The Mobius Trip

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

  1. Drizzt

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    Two questions-

    1-I noticed you have a trailtec computer on your bike. Did it come that way, or did you replace the stock one? If you did replace the stock one is it more accurate/ overall better? Thanks

    2-Have you read the book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenence by Robert M. Pirsig? If not, I would highly recomend it as it's an awesome book you could relate to.
  2. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Well, well, well. It's been a busy couple of weeks. Total Control course in Frederick, MD two weekends ago, Pine Barrens 300 last weekend... (lots of tire changes in between :puke1.) Didn't even realize today was a holiday! :norton

    Anyway, my dance card is cleared, and at the top of my to-do list is knocking off this ride report! Thanks for your patience... Let's start by answering some shout-outs and questions:

    Beez: nice seeing you in RI as well... didn't we meet at the XPlor event in the Pine Barrens last year? I thought you'd be at the PB300 this weekend. :dunno It was a great weekend.

    Brian: Wish we could have come back to Nova Scotia this year! How's the Hypermotard treating you? I put the street wheels on the TerraMostro for the road course: :eek1 Gosh that's fun. I call it the mini-motard set-up. :wink:

    Rich: We did not get a new set of wheels... though I am in touch with Eastcoast wheels to have them make an 18/21 set for LDF's F650 so I can just swap wheels instead of tires when going back and forth from street to knobs. I'm a complete convert to the one bike - two sets of wheels now that I have the street set-up for the monster.

    Alex: I'll give you the 411 on the Total Control course next time I see you at the garage; short version: :thumb

    Steve: Thanks again for being our "SpOtter" for this leg of the trip. And Francine thanks you for acknowleging her gonads. :lol3. Missed you at the PB300 this weekend.

    Drizzt: 1. It's a Trailtech Vapor unit. BobbyC put it on, so it was there when I bought the bike from him. It's great... but probably unnecessary unless you're racing enduros (which he was), or trying to use the roll charts only for the TAT, and not GPS. The only time it didn't work was when the battery got low. Now I carry a spare, which is the same battery as LDF's headlamp. 2. Yes. A long time ago. I too can recommend it. :thumb

    And now... on with the show! :drums
  3. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Two passes down, 4 to go.

    But first we've got to get down off of California pass. This is the first switchback: :yikes

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    It was kinda wet and loose and steep, so both my hands were on the grips, and before I knew it, we were passing this sign:

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    Hey, that wasn't so bad! Three down, three to go...
  4. nachtflug

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    did you ever hear of the word JEEP? they have heaters you know..


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  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    So what is most notable about the alpine tundra above the treeline is the obvious lack of trees...

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    Not something you might consider as having tremendous implications as long as you're not trying to build a log cabin or something.

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    Unless, you'd had a couple of cups of coffee before leaving in the morning, and been doing your best to combat altitude sickness by staying well hydrated...

    And you're a girl who's a little shy about dropping her pants to take a pee on the open tundra when there's the risk of a big group of moto-cross riders blasting around the turn.

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    So we get to a cut-off, and it's a steep, steep climb, with a tight turn at the top, and while we stop to contemplate, a jeep is coming down, and it's a little white knuckle, because you really need the momentum just right to go up the hill and make the turn, and if another vehicle is coming down, it wouldn't end pretty even in the best-case scenario.

    Meanwhile it's started to flurry. LDF has a little panic attack. I'm trying to figure out what's wrong... and she finally blurts out "I HAVE TO PEE!" :becca

    "So pee right here..."

    "No way, not with all these motorcycles riding by!"

    "Well, let's ride up past that turn and see if there are some trees up ahead"

    "I'm not riding up that... what if a jeep or motorcycle is coming down at the same time!" :yikes

    "OK... I'll ride both bikes up. Start walking"
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    So we get both bikes and ourselves up around the curve to a flat spot, and lo and behold, there's a single, small tree, off the trail, down about 20 feet of scree.

    "I can't climb down there"

    "Sure you can..." I climb down there... She climbs down there. A group of about 15 motorcycles rides by... "everything allright?" "Yeah, thanks for asking..."

    "I can't pee here."

    "Well, it's either pee here or hold it, because it's not like there's going to be a rest room up here! :rolleyes" And I pull down my pants in solidarity, just to prove that looking ridiculous is a small price to pay to relieve an over-distended bladder if you're facing miles and miles of alpine tundra off-road riding.

    Another group of a dozen or so enduro riders whizz by. :shog

    "OK, here's what we'll do... I'll go back up there with the bikes, and distract anyone who rides by while you pee. I think what's happening is they see two bikes, with no riders, and they immediately look over the edge expecting to see some really cool looking carnage, and maybe some gear they could split up among themselves."

    So that's what we do.

