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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    is this for real? Who on earth built this road, and what were they thinking? "I'm gonna just drive this grader along this tiny ridge until I can't go any further, and can't turn around, or I'll get to the other side... and then it's gonna be the most awesome dual-sport road in the world" :norton

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    I was afraid, I'd wear out my gear shift lever!

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    What a HOOT!

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  2. TheAdmiral

    TheAdmiral Long timer

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    This Missouri Break thing is something I'm gonna have to check out. Like you, I've never seen a ride report of this area before, and you depict it very well!

    I suppose I could do a search and find another ride report of the "Breaks", but I like your's well enough. Just love your Mobius series.
  3. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    before the Musselshell River,

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    Our only view of the Musselshell:

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    We stopped to debrief:

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    Then, the road turned south, and then west again on Tincan Hill.

    I turned around, and took a picture of where we were riding -- Dunn Ridge is the ridge you see at the horizon:

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  4. SoosCreek

    SoosCreek Angle of Repose...

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    I missed this segment of M10. Looks like it was a lot of fun!
  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    it was another 35 or so miles to Winnett.

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    Flat, smooth, and fast.

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    You could tell we were getting back near civilization, 'cause there were actual structures. Made of brick. :D

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    What a day!

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    Pulled into Winnett, bought some grub,

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    filled up with gas,

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    and Mr. Social discovered that there was free camping with the crystal meth addicts and bears in the town park. :lol3 We checked out the motel in town, but we were turned away on acconna bein' dirty, stinky motorsikle riders. Or maybe they really were full, :dic who really knows.

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    Instead of cooking, since there was nowhere to wash dishes, we ate dinner at the town restaurant. The swimming pool was closed, and there were no facilities, so after dinner we went next door to the town bar for our evening hot cocoa and bourbon and to brush our teeth and whatnot before heading off to bed.

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    I think this was one of the only days without a single closed gate re-route. :clap
  6. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    After Dunn Ridge road

    We ended up camping in the town park in Winnett, Montana for free.

    Just not many towns that will let you do this-----really nice folks in this town.
    But------there was a problem.

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    The really nice thick, plush green grass was really pretty alright. Everything else was brown and burnt up. So---what was the reason for this ???
    I talked to the gal next door at the swimming pool about the sprinklers and she said "Oh yeh there are sprinkler heads all over the place".
    And she went on to say "they seem to come on anytime they want to---and we've had complaints".
    Oh----------as I thought how uncomfortable it would be if I put my tent on top of a sprinkler head and it went off in the middle of the night.
    You couldn't find the little boogers---they were hid in the thick grass.
    We set up anyway and went to town for supplies---which was a short walk away--this was a very small town.

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    So----do we get sprinkled on in the middle of the night ?????????????


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  7. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    By the way, 170 miles/day was precisely our intended pace to do the whole M10 route in 2 weeks. :D This was about as perfect a riding day as it gets.

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    The elevation profile really tells the story. :deal

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    .GPX track file available here.
  8. rugbyrtcwka

    rugbyrtcwka railroader

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    About roads like that is, if you ride them in the other direction, it's just as cool as the last time only with different scenery. Going to have to get a duelly and give that rout a shot.
  9. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    Hmm... is that an evaporation pond at 1:28. There are some old oil fields in that area.

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  10. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    au contraire :lol3

    Finding Content(ment) under the Big Sky

    1000 Miles in Montana Big Dog even posted up in this one.

    And here on the last page of this Alaska Trip. It includes a pic of the Cafe in Winnett.

    Elkhound did this little report, here is a link to the right post - KLR Ride - Virginia to Montana


    To be fair, I haven't actually been on the roads you were on. Now I'm going to have to spend sometime working on connector routes. :D Its cool that this area will get some exposure here in this thread.

    Oh and just to be sure everyone knows:

    1. When it rains you can't drive on these roads.
    2. During hunting season, everybody and their dog is up looking for those "Russell Terriers". The land owners are a little cranky during that time.

