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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    the night's chill, we packed up,

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    and enjoyed the solitude and quiet of the morning before a long day of wanton petrol consumption and internal combustion with abandon. :clap

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  2. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    would be a surprise to me. Ron and Dave had picked a different way of getting to Hinton that they had done before and promised great riding and views. Then we'd have no choice but pavement west to Jasper, and then down the Icefields Parkway where we'd camp. Somewhere. :dunno

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    We'd be gaining some altitude, but the big mountains would be all around us.

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  3. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    Mesmerizing, those tassels were.
  4. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    ... right out of my mouth! :evil

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    Our first view of the Rockies:

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    We turned onto a secondary (teriary?) dirt road... here's a taste of the riding:

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    It was a little concerning to see how well the warning signs were maintained: :huh

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    Tall Mike TAT Rookie (planning!)

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    Dr. Rock posted:
    You may have been on hiatus.... But you are back in style! (Dark Style!) :thumb :beer

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  6. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    there were hills,

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    curves,

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    and between the fabulous weather, the tassels,

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    good music on the iPod, :trp, and the early fall foliage,

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    it was shaping up to be a banner day. :rayof
  7. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    or Cardinal River Rd. depending on the map. And it would seem that not everyone was as fortunate as we were.

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    It was kind of jarring to see this level of squalor,

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    out here. I wasn't anticipating this. A sobering reminder of how lucky we are.

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    we were immersed back into the natural beauty of foothills, heading towards the Rockies to the west

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    We crossed the Cardinal River,

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    stopped to feed the Monkey,

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    and continued looping west and then north towards Hinton.

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  9. nachtflug

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    you should have taken the front fender off and gone with some 4 inch risers if you were really serious.
  10. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    I'm way ahead of you... already running these for the monkey to swing on.

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    Gonna have to think about the fender. You may be onto something. :hmmmmm

    Nah, it might allow mud to spatter on the tassels. :nono

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    Scott, you gonna make it down to the big city for the IMS this year? :ear
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    Spinalcracker former redriderofma

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    Did you arm wrassel some big burly Harley dood for those tassels :D

    There needs to be some kind of story there.
  12. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    More like fight them off. :evil Preview:

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    It was becoming apparent that clouds were building on the backside of the Rockies -- hopefully it would be clear once we got to the Icefields Parkway -- we'd be sleeping at altitude tonight, and being wet didn't sound like fun.

    While I was taking the above photo, LDF, Ron & Dave had stopped a little ways ahead where the road crested through a pass and revealed an expansive vista below:

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    I rolled up, and found a gaggle of paparazzi waiting: :flug
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    Of course, I made everyone wait for me while I set up a nice pano with the Leica.

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    If you want to get really crazy, click on the above photo and it'll open a new window, click that image to zoom to full size. Scroll around and enjoy. :evil Took a whole day to stitch it right. :knary With photography, like riding: I'm not that good, but I'm slow. :D

    Our trusty steeds waiting:

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    Thanks, guys for taking us to this very special place. :thumb

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    And here's the ride down from the pass:

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    with some commentary contrasting this kind of terrain from what we'd been riding up in AK, YT, and NWT. It was promising to be a super Mobius for sure. :D
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    We'd spread out, but were all evenly paced.

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    Nothing too challenging in terms of road surface, but the views were sensational.

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    Soon we were cresting another high point,

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    and the wind picked up, the clouds closed in, and we could feel a chill in the air.

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    gratuitous fringe shot:

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    Direction we're headed:

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    off into the beyond :pynd

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    work on it.

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    nachtflug infidel

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    I really need to figure this out. I just can't come to grips with driving up the dark cold palisades that time of nite after leaving that warm ultimate abode you call home.
  17. DR. Rock

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    took us through an area that was being mined for coal.

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    Next to the road we were riding on was another huge track that was used by ginormous dump trucks to haul earth. The massive culvert you see below is an underpass for the haul road above.

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    between the heavy industrial vibe, and the grey clouds, our alpine wonderland had morphed into an apocalyptic dystopia. :huh

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    We ended up losing about a half hour here, this rig was stuck in the mud, and we had to bust out the tow strap and hook up Blueberry to get him moving again. He was quite appreciative.

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    You can see the tunnel in the side of the mountain where the monster trucks live:

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    Closer:

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    was the town of Cadomin,

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    which, despite the sign, and the proximity to the industrial complex, was quite tidy.

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    No gas, no stop. :wink:
  19. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    about the best way to get to Hinton from this point, given the threatening weather.

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    I'd heard of some ATV trail that cut along a ridge and dropped into Hinton, but between Ron and Dave having bigger bikes, and the inclement weather, we decided to stick to actual roads.

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    it was the right call. we started to feel sprinkles, and geared up.

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  20. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    through Hinton, and it was cold and wet and dreary as well. The intercoms proved to be invaluable in town and traffic.

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    We stopped for gas and food.

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    We tried to let the system pass, but I think Hinton is just one of those places that gets dumped on weather-wise. Once we'd warmed up, we put on all our layers, and reconciled ourselves to pavement for a spell.

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    Somewhere up there is a really nice view of mountains. I think.

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