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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    end-of-day challenge to cap an end-of-day special section.

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    We stopped to catch our breath and take it all in:

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    It was a spectacular view, but a bit intimidating, especially the first 50 feet which consisted of tight left where the outside line was the best, but just beyond was a significant dropoff, with consequences, as they say, then there was basically a staircase.

    We saddled back up,

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    and made Dave go first. :lol3

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    intimidation is all mental, and it turned out not to be so bad,

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    I think LDF and I played leapfrog a couple of times with her bike, but we mostly just took our time and stayed safe, so we didn't end up like this: :eek1

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    about halfway, there was one switchback

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    and an abandoned pickup truck.

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    There was a steep, rocky section on the second half that was maximum pucker for me. LDF sailed right through. Go figure. :norton

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    was one last obstacle.

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    We'd scouted out a camping spot on this side of the bridge, but it was more of a boat landing -- buggy and moist. We were gonna have to cross it eventually, might as well be now. Problem was...

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    there wasn't really a very good approach to it. You needed a fair amount of speed to clear the step up, on an angle, then you'd have to slam the brakes or you'd end up in the drink. :huh So we built a little ramp:

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Dave had a bit more trouble lining up:

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    I ran (walked) back to assist:

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    it's kind of funny 'cause Dave was recording video also. You can hear me saying "watch out for that hole" in his video too. :lol3
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    over the bridge, we realized what a primo camping spot this was going to be.

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    Besides the Franzia chillable red, there were hot springs waterfalls,

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    NOT hot springs AND waterfalls, but actual hot water falling. :1drink

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    The water in the near creek was scaldingly hot. The bathtub had a big hole in it. We scouted around to try and figure out how we could go swimming. We were pretty stinky and dusty,

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    What we found was that if you waded in at the confluence of the hot stream and the river, you could swirl the two temperature waters around and be comfortable for 3 or 4 seconds per minute. The rest of the time you were either burning or freezing. :lobby
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    and I finally remembered to bust out the IR camera!

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    We were treated to a lovely sunset,

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    and had delicious elk steaks (IIRC) cooked on an open campfire. We all said a prayer as we fell asleep that our ride out the other side of the canyon would be kinder and gentler. :pope
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    tundra61 I wish I had a title

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    I spent 2 weeks climbing at City of Rocks a while back. What an awesome place. The fact that so few people are there and that the rock is so good is what makes it amazing. There are few other places that have such good climbing where you can camp at the base yet have so few people around. Sure ain't the Gunks !

    Now - the thought of riding a motorcycle to get there and then doing the climbing - now that's good times ! If you could also surf and telemark in the same day I think you would have heaven.
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    (I forgot to take the screen shot until late in the evening... we weren't stopped for that long)

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    And the day's .GPX file is here.
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    I heard some birds chirping, and unzipped the fly to the tent. I rubbed my eyes... it was as if the sky was on fire. I ran over to get the Leica. I clicked it onto my HDR settings where it take 5 consecutive shots with varying exposures for later synthesis. Shitshitshit. The cap is on. Super long exposure time... and then wait for noise cancelling... I'm dying here...

    The light actually changed in the time it took for the camera to reboot. :cry But I still ended up with this:

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    and about a minute later... this:

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    about two minutes after that the light show was over... it was just another bland, mildly overcast morning.

    Today's route would take us across southwestern ID to the Oregon border at Jordan Valley and the completion of the T2 Tour of Idaho route (except for the far eastern part which we'd pick up at the end of our big loop).

    But first we'd have to get out of Bruneau Canyon. How hard could that be? :dllama
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    there was steam coming off the hot springs,

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    I was changing into my boots, and looked down:

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    Is that what I think it is??? :eek1 I poked it over on it's back with a stick:

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    Arrrgggghhh. Put it on the list. :rolleyes
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    little tour of our campsite at Bruneau Canyon.

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    Dave has a nice compilation video of the first few day's riding maybe he'll post. :ear
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    Instead of an end-of-the-day challenge... it was right up front... bright and early! :twitch

    The next 1.4 miles took us 2 hours to traverse. We leapfrogged up a few hundred feet at a time. According to the GPS tracklog, the the last quarter mile out of the canyon averages a 28% grade. :huh

    Here's the blow-by-blow:

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    shortly after, LDF gets bounced off the trail, blips the throttle, and ends up here:

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    and it wasn't even steep yet.

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    it was Dave's turn to go down.

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    Francine hammered through,

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    :clap
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    the trail deteriorated as it got steeper.

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    We could see on the GPS that we didn't have very much distance to cover to get to the top. The objective was to get there safely. I started riding LDF's bike on almost every little section, and then hiking back down to ride my bike up, while LDF hiked up on foot.

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    it was steeper than it looks in the photos...

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    But it actually looks pretty steep to me in the photos.

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    Then there were obstacles like these steps:

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    Where's that chillable red when you need it?

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    the steeper the grade, and on top of that, I was starting to get that post-sugar-sweetened oatmeal hypoglycemic crash. Hiking downhill wasn't agreeing with my aging knees either.

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    it was all I could do to hang on.

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    rest, hydrate... walk the line, ride, hike back down, rest...

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    repeat...

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    it was slow going, but we hadn't had any more crashes after the first two.
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    switchback on this side, (this is one of a few photos that really show the steepness)

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    and I didn't like what I saw... even worse... Nice view looking back, though.

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    This was the start of the 20-28% grade section:

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    (gratuitous tassel shot) :wink:

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    Almost there:

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    As I hiked down, I was starting to have serious doubts about my ability to get both my and LDF's bikes out of there safely.

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    LDF hiked up,

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    We'd come quite a ways.

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    And then my turn on Honeybee. I was spent. We had the bikes staged for the last push to the top, but it was a doozy. Helmets off, discussing lines.

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    We took some shot's of where we'd come from:

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    I asked Dave if he thought he could ride Blueberry up the last section. He said he'd like to see how he felt on his bike first. Fair enough, but what I didn't say is that if he didn't ride Blueberry out of there, my plan was to just disassemble her and carry up each nut and bolt one at a time. :lol3

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