The Mobius Trip

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

  1. dirtypumpkin

    dirtypumpkin "Monster Truck Bike"

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    Great stuff, thanks for sharing.
    As another 400 owner much respect.:freaky

    How is the comfort level on your neck braces?
    Looks like they wouldn't be much of an issue.
  2. Motor 1

    Motor 1 Been here awhile

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    Nope, still in Tn. (fall down go BOOM at American Supercamp hurt my leg a little). Hope to leave for Wa around the 1st of July. I'm really enjoying ur all's ride report. Bring's back some good memories.:D
  3. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Hello Canuks! :wave Kelsow, how's the new bike? :wink: Hi to Brian and our other NSDSC friends!

    Neck braces are no problems at all. :thumb

    A word about safety. Someone asked off-line about other concerns besides deer and school buses. In short, we felt safe at all times, certainly relative to our life in NYC where, as you know, untold horrors lurk around every corner. :rolleyes :D.

    Truth be told, the route is so remote, that potential interactions with other humans is few and far between. When you cross paths with them, locals are curious and friendly... no one picked on us, or cheated us, even though we're Yankees. (Not Yankees fans, just for the record).

    There was only one point where we felt we were riding through an area of high unemployment at the periphery of a small town, and people were staring at us from their front yards as we rode past. It was a little uncomfortable, but that was probably more in our heads than in reality.

    The photos in the RR of scenery and riding terrain are representative, maybe 1% of what we saw and rode; In contrast, I think we took photos of 100% of our human counterparts in social interaction. Maybe we missed the crowds of NYC a little?

    In reality, therein lies the danger. If something happens to you on one of those remote stretches; A broken leg, an engine grenade, a concussion, a heart attack, a tornado, hypothermia, bad allergic reaction, a snow storm, etc.. You could very easily get into big trouble real fast.

    So the name of the game is preparation. Riding solo definitely ups the ante, but even in a group; the group spreads out, you stop to take a picture, you miss a turn, and now you're solo. :doh

    You can read some about our preparation from our previous prep thread, but almost all we've incorporated I have seen here on ADV in various places.

    In summary:
    Motorbikes: Know your bike, prep it well pre-ride, be able to diagnose and troubleshoot it, carry a tow strap, appropriate tools and spare parts, know how to field-service typical issues: flat tire, flooded carb, drowned bike, blown fuses, dead battery, filthy air filter, etc.

    Survival: Be able to bivouac in place for minimum 48 hours. Food - stow energy bars, carry nuts and snacks at all times, freeze-dried meals if you can boil water. Water - top-off your hydration pack each gas stop, carry purification tabs, or even better a filter (Katadyn hiker pro is what we have). Shelter - know the weather in the area and what the extremes can deliver. Minimum; a space blanket and a dry change of clothes.

    Safety: First-aid training and supplies... knowing how to use a tourniquet is probably the single most useful skill to have given what we're doing. Critters - both 2 and 4 legged will be repelled with a big can of bear spray. We carry it, in reality it lives at the bottom of our pack, but I'd get it handy if we had had to fix a flat after dark in the area which that guy warned us about the Meth-heads. Or for that matter, when we are in bear country.

    Communication: Cell-phone coverage is almost non-existent with T-Mobile. Even NOAA and AM radio reception is lacking in places. Next section we do we'll be carrying a SPOT unit. This trip, LDF would call in to her folks whenever we had a cell signal and update our location. At least it would narrow down the search.

    So with all that, yeah, we felt safe. Without it, I'd have been a lot less comfortable. Hope that's helpful.
  4. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!!

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    David great reading about this trip and I am so happy to see that Francine makes work to keep up and take pictured now. I remember the ride report from your first ride together. I didn't know you guys then but I read it and thought it was excellent.
    BTW as far as the first aid end of the situation there are not many people around that anyone would be better off with as a riding partner than you. I am also sure LDF is no slouch on the first aid front.
    Can't wait to read the rest:clap
  5. DR. Rock

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    So we follow the Devil-box to Snowdale state park.

    It was immediately obvious that it had been abandoned to the lake, for ages.

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    I don't know if this was recent flooding, or a longer term plan to raise the water level of the lake, or what...

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    But there were about 30 abandoned RV's with extensive water damage, the road out there was trashed,

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    and it was just kind of strange and surreal -- think "Andromeda Strain". Even now, when I google "Snowdale state park" I don't get any hits that explain what happened. Even the OK state park website makes it seem really nice:

    "Visitors to the park will find a lighted boat ramp, swimming beach, playground, volleyball court, comfort station with showers, RV sites, tent campsites, picnic tables and a group picnic shelter."

    Uh... I don't think so! :scratch
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    So we carry on to the next town, Pryor, OK.

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    And found a non-descript cheap motel ($30) on the busy road through town. Walked down the block to a package store to buy bourbon, asked about beer and got a stern lecture about how they can't sell them both in the same store, so then we had to go next door to that place to buy beer. :loco

    Ate at Charlie's Chicken as recommended by the clerk at the package store, which turned out to be a chain, but wasn't bad.

    Didn't take any photos, did our chores, and slept well.

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  7. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    I started to see the pattern of our days:

    Awake @ 6-6:30am

    Breakfast, coffee, pack

    Wheels rolling @ 8:00am

    Ride, rest, ride, gas, ride, pee, ride, snack, ride, etc. in various sequences

    3-4:00pm: Figure out where our day's endpoint would be, decide camping or motel based on weather and forecast, decide to find a restaurant or cook, start looking for a grocery to pick up supplies if camping.

