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Old 01-27-2013, 10:30 AM   #136
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You haven't seen the manner in which The Girlfriend hugs...
Classic!!!
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Old 01-27-2013, 01:21 PM   #137
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Just a hug? . . Really?
Poor guy.....
Should I have said naked hug?? Do you need the adjective :) hehehe
I can't say everything I'm packing, but he'll be a happy boy. I'm pretty good at ensuring that!
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Old 01-27-2013, 01:35 PM   #138
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Excuse me for being rude and hijacking this thead but the books Dead Mans Walk and Comanche Moon were books 1 and 2... McMurtrys book series starting with Sin Killer were great too. McMurtry dabbles in wild west history in his books so Kelly should enjoy them. Kelly... I wish you would have posted a picture or two of the historic roadside markers in Texas.
Sorry, my bad. I was refering to the order in which they were published.
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:12 PM   #139
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WNWT Day 18

It's Thursday, must be time to go riding in New Mexico!

My New Mexico hosts, Jeff (buls4ever) and his lovely mother-in-law Marilyn...


The good eatin' just doesn't stop! Scrambled eggs (or huevos revueltos if you're so inclined), crispy bacon, and strawberries. Exactly what a wanderer needs before exploring the Land of Enchantment.


Temps got into the upper 40's and mostly cloudy, then we struck out north of town. Eventually would get up to mid 60's. Great riding weather. First stop was a silver-mining ghost town called Lake Valley, NM.


Old Plymouth... anyone looking for a fixer-upper? Some assembly required. Tools not included.


Jeff and I inside the "new" schoolhouse/community center (built in 1905)...


For some reason, of everything I've seen (and eaten ) on this trip, this is one of my favorites. It's a 130 year old double school desk. Just cool to touch the carvings and graffiti from so long ago. Apparently a couple of years ago a 90 year old man came in and identified his initials in the desk. The line running right down the middle was put there when two students were sitting there and couldn't get along so they had to put down a "boundary line".


From Lake Valley, we headed up into the Black Range, which look much darker than most of the mountains due to the junipers growing on them. First though, we pass through a gorge with these huge imposing walls.


We rode up into the Black Range and over Emory Pass at around 8,200 feet. This is a fantastic road up to the pass and back down. Twisting, twisting, and twisting. Great fun. Even better than the Davis loop IMHO since the scenery is stunning to boot.












We thought this looked like a moray eel coming out of the ground... cuz we're creative.


Riding the twisties in the "alps" of the southwest makes you hungry. We stopped at a cafe in Mimbres and went straight to the kids menu for grilled cheese. I farkled mine with some bacon. Mmmmm. Bacon.

Jeff hasn't had a chance to ride a Triumph 800 yet and it had been a while since I'd been on a 650 V-strom so we swapped bikes after lunch for a stretch. I like the way Jeff has his wee-strom set up and they're so versatile. The Girlfriend needs a new ride, I need to get her on a wee-strom and see what she thinks.

Rolled back into Deming after a great 156 mile ride and celebrated with a Corona.


Spooky Cat obviously had a busy day while we were gone...


Showered and feeling fresh and sparkly, we jumped in Jeff's truck, passport in hand, and headed south to Palomas, Mexico for dinner. Passed back through Columbus, NM on the way... interesting history in Columbus. On March 9th, 1916, Pancho Villa's army attacked the town and the US military fort that was there. Some theorize that Villa was paid by Germany to attack the US in order to divert our attention from what was going on in WWI in Europe. The US sent General Pershing and 10,000 men into Mexico to chase down and punish Villa and his men but never caught them.

We parked on the US side and walked into Mexico. I don't know about you guys, but every time I leave the U.S., no matter what border it is, there's just a weird feeling that comes over you. However, anyone wanting to visit a nice Mexican border town, then Palomas is your place. The town is really popular with the snowbirds seeking cheaper health care services.

Regardless of the 1916 attack, Pancho Villa is honored in most places in Mexico, including Palomas


We went to The Pink Store for a little shopping and dinner. Neat place with almost every kind of Mexican gift and trinket imaginable... and a neat old VW utility truck. The predecessor to today's UTVs?




I picked up a few baubles for The Girlfriend then we sat down for dinner. Really good salsa and pico de gallo. Great taste and a slow burn way back in your throat that only Pacifico would cool.

