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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    But this one wasn't too bad. We'd had about enough technical riding for the day... it was time to cash in our chips and hit the hay. (that's cowboy talk) :kumbayaI was getting in the western mood.

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    We dropped down into Widtsoe, and headed up John's Valley road in the opposite direction from when we passed the best looking cow-girl (& boys) ever on Mobius II.

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    Not only do I not like back-tracking, but I also don't like retracing routes. This was necessary, though.

    We passed back up along the Sevier river, through Antimony,

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    and threw the anchors down at the Otter Creek Dam (scalas) Reservoir & State Park.

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  2. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Two things:

    First, it's kinda cool to know you are "early" in the riding season, and there is still snow. Too bad about the turn-around.

    Second, you said that everything behind you is Mobius history. That's kinda sad.

    Thanks for the Ride Report.
    Q~
  3. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Was OK. A few RV's, fishermen. I picked up some cold beers and firewood at the bait-shop, marina across the way. A guy working there drove the firewood over, and we chatted dirtbikes for awhile, and we laid a NYFD karma pin on him which he seemed to appreciate. Good folk.

    Our camp chores hadn't yet become routine, so I got the chairs put together, LDF worked on the tent, and I set about trying to troubleshoot and fix our damn stove so we could have some dinner.

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    Should'a taken my boots off first and had a beer... what was I thinking? :loco

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    Turns out the generator tubing was crustified, probably from using unleaded instead of white gas, and after disassembly, cleaning, and reassembly, it still crapped out before we could make hot cocoa. :doh. Damn Coleman. :bluduh

    This gear has to be either ultra-reliable, (like a hatchet), or field-servicable (like a CV carburetor), or have replacement parts available practically everywhere, (like a the DRz's brake-light).

    Like the Scala Q2's (and the Garmin v.3.90 update), now the Coleman stove was proving to be none of the above.
  4. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    the temperature dropped, and the wind really started to pick up.

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    We had listened to the NOAA broadcast which had described a dry cold front coming across the area bringing wind and lower temps. Boy, they weren't kidding.

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    This was our day's stats:

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    We had a nice campfire and bourbon, and I fell asleep mumbling curses to all things technological, mechanical, or electrical that didn't work the way they were supposed to. :ace

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    Damn stove. :topes

    Francine, there'll be NO coffee in the morning! :dog
  5. dirty joe

    dirty joe 7

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  6. Trailace

    Trailace Long timer

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    Great report keep it coming. :clap
  7. Timpechoes

    Timpechoes Adventurer

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    Welcome to Utah if you don't like the weather just stick around a minute ital change:deal.

    I cant wait for the rest of the story:lurk:lurk:lurk
  8. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    +1

    Same goes for the weather in Central OR, just in case you ever ride here.:lol3
  9. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    No Coffee!?
    Oh sh*t....

    By the way, I recommend the MSR Whisperlite International stove.
    With it's shaker jet and large diameter tubing it's been reliable for over 10 years running on all kinds of crappy fuel.
    Just my $0.02

    Standing by for more...
    Q~
  10. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Unfortunately, that wasn't one of the available choices at Otter Creek. Or Joseph. Or Elsinore, Richfield, Kanosh, Eureka, Battle Mountain, McDermitt, Denio Junction, Fort Bidwell, Cedarville, Susanville, or Reno. :dunno

    But we did come up with something. :wink:
  11. fastredbike

    fastredbike Stabil-ized.

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    Hey doc!
    hope all that shopping didn't kill the buzz - I hate searching for a critical piece of gear in the middle of a ride.
  12. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Today was the day we would make our way back to where we left the TAT back in Sept. '08. We wisely abandoned the high elevation (10,000 ft +) route. The lower elevation version proved to be plenty challenging, plenty high, and would put us within striking distance of Joseph, Elsinore, and Richfield, UT, towns where I hoped we'd be able to find a generator for our stove (ha!), or a replacement stove.

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    and the mile-by-mile elevations:

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    as you can see, we cleared some major elevation changes... all on dirt. The relatively flat part in the middle was on pavement, chasing down a new stove.
  13. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Even though it was mighty chilly, we took hot showers. :D It still didn't make up for missing out on a hot cuppa joe and bowl of oatmeal. :bluduh

    Multiple layers, and heated grips were the ticket while we skirted around the reservoir on a quick bit of pavement.

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    In short order we were making good use of our knobs.

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    We'd be spending the morning winding our way North up through Fishlake N.F. on their extensive ATV trail system.

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    The trails are labled with degree of difficulty, and for the most part we were on the easy ones.... except when we weren't. :wink:

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  14. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    crisp morning, and it was a relief to be out of the unrelenting wind we had suffered with all night exposed on the shore of O.C. reservoir.

    The cliffs were made up of some kind of rock that actually looked like concrete with smaller rocks embedded in it. The next two photos I took back to back, and they've turned out to be among my favorites. Every time I scroll through the photos, my eye pauses on these two.

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    I'm sure it's one of those "you had to be there" things, but looking at them brings back that morning like it was yesterday, the coolness of the air, the solitude, the smells... :thumb
  15. jdaniele

    jdaniele Been here awhile

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    Doc I am loving the RR. Thanks for sharing the adventure with us. I have to get Jen to read this I think she would be inspired, It would be great to do it with friends it's the ultimate to do it with the wife.

    Regards, JD
  16. offthetrail

    offthetrail Adventure Schemer

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    Thanks!
    One more question if you will: How are you tieing down your sweet cheeks? I just gots some after you spoke so highly of them and they seem great but I can't seem to find a clean looking way to secure them to the bike?
  17. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Well, you have to be a little creative. I'm not sure I have a good photo. You could use some parachute cord, or, what we did is measure the distance to the tie-off points on the four corners, and then I cut and sewed about 2" of velcro onto the ends of some 1/2" webbing to make loops. Easy on-off. :thumb

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  18. offthetrail

    offthetrail Adventure Schemer

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    Thanks for the prompt reply! Pictures too!:nod
    And now that I got those distraction out of the way, on to the report...
  19. Stan Dalone

    Stan Dalone Gotta get me somma dat

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    Great stuff Doc, took a few looks at the Spot while you were out there.
    BRILLIANT !! :lol3:eek1:lol3
    Thanks for such a great write up. Your pictures leave nothing to the imagination. :deal
    However I wonder how you make any time at all with all the pictures? Does LDF have to wait a lot? Do you stop for them, or are they while your moving?
  20. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Thanks,... pics from the trail are mostly while moving, which means that they're mostly taken during the least technical riding -- I average 3-4 throwaways for every decent photo.

    If there's a shot of a steep climb, or descent or loose tricky stuff, or water crossing (with one notable exception -- stay tuned), it probably means that LDF has stopped to size up the obstacle or hazard and to discuss attack strategy.

    You got it. I'm stuck in the hospital for the next 24 hours, and if it's not busy, this RR is what I'll be doing. :nod