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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    :lol3 VERY homemade. It's an upsidedown doorstop cut down to the right angle, and the Contour helmet mount. I cut a couple slots in the visor, and use the velcro straps to snug it down.

    More information than you could ever want about helmetcam tips & tricks here at Motojournalism, courtesy of Anthony (thanks so much for the scarves!) the inmate formerly known as Antontrax.
  2. folknride

    folknride Old Adventurer

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    Hi Dave and Francine
    As we drove home from California - passing through some of the projected Mobius 9 topography - I thought many times "what a great ride those guys are gonna have"! Just beautiful country.
    Would I love to tag along again or what!!!
    Sadly, a long way from home. I'll just dream on. :cry
    Cheers
    Ron
  3. Tn. Walrus

    Tn. Walrus Knuckle Dragger

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    Hi Doc and LDF. So I'm coming late to the party. I've been on the ADV site for a little over a year and I first saw you guys mentioned in Questor's and MAG's trip when you showed up in Idaho Falls. I'm thinking.... "Mobius trip......What the hell is a Mobius trip?" :scratch Sounded kind of like something you might get by smoking something funky! :stoned So took a peek and WOW! :bert

    Usually I am plenty capable of expressing myself, but you and LDF have left me standing with my jaw hanging open trying to find words.........and I'm only half way through M4. I have a big GS-Adventure that I've managed to put 30k odd miles on in the last year and a half, but now I know I'm going to have to get a smaller bike so I can ride the TAT. There just aren't enough high dollar words in the language to describe how fantastic your trip, the pictures, and this RR have been. Thank you for taking the time and effort to share it with the rest of us.


    Finally I would like to add a personal thanks. I noticed the stickers on your bikes and the pins you have been giving out. I've been a Paramedic and a knuckle dragging Fireman here in Memphis for a little over 14 years now. The respect you have shown the brothers in NY is heartwarming. Thank You.

    Now I need to catch up and I'm looking forward to the next installment!:dllama
  4. rugbyrtcwka

    rugbyrtcwka railroader

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    You must be getting close to flying out to meet up with your trusty steeds to go on the next leg of Mobius!!!

    :lurk
  5. kl Richard

    kl Richard This is a Dark Ride!!

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    I've realy enjoyed your exploits.......I look forward to the next edition.......

    Brian
  6. EnduroRdr

    EnduroRdr Woods Racer & D/S Rider

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    I think Doc has one of the longest threads here (probably the most content counting the great pictures posted :clap)
    So the servers are melting as he posts :lol3

    Seems to be a regular thing just wait a few hours and then poof it seems to work again.


    BTW thanks for sharing Doc! We are all addicted to it by now!
  7. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    ID falls south to Tour of Idaho T2, following it
    west to Oregon, continuing to Crater Lake (I know, east rim will still be snowed in),
    Southeast through CA to Gerlach, then across the Great Basin, via Pony Express and east to Bunnyville salt flats, then
    North of Great Salt Lake past the Golden Spike, then North to pick up the start of Tour of Idaho T2,
    Back to Idaho falls.

    2250miles. :evil

    May 11-28, 2012

    .GPX files posted here.


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  8. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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  9. CBAT

    CBAT occasional wanderer

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    :clap Looks like an awesome route.
  10. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    +1, wish I could ride with you!!!

    I do have many connections in Bend OR in case the bikes (or riders) act up. Great Microbreweries in Central OR too!
  11. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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  12. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    Will you be going throug Lakeview OR? If so, get a pick of yourselves (or just LDF:wink:) in front of the giant cowboy.
  13. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Imbecile

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    That just looks all kinds of good. :deal

    John
  14. redog1

    redog1 KLR650-2009

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    This ones gonna be goooooood!!!:ricky
    Ride on.
  15. k7tbt

    k7tbt Been here awhile

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    Dr. Rock, when you are in S.E. Oregon the Steens Mountain loop is a must do. Lots of gravel and dirt with plenty of side roads to explore.
  16. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Two potential issues with that:
    1. not enough gas (NO gas @ Frenchglen)
    2. too much snow (currently ~60-80in.)

