The Mobius Trip

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

  1. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Sorry for the interruption.

    Search only yielded seat pad and lots of Jo Momma articles!

    I remember seeing it but couldn't remember where!
  2. Lil' Steve

    Lil' Steve PussyWagon™ Chauffer

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    This is an excellent and welcome addition to one of the best ride reports out there, 2 points of view. :thumb


    Glen Canyon was my favorite part of my trip out west last summer with Cyberdos. It could have only been made better by exploring off-road like you guys did. These pictures are bringing me right back there, thanks. :ricky
  3. dwj - Donnie

    dwj - Donnie Long timer

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    Hi!

    Thanks for you effort! :clap

    This seems to be a habit, I am again reading your Trip Report while I should be working on mine. NV is tough! I liked it, but my partner bailed out before finishing the state and he is a life long motocross rider.

    Donnie
  4. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    I was there this past weekend.

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    "The crack" is an amazing place.

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    Now, you'll just have to come back and see it wont you? :augie

    Keep it coming doc. :lurk
  5. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Escalante and the "Devils Backbone" are very cool.
    Capitol Reef is even better. :thumb

    Waiting to see how this goes...
    Q~
  6. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    on 89, we got a glimpse of where we were headed:

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    :wink: It looked good. I had no idea how good.

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    In retrospect, the next section was one of the highlights of the trip. :thumb Smokey Mountain Road deserves to be in the pantheon of epic rides. Do-able in a day, it's challenging, but manageable, I'd guess, on a big bike with appropriate tires and a good rider, remote as all get-out, and the scenery ranges from lunar to ethereal to sublime. The dirt begins straight out of Big Water.

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  7. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Big Water to Escalante traverses an area of Southern Utah that has been featured recently in both the NYTimes travel section, and National Geographic Adventure magazine.

    The first section crosses north of Lake Powell through volcanic rock that is as devoid of vegetation as any piece of earth I've ever seen.

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    The view off to the right (south) looked out over Glen Canyon, and back towards AZ,

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    To the left (north), was another step in the Grand Staircase,

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    And straight ahead was the moon. Just to be clear, the next photo is NOT in black & white. :brow

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    LDF is that little speck on the horizon. Just to give you a little perspective. :D
  8. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Singing... To the Police's "Walking on the moon."

    "Giant rides are what you take
    Riding on the moon
    I hope my bike dont break
    Riding on the moon
    We could ride for ever
    Riding on the moon
    We could live together
    Riding on, riding on the moon...

    Some may say
    I'm wishing my days away, no way
    And if its the price I pay, some say
    Tomorrows another day, you'll stay
    I may as well play

    Riding in the moon...
    :wink:

    (Please continue)
    Q~
  9. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    for the great contributions from the peanut gallery. :thumb It's why I like posting the RR into a participatory public forum rather than a simple diary / blog.

    Morning rounds are over, so onward and upward...

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    Tough to get the perspective on the shot below. The balancing boulder on the lower right hand side was the size of a typical suburban McMansion.

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    Back into the next section of purely lunar volcanic terrain, I look up ahead and think... "is that Francine? why no dust? did she stop? is she OK?" I voice activate the intercom, but only hear silence. Uh oh. :confused

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    A little closer, and I realize it's DEFINITELY not LDF. :nono

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    The poor thing was literally miles from water, shade, or vegetation. :eek1

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  10. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    and we emerged from the volcanic-influenced terrain,

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    I caught up to LDF and she took this photo of me which really captures the vibe.

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    It was only 9:15am, but it was already getting mighty hot in the sun.

    We found the turn-off into Crosby Canyon and headed down towards Lake Powell

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  11. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    So now we meet "Not dead yet Cow?" :lol3
    Gonna leave it a 2L bottle of water like you did the other guy you found in the desert?
    Q~
  12. FlagRS

    FlagRS Gone to the Dogs

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    Great stuff - I checked the Spot that day and saw that you two were halfway up to Esclatante and thought how amazing that area must be.
    :lurk
  13. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    a little 3-4 mile out & back on this leg for a couple of reasons:

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    First, based on the GoogleEarth images, it looked like the trail went all the way down to the water, and I thought that might make for a nice view.

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    Second, I figured that a blind side-trail off the main road would be a good proving ground for the potential technical difficulty that might be coming up on Smokey Mountain road.

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    Finally, gas wasn't going to be an issue on this section, since Page to Escalante should be well within our range. (Provided we didn't have to re-route, or backtrack). The canyon got deeper and the riding more difficult the closer we got to Lake Powell

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    The trail alternated between washed-out road and just following the canyon wash

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    Eventually it flattened out into a sandy delta,

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    Well, I was correct on all my presumptions, except this one:

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    I checked the GPS, and it looked to be a bit of a hike through deep sand to get down to the water. Plus the temperature had risen about 10 degrees. Oh well. :dunno The riding was great, we'd just do it in reverse.

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    The few bits of shade were a relief,

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    There's mountain lions hiding in the caves that don't have rattle snakes :eek1

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    Through the tight part:

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    and back out to Smokey Mountain road.

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  14. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    and we began to see the approach to Smokey Mountain laid out before us.

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    Distances are really deceiving out here in this terrain. Can you see LDF in the photo above?

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    Yep, we're riding up to the top of those cliffs... At least that's where the purple line goes on the GPS. :dunno

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  15. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    from this point.

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    which is where, I presume, the gnarly bits start.

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    More signs:

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    I always take photos of signs out in remote places like this. I almost never read them at the time. I know, sounds :loco. But I figure if I get lost or otherwise jammed up, I can always pull up the photo of the sign on the camera and read it then.

    Some pearls from the above sign:

    "Emergency response is never rapid due to distance and rough terrain."

    "There are NO services and NO potable drinking water sources in the Monument"

    "Be properly supplied for emergencies. Allow 4 to 6 hours travel time one way."

    Then, they give you all the emergency phone numbers... as if there's cell phone service available. :rolleyes Thank god for Spot. (No, we didn't have to use it).

    Some education:

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  16. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    right up there on par with the Schaffer switchbacks.

    Rising out of the plain:

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    Gradually, at first,

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    Dip down, a little,

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    then up,

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    up, (find Francine) :asta

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    and away...(she doesn't wait for me anymore, and when I stop to take a photo, I can't just go faster than her to catch up... she goes too fast :dunno)

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  17. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    not even half-way:

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    Some of the easier part, where I can still shoot while moving:

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    LDF, waiting for me to catch up.

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    there I am... :wave

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    photo op, then press on.

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  18. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    I move closer to the edge to snap some photos. The gravel is quite soft in spots, and I decide it's safer to stop first.

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    The views are tremendous, and the drop-off is serious.

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    :bow

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    The road is deceptively technical. Baby heads strewn about, ruts and intermittent soft sand, loose gravel, steep, and curvy. With real physical consequences from a mis-calculation or biff. This is living. :wink:

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    I note that we're both hugging the inside track. :lol3 Major vertigo. :brow

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    When I scouted this section on GoogleEarth, I used the fly-by feature. A colleague at work saw it and commented on how scarey it looked. I replied... "That's just how it looks animated on the computer, I'm sure it's not really like that in real life."

    It's like that. :nod

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  19. CBAT

    CBAT occasional wanderer

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    Awesome climb. :lurk
  20. JSPEED

    JSPEED 650 Strommer

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    Awesome pics as usual...can't wait for more.

    Cheers from Nova Scotia!