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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    And blocked good. Prolly needs another week or so at least. So close.

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    OK, hit the GPS's, start scrolling, and break out the maps. OK, here's a possibility... Let's take this trail... maybe it'll go around the snowdrift at a lower elevation. Seems promising for awhile, but then... we have to turn around when we get to this:

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    OK... try again... back to the campground, and then turn left instead of right. This would be re-backtracking. Grrr.

    Well, the next go-around attempt is a big one. We basically descend out of the mountains on the eastern side, head north for about 30 miles to clear Niles gulch & Rock Creek canyon, and then scoot over west 5-10 miles and head back south about 25 miles back to the T2 trail where we'd pick it up on the other side of the range.

    A little disappointing... this was going to add 40-50 miles to our route...

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    Once underway, though, we couldn't keep the smiles from our faces...

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    You couldn't ask for better dual sport riding than this. :ricky
  2. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    of dry creek road... we were on this for a solid hour:

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    We stopped for a little break to defleece,

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    And paused to smell the flowers,

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    and for a word from our sponsor:

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    :super
  3. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    the valley came into view,

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    We'd been on Dry Creek Road for over an hour,

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    and it was one of the best hours of M9, imagine that, the go-around as good as the route. I love when that happens.

    When we got to the pavement, it was past noon, and time for Q to peel off to head east.

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    We said our goodbyes and seeyalaters, and set about to find some fuel. The devil box pointed us a few miles away, but didn't account for this:

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    We just couldn't catch a break today. :lol3 No biggie, the detour led us right to where we needed to go:

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    Fuel, snacks, water, and a couple cryopacks of local frozen elk steaks. mmmmm. :yum

    To get back to the T2 trail we had two choices... Rock creek road (paved) or Indian Springs road (dirt). We were really falling behind pace, so guess which we took? :brow
  4. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    much of a debate. :D

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    It was another section that was "Goldilocks" just right. Not too hard, not too easy,

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    I think I could just ride back and forth on those two roads for a week and not get bored. :1drink
  5. redog1

    redog1 KTM 690R

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    This is Mobius right? :D
  6. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    to T2 again on the other side of the Monument Peak range, the road to Rogerson was relatively straight and flat,

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    and we were able to pick up the pace.

    Rogerson would be our last fuel stop in ID,

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    Next gas would be Jordan Valley, OR. We still had quite a ways to get to the border. We'd have to fill the SweetCheeks to extend our range:

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    Gas, water, food, bourbon. Key ingredients for a Mobius trip. Was this also where I bought that evil 4 gallon box of Chillable Red? :1drink

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    and my favorite:

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  7. tsiklonaut

    tsiklonaut the (in)famous boxer perv

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    Decent trails ridden + stunning landscapes put into the photos, as usual! :clap

    Uphill you should nail the damn thing, even a woman knows how to properly nail it :evil :lol3


    A quick Q: what's your opinion on those particular Kermit chairs? Are they worth the dosh? Been having an eye on 'em for some time but still not decided - aren't they too short to sit on or too heavy/large to carry on a light trails bike? :ear

    Keep on Rockin' F+D,
    Margus
  8. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Thanks for stopping by :wave, Hi to Kariina too!

    Just wait... it gets even better :evil

    "...even a woman..."???:brow I would retaliate, but I trust Kariina to put you in your place. :fishie

    Maybe Questor or AlbertaStrom or LDF can comment as well, but my opinion is that they are the bomb. Hand-made, hardwood hickory, field-serviceable, comfy, strong, light, durable. The height is just right for sitting around a campfire. The size+weight : value ratio is more than favorable. If you forced me to ditch gear to save space or weight, the kermit chairs would be among the last to go. There is virtually nothing as satisfying as riding hard all day, and then sitting your sore ass down on a comfy chair next to a campfire, with a nice beverage in hand.