    But I'll look into what it would take to do the loop from out of Narrows, just in case it's a really warm next few weeks. I'm a little concerned about our route out of that area -- I can't quite trace everything I'd like to see on Google Earth, especially leaving Malheur heading west on County 133/Double-O road and continuing past the gate that's listed in the Benchmark atlas.

    thanks for the tips.
  17. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    Yes, there has been a lot of snow in Eastern OR this year. No gas at Frenchglen? Let me check on that for you with my contacts on benddualsport.com. They do have really good burgers at the store.:wink:
  18. k7tbt

    k7tbt Been here awhile

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    Bummer, yes fuel might be an issue with a 180 mile range. Bribe some ADV riders to meet you in Frenchglen with fuel.:deal All for nought though, May is way early for the loop to be open, I've seen it closed in July, should of checked your departure time before opening my mouth...:doh
  19. MadChap

    MadChap Been here awhile

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    DR. Rock: I've been comparing your GPS track to my Oregon Benchmark atlas (2006) version. You have some interesting routing:evil. Your route from Folly Farm Flat off of hwy 78 to connect to Diamond may not be passable as well as from French Glen to near Alkali Lake there are some very faint trails. If you haven't already done so, you might want to pm Wachs for his opinion. Not too many guys know the central and southeastern corner of Oregon like him.

    I'm not saying it's not doable, its just that I find when I ride the finest red lines on the Oregon benchmark atlas, they can be really tough routes. At other times they're just fine. FYI I ride a DR350. Wish I could jump over there and pre-ride some of the routes before you head out. If you've based your route on tracks others have ridden, ignore my skepticism.

    Another suggestion: you're taking 6184 west from HWY 395 to 6104 then heading north to Christmas Valley the last 10 miles can be really rough with sharp rocks studding the trail. Some Bend riders I know refuse to ride that. Might I suggest continue heading west when you cross 6104 and connect with 6124 to Paisley where there is fuel. Then if it works spend the night camping at Summer Lake hot springs to soak the tired bones. You won't regret it. Cool and Funky place. From Paisley or SLHS there are awesome roads and trails through the Fremont National forest to Silver lake where you can pick up your current track or turn west before Silver lake to Diamond Lake Jct. You may need to check snow levels in the Fremont FS before you confirm this route.

    Check with some of the Boise riders to see if Silver City is clear of snow before you leave.

    To me it looks like you are trying to keep to lower elevations which at that time of year is really smart. Steens is a no go until at least mid July most years. I was there in September this year and there were still snow fields visible.

    If I get a chance to do some pre-riding, I'll let you know how it is. Maybe I can round up some hooligans from Benddualsport.com to check your Central OR routes.

    I'll be watching your SPOTS and will head south if it looks like I can connect to ride with you for a few miles of your Oregon portion.

    Tim
  20. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Thanks so much for your review and suggestions. I've already rerouted the Folly Farm / Diamond section after reviewing Google Earth imagery. I have posted the revised SE Oregon route .gpx file from Jordan Valley to Crater Lake in the Laying Down tracks M9 route thread -- I think the new route is much more likely to be doable for that section.

    I'll have a look at your other suggestions asap -- but I've routed to the Narrows RV park for gas instead of Frenchglen already... I'm suffering jury duty and they don't smile kindly on laptops and atlases in the courtroom. :cry

    Once I have my best edits, I'll see if Wachs will screen the route. Also, some of the more questionable tracks I'm following have easy(ish) go-arounds available if they're unpassable for whatever reason. If we run into a gate, or a too deep water crossing, or snow, we'll be able to bust out the paper maps, and figure out a reasonable bypass or escape to pavement.

    I try to be cognizant to not paint ourselves into a corner, especially with our range -- if we get blocked after 150 miles and have to backtrack the whole way, we're screwed, so that's always a consideration in my routing.