The Mobius Trip

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

  1. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Imbecile

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    I really enjoy following what you two have done. Pinktoad and I look forward to one day doing similar. Thanks for putting the thought and effort into the reports.

    John
  2. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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  3. usp45

    usp45 Been here awhile

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    I drove by the loft last Saturday and was thinking about how you guys were doing, almost stopped to say hello but I was working. After re-injury of my back, Ive been laying flat since Monday night. Looking forward to a fresh MRI on Sat. Anyway I finally caught up and the video and photography was awesome. Kind of bittersweet to catch up because now, like everyone else I will be waiting for the new RR. Thanks again for sharing your story:freaky
  4. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Some scenes from our day of departure... Looking for a companion for Mr. Happy Puppet. The niece would have none of it. :lol3

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    (I said "Mobius 6" but I meant "Mobius 7" -- I'd been on call and hadn't really slept much.)

    Instructions for LDF's sister on how to shut down the AdventureLoft&#8482; after they left:

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    This kept LDF awake at night worse than bearanoia during the trip.
  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Mine was the heavier of the two bags with chains and sprockets and tools: 44lb with gear... 50lbs and you pay a hefty (pun intended) fee. :evil

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    waiting to take off on the tarmac we saw this... anyone know who flies in it?

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    We had the worst seats on the plane... :cry

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    Up in the air, we tried to catch the ballgame:

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    and see our house, but that was kind of hard on account of the smoke. Probably from the stove. Or maybe the dryer. :doh

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  6. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    but this woman next to me in a burqa was snoring. :snore

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    to pass the time, I read the New Yorker and had a drink. :evil

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  7. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    in Denver,

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    where I ate breakfast...

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    there's nothing like post-call + time zone changes. I can't anticipate if they're going to cancel each other out, or multiply the effects. :twitch
  8. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    a couple of things occurred to me

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    one: that's an awful lot of snow down there still...

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    and two: Anchorage is a fricking long way away from NYC. :huh

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    It was a long day, but the sun was still up when we landed:

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    So we went out for a drink! :1drink
  9. Tall Mike

    Tall Mike TAT Rookie (planning!)

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    I'm in again! :D :lurk
  10. malibu_dan

    malibu_dan Adventuring Mystic

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    I think I'm now incontinent... either that or I've been sitting at the screen hitting refresh for sooooo long, I forgot to take a bathroom break.

    I've become such a fan-boy, I want to move to New York and have a loft. Is the one next to y'all available? We could call it the "Adventure Reading Cafe". My wife is worried; more about my daughter than myself--how will a 16 year old from Memphis fair in NYC?

    :lurk

    Joking aside, bring it on! Oh, and my wife's not really worried--that adventurous, white-girl dread wearing, hippie-geek novelist I'm married to can't get enough new experiences to keep her brain fed. But that's for another ride report. Maybe I'll introduce her to Mobius Tales... but then she'll read this post...


    "Hi Honey!" :hide
  11. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Every once in awhile we are able to arrange a rendezvous at one end or the other of our trips. We hung out with my family in Flagstaff before M3, but usually it's just pack up and ride.

    This time we took two days to spend time with our great friend JimC and a couple of his new colleagues who were in Anchorage finishing up at the Aerospace Medicine conference.

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    We've know Jim since when he and I worked together over 10 years ago in the Surgical ICU. We co-managed patients after 9-11, and published papers together on ICU disaster preparedness. We go way back.

    He left NYC to work at the greatest emergency room in the world in Maryland, and is now leaving trauma surgery behind to start a new career in Aerospace medicine.

    This means sacrificing his income by an order of magnitude, and moving halfway across the country, and becoming a resident again for a couple of years, and accepting the uncertainty of the space program's future, but it has been a dream of his to be part of the space program since he was a boy, and he has made himself an opportunity, and he's taking it.

    Now THAT"S and adventure. I haven't seen him this happy and excited about anything in the last decade.

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    :clap
  12. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    just to hang out 'till he had to fly home,

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    they had already done the bicycle ride along the coastal trail, so we decided to take a hike around Lake Spenard and check out the aviation museum. You know these guys were into that.

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    big wheels

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    there weren't as many planes out as before, probably 'cause the season's just starting,

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    and hardly any were taking off and landing unlike last summer where it was non-stop.

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  13. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Website here,

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    is definitely worth checking out, as much for the cool hardware (early boxer-quad),

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    as well as the human stories of the early aviators, explorers, bush pilots and others and learning about their crashes and exploits.

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    :bow
  14. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    as they were knocking off for the day. Mostly just to say "hi" since we wouldn't be prepping the bikes 'till the next day. We got to introduce Jim to the crew, and show him first-hand how our last corporate sponsorship ended:

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    We picked up some pizza and beers and climbed up onto the roof with the crew...

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    If we had been thinking about it, we'd have put the batteries on the charger while we were there... but we weren't. and we didn't. :dunno
  15. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    where LDF and Jim demolished a massive amount of crab legs:

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    LDF likes crab legs.

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    and then we hung out some more, regaling of past exploits and dreaming of future ones.

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  16. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Sunday morning we showed up at Motoquest, and started our bike and gear prep ritual. I had a couple of things to do, which I didn't think would take long, and we expected to be on the road by early afternoon.

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    of course, everything takes longer than you think. I had to replace my tail-light assembly. The control board of the acerbis led's had corroded, and I'd bought and brought a new one to swap. It's just cumbersome to work with the bags and rack still on.

    When it came time to fire up the bikes, Honeybee sputtered and started, but Buueberry was deadder-N-adoornail. :cry

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    The batteries had been left connected, I can't remember the logic of that... and the speedo clock on blueberry had killed the battery. (Honeybee has a trailtech which only draws bike power when the engine is on).

    We were able to quickly charge her battery,

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    but then it only read 4V and wouldn't even light the headlight. We tried charging it a few more times, and while waiting, I installed the loobman oilers:

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    it was fairly easy, though kinda ghetto-looking.
  17. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    and in retrospect, we shoulda just bought a new battery and started rolling, but I'd read that when a battery is deeply discharged, you sometimes need to fool the charger by connecting a good battery in parallel and leave it to charge overnight and sometimes it could be recovered.

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    So that's what we did. Only now it's starting to drizzle, and the prospect of starting out the next morning wet and cold was not appealing. So we get a hotel room across the street for three times what the new battery ended up costing.

    The good news is that we wouldn't be pressed for time in getting to Edmonton, though I kind of wanted to hustle along as the dirt-riding options only emerged on the last 1/4 of the trip. The other good news is that we got to hang out with our friend Brenden, who took us to a local club where there was good beer, and live music.

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  18. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    'bout sums it up.

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    I'd forgotten about the dawson ferry mini-drama. That was the other reason we weren't in such a rush... we had to wait for the top 'o the world highway to open in order to pick up the Campbell highway, otherwise our route would be straight-up AlCan highway much of which we'd ridden before.

    But by mid-day, we were finally rolling:

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    :clap

    Anchorage to Tok

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  19. DougZ73

    DougZ73 Fading off.........

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    Another leg. Good stuff. Looking forward to reading it.

    Dead battery: Worst thing for a battery is to let it run completely dead. Shortens its life dramatically. Hopefully it gave you no other trouble before you replace it.
  20. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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