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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    and we go through the usual schtick...

    helmets off. passports handed over.

    "is the video cam turned off?"

    "Of course"

    "where are you going?"

    "nature of your visit?"

    yadda yadda...

    The agent hands back our passport, and I ask what he knows about the convoy. "Well, it leaves 12 miles from here, at 10 am. That gives you just under 15 minutes. I don't think you're going to make it."

    :yikes

    "Shit." I say under my breath. "We gotta hustle... I thought it was only 4 miles from the border."

    The rain has slacked up a bit, but the road surface is much rougher on the U.S. side.

    We started REALLY hauling ass. :ricky:ricky

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    all the while, brainstorming how we would get through the road closure if the convoy was gone.

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    :baldy
  2. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    I gotta admit, the stress level was pretty high, and I apologize for the profanity that slipped past my lips. :shog

    If it's any consolation, my internal dialog is generally 10 times worse than what I'm saying at any given moment. :dunno

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    Thank you, thank you, thank you :bow Ms. Slacker underpaid construction work road guarder. ("you didn't see me, I'm in the woods") It is GREAT to be back in the US of A, where you can reliably depend on people not doing their jobs 100%! And I mean that in the best possible way :thumb
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    ... and before long, they wave us up to the front with the other motorcycle riders... :D where we reunited with Tim & John :thumb

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    good times! Palpable relief.
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    at the flooding damage...

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    The pilot car was motoring at a steady 15-20mph :rolleyes LDF was itchin' to pass. :wink:

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    God that would have been fun to ride at speed with the knobbies... oh well. :doh

    It was easy to see how the road would suffer the warmer and wetter climate... permafrost shifting around,

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    rockslides,

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    The skies started to clear a little, and after all the excitement of the storm, and the drama of catching the convoy, this was turning into a real yawner. :snore

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  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    taking a few pictures...

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    and video,

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    :D
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    even closer to Chicken,

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    there's a general consensus among the motorcycle members of the convoy...

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    :splat

    and there it is... Chicken, AK... calling us back.

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    ...our triumphant return. :ilmostro:flug
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    to dry...

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    emptied our bladders, and filled our tanks.

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    had a laugh with the staff,

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    A more flattering photo of Susan Wiren, Town of Chicken owner.

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    and a group shot of our little traveling band before we went our separate ways.

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    :wave
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    we'd woken up to... crazy, isn't it, to think this was the same day. :loco

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    back on the Taylor highway,

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    we anticipated an uneventful paved ride down to Tok

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    where we'd get provisions, and then head down the Tok cutoff highway as far as we could get to set ourselves up to ride out on Nebesna road into the Wrangel-Elias National Park.

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    a clear view to Mt. Sanford.

    (Not Mt. McKinley at 20,320 ft. high and 273 miles away as I originally thought).

    As far as I can tell in the photo below (taken from 3584 ft. elevation), the jagged range on the horizon, is about 5000 feet elevation, and 50 miles away. For reference, the big scoop of whipped cream on top (Mt. Sanford), is 16,237 ft. high, and ONLY 116 miles away. :eek1

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  10. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    that on mobius trips only ONE piece of fecal matter at a time can impact the rotary ventilation device... we're riding on pavement, the weather is fabulous, the road is not closed, we have plenty of gas...

    so... I hear Blueberry's engine rev. LDF says "Something happened to my transmission, I can't accelerate, it feels like the bike isn't in gear" and she pulls of to the side.

    I immediately have an idea of what happened. "See if your bike still has a chain"

    "It's gone. What happened?"

    We inspect the motor to see if it's been cased, and thankfully it hasn't.

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    I double back to find the chain, which I do:

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    I take a close look at the broken link. This is a heavy duty chain, but the beating it had taken before we'd discovered the loose upper roller bolt had taken it's toll.

