Ancient Mariners ride the Continental Divide
This ride report chronicles the continuing misadventures of the Ancient Mariners. Previous rides to Alaska and Labrador can be found in my sig line.
It is intended to be a complement to the SoMD Adventure Riders Continental Divide Ride Report http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=802385
How this was all put together can be reviewed here http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=735441
An additional report from one of the riders can be found here http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=803267
Yet another report from our group
Since there were a lot of folks interested and involved in this ride there are a number of reports and more to come. I will be trying to find them all and attach links.
But i digress. June 28 rolled around and my trusty steed was ready to roll.
I didn't need to do much to get ready for this ride but I did add a mount for the GoPro camera.
Makes the cockpit crowded.
There was one problem - the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs forced the other half of the Mariners to evacuate his home and hedidn't take a bike with him. This maybe a single Mariner ride.
As is tradition all my availbe family members gathered at a lodal restaurant for a last supper with me before I left. My plan is always to ride about 100 miles the first evening and then start in earnest in the morning.
My grandson checking to see if he can reach the pegs yet.
My new granddaughter (7 days old) deciding she doesn't like motos yet
The younger of the Ancient Mariners ready to roll. First stop Ruther Glen VA.
While this is a CDR report I have to get to Antelope Wells, which entails a ride across country. To keep myself entertained I will be working on an IronButt Association Master Traveler Award. This requires me to visit a minimum of 50 National Parks in 25 states and get stamps at each of the parks visited. Most of the report until I get to New Mexico will be a history lesson.
this ride ended in a face plant chronicled here
Day 1 Ruther Glen to Tennessee
Leaving Ruther Glen
First stop Greensboro NC
Battle of Guilford Courthouse Visitors' Center
The Battle of Guilford Court House was a battle fought on March 15, 1781 in Greensboro, the county seat of Guilford County, North Carolina, during the American Revolutionary War. A force of 1,900 British troops under the command of Lieutenant General Charles Cornwallis defeated an American force of 4,000 troops, commanded by Major General Nathanael Greene. Despite the relatively small numbers of troops involved, the battle is considered pivotal to the American victory in the Revolution. Before the battle, the British appeared to have had great success in conquering much of Georgia and South Carolina with the aid of strong Loyalist factions, and thought that North Carolina might be within their grasp. In the wake of the battle, Greene moved into South Carolina, while Cornwallis chose to march into Virginia and attempt to link up with roughly 3500 men under British Major General Phillips and American turncoat Benedict Arnold. These decisions allowed Greene to unravel British control of the South, while leading Cornwallis to Yorktown and eventual surrender to Major General George Washington and Lieutenant General Comte de Rochambeau.
The battle is commemorated at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park.
Now to Kings Mountain battlefield in South Carolina
The Battle of Kings Mountain was a decisive battle between the Patriot and Loyalist militias in the Southern campaign of the American Revolutionary War. The actual battle took place on October 7, 1780, nine miles south of the present-day town of Kings Mountain, North Carolina in rural York County, South Carolina, where the Patriot militia defeated the Loyalist militia under a Major Ferguson.
Ferguson had arrived in North Carolina in early September 1780 with the purpose of recruiting for the Loyalist militia and protecting the flank of Lord Cornwallis' main force. Ferguson issued a challenge to the rebel militias to lay down their arms or suffer the consequences; in response, the Patriot militias led by James Johnston, William Campbell, John Sevier, Joseph McDowell and Isaac Shelby rallied for an attack on Ferguson.
After receiving intelligence on the oncoming attack, Ferguson elected to retreat to the safety of Lord Cornwallis' host; however, the Patriots caught up with the Loyalists at Kings Mountain on the border with South Carolina. Having achieved surprise on the Loyalists, the Patriots attacked and surrounded the Loyalists, inflicting heavy casualties. After an hour of battle, Ferguson was shot dead while trying to break the rebel ring, after which the Loyalists surrendered. The Patriot soldiers gave no quarter to the surrendering Loyalists until the rebel officers re-established control over their men. Although victorious, the Patriots had to quickly move from the area for fear of Cornwallis' advance.
This park is also the terminus of the Overmountain Victory Trail. The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail (OVHT) is part of the U.S. National Trails System. It recognizes the Revolutionary War Overmountain Men, Patriots from what is now East Tennessee who crossed the Great Smoky Mountains and then fought in the Battle of Kings Mountain in South Carolina.
