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Old 08-31-2009, 08:37 AM   #76
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NM 36, turning off of NM 117.

Did I tell you I'm en route to Albuquerque to see fellow Huntsvillian and ADVer playsoutside ?

I am, thus the northeast jukes.

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Old 08-31-2009, 08:38 AM   #77
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New Mexico is different than Alabama.

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Old 08-31-2009, 08:38 AM   #78
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This photo of the cliffs on the side of Ramah Lake were so colorful, and this photo barely shows the amazing red-and-biege striations of layered rock.


About Ramah:

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History

Ramah was first settled in 1882 as a mission outpost for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Their work was concentrated among the Navajo and Zuni.
A dam started by the pioneers in 1883 was destroyed by floods twice. The current dam, 1906, maintains Ramah Lake, a favorite fishing spot..."
http://ggsc.wnmu.edu/mcf/museums/ramah.html

The lake's dry now, and all the fish died a couple of years ago when the lake got to low, the water heated up, and algae blooms made the water lethal to the fish population. But it shore is purty!
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Old 08-31-2009, 08:40 AM   #79
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I'm glad I made some little side trips; I've never been disappointed about the little discoveries uncovered.
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Old 08-31-2009, 08:42 AM   #80
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Wreck!

All right, it was a silt-inspired low-speed get-off with no damage and no pictures- I was on a reservation road and felt it most respectful if I made a graceful exit.



Looking north while headed east on NM 53, a few miles from Ramah, one can see these amazing sandstone spires there on the Zuni tribal land.

I tried taking the tribal road out to get a better photo, but the road was washboarded with fine, silty sand. I dumped the bike twice in only a mile, and figured the Zuni gods deserved their peace.

Next time, I'll ask for permission first.
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Old 08-31-2009, 08:49 AM   #81
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Headed east on NM 53 East, passing through El Malpais National Monument, I came across the Continental Divide, and met a special guest star!



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Old 08-31-2009, 08:51 AM   #82
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Wiggled my way past lava fields, badlands, and onto I-40 at Grants, NM.

I-40 was way too fast for me, so i found another route:



...by gettin' my kicks on Route 66. By the way, I did take the right turn for Albuquerque.
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Route 66.

Just imagine what it would have been like to take a road trip on 66 in its heyday. You're from small-town America, and you take this weeks long trip Out West. Can you imagine how mind-blowing it would be to see all this alien landscape?
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Old 08-31-2009, 08:53 AM   #84
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Sigh. Took the wrong turn in Albuquerque.



After getting lost a jillion times in ABQ ( I missed another right turn, apparently), I met up with my host, John Dunbar. I snuck a photo while following him through the cedar forest to his house. The canyon outside of town gives up the twisties nicely!

Nice K-bike, John.
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John insisted on making some good wrench-time on y motorcycle.

Thanks, John- the turn signals haven't looked this good since I got the bike!
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Old 08-31-2009, 08:56 AM   #86
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The baddest van/guest haus evar.

WANT.

Burly high-approach-angle winch bumper? Check.
Camper top? Check.
Four wheel drive? Check.
Stealth looks with top down? Check.

Nice van, John. Down by the river, you say?
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Old 08-31-2009, 08:57 AM   #87
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Drove up to Sante Fe for an afternoon.



It's nice on the road.

Motorcycling- or riding a bicycle, for that matter- is about instability. A bike's inherently unstable, and without proper input, it'll fall over.

Keep going forward, let the wheels roll, and you'll get there. Yes, I wrote that for myself.

NM 14, I think.
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Curves is nice, ma'am. NM 14.
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Old 08-31-2009, 09:00 AM   #89
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Madrid, NM is about the size of a gerbil. The speed limit is 20 through town, and people mill through the streets back and forth between the little shops and galleries and whatnot. The photo makes Madrid look about three times larger than it is. Riding through town, the trees make it look like you're in a tunnel.

NM 14
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Rain on the horizon. NM 14.

I made it to Sante Fe, checked out a couple of galleries, grabbed lunch but no phone numbers from Whole Foods there, got fed up with the goatpaths that are the roads there, turned around, headed back to ABQ.
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