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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    hope, that the weather would improve as we headed west into the real mountains.

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    the good news is that we were making good time, and laying down the miles.

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    glacier melt. with copper?

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    Not much to say. I'm probably a bit hypothermic at this point.

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    as we headed west

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    and got closer to Jasper,

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    the skies started to clear.

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    We gassed up outside of Jasper, and brainstormed as to where we'd bed down for the night.

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    LDF on her back wheel,

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    and me trying to snap photos of the sights.

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    We entered bear country (had we really left it?)

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    and headed south on the Ice Fields Parkway.

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Highway 1A (the Bow Valley Parkway) which runs on the other side of the river from 93, and offers less traffic.

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    though not NO traffic. We all had to joust with this Canadian muscle car through the curves one at a time to get past:

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  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    1A crosses over and rejoins the Icefields Parkway, we pulled into a parking lot, and Dave and Ron told us that they wanted to show us a waterfall.

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    We busted out our light shadow color recording devices, and hiked a short way from the bikes to Athabasca Falls:

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    It was good to get off the bikes.

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    We still had some daylight left,

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    the sun was out, it was warm and dry again,

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    and plus, there'd be plenty of campsites along the parkway. Right? :brow

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    Right???

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    We like waterfalls. :nod

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    Back at the bikes, scoping out where the next campsites are heading south.

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    Oh wait, I forgot I have this infrared camera... let me run back! :happay

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    and anticipating dropping temps,

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    we were keen to find a campground.

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    Unfortunately, the first one we passed was closed for the season.

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    as was the second... :bluduh

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    and the third! :doh

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    But no matter, life was good.

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    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    Sorry Doc but the fringe has got to go. On the flip side, I like the angry moose decal on the radiator shrouds.:wink:
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    and realized that we were in the thick of it now.

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    but I could see on the GPS that there was another campground coming up.

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    We started discussing back and forth via our various intercom connections (remember each of us can only connect with two of the others), whether to ride on ahead directly to the campground,

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    or to stop at the visitor's center.

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    before we could complete that conversation, Ron had pulled into the parking lot, hopped off his bike, and was climbing the stairs :lol3

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    while we were left to contemplate this shitty view.

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    :eek1:wink:
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    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    Man, that is AWFUL!!! I don't know how you could stand it!:lol3
  10. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    got to take some photos in this light, 'cause the next morning we were fogged in.

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    Ron returned with intel that the campground was indeed open, and we headed on up the road a coupla miles,

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    If I'm not mistaken, we snagged the last two open sites.

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    We set the meat on the fire, and snacked on fresh veggies and cheese while they cooked.

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    :dg
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    to a full-moon rise,

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    as the sun was setting.

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    with full bellies, and the night chill, we spent another lovely evening relaxing around the campfire,

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    :kumbaya

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    So nice not to have a campfire ban like last spring!

    Another 200+mile day. This would buy us some slack once we got onto the Tura I'doh. :deal

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    It was a full day, and we slept well.
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    guitarhack Long timer

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    Simply Outstanding!

    What great pics. :clap
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    bluemtnridr Been here awhile

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    Dave! you are a bad influence on me. Since leaving you I have replaced my nonfunctioning crapper stove with a primus omni fuel. Lisa just ordered a kermit chair(with cup holder).


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    corsair4360 Been here awhile

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    Your ride report is awesome, the narration good the pictures great to excellent. You clearly have an artists eye for scenes. The panoramic picture in post 4004 is excellent.
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    This is awesome :thumb
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    Today we woke up in a chilly fog. We'd talked about heading back to the visitor's center and riding out to the glacier, maybe hiking a bit to see it. But our main objective was to head south on the Icefields Parkway to Banff, check it out, gas up, and then double back about 30 miles to 93 and head west into the Kootenay's where we'd finally be done with pavement for awhile by jumping on something called "Settler's Road".

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    And here are the elevations:

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    there would be plenty to see along the way. :evil
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    it being cold.

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    and in the hour or so it took us to make coffee and oatmeal, pack and gear up, the sun would come out, then a fog would pass over... I couldn't figure out if the weather was coming or going. Life in the mountains, I guess. :dunno

    We rode back to see the glacier, but it was a total white-out beyond the parking lot. :huh

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    Instead, we decided to head on down the road, and stop in the first lodge / gas stop we came to to warm up.

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    Is it sunny? is it cloudy?

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    Two minutes later:

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    alternated between warm sun,

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    and pockets of icy cold air.

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    "The Crossing", our fingers were numb. The morning coffee had filtered though, and we were ready for a little warm break.

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    Ron provided the first real 'Doh moment of the Tura I':doh. We'll just say the big KTM is easier to pick up than it looks. :augie

    Inside, the coffee wasn't that great, and the gumballs were hard as rocks. :huh

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    back outside, the fog was dancing around the peaks... really visually intriguing.

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    back on the road it was more of the same, but quickly burning off.

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    :rofl

    I had spec'ed out about 2800 miles for M8. Entirely unrealistic. :lol3 Our daily mileage would have to be a bit over 200 miles, with no re-routes, no days off, no delays. Up here in Canada, we'd been able to make that pace just fine, between the easy dirt and the pavement, but I was guessing that when we got to ID, we'd have some sub-100mi. days. No worries, because the nice thing about our planned route was that for the last 4 days or so we'd never be more than a day's ride away from our destination at Idaho Falls, so if we had to cut short our planned route, it would be easy to do.

    Ron and Dave were conspiring on their intercoms to show us some of the touristy highlights of the Icefields Parkway. They were both aware of our self-imposed time constraints, and how badly we wanted to get down to Idaho and the more technical riding that we've missed for the last few Mobius'es, but I think they were both a little disappointed that they couldn't show us the Athabasca glacier; they'd both seen it years back as kids, if I recall them telling us, when it was much bigger, you know, before the global financial meltdown. :deal

    So when we heard over the squawk box "hey, lets turn in here, we want to show you something" I figured it would be good.

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