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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    Blueberry was starting to come apart at the seams. Steering bearing, charging system, etc.

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    I'd MacGuyvered so many kludges and fixes on the trail, and neglected all but the most routine maintenance, that it was all starting to catch up with her, and Honeybee wasn't far behind.

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    At one point I had the idea that with the bikes being in Denver, I might have the opportunity to get them over to Sisneros for some overhaul love, but Dingweeds had an even better offer.

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    He and Julie would be driving the pickup truck down to Tucson, and volunteered to haul them down there and schlep them to a mechanic friend who himself rides a drz,

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    to a crack suspension guy, and to do any other odds and ends himself :bow,

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    so we brainstormed about all the stuff we should get done (and sketched out some preliminary plans for M11)

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    It's been an extensive list. Valves, swing arm, steering, and wheel bearings, resprung front and rear, scott's dampers, replaced radiator fans on Honeybee, plus all the routine stuff -- oil changes, new shoes, etc. As a bonus, Dingweeds even sorted out all the melted plastic and replaced our patented heat shield / pringles can / scouring pad mess. :lol3

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  2. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Fronts: Maxxis Desert IT here with nearly 8000miles of mostly dirt. :clap I love these puppies.

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    Rear MT-43's with 2500 miles:

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    Dave had a nearly new MT-43 on his WR for reference, so we measured the tread on his:

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    and on mine:

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    about 40% worn. Blueberry's is the line in between. Maybe 30% gone. I loved the MT-43's. The only issue is that their wear is inconvenient. There's not enough tread left for another 2 weeks of hard riding, but they definitely have some more to give. I'd say they're good for 3500 miles the way we ride. So we're back to MT-21 rears which give us a good 5000 miles, or 2 two-week Mobius trips.

    I wish the TKC-90's weren't always back-ordered. What's with that? :norton
  3. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    we all snuck in some shopping and prep work for dinner,

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  4. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    with the bikes loaded, and chores done, it was time to kick back and relax. :1drink

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    Cocktails and appetizers in the garden,

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    The man is a saint, I tell you!

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    Spinning yarns from the trail, and solving all the worlds problems. :freaky

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    Okie dokie artichokie? :deal
  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Delicious food,

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    fine wine,

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    and great company!

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    With desert,

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    we had some special treats,

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    just a nip. :wink:

    More stories...

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    and as the evening wound down, our final graduation ceremony:

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    awarding tokens of appreciation, for service above and beyond, to the Mobius cause.

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    And with that, M10 is in the books!

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  6. SoosCreek

    SoosCreek Angle of Repose...

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    For the most EXCELLENT ride report, photos and videos!

    It was fun to see the team in action and to follow the rest of the trip.

    The rack of lamb looks pretty darn good too....
  7. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    "Hazed & Confused"

    M10 route planning banter, and manifesto, including how to make a map overlay.
    Tony's real-time update, my M10 prelude, Day 0 prep at Chez Q, taking off to the Graveley's, and camping at Clover Meadows.
    The back way to Virginia City, and Bob's graduation, a flat above Sterling, past Madison Buffalo Jump, Scott's crash site,
    Sixteen mile canyon, and cowboy camping along power lines past Ringling, MT.
    Tony's graduation, fuel @ White Sulfer Springs, then over Duck Creek pass, ending the day bushwhacking with Mr. Connector
    to Smith River where we enjoyed the Campfire Substitute™.
    A morning 9/11 reflection, almost getting separated near Iron Mountain, and Northern Traveler's graduation.
    A nasty hill climb, and a Big Dog flat, across the plains, our first glimpse of the Missouri Breaks, and camping at Winifred, MT.
    Deeper into the Missouri Breaks, seeing elk, and finally, Dunn Ridge Road. :clap
    Across more plains to camp at the town park in Winnett, MT, chased out of town by sprinklers, [Ride report interrupted for Hurricane Sandy]
    Breakfast in Winnett, past Melstone, through Custer, and on to Colstrip, where we reconnoitered with MTRider16.
    Out of Colstrip, following the Tongue river, through a burn in the Custer NF, and the drama at Suicide Pass.
    Gas & groceries at Ashland, a brush with the law, and camping on the Connor Battlefield at Ranchester, WY.
    MTRider & BigDog's updates, horses and cowboys and girls, some technical riding, and an even nastier hill climb (and Dave's crash) on Marble Quarry Rd.
    Running the ridge on Sheep Mountain Rd, then picking up SoosCreek at Burgess Junction.
    A beautiful stretch up Snowshoe Pass, then riding through the hills, to Medicine Lodge Lake Campground.
    Happy Everything, a frustrating day routing past the red cliffs of the Bentonite Ridge, supplies at Ten Sleep, WY
    Out of Kaycee another BigDog flat, and another gated road, that MTRider got us out of. Even more blocked roads, and a retreat to Casper, WY for the night.
    MTRider's graduation, errands in Casper, coffee in Glenrock, and on to Boxelder road. First fall foliage, even prettier on Fort Fetterman rd.
    A nice little cut-across, then pulling into Medicine Bow, WY and camping at their town park.
    A chilly morning, past a wind farm, and even more turning leaves through Medicine Bow N.F.
    Into Colorado, a nice climb and hellacious descent through the dunes (Steve's crash), Repairing Blueberry's steering bearing,
    and a nice supper at Walden, CO. In the morning, Mark & Steve's graduation, then more blocked access,
    some great fall foliage, in the Arapaho N.F., BigDog's departure, a really great section around Toponas, CO.
    More great riding, to a fabulous cowboy camp way above the Colorado River near Radium.
    Climbing out of the Colorado Headwaters, a little mud, then some steep downhills. Even more technical riding,
    leading to the LDF M10 meltdown episode. Through Silverthorne, Breckenridge, and Boreas pass, to Kenosha campground, and a surprise guest, Mrs. Dingweed.
    Red cone and Webster Pass bail outs, Guanella pass, then a few re-routes before limping in to the McDope ranch in Denver,
    where we shared some great food, drink and company, before packing up our bikes and sending them to finishing school in Tucson, AZ

