The Mobius Trip

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DR. Rock, May 23, 2008.

  1. DR. Rock

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    note to selves about food,

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    and then time to tuck them in for hibernation over the winter:

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    then time to go out,

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    unwind,

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    relax,

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    chill,

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    and enjoy the remains of the day.

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    and yes, we had a designated driver. :deal

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    we stopped at the actual falls of Idaho,

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    we had another fantastic meal,

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    fantastic potato salad!

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    the kitten ate the monkey,

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    and we all went to bed with full bellies.

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    We had another great breakfast cooked by our hosts, :bow

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    and were joined by the legendary Tony Huegel, author of the Backcountry Byways series, and supremely knowledgeable western US dual-sport guru and guide. :wave

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    We chatted about all sorts of topics,

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    and brainstormed possible routes for M9 and beyond. We've picked up the Utah book, it looks like it's going to be a great resource for planning M9. :clap Check out Tony's blog if you haven't already. Good stuff. :deal
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    to Idaho Falls International airport. :lol3

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    and we said our goodbyes and seeyalaters... [Alisa, how's that hand?]

    and had an uneventful flight home. :freaky

    That's a wrap. We'll start M9 route-planning in earnest, and transcribing to GPS prolly sometime late March. In the mean time, I've got some other tings to attend to. :wink:
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    Hey Doc, I hope you can get the Badlands in Tall! :D

    Glad you guys had another great trip. Thanks for the effort of the RR's.:clap
    I really enjoy them!:freaky
  7. Tall Mike

    Tall Mike TAT Rookie (planning!)

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    Yahoo!!! :clap:clap Awesome RR!! :evil :thumb Will have to add Twin Peaks Lookout to my Bucket list! :D

    Same with Tour of Idaho (unabridged!) and Macgruder Corridor!:clap but have to wait for better weather! :lol3 (okay, weather's not bad, but it's the wrong season!)

    Thanks for sharing your holiday Doc and LDF! (you've still got it!) :thumb :*sip* :clap
  8. DR. Rock

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    The first post of this thread is updated with new organization including links to index posts for each Mobius section (you can only stuff so many characters in a single post -- who knew? :lol3). I've also uploaded M8 tracks and waypoints.

    Enjoy.
    :beer
  9. CBAT

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    Doc, Thanks for all the work you put into these reports and for sharing all your prep work. Inspiring and informative. If you are ever in Austin, TX.... :beer on me.
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    byways byways

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    A boy and his toys. :ricky

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    I was trying to figure out why that Sail was there.

    Had forgotten about the Arco site. I went through the one at Bainbridge and then up to Windsor Locks for the prototype portion before crew training at Knolls Atomic Power lab and then to new construction in Newport News.

    Wonder how they got it there?

    After reading this I think I might make a stab at designing and riding my own version of a 'Tour of Ida Doh'
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    Mobius I, May, 2008: [NYC to Albuquerque, NM]
    - David riding Honeybee NYC to TN on Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway,
    - Francine flying down and Prepping bikes in TN at Motor 1's Dragons End and starting the TAT in TN
    - Mississippi TAT
    - Arkansas TAT including the Ozarks, and Warloop Rd.
    - Oklahoma TAT part 1
    - Oklahoma Tallgrass prairie preserve
    - Day off in Liberal, KS (home of Dorothy, Toto, and the Scarecrow)
    - TAT to NM, and then heading south (sick cow episode)
    - Taos to Albuquerque, NM

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    Mobius II, Sept. 2008: [Albuquerque, NM to Flagstaff, AZ]
    - Planning & prep
    - Albuquerque back to the NM TAT (:wave
    Hey Todd!) including a trip up the Capulin Volcano
    - NM TAT to Trinidad, CO (Thank you Valcom!)
    - Arriving in Salida, CO on the TAT (:wave Tami & Duke), then Marshall pass
    - Leaving Lake City, CO on 9/11/08
    - Up and over 6 passes: Cinnamon, California, Hurricane,
    Red Mountain, Ophir, and Lizard Head.
    - Arriving in Moab, UT. Day off the TAT to ride the White Rim Trail
    - Crossing the San Rafael Swell (
    fry sauce and watermelons, lot's a canyon washes, and cowboy camping...)
    - Off the TAT to Bryce Canyon and Zion N.P. (stopping at the Mystic Hot springs first)
    - Entering AZ then Gerrying to the North Rim Grand Canyon
    - Page, AZ to Sunset Crater N.P. including the dead-guy episode
    - Hanging with the kids in Flagstaff, AZ

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    Mobius III, May 2009: [Flagstaff, AZ to Reno, NV]
    -Last minute planning & departure
    -NYC to PHX and bike prep in Flagstaff
    -Mother's day family time
    -Departing Flagstaff to Glen Canyon, Lake Powell & Smokey Mt. Road
    -Escalante, UT into Dixie N.F., camping at Otter Creek
    -Fishlake N.F. back to the TAT staying at Adelaide campground to Crystal Mountain
    -riding on and Cowboy camping in NV near Patterson Pass to Eureka, NV
    -Cowboy camping at Lone Mountain mine then on to Battle Mountain for tires and R&R
    -a long run from Battle Mountain to Paradise Valley to McDermitt
    -Riding west to Denio Junction then Cowboy camping past Virgin Valley
    -Into California, off the TAT, into the Sierras, eventually to Mill Creek Campground
    -A night in Susanville, then making our way to Plumas-Eureka State Park
    -On to Reno, and putting away the toys 'till next time.

