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Old 09-26-2011, 08:22 PM   #1
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White Rock, Chama, Taos 3 days

White Rock, Chama, Taos and back to White Rock on forest service roads was a great way to spend three days in perfect riding weather. The riders starting on the 1st day were L to R, DirtDad on a Husky TE610, mtech1950 on a KTM 525EXC, Akasy on a KTM 525EXC and Slojoe on a Yamaha XT225.

We rode from White Rock to the Valle Grande on SR4.

Next stop was for an early lunch.

NM126 was in good shape.

103 was our next road.

We followed a side road from 103.

The bigger bikes needed gas.

This is the only gas station in the area.

There is also a small store.

At the end of the pavement we turned on this road.

The mud in this arroyo looked like trouble.

Akasy decided to give it a try.

The bike started sinking before he even got to the bad looking mud near the water.

We started looking for a better crossing.

We followed another road to this spot.

There was no way down from this place.

The 3rd road led us past an abandoned ranch house.

The road ended with a good view of the Chama River.

We had to back track to the end of the paved road and follow the dusty state road past El Vado Lake then to Chama on more pavement.

We had rooms waiting at the Elkhorn Lodge in Chama.

Dinner was good at the High Country Restaurant.

The next day we had breakfast and got the bikes loaded and ready for the ride when the morning had started to warm.

One of the attractions in Chama is the train ride to Antonito, this morning was a perfect day. Steam whistles were blowing as the train prepared to leave the station.

This small car follows the train to extinguish any fires started by the train.

Cars follow the train to get pictures as it climbs the steep grade.

After crossing into Colorado we picked up another forest road headed south into New Mexico.

This section has one rough area about a quarter mile long with rocks and some steep spots.

The others were waiting for me at the Cruces Basin Overlook.

I’ll get more of the report posted tomorrow. I hope some of the guys will post some of their pictures.

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Old 09-26-2011, 09:37 PM   #2
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Looks great so far...can't wait to see more!!
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Old 09-27-2011, 02:54 AM   #3
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Slojoe--as always the best RR of the bunch and great pics. Too bad that flat happened behind us and they missed having your electric air pump to use
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Old 09-27-2011, 06:03 AM   #4
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Looks like a great ride guys, hate that I missed it Nice Pics too.
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GNARLY.... Keep those pics coming!
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Old 09-27-2011, 11:28 AM   #6
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Beautiful - Lived in Taos for 3 years but never saw that cool train running. What a sight, must've sounded great eh?
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Old 09-27-2011, 11:44 AM   #7
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Silt on NM 126?

What was the silt like on NM 126? Your caption said "good shape" but the silt beds in June gave me fits (admittedly I was on a street bike: Multistrada) but I'd been through there many times before with very little silt.

Nice pics and beautiful country.

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Old 09-27-2011, 11:58 AM   #8
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Looks like a perfect ride. Thanks for taking the time to share it with us.
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Old 09-27-2011, 01:51 PM   #9
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Today AtomicXRer joined us at this corral. He was on his XR650R.

The ride from the corral past San Antonio Peak was straight and flat.

Looking back to San Antonio Peak

14 miles after crossing the highway, we stopped here.

San Antonio Peak as seen from our stop

This road went to the John Dunn Bridge.

Akasy and I went ahead of the others. They never overtook us.

We decided to go on to Taos because we needed to find a couple of rooms and the El Pueblo Motel was already full.

Akasy and I stayed here, directly across the street from the El Pueblo.

We had two rooms at over $100 a night each. No hot water and no apology the next morning from the manager.

The next morning this Raven was perched above my room talking to me, telling me I should have found another place to stay.

The empty parking lot was a good indicator that this place was over priced when the El Pueblo was completely full.

The next morning the bikes were packed and ready for another good ride. The others had run late the previous day because mtech1950’s bike had a pinch flat on the rocky road between the highway and the John Dunn Bridge.

Another good forest road was waiting for us.

As we went higher, the Aspen trees gave way to Blue Spruce.

This view is looking toward Angel Fire.

This was the highest elevation of this days ride.

The road along the mountainside was easy to ride.

There was a very rocky descent along the last section of this road.

76 would take us to the highway.

DirtDad found a lost bungee.

We stopped for lunch here.

There was a lot of noise coming from behind the building. The noise was supposed to be music for a 3 day Rave that had been going on for 48 hours already.

Lunch was good even with the shaking ground from the noise, or music.

This was a great ride, it was nice to be back at AtomicXRer’s house after three days on the bike. Thanks to DirtDad for setting this ride up. We had perfect riding weather with cool mornings and mild afternoons. The roads were better than we expected. The first day my GPS logged 193 miles, the second day was 115 miles and the third day was 127 miles for a total of 435 miles.

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Old 09-27-2011, 01:55 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by Dr. Greg View Post
What was the silt like on NM 126? Your caption said "good shape" but the silt beds in June gave me fits (admittedly I was on a street bike: Multistrada) but I'd been through there many times before with very little silt.

Nice pics and beautiful country.

NM126 was dry with very little rain damage. There are corners with loose sand over hard road surface so corners always need to be approached with caution and lower speed.
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Old 09-28-2011, 04:34 AM   #11
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Great report Joey.

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Old 09-29-2011, 07:44 AM   #12
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Team AARP meets a rave. Love it!
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Good stuff, thanks
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Old 10-19-2011, 03:11 PM   #14
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Nice photos!

I enjoyed viewing your photos. It was nice seeing all the green vegetation. I'm used to seeing lots of dry desert conditions most of the time I visit my mom in T or C. I'm glad to see there are some fun, scenic county roads in the mountains down there. It gives me something to look forward to as next summer I'm riding one of my DRs down to the Lower 48 to do some riding in the Rockies and I'm eventually going to store it somewhere in ABQ. You'll be hearing from me next summer when I ask for advice about storage places and good mechanics. It would also be fun to meet other people to ride with so my mom doesn't worry about me riding around in the boonies by myself.

Happy October!

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