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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    of the TAT-east. I don't know if we took a wrong turn, or what, but there was a looping long way, and a short squiggly way, and the Devil Box sent us up the steep:

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    (Usual disclaimer re: not able to photograph the really hard parts 'cause I was too busy riding it, and the loose gravel was looser, the big rocks were bigger and the steep slope was steeper than it looks. So there :deal)

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    LDF fired up the trench-digger, and spewed a rooster of rubble. Cleared the whole section cleanly, and at the top shrugged it off like no big deal. :bow She rocks. :raabia

    And yes, I'm trying to get out of the dog house. :brow
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  2. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    I'll let the photos speak for themselves. It was one of the best day's riding. Ever. Until the next day. :clap

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  4. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    We eventually arrive in Oark, running on fumes mechanically and physically.

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    A nice, big, juicy burger... and the world will be perfect.

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    We enquired about a place to stay, and were directed up the road to Byrd's adventure camping.

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    We set up camp, and went further up the road to get some beer and breakfast fixin's... we had to go a ways to cross the county line... we were in a dry one. We passed the state campground which might have provided a little softer accommodations. Byrd's is a rock garden and apparently sponsers 4WD rock climbing competitions. :wink:
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  6. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    By this time we had gotten camp set-up and daily chores to a well-oiled routine.

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    Store the day's tracks.

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    Plug ipods and cell phone chargers into accessory socket.

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    Tune in NOAA weather radio and check the forecast for the next 24h.

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    Open the air mattresses valves.

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    Check both bikes for loose nuts and bolts. Tighten as necessary.

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    Check GPS for the next day's route, scope out potential food / gas / shelter locations / destinations.

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    Photograph & reset the day's trip data stats.

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    G'night. :wink:
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  7. Happnin

    Happnin Been here awhile

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    We call it the Grand Prarie. Interesting area, huh?

    It used to be covered by tallgrass and Indians. There's still a bit left.

    Now it's just soybeans, cotton, and rice.

    Lotsa duckhunting too.
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  8. Happnin

    Happnin Been here awhile

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    Are you guys in Arkansas right now?
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  9. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Back in NYC!

    The tallgrass praries are awesome.

    Timothy Egan recently posted a nicely written Op-Ed in the NYTimes about them here.
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  10. Mr. Visible

    Mr. Visible super dork

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    Great ride report. I can't wait to do the TAT on my DRZ. This summer I'm doing the Continental Divide Trail, if my broken leg will heal in time. Can't wait to read about your next section. Thanks for the sweet cheeks info. Which size did you end up buying?
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  11. woodworkernyc

    woodworkernyc dirty

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    Finally an ADV salute!
    "The Thinker" - Adv version. :1drink
    Geeze, everyone gets more miles out of their MT-21's - 1400 is my personal best....:cry
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  12. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    I just told Ray that I had a stock DRZ seat, and he sent the size that fit. :dunno

    Heal fast, and good luck on your trip.
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  13. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    We awoke to a nice crisp morning, and after a short stretch of pavement with the fog burning off,

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    It was right back into the wild woods:

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  14. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Oh yeah... to keep you oriented:

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    Morning rush-hour traffic:

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    It was a forest ranger. We waved. He waved back.
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    I remember the good old days when I could shoot photos AND keep up with her... no more. :cry
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  16. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Or... is it better to have experienced momentum and lost it, or to never have experienced momentum at all?

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  17. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    ... is about the most technical section of the Eastern TAT. It's only about 5 miles long, and the rough part is only a portion of that. It's an abandoned county road. And we met a local who is also an ADVRider, who told us a little about it... more about that later.

    It starts out benign enough:

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    Down to two-track:

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    For the record, I knew a little bit about Warloop.

    LDF had not been briefed. :augie

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    Now, before anyone gets too upset at me, you have to realize that she has been known to psych herself out.

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    A little bit smaller now,

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    Mind you, she's GONE... I'm hustling to keep up.

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    She found the go-around here before I even got there.

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    It's kind of hard to see, but it is a huge water hazard, with flower petals floating in it.

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    I've skipped capturing the more technical sections up to this point, but she was just motoring through them...

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    And the road really started to deteriorate:

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    And then, we stopped to rest a spell, and all momentum was lost.

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  18. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    We were at the top of a steep, loose, rocky section, with the remnants of some asphalt which created about an 18" step-off. There were any number of lines to take, all about equally bad, but doable... Riding off the trail, however, would put you a good ways down off into the woods.

    She looked, and hesitated, and started,

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    and stopped...

    Got off the bike, walked the section...

    Climbed back on her bike, and...

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    And after discussion about wanting to do it, but not wanting to risk breaking bike or body, I took her bike down through the 50 yards.

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    So then... she climbs back on her bike, which is no small feat in and of itself:

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    And cleans THIS section without blinking! :eek1

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    After that, it got a lot easier.

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  20. spdrcr37

    spdrcr37 Adventurer

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    How much time have you got for your next leg? Any hopeful destination?
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