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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    where we met another friendly waitress whose name we can't remember :dunno
    (we were drinkin' :freaky-- see a pattern here?)

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    and again, saw another bizarre vehicle. This one claims to be able to drive 10,000 miles on 30 gallons of H2O. :rolleyes

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    From Moab, through Green River, UT, to somewhere in the San Rafael Swell.

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    The way Sam has the TAT laid out, Moab isn't a stopping point. Which makes sense, as the Green River to Salina, UT route takes a full day, and passes through some inhospitable terrain known as the San Rafael Swell.

    " [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif] The San Rafael Swell is a wonderfully unique kidney shaped geographical feature in southeastern Utah on the Colorado Plateau. The "Swell" is about 50 miles in length and 30 miles in width. Only one paved road crosses through the approximately 600,000 acres, Interstate 70."[/FONT]

    I had a feeling that Green River would be too short, and Salina was going to be too ambitious a destination, which meant that we might be cowboy camping somewhere in the Swell. :brow

    "Part of swell has geographic features that resembles Mars. The Mars Society decided to set up the Mars Desert Research Station in the area as a Mars analog for such reasons."

    I had virtually pre-run this section numerous times using the satellite images from GoogleEarth, and having read many other TAT ride-reports, I knew that it would be tough riding, with many people getting lost, or bailing entirely and cutting across on I-70.

    "Although surrounded by the communities of Price, Green River, Hanksville, Ferron, Castle Dale, and Huntington, the Swell itself does not support permanent residents."

    I had loaded meticulous waypoints, and even generated my own "tracks" by sketching out the route on GoogleEarth converting it, and then dumping it into the GPS, so I felt pretty confident that I could navigate the section.

    It wasn't easy.
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    was bright eye'd and bushy tailed, ready for a new adventure and a new day.

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    LDF... not so much. :toney

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    So it was almost 9am when we pulled out of the "Up the Creek" campground, which we highly recommend :thumb as an economical way to stay right in the center of Moab. Clean hot showers, quiet, centrally located.

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    you come THIS close to Arches Nat. Park...

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    But for some reason, after riding the WRT the day before, and seeing the campers pulling in to the entrance, and the tourists taking photos in front of the sign,

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    we decided to take a pass. :dunno

    I'm sure we'll come back and visit another time. But for now, we just wanted to dive back into the remote, :thumb and make some TAT progress.
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    is part of the TAT, but we couldn't figure out how to get onto it... I think it's been blocked off. Anyway, it's not that much, just a few miles.
  6. Burnszilla

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    Awesome RR!
    When you were in Utah I was in NYC. Statdawg took me on a walking tour of the city and we stopped outside your building.
    Annette stayed with us when she was in California.
    Cheers!
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    Best pic: You can see the smile under the helmet and goggles. :clap

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    What a great read and the photos ain't so shabby either.

    Question...Are the DRZ's E or S models and...was signifigant re-jetting required for the higher bits?

    Can't wait for the next installment...Cheers...Steve
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Thanks for reading along. Sorry we missed you. Anytime you're back this way, I hope you can stop by.

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    The DRZ's are both 2004 S models. Both bikes have 3X3 mods, and the yellow one has a dynojet needle and a full Yosh exhaust. Significant rejetting... no. Required... no.

    That said, there were issues with both bike's carburetors. Honeybee had a size 52(!) pilot jet instead of a size 25.:eek1 I only discovered that at the end when I compared the pilot jets from both bikes. I think I had swapped a 140 main in there which I had dropped down from 145 for Mobius-I in anticipation of the higher elevations. The Blueberry one had some jet clogging issues which came to a head on day 11.

    Since returning, I'm determined to get the jetting and carburetion dead right on both bikes. I've ordered new gaskets, o-rings, JD jet / needle kits... I've read everything I could on ThumperTalk, and solicited the expert advice of Eddie Sisneros AKA burned. These are his recommendations:

    For 4000-8000 ft. Temp 70-90's, low humidity:
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    <table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0"> <tbody><tr> <td class="alt2" style="border: 1px inset ;"> Yellow bike 2004 DRZ "S" (3X3 & Full Yosh)
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    22.5 pilot
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    Red needle, 4th clip
    145 main
    22.5 pilot
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    Both bikes ran, just not very well in all circumstances. Blueberry stalled at high elevations, and Honeybee overheated at lower ones. I think making the above changes will probably work better at all altitudes. And if not, I'll know what I'm starting with; I carry spare / alternate jets, so I'll be able to carb-tune on the trail with minimal effort.
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    took us back into Canyonlands, but instead of heading south towards the WRT, we got on Gemini bridges rd, and headed north

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    It starts with a fun little climb,

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    that yields this classic TAT view,

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    before leaving civilization for the canyons.

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    There's a nice sandy hill climb that gave some of Vinny the Snake's guys a hard time with their vintage bikes. I meant to warn her about it, but before I could,

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    She was already motoring up :D:

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    Looking back down:

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    toe-touch has its disadvantages when you get stuck.

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    I think she fell getting off the bike here. The riding clearly was getting more and more technical. :brow

    I could never tell what sections she would take on, and which she would balk at. This one she attacked:

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    this one too.