    Great to hear from you, hope you're having a great summer. Looking forward to the book!
  9. donnh

    donnh Been here awhile

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    Thanks for getting us caught up on M9, Deby and I have done similar trips for the past few years and I love reading about trips other couples take. We followed you on SPOT and I've already downloaded the M9 gpx before you started posting. If all goes well we will be riding the East to West section of M9 in late July as part of a return trip from CO. I'm assuming we won't run into snow (been there way too many times) but I'm preparing for HOT. We are looking forward to hearing about the rest of the trip, it reminds me how lucky I am to be within a day's ride of most of these routes. :D:D
  10. McDOPE

    McDOPE Adventurer

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    ..Not sure if this is applicable but if you saw no spiders it is possible that this is a fungal growth with web like strands of hyphae. I have seen similar large patches in the wet rotting forest floor in Oregon. They have this white opaque appearance rather than the clear or grey semi-translucent strands of spider webbing.:jjen
  11. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Hey everyone. :wave
    I just got back from another ride, and have finally had the time to check in on this Mobius.
    Turns out I'm late to the party.

    But I want to thank Dr. Rock and LDF for letting me tag along.
    We've know each other for about 5 years, and it was great to finally ride and camp with them.
    They really know how to travel.
    The routes are great, the food is great, and so is their company.
    They have taught me a whole new dimension of motorcycle travel.

    When I travel, it's about making distance and traveling as light and fast as you can.
    But traveling with the Mobius Circus, I've learned to relax, and enjoy the bonuses associated with "Luxury camping".
    Spending the evening sitting comfortably in a Kermit Chair, watching the fire, while sipping Whiskey and hot chocolate - well it's sublime.

    Thanks again Dr. Rock, LDF, and AlbertaStrom for being such good travel companions and friends.

    I'll stay tuned for the rest of the Mobius 9 Ride Report.
    Q~
  12. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    took us on pavement past Salmon Dam,

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    (downstream)

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    and then we were back in the dirt

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    Observation: While the NV great basin is valley-range-valley repeat, the Southern ID and Eastern OR is more plateau-canyon-plateau.

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  13. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    and these two joined our caravan behind her and in front of AlbertaStrom.

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    and while we were negotiating getting around them, LDF carried on and missed a sharp turn that led up and out of the canyon, and instead continued on.

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    We knew she'd blown the turn, so Dave waited while I ran her down.

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    Damn, she can really haul the mail sometimes. The only reason I caught her is that she stopped and waited when she didn't see anyone behind her. :huh

    On our way back to Dave, I noticed this dilapidated mining slough falling off the canyon wall.

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  14. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    was this monster,

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    Sometimes I find it difficult to comprehend that cows and bulls are of the same species... they are so different. And I don't mean anatomy... duh, I'm referring to temperment.

    We followed Cedar Creek canyon that we'd just climbed out of. The mining slough was right about down the canyon on our left:

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    We crossed some open range:

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    Because this sign was so weathered, someone was kind enough to scrape down the corner and hand-write the directions and mileages. Unfortunately, that had faded to illegible too. :hmmmmm

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    This is why we carry maps too.
  15. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    had some long, straight and narrow going on:

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    "Molasses sand".

    :rofl
  16. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    an Abercrombie photo shoot,

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    It was 4:30, and scrolling ahead on the GPS, it was clear that we would be camping. Polling the troops revealed we were all out of water.

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    We dipped down in elevation and spied some running water. There was a ranch nearby, and the stream had obviously been frequented by cattle. The question was how much faith in our water filters did we have?

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    :huh

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    Happy to report, no ill effects. :clap
  17. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    God, I miss these views. Please let me go back to Eastern OR sometime...
    :cry:cry:cry

    You don't have these views in GA
  18. jglow

    jglow Two wheeled traveler

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    Awesome! :clap

    :lurkLoving the M9 Report:lurk
  19. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    I should make a smart aleck Mars v Venus joke here, but I won't. Just wait till you get a rangy old cow giving you the stink eye, and you will change your mind about that statement.

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  20. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    from Clover Creek / Buck Flat Draw where we filtered water, to the edge of Bruneau canyon was only about 16 miles,

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    But it was brutal. Our bikes and bodies took a pounding.

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    It's already past 5pm, we've been riding all day, and the trail is getting fainter and fainter, with sharp rocks embedded in the dirt. (ignore what I say about getting horizontal with a big girl :shog)

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    After about an hour of that, we saw the canyon up ahead:

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    :huh