The Mobius Trip

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

  1. kl Richard

    kl Richard This is a Dark Ride!!

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    WRT the Carb. repairs....he can handle it!!! He'll get all the parts(I see he already has recieved em)and perform all the necessary cleaning and install the required parts, before the next stage!!!! Nothing wrong with previous repair....It's called a patch, or temporary repair; which he got away with, FOR AWHILE, Well done:bow

    On with the show?

    Cheers Brian
  2. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    You have to open a gate.

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    the last time we left a paved road through a gate we had to open and close, we were in the Black Dragon Wash. I took this to be a good sign.

    I took the above photo after closing the gate behind me, I turn around to see that LDF has promptly missed the first turn, and is way ahead (:eek1) following the more traveled power-line road, instead of the barely visible trail I've routed us on that heads off to the left.

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    Not a good start. I tear off after her.
  3. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    we backtrack, and I can tell already that she's apprehensive.

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    "Do you know where we are?" "Yeah, (sort of)... it's on the GPS"

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    "Is it legal for us to ride here?" "Sure. (I think)" "Hmmmm".

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    "So then why do we keep having to go through these gates?"

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    "Um, that's how you get through a fence?"

    "Are you sure these are even roads? I think it's just a cow path or something... there's no tire tracks."

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    Hmmm... she got me on that one. :dunno
  4. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    it's fine for Sam Correro to route us through the middle of nowhere, that's the TAT. It's cool with her.

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    But when I do it, I'm accused of "Gerry-ing" the route.

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    Now, if you don't get that reference, and you spend ANY time out in the desert, you MUST see the 2002 Gus Van Sant directed film "Gerry" with Matt Damon and Casey Affleck. When we watched it, I was rapt. LDF fell asleep, but caught enough of it to get the gist. Let's just say the topic came up on this section. :lol3

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  5. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    Note to self: DON'T let Bonnie see that movie. :eek1
  6. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    became a bit of an issue. I took the lead.

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    At this point, from the tops of the rises, we could get our bearings and see buildings behind us off in the distance.

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    Of course, we were quite a ways away from them, and moving ever further. Once we started to get into a little hillier area, we lost even that visual connection.

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    I was loving it. :clap:rayof:wings

    Francine was not. :patch
  7. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    ONE Freaking TURN.

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    :ddog "Where are you TAKING us, GERRY?"
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    I was navigating by the seat of my pants.

    It was a maze of half tracks, cow paths, GPS had maybe a third of them. I was pretty much winging it. At this point, I looked down to what the route had evolved into (or rather deteriorated),

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    and it was entirely conceivable to me that the last vehicle that had passed this way was a covered wagon. :dunno
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    and then lost it. Got into the Juniper / Pinion pine elevation,

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    and then back into sage brush.

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    and the strangest thing would be that I would see some tire tracks, for a quarter-mile or so, and then nothing. And then tracks again. :dunno Of course this supports my alien abduction theory. :nod
  10. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    with the trail more,

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    or less visible:

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    and just as we thought we'd have to backtrack, or worse, we came to a gate,

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    beyond which was these guy's backyard,

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    beyond which was...

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    :thumb

    Admit it, Francine. It was cool. :brow
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    we picked up a nicely graded gravel NF service road:

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    and started making good time again.

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    We climbed higher into the pine trees,

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    and I thought, despite our 2 hour delay, that we might still make it out to Point Sublime. :thumb
  12. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    Hey, I know that spot. :thumb

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  13. forrest_fire1

    forrest_fire1 I came, went & discovered

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    amazing. :D
    Thank you
  14. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    awesome stuff
    really enjoying reading this
    thanks for posting
  15. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    He works for the Northern Arizona University Dept. of Forestry. They do research, and collect field data in several areas, among which is the Mt. Trumbull area of the North Rim. From my understanding, they study how forest fires spread depending on how the forest and previous fires are managed.

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    They like to study areas that are really remote, and have been testing the hypothesis that fire is part of the natural cycle of forests. That it serves to clear out dead undergrowth, and allows older trees greater separation from one another which both prevents forest fires to spread, and allows the remaining trees to grow to spectacular heights.

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    So as we passed through this area, I was wondering if what we were seeing was some of his handiwork. I didn't understand what these piles of dead wood were:

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    But when I showed him the photos he explained,

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    I can't remember the precise term for it, but the idea is that the dead stuff is collected, and then when the snow falls, the piles are lit on fire. It turned out this wasn't exactly where he had worked, but it isn't far.

