The Mobius Trip

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

  1. Drizzt

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    That's a pretty van-like suv:lol3

    :lurk :lurk :lurk please continue.
  2. SnailOnARampage

    SnailOnARampage n00b

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    I'll bet he was having a wonderful ciesta, when you guys arrived and started prodding him ;) Post the next part already; I'm dying here!

    This RR is absolutely "sublime"!
  3. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    It's a little bit of a struggle to get off the bike without dropping it in the soft sand, but as I find a place to rest the kickstand that doesn't sink it a foot into the ground, I see his arm move.

    OK, he isn't dead. So I go into doctor mode. "Hello, hey buddy, you OK?" "Rraurrrghh" "Oh, you speak Pirate. OK, I see."

    I feel a pulse. Strong. Breathing OK. Phew. That smells strong. I see a couple of empty 40 oz'ers strewn about. Could be his, or could have been here before he was. I sit him up. He seems drunk, but coherent. "What's your name?" He says something, but I can't really hear with the earplugs.
    "Can you tell me what year it is?"
    "2008." He starts to laugh.
    "How did you get out here?"
    "I was working."
    "Have you been drinking?"
    He looks at me sheepishly, "yes."
    I open his backpack. Some clean clothes, socks, and a slice of pizza neatly tucked in a plastic bag.
    "Are you hungry?"
    "No."
    "Do you have anything to drink? It's hot out here."
    He lays back down.

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    :scratch

    I spend a little more time interacting and observing him. I confer with LDF. "What should we do?"
    "Well, that lady is going to call the sheriff."
    "I can't give him a ride out of here on the bike. Neither of us has passenger pegs, and I don't think he could balance even if we did. We could stay with him..."
    "...and what? How's that helping?"
    "Good point."

    "Do you think it's anything serious wrong with him?"
    "No, not now, probably just drunk, but he's not going to last long out here in the sun and heat without anything to drink. Let's leave him some water."

    So we took one of our 2 liter bottles from the Sweetcheeks that was full of water, tried to get him to drink some of it, which he did, left it with him, and rode on with the intention of letting someone know as soon as we could. :dunno
  4. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    I see another SUV :rolleyes (pickup truck, minivan, whatever :brow) and I wave it down. It's a guy in his 50's. Dressed like a rancher. I tell him about the not-yet-dead guy. I describe his location, what he's wearing, what's in his backpack. I tell him about the lady in the other SUV/minivan. I tell him about the slice of pizza. That we left him water. The guy in the pick-up is extremely nonchalant. Tells us that people live off that road, that he probably belongs to one of them. Speculates that someone will probably be along to fetch him before long.

    He starts asking me about our trip, did we ride these bikes all the way from New York, how do we like Arizona? etc.

    :scratch

    "So, I think the guy needs some help."
    "Why do you say that?"
    "Well, I don't think anyone lasts very long out there in the heat and the sun."
    He pauses for emphasis. "We do."
    I am silent. He stares at me. I stare at him. He looks ahead up the road through his windshield.
    "How far up ahead is he?"
    "About 2 miles. On the left."

    He pulls away.

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    I felt like I was in a Hal Hartley film. I don't know how else to describe it. :dunno
  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    LDF is as well.

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    I have a flash of paranoia: :dic I zoom in to try to get a photo of the pick-up's license plate #. I know that makes no sense at all. Things were just getting a little weird out there in the desert. :choppa

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  6. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    "So, I think the guy needs some help."
    "Why do you say that?"

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    "Well, I don't think anyone lasts very long out there in the heat and the sun."
    He pauses for emphasis. "We do."

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    I am silent. He stares at me. I stare at him.

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  7. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    we're rewarded

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    with some actual gravel. :nod

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    It's interesting how back in Page, we were doing our best to avoid pavement and all it's attendant trappings of civilization.

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    and now, a mere 45 miles and 2 hours later,

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    we want nothing more than tarmac and sanity.

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  8. CBAT

    CBAT occasional wanderer

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    Dead guy. :eek1 Now that makes for a good story.
  9. Lil' Steve

    Lil' Steve PussyWagon™ Chauffer

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    Yeah, this is one helluva ride report. :thumb
  10. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    High weirdness in the high desert... :huh

    Way to go Dr. Rock... :thumb

    Awesome ride report....
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  11. scarysharkface

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    Best ride report ever. Period.

