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Old 09-05-2010, 09:23 AM   #91
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I wonder who lives here...

Hey Issac,
I'm lovin' your report! That photo of your parents (2up) is so cute

BigWan and I were also on those roads in July - we were laughing so hard at the Crazy Lady sign, I missed getting a picture.
I'm so jealous that you got one!

Thanks for the camera info - you did so much research!
Our Canon power shot is dying (too many dusty "action" pics and/or accidents) and I was hoping to replace it with a dustproof/crushproof one. The Lumix sounds great.

Looking forward to more RR...
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Old 09-05-2010, 05:34 PM   #92
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Great ride and great RR. I did about 600 miles solo through Wyoming and Montana. Now I want to do the whole thing with my son next year. I hope I can talk him into it. I think I will send him a link to your RR. It is great to see you and your dad able to do this ride!
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Old 09-10-2010, 12:40 PM   #93
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Thanks....

for a great report isacc for a great report.Having lost my dad some years ag o now i can assure you that has the years roll past your time together will become even more cherished.
If we had such routes over here in the uk Blackbird i ride would be sold tomorrow
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Old 09-10-2010, 02:57 PM   #94
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great report and something I have to do someday, hopefully with my sons.
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Old 09-13-2010, 10:55 PM   #95
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Alright, it's been a while since I wrote so here is another entry. I've been busy working and rock climbing...

Day 10, Upper Lagunitas Campground NM to Cuba NM



Woke up at 6am to a beautiful sunset from our mountain top campground. Breakfast consisted of fig newtons, pop tarts, granola, and some tea (at least for me). We packed up fairly quickly and were rolling by 7am.


Today was beginning to look MUCH better then the last few hours of riding from the previous day...the dirt roads were actually in good shape!


We both agreed that so far, New Mexico was not looking anything like we expected.


Here's an example of how quickly the roads can get torn and rutted up.


Always gotta pack your trash out.


We stopped for a snack break around 9am and ended up talking with a forest employee, who explained that they have about 6 months each year to service roughly 600 miles of dirt road in Carson National Forest. The section north of Lagunitas Campgrounds is one section that is on the bottom of their list to re-grade, which explains its high state of dis-repair.

Riding down the road, this was a bit of a surprise.....


Just gotta squeeze over as best you can!


We hit the pavement for a short bit and tried to jump back on the dirt at Vallecitos but stopped to talk to some guys who were standing around the entrance of the road. They basically told us that a super wide logging big rig would be coming down the road and we'd have to be ready to ride into the ditch at any moment. Based on that and the fact we were starving and dying for lunch, we decided to keep on the tarmac in order to get to Abiquiu for lunch.


There aren't too many choices in Abiquiu so we ended up with a deli/sandwich shop in a gas station. It was quite refreshing, especially since it was heating up. We then headed out of town and spotted this interesting church.


Things started looking a bit more desert like, as well as heating up.


Not sure if I’d want to be here when it rains. Actually, I know I would not want to be.


The riding around here was a bit tiring, partly due to heat and party the terrain. Here, it was a little rough, but in most areas it was a weird mix of stiff sand that would give you confidence just before breaking free. It also meant I was repeatedly going between 1st and 2nd gear, with 1st being too high and 2nd requiring too much clutch slip when things bogged down. I was a bit weary if things might overheat in 100+ F heat.


For quite some time we following dual sets of tracks that ensured we were going the right way. On the left were some mountain bicycle tracks, and on the right some motorcycle tracks by Kevin on the GS.


We took a quick break to check out the view. The cone is Cerro Pedernal, 9,860 feet. Walking the 50 feet or so from the road to the edge of this depression made me realize just how quickly this place would light off at the sight of a spark. Stepping on dead branches and logs would produce an explosion of dust...yep it was that dry.
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I thought for a second this might be full...


Yep, fire danger indeed. Backtracking sounded like the last thing we wanted to do, so we continued on! You can always plead igornace....plus there were tire tracks going in and none coming out!


Thankfully we started to gain elevation and went from a dry 100+ inferno to a quite comfortable 70’s as we approached 10k feet again.


Oh, the road was closed!?!


The next section became quite rough and bumpy. I can only imagine what it would be like in 100 degree heat. Actually, it was only rough and bumpy on a loaded bike...riding without all the gear would not have been that big of a deal.


Some more rough stuff.


We tried to follow the GPS tracks as we had them saved but at one point started going off the main forest road and into some less used dual track. This turned to single track, which turned to just a bunch of ground and forest. Doh! So we had to turn around and started to backtrack what we thought was going to be a good handful of miles, until I saw a big grass hump and what looked like single track going off to the right. It turned out to be a short cut back to the main road and onto the correct path, which also meant we had just finished with the really rough stuff for the day! Great news, since we were anxious to get into town for some dinner and rest.

