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Old 08-13-2012, 12:31 PM   #5386
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Outstanding!!!

I really appreciate all of the work you have done on your reports.

I know it is a hell of a lot of work...

I am using the Mobius 8 report for some of my Idaho trip this fall.

I plan on doing Magruder and Lolo and it is always nice to see the road conditions before a trip.

I am not sure I would have came back for more after the road to the FS Lookout in Mobius 8!

LDF is obviously pretty tough and patient.

SALUTE!
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Old 08-13-2012, 05:30 PM   #5387
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Yep.

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LDF is obviously pretty tough and patient.
Fixed along the lines of "Eats shoots and leaves":

LDF is obviously pretty, tough and patient.


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Old 08-13-2012, 05:44 PM   #5388
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A dedicated thanks

goes out to AlbertaStrom, Dave Ranson, for his contribution to the success of M9, his unwavering faith in my routing, his absolutely granite character, his refusal to complain about anything, his understated sense of humor, his videos and photographs, and above all, for not getting mad at me when I broke his bike.

From where I sit, you're more than ready for a trip down south. Go get 'em bro.
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Old 08-13-2012, 05:59 PM   #5389
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Who's in for M10?

Over the last several weeks I've fielded queries from people who are interested in joining us for all or part of M10. Our dates are firm, leaving Idaho Falls Sept 8th, arriving in Denver on Sept. 21 or 23.

As of this minute, our route is vague -- north into Montana, then south through Wyoming, and into Coloroado. Now that I'm caught up with the ride report, I'll be working fast and furiously in the next few days (week) to nail down the route and get it distributed to all interested parties in a format that works for your GPS.

Here's the current distribution list:

BigDog
DingWeed
NorthernTraveler
McDOPE
bluemtnridr
Henry James
SoosCreek
MTrider16

Oh yeah, almost forgot: La Donna Fugata.

Please let me know:
if you'd like to be on the list and you're not, OR
if you are on the list and you're definitely out.

Off to the woodshed with the maps.
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Old 08-13-2012, 07:20 PM   #5390
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goes out to AlbertaStrom, Dave Ranson, for his contribution to the success of M9, his unwavering faith in my routing, his absolutely granite character, his refusal to complain about anything, his understated sense of humor, his videos and photographs, and above all, for not getting mad at me when I broke his bike.

From where I sit, you're more than ready for a trip down south. Go get 'em bro.
Thanks for the kind words. You and Francine make it easy.
M9 was a trip of a lifetime. I can see why you have done it 8 times before, and will do many more Mobius trips. I absolutely loved it!
I'm paying for it with lateral epicondylitis and medial epicondylitis in the right arm only now but both were affected. That was a very bumpy 14 days!

Not complaining mind you, just a reminder to myself to get into better condition for my trip south. And to improve my front suspension.

Dave, you are the King of routing


and fearless leader



Thank you Francine for welcoming me into your world. Your hospitality around a campfire is beyond compare. It was great following in your tire tracks.


Peas in a pod



thanks again! Respect!

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Old 08-14-2012, 08:11 AM   #5391
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A-Strom:

I've read here in the DR650 forum that a DRZ front end will bolt right up. The DRZ forks from '03 to '07 were pretty good for conventionals. Simply respring for your weight and you'd be good to go. They are better than the stock dr650 forks you've got now. Just a suggestion.
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Old 08-14-2012, 03:29 PM   #5392
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M10, Awesome chapter of Mobius...

Simply SUPERB!
Looking forward to the next chapter.
Ride on.

Sorry, I meant M9. M10 is yet to be.
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Old 08-14-2012, 03:56 PM   #5393
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Thank you! to Questor & company,



for the good food, technical support, generous company, warm hospitality and getting us to the airport on time. Looking forward to seeing you again in a few weeks!



Here's to M10.



All aboard!

DR. Rock and LDF -
Have a fantastic M10!
I'm envious that you'll soon be back at Casa Q...
Home of and and

also...



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Old 08-14-2012, 08:14 PM   #5394
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I don't think BigWan wrote "love".
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Old 08-15-2012, 12:53 PM   #5395
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M10 draft route

So, as it turns out, we're not so smitten with the idea of riding the Continental Divide Route. Call me a commie bastid, whatever. It seems like a lot of forced routing for a kind of contrived objective.

As I scan the maps, my eye wanders towards these big patches of green and the longest dotted lines I can find. And my mind wanders to figure out how best to string as many of them together as I can, exploring as much of MT and WY as possible.

There are two types of mountain ranges and NF's from where I sit... those that have roads across them, and those which are so steep and high, that all they have are access roads from the perimeter, but nothing unpaved which cuts all the way across.

Gas seems to be more readily available than in the far North or in the Great Basin.

I've routed and GoogleEarth confirmed from ID Falls through Stanford, MT. I've routed almost to where we cross I-94. The rest is still just sketched out.

I'll be posting the most updated track file of the route here if anyone wants a closer look. I am open for suggestions.

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Old 08-15-2012, 01:16 PM   #5396
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So, as it turns out, we're not so smitten with the idea of riding the Continental Divide Route.
Your instincts are correct Doc, neither were we. Its a bicycle route after all, hence it is somewhat direct, point A to point B objective and blows right by some of the most fantastc spots because, well your supposed to be on a bicycle and they need to be peddled

My first suggestion, only since your inquireing, is to take Blacktail road out of Dillon then ride the Gravelly Range Loop.
I have a few more. Go to pm mode.
Blacktail Rd


The Gravellys, absolutly not to be missed.



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Old 08-15-2012, 05:24 PM   #5397
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Doc,

Here's a site for the Ash Creek Fire in the Custer National Forest. If you look around that site you will see Rosebud Complex, which Ash Creek is part of.

http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2958/

Montana is in Stage 1 fire restrictions, although we just had a cold front come through that is cooling us down and creating some needed rain.

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Old 08-15-2012, 05:43 PM   #5398
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Winifred has fuel.
Zortman, just north of 191 bridge over Missouri has fuel (I have not used this stop)
Winnet and Jordan on Hwy 200 have fuel (there is a gap between with no fuel)
Melstone Custer Hysham and Colstrip

Sarpy Creek Road loops from Hardin to Hysham is paved.
South east of the Tounge River Resivoir we have some coalbed methane wells near Deer Creek. Look for three little boxes at the well sites which house the water pumps and well heads, then some more pumping stations that the flow lines feed into.
Otter Creek is another prime real estate for coal mining. Nothing big developed so far, but some talk in the local news.

http://www.fws.gov/cmr/CMRmaps.html

Fort Benton has some neat information on the Upper Missouri. It was the farthest the river boats would come up the Missouri.

Upper Missouri River Breaks Info.

http://www.blm.gov/mt/st/en/fo/umrbnm.html

A Little More History:

Carroll Trail

Montana Forts

Regards, David
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Old 08-15-2012, 05:59 PM   #5399
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If your going to ride through Medicine Bow national forest, I would call the forest service and find out what roads are open. Last week when I went through there (before I jacked up my arm) they were clearing dangerous trees along the roads and had some of them closed. I managed to sneak through on FS 452 because then forgot to block the north end of the road. It was blocked on the south end, and I got the stink eye from one of the heavy equipment operators when I went past him.
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Old 08-16-2012, 04:40 PM   #5400
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DR Rock and Crew ; Once again I must thank you for taking this armchair adventurer along for the ride ! This trip was the best yet . Other than that side hobby of saving people's lives , your grey matter does an excellent job of putting together and planning these rides . Not to mention your photography skills and all the time you put in to produce these reports and GPS tracks . I will be waiting for your next chapter . Thanks again !
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