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  12. Stan Dalone

    Stan Dalone Gotta get me somma dat

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    Its just to dam funny !!:rofl
    The best ride report I have ever read !! :bow
  13. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Thanks for the nice feedback. :shog We're in the home stretch now. One more episode of weirdness, some quality family time, and finally a mega-dose of high anxiety stress before chapter 2 comes to a close, and the Mobius trip goes into hibernation until spring.

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    The Navajo reservation is at a higher altitude than Hwy 89, and the road down passes through something called "The Gap". I don't know if this is how the clothing store got it's name. :dunno Kinda strange if it is.

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    So we dropped down onto Hwy 89 for about 50miles of windy slab jockying with fast cars and trucks.

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    Within two minutes, my right butt cheek is feeling the absence of the 2L water bottle that was removed for the benefit of the not-dead-yet guy.

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    I know what you're thinking... suck it up, big guy. It's just a little monkey butt. After all you've suffered, this should be cake. :brow

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    And I agree, so I decide to tough it out.:pynd
  14. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    some pretty cool landscape

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    I don't know if there's anything out there to ride.

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    I mean, you could try, but I couldn't find anything that was marked on GPS that I could actually see as a track on GoogleEarth. :dunno

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    It looks like it could be pretty cool though if it was possible. It's all Navajo Indian Reservation land, so I doubt it.
  15. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Little Colorado River:

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    And my butt has had enough. I take the lead, and motion to LDF that I'll be stopping. A short ways later, I see a cluster of buildings... a gas station, super market, restaurant, Navajo Crafts...

    I figure I'll be able to find 2L of something there, and maybe some groceries for dinner too and I pull in, LDF follows. An SUV pulls in and parks.

    AS we're taking our helmets off, a figure walks over...

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  16. dwj - Donnie

    dwj - Donnie Long timer

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    Hi Again!

    Thanks for the report! You are one lucky fellow! Francine is great! :clap My wife will ride any where with me, as long as it is on the Goldwing. She does not like the KLR and has no interest in riding her own bike.

    Me and a cousin did Utah and 2/3 of Nevada on the TAT last July. I'm sure you are already aware of this, but the routing gets very difficult from Battle Mountain to McDemitt. I have used a GPS from Jellico, TN to McDermitt and the last 25 miles into McDermitt is by far the most difficult to follow the route. At about 15 miles out and after several hours of very little progress, we just routed to McDermitt on our own. But, I did not use GoogleEarth. Maybe, I need to learn how!

    Thanks again for the Trip Report! Looking forward to the end of Mobius II and the beginning of Mobius III!
  17. Stan Dalone

    Stan Dalone Gotta get me somma dat

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  18. Questor

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    Ohhh.. A cliffhanger... :drif

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  19. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Way! It's the East German John Wayne!

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    The dude had just come from visiting the South Rim, and was now finally headed for Colorado to live out his cowboy dream. He was glad to see that we weren't still stuck in Zion, and as I ducked inside to find something in a 2L bottle, he was showing LDF a photo from his wallet (girlfriend, I figured...turned out to be of his horse) and they continued chatting away.

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    We swapped emails, I gave him the link to this thread, he took photos of us (mostly of Francine... said it was to show to his girlfriend as inspiration to get her to ride... yeah, right... :rolleyes... it's 'cause LDF's a babe :raabia) and we split a couple of slices of bad pizza.

    I called my bro and spoke with my sister-in-law, Lisa, and told her that we wanted to camp near Sunset Crater and we'd be at their place in the morning. She went on-line and helped me locate the campground at the state park, and said they'd been following our progress on Spot (cool) and saw that we had taken that road from Page through the Navajo Reservation and asked me how it was, 'cause they'd always wondered.

    "Great, except for the dead guy. And it was really sandy. Listen, we'll tell you all about it, but for now we need to say our good-byes to our friend the East German John Wayne who's been stalking us for the last few days, and get on the road before it starts raining."

    "Huh? Hmmm. OK. Yeah, it's a thunderstorm here. It sounds like you guys are having an adventure, aren't you. The kids are excited to see you pull up on the motorcycles. See you tomorrow."

    We said our goodbyes to EGJW, and headed on south.

    Happy trails, cowboy.

    :wave

    If you read this, join up ADVRider, and post some of your photos here. :thumb
  20. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    We could see the peaks of the San Francisco range up ahead.

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    As we got closer, we could see the rain... it didn't look like virga to me. Even though I didn't know that word... at the time I would have said, "That don't look like no air-rain to me."

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    Fortunately, we'd be heading off this way to the left (east)

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    away from the rain, for awhile at least, until we looped back west.