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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    We got up early. So we'd be at the complimentary breakfast right when the opened. Of course we neglected to account for crossing the time line, so we had to wait for an hour. :doh. Nothing like starting the day on the wrong foot. I think we were finally ready to tackle the Tura I'Doh. :nod

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    Our route today would take us down to the border on pavement, then clip NE Washington, where we'd enter ID from the west, and head north to the northern-most drivable challenge point on the TID and then start heading south, one challenge point at a time.

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    it would be our first sub-200 mile day, with tighter, more technical riding, and bigger elevation changes. Game on. :thumb
  2. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    weather-wise. We rolled though the town of Salmo,

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    and over the river of Salmo.

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    a few twisties later,

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    and we pulled up to the border for scrutineering. :evil

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    "No, we don't have bear spray. Why, are there bears?" :ear :augie

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    If felt good to be back in the land of mpg (sorry, Dave, but kpl was starting to mess with my head.) In the bathroom there was a funhouse mirror which I though was somehow symbolic. :dunno

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    Didn't get a pic of the two hippie kids having their over-stuffed crapmobile torn apart by the border patrol. All they found was a half-drunk bottle of merlot under the seat that they were probably using as salad dressing. :puke2 We saw them later at our next gas stop, so I know they didn't get arrested.
  3. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    to refuel. It was going to push our limits of range to the next opportunity.

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    We gassed up at Metaline, WA

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    which didn't seem much of a town, but it had everything we needed. :deal

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  4. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    and into the maze of FS roads. This was it, the last of the pavement for awhile.

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    Yeah, baby. :evil

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  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    apprehensive,

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    I'd routed us to get to the top of the TID from the west,

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    instead of the east, because we wouldn't have to divert so far south,

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    but to be honest, I wasn't sure these roads actually went all the way through across the border.

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    it was some great riding, I'll say that. Just hope we wouldn't have to backtrack, 'cause it'd be a long go-around.

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    we stopped to take in the view,

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    check the radiator,

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    de-fleece,

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    and feast on adventure. :lol3

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    then it was kickstands up, and wheels rolling. :pierce

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    that's how we roll.
  7. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    :dood

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    Actually, that was a good sign, as it corresponded with the mileage I had to get to the top of the Tura I'Doh. :evil Looks like my routing was gonna get us through.

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    and sure enough, 24 miles later...

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    So we claimed our first challenge point. :clap Now, I hope everyone realizes that we are NOT taking this seriously as a Tour of Idaho attempt.

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    But the Tura I'Doh... we mean business. :deal

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    We're not complete idiots; we weren't about to jump our bikes over that shark, I mean log just to move them 50 ft. closer to the barricade. We were happy to forego the Tour of Idaho point. :dunno But we sure scored 1 for the Tura I':doh.
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    got ourselves turned around, and headed for the next challenge point.

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    :hmmmmm

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  9. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    A few more....

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    A few more at the "gate"
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  10. gtbensley

    gtbensley Been here awhile

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    Wow what a great RR, I just spent the better half of today reading through much of it and wishing I could be doing it. At your leisure would you mind talking a little about the maintence of the bike other then normal ware stuff like tires, oil, chains ect. Have you had to do anything to the engines? What type of mileage are on these bikes? Thanks for such a good report, it has made for great reading and I will continue to follow it.
  11. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    In short, as little maintenance as possible :evil. That said, we take time at the beginning and end of each section (2-3000miles) to at least change the oil. :deal

    If you check out the posts near the beginning and end of each section that'll cover about 90% of what we've done on the bikes -- tires, chains, sprockets, brake pads. Otherwise if we have a breakdown, or a planned rest day, we take the opportunity to do some PM, and tackle those niggly little things that aren't right but you can live with -- brake lights and heated grips burnt out, etc.

    Every night and AM I try to jiggle and inspect at least a few fasteners. The bikes had 3-5k miles on them when we started, and we've put on around 20k.

    The DRZ's have been incredibly reliable. We don't push them Dakar-hard, but that said, anytime we ask them to perform, they don't complain.
  12. La Donna Fugata

    La Donna Fugata You're not the boss of me

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    Clearly, I didn't read the rules and regulations of the tour of idaho OR review the route plan (doh...). My apologies, no disrespect meant Martin. Tura I'doh.... bring it on.:wink:
  13. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    David,

    Have they gotten a valve adjustment anywhere along M1-8? If not, they're over-due. They probably are fine if they start fine but...(more fuel for LDF, he he).
  14. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Oh, they're WAY overdue. :shog I've personally done valves at the two extremes of complexity -- the DR650 (10minutes including 8 minutes to drink the beer :1drink), and the Desmo (4 days, more like defusing a bomb). The DRZ seems somewhere in between. Problem is that it's a big enough job that I wouldn't want to do it, then take off on a big trip. I'm contemplating either having it done professionally (I shudder the logistics), or just rolling the dice and letting that be the bikes' achilles heel and what they will eventually die of. :cry
  15. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    So, the official TID is laid out south to north, and seems to have decreasing levels of technical difficulty, with sections labeled green, blue, yellow and red. We'd be doing it in reverse, from north to south -- the easy stuff first.