I'm a big fan of huevos con chorizo so like to sample it whenever I'm at a new place. Not on the menu but they knew what I wanted. It was excellent, although I have to admit I was eyeing Jeff's great looking chimis with some jealously.


Easy walk back into the U.S. after dinner.

Great day in New Mexico (and Mexico!)... next, it's time to keep heading for Cali... but Arizona first. Jeff is going to escort me to the border in the morning on Friday...
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:46 PM   #140
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Should I have said naked hug?? Do you need the adjective :) hehehe
I can't say everything I'm packing, but he'll be a happy boy. I'm pretty good at ensuring that!
:)
I like the way you think!!

Um, do you have a sister???
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:32 AM   #141
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More good pics! Its good to see Jeff, mom and the cat are doing well........Good luck in San Diego.

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Old 01-28-2013, 04:58 AM   #142
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Thanks for updating daily. If you want Pam to try out a Wee I know where one is close by. It's not for sale though.
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:31 AM   #143
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WNWT Day 19

Friday morning in Deming, NM... woke to mid-40's and another unusually cloudy day for New Mex. Eventually got to upper 60's and was another great day Avoiding Winter. I wanted to get quite a ways through AZ but wanted to do some siteseeing too so Jeff and I were up early and hit the road... for about 2 miles, then got breakfast at a cafe called Manolo's. Pancakes, eggs, bacon, and OJ to start the day off right. All for less than $5. All right with me!

Back on the road and headed west on good two lane through the desert that mostly ran parallel to I-10. Looked like some rain just to the south of us but the route Jeff chose keep us out of the drippy stuff.

Gassed up in Animas, NM and just as quietly as I slipped into New Mexico, I rolled out and into Arizona and the mountains of the Chiricahua National Monument. The Chiricahua's are the rough area that Geronimo would use to repeatedly escape capture. The canyon road we took into the mountains was spectacular. Huge rock spires and columns on either side of us while running under a canopy of trees. Very cool, but hard to get good pics.














While we were riding through the canyon, some A-10 Warthogs from the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base were making passes. The sound off the jets would echo in the canyon and I'd jump every time one would come overhead.

The paved park road we were on turned into a nice graded dirt road and we stopped to say adios, Jeff was heading back to Deming to get ready to do some dual sport riding on Saturday. I saw some of the video from Jeff's rides and I'm definitely going to have to bring the XR and maybe a buddy or two back down and let him show me some desert two-track.


My next planned stop was Tombstone, home of the shootout at the OK Corral. There's a paved way to get there, but with the mountains, it's much shorter to take the 19 mile park road through and over them... and the scenery would be stunning. The road twisted and climbed with great views of the mountains.


Some sections were smooth and relative fast, others got rougher with larger rocks that forced me to go fairly slow to keep from beating the bike up too bad. Was having a great time, climbing and climbing up to the roughly 7000ft passes.

About a 1/3 of the way through or so the road came around to the north side of the mountains and that's where it got a little sketchier.

The north side of the mountains still had snow, in general about 4 or 5 inches. On the road, it varied from slimey mud spots, a couple of shallow water crossings, to some spots that had 4 or 5 inches of snow with muddy tracks through them. A few spots the tracks weren't down to the dirt, just packed snow. Hmm. I only saw two others on the road. One was a bow hunter by his truck not far along the road. As I waved, he came to attention and saluted me. I thought that was a little weird, but maybe it was making more sense now. The other person I saw was a hiker(?) pushing a big 3-wheeled cart with what I assume were his luggage and camping supplies. I passed him through a long muddy spot, I was going down and he was headed up and really struggling to push his rig on the slime.



It was slick and slow going on the loaded up Triumph, but we managed. Luckily(?), the longest sections of snow/mud were on long downhills. A few of them might have been hard to climb with my nearly wore out rear tire. I was probably more concerned I'd get to something I couldn't navigate. Unfortunately, I did have a minor that I'm man enough to share.

The slimy conditions were making me real warm so decided to stop, shed a layer and get a drink of water. Through some cosmic intersection of snow, mud, degree of incline, boot placement, and side stand deployment... the bike fell over. I tried to save it and felt my lower back twinge a bit. Ugh. I made the cardinal ADV sin of not taking a pic of the downed bike. No real damage, just scuffs (street cred) on the left pannier, engine guard, and bark buster. Not the first time, likely not the last. Had to use the "butt back" method to right the beast. The event made the drink of water especially welcome.

