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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    we start climbing into the mist:

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    Echos of the Lassen volcano. :cry

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    It's the Blue mountain range, west of Monticello. On the other side, the skies looked brighter.

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    and the road surface was still relatively dry. :nod

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    There were nice views, and the weather added to the visual (if not psychological) drama. We both knew that if we hit a patch of slimy slicked up muddy road, we could be stuck until it dried out.

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  2. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    we were still at elevation, in and out of clouds, with intermittent sprinkles, but still making progress.

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    We finally started to drop some elevation,

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    We passed a sign with an arrow pointing that said "Warm and dry, this way"

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    NOT! :lol3

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  3. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    We did not get rained on! :clap We were right on the edge of the storm,

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    HOWEVER... the road had been drenched, and we quickly ground to a standstill, with knobs and chains and brakes getting gunned up with slime. We struggled for a mile or so,

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    and then hit a cross road (same one we rode out of National Bridges on)

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    discretion being the better part of valor... we bailed out on to pavement.
  4. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    ahead,

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    This is a look at the area where our planned route would have taken us:

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    One thing about the weather out here, it's not gonna sneak up on you. (unless you're in a slot canyon.) :loll

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    Not bad for pavement. Literally, we were calling an audible on our route based on prevailing weather conditions.

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  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    that the ferry at Hall's crossing had been closed (it broke, not weather-related), and so our only options to cross the Colorado river / Lake Powell, were to either go all the way north to Moab, up and around, or the bridge at Hite.

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    Hite it would be. The promise of gas and water. A campground on the banks of Lake Powell. :nod

    The reality was a bit different. :huh

    This USED to be Lake Powell! :fpalm

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    If you don't think water issues out west are critical, or if you think the drought is a short-term, temporary thing, check out the photos in the next few posts. It was shocking. Reminded me of this:

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  6. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    to pitch our tent, collected some firewood, and decided to go on a hike and see if we could get to the water's edge:

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    According to GoogleEarth, it's 0.65 miles to the water's edge, you can see the high water line on the rocks:

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    This is as close as we got... turned back 'cause it was getting marshy, and we couldn't pick our way through.
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    it was surreal how low the water was, that's actually where it belongs. We had a great view from our perch, and had an enjoyable evening.

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    we waited for the wind to die down to pitch our tent,

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    and enjoyed another fantastic sunset. [edit -- oops, the photos below are from the sunrise the next morning]

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    For a full-sized view, click the image below to open in a new window, and then click that image to zoom to full size, scroll around and enjoy:

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  8. GHO100

    GHO100 Crazy George

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    I haven't gotten any work done in 2 days ... Heheh
  9. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    Lake Powell is just one of those places.
  10. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Hite crossing - Capitol Reef National Park - Dixie NF

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    We got thwarted a couple times today. Had to reroute a bunch. But still managed to have fun. Crazy, right? :lol3

    These guys were heading north. :norton Welcome to the new fall order.

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    Multitasking:

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    As I recall, I'd created the reroute on my Montana, and sent it to LDF's wirelessly. Never done that before. Pretty cool feature, I must admit.
  11. McDOPE

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    "but the point is to enjoy the ride, not to beat ourselves up"....Amen to this sentiment. At nearly 65 it took me too long to get on board...Thanks to you both...I enjoyed the ride.
    For something pre-sold as an abbreviated RR this was pretty dang awesome...Hope to see yous guys at "3 Step" come May.
    Love , peace and taco grease coming your way from a dreary cold Denver.
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  12. Lil' Steve

    Lil' Steve PussyWagon™ Chauffer

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    Definitely. We need to go back to that area.
  13. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    we got a nice view of the river and where we'd slept the night before:

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    I noticed an overlook on the GPS and we decided to check it out.

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    This is just funny -- "Level of Lake Powell Today" Yeah, right.

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    The views were nice.

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  14. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Bromance spoiler alert. :csm

    (never had occasion to use that smiley before :lol3)
  15. Lil' Steve

    Lil' Steve PussyWagon™ Chauffer

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    :smooch


    This set of pics is the best so far.
  16. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Awesome! Looking forward to it, being a glass-half-full type of guy myself. :wink:
  17. DR. Rock

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    we passed the sign -- single lane ahead. Check it out:

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    Musta been a flash flood.

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    Allright... back on the dirt!

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    This is promising:

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  18. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    Don't be jealous. We love you guys too.
  19. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    the gates it gets nasty,

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    Well, we'll just take it as it comes.

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    Hmmmm....

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    This is the price we pay for getting all soft on pavement.

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    I nearly bought the farm here:

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    eventually things settled down, and we made it to the first pass,

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    Fun, fun, fun!

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