This route sounds great to me. I recall a few nice campgrounds near Portal as you go up the mountain. Distances for gas shouldn't be an issue for the guys without big tanks.
The ride over the Chiris is awesome so hopefully it will be open. I would say any skill level or bike setup can make this route. We definitely won't leave anyone behind (or at least I won't, kind of a moto where I come from).
Hope all that can make it come out for the ride and maybe a few will stay for the night, the more the merrier.
Originally Posted by Twentyniner
: Here's my idea so far.
Meet at the Bisbee Breakfast Club at 8:00 A.M. on the 1st for a pre-ride breakfast. We will then take the Border Road to Douglas, top off with fuel and head east on Geronimo Trail Road(easy gravel), then loop back through Animas to Portal. Those that want to do pavement only can just take Hwy 80 to Portal and meet us there. We can then find a good campsite low on the mountain close to Portal and set up camp. It'll still be cold, but we won't be camping in the snow. Those of us with knobbies or less common sense can then go up the mountain to play in the mud and snow for a while. If Onion Saddle is passable we can return that way in the morning, or alternately take Rucker Canyon to Leslie Canyon back to Douglas.