    6:00-8:00 pm: Stop riding, set up camp, or explore the small town if motelling, eat dinner, have a drink, do daily chores.

    9-11:00 pm Campfire or TV weather station, sleep

    People ask how many miles/day... my answer is: "as far as we'd get in 10-12 hours traveling. It was really hard to break 20miles/hour moving average once we were on the dirt roads. The harder we'd push, the more tired we'd become, and the longer our rest stops were.

    I've followed other threads of riders who I know were moving faster than we were when they were moving. But in a bigger group, time is lost with every stop, and there are more stops... flat tires, bigger prostrates, etc.

    We made good distance by keeping moving, steady pace, and relatively long days, boots on - to- boots off.
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    We thought we might be able to push it to Liberal, KS where we had a tire waiting for my front, and we'd be able to take a whole day off to rest and do maintenance. It was starting to get straight and flat:

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    so we thought we'd give it a shot. There was a storm system to our north which we were watching all day, and by late morning the wind really started to pick up. It's an austere, loveless landscape, but beautiful.

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  9. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    A trooper:

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    Water crossings less frequent:

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    This one was a doozy though!

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    We didn't attempt it. It was clear that the route meandered onto this road from the more obvious choice through the area, so it was easy to just go back to the turn-off and take the original road.

    I'm sure it's fun when it's not so high.
  10. DR. Rock

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    Cockfight rooster camp

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    Oil or gas well. At first we were -- "cool! I've never seen one up close, we're really in a different part of the country now..." But then they got old. :dunno Especially after seeing the landscape unblemished in the tallgrass prarie preserve. :bow

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    Nice old iron:

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    One more time, savor it... :brow

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  11. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Get used to these vanishing-point perspective photos... :deal

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    Conveniently placed.

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  14. CBAT

    CBAT occasional wanderer

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    Awesome trip. My DRZ is jealous. :thumb
  15. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    three days earlier, to Arkansas. Crossing the Mississippi river. Helena / West Helena. I thought it might be a town big enough to support a motorcycle shop where I could buy a new spare front tube.

    I stop at a used car lot (some nice exotics and classics) where a couple of bikes are parked as well. I inquire if anyone knows where I might be able to buy a tube. One guy at a desk tells me that his son might have one and describes how to get there: "go back about 3 miles, turn left, there's a trailer with a bunch of junked cars and stuff in the front yard..."

    Thank you very much. :twitch...

    I get back on the bike, disappointed... (feeling a little blue, in other words) and I tell LDF we'll just plug on without it.

    I put the earphones back in, and we start heading west out of town.

    I have 5229 songs on my iPod. It's set to shuffle through them ALL at random. 14.9 days worth of listening 24h/day for all the songs to play. A song comes on, written by James Cotton (I think), and performed by George "Harmonica" Smith.

    Here's a link to a free cover of it by the Eirik Bergene Band, if you want to listen along.

    West Helena Woman blues

    I got a woman, live in West Helena, Arkansas
    Yes, I got a woman, live in West Helena, Arkansas
    She buys me them long toed shoes,
    keeps that brown mule up in my jaw

    She gets paid up on a Friday,
    Saturday night we go out and have ourselves a natural ball
    She gets paid up on a Friday,
    Saturday night we go out and have ourselves a natural ball
    Out of all the women I've got,
    I love that woman from Arkansas the best of all

    You know they say West Helena
    ain't nothin' but a murderer's home
    You know they say West Helena
    ain't nothin' but a murderer's home
    Well I don't care for the graveyard, people,
    maybe that's where I'll be before long


    I'm listening, (the George Smith version is better, imo -- more raw) and it takes until the second verse before I realize that I'm listening to a song about a woman from West Helena precisely when we're riding through West Helena.

    What are the odds of that? :eek1

    If any of you have read our Nova Scotia ride report, you may recall the tragedy that accompanied us on that trip. Joan was a big believer in the afterlife, and ghosts, and angels, and all that new-agey spiritual stuff. LDF thinks maybe she's watching down over us on our travels.

    Chills down my spine.

    I pulled ahead of LDF, and signaled for her to stop. I plugged her headphones into my ipod and played the song from the beginning. :trpShe shrugged her shoulders :dunno. what?

    Listen to the words. :trp again. :dunno what?

    Do you know where we are??? Um... no.
    West Helena!:yikes

    My take: Joanie is watching over us. Knows I'm highly skeptical of all that crystal energy mumbo-jumbo. Sends me a little message she knows I'll get, :poserand is cracking herself up . Comforting, I guess in a freaky sort of way. :huh
  16. tommo2

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    Very cool RR!:lurk
  17. Thumper1

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    Hey folks good to see you're at it again, looks like a great trip, I'll maybe put that on my list of someday. For now I'll live vicariously through you guys. I trust you are both well, I hope you both make it back up this way for another go at the highlands someday.
    Allan
  18. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Hey Allan :wave I heard you got a new bike too! Not as sporty as Brian's KLR upgrade though. I intend to bring the Terra Mostro up to NS at some point... that would be fun! You got yer daughter riding yet? :wink:
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    Thumper1 n00b

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    Nope not sporty as Brian but certainly as exotic HusabergFE550e my son 3 1/2 is just starting to ride his two wheeled bike without training wheels however he has his electric ATV mastered LOL.My wife and I are expecting another little biker in november maybe this one will be a girl.I guess I'll have to wait until sept to here the rest of the story.Take care.
    Allan
  20. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Apologies, I don't know why I had in my brain that you had a girl... must be the one on the way! :dunno Anyway, Congratulations!!! from both Francine and me! :thumb

    More ride report today as I have time. :brow