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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    to defleece, hydrate and snack at

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    not a good idea... there was a ton of bird shit on the picnic table, and something seriously large had died in the creek.

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    We didn't see what it was, but from the smell I'm thinkin' elephant or whale. :krusty:topes

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    we didn't stay long.
  2. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    and we had a choice to stay on it and ride around the range to the right, or jump back on the TID route and go up and over... we were making good time, feeling all right, so... :evil

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    Soon we were out of sight of any fencelines and tarmac,

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    and climbing into the hills.

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    We grabbed a challenge point at

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    just for old time's sake, and since that was very doable and pleasant blue-rated trail, we thought about grabbing the Beaverland Pass treasure box, just 'cause it was SO close...

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  3. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    I was thinking, "this could be the last challenging, technical riding on Mobius-8..." :cry

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    :ricky
  4. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    in the valley was the intersection to either continue down into the valley to Arco, or to turn right to go up and over Beaverland pass and down into Arco. I convinced LDF to try the pass with the absolute promise that if it got gnarly we'd turn back, no if's and's or but's. :nod:clap

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    there was a side road that went to an arch. We didn't take it, 'cause it would be a hike, and it was getting late, and we didn't even see it from the side of the road, but I blew up this photo, and I think I can see it there:

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    About a quarter of the way up, just to the left of center?
  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    the trail narrowed, and got significantly steeper. From the GPS, I could tell we were REALLY close to the top... but the other shoe dropped, and I didn't argue one bit. We had a deal. :deal

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    It was doable if we didn't have any other option, but we did, and it was only a mile or so back to the intersection.

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    I think LDF expected a bigger argument out of me for turning around, but we were just playing. If it's not fun, then you're not having fun!
  6. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    we spied the Class painted graffiti mountain:

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    Arco is also the home of the cow-tipping championships each June. We debated staying in town, or pushing on to Craters of the Moon and camping.

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  7. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    a quick once-over,

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    gassed up, picked up some provisions,

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    and blasted out on US 20 to Craters of the Moon National Monument.

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  8. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    of a scramble to grab an open campsite, figure out that campfires were banned,

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    hustle back to the info station to buy charcoal from the rangers just as they were closing up,

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    and then set up camp / cocktails / appetizers, and chill.

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  9. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    neighbors -- a nice guy riding a FJR,

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    And a young lady traveling solo (by car) from somewhere in the midwest -- Kansas (?) to L.A. with her dog.

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    (pic from the next morning)

    We shared some food,

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    and drink (I have a hard time believing THIS is a marketing spin -- next they'll be calling it "healthy") :rolleyes

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    -- we mixed this with the last of our bourbon, she contributed a bottle of red wine... and enjoyed chatting with them as the stars came out:

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    stats for the day:

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    I don't think we'd made our 200 mile / day quota since leaving Canada. :lol3
  10. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    "It's a pretty cool State, this Idaho.."

    I concur! :clap
  11. DingWeed

    DingWeed Been here awhile

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    Great job on the RR!!:clap:clap

    Idaho is AWESOME!!!!!.......It will test you in spots...ehh

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    byways byways

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    You're making me homesick for Idaho, Doc. And I live here.
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    IDRIDR Take me to the River

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    Ain't that the truth! I love the country you've been through and cherish every opportunity I have to return. You saw so much, and yet missed so much more!
  14. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Well... we'll be back in May, and again in Sept. :wink:
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    So the plan today was to do some hiking and explore Craters of the Moon. There was a free ranger-guided hike that went down into the caves, and before that started we were going to ride the bikes around the sightseeing loop. We only had about 80 miles to get to Idaho Falls, and since Questor & MAG were on their own trip, we'd tentatively planned on arriving later in the day.

    The morning light was fantastic,

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    and we enjoyed the quiet, no rushing allowed.

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    Noticing details,

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  16. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    moto-content, we were just kicking back,

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    slowly packing up,

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    and enjoying the surroundings,

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    stopping to hike in to the marked attractions. Check out this signage. Talk about nanny-state. ALL this info for a "trail" that's actually easier than walking from an SUV, across a parking lot into a WalMart? Jeez.

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    Depressing. :rolleyes And a WARNING to boot! :rofl
  18. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    is a cinder cone, accessed at the end of a 247ft treacherous trail,

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    where you can peer down inside, and see snow year-round, along with a straw hat, and some other garbage.

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    You also get some pretty cool views of the landscape:

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  19. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    for the hike,

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    so we just hung out and tried to get into the vibe of the place.

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  20. Motojournalism

    Motojournalism motojournalism.com

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    Cooool, *loved* that Twin Peaks scenery :thumb

    Francine, you're a damn good sport. You da' man, lady!:freaky

    Boy, good thing that 75m sidewalk was clearly labelled. Were you able to hire good Sherpas?