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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    emerged completely from the treeline. It steepened considerably, had big rocks interspersed with loose gravel and ruts. It had fully transitioned from green to blue to screaming neon RED. Meanwhile, at the same time that I was struggling with my engine overheating, I was trying to gauge how much further we had to the top. The GPS was showing 3 more switchbacks, but three switchbacks later, it was clear we had a ways to go.

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    We were communicating on and off with the Scala's. LDF would express fear :eek1, swear :ace, say she couldn't go any further :nono, and then ride on :pynd. No different from HUNDREDS of other challenging sections we've ridden. :dunno

    I take full responsibility for what happened next. Initially the following video was banned from the ride report. But if adventure is merely adversity warmly remembered, it seems that enough time has passed that it can now be filed under "we'll laugh about this someday." :augie LDF's only request is that she can issue a disclaimer before it is posted. :ear
  2. Lil' Steve

    Lil' Steve PussyWagon™ Chauffer

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  3. La Donna Fugata

    La Donna Fugata You're not the boss of me

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    This is not pretty....:huh.

    My immediate reaction was to confiscate the video cam but in retrospect it is pretty funny. I'm glad I can still laugh at myself.....:lol3 and carry on.
  4. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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  5. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Oh.. the drama! :eek1

    I can't wait.

    Q~
  6. La Donna Fugata

    La Donna Fugata You're not the boss of me

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    lol:rofl Exactly Q.
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    malibu_dan Adventuring Mystic

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    :lurk :lurk :lurk (I brought along some friends for this episode...)
  8. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    panic attack meltdown. :hair+:twitch+:baby

    and I'm not being very sympathetic. :rad It took me a minute to recognize this wasn't the more common... "I can't do it / I can do it" monolog she does routinely...

    I apologize for the differences in volume -- to be able to hear her, my voice is way too loud, but it's worth it.

    "I don't know how I'm going to get off this mountain" :norton and,

    "I'm gonna to throw up" :puke2

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    Fortunately, only few minutes later after hiking to the top, and regaining a sense of equilibrium...

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  9. Lil' Steve

    Lil' Steve PussyWagon™ Chauffer

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  10. redog1

    redog1 KTM 690R

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    Way to go LDF. Lovin it
    The trail beckons:wings:ricky
    Ride on!
  11. bigdon

    bigdon Long timer

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    Way to go Francine!
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    I thought there might be another Massacre coming.
    Good recovery :freaky
  12. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    and lows

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    of Adventure travel. :wink:

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    We debated posting that vid, but I think it's illustrative of what it's like to travel together not just as a couple, but with anyone.

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    I don't think SHE fully appreciated the cumulative affect of 12 days mostly camping, and nearly 2000 miles of 400cc thumper dirt.

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    I mean, on the surface of it, there's absolutely no good reason to lose it...

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    The bikes are humming, we're not that far from civilization, we're well fed, rested, the weather is fantastic, the scenery is absolutely stunning.

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    And yet...

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    Cumulatively, little things take their toll.

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    The constant concentration while riding and dealing with navigation, the pounding the bodies and bikes take, the low level of anxiety finding gas, food, shelter,

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    worrying about the weather, listening for new rattles and squeaks, avoiding forest fires, go-arounds,

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    and all the while, trying to be a good sport, and not let your riding partner down, keeping up, or on the other side, trying not to push your partner too far, constantly evaluating morale and mood.

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    Even when you've been together for 15 years, and are both generally easy-going people who are willing to meet halfway with almost any conflict... still, every once in awhile we miss the mark. By a long shot.

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    The good news is that it all blows over, quickly too, and we didn't burn any bridges, or say or do anything we will regret or pay forever for, and we're laughing about it now. But man, shit happens.

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    And for the record, I wasn't recording the meltdown intentionally, I just got wrapped up in our conversation and forgot to turn the helmet cam off. :augie
  13. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    a couple of massive 180 degree panos. Click on the images, it'll open a new window, and then click on that image for full size... then scroll around and enjoy the views. :evil

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    :super
  14. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    we suited back up.

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    and coasted (at least I did) down.

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    And without any more drama, we were back down into the treeline. As I looked back up at the lookout tower, I noticed that the moon was rising right above it. Cool.

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    zoomed,

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    It certainly is a special place. We passed an old prospectors cabin,

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    and sailed back down into civilization.

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    Challis. Gas. Groceries. Subway sandwiches. A stop at the mayor's,

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    (he owns the liquor store). :wink: and then rolled outa' dodge.

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  15. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    we sat down with the Benchmark atlas, and scouted out a new route. The TID had a blue and red section coming up, and we were done. We'd decided to just explore on our own for a couple of days, look for easy dirt, and take it easy.

    The route we'd mapped followed the TID route out of town, up until this point where the TID route went left (doesn't look promising):

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    possibly illegal? And we went right on the

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    which sounded cool,

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    and turned out to be

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    just the ticket, with historic sights,

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    an' easy ridin'

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    a recap:

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    :deal
  16. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    all smiles,

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    and stopped at some of the settler trail historic waypoints. This one was staffed:

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    Seen better days... the barn:

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    It was just a really pretty ride.

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    and the ghost town:

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    We didn't get off our bikes -- we were trying to make the pilot car and find a campground before dark.

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    There was a dredge too.

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    :D
  18. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    to the guy who passed us. Turns out he was riding a Super Tenere. He loved it. We chatted while we waited for the pilot car.

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    Unfortunately, all the campgrounds were along the construction zone, and were closed for the season. So we continued on a ways, and found the next one, Upper O'brien.

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    It was pretty awesome. Right on the river, plenty of firewood, and we were the only ones there.

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    The chipolte pork loin was one of the absolute BEST camp meals we've ever eaten, :dg:kbasa

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    and neither of us got salmonella or trichinosis, or Creutzfeldt-Jakob, or any other diseases as far as we know. :wink:

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    Another good one for the books. :freaky
  19. Tall Mike

    Tall Mike TAT Rookie (planning!)

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    Outstanding RR! :D:freaky:clap

    ...LDF, after the White Rim Trail and the TAT through Colorado I am surprised you're still intimidated by these steep trails..:huh...
    Well it looks like it WAS worth it!:D Fantastic 360 degree views!! :clap:freaky:clap Bucket List +1, 2, and 3! :clap:lol3 (gotta take the bike out for TID soon!) :thumb


    Go Dr. Rock and LDF !!! :clap :kumbaya:clap
  20. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    Was the cabin on Twin Peaks unoccupied? There was a ranger living there when I went up there.