The Mobius Trip

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

  1. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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  2. mtnman

    mtnman Adventurer

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    Really enjoyed reading about your trips! :clap Am planning to do the TAT in 21 month when I retire (but who's counting). Maybe I missed it but could you include a packing list to this thread or Mobius III? Looking forward to the next installment. Thanks!
  3. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Thanks, guys. Glad you're enjoying the trip... If we could, we'd be leaving on Mobius III tomorrow. :wink: (May 8th departure.)

    Coincidentally I've been updating the master packing list today. It is an over-the-top, :loco OCD Excel spreadsheet with each item categorized as... Francine's or mine, individual or shared gear, whether the item stays out west, stays with our bikes here in NYC, or travels back and forth. If it travels, whether it travels as carry-on or checked baggage (or shipped), where the item gets packed on the bike, etc. I can open the file on my Palm treo, and then sort the master list into all manner of useful variations... A quick list of only what needs to be left with the bikes in the storage unit, for instance.

    What I've been doing is adding a column with notes and hyperlinks to the brand or store where I got the item, or an on-line review, etc.

    I'm happy to send a copy to anyone who's interested... while it's created for two people traveling together and splitting up shared gear, it wouldn't be too hard to adapt it to solo traveling -- that's what I do when I camp by myself -- I sort the packing list to include only my individual items, plus both our shared items... ie. excluding LDF's individual items.

    Kinda hard to explain... here's a screenshot...

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    The list is only :rolleyes ~270 rows ...if anyone wants a copy, shoot me a PM with your email address (no excel attachments for posts or PM's allowed) and I'll send it as an email attachment.
  4. bpeterson

    bpeterson no other way to say it

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    wow, that's quite a list. :thumb

    did I read it correctly that there's a small shovel in the tankbag?

    oh, did you get the new thermarests?? would love to hear what you think about them.

    have a safe trip, and enjoy. looking forward to the RR
  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Hey Brian :wave,
    It's a useful little tool, that small, collapsable shovel. Especially when Cowboy / stealth camping...

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    NeoAir's haven't shipped yet... I'm hoping to get them for this trip. Reviews make them sound awesome. We have the ProLite3's, and they're... meh. OK for a night. Or two. But not luxurious, and kind of narrow. The large NeoAir's pack down to the same size (nice) and are wider and thicker. Not self-inflating, though, so... we'll see.

    I'm about to send out the Excel packing list to those who PM'd me, and while updating it with notes and hyperlinks to the items, it occurred to me that all this gear was accumulated gradually over a couple of years... and most of it deeply discounted when on sale. I'm looking at the retail prices and I'm thinking... this shit can be expensive if you wait 'till the last minute and have to buy it all at once. :brow

    On the other hand, one top-of-the line thermarest costs less than one night in the skeeviest nyc hotel. What is a good night's sleep worth out on the trail after a long hard day of riding. :dunno The stuff pays for itself when it's quality and you need it to function dependably, without drama, day after day, in extreme and austere conditions. :nod
  6. mtnman

    mtnman Adventurer

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    PM sent. Thanks!
  7. fuhgawee

    fuhgawee Thats a road?

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    Cant wait for Mobius III

    +1 on a good sleeping pad. Pack size is a real dilemma. Last year I used the Thermo. Pro 3, packs pretty small. This year I've got the luxury camp (much better), but its really big so its a trade off.

    Is it May 8th yet?
  8. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Hey, that's where we're headed... :deal

    Not sure if y'all saw this feature on Southern Utah in the NY Times travel section. Nice slide show.

    BTW, just a reminder... if you're PM'ing me for a copy of the packing list... I need your email address since ADV doesn't allow excel spreadsheets to be attached to thread posts nor PM's. :dunno
  9. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Thanks for the So. UT link!
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  10. WarLlama

    WarLlama belligerent cameloid

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    Wonderful ride report, great pics, great writing. Thanks for sharing. :clap
  11. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    Any updates? May is here.
  12. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    I saw Dr. Rock and LDF yesterday. :thumb

    Their stuff is all packed and ready by the door.

    Of course Dr. Rock is going to mess around on the computer, fixing GPS routes or checking snow depth, right till the very last minute.

    Wait till you see the routes Dr. Rock has plotted. :eek1

    Be patient, and we will all be rewarded with more great adventures and pictures.

    Go Dr. Rock! :clap
    Q~
  13. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    I can't believe you're up already, Q. That was fun drinkin' on a school night.

    :beer

    My head hurts. :umph Dunno if we're going to make the Ear tonight. LDF sounded pretty wiped when we spoke this morning.

    Updates: We've been fighting over whether she should take two pairs of nylon convertible pants, or one.

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    We're really cutting down to the minimalist bone this trip. Smaller, lighter, and less. The advice of "setting out all your stuff, and only packing half" can only be done so many times. When you're down to one t-shirt -- what are you gonna do, cut it in half?

    Still, I think I've got her beat:

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    Ready (almost) for car service 9:15am Friday.

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  14. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Is here: http://tinyurl.com/Mobius-3-track

    Disclaimers: We're flying out Friday, but won't be rolling until Monday morning, May 11th. Sat. & Sun we'll be hanging in Flagstaff with the family, and taking care of some bike maintenance. Don't Panic.

    When tracking, Spot sends out a beacon once every 10 minutes, however, in my testing, only about 80% get through, fewer in cloudy weather or dense forest. So don't worry if it isn't updating for a while.

    [Note: The shared tracking page above expires if too many people open it in a seven day period (500 visits/week), however, if you leave the page open and just check for new tracking messages it's fine. You don't need to leave the page open for the whole two weeks, just don't open and close it every ten minutes to check our progress (ahem, you know who you are).]

    I'd like to publicly thank our "Spotters": :bow Ethan (urbancowboy), Steve, (vfr870), and John (Speez). Thanks for covering our backs. You're the best. :thumb Remember... no news is good news!
  15. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Flagstaff, AZ to Reno, NV. Just shy of 2000 mi. in 13 days riding. Seen below with today's NOAA snow depth overlay. The green line is Mobius III, the yellow was Mobius II.

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    Looks like the only remaining snow trouble spots are the Tushar range in UT, and the Sierras in CA. I've got a few alternate routes plotted, so we can play it by ear when we get there. :thumb
  16. bpeterson

    bpeterson no other way to say it

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    enjoy, I'll be watching the spot page - and awaiting the RR when you return.

    ride safe :thumb
  17. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Through the miracle of technology that is SmugMug, we had a bunch of custom stickers made (kids love stickers) which we will be affixing to various, nefarious, discreet and indiscreet locations along our route. :wink: ie. Under bar stools, inside holding cells, eye-level in bathroom stalls, particularly noteworthy brothels, etc. We'll see if anyone can find any of them and posts photos of them up here. Sort of our own little Mobius tag-o-rama. :brow

    (the link on the sticker is to this thread, btw).

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  18. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Can't wait for part 3!
  19. Vixen

    Vixen Been here awhile

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    yayy!!!! :clap I've been waiting for the two of you to get back on the trail, your adventure has been just AH-mazing to read!

    My boyfriend and I are heading up to Jellico with a group of friends on May 22nd to begin our 10 day journey across the eastern section of the TAT. I only hope that our adventure is HALF as exciting as yours has been :1drink

    Here's to another safe and memorable trip for the two of you........we'll be following in your tire tracks over the next few years! :freaky
  20. malibu_dan

    malibu_dan Adventuring Mystic

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    ...nuff said, now let's get rolling! And I want to hear more color commentary from LDF this time (if you please)! :huh

    MOBIUS LIVES!!