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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    Yummmmm... I think we ordered one of everything. :lol3

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    beer, bear, bar:

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    We walked to get some groceries, (note to self: come back and check this place out:)

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    This sign:

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    inspired next saturday's FMC theme. :freaky I'm cooking Greek + Chinese. :kbasa

    Wallace seemed to be a quirky town. I wouldn't mind going back sometime.

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    :norton (Didn't get to try a shake) :cry

    We slept like logs.

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    Pedro Chang's indeed! :lol3
  2. Lil' Steve

    Lil' Steve PussyWagon™ Chauffer

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    Of course there's nothing new about Chino Latino places here in the city, but when Cyberdos told me they have their own versions out west, I found it funny. http://www.chinobandido.com/
    Sorry for the jack.
  3. IDRIDR

    IDRIDR Take me to the River

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    Most excellent RR. Keep it up. Looking forward to trying the Tour of ID myself in the next year or two.
    You didn't mention that Wallace is The Center of the Universe :evil.
  4. Tall Mike

    Tall Mike TAT Rookie (planning!)

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    Oh Doc, you're using all the right words:

    View, Beautiful, kinda Spectacular, LEICA, Panorama, HDR, Good Riding ! :tb :getiton :thumb :freaky
    :D :ricky My Camera and my Bike are grumbling! I gotta look up your photo gear thread again...am ready to use the Oloneo PhotoEngine software with my Lumix for HDR adventures...Hate to throw too much effort after foolishness! :evil

    Awesome RR! :beer I'm liking LDF's Snappy "Thumbs-Up!" too!
  5. CBAT

    CBAT occasional wanderer

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    I"m a little slow on 'puters. What's this F5 thing I keep seeing? Please? :ear

    Sorry for the detour Doc. Your Mobius Trip is my all time favorite report. I've been following since the beginning. I just don't post much.
  6. Lil' Steve

    Lil' Steve PussyWagon™ Chauffer

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    F5 is a refresh/reload key on your keyboard. The reference is to the Dakar Racing thread that is constantly updated with info, hence hitting the F5 key.
  7. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Between work, sucking on the F5irehose, and routine personal hygiene, it's a challenge to write this up. But I'm on deadline for a textbook chapter that I haven't started yet, and I need this RR off my plate, or it's not getting done for a couple months. :deal

    GO NED! :ricky
  8. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    We got an early start -- typical when we don't have to break camp, but honestly, all things equal, we both prefer camping.

    It was going to be a big stretch to our next fuel stop, and what with all the forest fires and road closures, I was concerned with reroutes, so we filled the tanks and the sweetcheeks.

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    To fill the sweetcheeks, I use a short piece of fuel line that I keep in an outer pocket of the AndyStrapz. I have an unused petcock on the right side of my tank, and it's easier and neater to fill the 2L bottles from the tank petcock than from the gas hose. I mention this only because it sets up the next D'oh moment in the Tura ID'oh.

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    South out of Wallace, we'd have a short green connector, and then it would be mostly blue, with a smattering of red :huh and green down to Powell Ranger station where we'd gas up before connecting to the Lolo Motorway.

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    That is, if we made it that far. :evil

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  9. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    with a liason,

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    but soon we started climbing.

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    the weather was cloudy, but perfect riding weather... cooler as we gained elevation.

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    a patch of sunlight promised that maybe the clouds would burn off as the day progressed.

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    After a full hour of riding, we took a break to defleece and redistribute coffee. I looked down at my right footpeg and: :doh

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    I'd set my short piece of fuel line down on my footpeg while I capped the sweetcheeks bottle, and never put it away. It traveled for an hour under my foot without getting lost. :clap
  10. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    was labeled blue,

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    I'm not sure what the shuttle buses are for -- maybe rafting?

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    If I recall, we struggles with navigation -- the TID waypoints are far and few between, and seem to follow non-existent hiking trails, at least according to topo maps, but on the ground, there was nothing but the main road. :dunno

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    The sun started to poke out,

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    challenge point / treasure box under our belts, we entered the first "red" section of the day: Loop Creek Rd.

