The Mobius Trip

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DR. Rock, May 23, 2008.

  1. DR. Rock

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    and 4th of July festivities. :freaky

    Sorry I didn't give you a kiss goodbye last night, :smooch but I was exhausted. Hope you got some good shots, and home safe. Great seeing you! :wave

    I can't think why not. :1drink

    I suppose I can, but I don't think the Montana is really fully developed yet. The Garmin team continues to fine tune the firmware, and it's still improving. Briefly, The Montana series has become the new benchmark standard for DualSport GPS units. It does A LOT of things right, and nothing really horribly wrong (like the screen on the Oregon was).

    I just had a look at the Rino's detailed specs. The 650 would suit us better... We already own the topo maps (they're not locked to a unit like City Nav), and we take pitchers with dedicated cameras -- taking the GPS off the mount to snap a pic would be a PIA. The specs are similar to the Montana for most things... the Montana has a more memory, and waypoint storage space.

    The biggest difference would be the HUGE bright and gorgeous screen on the Montana, and the fact that it's ergonomics are much better suited to DS riding than the Rino with it's protruding "horns" just waiting to catch tree-branches and whatnot, ready to be ripped off like real Rhino horns sawed off by poachers. Also, the Rino runs on 4.5V, requires a step-down adapter cable, and I believe can only be powered externally via a USB port, which is a known Achilles heel and a show-stopper from what I've heard from Oregon users. The Montana rugged mount by Garmin is the cat's pajamas. I can't think of a single reason anyone would want to buy the Touratech mount.

    The location / walkie talkie feature is nice, but I think we wouldn't use it that much. We're 98% within line of sight, so we know where each other is, and we have the Scala's to communicate.

    The NOAA radio... meh. We have one of these, (Eton FR160) and honestly, we haven't taken it since I think M4. 99% of the time we don't get reception, or we're traveling in an area that isn't covered by the NOAA system. Yeah, that's right... they don't broadcast everywhere. I found that hard to believe too, coming from the midwest where every spring and summer growing up I'd have my ear pressed to a Realistic Crystal Controlled transistor Weatheradio before going to bed, and first thing waking up.

    The Rino's definitely have nice features, but seem best suited for handheld use... maybe for a group of hunters, for instance, or hikers, or mountain bikers who split up into smaller groups taking different trails, where each group might have one unit, and they all want to hook up at the end of the day. Or a riding/hiking group that has a support truck following them.

    We have the Spot unit to be able to call in big support and rescue, I don't think the Rino's would replace that. The Montana isn't perfect, but it's a great upgrade from the 60/76 and 276 units.
  2. mrprez

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    Hey Dr. Rock, I have really enjoyed reading about and watching your adventures. I was trying to go back and see when it was that you started using a helmet cam but always get wrapped up in reading the report and forgetting about the camera. Would you mind repeating any information about which camera you are using and also if you are using an external microphone?

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  3. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    It's the Contour (formerly VHoldR) HD 720p, modified to have an external microphone, with the lens kit (modified with a silicone bead around a filter to keep water and dust out).
    Some links to keep you busy:
    motojournalism report
    External mic mod post
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    Dr. Rock was nice enough to invite me and Wayne to his place in the New York City yesterday and outside of having to put up with Wayne listening to the Bee Gee's Nights on Broadway non stop once we crossed the bridge from the Bronx to the Manhattan, and then having to watch the standard Wayne getting all teary eyed (don't ask) it was a real nice way to spend the 4th. Wayne took some pictures at the cemetery in Sleepy Hollow and tried to make believe he was taking pictures of the arch in some park when he was really taking pictures of girls. Of course there were fireworks and the doctors lovely wife and he had some hot girl from California visiting to boot who Wayne was quite smitten with.

    the doctor wrote me a prescription to post a few pictures so here are a few pictures. if you don't like them put me and wayne on ignore we really don't care.

    we also discussed the Klim riding suit and Icon Elsinore boots in keeping with the general theme of the thread, though only briefly and he also made me a whisky sour with egg white though I had to make him use bourbon instead of single malt scotch as he thought scotch whisky meant whisky. :D

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    and let not forget this. :deal

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    thanks again Dr. Rock, Francine and Meghan, aka ice cream flavor guru.