A few miles down the road, I caught a little slide with a foot plant that really riled my back up. Hmm. I welcomed it when the road came down below the snow line and the road returned to good graded dirt. Fantastic scenery, but frankly, I was too busy and focused to spend much time taking pics.

Out of the mountains (and after popping a couple of Alleve) I made the run into Tombstone. The trip over the mountains took longer than planned and I was hungry! Dirty Triumph taking a break by the boardwalk.


Interesting town. Yeah, it's a tourist attraction, but it's still pretty neat. Several actors dressed up as cowboys, shopkeepers, townspeople, walking about. Staged gunfights. Stagecoaches.


Jeff recommended lunch at the Crystal Palace Saloon. Apparently the "Hooters" of the old west Went with the Cowboy Burger (pepperjack, bbq sauce, onion ring)... I was in Tombstone after all.


Took a saunter up and down the main drag. A person could easily make a day of taking the tours, seeing the enactments, stopping into the numerous saloons, shopping... I might have to make Tombstone an overnight stop.


Considered the time and decided Tucson should be my destination for the evening to see if I could get my back feeling better. Was a little concerned about what it would be like in the morning. Took two lane through low mountains up to Tuscon and found a decent place on the east side of town.


Went and got a Thermacare(?) heat pad thingy and stopped at Brooklyn's Beer and Burger just up the street. Lunch was fairly late in the day so wasn't super hungry. Spotted the grilled cheese which sounded just right. Farkled it with bacon. It doesn't look like much (and for $2.99, you wouldn't expect too much) but it was the best grilled cheese I've ever had. I think it was on a toasted breakfast type muffin. I ate this one, then had them fix me a second one.


Check of the weather showed a lot of rain heading in for the evening and next day. Popped a couple of more Alleve and put on the heat pad thing and hoped I wouldn't be too rusty in the morning.
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:30 AM   #144
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Damn! This just keeps getting better and better! Lots of good food shots but the napping bike would have made the day! Understandable though when all we can think about it how to right the big bikes in the slippery stuff...
Looks like you are having a great time, hope the back is OK!
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:48 PM   #145
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Greetings from the Clear but Cold San Diego area.

Not sure where u are right now but if your coming into the San Diego area via 8 close to the border I highly recommend u catch old 80 at Jacumba which turns into 94 Campo Rd all the way to SD. A most enjoyable ride.
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:25 PM   #146
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What, no cleavage shots from Tombstone Crystal Palace? WTH did you think I sent you there? For the food? you must have been tired. Really, sorry for the snow and mud run to Tombstone but you will get good street cred in SD. "You went where??? Really? Maybe a good back massage by Girlfriend is in order, I heard bites on the back are like acupuncture. You have earned it pardner. Time for some .

Tips..... Never wash an ADV bike after a tough trip....it spoils them.

Always drink the local beer.... it is the freshest.

If you did not dip your foot in the Pacific Ocean AND TAKE A PICTURE it never happened.... Bonus points for bike in water too.

You know you are always welcome here again.
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:28 PM   #147
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Great story. You have good taste in food...(and Girlfriends it would appear!)

Are you updating this as you go along, or was this a past trip? You're doing great job if you are able to tell such a great story and put in the miles and adventures as you go.

Subscribed for the rest of the story.
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:46 PM   #148
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SCOTT PDX this is the real deal in real time...... I can attest to that. It is only 50% complete so stay tuned. This is a great story with more fun to come. that Triumph is sitting there filthy right by the Pacific Ocean at Mission Beach as we type............ Don't bother him right now though. Girlfriend is already "bothering" him I think.
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:52 PM   #149
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Re-united and it feels so good

Quick Update! In San Diego with The Girlfriend. All her flights went as scheduled and getting the condo was hitch free. Had a great walk on the beach and good dinner of lobster and mahi mahi tacos.

She very much liked her bauble from Mehico... see. Plus a gratuitous cleavage shot since obviously I disappointed buls4ever with my lack of pictures from Crystal Palace.


More ride reports to come... hammered I-8 to get here, but had fun doing it...
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:05 PM   #150
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I'm curious as to your current and future tire choices for the Tiger. (Will you go more "off-road" oriented when you replace the current tires.)

I am a little nervous about exploring the Rockies this summer on my stock tires....
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