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  16. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    that this is called "Pleasant Valley"

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    which is ironic because that's both where we picked up pavement again, and where it started to drizzle.

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    We crossed into the Grand Canyon National Park,

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    and it looked like we would make it out to Point Sublime and back before sunset!:D

    Except....

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    So it's 5:45pm, actually 4:45pm since AZ doesn't do daylight savings. We've done 137 miles. We find out from the ranger that the nearest camping is back 7 miles to DeMotte park in the Kaibab N.F.

    We turn around and head there, hoping that we get a spot, and that the rain stops, and all the while I'm doing math in my head... let's see, Sunset is local time 7:30, that gives us almost 3 hours. 14 miles RT to the campground. (plus another 5-10 to the trail head), 20min. to set up the tent and ditch our stuff. Then 18 miles of dirt out to Pt. Sublime and back. If we can average 20mph, and spend no more than 10 minutes watching the sunset...

    Then again, if we get a flat or something, or it rains, we're screwed... we won't have our camping gear with us... plus it's already been a long day, and at best we'll be riding the last 10 miles of pavement in the dark...

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    Nah. Isn't gonna happen. Have to save it for another time. Oh well, what's plan B? We'll just ride out to Point Bright Angel at the North Rim Lodge with the other tourists, and watch the sunset there, and head back to camp (if we get a site) early and enjoy dinner and a campfire.
  17. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    We buy a couple of bundles of firewood. We pitch the tent. We unload some gear. It isn't raining anymore. We eat some snacks.

    "You really wanted to go to Point Sublime, didn't you?"

    "Yeah, but it's OK, we'll do it another time. Maybe on Mobius III."

    "How long would it take?"

    "Couple of hours. We should just go to the North Rim Lodge viewing areas with the other tourists."

    "Maybe we could start and see how far we get"

    "Really? I was doing the math. I mean, the only way we'd make it all the way out and back is if we totally haul ass."

    "OK. Let's get going, then!"

    ":wings:clap:rayof"

    ":raabia"

    We gear up and ride back to the ranger at the gate.

    "How long do you think it'll take us to get out to Point Sublime?"

    "Well, we generally tell 4WD trucks to allow about 2-2.5 hours each way. Then you figure 'yer gonna want to stay there for a little... You may be a little faster on those bikes, but I don't think you'll even make it there by dark."

    "Hmmm.... still wanna see how far we get?"

    "Sure"

    "OK, we'll ride, as long as we can make it back to Bright Angel Point before sundown."

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  18. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    types of ill-advised endeavors, it started easy,

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    lured you in with the promise of "hey, we're doing 35mph here... we can get there and back by sunset!"

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    and then insidiously you get to the point where you say, "Oh my God... how did I get here?"

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    For that half hour, though... until we turned around, we were flying. I swear, LDF was getting air over rises, throwing up roosts, power sliding corners, :bow ... I couldn't take photos and keep up. It was FUN!.

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    Finally I ran her down. "STOP!!! We need to turn back." I'm out of breath.

    "What???? I think we can make it!"

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    Well, we've covered 9 of the 18 miles out there. Averaging about 35mph :wink:. But that's come at a price, and one of us is going to wipe out if we keep it up. It's just not worth it. I turn my bike around.

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    "C'mon, let's catch the sunset at Bright Angel. It'll be cool."

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    "OK... but let the record reflect that it wasn't me who turned us around. :deal"

    ":dunno"

    What is interesting, is that we agreed to take it easy on the way back and enjoy the sights, which we did, and we still covered those same 9 miles in the opposite direction in the same 30 minutes.

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    And just as we were getting back to the trail head, the sun poked through the clouds.

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  19. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    to the North Rim Lodge, park,

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    and do the tourist thing.

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    And you know,

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    sometimes that's OK.

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    we'd worked for this,

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    it wasn't crowded at all,

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    we'd had some setbacks during the day,

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    and still,

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    at the end of the day,

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    we managed to find ourselves

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    here, in a beautiful spot,

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    (see below to identify the peaks seen above)

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    safe and sound,

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    tired, but content,

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    and totally in love. :rogue

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    that's what I was thinking here:

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    and I felt sublime.

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    Adventure bunny agreed.

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    We found someone to take our picture.

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    and walked back to the bikes.

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