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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    it was time to stop. "Here?"

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    "I'm not feeling it... let's just get over the crest, and see what we get on the western side... that will give us a little more daylight as well"

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    "OK"

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    "Are you with me?"

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    "Yeah, right behind you"

    "Hey, there's the next valley" "How about here"

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    "Yes."
  2. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    whew.

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    nervously looking around for any signs of rattlesnakes or mountain lions.

    Within minutes:

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    Note: firepit, firewood, drinks poured... this is livin'

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  3. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    From sitting here: (trying to dial in the NOAA forecast -- no signal)

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    this is what we saw.

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    Our stats for the day:

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  4. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    the temperature really drops.

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    but we know just what to do.

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    Cheers. :beer

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    What a great day! :D

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  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Our tentative goal would be to get to somewhere around Lone Mountain, which would give us 110miles to Battle Mountain on Saturday, which, if they weren't too technical, (please, God), could be done in the morning... getting us to our new rear tires by early afternoon.

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    We were really pushing ourselves up 'till now to get to Battle Mountain and our tire appointment. We were doing it, but it was taking it's toll. No shower, no roof. Early starts, and long days. :knary

    Today (and tonight) would be no exception.

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    The elevation tells the story. Up to 8500ft. down to 5500ft. and back up again. :thumb
  6. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    to "Leave no trace"

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    Not bad, if I must say so myself... :flug:ilmostro

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    and we dropped down into the next valley.

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    This waren't no transit section. :nono
  7. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    evidence of ranching

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    Crossing a paved road, power lines

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    a graded road,

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    a sign.

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  8. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Nothing tricky at all... and then we see the next valley, and the next range come into view:

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    We head into Cave Valley,

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    and snap, just like that, the liason is over, and the special sections have begun. :wink:

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  9. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    two-track, no track...

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    We were just riding, enjoying the scenery, listening to tunes, chatting every once in awhile, and loving life.

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    Not another soul in sight.

    Why it's called a "special" section: Ruts... :eek1

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    Hill climbs:

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    Wet water crossings:

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    Rocky descents:

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    More steep hill climbs, with ruts, and rocks:

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    It was slow going, but beautiful, remote, and FUN. :ricky:ricky
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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    It was just gorgeous!

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    simply gorgeous.

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    Yeah, there's a trail barely still there. :brow
  11. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Up,

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    up, and away...

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    Hey, not this white stuff again! :scratch

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    Luckily, I think that was it... no re-routes or go-arounds necessary. :thumb
  12. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    must come down,

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    and down,

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    and down.

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    until yet again, the next valley, and the next range snuck into view.

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    Preston / Lund, NV is somewhere down there. Gas. Food. Water. Booze, maybe. :D
  13. KI6HNB

    KI6HNB Been here awhile

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    MORE! MORE! MORE!


    please.

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    fantastic
  15. malibu_dan

    malibu_dan Adventuring Mystic

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    Kinda reminds me of another ride report from a loooong time ago with a couple ADV'ing who had to cowboy camp! :deal

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  16. NorthernTraveler

    NorthernTraveler Long time Adventurer

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    Doc -

    I told you that section just west of Indian Springs was going to be tough!!!!

    Heck, I didn't think Nevada was THAT tough.... although I did do it solo... on an XR650L... in the late fall..... with a little snow..... I guess that means that I'm a little cookoo!

    I noticed you both stand alot..... I learned long ago to conserve energy. Stand as you approach an unknown section, assess it, if needed stay standing - otherwise sit down. Sometimes it's worth it to spend extra energy to avoid crashing.... and avoid crashing as much as possible!

    And you're right, go as fast as you can without expending alot of energy. I get in a 'cruise' mode.... fast, safe, energy conserving..... there is a LONG way to go!!!!

    Broken bike, broken body - end of trip!

    You have to learn to conserve your bike also..... if you beat your bike into the ground you're not going to get to where your going! :eek1
  17. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    at some point, was concerned enough about people riding this terrain too fast, so they kindly posted a speed limit sign. :rofl

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    What's funny, is that when reviewing our average speed on the GPS track archive for the previous 8 miles 'till we got spit out of Sawmill Canyon, it was a cool 15mi/h. :rayof Now THAT's haulin' ass! :jack

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    Just goes to show you...

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    You don't need to go fast to make distance... just do two things: 1. get an early start, and 2. keep moving :deal
  18. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Hey Scott, :wave are you back stateside? BTW, your advice and intel was invaluable... trust me, I thought of you often out there. Every word you wrote above I agree with 110%.

    Two comments: First, re: standing... the tamer miles that I didn't photograph (yes, that was the majority) we did, in fact sit. The photos are biased to show the more interesting, challenging terrain, so naturally, it seems we're standing more than we actually were from the photos.

    Second: regarding expectations... Of all the good intel I had pre-ride... RR's, videos, and photos I'd seen from the NV section, transcribing the route to GPS, reviewing GoogleEarth images, and topo data... I was still very much surprised at what NV was really like. I had no idea. Maybe it's just me, but I expected flatter, straighter roads. So, yeah, it wasn't impossible riding, but it was WAY harder, slower, and longer than I (we) expected. :dunno

    I think the tag-lines on your avatar say a lot about your point of reference. ie. "Long time adventurer" from "the Sandbox". I'm sure you're a much more experienced rider than we are. Your "tough" would translate into our "impossible", I'm certain. Remember, we're just a couple of soft-bellied city slickers from NYC. :D

    Thanks again for all your help, Scott :bow
  19. Creekrider

    Creekrider Been here awhile

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    Great ride report, took me three days to read. Gave me some good ideas about leaving the bikes in storage and doing rides in stages as vacations allow.
  20. Malcontent

    Malcontent Been here awhile

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    DR and LDF, amazing ride report and great pictures. We met briefly in NYC and again at your post-motorcycle-show party. Seeing the photos that go along with your description of the trip completes the picture (literally :)). Thank you for sharing.