From here is is just head west till I figure the day is over. As some of you are aware the East is having a real heat wave. The temps kept climbing until the thermometer on the bike read 107F. This may have been just the effect of the road but take my word for it - it was uncomfortable. 20 miles past Knoxville I called it quits for the day.
Day 2 heading to Little Rock
Leaving the motel.
Stones River Visitors' Center
The Battle of Stones River or Second Battle of Murfreesboro (in the South, simply the Battle of Murfreesboro), was fought from December 31, 1862, to January 2, 1863, in Middle Tennessee, as the culmination of the Stones River Campaign in the Western Theater of the American Civil War. Of the major battles of the Civil War, Stones River had the highest percentage of casualties on both sides. Although the battle itself was inconclusive, the Union Army's repulse of two Confederate attacks and the subsequent Confederate withdrawal were a much-needed boost to Union morale after the defeat at the Battle of Fredericksburg, and it dashed Confederate aspirations for control of Middle Tennessee.
While I was waiting for the park to open Jack called me and told me that the evacuation order was lifted and he would be joining me in Albuquerque:clap to start the ride after I get new tires at the BMW dealer.
Interstate 40 is basically a boring ride. The only excitement was trying to find detours around accidents and construction near Memphis and Little Rock. Stopped for the night in North Little Rock.
I'm in for another RR from the Ancient Mariners. Did the CDR last September, but on small bikes. Looks like you'll have no mud on the NM section. That's a good thing!
This looks like it's gonna be awesome! :thumb
Lakota, I just came across this, you should consider promoting this in a few of the of threads you haunt. :lol3
Just kidding... I am so watching this!
And have fun!
Did this same South to North route this time last year and now I'm missing all that fun I had out there on the trail.
Watch out for those afternoon rains when on dirt, that mud is like ice when you least expect it. :eek1
The change to Central Time has my body clock screwed up and I wake up at odd times. This morning I had two thoughts racing through my brain as I lay there trying to go back to sleep. First, I am so tired of people asking me "Aren't you hot in that suit?". The temperature has been running at 100F +. I'd be hot if I were naked. And my standard reply referencing asphalt allergies is getting old as well and I can't come up with any new smart ass remarks. Second, it is really strange how the body reacts to the stress of high temps. The only thing that brings me back to life when I am overcooked is fountain Coke, not bottles, not Pepsi in any form. It's fountain Coke or nothing. And it works for me.
Since my ride west is driven by the opening and closing of Park Visitors' Centers, my departure times are adjusted to arrive as they open.
Ready to go
The ride starts out with along run down I-40 to Fort Smith. As noted the days have been REALLY warm so I find these signs very amusing. And there are a lot of them.
Finally I get to the Fort Smith National Historic Site,which is located along the Arkansas River.The park visitor center is now located in the old Barracks/Courthouse/Jail building. Exhibits in the visitor center focus on Fort Smith’s military history from 1817–1871, western expansion, Judge Isaac Parker and the federal court's impact on Indian Territory, U.S. Deputy Marshals and outlaws, Federal Indian policy, and Indian Removal including the Trail of Tears.Located on the grounds are the foundation remains of the first Fort Smith (1817–1824), the commissary building (c. 1838) and a reconstruction of the gallows used by the federal court.
Antique paddy wagon
Leaving Ft Smith it is back onto I-40 and a miserable ride3 west. The day is ride an hour, buy gas, have a drink, pour water over myself, repeat. I am very tired until the GPS tell me it is time to head North to my next Site, the Battle of Washita National Historic SIte. The site protects and interprets the setting along the Washita River where Lt. Col. George A. Custer led the 7th U.S. Cavalry on a surprise dawn attack against the Southern Cheyenne village of Peace Chief Black Kettle on November 27, 1868. The attack was an important event in the tragic clash of cultures of the Indian Wars era.
Leaving the Site I am forced to ride roads like this
The speed limit was 65mph in Oklahoma and then 70 after crossing the Texas border.
Still having a problem with pictures using the GoPro.
Tomorrow is a site in Texas and then to ABQ to rendezvous with the SoMD Adventure RIders.
Bottom line up front - I made it to ABQ and found Jack at the hotel. THe Ancient Mariners are now ready for the ride - after I get my bike serviced.
