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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    OK, ok... pipe down in the peanut gallery... :lol3

    I'm still working on the photos (some HDR, and a panorama), but the day started with a video update, so I'll post that, and you'll just have to be patient for the rest.

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    We had originally considered taking a full day in Inuvik and flying up to the Arctic ocean on one of the sight-seeing flights they have, but between having lost time bypassing the top-of-the-world highway, and how the weather looked when we woke up, we decided to just fill up with gas, grab a healthy breakfast, and get rolling back southward.

    :1drink
  2. TonsOfFun

    TonsOfFun Been here awhile

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    D. Rock, just finished reading all of your Mobius trips, well done, I've enjoyed following your evolutionary process.
    You may as well route south west through Alaska and onward through Siberia, nothing less will be satisfying for you.
    Great pics and commentary, safe travels!
    :eyes
  3. Dakar Dan

    Dakar Dan Long timer

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    G'day Doc Rock. Wow, I just peeked at this epic RR in the making after seeking a review on the TLD jacket. Rich in detail, oozing with technical factoids, top notch photog and you're giving lotsa great insight into the nomadic lifestyle en route. Good to see what looks like some Aussie software in the form of Andy Strapz panniers adorning your steed. Enjoy the trip and keep 'em coming :thumb
  4. cjeter

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    Just finished reading this RR from the first post, and I know its been said but your writing and photography skills (well, riding too for that matter) have left me speechless, laughing and near tears at different points along the way. I hope to one day see some of these same areas for myself now, having only been riding for a couple of months im not ready for a trek like this but you two do give me a goal. Thank You so much for taking the time to share your adventures with those of us living vicariously, the time and effort is very appreciated. I'll be watching and waiting for the future Mobius trips and the coffee table book(s) about them all. Thank You again Dr. Rock and LDF. I pray continued safety and great trips in the future for you both.
  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    asked a couple of questions via PM which I'll answer here 'cause others may want to know as well...

    Q: "David - I'm really impressed with the quality of the audio in all of your ride reports. Hope you might comment at some point regarding the type of communications system you are using."

    A: We're using the Cardo Scala Q2's with the earbud mod that I described here. Others have done the same with the newer Scala G4's described here.

    The scala's are pretty awesome, and have really enhanced our travel together. I resisted for awhile, but now I couldn't give it up. We actually carry a third set as a spare.

    I use the Etymotics ER6-i earbuds, LDF uses a pair of Koss Plugs that I modified to accept a silicone earpiece that fits her better.

    We generally listen to iPods through the Scalas while riding, except when we want to talk, then we activate the intercoms. Conversations take priority and block the iPod music.

    The sound you're hearing in the videos, though, is from the VHoldR Countour HD camera with the in-helmet microphone modification. Shown here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8Q9gKT3d90
    or here:
    http://ifraggle.com/2009/07/09/tradingwarrantyforaudio/

    I also sealed the lens of the VHoldR camera with an add-on UV filter. It now keeps the spray and dust out and I've noticed much better image quality especially after we've been riding for awhile, whereas before I had to stop and clean it out.

    Q: (Edited to remove hilarious innuendos :lol3) Why is LDF (mostly) always riding in front?


    A: We've just evolved that way. I trust her judgment to see and avoid hazards, (YMMV with invincible young men up front) and I ride safer not having to check my rear view mirror.

    I can coach her riding technique, although she doesn't need much of that now. If she falls, I don't have to turn around and backtrack to help pick up the pieces. If we are facing a really technical section, or a water crossing, she'll stop and we'll scout it out together, discuss our attack, and then often I'll ride first and she can then follow or avoid my line based on what I found.

    Over the day, though, we ride at her pace, which is a little bit slower than mine. We've found that our day goes smoother if I am forced to slow down rather than her feeling pushed. If I feel like I need to get my throttle on, I'll just lag back, maybe slow down to take some photos, and then haul ass to catch back up. Works for me.

    Having her in front gives her just a little more sense of adventure while we're rolling, especially seeing wildlife which then runs away before I get there. She also has the challenge of navigating turns, following the GPS, etc. I do all the GPS programming pre-ride, so if I were also riding point, I think she'd feel totally disconnected from navigation duties and be reduced to just following me -- a tag-along. This keeps her engaged in the trip, and dividing duties makes us more of a team.

