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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    Scalas performed perfectly... We're still getting a full day's life out of the batteries, which to me is impressive given the now 2-year age of the units, and the long, long days we were riding up at that latitude.:thumb

  2. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    to some nice early evening light heading back down the Taylor;

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    Getting a little philosophical about the trip...

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  3. poppawheelie

    poppawheelie Been here awhile

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    Hey, I met you on the Dempster just outside Eagle Plains. Sorry you had to do the big detour. I waited 3 days in Chicken and was lucky to join a caravan across. I'm really enjoying your story.
    For my trip log, see:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=13963492#post13963492
    Your picture is on it.
    ~Poppawheelie~
  4. NJDRT-RDR

    NJDRT-RDR Been here awhile

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    When those bikes are done, they need to go into a display in a museum along with a history of who rode them and where they've been. It's simply amazing.
  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    ginormous landscapes,

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    we started noticing espresso shacks in the darndest places...

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    blue skies,

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    and cloudier skies.

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  6. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    to the bottom of the Taylor Highway, we turned around and checked the sign again:

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    we realized that going all the way back to Tok would take us 13miles in the wrong direction.

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    Instead, we decided to just turn left, and hope we'd find gas and lodging along the AlCan towards the border in the direction we were headed.
  7. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    was pretty intense. First off, our initial enthusiasm of just putting our heads down and blasting the long way around was starting to wear off. It'd been a long day, and it was starting to sink in that we had a couple of full days of pavement in front of us -- not a happy prospect on the DrZ's.

    Second, the light was really surreal.

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    the sun was getting low, and we were riding right into some thick dark clouds.

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    We had been joking about the possibility that there could only be one bad thing happening at a time on Mobius trips -- we could have a flat tire, or rain, or a road closed, or get lost, or a mosquito plague, but never more than one at a time. :wink:

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    Well, it was looking like we would be dealing with the road closed and riding in rain, so our theory was about to be shattered. :(:

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  8. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    The theory was completely validated. It was raining everywhere where we were not... just in front of us, behind, to the side. We maybe got 2 or 3 drops on us. :D It was kind of cool, like when a top chef contestant wins the quick-fire challenge and gets immunity from the elimination round. That was us. :thumb
  9. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    at 10pm, we got to Northway jct. and filled with gas. We had hoped to get a room since it was already late, but our luck had run out.

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    No rooms available, AND, the skies opened up. :doh At least we could wait it out under the cover of the overhead awning. Honestly, the accommodations looked kind of cruddy anyway.

    So we decided to push on, cross the border, and see what we could get at Beaver Creek -- a mere 60 miles away.
  10. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    we got the usual questions, where you going? how long? any snails? :scratch

    And we recounted our tale of frustration and woe at having to endure this go-around. After she gave us the OK to pass, I asked her "by the way, we were told that even if we'd gotten through the road closure, that there wouldn't be anyone at the border... it that true?"

    She just laughed and said no way, they wouldn't leave the customs unstaffed, those people would have to show up for work just the same.

    In retrospect, if we had snuck around and showed up at the Canadian border, I'd bet they would have processed us and let us through. It would have to be a bigger hassle for them to hold us there than to just let us in. That said, the choice we made was definitely the bird in hand, but at this moment,

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    we were cold, tired, hungry, and we'd just lost an hour with the time zone change at the border, and it was seeming less and less likely we'd find a motel open at this hour. :twitch
  11. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    local time when we pulled into Beaver Creek. The first two motels we tried had no one staffing the desk. The third had a note on the door to knock on room 101 for after hours check in, but no one answered. Finally at the Westmark inn, we caught the guy just as he was about to leave, snagged their last room, had a handful of granola, and collapsed in bed. :bore:snore

    Morale was pretty low, we'd pushed a bit too far, but we both realized that options are far and few between out here. Not our finest Mobius moment for sure.

    This stats shot doesn't tell the whole story, 'cause I had the GPS off for almost 8 hours while we sauced it up in Chicken. :beer

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    The map: (click for bigger)

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    and the elevations: (click for bigger)

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  12. poppawheelie

    poppawheelie Been here awhile

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    I've found one thing that really works, tipped off by another rider who spent 3 months up there. Those green coils you burn like incense really do keep 'em away. There is available a flat metal burner/ holder that really helps. You can actually wear it around your neck like an over sized pendant! I kid you not. It does not get hot. Just carry it around with you, to the bath house, everywhere. With the holder, you don't have to hold it in your hand. Throw it in the tent a few minutes before getting in, and the pests are gone.
    Now the bad part. The only place I've been able to find those burners is the REI in Anchorage. I've looked everywhere in the lower 48 and on my trip up there.
    At least you can buy the coils at any camp store or WalMart. They come with a flimsy holder. That and a little Deet keeps them off, no bites.
    ~Poppawheelie~
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  13. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    More Mobius tripping! Thanks for writing this up!
  14. alma1992

    alma1992 Jaded AND Cynical!

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    I sure hope you didn't jinx yourself with the immunity statement. Good luck. Keep the beautiful pictures coming. :clap
  15. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    I've been saying it for a while. We were just looking at some videos from M5 when the tree fell on the Telkwa pass road, and I said "the only reason this could happen is because the cold rain stopped falling -- only one misery at a time.

    I have been fully expecting the jinx, but what's really amazing is that we actually never seem to have more than one bad thing happening at a time.

    :dunno
  16. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Today's objective would be to lay down some miles. Big miles. Paved miles. Serious miles. We were invoking the spirit of our friend John Ryan. If we could make 350 or more miles today, we'd be able to start up the Dempster tomorrow, and we'd be a day ahead of the (at least) two day delay we faced staying in Chicken.

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    Since we got in so late, and lost an hour, we weren't rolling as early as we'd liked, but we took the time to eat a hearty breakfast at Buckshot Betty's, where we met Betty herself, and a young woman riding a bicycle solo from Seattle, up the Casiar, and hoping to get to Fairbanks and back down to Seattle before winter arrived. :huh Impressive.
  17. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    photos and the videos of the day's ride,

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    it seems I was more trying to keep myself engaged and entertained more than anything.

    (not much content, but still, a small taste of riding in YT)

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    it's all good. Especially when the clouds lift, and give us a nice view of the horizon:

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    :D
  18. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    'nuff said. :brow

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    fool me once. :scratch
  20. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    and the temps warmed. It was a nice ride.

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    I guess we deserved to suffer this go-around, since this was part of the very section we had to ride in the U-Haul last spring.

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    Just rolling out the miles, listening to tunes, singing along. Opening up the squawk boxes and chatting every once in awhile, trying to keep morale high.

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    This kind of long-day, big mile, non-technical, droning pavement riding is not precisely what we're after on these Mobius trips, but hey, we're not at work either. I wouldn't exactly call it suffering.

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    I could practically feel the knobs on the tires melting away. :cry