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  8. Animal Instinct

    Animal Instinct Been here awhile

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    have been captivating since the Mobius trip originally departed.

    The mental image of Granny's nipple was, well, disturbing enough to bring me out.
    Really appreciate your talents.
    Thanks for sharing with us. :clap
  9. joenuclear

    joenuclear Ride to eat, eat to ride... all roads lead to pie!

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    Thanks to all involved!
  10. DingWeed

    DingWeed Been here awhile

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    WaaaaaaaaaaaaaaHoooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!! :clap:clap:clap

    Scott
  11. McDOPE

    McDOPE Adventurer

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    Drying of tents..
    First image upload trial to ADV...sort of a frustrating learning curve.:y0!
  12. McDOPE

    McDOPE Adventurer

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    Kicking back on day "last".
    Loading one image at a time from SmugMug might just put me in the loony-bin.
  13. McDOPE

    McDOPE Adventurer

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    That's better....:freaky
  14. McDOPE

    McDOPE Adventurer

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    No Shrimp on the barbie this far inland.
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    David dubbed these Walmart-achokes...He had to go there to get some "braces"
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    Nuttin' but bones
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    Camera man with his "big gun"
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    And a fine "single" courtesy of the Rock.

    Thanks for the vicarious M10 experience. There are five inches of snow on the ground at our house today...Starting M11 in Tucson was the right choice.
  15. Buzzworm

    Buzzworm Adventurer

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    Doc - Been lurking about on the ADV forms for a while now and ran across the Mobius RR during the middle of stage 4 and have been hooked ever since. Now that you have Mobius 10 under your belt I was wondering if you had a “Top Ten” list yet. Excluding folks that rode with you because I’m sure they were all awesome. So limit it to places, critters, trails, scenery, food, people you ran into along the way, epiphanies, etc, etc
    A few of my personal favorites…The not quite dead guy, Towing LDF’s bike for miles on the freeway in the dark and Fun with Scala. I still laugh when you say “She can hear me but I can’t hear her. Maybe that’s not such a bad thing.” That sense of humor is plainly evident in your posts and video updates and contributes greatly to the overall reading enjoyment of this epic RR. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    The last few days of the trip LDF showed a lot of guts riding something that mechanically didn't inspire a lot of confidence. That has to detract from any enjoyment if you are wondering when things are going to break… hats off to her.
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  16. redog1

    redog1 KTM 690R

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    looking forward to M11. :clap
    Been following since M1, does that make me a stalker? :lol3
  17. BSTT

    BSTT Adventurer

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    that was obviously a relaxed ending of M 10.
    Thanks to all of you for posting, it was a great time here on the sofa following you around!!:clap:clap
    Ciao Gero
  18. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    The moments you've identified are certainly among the great ones, and you're absolutely correct in recognizing that the interactions we've had and the people we've met (Suicide Pass lady notwithstanding), have been universally excellent. If you go back to the Index on the very first post of this thread, you will find that I've kept it updated. Many of the links are to episodes that I'm always going back to, maybe I'm talking to a friend, and telling the story, and I say, hold on a second, let me pull up the photos -- and I'll use the index to go straight to that part of the trip.

    I think many of my favorites are the "firsts"... cowboy camping, surviving a thunderstorm, figuring out a re-route, fixing a flat, many things which now for us are routine, and don't give us too much stress. I sometimes have opportunity to follow along some of the "TAT preparation" threads and I want to say -- "hey, don't worry so much, you'll figure it out, just enjoy yourselves" but then I realize that I, in fact, sweated the small stuff, made sure we were as prepared as possible, and that's probably a big reason why we've had such a great time on these trips.

    Other top ten memories would include: riding through the tallgrass prairie preserve, riding in snow near Taos, seeing the topography of the US change as we traveled west, the white rim trail, cowboy camping at the abandoned mine, herding cattle, getting ankle-bit by sagebrush, all the great smells, the bear on the shelf road, getting trapped on telkwa pass, grizzly sightings, glaciers, just how surreal being that far north is, the sockeye salmon, the car crash in BC, the beauty of the Canadian Rockies, all the hard, technical riding like Bruneau canyon and most of M9, buckarooing, Bonneville salt flats, Dunn ridge, and I'm sure I've left out plenty.
  19. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    That one is a vivid memory of mine too Doc.



    Great M10 trip and RR :clap Enjoyed it thoroughly.
  20. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    Next best thing to reading about a Mobius ride??

    Participating in a Mobius ride!!

    M10 looked tremendous!