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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    took us north, on Spring Valley road, then on some smaller unnamed ranching roads and looped back to HWY 93 at Langes station (on the old Stage Coach route) for fuel.

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    It was a pretty nice section,

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    We passed another hangin' tree:

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  2. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    we were confused...

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    There was supposed to be gas here, but everything was shut down. A sign on the door said "this is no longer a gas station, it is a private residence"

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    We assessed our gas supply,:krusty(No, not that kind)

    and considered our options. :hmmmmm

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  3. elgato gordo

    elgato gordo KTMRFS

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  4. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    THAT was not a good feeling

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  5. redog1

    redog1 KTM 690R

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    Well, what happened?:ear:lol3
  6. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    Patience Grasshopper:*sip*

    I won't talk out of school but I'll throw in a few photos during the intermission.

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    Blueberry napping

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    How many of these guys almost got run over?

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    Annoying sign

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    Amphibious craft may be required

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    Can it get any better?

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  7. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    no, it can't!!!!
  8. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    We broke out the maps, and considered our options. Dave had the least remaining range. LDF & I still had our fuel bottles, but we didn't think we could get all three bikes to Wendover via pavement with what we had.

    We considered flagging down a passing vehicle, but then Dave wandered over to the other side of the parking lot where there was a small hatchback stuffed to the gills. A young gal was hauling belongings from one of the back buildings.

    "Hi, any idea where we can get some gas?" Dave asks.

    "Well, I have some in a 5-gallon jerry can that I keep for just such occasions. The couple who ran the gas station for 45 years retired this year and occasionally people stop by expecting to be able to fill up, so we keep enough to sell so they can get to Wendover. I'm just about to leave, but I can sell you what I have at cost."

    :bow:bow:bow THANK YOU TATIANA!!!!

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    Turns out she'd been working on a project for the USGS for two years, and the project ended, or funding was cut, can't remember. She was leaving Langes Station for good, and moving back to Oregon, or Washington... passing through British Colombia or something.

    Her assistance was humbly rewarded with a Mobius good-karma pin, which she enthusiastically accepted, saying that she collected pins. We hustled to split up the 5 gallons, so we didn't delay her, said our thanks and good-byes. :clap

    A little googlesleuthing reveals that she is an accomplished photographer, wild-life expert, and an avid outdoorswoman. She can add this to her accomplishments: Mobius hero. :nod

    Tati, if you see this, best wishes for finding a new gig, and thanks again! :beer
  9. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    enough gas that we didn't necessarily have to hightail it to Wendover directly on pavement. That said, we didn't have enough to do the whole route as planned; heading back into the sagebrush, East of the Kinsley range, then crossing HWY 93, going West and then over the Dolly Varden, across the big valley, and finally over Morgan Pass to drop down into Wendover.

    Our abridged plan was to hit pavement to the other side of the big valley, and then head north, and go over Morgan Pass, and end the day in Wendover at a cheap casino motel. We headed off,

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    What is difficult to appreciate is how windy it was. I was riding point, which I usually do on detours until we get back on our route, LDF was in the middle, and AlbertaStrom was riding sweep.

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    We had about 15 miles or so of pavement, so I put my head down, and dialed in the tunes. After a few miles, Ranson pulls up to me and over the squawk box says, "Francine got blown off the road!" :huh
  10. marty_uiuc

    marty_uiuc moran

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    this summer has been one of the driest in a long, long time. the scuttle butt is that ranchers in northern NV/southern OR are being forced to abandon their cattle if the BLM says so due to brush fires, and many fear they'll have their land leases revoked due to the drought. so the guy you encountered was probably venting due to some of the angst he may be feeling about his livelihood. i am not trying to justify the way he was acting towards you, as it was uncalled for. just wanting to give you some information about why he may have been such an ass.
  11. La Donna Fugata

    La Donna Fugata You're not the boss of me

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    That was the most frightening experience EVER!!!! I knew the cross winds were strong because I had been fighting them since we left Tatiana. But with no warning AT ALL the winds literally picked my bike up and shifted me two feet off onto the soft shoulder.

