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booger1 09-29-2010 02:48 PM

Looking for adventure in New Mexico
 
We took this trip back in August for my B-day. Rule One for me is to do something, as long as it's with bikes. We had just bought a 2000 Tiger and were eager to see what it's all about.
Aug 14 2010
We leave the house at 1:00 in the afternoon, late start but had to work for a half day, It's 112 degrees, but that's not going to stop us.
To get this RR going we made camp about 8 miles east of the New Mexico border on the 60 near Red Hill.
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Not very glamorous, but it works for the night. It started to rain abit through the night and there were a few cars that had pulled in, but a good nights rest after the heat beat us up yesterday.
Were greeted with a nice sunrise in the morning.
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First day in New Mexico we went past the VLA Telescope Observatory and stopped to take a look.
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Thinking there's more to it than what there saying.
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Onward to Roswell.

Big storm in Roswell the first night, so glad we got a room. Next morning we talked to a few locals and they were telling us that they had never heard anything like it before. It had kept us up most of the night.
But we are hell bent to find adventure.
So we vist the museum.

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Cheryl finds a couple of friend
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Still not feeling the adventure here, and the sky looked pretty good we decided to get moving. Back up the 380 through Capitan and Lincoln.

As luck would have it, We must be on the right road.
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But I think Katie (the tiger) might prefer off-road.
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Shortly after leaving Lincoln the clouds moved in and the rain gear came out
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At one point we were following a truck pulling a trailer through the twisty mountain road, the rain was coming down so hard we couldn't make out the truck which was only 20 yrds in front of us. So for about 30 mins it was a slow white knuckle ride, not knowing were the road was or for that matter, who was behind us.

Made it to San Antonio and were given some pretty good directions from some locals who had stopped at the gas station for the lunch.

And were off down FR225
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Which brought us to a 2nd night camping. Springtime campground.
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Nice little garage for Katie
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I don't think I slept an hour last night.
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booger1 09-29-2010 05:17 PM

http://booger1.smugmug.com/photos/10...75_w2iBk-L.jpgNext morning, dirt roads and clear sky, going to Monticello.
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But the clear skies didn't last for long.
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We may be in luck, sky looks to be clearing up.
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Allright, what we came here for. Even though the locals in Monticello advised us about the recent rains and flash floods, I was detirmened to press on.
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Not sure which way to take. I was thinking I would get buried up to the panniers if I went to the left, so through the water we went.
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Out with the tripod, end of the canyon.
I don't think Cheryl knew that a bike could go through that much water and rough stuff.
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Clouds appear to be moving in.
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The town of Winston, were some much needed food, water, fuel, and a Monster drink were purchased.
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We take the 59 to the 61 were the clouds seem to be coming on with a vengeance.
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Thunder storms a coming, wake up Cheryl.
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Know on the Geranimo trail, the rain didn't let up. I wish we could have gotten more pics, because this trail was a mess, but with so much rain and only a paper map, we didn't know what we were in store for.

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How exciting, are first water crossing. Water wasn't too deep, about a foot and half, but it was moving. We had 3 more water crossings, each one seem to get deeper. The trail had some heavy washouts through the recent storms. Like I said, I wish we could have gotten more pics. Didn't want to ruin the cameras.

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This doesn't look so bad. OMG!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!! Go Back Go Back You Fool!!!!
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OK, now it's starting to get slick.
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Even the Roswell sticker is starting to complain about the rainhttp://booger1.smugmug.com/photos/10...67_zBDQ8-L.jpg

The mud was starting to get pretty sloppy here.
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All that mud stuck in the wheel, This will make it interesting once back out on the highway.
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Nice looking valley.
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We went through there.:evil


So happy to be back on pavement. From springtime campground to Silver City was 140 miles.http://booger1.smugmug.com/photos/10...66_3MMxE-L.jpg


Now in Silver City. First things first, let's eat.
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And then off to a Comfort inn and let are gear dry out.
First thing in the morning, went to the car wash.
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Now we set off to the Gila Cliff dwellings, I hope those clouds don't get any closer.
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The road getting there was alot of fun.
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So I'm not a big tough biker.
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As we left, we got hit by another rain storm. I tried to beat it out of the twisty area, but all I succeeded in was making Cheryl sick. the pegs were scrapping though.:evil

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Next stop was Glenwood were the Cats are.
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Nice little slot that used to be mined in the day. I may be mistaken, but I believe I read that these catwalks were built on the old ore car tracks.
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The welcoming committee.
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Cheryl almost stepped on him while crossing the path.:eek1
We warned other passer by's of the danger that lurked around the corner.