    It was a bit of an effort to get it all into the GPS with the alternate routes that have been part of past versions but are still included I think because there are often insurmountable obstacles along the way like forest fires, rock slides, snow, and hoards of dancing bunnies.

    To keep people honest who claim that they've done the TID, Martin has established certain waypoints he calls "challenge points". In order to say you've done the whole TID you have to acquire at least 60 such points:

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    "<small>The maximum possible number of challenge points from the daily tallies is 62.

    Next are style point modifications. The Tour of Idaho involves more than just following a red line on a map. It's also about the spirit in which the event is undertaken. The following point modifiers are meant to reflect this.
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    • <small>Group of 3 or less (+1)</small>
    • <small>Solo (+3)</small>
    • <small>Chase vehicle (excluding shuttle from beginning and end of ride) (-4)</small>
    • <small>Self-supported, scrounging OK (+1)</small>
    • <small>No pre-run (+1)
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    • <small>Six consecutive days or less to accumulate 57 or more challenge points (+2)</small>
    • <small>More than 15 consecutive days accumulating points (-3).</small>
    <small>Finally - here's your Tour of Idaho Score:
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    • <small>65+ points - Studliness is next to godliness </small><small>(email us)</small><small>.</small>
    • <small>60+ points - Congrats! You are a Tour of Idaho alumnus (email us).</small>
    • <small>55+ points - So close, a very commendable effort - Salude!</small>
    • <small>Less than 55 points - nice ride, what did you decide to call it?"</small>
    Because we'd be skipping a couple of the seriously dangerous sections -- notably the Pete King trail, the Oxford Basin, and the Massacre Mountain loop, and because we were ending in Idaho Falls, and not riding all the way to the Utah border, even with our modifiers, we could only hope for at most 51 points. So to answer Martin's question of "what did you decide to call it?"... our answer: the "Tura I'Doh".

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    I figured it'd take us a few sections to get a feel for what Martin and his crew call a red, yellow, blue, and green trail.

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    By the way, I assigned Martin's challenge points the same icon that Garmin uses for geocaching -- which is why LDF gets so excited about finding another "treasure box".

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    She's pretty easily amused. :smooch

    Anyway, we figured we'd play along with the challenges until just past where it wasn't fun anymore. :evil

    Next challenges: Huckleberry bay, and then a side-trip up to the Wigwams. :freaky:1drink
  16. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    was a bit of a fooler. It was just right along the road that followed Priest lake -- no biggie.

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    the biggest challenge was realizing that it was as easy as it was. WooHoo! two for two. :gdog

    The Wigwams were a different kettle of fish altogether. We found the cut-off: :huh

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    It looked like they were grading the road. But no worries, there was a detour set up: well, that looks official...

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    so far so good.

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    and higher. Somewhat technical, but not too bad.

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    LDF was getting tired and hot, my bike was overheating again, so we stopped.

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    Further on, the road deteriorated to this:

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    Which was cool, but after a few really loose hill climbs,

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    where we played leapfrog to get everyone up safely,

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    LDF said she'd had enough and she would wait with the monkey,

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    while Dave & I rode on to the top.

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    It was getting really steep and rutted, and then we got to this turnaround:

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    And this was all supposed to be "blue" :huh

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    OK, kidding, right? No way in hell we're getting these bikes up that trail. :nono Not now, not ever. :norton

    Wigwams: FAIL! :2cry Now to get out of here in one piece.
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    we checked out the other end of the detour --

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    newly graded, now THAT is green.

    Still, as frustrating as it was not to be capable to claim the challenge, it was fine riding indeed.

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    told her it was really easy and we had ridden all the way to the top and there were fantastic views, foot massages, iced frappucinos and popsicles. We then rolled back down to find a campsite. She didn't believe a word.

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    A nice enough campsite which we found, on the shores of Priest Lake.

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    The usual evening followed; cocktails, appetizers and bike maintenance, dinner, walk, campfire, debriefing the day's ride, checking maps, previewing tomorrow's ride, more adult beverages, deep and profound sleep. :snore:bore:snore

    No photos, you had to be there. :lol3

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    Another great and full Mobius day.