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    Mobius IV, Sept. 2009: [Reno, NV to Seattle, WA]
    -Some inter-trip updates, logistics planning, gear-talk, and musings on how to stay together while riding
    -Real-time posting on 9/11 (M-4 departure), and updates from our day riding with RenoDeano & Katoomon (:wave Dean & Mike)
    -Real-time posts from mid-trip (Warning -- contains spoilers, skip ahead for the full story)
    -Departing NYC for Reno, NV then getting the bikes out of hibernation and rolling
    -Riding into the Sierra's, then making our way to Quincy, CA
    -Leaving Quincy and heading through Penny Pines fire area, and Soda Springs on the way to...
    -Black Rock and the bear incident. Then, eventually diverting to Chester for gas and camping at Gurnsey before...
    -Climbing Mt. Lassen in the fog, surviving the 1st quagmire episode at Little Valley, the California Pines, Alturas,
    -and camping at Plum Valley. The 2nd quagmire episode, rejoining the TAT, stocking up in Lakeview, and camping at Sandhill Crossing.
    -Riding power lines, and rail lines, herding cattle
    on sandy trails, then getting clean again in Crescent, OR.
    -The forest fire episode, a visit to the tallest sugar pine, and camping at Devil's Flat.
    -Conquering "Tourette Hill", pushing past West Fork, trying to reach Port O, only to break down in the middle of nowhere, necessitating
    -a tow to Grants Pass, where we holed up for a couple days until we could get moving again.
    -Finishing the TAT! Then a pavement day up the coast and inland to camp near Detroit. Back on the trail up the Cascades, to
    -spend the night in Hood River, then on to Washington, a hike to Langfield Falls, past Mt. Rainier, and camping at Kaner Flat, finally
    -continuing up the Cascades, and cutting west to Seattle where we stored the bikes & gear, hung out with friends, and headed home.

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    Mobius V, May, 2010: [Seattle, WA to Anchorage, AK]
    -Some inter-trip Q&A, mid-winter planning update, pre-departure, Real-time update from Travis :wave, and from us.
    -M-5 preface and first day with friends in Anacortes, then crossing the border into BC, and heading up Harrison East FS road 'till we got turned back by snow.
    -Following the Fraser river to Lillooet, then camping at Kelly lake, and on to Gang Ranch, past some cowboys, and over Farewell canyon.
    -Gas at Williams Lake, and shelter at Quesnel. Mostly dirt weaving around lakes to Vanderhoof. The evil crow episode, and a rainy night.
    -More dirt past Lake Ootsa, and my favorite Nadina Mountain. Houston, BC for gas and then Telkwa for the night.
    -Our rainy day assault on Telkwa pass, only to be turned around again by snow, and then trapped by a downed tree.
    -Pavement and more rain getting to Terrace, another backtrack getting to the Lava fields to pick up the Cassiar Hwy.
    -Past Bear glacier to Stewart/Hyder, a side trip to see Salmon glacier, back on the Cassiar to Dease Lake to camp.
    -Into Yukon territory, stopping at Johnson's crossing, then a short ride to Whitehorse, where we did maintenance and enjoyed Victoria Day.
    -Meeting our support crew for the rest of the way to Anchorage, stopping at Buckshot Betty's, Deadman Lake, then on to TOK, where
    -We ran into friends at Fast Eddies, sleeping at Matanuska glacier. Arriving to Anchorage, stowing the DRZ's and picking up rental bikes from Motoquest.
    -An overnight to the Kenai peninsula, with stops at Portage glacier, Hope, the Exit glacier, Seward, and a great evening eating fresh salmon and drinking on the beach with new friends.
    -A visit to a drydock boneyard, and back to Anchorage where we killed time watching seaplanes before flying home.