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    In retrospect, I think she was pushing a bit beyond her comfort zone. I don't recall her dropping the bike, but a frustration storm was starting to brew between the physical , ie. cumulative fatigue, (especially from yesterday), the sun, the heat,

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    constantly battling dehydration,

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    in addition, the mental aspects; anxiety from the remoteness, the unknown (for her -- not knowing how far difficult sections / canyon washes would last -- I had a better sense of the route having studied it and loaded the GPS's).

    I underestimated the stressors that were starting to affect her. From where I was sitting, she seemed to be doing fine.

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    to Green River

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    cut through some desert

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    hit a little pavement,

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    some straight, fast gravel,

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    and the red sand

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    of southeast UT,

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    gave way to the greyer dirt

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    of the San Rafael swell that lay out before us.

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    along these power lines,

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    I know why they call this "Ten Mile Rd." :brow

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    We rode past some big machinery :scratch

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    the landscape was lunar,

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    and even though we were making good time,

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    the sun,

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    and the heat,

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    and the dry wind,

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    were sapping our energy.
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    High noon.

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    Doesn't look so green to me :dunno

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    We decided to stop for gas, water, groceries, and something we almost never do... lunch.

    Being as it was Sunday,

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    Most everything was closed.

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    Briefly thought about finding a motel

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    but decided we still had a few miles left in us, and could probably do better on the accommodations on our own out there in the Swell. :brow

    We succeeded in finding gas, filled the tanks, and in case we got lost, or had to reroute, an extra 3.5L (2X750cc fuel bottles I carry behind my panniers, and one of the 2L Sweetcheeks bottles).

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    We also found where the cool kids hang out after church and had lunch there.

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    Why a fish sandwich out in the desert? :dunno We certainly got some looks. Especially when we had to ASK what "fry sauce" is. As IF. You don't know? Oh my GAWD... :rolleyes

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    Your choices are Ranch, Fry Sauce, or (scoff) Ketchup. We'd never heard of fry sauce. Apparently it's quite regional. Only one other place we stopped at in UT offered it. It's certainly yummy,... it seems to be a mix of mayonnaise and ketchup at about a 1:1 ratio.

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    But if those kids think that anyone who doesn't know what fry sauce is must be hicks, I think they've got to get out more. :lol3

    There's some kind of watermelon theme / vibe going on in Green River.

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    They were having a Watermelon festival the next week (I think), and a Watermelon Pagent to pick the Watermelon Queen. There was a poster with photos of all the young women who were this year's Watermelon Queen contestants. Oh, the innuendos and double entendres going through my head. :yum

    But in the end, I couldn't even bring myself to take a photo of the poster...
    It would have been a little too Aqualung. :augie

    Instead, I treated myself to this:

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    After lunch, we filled up our water (10L) from the bathroom out back,

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    and headed back out into the wild.

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    Along the railroad tracks

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    some nasty liquid crossing... not sure I'd call it water

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    :doh

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    Eventually,

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    get to the road

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    that we want to take.

    It's there... of course, on the other side of the railroad tracks.

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    I've see others struggle here... I think these are active rails. :patch But some people have seemed to find an easy way across... an underpass or something. :scratch

    I ride around for a little while, :cromagcan't find anything, and finally just get the bikes across,

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    using sheer will, brute force, lots of sweat and energy, and a few choice cuss words. :ace

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    One down. The road we want goes straight off to the horizon, visible below:

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    Thought I might have gotten one of them stuck :uhoh, but didn't. These guys did, though.

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    We cut through this guys back yard, sort of... Not sure if this is the way to get through this part, but it worked. :evil

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    may be impassable due to storms." :deal M'Kay.

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    "Salina 100miles" on I-70. Of course, we'll be doing significantly more than that.

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    What's just out of the photo is the other sign that says "No Services 100 miles" :wink:

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    1:20pm, we've made 78mi. so far.
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    And I do mean loosely.

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    It crosses the interstate a few times, but otherwise, you're far enough away that you can't see it, can't hear it, and in fact, if you broke down and had to hike the few miles (as the crow flies) to get to the highway, it could very well take hours and hours, or be impossible since you'd have to traverse impassable canyons that lie in between.

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    you're north of I-70. Following hardpack mining roads. Then you jump on I-70 for a couple miles, entering via a proper on-ramp,

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    I'm posting the following photos to give other TAT'ers some clue where to pull off I-70. Past this sign, "Salina 92miles"

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    Past this sign,

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    Cross the San Rafael River (sign).

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    Past the "Reef View Area Next Right" sign...

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    but NOT to that actual exit.

    [If you get to the actual off-ramp for the view area, you've gone too far. -- then you'll have to drive 91 miles to Salina, 100 miles back to Green River, and 9 miles to get back here. Just kidding.]

    But seriously, you're looking for a dirt road off to the right. It's at mile marker 147. It looks like a service road. You have to open a wire gate. It's pretty obvious, but not marked in any way.

    Literally 3 minutes later, you're in a different world. :clap

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    "The Reef"

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    From this webpage about the geology of the area:

    "The steep eastern slope of the uplifted area is exposed on the east flank of the San Rafael Swell, and is called the San Rafael Reef. This upsloping Navajo Sandstone forms an impressive shark-tooth line of steep sandstone. In some places, this sandstone can be accessed from a mountain bike, for example at Black Dragon Wash."

    And that's where we were headed next. :wink:

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    You can see the top of the slot canyon in the photo above. We found the turn-off,

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    And headed in.

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