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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    down the camp road, and a pick-up truck with N.F. workers is heading out. I wave them over, and ask if it might be possible to camp even though it isn't open. They tell us that the official opening day is tomorrow, :baldy and suggest that we ride in, and ask the hosts if it's OK with them.

    Well, the hosts couldn't have been nicer.

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    They welcomed us, pointed out the best site, were genuinely interested in our travels... really good people! :thumb

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    Neither of us was looking forward to scrambling to find a place to sleep, so letting us stay was really awesome. Thanks, guys! :beer
  2. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    dress rehearsal... the next night they were reserved full up. It was wonderful having the place to ourselves.

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    Nice, hot, clean showers... plenty of firewood laying around.

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    It was really a great way to end our time on the trail.

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  3. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    not ramen noodles

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    and not dinty moore stew

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    OK, so it was mac & cheese... it looked delicious in the store... we were hungry. :tb
  4. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    camp food:

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    It ended up being our longest day hours-wise, but really seemed like a relaxed pace, and focusing on fun. :thumb

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  5. katoomon

    katoomon Rocket Surgeon

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    Over the years I have seen a CPU cooling fan mounted (KTM's have a 5" wide radiator, don't know about Suzuki) with screws or zip ties on motorcycle radiators. These fans are 12 volt dc, and are 10-18 dollars each. Might fit, might work. Legend has it that they work for years in rain, water crossings, washings, etc.
  6. See-Double-You

    See-Double-You Long timer

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    I purchased a pair of the Ortlieb low profile saddle bags (aka Speedbag) via Aerostich, and I wouldn't recommend them. The bags themselves are very small. Think of 20" tall dry bag w/ a 13" diameter. Then cut the bag in half, so that you have two D-shaped bags roughly 6" x 20". Aerostich list them as having 2100 cubic inches (35L) per side, but that's incorrect.

    The total combined storage capacity per Ortlieb's website is 35L.

    The biggest drawback is that the straps aren't long enough for a bike that has side racks installed. And since the bags are 20" long, you really need to have the exhaust either completely shrouded, or racks to insure the bags don't make contact.

    When I test fitted them on my 650GS w/ Happy Trails rack, I found the velcro straps about three inches shy of the center of the seat. (The hook side couldn't make contact w/ the loop side) In order for the bags to work, in my application, the straps would need to be at least one foot longer on both sides. (three inches to meet up @ the middle of the seat, and at least a minimum of 9" for the velcro to hook together.)

    If you're not running a side rack and/or your exhaust is well shrouded, the straps would probably be long enough. Aerostich's photo gallery show some examples, but all of street/road bikes. YMMV.

    It's too bad, cause I really like the overall design.
  7. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Last day riding... bringing it on in to Reno.

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    Notice the symmetrical valley/peak/valleys whenever we were above 6600ft. That was the snow-line.
  8. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    woke us up bright and early, and then proceeded to terrorize our campsite, stealing anything that wasn't tied down.

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    We only had a hundred or so miles to get to Reno, so we were in no rush to leave... 9:45 wheels rolling... :brow

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  9. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    I saw this sign and pulled in

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    It wasn't that far, even in boots. What the heck? Let's take a hike. :thumb

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  10. bpeterson

    bpeterson no other way to say it

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    Hey Doc - the wires coming from the Scala to your jacket - iPod?
  11. Trailace

    Trailace Long timer

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    Great RR and I hate seeing it come to an end. :cry

    Bring on Mobius IV
  12. Doktor

    Doktor Been here awhile

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    I have thoroughly enjoyed the reports and Mobius III may be the best one yet. I have a couple of questions.

    Your schedule seems pretty packed, any reason (besides the fact you only have 2 weeks)? Seems like a 1 day break here or there might reduce stress a little if time permits.

    Also, I noticed you had to turn back to the campground after deciding to push on @ 4:00ish and realized you had whiffed :evil It's easy to get into "we gotta make time mode" on any trip.
  13. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    the coiled wire connects the ipod to the scala. the thin wires are to the etymotic earbuds.

    The Scalas come with helmet speakers hardwired. Others had described a mod to splice in a headphone jack so you can use your own. I wrote it up with photo instructions here.

    End result looks like this:

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  14. ADW

    ADW 'tard bike restos

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    Doc, both links above go to the etymotic homepage. I think you meant to point the second link elsewhere/to a file?
  15. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    I guess we just really, really like riding. :dunno Seriously, actually, we do.
    :ricky:ricky

    Part of the adventure for us is to set out a challenge, and then accomplish it. Our only real "schedule" involves our departure flight day/time. Everything else is flexible day-to-day. What's always interesting from a human-interaction standpoint, (in any group, but especially as a couple), is gauging our level of stress, or fear, or fatigue, and balancing R&R with potentially compromising our eventual sense of accomplishment.

    If you remember from Mobius I, we took a day off in Liberal KS, and then after we got caught in snow in NM, we basically holed up in Taos for the rest of that day, relaxed, regrouped, then re-routed (skipping some planned riding) when we eventually got back underway. So we're not above scaling back our ambitions, kicking back and relaxing. :deal

    Mobius II had no planned mid-ride rest-day, mostly 'cause we really wanted to ride the White Rim Trail, and then were trying to maximize our time with the kids when we got to Flagstaff. We paid for that, and vowed to schedule at least a half-day rest mid-trip. In Mobius III, that was at Battle Mountain.

    So yeah, pushing on, only to backtrack to Mill Creek campground ended up being a bad call. I admit it. :augie (Believe me, LDF is getting as much mileage as she can out of that one. :rolleyes) On the other hand, pushing a little further is how we (ahem, I :flug) found the cool old mine at Lone Mountain. :dunno Win some, lose some... live and learn.
  16. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Fixed. (I think). :shog
    Thanks.
  17. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Hello Dr. Rock.

    I've had a chance to take and upload some pictures of the luggage setup I'm planning ot use for the TAT.

    On my DRZ-400 the Ortlieb Low Profile bags seem to fit just fine.
    I think Mr. See-Double had a problem because the seat on the 650's are wide.
    We know that's not a problem on the DRZ's. :lol3

    I've been obsessing over this TAT trip for many months now, and have made many modifications and custom parts to meet the various requirements.

    For example, I had to make a new front end for the DRZ so I could have my trusty Garmin 276c right where I wanted it.
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    I had a heat shield made for the DRZ's exhaust. :thumb
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    I'm also using a set of the metal support frames from Dirt Bagz, just to be safe.

    I've been using these Ortlieb Saddle bags for several months now, and think the setup will be quite secure.

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    The cool thing is that the bags are long enough to hold a tent and it's associated 20" poles.

    The left bag will carry the tent, as well as a ground cloth, and 10x12 tarp. All these things will be wet in the event of rain, so might as well pack them all together, and keep the weight low. The other side will carry all the cooking gear, food, and tools, and parts. Again, heavy stuff that should stay low.

    I'll also have a 30L dry bag on the rear rack for light, dry stuff such as: sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and clothing.

    I'll take more pictures once I do a full test load. So far it's only been used to carry two 12 packs of beer. :lol3
    Q~

    P.S. Sorry for the thread hijack.
  18. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    I guess now we wait for M IV.
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  19. Cirbo

    Cirbo Been here awhile

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    Nah... we still need to hear about the trip to Reno...:clap
  20. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    So it turns out that a 1/2 mile hike

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    there and back, in riding boots,

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    is further than you think.

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    So we stopped to read the signs.

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