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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    was the first of several wetlands we'd traverse on this trip. Some natural, some man-made. I'm not a bird-watcher or anything, but it's impressive how much wildlife depends on what little water there is out in the desert.

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    I've been thinking a lot about diet and nutrition and this whole paleo movement, and had come across this National Geographic documentary called "The Last Feast of the Crocodiles" which is totally amazing and fascinating and gruesome at the same time.

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    I'm not going to recommend all four parts -- I'm just going to say that after seeing the first part, I couldn't stop watching.

    Where am I going with this? I guess for me, a big theme of this trip was about how the extremes of survival have really ceased to be selective pressures or evolutionary influences of modern humans.

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    We mostly eat processed crap, we are largely sedentary, our lives are rarely if ever in any real peril... and I'm not so sure we're the better for it.

    What I love about what we're doing on these trips is that we're forced to think about where we're getting our food, and water, and we depend on our skills to build fires, and make shelter, and navigate, and troubleshoot, and it's very physical, and it profoundly rewards every sensory nerve ending we have, from the visual splendor we saw, to the deep ache I still feel in my shoulders and arms. THIS is living.
  2. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    for me was the history of the west.

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    Not so much as a historian of specific events (though the Golden Spike monument hit that note), but more like an anthropologist,

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    observing the interplay of modern life, and how the west has adapted to all the various influences,

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    whether it's ATV's vs. horses, ranching vs. mining, streams vs. reservoirs, resource utilization vs. environmental protection... almost everywhere you look out here there's a story being told.
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Sometimes I like the overlapping media. Me taking a video of Questor taking a photo... (which he can post)

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  4. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    From that high vantage point,

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    We descended a valley

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    and passed through the ghost town of Chesterfield.
    (click image below for a big version you can read, or just go to the Wikipedia here)

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    It seemed like it'd be a nice place to explore...

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    but the open road called louder:

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    :ricky
  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    was a series of three obstacles. The first two were in the form of gates:

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    Toponce Canyon road was seasonally closed, and slated to open in just two days. AAArrrghh. :cry

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    We contemplated going around the gate, but it was a saturday, and the fines seemed steep, and from the maps we carry, it looked like we had a few options for go-arounds, so off we went one canyon to the south, Pebble canyon.

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    On the way, we had to stop for this train. It was nicely nostalgic to sit and listen to the squeaking wheels roll by.

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    Unfortunately...
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    to start,

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    before long we were stopped by an extremely rough and steep road... and another gate.

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    Looking back down, Questor was smart and let us scout first.

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    Our next attempt at getting back on the T2 route took us through McCammon, ID, where we stopped at a little store and pick up some vittles -- vacuum packed filet mignon wrapped in bacon! Oooo, we're gonna have a campfire tonight!

    They also sold horseshoes,

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    and ear tags, just in case.

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    with the T2 route which proceeded to become... shall we say, vague

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    The GPS indicated that we were to take a designated trail (not road), and it took us some doing to find it. (there's Q diving into the bush with the Super MondoEnduro)

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    We crossed paths with some motocross/enduro riders at some point, and asked if the trail went through. The better question would have been are we completely insane to try to get these bikes through. :lol3

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    It's now 6:30pm. We're starting to get tired. No, who am I kidding? We are tired. :deal
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    of many end-of-the-day "situations". I didn't plan it that way. I had no way of knowing we wouldn't start wheels rolling at noon, and stopped already, and encountered this steep trail first thing in the morning.

    I swear.

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    but what are you going to do? It's been easy gravel all day...

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    I mean c'mon, this is the GOOD stuff! :evil
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    Nothing big, just a back wheel slide turning out of a water crossing.

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    We check the maps and the GPS, and while we don't have that far to go laterally... we still have several hundred feet to climb in elevation, and the trail is getting tighter,

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    and steeper... until

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    we just say "enough". Turn around, and head to lower elevations, where Q had seen a flat area with a fire pit.
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    first day.

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    blue=actual, green=intended route

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    Lots of ups and downs, both literally and figuratively.

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    We shuffled about and set up camp. :freaky

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    Day 1 and the noob falls already!
    Re-calibrating......
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    to be active and outdoors for an entire day,

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    especially for me, having spent the night before last in a windowless floor of Bellevue hospital, followed by hours in airplanes and airports, followed by hours wrenching at night indoors... I needed this:

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    Yes, it was chilly, but if you're not wearing everything you brought... you packed too much. :evil

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    but the food was delicious, and the company sublime...

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    I think Q dreamt of wheelies :lol3

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    I just wanna say, it's great traveling with folks who have their gear dialed in, no drama...

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    beef and bacon... bourbon and hot chocolate... what's not to love?

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    Tomorrow... our highest + coldest camp in the Sawtooth NF near Monument peak.
  13. DR. Rock

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    I don't remember our exact conversation that night :freaky... but I know we talked about such nonsense on and off:

    This section was a great example of what I call total-immersion, full-body-contact dual-sport riding. You actually get to taste the terrain (or in oenophile terminology -- "terroir") (mostly because you've gotten a mouthful of it when you've crashed), but even if you haven't crashed, you're in it deep... the branches are smacking you, the smells are lush and in your face, if you turn your engine off you can hear the wind in the trees and the birds chirping (and the snakes hissing)... this is what I missed most with our sections in the way-up-north.
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    DougZ73 Fading off.........

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    Good stuff. :clap
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    [From Q's RR... ]

    The tongs are absolutely essential to fine dining in the bush -- we use them ALL the time, and they are NOT ginormous... here, see for yourself!

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    :lol3

    Have fun at chez Q this summer... I hope we can have the pleasure of hosting you at the ADVentureLoft™ in NYC someday if you ever make it this far east!
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    Today's route would take us from the Caribou to Sawtooth National forests. We'd start with a little re-route to bypass the steep singletrack, but it looked like it'd be mostly a dirt go-around at least according to the Benchmark Atlas maps. If all went well, we'd end up somewhere around the Monument Peak area, where I still had concerns for snow blockages.

    It was a bright, crisp morning. Apparently some critter got into our bear bag and drank almost ALL of our bourbon. There's no way we almost polished off a whole bottle!

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    No one was dragging, everyone rarin' to ride.

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    Our re-route go-around required a few miles of pavement, which were super cool as we entered Garden Creek Gap:

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    I think Dave or Q said they took some photos in there, I unfortunately didn't. :cry
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    we hopped on Rattlesnake road, which was dirt, and I think that was it for pavement for the day.

    Ranch land...

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    We rejoined the T2 trail at Lusk loop rd. This was an unusual cattle guard -- it emitted a high-pitched siren when we passed through.

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    Knox canyon rd. was exceptional...

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    Oh yeah, I forgot... it was mother's day. :1drink
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    are a little misleading. You leave a valley and enter into a mountain range via a canyon, but then you climb, and eventually clear a pass, and then descend out into the next valley via another canyon. So Knox canyon road crested almost to 7000ft, and there was snow:

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    Pretty nice views for the bottom of a canyon. :thumb

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    We exited the range via Big canyon road,

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    and so far, it was all pretty easy riding. But there's the next valley, and the next range way in the distance.

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    of nice riding down the other side.

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    and after a relatively quick traverse across the sandy valley,

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    we dove into Flint canyon, which was one of the absolute best sections of the whole trip.

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    Now, why do I say that? It was like Goldilocks and the 3 bears...

    Not too hard, not too soft...

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    It was juuuust right. :D

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