The Mobius Trip

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DR. Rock, May 23, 2008.

  1. Hamon

    Hamon I just like riding

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    Awesome. You two are a great team.

    The narration and the pictures have been amazing, and I wait with baited breath for the next installment. I found this report this morning and have read through it all since then. Thanks so much for putting this together, and take care!

    Travis
  2. Chris M

    Chris M Adventurer

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    The way you have captured this ride thru your pictures and narration have been amazing. I wish you and your wife a safe and fun Part II.
  3. Bonnie Abbzug

    Bonnie Abbzug Property of Hayduke

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    :wave LDF and Dr. Rock!

    It was great meeting you two yesterday morning :clap , I'm just sorry we couldn't spend a little more time with ya :cry !

    Be safe and have a fun time out there!
  4. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Well, we're safely back in NYC... A totally awesome trip. :D Photos are uploading, and I'll be starting to write up the ride report over the next few days...

    If there's one photo that is iconic of the trip (and I knew it would be when I snapped it) it's this one of LDF on the White Rim trail. A potential front-page candidate? :wink:... what do you guys think? :yikes :brow

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  5. rfx

    rfx White Lighting

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    Oh boy! Can't wait for the second installment. :lurk
  6. Drizzt

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  7. Black06LJ

    Black06LJ ZRX1200R Thrasher

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    :lurk Can't wait to enjoy your adventure. Wish I could have tagged along.
  8. rthuey

    rthuey twist your wrist!!!

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    you were laggin that far behind again?!?

    was wondering where you been, then the thought occured to look up the thread. which now is in my watched threads with this post.

    welcome home and lookin forward to more pics and stories
  9. trumpet

    trumpet Group W Bench

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    :lurk oboy oboy!!
  10. CBAT

    CBAT occasional wanderer

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  11. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    I had a very pleasant day today reading through your ride report . I hadn't looked at it before. Wonderful story! I thoroughly enjoyed your Nova Scotia report, too. Thank you so much.:D I can imagine how enjoyable it will be for you to come back and re-read this in a few years.

    :lurk
  12. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    It's been a few days of NYC immersion therapy. But I'm more or less caught up with all the stuff that piled up while we were gone. The critical stuff, anyway. Definite culture shock.

    A little pre-quel discourse. Our first choice would be to have ridden the TAT continuously in one shot. Realistically, that's not gonna happen. Breaking it up into two week segments has its advantages, though. After Mobius I, we were able to reflect, debrief, fine-tune, practice, rest up, and hit these last two weeks with a fuller appreciation of what we were in for. Or so we thought. :doh

    I've read in TAT reports that there's the TAT before Salida, CO, and there's the TAT after. I've heard others say that the TAT becomes progressively more difficult, but your experience grows with the terrain, so it ends up being a similar degree of challenge along the way, relatively speaking.

    My opinion is more the former. Yes, the degree of difficulty increases as you go west, but CO and UT are a huge step up, especially if you avoid the "Big-bike" bypasses.

    Late May and early September are great times to travel. We often commented that there's no WAY we would want to be out in the desert in July or August. :eek1 I don't know how some of you do it. :loco

    I was asked which was better, Mobius I or Mobius II. Answer: Mobius II wouldn't have been as good as it was without having first experienced Mobius I. I know some people start the TAT at points west, but I got a lot out of moving myself all the way from east to west, albeit in two (so far) stages. I have a sense of the distance and geology that I wouldn't have otherwise.

    The TAT is part of what we've wanted to do, and a challange to ride, but from a planning standpoint it has become relatively "easy". You buy the maps, read the RR's, load yer GPS, and go! Finding ourselves in places we'd seen photos of in other's RR's was actually comforting... under the I-70 overpasses in UT, for instance.

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    But now that we're getting the hang of this remote-dirt-road-camping-adv-touring thing, the routes that we take getting to and from where we join and leave the TAT are becoming more fun. As we gain confidence that we can handle flat tires, breakdowns, (both mechanical and psychological :becca), eating freezedried food, skipping showers for a few days, camping in the middle of nowhere, etc,... and survive; the addition of the element of the unknown... that we're actually exploring places that we haven't been spoon-fed, or read about anywhere, added a lot to this trip for me.