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    Mobius VI, August, 2010: [Anchorage, AK - Inuvik, NWT - Anchorage, AK]
    -Flash forward for a real-time update by GaryAK of our fist riding day, then flash back to our NYC departure.
    -Pre-ride bike prep, then starting out riding over Hatcher Pass on our way to spend the night at Cantwell, AK.
    -The Denali Highway across to Paxon, and North to Delta (flat tire) Junction, then camping near Tok, AK.
    -The Taylor Highway to Chicken where we hung out and drank the afternoon away, eventually backtracking all the way to Beaver Creek, YT on account of Border connector washouts.
    -Continuing our 700 mile detour, doing lunch at Haines Jct, and north again to Carmacks where we spent a lovely night camping on the banks of the Yukon River.
    -Finally starting the Dempster Highway! Riding up to camp at Engineer Creek. Pushing into NWT over the Richardson Range and through the rain to Inuvik.
    -Backtracking down the Dempster, past a grizzly bear and the Arctic Circle rest area where we took our Christmas card photo, and met Joanna & Laurent from NYC.
    -A great evening hanging out at Eagle Plains with Tim & John and Chi. Continuing south, riding with Tim & John, frolicking on the tundra, through Dawson City and on to camp at 40-mile Creek.
    -Leaving the 40-mile in the sun, and suffering the Top of the World highway in a lightning storm, only to arrive late to the DOT convoy.
    -Lunch at Chicken with Tim and John & Chi, then the busted chain episode, holing up at the Hart D Ranch. Out to the end of Nabesna Rd. to pick up Lorraine's mail, and back to deliver it.
    -Gas at Posty's on the Glenn, then out to the Chitina Motel for the night. In the AM, riding McCarthy rd. out to explore Kennicott mines on foot.
    -Through the town of McCarthy heading back to the Richardson Highway, and the beautiful ride down to Valdez. A beautiful ferry ride, then through the Whittier tunnel and
    -a short ride back to Anchorage, where we stayed with GaryAK and Deb, stowed the bikes at Motoquest, and headed home!

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    Mobius 7, May, 2011: [Anchorage, AK - Edmonton, AB]
    Some pre-trip planning, live posts from the ride, initial post-ride thoughts. Departure day shennanigans,
    Hanging with friends in Anchorage, bike prep, and off to Tok, randomly meeting Baise, and camping.
    Riding to Haines Jct, crossing the border, catching bears on video along the way. Next day, Yukon mafia,
    and camping again @ Big Creek. Waking to rain, checking out Signpost park, crossing into BC, and tons more
    wildlife sightings. Past Muncho Lake to camp at Tetsa River. Through Ft. Nelson, assissting with a car crash
    then staying at a MeTHotel in Ft. St. John. Finally off the AlCan, through Dawson Creek, and Victoria Day camping
    at Pipestone Creek. A nice ride down the Forestry Trunk road into a thunderstorm and camping at Pierre Grey lakes.
    Waking up wet, and retreating to a motel in Grande Cache, Alberta to dry out. A cold and wet day, but fun ride to
    camp at Emerson Lakes. Cold and wet again to the Evansburg Inn. A buggy ride to our gracious hosts Dave and Wannita
    near Edmonton, AB. A solid day of wrenching and maintenance, another of hanging out, and some post-ride ruminations on
    Gear we Love.

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    Mobius 8, Sept, 2011: [Edmonton, AB - Tura I'doh - Idaho Falls, ID]
    Prelude, and announcement of our M-8 corporate sponsor. Real-time updates from the trail, and from Idaho Falls
    A description of the stage, departure from Edmonton with Ron & Dave :wave, camping at Elk River, a gorgeous view of the Rockies.
    A quick stop in Jasper and Athabasca Falls, then camping along the Icefields parkway. Hitting the tourist sights on the Parkway; Bow lake, Lake Louise, and Banff.
    Finding our way back to dirt, and an awesome campsite at Horseshoe Rapids. The backtrack I:doh, then riding Gray Creek Pass, the radiator I:doh, taking a ferry.
    Leaving Nelson, cutting through Washington, to get to the top of the Tura I:doh. Assault on the Wigwams, and the HooDoos. Hitting challenge points,
    and spending the night in Wallace. A morning of challenge points, and an afternoon of waiting. I:doh. Leaving Heller Creek camp, past the bicycle hunter, refueling at Powell, enjoying the Lolo, camping with rain. Forest fire reroute to Elk City, spending the night with no gas, I:doh, meeting Mike & Mike! and JD :wave. Bushwhacking to the Magruder Corridor, and camping with JD. More forest fire road closures in MT, I:doh, past Shoup, over Morgan Summit, and camping at Morgan Creek.
    Assault on Twin Peaks, the meltdown, I:doh, and recovery. Past Challis, leaving the TID route (thanks, Martin & crew) instead, riding the Custer motorway, and camping at Upper O'Brien. Winding our way on easy dirt to Arco, and camping at Craters of the Moon where we hiked and spelunked before heading to Idaho Falls.
    Hanging with Questor and MotoAdventureGal :wave, eating well, doing maintenance and repair, and meeting Tony Huegel :wave before heading home.

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    kl Richard This is a Dark Ride!!

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    I ask, cause you posted a few updates to Mobius today......and It's Friday the 13th, which I always try to take off work.....cause, I have almost always suffered an injury at work on this superstitious date!!!!!!!!

    Your profile on the NSDSC site claims your another year older today!! That would double the reason for a day off; In my experience!!!!

    Congradulations on another Lap Complete!!!!

    I offer you best wishes, and good trail rides for the next, and all years!!!!

    BTW, My wife and I are due to arrive in New York this year; dates have not been set yet. I hope we can meet for a visit.

    Cheers

    Brian