The Mobius Trip

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

  1. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    things stayed weird for awhile. I was itching to get back on some dirt. It felt like we were caught in some tourist tractor-beam. Or alien. Or alien tourists. That's it! Alien tourists were trying to abduct us and carry us back to their planet on their giant space-RV. This was an all-out war of the worlds. Us against them. Head for the hills:

    We speed off:

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    They take aim, and cut loose their abduction beam. :brow Swerve!

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    Now you know where all the buffalo went!

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    poor little guy, didn't know what hit him. :dunno
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    and beam up the road signs, hoping we'll get lost:

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    But we have GPS. Maybe they're messing with the satellites though. Hmmmm. :dic
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    does that look like a mushroom cloud to you?

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    there go a few GPS satellites. Hope we don't get lost.
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Duh! just follow the Alien-tourist abduction tractor-beam right back up to those clouds. That's where the giant space RV is parked.

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    Which is also the direction we're headed. I'll have to keep my eye on those clouds. :nod
  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    on them for the time being.

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    and we pull in to Kanob.

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    As appealing as a hotel sounds...

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    we'll be camping tonight.

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    "Should we stop here and get groceries?" "Nah. Let's go over the boarder to Fredonia. It's in Arizona. They sell real beer there, and probably other good stuff that we want."

    LDF: ":rolleyes"
  6. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    And huge storm clouds over the grand canyon. :bluduh

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  7. kl Richard

    kl Richard This is a Dark Ride!!

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    Glad to see Francine avoided them. Obviously you two were, and are having TOOOO much fun:thumb :lol3 Great Pics and well narrated!!!

    One thing, I guess you didn't know, but are coming to realize.......Gasoline and RTV Silicone are highly incompatible. Gasoline will attack any RTV that will, inevitably be squeezed inside the float bowl(in your case) softening, and swelling it!!! Vibration will eventually cause the excess to drop into the bottom of the float bowl plugging the main jet.

    It's better to use a thin film of grease on a hard float bowl O-ring, or a little gasket shelac, or gasket elliminator to help make an old o-ring reseal!!!

    Cheers Brian
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    There's a certain ennui that sets in the moment you see a road sign calling out the mileage to your eventual destination. Even when you're planning on squeezing almost 500 miles and 3 days riding out of that 199 miles. :evil

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    miniroot running in: please pass

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    No. It looks like ET panhandling.

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    ;)
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    Hey Brian! :wave Thanks for tagging along. I knew it was a sub-optimal fix at the time. Frankly I was shocked it held up for 12 days. I repeated the fix 'cause I didn't have any of those other things (well, grease, but I was more afraid of developing a leak and losing gas in the boonies than using too much and plugging a jet which I could fix). At this point, I only needed to keep the bike running another 3 days. I used much less silicone on the second fix, and... drumroll... we made it to Flagstaff without further incident. :flug

    BTW, I just got a FedEx package today from the ThumperTalk store that has the new gasket(s), o-rings, and other carburetor bits and parts.

    :thumb
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    That is awesome.

    And PS: ET is an Alien, so... we're both right. :beer
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    kl Richard This is a Dark Ride!!

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    Sounded Interesting...so I googled it!!!! Seems your right about the regional part; especially Utah!!!! Check it out, if you haven't yet!!

    1 part ketchup to 2 parts Mayo....and many variations, including substituting barbaque sauce(of your choice)for ketchup!!!!!

    Brian
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    :wave

    The Puerto Rican version sounds especially yummy! :yum

    "In Puerto Rico, the sauce is commonly known "mayoketchup" and is prepared with ketchup, mayonnaise, garlic and a hint of lemon."
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    here, for gas and groceries:

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    It's a mini-mart, and they don't have much. "Is there a grocery store in Fredonia?"

    "No, you'll have to drive up to Kabab just over the border in Utah."

    :bluduh

    Then I spy some locally made tamales in the fridge. Oh yeah! :dg

    We pick up some ramen noodles, some beef jerky, and we're set for dinner.

    Those clouds are starting to look menacing.

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    kl Richard This is a Dark Ride!!

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    MMMM!!!! Sounds GOOD!!!

    Back to the RR??? Please?
  16. Stan Dalone

    Stan Dalone Gotta get me somma dat

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    I recall mentioning that somewhere along about 15 pages ago. I am glad it didnt screw you up more then it did. Yea, 2 hours down time is a drag, but at least you were not out in the middle of nowhere.
    The bummer is next spring when you dig the bikes outta storage, you will be rebuilding a carb before you go anywhere. :eek1

    The pictures you have posted are just amazing. I guess I dont need to go now !!:clap
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    There's one paved road, :bore US 89-Alt to Hwy 67, which everyone takes, :snore

    It's the road we're on here:

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    or, you can cut to the right, across this vast expanse of BLM land and into Kaibab N.F. There are GPS roads marked all through it, and I had cross-checked all of them with GoogleEarth satellite images to make sure I could see the outline or trace of an actual path. It took some research to plot a route, but I thought it would work.

    This was going to take us into some pretty remote area, and we'd eventually hook up with Hwy 67 near the entrance to to the Grand Canyon National Park, where I hoped we'd grab a campsite at the North Rim Campground, ditch some gear, and head out to Point Sublime. :brow
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    Oh man.... I've wanted to explore that country. :lurk
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    It won't be so bad. And it needed to be done, RTV or not. The jetting & needle settings needed tuning on both bikes. When I drained the gas, I dropped both float bowls, and went through every o-ring, gasket, jet, spring and seal I could get to. I left them mostly disassembled. I inventoried what I had, what I needed, ordered JD jet kits, parts, etc, :deal and when I get back, it'll only take a little while to swap stuff in and get them running again.

    And running like little rockets, at that. :ricky:ricky

    But I'm skipping ahead. :doh
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    I'm telling you, Duke... it was cool. One of my favorite parts of the trip. And no small part of why, is that it was MINE. I routed it, I scoped it out, and it was remote, and wild, and just awesomely cool. :brow

    Francine hated it. :dunno