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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    it's still a few miles to the mine site. Along the way we caught a glimpse of what I assumed was slag from the copper mining enterprise:

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    "What a disgrace," I thought. 70 years since the mine has been closed, and it still looks like that? :puke2

    At least there was some sign of civilization:

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    But this?

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    The horror.








    Then again, you know what they say... never assume.

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  2. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    It was 10am, and we would spend the next 2 1/2 hours walking around and taking photos. The place is bigger than you think, and if we had it to do over again, we'd have changed out of our riding boots, and into our camp shoes. As it was, we didn't hike down to the glacier, but we still had a great time exploring.

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    Snipers. Laser sights. :dic
  3. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Kennecott mines is wildly photogenic. An abandoned ghost-town and copper mine deep in the wilds of the Alaskan interior, next to a glacier. Here's a link to the sanitized version of it's history. I'll spare you the details, and summarize what I consider to be relevant: Turn of the century prospectors. Friendly Copper river Athabascans with shiny trinkets. Guggenheim family. Natives sucker-punched. Copper extracted. Boom-town. Workers exploited. Guggenheims rich. Workers sucker-punched. Operation abandoned.

    My only question: Where were the adults during all of this?

    I'm going to have a hard time enjoying their museum now.

    Anyway, not to get all sociopolitical, here's a selection of photos, with minimal commentary:

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  4. KI6HNB

    KI6HNB Been here awhile

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    Every time I read a new post in this thread it makes me want to pack up the DRZ and head out.

    Did you get a pic of the sign? I bet that was an interesting read.

    Just curious, how many miles do the two bikes have on them now?
  5. DR. Rock

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    I suggest you wait 'till it warms up a bit, then by all means! :thumb

    We did not get a pic of the sign... it was the same whitewashed version you get on the interweb. I had read a somewhat different version of the history somewhere at the hotel the night before that was a little less biased, and described the prospectors interaction with the natives as the way the prospectors "discovered" the copper deposits. I call bullshit that they just "found" it. They knew there was a buttload of copper up there. The natives had been trading it for 1400 years, the Copper River had been named the Copper River by the white man almost a century before the mother-lode was tapped, and the copper was "discovered" coincidentally just at the perfect moment in history that cities were wiring themselves for electricity. Hmmm.

    Anyway, the DRZ's probably have 15,000 (Honeybee) to 20,000 (Blueberry) miles on them give or take. They're both '04's.
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    The glacier (thin strip of white among the dirt piles)

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  11. DR. Rock

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    Believe it or not, there's a can exactly like this in the basement of our building (built in 1904).

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    Motorcycle content: Note the shock spring above, and the pre-load adjusting tool below... :brow

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    The valley below:

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    Mexican wiring job:

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    the first fall-color tree in North America:

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    The Kennicott glacier (HDR)

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    freeloader.

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  14. TonsOfFun

    TonsOfFun Been here awhile

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    Spot on!
    How can one not get all sociopolitical when one observes the permanent shit stain that is an old abandoned mining operation?
    Where are the adults today?
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    tonka truck

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  19. calamari_kid

    calamari_kid Ootmik

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    Great RR Doc/LDF. I'm going to point the wife at this thread. She's been kicking around the idea of getting on two for the last couple years. I think LDF's experience might be a good inspiration.

    You sure have a way with that pitchur box. How do you like the S95 compared to the G11? I'm looking to upgrade my on the bike p&s and was considering the G12, but the quality of shots you're getting with the S95 are making me reconsider. In particular, how are the manual controls on the S95, reasonably easy to use?

    Also, re: bees. What you might be seeing is yellowjackets. They're insectivorous cousins of our honey producing friends, and I get 'em scavenging the pulpy remains on the front of my bike pretty regularly down here in WA.
  20. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    around the town of McCarthy, which was the civilian id to the company ego.

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    Even today, it seemed like a more relaxed, fun place to hang out.

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    Potatoes and espresso? :loco

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