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Old 05-16-2012, 12:23 PM   #16
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Awesome, I can't beleive I've been following...

the mobius trip for 4 years. Going to be so close to my neck of the woods, probably there now, sad I didn't plan better and arrange to ride with you for a few days. Afterall I do have some vacation time available.
Sorry to have missed a great opportunity.
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:32 PM   #17
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Great stuff Q...as always. I am glad to say I have been doing a lot more riding so far this year and not as much reading....but in perusing the latest Mobius megathread, since Dr R. himself started an update, I caught glimpse of this thread. Thanks for the link.

That coal/tinfoil dinner looks fricken great..I would prefer some Merlot or some Tempranillo.....but beer would probably be refreshing after a day of riding too.



Odd question....can people buy property in old towns like this? Or is it all considered historic?? If it is close to a town, within an hour or so...it would certainly be a place I would love to own a piece of. A nice little get off the grid kinda place, within an hour's drive, to leave all of the annoyances of modern life behind for a little while. The wife certainly does not get the whole" get away from it all" thirst I sometimes have...but me and the dogs would love that sort of thing.

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Old 05-16-2012, 12:37 PM   #18
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We look around and find this trail...

This is a far as we get.








That trail looks nice. Maybe you'll want to give it another shot this summer...


Okay, chairs I get.
But who was carrying the ginormous tongs??


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Old 05-16-2012, 01:19 PM   #19
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Okay, chairs I get.
But who was carrying the ginormous tongs??

Those aren't tongs... they're tire spoons tied together with a rubber band and zip ties!
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Old 05-16-2012, 03:00 PM   #20
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Odd question....can people buy property in old towns like this? Or is it all considered historic??
I bet you could...
There are lots of "remote" places that would be perfect for your needs.

I bet you just find a place you like and start asking the locals.
They'll probably think you are crazy, but...

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Old 05-16-2012, 05:56 PM   #21
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I bet you could...
There are lots of "remote" places that would be perfect for your needs.

I bet you just find a place you like and start asking the locals.
They'll probably think you are crazy, but...

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Crazy is, I have worked for 23 years already in life, and I do not have a get away house yet.

Rock on, ride on...back to the report.
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:26 PM   #22
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Q, you're SO glad you split when you did... Otherwise you'd have never gotten home. We have some wifi. Yippee. See you soon.

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Old 05-16-2012, 09:15 PM   #23
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Great lookin' campfire and dinner! Thanks for takin' us all along!
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Old 05-17-2012, 10:21 AM   #24
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Day 2: June 13, 2012

It actually got kind of cold overnight, but I slept really well in my cozy portable home.

The next morning I awoke to the sound of a jet...
But actually it was Dr. Rocks stove. He was making coffee.

I crawled out of my snuggly warm bed, and stood around, doing my best to look pathetic and hopeless. It worked! I was handed a cup of hot coffee.

Here's a picture of the sun warming the hill behind camp.


So we all had breakfast, packed up our stuff and got ready for another day of riding.

It's amazing all the stuff we carry packs up so small on the bikes.
I've got all my tools, some spare parts, extra oil, chain lube, air compressor, two tubes, a cook set complete with a stove and 2L pan, food for three days, water filter, coffee press, insulated mug, ground cloth, tent, insulated foam pad, sleeping bag, headlamp, flashlight, shoes, extra clothes, the extra riding gear including heated electric vest, 10 liters of water, Kermit chair and a winch, all on one motorcycle.


Once we are all packed, and have out gear on, we head back out to the paved road to detour around through Rattlesnake Rd, to get back to the original route.

A bit of pavement as we head south.


We head towards Rattlesnake canyon.




I really like this picture of LDF in front of me.


Later the road turns to dirt.


Soon we are back on our original planned route.


We ride though huge agricultural areas, and we pass this old abandoned farm house and decapitated windmill. It's classic.


Without irrigation, this place is a desert.


We are going to cross this huge valley. I love this kind of riding.


Cows.
(I've always wanted to use that emoticon.)


Running cows.


We turn south again and ride for miles...
The loose gravel is a challenge.


We turn right and head West again towards Knox Canyon and the mountains beyond.


Into the green valley.
What a change.... all because there is water here.




We climb out of the back of the valley and gain elevation and cross over the ridge into the valley beyond.


We travel north and head out towards the empty plain below.




I stopped to take this picture. You can see AlbertaStrom, LDF, and Dr. Rock all at the same time. Pretty cool huh?


Dropping into the valley below.


We cross the valley, and wait for the group to re-group.
I stopped to take this picture of the old machinery.


Once we are all back together, we double check our route, and head into the small canyon ahead. It's dusty and has sections of really soft powder sand that is quite tricky to ride on.


Later, the dusty road turns into a seldom used double track.


We stop to shed layers and have a snack.
This is LDF's monkey.


Then, after our quick break, were riding again.
We slowly gain elevation...


And soon we are on a ridge overlooking the wilderness beyond.




We ride along and are soon in the next valley.




and soon we are back in a high desert environment...




Without water, this is a desert.


We cross under the I-84 interstate.


and continue to head west...


Huge empty spaces...


We haven't seen another living thing all day...

I had this song in my head...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9OSXsB946k


I love this! This is my home...




We stop in the town of Elba to get gas and more water.
We had ridden over 200 miles without seeing another soul.


After refueling, we continue.


We enter the City of Rocks.






It's pretty cool.


Why rocks would decide to live here is beyond me.


But it's interesting scenery.






I stopped at this vantage point.


And I noticed that people are rock climbing that spire.


That's crazy!

Anyway, I'm just going to ride my motorcycle...


Over the ridge, into the next valley.




Another long valley...


YES!!!




After many hours we enter the busy metropolis of Oakley ID.




We stop to find a store so we can get food for dinner.


But everything is closed on Sunday.


I stand in the middle of the street.... there is no traffic of any kind.
It's like the planet is totally empty.




It's been a long day, and we are getting tired...


Without any supplies, we head out of town...




We ride past this huge reservoir.


and into Trapper Creek canyon towards Monument Peak.




The canyon gets smaller as we head west towards the mountains.




As we ride we gain elevation. It's still early May, and there is snow in places.


and as we come around a corner, we find some blocking the road.




But this is an easy one to go around...


We climb some more and get around to the west side of the mountain pass.
Nice views up here at 7500 feet.


We are heading to a National Forest campsite, but come across a tree blocking the road.


No problem, we just ride though the woods and go around it.


Just riding along...
I love how the scenery keeps changing.


We climb up another ridge and are rewarded with more views...


Finally we get to the camping area, and are the only ones there.
We park the bikes and take off our gear.


It's been another long day. We've seen so many different things.. it's almost a blur. But it's been a wonderful day.

Time to set up camp.

Home sweet home again.

Dr. Rock get's busy and collects a little bit of wood for the evening fire.


We were not able to get food today, so I bust out the good stuff.

What ever could it be that we are having for dinner?


That's right! GLORP!
Make Glorp you're favorite!


It turns out that yellow Glorp is really good.

Right AlbertaStrom?


Dr. Rock thinks so too.


After dinner we relax and watch the fire.


I take pictures of AlbertaStrom taking pictures.


Dr. Rock studies the maps for tomorrow.


It's been a great day. I propose a toast!
To Friends and Motorcycles!


It gets dark, we watch the fire for a while and I sneak off to bed...
and apparently fall asleep instantly and snore loudly.

Another great day.

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Old 05-17-2012, 11:19 AM   #25
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What ever could it be that we are having for dinner?

That's right! GLORP!
Make Glorp you're favorite!



That's funny!

Q - you are a trail gourmet. That looks good!

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To Friends and Motorcycles!



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It might just be me, but Dr. Rock looks pretty cold in most of the camp pics. Okay. I know we're all thinking it...
(Make cold your favorite!)
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Old 05-18-2012, 10:54 AM   #26
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Day 3: May 14th, 2012

It was a really cold night.
There was frost on the inside of my tent when I woke up.

It's here I remembered... "Make cold your favorite"!

Fortunately, I knew from what direction the sun was going to come up from, and had positioned my tent in the perfect location.


I stumbled around camp, doing my best "looking hopeless" act, but received no special attention.

I had to make my own coffee and breakfast.

Geeez.

We slowly broke down camp and loaded up the bikes.

LDF was the first one to be ready to go.

Even though I had to warn her about bears...
LDF is afraid of bears... Like really afraid.

So I felt it prudent to warn her to check her helmet.
Bears like to hide in your helmet.



AlbretaStrom was almost ready to go.


And Dr. Rock...


So we finally get the circus going, and we are headed along the route...
It's a beautiful morning.


But as we gain elevation we see more and more snow on the trails.


and just near the summit we come to a huge snowfield.


There's no way around this one. We have to turn back and find an alternate route.


So we check the maps and try another way to head west.


But then we come to a gate and have to turn around a again.


It's time to come up with an escape route... We don;t want to have to double back the way we came in.


Checking the maps, there is one other option. We can ride north towards Twin Falls, and try and go around. It's better than heading back the way we came in.

So onwards we go.




It turns out to be a really nice trail.


With great views.


That takes us down to the valley below.
We cross a gate and are sure to close it behind us.


It's warm down here and we stop to shed a layer.


Pretty flowers.


We follow this road out towards civilization.






We come to a paved road and I stop to get pictures of the group as they come down the dirt road behind me.


Action shots.

AlbertaStrom


LDF


Dr. Rock.


It's at this intersection that we must part ways.
They are headed West towards Oregon and Crater Lake, and I need to head home and go back to work on Tuesday. It was tempting to blow off work, but...

Anyway, we all said goodbye.


Goodbye guys.

They ride west, and it's suddenly just me and the Super Enduro.
Even the bike looks lonely.


Well, at least we had three good days of riding with good friends.

But now we have to head back.
I plot a course on the GPS that takes us back via Arco and avoid the Interstate.


We roar back home on secondary roads...








We go past the Craters of the moon lava fields.


Craters of the Moon is a pretty surreal place. Thousands of acres of nothing but lava fields.


It's like being on another planet.


A barren lifeless landscape for miles...








I stop in Arco.


And then the final stretch back home.


While riding home, I see this classic old car ahead of me.


An old Mercedes convertible.

Very nice!

I see the familiar landmarks along the way.


I like big Buttes!!!




And finally back home.


Since parting ways with the Mobius group, we cover 196 miles in a little under 3 hours.

All and all it was a great trip.

Thanks for tagging along.
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Old 05-18-2012, 02:49 PM   #27
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Thanks for sharing and taking us along.
Really nice pictures, great way to tell the story.

Cheers,
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Old 05-18-2012, 03:17 PM   #28
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Great Pics Q - Looks like everyone was having a good time.
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Old 05-18-2012, 03:29 PM   #29
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Thanks for the pics and report, a great quick get away.
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Old 05-18-2012, 04:45 PM   #30
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Looks like a nice ride Q. I'm planning on being out in that neck o the woods this summer. I've got family in Rigby.
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