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

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2006
    Oddometer:
    5,540
    Location:
    NYfC, yff
    :dg

    Preview:

    [​IMG]
  2. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2006
    Oddometer:
    5,540
    Location:
    NYfC, yff
    We had a mascot for this one. Lent by our niece Caileanna... "Monkey in a tree", and a new t-shirt (for me, not aunt Francine):

    [​IMG]

    Friday 9-9-11, the flight was uneventful... Bags weighed in well under the new airline limit. We had a layover somewhere where we could drink beer... Denver, maybe?

    [​IMG]

    (an omen?) :yum

    [​IMG]

    and before we knew it, we were in Edmonton,

    [​IMG]

    and despite the late hour, we were graciously picked up from the airport by Dave and Wanitta :clap!
  3. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2006
    Oddometer:
    5,540
    Location:
    NYfC, yff
    Despite being post-call, and a long day traveling, we woke early, and started bike prep. Our goal was to have wheels rolling by mid-day. If you recall, we'd done a bunch of maintenance at the end of M7, and all we had to do were a few minor projects, and pack.

    [​IMG]

    Wanitta served as the official Mobius seamstress, reinforcing LDF's sweetcheeks, and as a bonus cooked a killer breakfast for the intrepid travellers.

    [​IMG]

    :dg :yum

    Yum and thanks!!
  4. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2006
    Oddometer:
    5,540
    Location:
    NYfC, yff
    [​IMG]

    would be riding with us for a few days. Dave on a DR650 that he's prepping for a run to Tierra Del Fuego, and Ron on a KTM950.

    [​IMG]

    We spent some time syncing and connecting four Scala units which would enable us to speak.

    [​IMG]

    Unfortunately, each unit can only connect with at most two others. :hmmmmmSince we'd be four, you do the math... we'd be playing a bit of phone-tag to communicate a message across the board, but in the end it worked out fine.
  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2006
    Oddometer:
    5,540
    Location:
    NYfC, yff
    would take us a bit south, and then due west of Edmonton, into the foothills of the Rockies:

    [​IMG]

    Here's what the elevation looked like:

    [​IMG]

    A bit of a climb. We didn't really have a specific destination, but anticipated that if we rode far enough towards the mountains, that there'd be some opportunity to camp. The weather was looking grand, so we departed with not much of a worry. :freaky:freaky

    [​IMG]
  6. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2006
    Oddometer:
    5,540
    Location:
    NYfC, yff
    I have to introduce the single greatest dirt bike upgrade, EVER.

    [​IMG]

    Leather tassels. :D

    Admit it. You're jealous already. :evil
  7. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2006
    Oddometer:
    5,540
    Location:
    NYfC, yff
    a few miles of pavement...

    [​IMG]

    but soon found some gravel. Yeah, straight, easy, traversing farmland, but a great way to get back in tune with the bikes.

    <iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" width="640" height="360" src="http://api.smugmug.com/services/embed/1517321788_t65Z3vg?width=640&height=360"></iframe>

    :rayof
  8. dustyrider

    dustyrider dirt is good for you

    Joined:
    May 20, 2009
    Oddometer:
    115
    Location:
    Earth
    Always the trend-setter, eh. Someday I'll have cool tassels, too. Ride on Mobius
  9. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2006
    Oddometer:
    5,540
    Location:
    NYfC, yff
    melted underneath us.

    [​IMG]

    Dave was having some GPS issues, so I took the lead. We spread out on accounta the dust.

    <iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" width="640" height="360" src="http://api.smugmug.com/services/embed/1517321442_D8VCtrk?width=640&height=360"></iframe>

    A coupla dead ends necessitating easy re-routes, but it was all on a grid for the most part. High speed fun.

    LDF:

    [​IMG]

    Ron, and Dave:

    [​IMG]
  10. La Donna Fugata

    La Donna Fugata You're not the boss of me

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2006
    Oddometer:
    157
    Location:
    Downtown
    :rolleyes
  11. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2006
    Oddometer:
    5,540
    Location:
    NYfC, yff
    It's easier than you think. I guarantee you'll have no regrets. Once you ride a dirtbike with tassels, there's no looking back.

