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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 rode along for awhile,

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    And stopped near Bowring, OK for gas and lunch. "Pat & Dan's"?? I think.

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    Had a couple of burgers, and were told that the road we were taking the back way out of town was flooded up ahead. They hadn't driven down there for a few days, though, so we decided to check it out and see if it was passable.
  2. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Not promising:

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    Maybe?

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    No dice.

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    I've seen people drown bikes attempting to make crossings like this, but a quick GPS reroute was literally about a mile away backtracking. :dunno

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    At times like these, discretion is the better part of valor. :nod
  3. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Shortly after this nice water crossing (note the big pipe that has to be jumped... )

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    Signs aren't always updated out here. We're cruising along, pass a sign that says "One Lane Bridge". Roll around the turn, and see this:

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    The bridge was nowhere to be found. Now I don't know how long it had been gone... they had a lot of rain and flooding this spring. Giving local authorities the benefit of the doubt, maybe no one's been down this road to report it missing. :scratch It's not inconceivable that someone could arrive at water's edge with too much momentum, and end up in the drink. It was a muddy steep slope down to water deeper than 4 feet. That would suck.

    In the interest of safety (third)... I busted out the big sharpie, and tagged the sign :wink::

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    :lol3

    So we had to do the water crossing with the pipe from the other direction... LDF is a little apprehensive having to lift the front wheel over the pipe now at the far bank. I tell her, just keep your speed up, and gun it right before you get to the pipe, and trust the DRZ suspension to soak it up... and then I show her a line that hits the pipe at a nice right angle and wait at the other side.

    To say she carried more than adequate momentum is a gross understatement... She almost smacked into the embankment on the outside of the curve, held on, gave it MORE gas, roared past me barely on the road, putting her bark busters to good use, and roosted me with rocks and dust as she quickly disappeared!

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  4. Thumper1

    Thumper1 n00b

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    You're doing us proud Francine :super
  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    This looked like it was pretty violent recently:

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  6. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    The next section was really amazing. It left an impression on both of us. It's neat to hit it at the beginning of the flat straight OK farm sections, because it gives you a point of reference as to how all this area used to be.

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    The grass was only about knee-high, so we had sweeping views of the horizon in all directions.

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    The fences along side the road disappeared, and we started to get into open range. The next shot is one of my favorites of the trip. I've posted it here sized medium, but it's best viewed at original size on a big monitor. If you click the photo, it's linked to the original: (where's LDF?)

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    I'm from Chicago, I've spent time in flat farmland. I've driven across the cornfields of Nebraska on the interstate. I thought I "got" the prairie. Not even close. We were both simply slackjaw. :bow
  7. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    The further west we got, the less interested the cows were at getting off the road.

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    Now the little calves would totally freak out and run like mad. Kind of cracked me up... I don't really know why. :lol3
  8. gbbiv

    gbbiv n00b

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    This is a great report! You should consider turning it into a book for posterity's sake. I like http://www.mypublisher.com/ but there a a ton of places that do it.
  9. joenuclear

    joenuclear Still here....

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    Bitterweed, Makes milk taste bitter. Love the RR!
  10. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    This next one is my favorite:

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    It just went on and on and on...

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  11. CBAT

    CBAT occasional wanderer

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    The road goes on forever and the party never ends. Good report. Thanks
  12. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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  13. CBAT

    CBAT occasional wanderer

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    You are correct sir. Well done. :beer
  14. kelsow

    kelsow Long timer

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    ...and then what happened...?
  15. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Hey, we were out riding today! You don't expect me to write this ride report on my free time do you? That's what work is for! :D
  16. kelsow

    kelsow Long timer

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    That may be true, but I haven't been out for a good ride in 2 weeks.
    This is all I have.

    LOL
  17. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Before leaving, I happened to watch a National Geographic special on HD about tornados. Growing up in Chicago, I remember often sitting in the hall in elementary school with my head between my knees while a thunderstorm crackled outside.

    The video on HD with surround sound kind of freaked me out, though. :yikes

    Before leaving, one of my last purchases was this weather radio:

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    The forecast this day was for severe thunderstorms possible late in the day, and sure enough, the clouds started to build:

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    We were still enjoying the tallgrass prairie,

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    The wind started picking up, and to the north, I watched this monster build up:

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    60 - 100 miles away at this point, later, we would learn that this cloud would spawn tornados that killed 19, almost completely devastating the Superfund-embattled town of Picher, OK.

    CNN story here, and a slide show from Tulsa World here.

    I'm not sure what we'd do if a severe storm caught us out here. Squat and put our heads between our knees like in elementary school, or maybe throw the weather radio at the twister and hope that would make it change direction. :dunno

    I was a little nervous, to say the least... fortunately the next section afforded a little cover.
  18. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Faking it/Making it

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    +1 on all of the above, except the LOL! :cry

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    John
  19. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Large: (note evidence of recent flooding, and storm clouds)

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  20. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Harsh
    Lonely
    Austere
    Remote
    Isolated
    Stark

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    Just the way we like it. :wink: