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Old 06-19-2012, 04:59 PM   #4951
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was a total bust. Not a soul in town.


Q playing chicken with all the traffic in Oakley

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Old 06-19-2012, 05:04 PM   #4952
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Another endoftheday challenge.

I think Dave has some video of Q blasting through.



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Old 06-19-2012, 05:06 PM   #4953
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weren't able to pick up fresh meat for dinner, we were treated to an exquisite dish of glorp cooked up by Chef Questor:

It was glorp flavored, and delish! Thanks, Q! I have no photos of the finished dish, so please, fill in the blanks.
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:15 PM   #4954
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When participating

in a Mobius trip,

There are mandatory pre-ride briefings, and post ride de-briefs. Post ride meetings include snacks and Bourbon if available.



It's actually a great way to refresh the multitude of roads and trails encountered through out the day. And discuss all the flat tires (nobody wants to guess how many?)
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:21 PM   #4955
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in a Mobius trip,

There are mandatory pre-ride briefings, and post ride de-briefs. Post ride meetings include snacks and Bourbon if available.


It's actually a great way to refresh the multitude of roads and trails encountered through out the day. And discuss all the flat tires (nobody wants to guess how many?)
Already guessed and WON! (absolutely nothing)
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:29 PM   #4956
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^ well said doc; well said.
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:33 PM   #4957
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Questor went around the snow??? Hmmm. Must have been a Quest-or impost-or.
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:22 AM   #4958
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M9 Day 3, Monday May 14, 2012

It was freezing cold at night, and it was a bit of a challenge getting everyone out of their toasty warm sleeping bags:





I boiled water for oatmeal, and made coffee to try to temp them out of their cocoons, but it was only when the sun cleared the trees and it warmed up that they agreed to emerge.

Before leaving, we held an honorary Mobius induction ceremony for Questor,



and we taught him the secret handshake:

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Old 06-20-2012, 09:32 AM   #4959
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We started the day

with the best of intentions... we were going to clear Monument Pass, and then carry on the T2 route, until we hit a paved road, and then Q would split off.

The mountains had another idea altogether of how we'd spend our morning.



So far so good,



backtracking past the obstacles from yesterday afternoon,



Thankfully we didn't have to go all the way back to the snowdrift we'd already cleared. And for a while, it looked like we might make it up and over:





Yes?



Yes! Until...
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:59 AM   #4960
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Blocked.



And blocked good. Prolly needs another week or so at least. So close.



OK, hit the GPS's, start scrolling, and break out the maps. OK, here's a possibility... Let's take this trail... maybe it'll go around the snowdrift at a lower elevation. Seems promising for awhile, but then... we have to turn around when we get to this:



OK... try again... back to the campground, and then turn left instead of right. This would be re-backtracking. Grrr.

Well, the next go-around attempt is a big one. We basically descend out of the mountains on the eastern side, head north for about 30 miles to clear Niles gulch & Rock Creek canyon, and then scoot over west 5-10 miles and head back south about 25 miles back to the T2 trail where we'd pick it up on the other side of the range.

A little disappointing... this was going to add 40-50 miles to our route...



Once underway, though, we couldn't keep the smiles from our faces...



You couldn't ask for better dual sport riding than this.
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:09 AM   #4961
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Here's a taste

of dry creek road... we were on this for a solid hour:



We stopped for a little break to defleece,



And paused to smell the flowers,



and for a word from our sponsor:





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Old 06-20-2012, 10:18 AM   #4962
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Eventually

the valley came into view,



We'd been on Dry Creek Road for over an hour,



and it was one of the best hours of M9, imagine that, the go-around as good as the route. I love when that happens.

When we got to the pavement, it was past noon, and time for Q to peel off to head east.



We said our goodbyes and seeyalaters, and set about to find some fuel. The devil box pointed us a few miles away, but didn't account for this:



We just couldn't catch a break today. No biggie, the detour led us right to where we needed to go:



Fuel, snacks, water, and a couple cryopacks of local frozen elk steaks. mmmmm.

To get back to the T2 trail we had two choices... Rock creek road (paved) or Indian Springs road (dirt). We were really falling behind pace, so guess which we took?
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:25 AM   #4963
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It wasn't even

much of a debate.



It was another section that was "Goldilocks" just right. Not too hard, not too easy,





I think I could just ride back and forth on those two roads for a week and not get bored.
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:27 AM   #4964
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You took the DIRT...

This is Mobius right?
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:40 AM   #4965
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Once we hooked up

to T2 again on the other side of the Monument Peak range, the road to Rogerson was relatively straight and flat,



and we were able to pick up the pace.

Rogerson would be our last fuel stop in ID,



Next gas would be Jordan Valley, OR. We still had quite a ways to get to the border. We'd have to fill the SweetCheeks to extend our range:





Gas, water, food, bourbon. Key ingredients for a Mobius trip. Was this also where I bought that evil 4 gallon box of Chillable Red?



and my favorite:



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