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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    at Haines Junction for a snack,

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    this is where we noticed the bees swarming all over our bikes. :eek1 We were careful to avoid a repeat of the Delta Junction incident.
  2. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    we couldn't get through an entire day without experiencing at least five different weather systems... so the clouds started to build up again.

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    Destination: Carmacks! At first I thought, no way do I have 164 more miles in me. But then I remembered... kilometers! yeah!

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  3. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    At this point, we're past Whitehorse, where we'd filled with gas, and in the gas station there was a TV with the news playing. We overheard a brief report that the Taylor highway was still closed, "indefinitely"

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    The good news is that we were set up to start the Dempster highway the next morning. :thumb
  4. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    just as the rain passes. We check out the motel, which looks pretty hard core trucker, and since the weather seems to be improving, we decide to check out the campground that's just a bit past town, on the other side of the Yukon river. It seems lovely, we pay for a spot, pitch the tent, and then ride back into town for gas and groceries:

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    On the menu: chili cheese dogs, salad-in-a-bag, and berry crumble for dessert. :yum

    By the time we returned to the campground, the roads have already dried.

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    It was an awesome campground -- hot showers, free (dry!) firewood, right on the river. Highly recommended: Coal Mine Campground :thumb:thumb
  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Pretty much all that we had hoped for -- no drama, big miles.

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    we settled in to our end-o-day camping routine; chores, some pictures, and a cocktail or two. :kbasa

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    While we were cooking, an armada of Germans in canoes landed on the shore, and tromped their gear right through our camp space. :bluduh

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    Whatever. We retaliated by bringing them over a couple of chili cheese dogs for appetizers when it seemed like their food was taking a long time to cook. :D

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    inviting more photos...

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  7. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    11pm. Everyone else at the campground has gone to sleep.

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    How do they do it when it's still this light out?

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    :dunno
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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  9. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Hello Doctor. :wave

    Just getting caught up on your report.
    Seems like you had tougher luck than we did.

    We stopped at the same Husky liquor store in Tok, as well as the restaurant in Chicken. The roads were all open and in good shape.

    It's good to see familiar places...

    Q~
  10. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    You didn't eat at the Coal Mine?!? That was some of the best roadside food I had on the route. (maybe they were closed?)

    Good job on that long trek around the horn.

    David
  11. poppawheelie

    poppawheelie Been here awhile

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    I read somewhere that bees contain little scented alarm sacks that burst if you crush one, sending the other bees into a frenzy. Bees would swarm my bike whenever I stopped too. I figured they were alarmed, but not enough to sting, since the squissed ones were not a member of the same tribe. :huh That's my theory anyway.
    ~poppawheelie~
  12. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    I'm just amazed at the light you are catching in your pictures. That really is emotive.
  13. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Thanks, yeah, they were just closing down the kitchen when we were rolling in. Plus, when we cook tubular meat over an open fire, it really makes us feel like we're roughing it. :kumbaya


    "Frenzy" is an understatement. The theory makes sense... nature is so weird. :loco


    Thanks, Mostly it's on account of; that's what the light is like up there. I call it "sunset in slow-motion".

    There is a classic quote, by a seasoned photographer answering the question "what's your secret to photography?" it has been attributed to various sources but the answer goes, "F8, and be there." That's what these Mobius trips do for us (in more ways than photography). I think we've got the "be there" part of the equation nailed, that's what you're seeing.

    Contributing much less to the equation is equipment, also shooting in RAW, whenever possible an applying a little post-production english to get the images to look like how we remember it, and an even more miniscule component is skill.
  14. DR. Rock

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    Today we'd get to start up the Dempster! :clap All the sweeter having earned it the last two days.

    Another ninja moment:

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    We climbed out of the Yukon river valley, and saw the fog clinging to the hills,

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    it was 49F :vardy. Our rule-of-thumb for these chilly highway-riding mornings, was to keep our speed in mph equal to the temperature in degrees F. Once the temp hit 55 degrees, we could ride as fast as the DRZ's would let us. :D

    It wasn't long before even the little bit of fog burned off.

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    The day was starting pretty nice. Every once in a while we get a break. :thumb
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    at Pelly crossing. Potty, coffee, stock up on snacks. You know the routine.

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    There was some construction on the bridge over the Pelly river and we were held up for a few minutes by, of all things, A STOP LIGHT!

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    we were at Stewart Crossing... big excitement, booming metro. OK,, maybe not. But a river crossing, graffiti on the other side, and a stop sign... and a left hand turn...
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    C'mon, that's something :dunno
  17. MotoAdventureGal

    MotoAdventureGal Motorcycle Vagabond

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    As always, you two are an inspiration for how people can combine their adventures, GREAT adventures, into their everyday lives. I love that about your journey. Thanks for the in-depth chronicle!

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  18. MJsRT

    MJsRT Trained - Old Pro

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    Pelly bridge / looks like containment for a paint job, and yes - FHWA likes to use temp. traffic lights for traffic controls, in conjunction with a "lane taking" on roadway or bridge structure.
    Y'all are inspirational with these RR
    Ride safe and keep up the good work

    It was only 40 degrees in New England this morning
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    153 miles to go (!) 'till we make a right hand turn onto the Dempster!!!!

    Oi, it's big and spread out up here. :doh

    Head down, rev's up, and let the stress and frustration melt away from your brain, like knobbies melting from tires. :twitch

    The mind-numbing buzz of the droning DRZ was broken by the sound of my neck snapping back as I was bugsplat by what I think was a large bird. :huh

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    Back to the buzzing drone... at least the landscape was nice, though at mid-day, the light isn't quite as interesting.

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    I just upgraded the Canon G11 to the smaller S95, and traded the G11 with a guy I work with for a Lumix DMC-FX100 that he had converted to take infra-red photos -- the above shot would have been neat with that camera. (Thanks, Thor!)

    The only other interesting thing was that the devil box routed us on a little 4 mile dirt loop (it was set to route "shortest distance"):

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    it was a little amuse bouche for the main course coming up. :yum
  20. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    Keep it comin' Doc. You're doing great!:clap As for the going to sleep with the sun still up thing, you just get used to it.