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Old 08-30-2009, 07:31 PM   #61
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...that's better.

Oh, and this is still US 60 S.

At the bottom of the canyon, one can dive and swim. Next time, Arizona, next time.

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Old 08-30-2009, 07:32 PM   #62
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Ever try to catch a curve?

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Old 08-30-2009, 07:33 PM   #63
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'nother self portrait

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Old 08-30-2009, 07:39 PM   #64
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Made it through Springerville and into New Mexico close to dusk

My friends kept telling me, "BaldWithGlasses, just remember- when you're riding out west, you have to stop at every gas station, because you don't know when the next one is coming around.

This is foreshadowing, by the way.

I was captivated by how much the landscape changed- one minute you're in the mountains of Arizona, then you're on the high plains... just like that.

Outside Springerville, US 60 E

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Old 08-30-2009, 07:41 PM   #65
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Just like that, outside the White Mountains only miles from NM, the landscape changes.


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Old 08-30-2009, 07:41 PM   #66
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There's Mt. Quesadill, or something

Wait, that's That's Escudillo Mountain.


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Old 08-30-2009, 07:48 PM   #67
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Vanity BWG shot, Escudillo Mountain

Yeah, I'm a redneck at heart. Sometimes I hide it well, other times, not.

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Old 08-30-2009, 07:54 PM   #68
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Maybe I did read Neal Peart's book- so what?






Pack up all those phantoms
Shoulder that invisible load
Keep on riding North and West
Haunting that wilderness road
Like a ghost rider

Carry all those phantoms
Through bitter wind and stormy skies
From the desert to the mountain
From the lowest low to the highest high
Like a ghost rider

Keep on riding North and West
Then circle South and East
Show me beauty but there is no peace
For the ghost rider

Shadows on the road behind
Shadows on the road ahead
Nothing can stop you now

There's a shadow on the road behind
There's a shadow on the road ahead
Nothing can stop you now

Sunrise in the mirror
Lightens that invisible load
Riding on a nameless quest
Haunting that wilderness road
Like a ghost rider

Just an escape artist
Racing against the night
A wandering hermit
Racing toward the light

From the white sands
To the canyonlands
To the redwood stands
To the barren lands

Sunrise on the road behind
Sunset on the road ahead
There's nothing to stop you now
Nothing can stop you now


Shadows on the road behind
Shadows on the road ahead
Nothing can stop you now


Neal Peart, Ghost Rider

By the way, your book is on its way, Nathan. Y'all visit Boxerworks when you're in Georgia!
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Old 08-30-2009, 07:57 PM   #69
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New Mexico!

Not long after this shot, I realized how little fuel I had, so I turned around and pule-and-glided my nearly-empty-gas-tank-ass back to Springerville AZ, 30 miles away.

That's right- I said "pule" and not the hypermiler word, "pulse". I was whining to myself about not checking my gas sooner.

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Old 08-30-2009, 07:59 PM   #70
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See? Out west they have corrals. I'm about to turn around for gas here...

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Old 08-30-2009, 08:00 PM   #71
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http://hphotos-snc1.fbcdn.net/hs171.snc1/6414_130432921513_646596513_3302580_7406259_

This is not too many miles from Arizona. I love the fleshy folds of earth here.

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Old 08-30-2009, 08:03 PM   #72
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nearby fires made great sunsets.

"bout out of fuel, and it's getting darker and chillier, and I'm wondering if I was gonna be sleeping by the side of the road or not.

I'll mention this again to y'all visitin' out west for the first time: If you're riding out West in the desert, stop at each gas station.

I still loved the colors.

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Old 08-30-2009, 08:06 PM   #73
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I finally made it back to Springerville AZ.

Stayed at this cheap (35 bucks!) hotel room and it had a kitchenette! i could cook my own dinner- cantaloupe, pork belly with garlic, gala apple, and sugar snap peas. Watched some TV, wrote a letter, thought more.

65 degrees at night here.
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Old 08-31-2009, 09:21 AM   #74
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Mornin'! Headed eastbound to New Mexico. US 60 into the sun.

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Old 08-31-2009, 09:33 AM   #75
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Made a left turn north on NM 36/ 117 at Quemado.

I'm all proud and smug about the bike rack I made, as one might be able to guess. However, riding down this empty road I noticed that the bike's shadow was moving funny. I pulled over and saw this:



Broken rack mount. I sat on the side of the road trying to whittle a replacement out of a Tupperwear lid. A guy stopped, and while I borrowed his pocket knife to continue the whittling project, he volunteered to drive the 15 mile round trip to pick up some washers and spaces.

He came back, the replacements worked well, and the bike rack was back in one solid functional piece.

Thanks, New Mexico Department of Roads guy!

It's cool the people you meet on the road when you need 'em.
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