The cruise down to Cuba NM was quite nice. Temperatures remained cool at elevation until the dirt ended and we descended down to the city on the tarmac.


We were glad to find a hotel, especially after 2 nights of camping and riding in heat. A shower was definitely in order.

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Old 09-13-2010, 11:03 PM   #96
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for a great report isacc for a great report.Having lost my dad some years ag o now i can assure you that has the years roll past your time together will become even more cherished.
If we had such routes over here in the uk Blackbird i ride would be sold tomorrow
Thanks for the words, I do feel quite fortunate to have taken such a trip...as I said before, one of the reasons for writing this is to inspire others to do a similar thing as well.
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Old 09-16-2010, 05:29 PM   #97
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Thanks for the words, I do feel quite fortunate to have taken such a trip...as I said before, one of the reasons for writing this is to inspire others to do a similar thing as well.

isaac, you did a great job. this one you truly inspired me and others.


thanks for the ride.
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Old 09-20-2010, 04:23 PM   #98
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isaac, you did a great job. this one you truly inspired me and others.


thanks for the ride.
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Next year me and YetiGS are doing this.
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Old 09-20-2010, 05:48 PM   #99
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Next year me and YetiGS are doing this.
+1. I'm going to try this in two weeks, from south to north. My parents conveniently live in Silver City, NM. I have limited time, so I'll probably only do about 1/2 of it.
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Old 09-27-2010, 10:01 PM   #100
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So yes, I've been slacking quite a bit on writing....been too busy having fun on the rock....





OK, back to writing, here we go again!

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Old 09-27-2010, 10:12 PM   #101
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Day 11, Cuba NM to Pie Town NM



We woke to a sunny and very warm morning, another indicator of just how toasty it would be today. Across the street in the parking lot of the same hotel, we could see Kevin's GS ready to go, as well as some unnamed rider tearing out of the parking lot on what looked to be a KTM 690 Super Enduro with some luggage.

The morning started off with some wide open desert, more of what you would expect from NM.


Any shade was well appreciated, even at 9am. It's going to be roasting today.


Some classic desert scenes to be seen out here.




Can't imagine how this would look full of water after some heavy rain....


One of the watering holes/wells/springs marked on the GPS tracks.


A rather large arroyo we had to cross. Most of them are smaller. Again, can't imagine how this would look in heavy rain.


We began to "follow" two sets of tracks, presumably from the guy on the KTM 690 as well as Kevin. Some of the trail crosses private land so there were a few gates to open and close.


Don't forget to close it!


At one point there were a few horses next to the dirt road, so we stopped to take a look at them. Apparently they wanted to take a look at us too and came closer.


Close they did come. This guy grabbed the greasy dirty rag out of my Dad's pack strap, only to drop it a few seconds later.


Hmmmmm.......


This was a gate owned by the National Forest. Effective for some things, but rickety and a pain to close, especially when its bloody hot and you're sweating in riding gear.


It was late morning and over 100 F...in other words, hot, hungry, and tired. We stopped for a bit of relief and a snack under this tree. It's amazing how much of a difference shade can make. It's also amazing just how dry it is out here. Notice how we are now in the tree line again, which luckily means things should be cooling down soon. And yes, things did cool down quite a bit, into the 80's, as we went higher into the forest.


Dropping out of the mountains and down to Grants NM, we could see some storms floating around the area.


It turns out there was some big Harley rally in Grants, which meant a lot of people running around in vests and loud bikes. We looked quite odd in full gear on dirt bikes. After some debate, we figured Subway on the edge of town would be the best lunch spot, mostly because it wasn't crowded out from the rally. It was early afternoon and I was feeling quite tired and fatigued, so we toyed with the idea of grabbing a hotel in town and calling it a day in order to rest up some. While we were doing this, the guy on the red KLR that had bailed from the group with basketcase stopped in to chat because he saw our loaded bikes while driving by. We talked with him for a bit, and then he went on his way back to Florida.

The hotel rooms were rare and pricey due to the rally, so we decided to play it by ear and keep riding south towards Pie Town, thinking we might just camp wherever we end up.

We started out on some nice paved roads with great views.


Stopped by a cool arch for a photo.


Then we hit the open dirt on the way to Pie Town. Not sure how far or where we would get, especially not knowing what was going on with all these storms. But it sure is beautiful.


Awesome mail box. Probably not approved by the post master though.


Collecting our thoughts...Pie Town will for sure be the next stop.


Quite relaxed and content.


We rolled into Pie Town and were on a mission for...pie. And we found Kevin's GS parked outside too!


We happened to show up after Pie-O-Neer closed but we knocked anyways since we knew Kevin was inside. Kathy, the owner, was super nice and let us in and even served us some pie! I ordered the plum pie, which was delicious. Fresh plums and a crust with real lard.....soooo good.


Enjoying our pies.


Kathy, the owner, working her magic on the next days batch of pies.


