The Mobius Trip

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

  1. corsair4360

    corsair4360 Been here awhile

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    Dr Rock.

    As one who spent many summers working for the Forest Service near Jackson Hole, those who work around travelers can get really cynical and put out quickly. I'll not describe the situations I dealt with in the campgrounds, but the net was that we concluded tourists left their manners, common sense and any other social skill on the door step when they left home.

    Your case is very different in details, however those who work and know the country tend to treat outsiders like most of them they see, as dumb idiots who cause endless problems for them. That does not excuse a rant, profanity, or stupid driving.

    I found that the vast majority of people were wonderful some exceptionally so. A few rotten apples ruined things however fairly often.
  2. CBAT

    CBAT occasional wanderer

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  3. Slug.go

    Slug.go Been here awhile

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    Read entire thread since Wednesday, I'm caught up, please continue!:clap
  4. DougZ73

    DougZ73 Fading off.........

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    A cliffhanger, really????? :lol3 What happened?
  5. redog1

    redog1 KLR650-2009

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  6. el' hefe

    el' hefe Been here awhile

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    Dr. Rock was referring to Dave.

    What great report! Thanks for all the work you have put into it over all of these years!
  7. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    It was just the wind, and Albertastrom stumbling about with his flashlight. We'd been pretty rattled, though.

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  8. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    We woke up in a rather rebellious mood. Just wanted to make sure the fire wouldn't spark up and cause any trouble... :augie

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    Today we'd continue across the deep abyss of the Great Basin. The range-valley-repeat sequence would be the order for the day. It was a day of thrills and chills, adversity met, and contingencies implemented. It was the kind of day that adventures are made of. :nod

    We saddled up, and dove in, (for the record, I have a vast collection of really great mixed metaphors) :D

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  9. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    stretched out before us,

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    we turned our focus to the next objective, Diamond valley:

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    I'd scouted out the most direct route across, but that proved to be barely visible at ground level. We ended up taking a little longer detour around Garcia Flat. Looking back towards Union Summit;

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    It wasn't like out go-around was any kind of superhighway,

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    Once we got down on the valley floor, you could really appreciate how big it was... we're at the north end of the valley, looking south, the mountains in the distance are 50 miles away. :huh

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  10. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Fesh fesh, call it what you like. It certainly keeps things interesting.

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    Once across the first valley, we entered a canyon over Railroad pass.

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    this section was nicely graded. If I had to guess, there was once a railroad here. DAMHIK. :lol3

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    Cool rock formations, though.

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  11. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    picking up the Pony Express trail. To do so, we'd be following the next valley south to intercept it.

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    This was the only time in the two weeks that the new Garmin Montana hiccupped. The next waypoint was actually NOT 4277 miles away. :norton

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    There are all kinds of historic trails criss-crossing this area. Besides the Pony Express trail, we crossed the Elko-Hamilton Stage coach route while we were on the Hastings Cutoff.

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    Imagine this in a covered wagon:

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    It didn't seem to be giving LDF any trouble,

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  12. 7thson

    7thson Adventurer

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  13. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    how appropriate it is for this to be an auto-tour. I wouldn't want to take a passenger car here.

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    we felt like real pioneers.

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    Finally, at Big Wash, we joined up with the Pony Express route. :clap

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    Next: Overland pass... it was an excellent one - no rocks - not very steep, and the road very firm. Right on the summit is a spring of only tolerable water.

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  14. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Coming down over the pass, we spied our next set of landmarks, The Ruby Lake Wildlife refuge, and Station Butte (6319ft.) both of which we'd be clipping to the south.

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    What a beautiful day! To our north was the Ruby marsh,

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    but we were heading for the hills on the other side of the valley,

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    Looking back across the marsh, there's still snow in that range, the peaks are above 10,000ft.

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  15. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    on Overland road, which was pretty cool,

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    then got spit out of Murry canyon into Long Valley at its northern end.

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    The road signs are far and few between, and kind of randomly placed.

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  16. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    was a bit sandy,

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    and washed out,

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    but the next range over Cherry Creek summit (7201ft) was pretty awesome.

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    mostly because of the spaceships to our north. :norton

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  17. robincx

    robincx Wherever u go, there u r

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    You have succeeded in making me realize that the sale of my trusty DRZ was a mistake. Currently looking for a well equipped dirt mule.
    Cheers, and thanks for the inspirational report.
  18. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    is some great trail through this area,

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    Range, valley, rinse, repeat.

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    The hamlet of Cherry Creek -- it looks exactly like this in GoggleEarth Street view.

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  19. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    at the bottom of the next valley was HWY 93. See it down there?

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    Boooorrrrrring! :bore

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  20. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    We tapped into the old CA telegraph route:

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    Schellbourne Pass turned out to be a high-speed graded road,

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    A few miles later, we split ways with the Pony Express...

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    we were looking for something a little more challenging. :evil

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