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    I could feel where the edge of the link had rolled over and created a sharp edge which had torn the o-ring and allowed grit to enter. The rest of the links were battered as well, but none seemed to be sticking or showing the same rolled lip. :scratch We were about 8 miles from Tok.
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    was that I had everything I needed to fix the problem right there. :D

    I filed down the lip from the remaining links;

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    and got to work.

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    was watching the road,

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    as a helmet-less pirate,

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    on a ratty HD with leather side bags and a bedroll,

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    fishtailed through the gravel, doing about 15mph, headed towards Chicken...

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    right past us without stopping...

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    about 5 minutes after that,

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    a HUGE semi-trailer truck roared past, clocking about 80mph, kicking up an immense dust cloud...

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    about 5 minutes after THAT, the Harley rider passed again,

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    now riding the opposite direction, back towards Tok, tail between his legs... And still didn't stop to make sure his moto-brethren were doing OK. We waved as he went by...

    :fyyff

    :lol3 LDF said he probably didn't see us since he was so focused on not crashing on the way up, and suffering from PTSD on the way back. We had a big laugh over that.

    Total stop time, 45min. :D
  13. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    was starting to feel too familiar. We'd been here about 10 times it seemed. :dunno

    We picked up the usual booze and groceries,

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    and started heading south. The weather started getting crappy again,

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    and we started thinking of finding somewhere to throw down the anchors.

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    we passed more and more civilization... parked on the side of the road:

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    When we got to Nabesna Road, it was starting to sprinkle, and we pulled into the first place we saw, the Hart D Ranch B&B run by Bronze sculptor Mary Frances DeHart.

    The ranch is for sale... so if you're interested, here's a link.

    Ms. DeHart was a lovely hostess, and we had a comfy and warm (and DRY) night.

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    yum.

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  15. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    what a d-bag.

    I'm saving this one for Friday when it's open season on HD riders. :D

    This must've been where some thought you'd turned around due to the road being closed. Glad to hear it wasn't anythign worse. Ever thought of installing some chain oilers? I've had great success with my Scottoiler. My VFR's chain is currently at 41k miles. :deal

    Keep it coming you two. :lurk
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    Next up, Nabesna Road out and back, and down towards Kennecott mine. :deal
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    sallydog 80 miles a day for 41 months

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    Doc, what brand is that chain breaker?
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    How's it goin' Julie? Why aren't you in Moab with the NYC crew seein' as yer in the hood?

    I HAVE been giving some thought to the Scottoiler, or at least some occasional lubrication and maintenance. Seriously, I have. :brow I don't think that would have helped in this case, though, since it was mechanical pounding from the loose chain roller bolt, not regular wear that lead to the failure of that one link. We put almost another 600 miles on that chain and it's doing fine. I reversed the orientation and flipped it over with the hope that maybe it will last longer and the hammered plates will wear different (slower, I hope?) :dunno
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    Chris,
    It's the :bow MotionPro T-6 super-light chain tool. Lists for $75, but you can pick them up for $64. Doesn't press rivets, but otherwise works PERFECTLY to break links and to press plates.

    Seriously, it's a beutiful, precision tool, and paid for itself right there... no muss, no fuss, it just does the job.

    When I mount a chain in the shop, I use the DID knock-off rivet tool from Mike'sXS ($25), but in the field, it's all clip-masters, all the time. I carry 4-6 spare links for splicing (if necessary), and at least TWO clip masters.

    Shoot, if you're not gonna maintain a chain properly, you better be damn sure about repairing them in the field. :brow I ain't no dummy. :evil
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    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    Why not remove the top chain roller altogether? it's a common mod precisely due to this scenario. There are cheaper alternatives to the scottoiler if you get one that isn't automatic. Like the loobman. Catfish over at Farklemasters carries them and he's in Long Island. He's a good dude.

    All is well over here in the desert. Wish you guys could've made it down here when you traveled to Flag.

    and please don't talk to me about those nancies in dresses out in Moab. :cry

    :baldy