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  9. DR. Rock

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    Yes, the Montana screen is the bomb. Correct, we don't use audio prompts. RE: dedicated task-specific vs. all-in-one... I just had a conversation along these lines last night with nachtflug about riding gear. While I'd love to have a Star-trek tricorder that can do everything, the problem is that if one function breaks, or becomes out-dated or obsolete, your options are to live with it, upgrade, or ditch the whole unit. We use iPods for music, Scalas for communication, GPS for navigation, three different cameras for photography, ContourHD for video, Spot for tracking / emergencies... and all-in-one smartphones (android + iPhone) for... essentially nothing.
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    Today would begin our return leg to Idaho Falls. Our route would head southeast on pavement to Klamath Falls, OR, then the dirt would begin. We'd clip Northwest California, skirt the Warner Range (again), and set ourselves up to re-enter the Great Basin somewhere around Gerlach, NV.

    LDF woke up early, grabbed her camera, and headed out for some pitchers of the sunrise. 5 minutes later, she stormed back into the room... "Someone took the battery out of my camera!" "Well, yeah, I do that every night to recharge it." :shog She grabbed it out of the charger and hurried back outside.

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    We packed up, and cleared out of our comfy loft / suite:

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    Loaded the bikes, and cut through the chilly morning air towards Klamath.

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    Not too much traffic, it being a saturday, but we weren't used to the speed -- it was cold. :vardy

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    I think I saw Mt. Shasta way in the distance.

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    Just checked the GPS -- sure enough, ~75 miles away. :nod
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    we got to Klamath Falls,

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    we were freezing our asses off. It was a neat little town,

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    We spied a bagel shop, and intercommed consensus to stop for a cuppa hot joe.

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    The locals were gathered to do some street flower planting town beautification.

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    No one seemed to pay us much mind in our get-ups. One couple with a kid introduced themselves and asked if we knew a friend of his, Phil Freeman from Alaska -- he'd seen a Motoquest sticker on one of our bikes.

    Do we know Phil? He's legendary. Even partied at the ADVentureLoft™!

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    Small world. :freaky
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    it was much warmer. We gassed up, and hit the dirt.

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    Past Willow Valley Reservoir, we skirted the northern border of California, winding our way to Kellogg rd and then Crowder Flat rd. in the Modoc NF.

    We followed this pipeline for quite a ways.

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    there were some pathetic attempts at reforestation.

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    What is incredible is that we would see the same pipeline days later, hundreds of miles away in Utah, if I'm not mistaken. Which makes sense as it stretches all the way from Wyoming from here.

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    The Ruby pipeline carries natural gas, construction began on July 31, 2010, and the pipeline was placed in service on July 28, 2011. The 42-inch pipe is 680 miles (1,090 km) long.
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    to break away from the pipe. Northern California is really nice,

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    The roads through Modoc were graded and fast,

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    Are those snowcat tracks?

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    Here's how we knew we'd crossed into California:

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    I take pitchers of signs like this one, just in case we get lost and have to backtrack, I can scroll through the camera and see what's where back there.

    Or if we want to go and see a dead burro. :huh:dunno

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    for the morning followed this sign,

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    we could see the smoke rising in the distance,

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    I hoped they'd let us ride through, but it didn't look promising,

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    It was kind of freaky,

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    but the yellow shirts seemed to have it all under control, they didn't even look up as we passed.

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    It got pretty thick in there,

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    like riding through a war zone.

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    for us. Imagine how it was in 1853. :twitch Probably not nearly as fun.

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    I love these markers. Really a great idea, and design. I stop whenever I spy one.

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    Gratuitous product placement shot. :D
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    crept into view to our East.

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    and we dropped down off of Crowder flat to Alturas,

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    where we'd been before heading north to Seattle on Mobius 4, we'd camped nearby at Plum Valley.

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    This time, we picked up provisions,

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    and headed East into the Mountains,

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    and South, towards Blue Lake.
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    great time, and basically were back on schedule.

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    Not that we were on a schedule, more like back on pace, meaning that we wouldn't have to skip any of our planned route.

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    We passed the road to Mill Creek campground where we'd stayed on Mobius 3.

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    It was a bit out of the way, and Blue Lake was right on our route, so we decided to try someplace new. This is an adventure, after all. :evil

    Didn't take long to get there,

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    and had plenty of time for some R&R.

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    It'd been a pretty easy day riding. But tomorrow, we'd be heading back into the desert.

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    We felt like kings (and queens)

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    The lake was a little chilly for swimmin' an besides, we hadn't gotten that sweaty and dirty riding today.

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    We cooked up the ribs which were most excellent,

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    we explored a little more, at least the monkey did,

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    We were a little spooked at the headless fisherman,

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    we hung out at the campfire, since it was chilly when the sun set,

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    and reflected on the trip so far. :clap

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    We were treated to one last hurrah for the day.

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    215 miles! epic. :clap

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    .GPX track file available for download here.