about the road surface.

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    as we progressed to lower elevations,

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    the skies really started to clear, and the temps started to rise.

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  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    was carrying a load of glacial silt, and the water level must have been low, 'cause the wind was really kicking up a dust storm. It reminded me of the dry alkaline lake beds in Nevada.

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    "makin' s'miles :D"

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  6. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    again, we felt like we'd stepped into another world. The variation of micro-climates is jarring.

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    we stopped for gas, and snacks before turning right to head towards Tok and the Taylor highway beyond.

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    Gearing up, LDF was swarmed by killer bees, which we noticed enjoyed feasting on their accumulated dead brethren on the front facing surfaces of our bikes any time we stopped.

    To escape, she burned a donut in the gas station parking lot, popped a wheelie, and roosted gravel about a quarter mile 'till she got to the road.

    Where she sat, waiting for me... :ddog "Are you coming? Hurry up, already... oh, by the way, my back wheel feels funny."

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    Ahem. something is wrong in this picture. :doh
  7. 250senuf

    250senuf Long timer

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    WOW!
    Should maybe post in LONG LONELY HIGHWAY too (a bigger one) :D
  8. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    well. This is going to be a longer stop than we'd anticipated. I looked around for something to prop up the bike, and then I remembered...

    The Trail Stand™!

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    I'd carried it all Mobius-5 and we didn't have a single opportunity to use it. I gotta say, it kicks ass. The best part is that when you get a flat, you don't have to tax a single neuron or waste a single second figuring out how to lift the bike and hold it up. You can go right into worrying about other things, like:

    "can I patch this?"

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    or, "I hope my spare tube hasn't gotten a hole rubbed in it"

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    or "thank goodness I triple-wrapped my tube of rubber cement, 'cause, damn, those things are always busting open in my patch kit, and for once, maybe I can patch a tube, 'cause this is a totally patchable flat."

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    :baldy
  9. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    LDF heroically trudged back through the killer bee swarm to the gas station, and then to the truck stop / auto shop and resourcefully procured a new tube of rubber cement, while I prepped the tube for patching, and reflected on how many tubes of rubber cement have met their demise in various bicycle and motorcycle patch kits in my custody over the years.

    It has to be hundreds. :dunno This is the Achilles heel of my tool kit. If anyone has any suggestions, I'm all ears. :ear

    New tube in hand, the repair went smoothly,

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    and Blueberry was all pumped up and ready to roll in a Jiffy™.

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    where we planned on picking up provisions,

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    first stop:

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    :nod
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    came out of the saloon and we chatted... when he heard where we were heading, he told us that he'd heard that the Taylor highway was closed... we'd heard it was open, but who knew? :dunno We'd figure it out tomorrow.

    The weather looked OK, so rather than stay in a motel in Tok, we toodled down the road to the Tok river recreation area and camped,

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    in what had to have been the most mosquito-infested area I've ever endured.

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    I didn't even want to take off my riding gear it was so bad. Every time you'd lift the head net to take a bite of our otherwise delicious brats,

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    (I know they look nasty, but they were really tasty) 20 or 30 mosquitoes would fly in and start sucking blood from every surface and orifice. :hair

    We bagged on a campfire, shared our extra brats with the italian couple in the next site over, and crawled in the tent, salvaging whatever few remaining red cells the beasts had left us.
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  13. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    I'm not attaching daily .GPX files of our tracks, 'cause there are so few roads up this way that it's no mystery what route we took. If anyone actually wants tracks, just sent a PM and I'll email 'em. :deal
  14. Sourjon

    Sourjon TAT'erd

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    Simply awesome pics! :bow
    Don't know how you do it. I went to North Carolina for four days this weekend and took all of 10 pics and they all sucked!

    John
  15. sallydog

    sallydog 80 miles a day for 41 months

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    i use a pill container (3 patches) and the baby glue tube (taped shut), which i refill from the big tube every 3 flats (or aquire new with new patches).

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    you weren't at Cromag 08 :dunno
  16. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    That campsite looks familiar...a great little spot. Fortunately no bugs for us.

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    You were so lucky to see those giant ant hills, a rare sight.
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    Lil' Steve PussyWagon™ Chauffeur

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    I love this shot. That G11 does the scenery justice. :thumb






    While not specifically intended for motorcycles, I've successfully repaired small punctures with Slime Skabs pre-glued patches. I wouldnt solely depend on them for field repairs, but could be an asset in a back up role. As with most things, preparation is key.... after scuffing, an alcohol swab or similar is great for getting the surface ready for adhesion.


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  18. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    We wasted no time breaking camp and escaping the mosquito swarm. We had a bunch of pavement to endure 'till we got to Chicken.

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    "...there was a bee in her sock, and she forgot to check for scorpions..."

    :amazon
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    we neglected to read the flashing electric sign :doh, but these didn't sound too promising either.

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    The "port gate closed when customs is closed" sign ended up factoring in to what happens later.

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    cleared up nicely,

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    and the views are really stupendous. :thumb

    the 67 miles pass quickly, and before we know it, we're in Chicken.

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    OK, I guess one of us read the flashing yellow sign. :shog