    All I can say is thank god for the off road experience Ive acquired up until this point. I remember thinking holy shit...%$$$%%% then recognized the terrain under my wheels and rode it out right back up onto the tarmac like nothing had ever happened.:D except my heart rate was telling me something different.

    Dave Ranson was riding behind so hell have to fill in his viewpoint if he wishes. All I know is that I sure was lucky........oh did I mention there was a tractor trailer coming in the opposite direction. All I could think of the rest of the day was what if that wind shifted me in the other direction. :eek1 I loss total control of my bike by the force of mother nature. Not a comforting feeling.
  12. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    This was the second time I had been following a rider that has gone off the road. Believe me it's an unreal feeling of helplessness. My first reaction both times this has happened has been "what the hell are they doing?!" The next thought is "holy shit, hold on...please don't hit anything. Then as it became apparent that LDF was in control and the panic subsided for both of us, there was this feeling of amusement. Kind of like seeing a riding buddy go down and the first thing you do is grab your camera and give them a good ribbing. Sorry LDF I couldn't help it. The off road detour was actually quite spectacular and the control you showed impressive. You scared the crap out of me and I'm very happy you were safe.

    By the way, the first rider I saw do this was ok too. He blew a rear tire 100miles south of Dawson, put in the ditch but kept it upright. And yes I giggled at him too.
  13. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    was the Dolly Varden range that we would not ride over, :cry

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    A little further along, was the Pisgah / Goshute range we'd traverse via Morgan Pass.

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    I found the turn-off. I figured LDF would be ecstatic to get off the windy pavement and back onto the dirt. :nod

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    A quick cross-check among us, and we dove in:

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    Little did I realize that LDF was harboring buckets of seething resentment towards me for taking her on this next section when she had just nearly lost her life by being blown off the road. :jerko

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    So on and on and on we rode up the valley.

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  14. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    the summit and the pass were accessible at least from the Wendover side, since there was a maintained geocache at a cabin at the top. I think LDF believed I was on an OCD geocache quest, but in reality I'd just come across the posting when I was researching routes, and simply figured it as some intel that the road likely went through ungated.

    The trail started to look all the world like the African savannah,

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    I fully expected to see zebras and lions.

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    Honestly, I thought it was one of the coolest sections we rode.

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  15. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    mesmerizing, and it went on forever. :D

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  16. La Donna Fugata

    La Donna Fugata You're not the boss of me

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    I couldn't agree more. It was as if you were riding through golden fields of wheat. It was simply gorgeous.

    However, I think you have the sequence of events out of order. I wasn't "seething" until we took a turn to head up Morgan pass AND I realized the next ten miles did not entail riding through more of the beautiful fields of golden wheat AND I dumped my bike right off the get go heading up to Morgan Pass AND I realized we were in pursuit of a geo cache at the end of an already long day........ok enough bitching....Ohh did I mention it was the same day I was blown off the highway by a gust of wind......Im just saying :deal. Im trying to be a trooper here but by days end I felt like I was pushing the edge of the envelope after my days experience.
  17. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    More awesomeness, thanks!
  18. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    Nice hear your side of it LDF. We men have our selective memory ya know. Sometimes we get so focused on a goal we forget to tell those who are tagging along (like our wives) why we're doing what we're doing. Mrs Taco could give you many examples of me doing the same thing.:lol3 Funny thing is, I usually think I've told her about it the day before.:norton Don't worry though, Dave will probably do it more as he get older.:D
  19. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    to the Morgan Pass cutoff, we passed some old ranching structures.

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    I wasn't sure if they were used intermittently, or had been abandoned.

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    That's a root cellar, I think. Could also be used for fine wine. :freaky

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  20. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    we were getting closer,

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    and closer to the canyon / pass road,

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    from a distance it was difficult to appreciate the height of the range, but as we got closer into the foothills it was a bit more obvious. :huh

    Scattered in the brush were bone-white tumbleweeds...

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    They looked like some kind of giant alien tentacled creatures, waiting to be re-animated when the mother ship returned. Kind of freaked me out. Long day. No shade. Lotsa wind. I think it was getting to me. :dic

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    Finally, one more challenge for the day. One last push up and over Morgan pass. :wink:

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    It started out easy enough, wind to our backs,

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    And then it started to climb.

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