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    Turns out the red section was WAY easier than the blue at the WigWams.

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    Great views, great riding though. I'm not complaining.

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    Yeah, the riding was a bit technical,

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    but RED?

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    :ricky:ricky That's some good riding!
  12. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    ear to ear,

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    the route was hitting all the right notes:

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    remote,

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    technical,

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    and great scenery. :clap

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  13. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    and into the next blue section, and we had a little quibble with the labeling;

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    we'd dropped off the ridge, and into a valley,

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    it was lunchtime, so we stopped to feed the monkey,

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    and grabbed a snack ourselves. A little ways down the road, we ran into this:

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  14. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Road closed to Heller Creek campground... that's only 11 miles away!

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    bummer. Can't we just ride through? :evil We'd just past a ranger station, so we go back to gather intel.

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    So here was the story: First, it wasn't a real ranger station, it was a "historic" ranger station, like a museum. But the caretaker, Sam, was really nice, and she invited us in and seemed to know what was going on.

    She said that there had been a lightning strike / forest fire that they'd let burn, and the crews had been clearing branches and trees from off of, and above the road. The fire was out, but they didn't want traffic while they were working.

    She strongly discouraged us from just trying to run the barricade -- depending on who was out there we could incur severe fines, not to mention the safety issues. :cry

    The road had been closed since Sept 9th (it was the 16th today), and they were just about done. When they came down today, she'd heard that they'd open the road. That would be about 5:30 or 6pm.

    It was 1pm. :doh. 5 hours to kill??? ARRGH, that's a lot of daylight hours to not be moving. It was gonna be a short mileage day -- we'd only done 82miles up to this point. Maybe there was a go-around. We busted out the topo maps. Yes, there was, but it was wwway out of our fuel range, and no guarantee that those roads would be open, and it would put us totally out of the way in the direction we wanted to go.

    So we'd wait.

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    napping, reading, and snacking. Eventually we got chilled, and took a walk to take some pitchers.

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    byways byways

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    Glad you got to know Idaho! And I'm sorry our visit in Idaho Falls was so short. Maybe we'll meet again this year at Questor's pad.
  17. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    "What about the 'lay on the beach' vacations, don't you ever take those?"
    :jkam :puke1

    OK, Red Ivers historic ranger station wasn't exactly a beach, but it wasn't a horrible place to hang out for a few hours. However, ALL we wanted to do was ride the motorbikes into the mountains and camp in the woods. :nod

    The waiting was killing us.

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    To console ourselves, we thought about Margus & Kariina stuck between the borders of Angola & DRC for ten (!) days. :eek1

    And then, more waiting. Yawn. :bore :bluduh

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    Sam, the Red Ivers caretaker closed up shop, and walked back to her RV.

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    We took a few more pitchers,

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    geared up, and waited at the barricade. :*sip* Right on time, at 6:45pm, :ddog the workers showed up, took down the barricade, and waved us through.

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    :wings:ricky:ricky
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    to haul the mail. We were losing light, and had 11miles of blue trail to get to the nearest campsite.

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    It was beautiful light, as the sun was setting, but also getting chilly.

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    there were two groups of hunters. We set about gathering fire wood -- there were these HUGE logs laying around, but no way was I gonna be able to break them down with my little hatchet.

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    One of the hunters walked over with a splitting maul, and said, "here, why don't you use this". :clap We had a nice toasty campfire.

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    I spoke with him when I returned the splitting maul and he told me that it was bow season, and they had been frustrated by the road closure and happy that it was now open -- they'd been waiting for days to get into the area.

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    I was expecting a late night of good 'ol boy carrousing and loud drinking :freaky, but they were all asleep by 9pm.

    At 4am, though, I heard the quietest of rustling, and a very muffled ATV start as they snuck out into the woods. This hunting was serious business for them. No joke.

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