The Mobius Trip

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

  1. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    A little insight into riding conditions through this area:

    Who would think that riding 35 miles straight west, followed by a one mile jog north, followed by another 37 miles straight west could be challenging?

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    Sure, go ahead, open it up... 50, 60, 70mph

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    Just be prepared for the sand

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    And the ruts

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    And the mud holes

    This was without rain... those who have traversed this route through mud... my hat's off to you. :bow

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    Sure, you can wick it up... just pay attention, 'cause you're driving into the sun...

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    And these little buggers are laying in wait to swallow you whole:

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  2. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    As we got closer to crossing the next interstate, I assessed fuel levels, and we decided to divert a couple miles to fill up.

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    As windy as it was getting where we were riding, the interstate and the gas station at the exit was elevated and it was literally gale force winds.

    I wanted to buy this so badly, but I was afraid if I strapped it to my bike that it might act as a sail.

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  3. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Westward ho!:freaky

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  4. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Oh, and did I mention... do this all in a gusty 30mph cross-wind. :eek1

    We had travelled west of the east-moving storm system, and on it's backside encountered a relentless, exhausting, achingly evil fricking cross wind from the north, that made it impossible to ride relaxed. Your shoulders become stiff, neck tense, and even when you stop, you can't relax because the gusts try to tip you off your bike even just standing still.

    Observe the dust trail off LDF's rear wheel.

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    Evidence of nature's force:

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    I mean, in a way it was cool, the wheat was about knee high, and the gusts produced visible waves on the surface:

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    Riding motorcycles through this area was like riding a jet-ski across the ocean. That's the best way I can describe it.
  5. CBAT

    CBAT occasional wanderer

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    Crosswings are good. You can stay together and not have to eat dust. :thumb
  6. DR. Rock

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    Kiowa, KS. Where GPS reports a motel.

    Shadows getting long, camelbaks empty, muscles sore... push on. :pierce

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    First sighting of pronghorn antelope:

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    Finally, some sheltering trees. It felt so good to get out of the wind.

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    Last little water hazard for the day... I nearly buried the rear. :becca

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    A few miles north into KS:

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    Where we couldn't find the motel, stopped and asked the town's police officer for directions... and when we got there, found out that it was small, and full. :(:
  7. woodworkernyc

    woodworkernyc dirty

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    Full?? - In the middle of nowheresville? What? Pronghorn season?

    This is gettin' good..........:lurk
  8. DR. Rock

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    Just as I'm thinking we'll be heading back out to the fields and commando bushwhack camping for the night, the innkeeper offers a house that she rents out for $99 when the motel is full. Not because it was terribly expensive, but just because I was curious as to our options, I ask if she knows of anywhere we can pitch a tent. She replies "you can have the house for $79" :lol3

    I always negotiate best when I'm not negotiating... :dunno

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    We ditch our gear, and ride back into town to the local restaurant / bar

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    Sitting at the next table were the dirtiest guys I've ever seen. I have no idea what work they were doing, but they were obviously kicking back after putting in a hard day's...

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    On our way back, we stopped at the convenience store / gas station to pick some things up for breakfast, and ran into the same police officer who kind of gave me a hard time about the size of the brake light on one of the bikes (honeybee)... I showed him that it was super-bright LED's and he commented something about never seeing that on a motorcycle, it must be something new. It was weird, he was obviously checking us out from the first time we stopped and asked him directions to the motel. I wouldn't call it harrassment, and he wasn't unfriendly, but it was clear that he was letting us know that he's got our number and we'd better behave while we're in his town... or at least that's the vibe we got. :dunno
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    She said something about high school graduation, and even though there were only 12 seniors graduating, all their aunts and uncles and grandparents were in town. :dunno
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    So we head back to the house, which was really nice, and watch some TV

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    And the day's stats:

    Our highest milage day.... whew.

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    The next morning... guess who we're staying next to?

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    :lol3

    It's the law... let's get outta here, Bonnie!

    Kiowa by day:

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    Back on the TAT...

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    And whoosh, she's gone :ricky

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  12. DR. Rock

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    Mother's day, I believe.

    We transitioned from the prairie to the high plains. Our goal was to make it to Liberal KS, at the start of the panhandle, and then spend the whole next day resting and doing bike maintenance. We started the day tired and sore. :twitch But at least the wind had died down overnight.

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  13. DR. Rock

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    It was fascinating to travel across the land at ground level.

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    The topography started to change, not slowly, or subtly... but all of a sudden.

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  14. DR. Rock

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    If you look at the map of the US, check out the transition from green to brown at the eastern side of the Oklahoma panhandle:

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    This is what that looks like at ground level:

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    I mean, we really perceived it.
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    Prairie / farm gives way to ranch / range

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    Where we could climb up a little rise and get a lay of the land.

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    You need trusty steeds in cowboy country

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    A little ranch homestead:

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    Bigger and bigger herds of cattle...

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    Scared the shit out of this one: :poser


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    As we progressed west,

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    they became less and less inclined to move off of the road:

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    It really feels like we're in a Western:

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    This sort of confirms it:

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    A good tree for hangin' the bad guys:

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    This story ROCKS!
  20. TomN

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    Great report :clap