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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    For those who have inquired... M11 will be a desert adventure, departing from Tuscon on April 5th. Highlights may include Death Valley? Route and destination still TBD -- either loop back to AZ, or end at/near San Diego (or maybe Las Vegas?). We fly home April 21. That's all we know so far.
  2. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    Would be pretty cool if M12 started in the South West. A rendezvous on my way south would be fun:ricky
  3. bigdon

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    My silly Garmin can't find Tuscon! I had to put it in an Tucson. :lol3

    How many do you have going this time? :freaky
  4. Rutsref

    Rutsref Been here awhile

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    Hey Doc! Lovin the report, several of your routes are now on my bucket list!

    We live and ride in Southern Commifornia so I hope to make sure you've considered...

    1.Mohave Trail from the Colorado River near Laughlin, west to about Barstow, Ca.

    2.Red Rock Canyon, just west of Vegas, there's a 4wd route through there which comes out near the tiny town
    of Sandy Valley. (no services as I recall) Then from there are many off road routes, old railway beds, powerline
    freeways, etc. to, or at least very near Death Valley. ( I have GPS routes from Barstow to Vegas, PM if you want them)

    3. Death Valley over the Panamint's west towards Ridgecrest, LOTS of interesting mining remnants etc. There's a guy named Jerry Counts who's cataloged and has many GPS routes through there, I'm sure he'd have the best recommendations, you can find him online.. http://www.dualsportwest.com/public/eventFlyers/12 Topaz.pdf

    4. There's 4 or 5 "crash sites" from the days when they did a lot of testing at nearby Edwards Air Force Base, they have small memorials and are quite interesting to research and find. Also near there is "The Husky". An old Husky was buried in cement to memorialize it's owner, a long time desert racer who loved this area. It has been there at least 25 years. Since then the Memorial has grown to several dozen plaques and is well worth seeing when/if you are anywhere near Barstow or Ridgecrest. I have GPS for that area also.

    5. Sedona, Az. and surrounding Red Rock desert, maybe see the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, though that's higher elevation and North so weather might be more iffy.

    Just my 2c worth for planning, most likely on your radar and included.

    And of course should you need anything while you're in the So Cal Zone, we have plenty of friends and resources from
    Vegas to Santa Barbara to San Diego. Including I'm sure at least several hundred friends I've never met :D who also follow Mobious.

    With a slight bit of luck might even connect for a day or two, or at least meet and buy you a beverage!

    BTW. I don't remember you mentioning how the bikes were getting from Denver to Tuscon, hence "Mobigap"

    All the best,
    Rutsref
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    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    Is that a problem???? I think not.:wink:
  8. Rutsref

    Rutsref Been here awhile

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    "You either like bacon, or you're wrong":lol3
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    Recently seen on the internets : "I used to have trouble choking down the pills I have to take for controlling my cholesterol, but itÂ’s a lot easier now that I wrap them in bacon." ~ Brad Simanek

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  10. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Been a busy couple of weeks -- stomach flu for my birthday :puke2, then Dad visiting from Chicago, then made 60+lbs of chili :pot for our annual ADV party :beer at the ADVentureLoft™.

    Good times.

    :freaky

    Back to the ride report, eh?
  11. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Today was a nice easy day of riding. :evil Until it wasn't.

    The day's route took us south out of Medicine Bow, WY, crossing I-80 at Arlington, where we'd gas up, and then dive into the Medicine Bow NF, stopping again for fuel at Centennial, and eventually finding our way across the border into CO into the Roosevelt NF, emerging back onto pavement at the dunes at Colorado State Forest State Park, which almost proved to be Steve's (and Blueberry's) undoing. :deal

    Good times. :thumb
  12. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    to a bit 'o frost,

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    and hustled to move our gear off the grass, not knowing if we'd be subject to a timed sprinkler system. :norton

    Big Dog packed up his new-found chair,

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    And we had wheels rolling into the great beyond 'round 8am.

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    Not a cloud in the sky, heading towards CO, AKA "Campfire Heaven". :lol3
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    This is where one might be happiest having a 1200cc motorbike. :evil

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    The miles rolled off easily.

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    Navigation wasn't an issue. We spied some windmills up ahead.
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    It was an impressive installation.

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    Still hazy from the wildfires.

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    and not very windy this morning.

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    I-80, Big Dog stopped to make some phone calls to check up on a family situation.

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    He was good to continue. :nod

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    Entering Medicine Bow NF we passed these fences -- maybe to keep snow from drifting?

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    Or maybe to keep the mexicans out, like we saw in Canada? :dunno

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    The leaves were really starting to show some color up here,

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    Know what I mean?

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  16. corsair4360

    corsair4360 Been here awhile

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    Those fences are to make the snow drifts occur not on the roadway, but adjacent so that plowing will not be needed as frequently. All over Wyoming, Montana, Utah, and states in that area. The fence slows down the wind slightly to cause the suspended moisture particles to drop out on the ground. They work amazingly well as I recall (lived in that country for many years al ong time ago.
  17. DR. Rock

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    This was gonna get good,

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    Notice how the SUV's pull right over the moment they sense the power of a mighty DRZ bearing down upon them. :pynd

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    We kept stopping to take pitchers, the leaves were so purdy.

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    At 10,000 ft. we followed a nice shelf road around a valley,

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    It was 'bout 11am, we'd been making great time, totally smooth sailing.

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    a short stretch of pavement, and we were in Centennial, WY.

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    We stopped at a cafe for some coffee and a sit down snack. Brunch, you could call it. :evil

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    If I recall, on this very spot, someone left her heated grips on and needed a bump start.

    :augie
  18. DR. Rock

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    The road was no less pretty, and a bit more technical. :super

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    Winding through the forest, every once in awhile LDF would complain about her steering,:p3rry and I'd stop and check it out and it'd be fine... wimmin. :rolleyes

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    I had no idea what I'd routed, but we hadn't had to re-route, so I was pretty stoked.

    We skirted a nice meadow,

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    and even had a water crossing,

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    which in this drought was a treat.

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  19. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    looked pretty low,

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    Just past Keystone on Douglas Creek,

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    we got lucky; there was some tree work on the road,

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    we didn't see anyone, so we rode on through...

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    on the other side,

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    we scooted through these barricades. Oooops.

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    I think the crew was at lunch. oh well.

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    :augie

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    This is right near the border -- for the record, the lodge at Wyocolo is closed, and there's no gas there. But I knew that. :deal

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    Deadwood.

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    Here's the border:

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    No dancing girls or nothin'. Just a cattle guard. :norton Whoopie.

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