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'll see what we can do about that :brow.

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    Some cool rock formations,

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    A little "Thelma & Louise" flashback:

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    Still a few miles off:

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  2. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    almost there,

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    all right. The Navaho bridge:

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    And now we're on the other side. These are called the "Chocolate Cliffs" and are part of the Grand Staircase:

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    Looking back over the Grand Canyon are the Vermilion cliffs:

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  3. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    what next? We could pick up Hwy 89 and take pavement all the way down to Flagstaff and be there by evening, or we could try to ride some dirt, stay off 89 as much as possible, and camp near Sunset Crater which would enable us to get to Flagstaff friday morning.

    Hmmm...

    Well, both the dirt road I had picked out, and groceries were up in Page, AZ, (20 miles in the wrong direction from Flagstaff) so that's where we headed. :wink:

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    I'm glad we did, for two reasons:

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    First, it's a beautiful drive,

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    and second (I wanna see a rodeo) it confirmed

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    that sharing the road with trucks and cars

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    is nowhere near as much fun

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    as the two of us

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    riding alone together

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    on some godforsaken dirt road

    :ricky :ricky
  4. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    it doesn't look like

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    there's much traffic,

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    but all it takes is one semi-truck to make us want to get off the highway ASAP.

    The Navajo Generating Station (coal) is visible up ahead.

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    Those smokestacks are the 3rd tallest structures in Arizona. Nearby is the Glen Canyon Dam which created Lake Powell.

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    was only for gas,

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    groceries, and

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    the northern end of BIA-20, AKA CopperMine Rd.

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    Which cut through the Navajo Indian Reservation to meet up with Hwy 89 45 miles south.

    A short while later we passed a sign that said,

    "Pavement ends 8 miles. Gravel road continues for 37 miles"

    or something to that effect. :thumb Perfect. :D
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    out the back way from Page, AZ, we got a better look at the coal-burning generator plant:

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    As we motored along, there were high tension power lines cutting every which way across the desert:

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    The clouds were surreal.

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  7. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Now you guys are in my backyard! Sunset Crater is an often overlooked gem in Arizona. Glad you made it there.

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  8. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    CBAT occasional wanderer

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    hipnotik Been here awhile

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    Fantastic report Dave and Francine, thanks for sharing :clap
  12. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    of the sign that advertised "Gravel road, 8 miles ahead", but I got this one:

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    :clap All right! Bring it on.

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    Oh, it was gravel all right...

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    for about 25 fookin feet.

    And then, it was SAND :baldy.

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  13. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    The Inuit allegedly have 25 different words for snow.

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    The Navajo on the other hand have only one word for sand,

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    and that word apparently is "Gravel". :doh

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    I mean, what part of the road in these photos

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    is even remotely gravel-like? :dunno
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Whether it was the wideness of the road or what, LDF was moving along pretty well, standing most of the time, weight back, throttle on,

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    (We're about half-way here... another 17 miles to go.) Until... she gets into some really thick stuff, and goes into a tank slapper at about 35mph. Now I know you've seen the aftermath of one of those... the serpentine tracks in the sand, increasing in radius, ending in a heap of flesh and motorcycle, usually with luggage strewn about for good measure. Following behind it was like watching her in slow-motion... back, forth, almost down, back again, almost down again, both feet off the pegs, now back on, now one hand off the bars, forth, then a couple of jiggles back and forth... and then she stopped. :eek1 I couldn't believe that she didn't go down. I mean the tracks were there in the sand! I pulled up next to her...

    "Wow, that was amazing! I've never, NEVER seen anyone recover once they got into that sequence! Awesome, you're really getting the hang of riding in the sand. :thumb"

    "What are you talking about, I nearly died! :becca I can't do this. I'm not going to go fast anymore. I hate it!"

    :dunno

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    Only 16.8 miles to go, Paddlefoot. :twitch

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    So we're plodding along. It's like 150 degrees out, but there's no wind. :brow And an SUV is coming towards us. I'm in front and I stop. As it pulls up, a woman rolls down her window and waves me over. LDF is about 50 yards behind me and doesn't hear our conversation:

    "Do you have a cell phone?"
    "Um, yeah."
    Do you have a signal?"
    "I doubt it, let me check, why?"
    "There's a guy on the road back there, and I think he might be dead. I was going to call the sheriff or 911, but I don't have a signal here."
    "Me either. How do you know he's dead?" :scratch
    "He was just lying there. On the right side of the road. There's a back pack next to him. I didn't get out of the car because I was scared."
    "Well, we're headed that way, how much further to the body?"
    "About 3-4 miles. When I get to Page, I'll call the sheriff."
    "OK, if we see anyone we'll see what we can do to help."

    I put my cell phone away, and photographed her riding away past LDF:

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    I decided to stay in the lead for the next few miles, and as it was straight, I could wick it up, get a ways ahead, stop and wait, and still see LDF's headlight and know that she hadn't fallen.

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    "What was that conversation about?"

    "Oh nothing. Dead guy up ahead."

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    "WHAT!?!" :eek1

    "Yeah, but she wasn't sure. You wanna lead?"

    "NO!!! How far?"

    "Coupla miles."
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  18. DR. Rock

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    I'm thinking to myself:

    What are our options? Well, that depends if the guy is really dead or not. If he's dead, it's kind of easy, notify some authority as soon as we can. Well, what if he's sick, unconscious, something like that? That's pretty easy also. Hippocratic oath and all that. We'll stop and help. Not that there's much we could do. First aid? Hydration?

    Probably the best thing would be to call an ambulance. Given that we have no cell service, our options would be to leave him, or use the 911 function of Spot. Hmmm. That would be sort of drastic, probably best reserved if he was really critical. So first thing is to see if he's really dead or not. Then assess if he's in critical condition. If so, call 911 using Spot, if not, administer first aid, and summon help as quickly as possible.:dunno Sounds like a plan.

    Hey look, there he is up ahead.

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    :eek1 A body?

    I have been watching this for a about a week now, just getting caught up awesome report took me a day of reading to get here and let me tell you it is well worth it.