Some history on the name.


We decided to stay in the CDT Hostel, better known as the Toaster House. This place is awesome....you simply donate what you feel is acceptable. No one lives there but the owner (who used to live there and raised a family there) does stop by now and then. It mostly accommodates the hikers, but the mountain bikers and motorcyclists stop by too. There's even a freezer out back with some frozen food to cook. The kitchen is stocked with basic goods as well. Definitely a gold mine for hikers who just came out of the lonely isolated desert. Oh yeah, hot shower too, very important.




Nice fence post.


There was a great guest book full of stories too, mostly from the hikers, but also some from the mountain bikers and a few from the motorcyclists too.
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Day 12, Pie Town NM to Silver City NM



We grabbed some turkey pot pie from the backyard freezer, which was pretty satisfying for breakfast. The scenery was beautiful that morning...lots of wide open roads with long views.


There were lots of interesting flowers along the sides of the road, in large numbers.


Flip flops are pretty comfortable, and help disguise you as a non motorcyclist when stopped for food.


Cockpit view.


A bunch of cattle gathered around a watering hole.


I love this kind of riding, just continuing off into what feels like nothing forever.


Dust clouds.


Some more cool flowers as we wind our way up the mountains in Gila National Forest.


One of the CDT markers for the hikers, which crossed the road we were on.


There is something cool about this photo.


One of the last handful of divide crossings.




Perfect landscape.


These fields full of white flowers are awesome.


A nice lake in Gila National Forest. Not too soon after this photo we ran into a group of fresh Divide riders, with two fast guys on KTM's that didn't stop, as well as two guys we stopped to talk to on a KTM 690 Super Enduro and a KLR. The guy on the 690 was packed VERY light and was probably riding the route very fast.


The roads got slightly rougher but not too bad. We also saw two BMW 1200GS's go by the opposite direction, in matching suits.


Riding up this hill, I spotted someones chain guard that had managed to escape.


By this time it was early afternoon and we were not within an hour of lunch. Feeling pretty light headed and starved, we stopped and broke out some provisions that we packed just for this situation. Two cans of Campbell's soup and some peanut M&M's. Very refreshing and much needed.


While stopped we could watch the clouds billowing up, ready to unleash their afternoon fury.


We started heading down the mountain and it was getting noticeably cloudier. At this point it was still hard to tell where the storm was going to unleash and where we were headed.


Some baby water crossings.


This storm was rather large and we could see a lot of lightning activity. It seemed we were headed just around it but it was always hard to tell exactly what was going to happen. Luckily we manged to skim the outside again and remain rain free.


Just east of Silver City NM we stopped to check out the copper mine, which is supposed to be one of the largest.


Shortly after my Dad's XR650 ran out of gas so we dumped in 1/4 gal from a MSR bottle. A little bit further down the road we dumped in another 1/4 gal. We ended up filling up in Silver City at 250 miles since the last gas stop. Technically there was gas around 220 miles but only 87 so we opted to push on, espcially since we had some extra. I was able to make 250 on my IMS tank without adding any....I didn't even have to go on reserve!

We pulled into a hotel in Silver City, which happened to have a lot of Harley type riders. They were all boarder guards from El Paso, out on a weekend ride. They said they got caught in the same storm we skirted around, and described the rainfall as hellish and very heavy.

It was time for some more chain maintenance so we ordered up some pizza from Dominoes...their new pizza formulation is surprisingly good and definitely better then before.

Chain maintenance involved drenching with WD-40, then lubing. My Dad lubed with some chain specific lube, but I opted for mostly WD-40 as lube with some chain lube as well. Yeah yeah, I know WD-40 isn't supposed to be a lube but I used it about 60% of the trip and only had to adjust the chain once.


Here is a good place to store your apple stickers.


The next day would mark the end of the Great Divide portion of the ride....it once seemed so far away, and here it was just around the corner, which is both exciting and sad at the same time.
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I was able to make 250 on my IMS tank without adding any....I didn't even have to go on reserve!
This may have already been covered, but are you running a modified or stock airbox/carb/exhaust system on your bike. How did it run at altitude. By your mileage, I'm guessing stock, which is what I'm looking for in a used DR I want to do the same ride plus western TAT.

Great report, btw.
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Great RR!! thanks so much for taking the time to post. I hope to do this ride someday!!
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Old 09-30-2010, 12:57 AM   #105
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This may have already been covered, but are you running a modified or stock airbox/carb/exhaust system on your bike. How did it run at altitude. By your mileage, I'm guessing stock, which is what I'm looking for in a used DR I want to do the same ride plus western TAT.

Great report, btw.
The airbox does have the snorkel removed and I am using a TwinAir filter. Carb has stock jetting, with stock exhaust. Ran just fine at altitude...used this bike everywhere from Death Valley to some 12k+ foot passes and it runs just fine.
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