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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    Indeed. Yesterday had set us up to dive right into the Missouri Breaks area. Didn't really know what to expect. From GoogleEarth it looked like a huge expanse of watershed, eroded fern-like gullies, but minimal vegetation. Dry, like badlands. Roads were either dirt, or labeled 4-WD. Nothing paved, no towns, fuel or structures for miles. I was intrigued. I'd never read about it in any ride report. It could be awesome, or it could totally suck.

    Game on.

    We started our morning with a bit of luxury -- a cafe breakfast.

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    Friendly service by an overworked gal who was covering orders, kitchen, prep, cash register... essentially running the whole place. At 7am it had filled with local men jawing over a cups of coffee.

    We started on some straight gravel like how we ended yesterday --

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    but in the distance we started to get a sense that something was going on with the topography.

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    BLM signs -- fantastic, we'll be out of ranchland quagmire for awhile, maybe.

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    stop for a drink,

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    and a coffee redistribution procedure. I don't think Mark is used to riding with wimmin... they tend to prefer a bit more cover for their pit stops. :lol3

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    This is a refuge for Russell Terriers:

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    I think they're on the endangered list. We didn't see any, just these gals:

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    :dunno

    The plains dropped off on either side of the road, which ran along the ridge,

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    And, The Missouri River was off to our left (north)

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    on either side of the road,

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    started to get steeper and steeper,

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    and the road became more narrow, and a little more hilly,

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  5. DR. Rock

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    as we got close to Hwy 191 got really interesting... not challenging, really... just very cool to ride and see.

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    Nobody saw it, but I dropped my bike here accidentally while I stopped to take this pitcher. :muutt :shog

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    this was just about the furthest northern point of M10.
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    Wow! What a discovery. I've got to get up there!
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    wasn't even the best part. :evil
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    Hwy 191 for 4 or 5 miles, we spied these guys:

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    Dingweeds was our resident wildlife expert,...

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    I think he said these guys were "Russell Terriers".

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    They certainly caught his attention, he was practically salivating:

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    the turnoff onto Musselshell trail, and had to backtrack...

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    it started out wide and flat,

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    we were still heading east,

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    not much out here. Very savannah-like

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    tea time. snacks. :D

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    Many of the side trails that were labeled 4wd on the gps had these signs on them;

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    We also saw signs like these, but it seemed we could enter and stay on the road. Usually it was a non-gated cattle-guard.

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    Once again there was the meeting of the minds-----Francine was really the brains of the outfit---she just let us look like we were.

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    I think I better look where I'm going.

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    What a handsome crew.
    Were like the KLIM poster childs.

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    We blew out of Winnifred before the lawn sprinklers went off and headed straight East.
    Something called the "Missouri Breaks" loomed out there in the bare loneliness.

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    The Missouri River

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    We went South a bit on Hwy 191 for a bit----but not for long----as we turned East again on a dirt road
    to what would turn out to be our kind of heaven.

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    we turned on Chain Buttes; we were following the curve of Fort Peck Lake, the shores of which were about 2 miles to our left.

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    then things started to get a little more interesting...

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    :rayofSchwing!

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    and this STILL wasn't the best part!
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    Let's go back Dr. Rock !!!

    BigDog----(sitting in his oh so comfy Kermit chair):D
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    snaking around,

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    it was like riding a roller coaster.

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    We were heading south, dropped down off the "Chain Buttes" ridge, crossed the Sacagawea River (dry), and climbed back up the next ridge, now heading west.

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    the hills and curves spread out again,

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    and we were just smiling...

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    We picked up a bigger road, headed south for a mile or two, and then turned left on the next ridge... Dunn Ridge road. THIS was the best! :clap
  14. DR. Rock

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    I'm not sure I'll be able to adequately convey how supremely awesome this stretch was. :D

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    Couldn't have been more than 20 miles, took us a bit over an hour.

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    And I would go back and ride it again and again in a hearbeat. :nod

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    Started out fairly tame,

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    and never was particularly technically demanding,

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    The views were great,

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    though I wouldn't say mind-blowingly spectacular,

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    So what was it about Dunn Ridge Road that made it stand out as one of the best sections I've ever ridden? :evil
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    twists and turns,

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    dips and rises...

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    and everything was blind -- you couldn't see over the hills, or around the curves, and the surface begged you to push the speed just past your safe sightline.

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    Meanwhile, you would catch glimpses of the person riding in front of you and you'd say to yourself -- Did I miss a turn? 'cause I can't fathom how the road I'm on connects to where they are! :huh

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    And at times, the ridge was like a razor's edge... and there were all these cool hoodoos

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    and eroded formations,

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    and man... I wanna go back!
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    is a perfect snippet of why Dunn Ridge Road is so awesome (click here to watch bigger and in 1080p):

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    :clap
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    Yes----Dunn Ridge--------the adventure riders best kept secret.
    We have never heard of any coming thu here---I'm sure they have---but it's a well kept secret.


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    More Dunn Ridge

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    Oh slip clutch let her clutch out finally-------and I couldn't catch her.

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    This dirt road on Dunn Ridge was like a roller coaster for miles. It was up and down ---up and down.
    Dr. Rock was so estatic he said he was expecting to do a loopty---loop.
    Francine was on it I'm tellin' you---hard on the throttle making a huge cloud of dust.
    Some of these hills I bet were a 35% grade---including this one she is climbing.

    I'm not sure this isn't my favorite picture on the whole ride.

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    We had to stop for a break-------we just couldn't take it anymore.

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    While riding the road on Dunn ridge this was the view off the ridge you had.

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    Now here's a picture that actually shows the grade.
    Francine is handling this beautifully. Me----- and I skidded down that thing with both brakes practically locked up and was gaining speed.

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    Wooooo--Haaaaaa as Dingweed would say.

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  20. DR. Rock

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    mildly technical downhill that gave us pause:

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    No problem!

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    :freaky