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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    Antelope Ridge road, which affords views of the Mammoth ridge peaks to the north, and the Rose ridge peaks to the south.

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    Really pretty area.

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    Another 33 miles to Jordan Valley. Whew. I think we can make it.

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  2. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    road was where things finally eased up,

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    and we sailed past some neat rock formations,

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    before the last few miles into Jordan Valley,

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    We crossed our first state border,

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    and set about getting ourselves civilized... a room, a hot meal, and a hot shower sounded pretty good.
  3. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    The Basque Station Motel, nice enough, where the office was in the Shell station.

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    I asked the guy at the "reception" desk if he could recommend a good place to eat in town, he replied "Oh, I like 'em both". :lol3 Classic.

    We ended up at the Basque Inn, which was open later than the other place,

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    and enjoyed our meal. The beers, anyway. :beer I wish we could get that Alaskan Amber out here. :cry

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    On the walk back to the motel we checked out the Search and Rescue HQ,

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    and the local Rock Collection.

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    Which look more like shell casings to me, but what do I know? :dunno
  4. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    and the .GPX file can be downloaded here.
  5. La Donna Fugata

    La Donna Fugata You're not the boss of me

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  6. La Donna Fugata

    La Donna Fugata You're not the boss of me

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    Great video Dave. Thanks for posting it.
  7. msmetz

    msmetz Been here awhile

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    Hmmm........deserted town, large spider web. It seems like I've seen this somewhere before.
  8. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Yeah! That was very nice.
    Thanks for creating that.

    There's more to come I hope...
    Q~
  9. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    Ok here is part two. It's a little different than the first part. It's 11 minutes long, so it may be a bore for some of you.
    It's my perspective of Bruneau Canyon. I hope it doesn't sound like I'm complaining about the difficulty, I was intimidated
    at times and Dave's positive attitude pushed me through.

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  10. Gramp-Z

    Gramp-Z Been here awhile

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    :clap:clap:clap:clap:clap I hope it isn't just me , but I think Mobius 9 is the new benchmark ! Dr Rock , LDF , Albert Strom and Quester , many thanks for everyone's input . Great descriptive narration with a perfect mix of excellent photos and video . I thank all of you for your effort to entertain those of us that just can't take a ride of this caliber . All the videos of your ride down into and back out of the canyon put me right there with you . Continue when you get a chance , thanks again !
  11. DingWeed

    DingWeed Been here awhile

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    FANTASTICK!!!!! :clap:clap Great photos and RR:clap:clap
    Thanks for sharing!.......I think I just found my new desktop!!!

    Scott
  12. CBAT

    CBAT occasional wanderer

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    Well done! :clap:clap:clap

  13. bilborides

    bilborides Adventurer

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    Yep looks like Jordan Valley to me.There is a guy there named Jim he owns the station, mini mar,t hotel, tow truck, and just about everything else.Nice trip keep safe
  14. redog1

    redog1 KLR650-2009

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    May have to move M9 segment to my favorite. Kudos to you all for persevering:clap:ricky
  15. jeickerman

    jeickerman Full of it.

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    AlbertaStrom,

    What camera and mic set up are you using for your riding? The sound is pretty darn excellent for being on a bike.

    J
  16. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    Drift HD and Drift external lav mic mounted in chin bar foam
  17. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    It's great to camp, and it's always our preference all things being equal, but sometimes a motel shows up along the way, and for a lot of reasons it's just the right thing to do. We want showers, the weather looks bad, we need to do laundry, whatever. The one reliable bonus is that we always get an early start, and this morning was no different... 8am, wheels rolling. (we didn't change our watches to pacific time on this trip)

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    Today would mark the point in M9 where the routing was all my design. T2 was great, and I'd try to upkeep the tradition of the TAT, etc, trying to take the most remote way between fuel stops. I'd worked hard, and was both curious to see what I'd come up with, and a little apprehensive whether all the roads and trails would be passable. :arg

    Game on! :ricky

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  18. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    was to maintain about the same latitude, continue traveling west to Crater Lake, then head south into CA before heading east. The first leg put us parallel to highway 95, on the old ION (Idaho-Oregon-Nevada) "highway"

    The ION alternated between regular farm road sections,

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    and pretty rough two-track. We were on the lookout for Jean Baptiste Charbonneau's gravesite, which was marked on the Benchmark Atlas. What we found was this,

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    and a fenced in area, where I presume his headstone is. Close enough. :1drink

    On the other side of this bridge,

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    the road started to peter out... we passed through a gate, and waved at a rancher who was across a fence in a field to the south. He waved back, but didn't try to stop us. In retrospect, I think he figured he'd be seeing us again soon enough since we'd be turning around in a bit when things got rough. :wink: At least that's what I imagined.

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    The road definitely looked more impressive on the GoogleEarth imagery. This would not be the last time I'd be saying this to myself. And apologizing to my riding partners.

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    We encountered a gentle uphill, that was just littered with embedded boulders.

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    I struggled to get up, Dave took what looked like an easier route alongside (it wasn't), and LDF got bounced.

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    Dave pushed on to the top, where it flattened out and looked easier and parked. I came up beside him in the other track and rode past and parked. I got off Blueberry, and started walking back to my bike, when I see Dave waving his hands. I have the earplugs in, but he and I aren't connected, so I move closer to hear what he's trying to say. I'm pressing the intercom button and I hear him shouting "RATTLESNAKE"!!!!

    :eek2Holy SHITE!

    He had seen it in the track he was following and stopped so he didn't run it over. I had sailed by in the other track, and was about two steps from it. Man, they're camouflaged pretty darn well.

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    I was having a hard time concentrating on what I was saying as I was focused on the snake. :patch

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    Can you see it NOW?

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    By this time LDF had hike up to where we were. Death-defying special section #1... conquered! :flug
  19. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    but there's an anxiety not knowing if you'll have to backtrack which doesn't exist when you're riding someone else's pre-vetted route.

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    you start to feel better when it looks like this,

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    and then get a little knot in your stomach when it gets like this:

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    Life on a perfectly good road.

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  20. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    when 'yer lady tells you she wants to go to Paris and Rome... remember the M9 route. That's Rome up ahead in the valley,

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    Which must make this the Via Appia:

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    We caught a nice view of the Pillars of Rome in the distance.

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