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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    into Montana,

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    and were forced to loop way around

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    Pleasant-enough riding,

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    but with one wimped-out and one denied challenge point, we were getting a little frustrated.

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  2. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    took us all the way back north-east to Connor, were we picked up 93, and then headed south. Pavement, :puke2cars, trucks and buses. :puke1 Whattaya gonna do? :dunno When the going gets cushy, the cushy get LUNCH! So that's what we did.

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    We'd stopped for gas, and decided to have a farewell to JD lunch. He was going to ride south a little further with us, then we would turn back into the woods to reconvene with the TID trail near Shoup.

    We held his Mobius graduation ceremony before we saddled up,

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    rolled back into Idaho,

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    and then at North Fork, we topped off, and waved bye to JD.

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    Great riding with you... See you down the trail, JD!

    :wave

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  3. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    if you don't want to be depressed. There was a little bit of drama at the North Fork Sinclair station. I was sitting on my bike, filling Blueberry, when a woman leapt out of her car and screamed "he's going to kill her"!!! "Stop him!!!" "Nooooo."

    I had the earplugs in, and helmet on, and I'm looking around trying to figure out what on earth she was screaming about. I could hear a dog yelping and looked over my shoulder to see a pickup truck spinning gravel out of the parking lot of the gas station with a dog on a leash bouncing behind the tailgate. I hand LDF the gas pump, screw on my gas cap, fire up my bike, and start chasing him down. It was not pretty. About 100 yards away, and before I could catch him he stopped, and was out of the pick-up tending to the dog, which seemed to still be alive, wimpering.

    Not wanting to have to explain to authorities why I left the pump without paying for gas, and not wanting to give, (nor get) a pounding, I turned back and minded my business. By the time we finished pumping/paying for gas, the guy had left.

    Just past the turn-off we saw a sign for a ranger station, and decided to stop in and see if we could gather intel about the forest fire situation where we were headed.

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    It looked like we'd be alright, at least as far as she had maps.

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  4. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    where we got to see some mountain goats:

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    and into the hills

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    where eventually the road turned into easy dirt, and at Shoup (didn't stop)

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    we rejoined the TID route.

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  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    it was really strange. Since Edmonton we'd been in pine forests and mountains. Over the course of today, we were visibly transitioning to high desert. Every mile you could perceive the change. It wasn't subtle at all. Like a line in the sand.

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    we turned left on Panther creek road, and it was along this stretch that the transition was complete.

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    Bam. Just like that. A different world.
  6. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    Don't you remember how Oregon was???? Exactly the same as what you've just mentioned. I miss that down here in GA.:cry

    Thanks for the beautiful reminders!
  7. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    to check out the first campground on Panther Creek Rd.

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    Buggy. No water. Empty. Bad Juju:

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    There was another campground, Morgan flats not far ahead, so we decided to ride on to that one. No go. :bluduh So it was up and over Morgan Summit,

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    (another challenge point) :clap

    Past a small housing development,

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    and on towards Morgan Creek.

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  8. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    of this hill,

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    was

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    we quickly set up camp,

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    put on our work gloves and started foraging for firewood. I'd been listening to some good tunes and for a second thought about putting my earbuds in while I walked around looking for firewood. SOoooo glad I didn't .

    I crossed the road, and about halfway up the hill you see in the background,

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    As I'm reaching down to pick up some deadwood, I hear a rattle and hiss. :eek1 I freeze, slowly stand, and back away. Whew. :knary

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    The sun sets, and we eat and drink, and have a nice toasty campfire where we debrief the trip so far, and figure out what we want to do with our remaining ride. We're at this point a day's ride from Idaho Falls, so our choice is to continue to push hard to do as much of the TID route as possible (recognizing that there's no way we'll have time to finish even the abridged version we'd planned), or to just meander around and explore the area. We decided to sleep on it.

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    Stats for the day:

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    2 two too many miles of pavement. :deal
  9. rugbyrtcwka

    rugbyrtcwka railroader

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    Too bad you didn't get a good picture of the rattler. That would have been cool! :D
  10. joenuclear

    joenuclear Ride to eat, eat to ride... all roads lead to pie!

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    I figure Doc was at too high an altitude for pics.
  11. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Never saw it, just heard it. It was under a rock ledge / prolly in a hole. Didn't have my camera. Wasn't gonna stick around, or go back. Thanked my lucky stars.:nod
  12. Tall Mike

    Tall Mike TAT Rookie (planning!)

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    Dr. Rock said:
    An extra good reason to pop out the ear buds and be listening when you walk around in the brush... Some of nature's critters are territorial! :evil :amazon :hide (Watch out there City Slickers! :lol3 )
  13. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    fixed. :evil
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    We woke up early, and were really taken with the morning light,

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    again, Valley + desert + morning =

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    It was great to be back in the high plains, desert. We had reconciled the fact that we weren't going to be able to complete all the tour of Idaho trail that we'd routed, and we were getting a little beat up chasing down the challenge points. At the same time, we were excited to be riding new terrain. I especially love cruising desert 2-track -- huge sightlines to the horizon means 4-5th gear instead of 2-3rd. :tb

    With no showers for a few days, and Chalis just up the road from the campground, we were tempted to shortcut there for hot coffee and breakfast, instead of backtracking a half mile towards Morgan Summit, and picking up the TID trail. In the end, we took the hard way, but with the understanding that any HINT of "red" trail (even if it was labeled "blue" or "green") and we'd bail.

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    this was also the day we grabbed the Twin Peaks challenge point (sort of), which was the highest elevation of M8, and took our holiday card photo there.

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  15. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    while waiting for the sun to dry our gear and warm us up.

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    we eventually realized we were just gonna have to ride out of the shade.

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    A short stretch up the main road,

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    we caught this cut-off that put us back on the TID route -- a nice blue section.

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    :D
  16. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    of that section, we could almost see the ocean.

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    What a way to start your day!

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    These were some fantastic tracks. I love riding this terrain. It's my favorite. :clap

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    Coasting:

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    :D
  17. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    we had a decision to make. Right to an out-and-back up to Twin Peaks Lookout (rated green (!)) for the treasure-box challenge point, or left, straight to Challis.

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    Such a nice day... easy riding blue so far... I bet it's a great view up there... and it's only rated green(!)...

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    We went right. :evil

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    Past some cool rock formations,

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    through a ranch,

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    and up and up and up.

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    LDF was a bit reluctant, and remained skeptical that this wasn't going to turn into a quagmire.

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  18. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    of where we were headed... see at the top there?

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    zoomed way in and cropped:

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    a little closer:

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  19. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    was starting to get narrower, and more rutted the higher we climbed. I think this sign freaked Francine out a little. :huh

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    The temps were getting warm, and my bike was overheating. I still had radiator concerns, though it didn't seem to be leaking.

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    Going in and out of the treeline, on such a clear day, with such distant views to the horizon was disorienting. Keeping your focus on the terrain in front of your front wheel, once you lost the trees in your peripheral vision you lost perspective and a sense of speed. If you kept your head up and looked at the horizon, you'd just get dizzy and feel like you were going to need a parachute. :fall

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    We'd stop every few switchbacks to catch our breath,

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    take a few pictures,

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    and let my bike cool down.
  20. La Donna Fugata

    La Donna Fugata You're not the boss of me

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    This sign did indeed set the tone in my head. In retrospect I wish I would have just ignored it. Not sure that would have made a difference though.:evil