    You've been warned. :deal

    David
  11. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    :hmmmmmYou realize you crossed it south of Winnett?

    The Musselshell has a different drainage area. If you travel upstream from the confluence at the UL bend you would go south to Melstone and then turn and head west. The headwaters of the river are in the Snowy Mtn and the north side of the Crazy's. To the south of this drainage is the Yellowstone River, to the North is the Judith, Smith, and various creeks feeding the Missouri. In a dry summer, the river almost dries up, which is a problem for the towns along the way that use it for drinking water.

    David
  12. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    Recently FWS closed some roads. The rest of the roads they numbered, and the rules for the area says that motor vehicles must stay on numbered roads. This is road 315 and is a legal route to the wildlife refuge.

    Some Maps of the CMR

    I know Doc is kidding about CM Russell, but if any of you travellers stop in Great Falls, there is a great museum in CM's honor. Charlie is one of those famous Montanans we're kinda proud of.

    Beauty Parlor

    Exalted Ruler - Some Russell Terriers :evil

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    David
  13. La Donna Fugata

    La Donna Fugata You're not the boss of me

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    Dunn Ridge Road was 20 miles of just good old fun. :clap
  14. RenoDeano

    RenoDeano High Desert Drifter

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    David, that is, I believe, Cheatgrass...an invasive species. But:

    Since the mid 20th century, cheatgrass has become the most consumed and widely occurring forage species in the Intermountain Area. If it had not been for cheatgrass invasion of ranges where the native perennial grasses were reduced by excessive, continuous, improperly timed grazing in the late 19th and early 20th century, the range livestock industry would have collapsed by the mid 20th century.
  15. McDOPE

    McDOPE Adventurer

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    Dunn Ridge Road is destined to be added to many a "bucket list" :deal
  16. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    I crossed Mt. west to east last year and ran out of daylight in Winnett. As it was past the middle of Oct. I sought out indoor sleeping and was allowed to take a room at the motel.
    For dinner I went to the Winnett Bar. The gal running the place was a hoot and a half.
    I showed her a pic of the rubber duck that was taped to my front fender, from the hotel in Great Falls where the Sip and Dip Tiki lounge is located. She was impressed enough with my style to offer the Winnett Bar racing duck to add to the load I was hauling.
    I'd love to go back with a more suitable bike to ride some of the roads you experienced . Love the West.
  17. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    "Lawn sprinkler under the tent"
    A very good reason to use stakes Mark ! :lol3

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  18. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    I'd never heard of the stuff, and yet it made the New York Times last July.

    I reckon so!

    Yep, it was a friendly place for sure.

    I imagine you've got your work cut out for you today, eh Frank? Be safe.
  19. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    This sprinkler thing is just too funny. We slept a little uneasy thinking the sprinklers would come on in the night.
    I'd asked the gal next door at the pool if she could shut the sprinklers off till we left but she said she wasn't allowed to.

    Like very busy little beavers---without a word from anyone----we all were packing up earlier than normal to get our tents off the grass in case
    the sprinklers came on. We got all packed up---walked a block to breakfast and when we came back................
    You can see what we found. Some of our gear under the shelter almost got wet.

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    Francine-----so glad she didn't get wet.

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    Another beautiful day---as we headed East on Hwy. 200 then South on Melstone Rd. towards Melstone where gas and food were available.
    I had been leading and got way ahead of the group and climbed way up a steep climb on top of a hill and waited for the group to come along.
    I knew they'd plainly see me sitting up there.

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    And it was somewhere about here on this trip--------I was getting tired of carrying around my camp chair.
    But ----you do what you have to do----and I dreamed of one of those Kermit folding chairs.
    But----if Dr. Rock can carry speakers for our campfire----I'll carry my chair without bitching.



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  20. iloco

    iloco Been here awhile

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    I been following this thread since the beginning.
    After reading about the Kermit chairs I ordered one last week. Hope it lives up to expections.
    This thread is one my favorites and I enjoy all the write ups and pictures. :clap