Ready to ride
What you get to see in Texas
First stop Alibates Flint Quarry:
Visitor Control Station
For thousands of years, people came to the red bluffs above the Canadian River for flint, vital to their existence. Demand for the high quality, rainbow-hued flint is reflected in the distribution of Alibates Flint through the Great Plains and beyond. Indians of the Ice Age Clovis Culture used Alibates flint for spear points to hunt the Imperial Mammoth before the Great Lakes were formed. The flint usually lies just below the surface at ridge level in a layer up to six feet thick. Because these quarries are located on Lake Meredith, erosion of the lake made the flint more accessible to these people. The quarry pits were not very large, between 5 to 25 feet wide and 4 to 7 feet deep. Many of these quarries were exploited by the Antelope Creek people, of the Panhandle culture, between 1200 and 1450. The stone-slabbed, multi-room houses built by the Antelope Creek people have long been of interest to the public and studied by archaeologists. Today this area is protected by the U.S. National Park Service and can only be viewed by ranger-led guided tours, which must be made in advance.
After leaving the quarryit is an easy ride back to I-40 and a 270+ mile ride Albuquerque. Boring is the operative word, as is hot.
When I get there I go to the Petroglyph National Monument, which stretches 17 miles (27 km) along Albuquerque's West Mesa, a volcanic basalt escarpment that dominates the city’s western horizon.
The7,236 acre (29.28 km2) monument is cooperatively managed by the National Park Service and the City of Albuquerque. The western boundary of the monument features a chain of dormant fissure volcanoes. Beginning in the northwest corner, Butte volcano is followed to its south by Bond, Vulcan, Black and JA volcanoes.Petroglyph National Monument protects a variety of cultural and natural resources including five volcanic cones, hundreds of archeological sites and an estimated 24,000 images carved by Ancestral Pueblo peoples and early Spanish settlers. Many of the images are recognizable as animals, people, brands and crosses; others are more complex. Their meaning was, possibly, understood only by the carver. These images are the cultural heritage of a people who have long since moved into other areas and moved on through history for many reasons. The monument is intended as a protection for these lands and sites from and for visitors to see and appreciate for generations to come. The National Monument is managed in a manner that allows recreational use.
Phase 1 of the ride is complete.
Statistics - 9 states, 7 National Parks, Monuments, or Historic Sites, 2,275 miles
Phase 2 starts tomorrow after new tires and an oil change.
Glad you were able to meet up with Jack.
Today will be an easy day. Sleep in and be at Sandia BMW for my 0840 appointment.
This is a nice place and very professional. Can't say enough good about them. Since they knew 5 of us were coming for tires and other stuff they reserved the entire service department for us so that we would get in and out in a hurry to get on the road.
TKC on the front
Karoo on the back
Jack doing something while the other bikes are being worked on
Dorito's and my bike ready to go
EOD3MC's KTM, which has been giving him fits so far. Hopefully he has gotten it tweaked before the real ride starts tomorrow
The Ancient Mariners ready to roll
We leave ahead of the other four as we ride slower and we were thinking about going to the border this afternoon. Heat changed those plans. On the way south stopped to pee and found this interesting historical marker
Tomorrow comes the dirt - the reason we are all here. The forecast has a good possibility of rain so we could see some of the infamous New Mexico mud
For those wondering why there have been no updates to this ride report, Lakota crashed and is in the ICU at University Medical Center in El Paso. Stalwart that he is, after crashing and regaining consciousness, he rode his bike 60 miles to the emergency room in Deming NM. A CT scan showed bleeding on the brain and he was transported to the nearest trauma unit in El Paso. Your should see the damage to his Schuberth helmet. Two more CT scans show the bleeding has stopped, but now the doctors are concerned about an irregularity they have noticed in his heart beat. So the saga continues and the younger of the Ancient Mariners is more than ready to go home. Just ask his doctors and Nurses.
waitng for the hospital to let him go
best wishes for a speedy recovery, glad it wasn't worse.
WHAT THE WHAT!!!:eek1
Thinking about you Marty
Best wishes and speedy recovery to OLE Ancient Mariner, gotta be one tough ole one from the pics.
I was sitting here in Pagosa just waiting for this RR to come over Elwood Pass for a visit. Sorry it may be delayed.
Hang in there, hope all is going well. Will be here should you need anything.
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