The Mobius Trip

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DR. Rock, May 23, 2008.

  1. dsmack

    dsmack Adventurer

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    I was to log into the 'puter this morning and find your M12 story beginning! :clap

    Will be following along as the saga unfolds, and watching for the first piccie of LDF with that familiar smile on her face.

    So good to have you guys back online! :wings Rock on...
    Don
  2. eddyturn

    eddyturn Eternal Wannabe

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    Thank you so much DOC for adding to this report!
  3. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    We had the Katydin Hiker Pro, and it's served us well, but after the muddy water experience, I wasn't thrilled that a nearly new filter could be about clogged after a gallon of muddy water with no way to salvage it, so I've changed over to the Sawyer PointOne filter (Backflush cleanable), and the Geigerrig Hydration Engine bladder.

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Field serviceability. That's the ticket.

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  4. HardWorkingDog

    HardWorkingDog Harvey Mushman

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    Pardon the interruption, but how much water were you carrying/cabable of carrying? I typically plan about <s>10 </s> 7 liters/person but don't travel more than about 36 hours from a water source.

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  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    for your patience and support. It's been a challenging winter. Just kind of off for lack of a better way to explain. I wouldn't be honest if I didn't say that John Ryan's death hasn't cast a pall over our motottude. A blue funk. We think of him often on our trips, and in general. Our annual party didn't happen this year because of the Stupid Bowl changing the Javits motorcycle show date, but we've been lying low anyway as LDF continues to recover. We've both been busy at work, and it just seems one thing after another, some good, some not... taking on projects and life stuff. No matter, we're doing well, healthy, and looking forward to April and Death Valley.

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  6. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    6L/person. We'd filled at Mesquite. Consumed a bit more than average getting through Nutter Twists. If we became desperate, we could have cut back north up to the interstate, and high-tailed it over to St. George (3-4 hours of riding), or just made it our business to find a spring, rather than seek water along our route.
  7. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Be careful what you wish for. All day our biggest concern was finding water, but by late afternoon...

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    Rut Roh. :puke1

    It was starting to get slimy, and squirrley. Just what LDF loves. Once it started to pack up onto the knobs, we started looking for a place to stop for the night.

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    All done.

    And then it started to drizzle. :norton

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  8. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    It sprinkled on and off, then cleared up.

    The roads ahead looked even worse,

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    We decided the next day we'd skip Twin and Kelly points,

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    and retreat back out to St. George, refuel, and make a push to get to Toroweep by the end of the day and camp there.

    We had a nice campfire,

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    With our standard-issue adulterated chocolate beverage,

    and enjoyed the tranquil twilight, peace, and quiet.

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  9. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Oak Grove to St. George to Toroweep. :clap

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    We get an early start, and LDF is starting to feel comfortable riding through some of the rough stuff on her own again. :pond

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    It's all mental, she has the skills, she's in great shape, the bike is capable... just a matter of getting her head in the right place to take it on without hesitation or fear.

    Mostly flat and fast out to St. George,

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    A little disappointed that we didn't make it all the way to the rim, but the point is to enjoy the ride, not to beat ourselves up. And enjoying the ride we are:

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  10. HardWorkingDog

    HardWorkingDog Harvey Mushman

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    (Thanks, I realize I can't add, at least on a Sunday morning. Meant to say I carry 7L/ person, sorry again for the interruption--digging the report!)
  11. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Rolling down into St. George,

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    Diving back south after restocking at St. George, we tried to take a different route (my idea -- I hate backtracking),

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    It turned out to be a bad idea. The road petered out to a trail, and while it looked like it'd be fun in different circumstances, it would have taken us hours of slogging.

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    We scouted a cut-across back to the wide road we'd taken out to St. George, and it turned out to be a nasty power line trail.

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    It went from bad to worse, but we only had like 3 miles, otherwise we'd have to BACK-backtrack all the way back to St. George. That would have killed me.

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    So we slogged through, and LDF was a trooper and bit her tongue instead of calling me an idiot, and for that I am grateful.

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    We got back to the main road, and started making good time again.

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  12. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Mt. Trumbull School,

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    Definitely worth a stop...

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Up on Mt. Trumbull, where my brother works stacking firewood.

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    At the summit,

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    and then on the backside, the most amazing show of springtime in September I've ever seen!

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  14. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    out to Toroweap was pretty awesome.

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    I was happy we'd be staying there.

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    I can't recall if there was public water available here,

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    The road from the ranger station to the campsite had some technical sections, but nothing LDF couldn't do.

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  15. CBAT

    CBAT occasional wanderer

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    Glad to see this report coming online. :clap A tip for fltering muddy water; prefilter though a piece of cloth like a Tshirt or bandana to keep from clogging the filter. Even with a backwash filter it will make the filter work longer.

    Carry on.
  16. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    was nearly empty, and we picked a primo spot, threw our gear down, changed out of our riding stuff, and hiked to the look-out.

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    Evidence of recent rain -- didn't look like water would be a problem even though we were stocked up.

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    Jungle in the desert. Crazy lush green, right? :scratch

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  17. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Yeah, in a lot of cases that'll help, I had the pre-filters on -- both the sponge, and the cloth-like one that is around the filter, but this stuff was superfine suspended silt. The water had been sitting still for probably 1-2 days, and it was still cloudy. The problem with the Katydin is there is NO option to back flush, while with the Saywer you can. Plus, the Katydin filters are kind of pricey.
  18. veriest1

    veriest1 Minimalist Gear Hoarder

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    As usual you put up awesome pictures and and a great report.

    Moving forward, I'm sure your reports will still be great even if they're (intentionally) less informative. Just keep posting the pretty pictures and I'll be happy happy happy.

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    I will try to limit myself.

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    But seriously, Toroweap is one of the most spectacularly beautiful places we've been.

    (Click on the panorama below to open it full-sized in a new window, then click on THAT image to zoom it to full size, then scroll around and enjoy :wink:)

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    Looking down from the edge -- about 3000ft. :eek1

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  20. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    F5 Day!!:D

    LDF is lookin great and awesome photos as always Doc.

    Thanks for posting, I have recently learned how much work it is