    I've got the tracks mapped, the photos uploaded, the memories are like a good lemon tart just ready to pull out of the oven... just setting up, still a little jiggly, fresh and warm, not yet dried out.

    Tomorrow, I start plugging away at the story of Mobius II.

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  13. Black06LJ

    Black06LJ ZRX1200R Thrasher

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    an den..... :lurk
  14. Lil' Steve

    Lil' Steve PussyWagon™ Chauffer

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  15. Jonny Utah

    Jonny Utah Been here awhile

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    id put it on the front page if it were up to me. :thumb
  16. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    This was probably the longest day of our trip. :eek1 Got to bed late, 'round midnight, then woke up at 3am for a 6am flight.

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    That gets us to the airport and checked in at....

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    :loco

    Once I'm up, I'm up... LDF, however, can't sleep comfortably before a trip unless she's checked in at the gate. :rolleyes

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    It was an uneventful flight, with a quick plane change in Atlanta, getting us to Albuquerque by 12:30pm, where we picked up our chinese immigrant bag (not bad for $5 -- survived without a scratch, folds flat and small for travel)

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    And before we left the airport, we tried to think ahead and filled the Camelbaks with water,

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    Which augmented for this western portion what we learned on Mobius I "Never pass gas" with "Never pass water".

    I exchanged a couple of text messages with ToddS, and a 5 minute cab ride later, we pulled up the door to the two sleeping beauties:

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  17. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    The mighty Todd was a Godsend! :bow

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    We pulled the bikes into the only shade in Albuquerque, and set to work... Unpacking, repacking, front tire change, change petcock, reattach gas tanks...

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    Todd has his own DRZ, brought tools, and jumped right in. What kind of saint gives up a beautiful Saturday afternoon to help get a couple of New Yorkers back on the trail? :scratch Thanks a ton for all your help, Todd! :beer

    Especially for bringing a BMF wrench to get off the stuck front axle bolt on Blueberry:

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    Turned out to be a SOB even with that... almost could have used a breaker bar.

    Don from A-1 stopped by... great guy, very friendly and accomodating. :thumb

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    And while Todd worked on the tire change,

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    I started on the gas tanks,

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    And LDF took photos after sorting out our gear.

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    Focus, babe... :buellerhand me a wrench or sumthin' over here.
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  18. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    I figured we'd be done in at most a couple of hours, and on the road by 3pm. :deal

    Tire on, inflated, looks good:

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    OK, so the bead wasn't setting on just a little part on one side... we'll just get going, ride on it, and try to reset it once it's warmed up some.

    Note:[:waysad -- never again! The solution as it is to most problems is MORE LUBE!]

    Fine... except, what's that smell of gas???

    :confused :bluduh :2cry
  19. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    So it's gas dripping off the bottom of Blueberry's carburator:

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    So... pull the seat and tank, unbolt all the crap in the way, loosen the throttle cables and boots,

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    rotate the mother to gain exposure and... the float bowl gasket is dried out and not holding a seal. :doh Of course I don't have another, and now it's 4pm on a Saturday. We call one dealer... they'd have to order it, a second one is closed already. :hair

    Not the way we wanted to start the trip, but what the hell, looks like a field repair is the only option at this point.

    I feel bad for Todd, 'cause I know he wanted to ride out of town with us and we just can't get going... :bore

    So I break out some RTV black silicone, and schmear some on top of the gasket... "how long does it have to skim over for?" "two minutes should be good"

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    Lo and behold, leak fixed. Now, admittedly, the priority here was to fix the leak, and I was, er, a bit liberal with the silicone application :augie which caused some other er, issues later... but in due course.

    For now, we were packed up...

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    and ready to roll! :ricky:ricky:ricky

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    Except Blueberry's battery wouldn't turn over the engine. :kboom
  20. mr_gs-r

    mr_gs-r Adventurer

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    ive been anxiously awaiting part 2 of your trip! :lurk

    i had the same issue with my float bowl gasket last week, rtv was my temp fix as well but i wasnt so liberal with the application :lol3 .