    "Oh my god, that feels SO much better."

    We get back on the bikes, all smiles, and start riding.

    Three minutes later. (3 minutes!) we pass this:

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    :rofl:oscar
  7. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Hey Scott :wave... No they don't. Not the good ones, anyway.

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  8. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    of the clouds,

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    The next section vaguely followed a ridge,

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    with typical spectacular views in all directions.

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    This wasn't a named pass as far as I could tell, but it's one of my favorite photos:

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  9. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Imbecile

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    From this point forward, consider yourself WRONG at her expense! :lol3 :rofl

    Good luck with that... :D

    Great pics and story!

    John
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    We stop for a rest. Between the riding and the altitude, we're tired.

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    But it sure is some beautiful scenery with a fearsome potential if you were to get caught up here in a storm. :eek1

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    The road snakes around, and there are continuously amazing photo ops. To get the following sequence, LDF was riding only about 30 seconds ahead of me.

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    As we were descending, we got passed by a couple of bikes. We caught up to them at the bottom as they were checking out the posted trail map. Trevor and Angie, :thumb from Durango. They were taking a day off work (it must have been a work day, eh :scratch).

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    We chatted for awhile. Not sure if they're ADV'rs... if not, they should be... a great couple.
  12. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Back on pavement for this one, we stopped to add another layer of clothes.

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    Of course, anytime we ride on pavement, the weather takes the opportunity to spew precipitation:

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    If we're going to have to ride on pavement, let's at least make it interesting... hmmm. :patch Besides wet, what can we add? :brow How about tight switchbacks? :nod

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    Not enough??? Let's add big semi-trailers taking the turns extra wide!

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    Yeah, that's 'bout right... I'll give it an 8.4 difficulty rating.

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    OK, we made it.

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    'Bout ready for dirt again now... please?

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  13. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Oh yeah!

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  14. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    as soon as we're off pavement, it stops raining. :dunno

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    and we head towards pass #5; Ophir

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    Now I know from other's TAT reports, that it's the backside of Ophir pass that's really cool, with the wide open views and the shelf road that seems to hug the side of the mountain. What I didn't know was how cool the views from the actual pass were, starting with the sophisticated high design of the signpost:

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  15. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Really feels like a pass. It sits in the crotch of a "V"

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    With this steep loose scree on either side

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    As you look forward, it's as if you're going to enter a different kingdom...

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    Kind of hard to explain,

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    or show with photos,

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    but maybe you get the idea... anticipation, the views will open up in a few hundred yards, but for now, all you can see is a sliver of what's to come.

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    And sure enough, open up it does:

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  16. huggybear

    huggybear Been here awhile

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    Tell us about the Duc you rode in the pine barren, looks like it is set up pretty good for a long distant dualsport
    Thanks
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    It's hard to appreciate

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    the scale of what we were in. You'd look ahead, across the valley, and weren't sure if what you were seeing was a 1ft. rock, or a 20 ft. boulder, a 2 ft. shrub, or a 40 ft. tree. But I do know that is a jeep down there, just about to enter the greenery. It's a frigging speck. :brow
  18. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    I could talk about that bike for hours :wink:... so good question , but for a different thread. :thumb

    It's a TerraMostro. Which has been discussed here, and elsewhere. Happy to answer any other q's about it by PM. :D
  19. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    We dropped down a switchback or two, and I set up where the road simply curved around to become the shelf road and took this series of photos as LDF descended. Then I rode down, and took a single photo of the road from about where she is in the first one. Then I put the camera away, held onto the bars, and rode the bike down.

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    zoomed in:

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    zoomed back out:

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    Now she's a speck.

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    I'm going to the x-large format... she's just at the edge of the first green patch:

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    20 seconds later, she's at the second green patch that crosses the road,

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    20 seconds after that, she's crossed the grey rock field in the center, and is about to enter the green stuff that continues down to the trees.

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    I start down, and photograph this at the beginning of the shelf road, then that's it.

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    Yadda yadda, steeper than it looks, etc. I'm impressed that she rode the whole way down without freaking out or stopping. :bow

    I bet I know what was going through her mind...

    "Pick the line, ride the line, pick the line, ride the line, pick the line, ride the line... etc." :deal
  20. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    I see from that last photo that we had covered 56 miles for the day, and it's time-stamped at 1:11pm. We'd started at about 8am, so that's an overall average of about 10mph???? :doh

    Yeah, that's about right.

    Which isn't to say that we weren't hitting the throttle when we could:

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    Down through some aspens, and under a giant finger hovering in the sky:

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    Another water crossing, this time I'm the subject :D

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    Water everywhere... she loves crossing water as much as she hates riding in sand. (but hates it less after this last weekend, thanks for the coaching SallyDog)

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