    :brow
  12. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2006
    Oddometer:
    5,540
    Location:
    NYfC, yff
    Ron didn't have a camelbak, and called for a rest to rehydrate.

    [​IMG]

    Hey Ron, did santa bring you a drinkbag of some sort? :ear Truth be told, we all could use the stretch:

    Photo-op with Monkey in a tree,

    [​IMG]

    Dave did a jig,

    [​IMG]

    it's a Canadian thing. :dunno
  13. dustyrider

    dustyrider dirt is good for you

    Joined:
    May 20, 2009
    Oddometer:
    115
    Location:
    Earth
    Coolio, and they're vintage, too. (I wonder what that means?)
  14. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2006
    Oddometer:
    5,540
    Location:
    NYfC, yff
    hell, even the men-folk, ran for safety as we rolled through Drayton Valley.

    [​IMG]

    I think we gassed up if memory serves. But it was quickly back to the harvest:

    [​IMG]

    Another break,

    [​IMG]

    liquid for bodies,

    [​IMG]

    and bikes. In Cynthia we gassed up for I think the last time for a good long while, and picked up some vittles for dinner.

    [​IMG]

    then back into the wilds. We started to get this creeping sensation that we were leaving the flats and entering the hills. It was a near perfect day, and I was slipping into... not the

    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-b5aW08ivHU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    but The Mobius Zone :super :choppa

    <iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" width="640" height="360" src="http://api.smugmug.com/services/embed/1517321829_tXHk3ng?width=640&height=360"></iframe>

    [​IMG]
  15. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2006
    Oddometer:
    5,540
    Location:
    NYfC, yff
    I must object to crossing the Pembina "river" (sic).

    [​IMG]

    since "na" means "river" in the Athabaskan languages,

    [​IMG]

    technically I think we crossed the Pembina, or the Pembi river. :gerg But who am I, the grammar police?

    [​IMG]

    What a perfect day! :D

    [​IMG]
  16. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2006
    Oddometer:
    5,540
    Location:
    NYfC, yff
    trying to find a campground, got a little turned around. So we stopped and busted out the (gasp) paper maps. :eek1

    [​IMG]

    and we were able to trace our route, and figure out where we were, and where we wanted to go, and we found a short(ish) cut, and eventually got to Elk River Rd (?) which got us to the campground:

    <iframe src="http://api.smugmug.com/services/embed/1517321946_3DS9dC2?width=640&height=360" frameborder="0" height="360" scrolling="no" width="640"></iframe>

    It was a great start to the ride. :ricky:ricky:ricky:ricky

    [​IMG]
  17. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2006
    Oddometer:
    5,540
    Location:
    NYfC, yff
    [​IMG]

    cut firewood,

    [​IMG]

    cooked dinner,

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    and sipped adult beverages until night fell, and after hanging out at our awesome campfire, we turned in for the night to end a great start to M8!

    :snore
  18. konaunit1

    konaunit1 Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2010
    Oddometer:
    87
    Location:
    Oak Harbor, Wa.
    Yay! more Mobius. :clap

    Looking forward to being glued to the computer :lol3

    Hope you guys had a merry christmas and have a great new year!!

    Rich
    :freaky
  19. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2006
    Oddometer:
    5,540
    Location:
    NYfC, yff
    Sept. 11th. Never quite sure what to say. Life goes on, I guess. Here we are in the beautiful back country, cut off from all media. I woke up early and made this video:

    "September 11th. We have no idea what's going on in the world. I don't think anyone else does either."

    <iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" width="640" height="360" src="http://api.smugmug.com/services/embed/1517323462_jmMc4Wg?width=640&height=360"></iframe>

    The sun also rises,

    [​IMG]

    and after the others were up, Ron shared this poem with us which he reads every Sept. 11th:

    [​IMG]

    Amen to that.
  20. EnduroRdr

    EnduroRdr Woods Racer & D/S Rider

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2008
    Oddometer:
    1,301
    Location:
    Formerly South MS, LR-Ar, Houston-Tx, now BR-La

    +1 - Yea most of us will have some pretty un-productive first weeks back at work in 2012. :D