    Other bonuses -- My motorcycle trip photos often have a motorcycle in them :wink:, and when she drops garbage, I can pick it up so we don't litter. :brow
  6. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    yes Dan, Andy Strapz rock. Best feature: no zippers to get clogged with dust and mud. Second best feature: roll top always seems to expand just enough to carry an adult beverage purchased at the end of the day. :beer

    Guys, you can't have finished reading until we're finished writing. And we can't finish writing until we've finished riding. And we don't anticipate finishing riding anytime soon. That's the mobius part of the Mobius trip! :nod

    Anyway, I've got another day's worth of AV material processed, so it's nose to the grindstone. Or fingers to the keys, as it were.

    This day's ride started the second leg of our loop back to Anchorage. As isolated as we were, it turned out to be one of the most socially interactive segments of our travels. The paradox, as I've mentioned, is that with only one road, anyone traveling is on it. Not that it gets crowded, but it isn't empty either.

    We were getting a late start. The only breakfast available at the hotel was a sit-down all you an eat affair which we weren't into for $15 per person. We just wanted a banana, or a yogurt, and a cuppa joe. We figured we'd pick something up at the gas station on our way out of town.

    Turns out that the gas station is actually way in town, and it's more of a service station rather than a convenience store with gas. So our breakfast (and lunch) for the day was...

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    We wouldn't have other food options 'till Eagle Plains, unless we wanted to stop and cook up some dehydrated hiker meals. :doh
  7. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    would be to break open the jiffy pop. But why risk pissing off our only corporate sponsor? :wink:

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  8. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    largely the same as on the way up. I guess we got to see some that we missed when the rain was pelting our goggles the day before,

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    I don't usually like backtracking...

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    Maybe it's just a guy thing, but if I miss a turn, I'm more inclined to push forward and try to get back on track rather than turn around and retreat. :dunno

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    Not a whole lot of options out here for that, though.
  9. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    just rolled right onto the MacKenzie river ferry this time,

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    No wait at all :thumb.

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  10. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    dusty roads. The problem with the ferry, is that it bunches up any traffic and you end up riding in and/or creating dust clouds.

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    There was some roadside interpretive sign thing that we had blown by on the way up, and we decided to let some traffic pass by stopping for a break.

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  11. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    it was really starting to turn into a banner day weatherwise.

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    There was some road work at the first Emergency Airstrip,

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    ...some ruts and mud, but nothing too bad.

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    it was good riding.

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  12. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    range, it started to cloud up again,

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    but nothing like the day before.

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    As we flew through the canyon pass,

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    (totally lied about capuccino and hot chocolate)

    you could see the clouds parting on the other side.

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  13. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    on the way up... A Canadian work camp for political prisoners. What the Canadian government refers to as "re-education"

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    :rolleyes Sheesh. Guantanamo of the north, I guess.

    We also noted this fence:

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    and although we couldn't get an official explanation,

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    I have my theory...

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    :brow
  14. Tompound

    Tompound M.M.S. Tommy

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    I do believe that is a snow fence, so the snow will drift near the fence and not over the road.
    great report
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Well, I didn't see any snow, so that supports your theory.

    But I didn't see any Mexicans either.

    :jose

    Just sayin. :augie
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    Tompound M.M.S. Tommy

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    that would be when there is snow, it does snow up there doesn't it?
    no mexicans? I thought they were everywhere! :rofl
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    Yep, snow fencing. Really does cut down on the roads getting drifted over.
  18. rugbyrtcwka

    rugbyrtcwka railroader

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    Although they don't actually keep snow off the road completely, they make the difference in whether they are grading a foot of snow off the road after a storm, or digging 10 feet of snow off the road after a storm.

    As far as mexicans go, we have a variety called snow mexicans. They run casinos on their reseves and have their own laws.
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Crossing back into Yukon Territory, this time, with visibility. :thumb

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    We got some edjucation (click image for a huge and readable version):

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    Note the fine print above: "The Richardsons, formed about 100 million years ago, are part of a series of north-south ranges that reach as far a MEXICO" HA!
    (it actually says "as far a Mexico" not "as far AS Mexico". That's Canadian dialect. We had to look it up.

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    And tell me every child doesn't dream of one day visiting Beringia?

    It just rolls off the lips.
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Right at the border, there were some people picking bearberries. At least we assumed they were bearberries, 'cause that's what the sign said was growing there.

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    I'm no expert, but if I had to guess, they looked like Canadians. :dunno