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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    were the short transit sections.

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    Then it was right back on the special

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    I believe this is Gridley Lake, with the next range now within our sights.

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  2. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    That's a tough looking motorcycle chick.
    I can see the thoughts working though her head.
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    Q~
  3. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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  4. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    these weird-looking "beehive" rock formations

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    a better view of the visor muck

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    The riding difficulty rating here was 6/10 to 8/10...

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    what we needed, though, was a nice long stretch of 2/10. Not this...

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  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    long, hill climb skirting around McGhee Mountain, and I met minimal resistance when I offered to leap-frog our bikes up the steepest, loosest, most rutted stretch.

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    Her hip was hurting, morale was flagging... even though the views were still great,

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    they were getting monotonous... it was clear we were becoming fatigued.

    I walk down the hill, she walks up. As we approach each other, it's hard to read emotions through the goggles and the helmets. Heavy boots trudging, no words spoken, but each puts a hand up, and we silently give each other a high-five as we pass.

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    We each get on our respective bikes, and I hear her engine fire up. Over the Scala, I hear "You with me?" I answer, "Right behind you"

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  6. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    we seem to be on a plateau,

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    it's been a long climb

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    But the trail seems to have leveled out, at least for awhile.

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  7. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    getting longer, and we're starting to think about where to stop for the day.

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    There's a campground in the next valley... "Virgin Valley"

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    This is opal mining country, and the Royal Peacock mine and others are still open for people to pay a fee and spend a day digging. :loco

    We start down.

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  8. Game over

    Game over Haha

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    This whole ride report should replace the dictionary definition of companionship.
  9. La Donna Fugata

    La Donna Fugata You're not the boss of me

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    You have that right. All I remember thinking was that I was going to be propelled over or into that barbwire fence. I can't remember much more detail than that.

    Either way, it was negative reinforcement for holding in that "damn" clutch for the rest of the trip. That and David's heart to heart. :nono

    After that head plant biff, I can't speak highly enough about the Leatt's brace. It has saved my ass more than once on this trip.
  10. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    that the nice, gentle track you see floating off into the distance, is always steeper and further than it appears once you actually get to it.

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    We hadn't made great mileage today, not that it really mattered, but we still had in our head that we were pushing for 160 miles / day. :dunno

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  11. djbronco

    djbronco Love the curves

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    You can ride with me any day! You are helping me regain faith in the female race for sure. Maybe there is hope!
  12. dutch2004

    dutch2004 Dreaming the dream...zzz

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    It seems like the braces make a lot of sense, but it helps to be one tough cookie! Way to go.
  13. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    So glad you weren't hurt.

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  14. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Campground was kind of strange. It seemed geared for RV's. Like a big gravel parking lot, several actually. We found a water spigot and filled up:

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    We discussed whether to stay there, or not. We later learned there are hot springs you can soak in, but compared to cowboy camping off by ourselves, this:

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    just didn't seem particularly appealing. :dunno

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    It was 4:30, and so we decided to continue riding. It looked to be a fairly easy, largish road for at least a while, and then we'd stop at the first place that looked good. We'd seen signs for RV camping at the Royal Peacock mines, which didn't much appeal to me either, but at least it would be an option.
  15. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    I stopped to photo this sign, in case we needed to refer back to it for directions / info, and we were approached by a couple of guys who were waiting for a tow truck to come for their broken down vehicle. They ask that if we saw the tow truck up the road, to send it their way.

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    They offered to take our picture, and I remember saying "yeah, we don't have too many photos of the two of us together" and reaching over to hold LDF's hand. :arch

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  16. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    this was a fast, graded transit section.

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    it felt good. Some antelope, and then these burros crossed our path:

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    We didn't see a tow truck. :dunno And when we got to the turn-off for the Opal mine RV camp, I sort of made an executive decision not to drive out to it to check it out. Partly 'cause I didn't think it would be any better than the N.F. campground, and partly 'cause I was doing the math in my head... and I didn't want to spend the gas finding out. :brow
  17. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    decision to not check out the Opal mine campground agitated LDF, 'cause within two minutes of turning off this road onto the next special section that climbed into the next range, she said, "OK, I've had enough, let's stop. I don't want to ride any more technical sections today, I'm done. I can't crash again today [my thought: today(!)] so let's find a place to camp."

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    So I say, "OK, but not right here, let's find a place off this road, up ahead, we should climb up a little, and we'll have a nice view of the valley."

    And I ride ahead. (sorry, no photos, but yes, it was a somewhat technical climb.)

    and I hear "This is EXACTLY what I DON'T want to be DOING right NOW"

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    So I say, "you can't just say that and expect to find a good place to stop in the next 20 ft... we're going to have to either ride ahead a bit, or go back to the campgrounds" (I didn't say anything about our fuel reserves... I figured I could play that card only if I had to, 'cause it would spark worrying on her part for the whole next day 'till we got to Cedarville.

    Fortunately, not far ahead, we scout out this spot:

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    and we reckon it'll do. We set up camp, and start to enjoy the views.
  18. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    firepit built. We held off setting up the tent on account of the wind.

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    It felt good to get out of the boots, and just sit and chill with, yes, a nice mug o' bourbon :1drink

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    Nothing on the radio... not AM, not FM, and not a single one of the seven NOAA stations. :dunno

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  19. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Not particularly impressive mileage, but still, a 9+ hour-day.

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  20. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    and enjoy the views,

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    the quiet,

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    the solitude,

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    the beauty,

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    and the company.

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    we really don't need much to be happy, do we.

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