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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    we found our way out.

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    Find Francine:

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    Either she's shrunk, or the distances are bigger than you expect, eh? :wink:
  2. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    this actually looks as steep as it was. :nod

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  3. debaisley

    debaisley Long timer

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    were you riding on private property ? how are you sure that its ok to ride through ?
  4. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    we'd just stop and take it all in.

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    Catch our breath, and chat on the Scala's

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    I know it seems like we're probably constantly taking photos, but when I look at the time stamps, sometimes there's hours of riding between them.

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    or at least several minutes. :lol3
  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    The land is managed, but the roads are public. Stay on the roads, and you're fine. If it's not "posted", then it's public land (BLM, N.F.), and you can camp anywhere as long as (specific rules vary) you're at least 50ft. but no more than 300 ft. from the road, 100ft from any water source, and leave no trace.

    :beer

    Then again, if you hear bullets flying, all that goes out the window. :deal

    Anyone else have a better answer?
  6. lm248

    lm248 Adventurer

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    I'm finally caught up :clap :clap :clap
    Thank you "both" for all of the work and effort you put into sharing your journey with us.
  7. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    around every bend;

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    complete solitude.

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    it doesn't get much better than this.
  8. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    look like desert to you? :dunno

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  9. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Waiting for the top... here it comes,

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    and then starting the downhill

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    Starting early afternoon, on this day and the one prior, my bike would overheat (yellow light on @ 220 degrees, I think) if I tackled a long uphill climb. Never boiled over, and it would cool down with the engine off, literally, in 3 minutes.

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  10. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    and we glimpse the next big valley:

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    at about this point, NV seems endless. You have already realized the enormity of the space, and recognize that you're somewhere in the middle, or past the middle, or whatever, it doesn't matter, 'cause you've still got a LONG ways before you're out of it. It weighs on you. It's not an intolerable burden, but always in the back of your mind...

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    "wow, we're way the frick out here and there's nothing around. I hope nothing bad happens. That would suck. OK, it's great camping, and riding, but I've just about had enough... GET ME OUT OF HERE. No, no. Deep breath. I'm OK, really. It's not that much further, I'm sure"

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    It's hard to imagine given the wide open expanses, but the feeling is almost claustrophobic, like you're stuck, confined by the Great Basin. Riding all day, and it still looks the same... the only conclusion is that we must not be getting anywhere.
  11. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    on two cowboys and their pick-up truck building a temporary corral.

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    We wave and ride around their truck.

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    I wonder how far they drove to get out here, 'cause there's nothing.
  12. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    the road widens,

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    and I realize that this is the valley that contains Denio Junction. We turn right onto this strange hard foreign road material:

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    (What's with the locked up bike? :dunno)

    And we get a little homesick. :cry

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    Only 2787 mi. :brow
  13. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    and it's lunchtime. But we've learned our lesson... no heavy mid-day meal like at Paradise Valley... not when we're riding this hard, it just slows you down and makes you want to take a nap. But we're psyched for a nice snack and a break. We gas up, chat with the locals, have an ice-cream bar, fill our water bottles, and rest in the shade.

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    it was a dog day,

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    the locals were drinking beer, and talking amongst themselves about how hard it was to find work. We took off our boots, and dried our socks.

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    They had home-made, frozen tamales for sale, by the dozen. I convinced the lady behind the bar to sell me four. I love tamales. :tb

    We discretely planted our flag...

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    Got our gear back on, and headed for the hills.

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  14. pookiebear

    pookiebear Soylent Mayhem

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    Thats my kind of breakfast.
  15. darrell098

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    perfect RR, the only thing missing is an
    occansional video clip.

    when do we get to hear the cost?
    total, per trip, whatever you want.
  16. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Yup, I remember those same feelings Doc. Unbelievable expanse. This is the biggest day if you go all the way to Lakeview.
  17. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    How about now? :wink:

    Disclaimer: Pretend I'm writing this on the back of a cocktail napkin. :photog

    I'll divide the budget into:

    1. Capital expenses (bikes, riding gear, camping equipment),
    2. Ongoing costs, ie whether we're riding or not (storage, insurance, registration, Spot account)
    4. Per trip recurring costs (airfare, bike maintenance, gear replacement)
    5. Daily expenses (gas, food, lodging, entertainment / incidentals -- ie booze)

    Biggest cost is Capital expenses. Bikes (both, not each) were say $8000 total with mods and upgrades. Riding gear / equipment, $2500 total for two... maybe a bit more, but we carry the Leatt's and the Scalas and the GPS's and the Camelbaks home. Camping gear, probably another $1200. The pro-rated expenses here decrease per trip the more trips we do.
    Total set-up costs: $11,700.

    Ongoing costs are the least (for 2 bikes). $40/month storage. ~$600/year insurance + registration, Spot = $150/year.

    Per 2-week trip recurring costs: travel/airfare is variable, maybe $900 / trip (again, for both of us, not each) Bike maintenance -- tires, oil changes, etc. $400/trip. Gear replacement, budget $200/trip. Total = $1500/trip

    Daily expenses (for 2): gas = 200mi/day, 50mpg, $3/gal = $25/day. Food = minimum $30/day avg (eating out more, cooking in less) Lodging minimum $20/day avg. -- motels ~$40 minimum., organized camping ~$15, cowboy camping - free. Entertainment / incidentals $25/day -- booze, firewood, laundry Total daily expenses (for 2) = $100/day X 14 days = $1400 (for 2 persons).

    So, aside from Capital expenses and ongoing costs, each 2-week trip costs us about $3000. Or $750 per person, per week.

    Francine, did I leave anything out, or over / underestimate? :ear

    Obviously, if you're budgeting, run the numbers yourself. Be realistic regarding how often you'll camp, or eat out, etc. This will significantly change your bottom line.

    PS: I'm considering adding a helmet cam for Mobius 4... this trip we introduced the Scala intercoms, and I have a limit to how much new tech equipment I'm willing to troubleshoot each trip :norton.
  18. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Which we didn't. After 7 of the previous 8 days riding 10 hours each day, and 6 of the 8 nights camping, we were just running out of steam. You'll see :wink:
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    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    :thumb smart move.
  20. djbronco

    djbronco Love the curves

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    I know exactly what your talking about!