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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    started to realize that a lot of these roads were merely to access pipelines,

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    we started to get the hang of navigating the muddy grid.

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    It didn't so much matter when we'd have to turn around and backtrack... it was fun riding, and we weren't on pavement, and the weather was nice, and we didn't have to pile on the miles. :p3rry

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  2. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Dawson Creek in good spirits

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    a quick stop for a snack and gas,

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    failed to find the Backroads mapbook we needed, and rolled out of town.

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    Into the bush:

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  3. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    flattened out, but I was having a blast.

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    We passed a supply yard for the pipeline... tons and tons of pipe stacked up:

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    really impressive. And into Grand Prairie for groceries and gas. We got some intel from a guy in the parking lot on which campground to go to... remember, it's Victoria Day weekend.

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    Of course, we get drenched on the way,

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    but we see a moose,

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    which is cool, and make it to the campground with blue skies above:

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    and the nastiness behind us.

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    Since we've left the pavement, all of a sudden, it feels like we're adventuring again. :1drink
  4. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    open campsites.

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    hung out our riding gear to dry,

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    ate some dinner,

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    washed dishes,

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    and still had time to go for a walk down to the river and enjoy the sunset.

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  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    207 miles on the day. That's more like it!

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    So much better. The campground was a little crowded, and noisy with kids and families,

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    but all said and done, it was fine.

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    We weren't allowed to have a campfire, on account of the campfire ban in effect throughout Alberta since they were all freaked out about the Slave Lake fire. No mind that it had poured rain and we probably wouldn't have been able to build a campfire if we'd tried. :rolleyes

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    We met a new rider, Aaron, who had just gotten his moto license the day before. He came up as we were hanging out back at our campsite, and he had all kinds of questions about our trips, and we asked him about growing up in the area, and working on the pipelines, and other stuff he knew about, like fur trapping and stuff. Good times. :freaky

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Pipestone Creek campground (near Grande Prairie, AB), to Pierre Greys Lakes campground (near Hinton, AB)

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    We stopped in Grande Prairie to pick up supplies: :1drink

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    bought the south alberta mapbook (only later found out that what we really needed was the CENTRAL alberta mapbook :baldy, and bore witness to one of the biggest examples of mis-labeling ever:

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    Tuscany? Really? :huh
  7. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    towards the forestry trunk road, which was spot-on advice, the only downside being that we'd have to ride 20 or so miles of pavement to get there.

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    a quick fuel top-off,

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    and my favorite sign -- the international symbol for cigarette butt:

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    This being sunday, we didn't expect much big-truck traffic.

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    nice riding! :clap
  8. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    the forestry trunk road:

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    we really couldn't complain about the weather either. Yet. :wink:

    Break-time:

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    we hoped to see some of these guys:

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    And we got lucky... a short ways down the road, I found this little guy squatting on the centerline.

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    and I'm pretty sure it's a Woodland Caribou, since neither I nor anyone at the nature center in Hinton could tell me what the heck it was. :confused:dunno

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    so I'm just gonna go with "Woodland Caribou" :nod
  9. DR. Rock

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    some of the campgrounds, even though it was a little early in the day for stopping.

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    there were some nice ones, but no running water; the trunk road seems to follow a ridge.

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    the bigger concern was the brewing storm clouds. We were having flashbacks to our experience on the Top of the World highway. :eek1

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    Plenty of oil and gas exploration:

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    another campsite up on the ridge:

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    this one, complete with a complimentary coat hanger :lol3.
  10. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    making that transition from benign to threatening, to dramatic

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    not particularly technical riding, but fun nonetheless.

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    looks like we're gonna be getting wet.

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    Guest appearance by Austin Powers on a quad:

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    OK... time to pull over and get the rain gear on:

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    to get a picture:

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    of Rockies and Rain:

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    Careful 'round the curves:

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  13. DR. Rock

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    heading east across some flatlands, then headed south on the forestry trunk road. Meanwhile, the rockies run southeast, so they were starting to get closer to us:

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    despite the wet (which was more sprinkles than downpour), it was a great ride,

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    Coming down off the ridge we were treated to a beautiful vista, with dramatic clouds and light:

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    Since it seemed like the worst of the weather was behind us,

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    we decided to take our chances camping one more night. As we rolled into Pierre Grays Lakes provincial park,

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    the sun seemed to be trying to break through:

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    we had the tent set up and our gear stowed, the sun was full force.

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    but storm clouds were rolling down out of the Rockies, and things would change minute to minute.

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    :evil
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    of late-day, low-angled light, and low-passing storm clouds,

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    along with a gorgeous lake and lush woods

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    was a potent visual mix,

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    just begging to be photographed.

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    We grabbed cameras and went for a walk,

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    but when we saw the weather headed our way,

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    and felt sprinkles again,

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    we hustled back to the campsite

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    and cooked dinner.

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    rinsing dishes:

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    lonely, sad, banned campfire wood,

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    However, I did score this piece:

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    perfect for throwing the bear-bag rope over a branch:

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    :lol3 It worked so well, I wanted to pack it up and take with us.
  17. kaia

    kaia team F5 ⌘R

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    while your latest adventure has been more pavement bound, it's still exciting! thanks for the awesome reporting and entertaining commentary. :wink

    i was catching up with your report this morning, and it seemed you were posting as i was reading... every post i finished, refreshed... and there was another post to read. :D

    good luck on the planning of the next leg of your trip!
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    The last sets of photos were excellent. The storm clouds really did the trick. :clap
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    to grab the remaining light of the day,

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    out on this island,

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    we saw evidence of a gunfight,

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    (I had a flashback: does anyone else remember these?) :lol3

    and enjoyed the last of the day,

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    before being beaten back into the tent by the rain.

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    and rain it did... ALL NIGHT. :cry

    Stats for the day -- respectable, and, we're nearing 2000mi for the trip!

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    From Pierre Gray's campground to Grande Cache, AB

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    basically a retreat to lower elevation, and indoor plumbing.

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    :(: