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Old 10-26-2008, 08:31 PM   #841
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So we're plodding along. It's like 150 degrees out, but there's no wind. And an SUV is coming towards us. I'm in front and I stop.


That's a pretty van-like suv

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Old 10-26-2008, 08:33 PM   #842
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Must be taking a nap ;)

I'll bet he was having a wonderful ciesta, when you guys arrived and started prodding him ;) Post the next part already; I'm dying here!

This RR is absolutely "sublime"!
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Old 10-26-2008, 08:39 PM   #843
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We pull up.

It's a little bit of a struggle to get off the bike without dropping it in the soft sand, but as I find a place to rest the kickstand that doesn't sink it a foot into the ground, I see his arm move.

OK, he isn't dead. So I go into doctor mode. "Hello, hey buddy, you OK?" "Rraurrrghh" "Oh, you speak Pirate. OK, I see."

I feel a pulse. Strong. Breathing OK. Phew. That smells strong. I see a couple of empty 40 oz'ers strewn about. Could be his, or could have been here before he was. I sit him up. He seems drunk, but coherent. "What's your name?" He says something, but I can't really hear with the earplugs.
"Can you tell me what year it is?"
"2008." He starts to laugh.
"How did you get out here?"
"I was working."
"Have you been drinking?"
He looks at me sheepishly, "yes."
I open his backpack. Some clean clothes, socks, and a slice of pizza neatly tucked in a plastic bag.
"Are you hungry?"
"No."
"Do you have anything to drink? It's hot out here."
He lays back down.





I spend a little more time interacting and observing him. I confer with LDF. "What should we do?"
"Well, that lady is going to call the sheriff."
"I can't give him a ride out of here on the bike. Neither of us has passenger pegs, and I don't think he could balance even if we did. We could stay with him..."
"...and what? How's that helping?"
"Good point."

"Do you think it's anything serious wrong with him?"
"No, not now, probably just drunk, but he's not going to last long out here in the sun and heat without anything to drink. Let's leave him some water."

So we took one of our 2 liter bottles from the Sweetcheeks that was full of water, tried to get him to drink some of it, which he did, left it with him, and rode on with the intention of letting someone know as soon as we could.
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Old 10-26-2008, 09:02 PM   #844
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15-20 minutes later

I see another SUV (pickup truck, minivan, whatever ) and I wave it down. It's a guy in his 50's. Dressed like a rancher. I tell him about the not-yet-dead guy. I describe his location, what he's wearing, what's in his backpack. I tell him about the lady in the other SUV/minivan. I tell him about the slice of pizza. That we left him water. The guy in the pick-up is extremely nonchalant. Tells us that people live off that road, that he probably belongs to one of them. Speculates that someone will probably be along to fetch him before long.

He starts asking me about our trip, did we ride these bikes all the way from New York, how do we like Arizona? etc.



"So, I think the guy needs some help."
"Why do you say that?"
"Well, I don't think anyone lasts very long out there in the heat and the sun."
He pauses for emphasis. "We do."
I am silent. He stares at me. I stare at him. He looks ahead up the road through his windshield.
"How far up ahead is he?"
"About 2 miles. On the left."

He pulls away.



I felt like I was in a Hal Hartley film. I don't know how else to describe it.
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Old 10-26-2008, 09:12 PM   #845
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I am dumbfounded

LDF is as well.



I have a flash of paranoia: I zoom in to try to get a photo of the pick-up's license plate #. I know that makes no sense at all. Things were just getting a little weird out there in the desert.

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Old 10-26-2008, 09:17 PM   #846
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The fox

"So, I think the guy needs some help."
"Why do you say that?"



"Well, I don't think anyone lasts very long out there in the heat and the sun."
He pauses for emphasis. "We do."



I am silent. He stares at me. I stare at him.

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Old 10-26-2008, 09:29 PM   #847
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For the last few miles



we're rewarded



with some actual gravel.



It's interesting how back in Page, we were doing our best to avoid pavement and all it's attendant trappings of civilization.



and now, a mere 45 miles and 2 hours later,



we want nothing more than tarmac and sanity.

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Old 10-27-2008, 11:44 AM   #848
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Dead guy. Now that makes for a good story.
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Old 10-27-2008, 12:17 PM   #849
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Yeah, this is one helluva ride report.
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Old 10-27-2008, 04:57 PM   #850
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High weirdness in the high desert...

Way to go Dr. Rock...

Awesome ride report....
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Old 10-27-2008, 05:37 PM   #851
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"Oh nothing. Dead guy up ahead."

"WHAT!?!"

"Yeah, but she wasn't sure. You wanna lead?"

"NO!!! How far?"

"Coupla miles."
Best ride report ever. Period.

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Old 10-27-2008, 07:27 PM   #852
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Best ride report ever. Period.

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Its just to dam funny !!
The best ride report I have ever read !!
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Old 10-28-2008, 06:02 AM   #853
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Hey guys

Thanks for the nice feedback. We're in the home stretch now. One more episode of weirdness, some quality family time, and finally a mega-dose of high anxiety stress before chapter 2 comes to a close, and the Mobius trip goes into hibernation until spring.



The Navajo reservation is at a higher altitude than Hwy 89, and the road down passes through something called "The Gap". I don't know if this is how the clothing store got it's name. Kinda strange if it is.



So we dropped down onto Hwy 89 for about 50miles of windy slab jockying with fast cars and trucks.



Within two minutes, my right butt cheek is feeling the absence of the 2L water bottle that was removed for the benefit of the not-dead-yet guy.



I know what you're thinking... suck it up, big guy. It's just a little monkey butt. After all you've suffered, this should be cake.



And I agree, so I decide to tough it out.
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Old 10-28-2008, 06:08 AM   #854
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We drive by

some pretty cool landscape



I don't know if there's anything out there to ride.



I mean, you could try, but I couldn't find anything that was marked on GPS that I could actually see as a track on GoogleEarth.



It looks like it could be pretty cool though if it was possible. It's all Navajo Indian Reservation land, so I doubt it.
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Old 10-28-2008, 06:19 AM   #855
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We cross the

Little Colorado River:





And my butt has had enough. I take the lead, and motion to LDF that I'll be stopping. A short ways later, I see a cluster of buildings... a gas station, super market, restaurant, Navajo Crafts...

I figure I'll be able to find 2L of something there, and maybe some groceries for dinner too and I pull in, LDF follows. An SUV pulls in and parks.

AS we're taking our helmets off, a figure walks over...

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