And we continued skipping across the suspension bridge.
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End of the trail. 1.1 miles.
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Stayed in a musty old motel, we were just so tired of getting rained on. (Ironically, of course, it didn't rain this night - go figure!)
Next morning - Great breakfast, and cheap.
Also, a very entertaining place to come watch the locals bring their own coffee mugs, serve themselves, and start their day.
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Back in Arizona. Can't believe that This little slice of heaven is only 5 1/2 hours from our house.
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Not sure if these were wild horses, but really close to the road.
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And that sums up our 5 1/2 day adventure. I honestly had no idea New Mexico had so much to offer.
Please give feedback as I'm heading down to Cabo on my xr400 and want to do a really nice RR.
Thanks for reading.

Signal 09-29-2010 08:12 PM

Excellent.

:nod

ballistic_ken 09-29-2010 09:32 PM

There's some OK riding in NM, but we try to keep it a secret.:evil

Nice RR:clap

Nightstalker 09-30-2010 01:53 PM

Great report!! Nice Tiger!

KTM341 10-01-2010 06:05 PM

Nice report. That was some FAT snake and the catwalk is so cool. Your lucky, my wife is done with musty hotels. Ha ha
Rick (ATR guy)

kai38 10-01-2010 06:17 PM

Nice report, there are some real nice trails up by Monticello Canyon, if you get back look for Burma Rd off of the road Springtime Campgrounds were on. Its a different way into the canyon with huge open mesas & deep canyons,
Here are pictures of the area we did with vehicles.

http://www.pbase.com/kai38/burma_road_new_mexico

StinkyCheese 10-02-2010 03:49 AM

Really nice RR! NM does have some great areas. I LOVE the twisties up to the Gila Cliff Dwellings. Heck they're even fun in a car.

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GB 10-02-2010 05:16 AM

Looks like you found what you're looking for... and it's nice to be able to share it with your s/o! Thanks for the report and great pics :thumb

buls4evr 10-02-2010 05:48 AM

You are making me homesick for my "other home" down in NM. 152,15,35,61,59,78,180(upper) are all great roads over there on the West side. Glad you enjoyed it but I think the monsoon season is a dangerous time of year to do road H2O crossings. You would enjoy this more in the dry season. The East side has little to offer other than the Ruidoso-Cloudcroft area. The best riding is up in the North and the West side of the state.

PinkPillion 10-02-2010 01:02 PM

Super report. Those creek crossings are crazy. Thanks for sharing!

Taurkon 10-02-2010 05:41 PM

Excellent report and some great photography. Thanks for sharing!

booger1 10-02-2010 06:03 PM

Thanks all for the kind words. I'm very lucky that my girlfriend is willing to do these things with me, eventhough she hesitates.
I would like to go back during the dryer season, but it still was a whole lot of fun dealing with the elements.
I had read a RR in regionals on the canyon but had no idea about the Geranimo trail. Like I said I do plan on going back and I will seek out the other trails leading to the little water fall.
But for now, in 2 weeks I'm heading down the Baja to Cabo and back.
Hopefully an even better ride report.
Thanks again.

Roadrunner 10-03-2010 03:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ballistic_ken
There's some OK riding in NM, but we try to keep it a secret.:evil

Great trip report! :thumb

We have wild mustangs near our house. Today one of them nearly ran down my spouse on a dirt road as it came up from behind on our left and was determined to cross in front. We were each on our own bike, and he was in front.

Afterward, we saw that we got between the stallion and the mare but didn't know until we stopped after the near miss and saw the other horse. The trajectory and speed of my spouse and the horse were going to result in a certain hit, unless at least one of them took evasive action. He had to turn left into the horse, since that was the way the road turned. At the very last second - they both swerved, but the horse still crossed in front. I proved that it doesn't matter how loud one yells, "Look out! inside your helmet without an intercom. :twitch

And thanks' for the picture of the sunflower - they are my favorite. :D

NMTrailboss 10-04-2010 08:32 PM

Great report and pics! Thanks for sharing! :thumb


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