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Old 03-24-2013, 07:38 AM   #16
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:46 AM   #17
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A better view of the valley looking towards Cloverdale, NM, the mountains in the distance are the Peloncillos and the state line of AZ/NM runs through the middle of them:


In the middle of the valley is a stout cable fence, looks like they get tired of illegals driving through their fences in this area:


From there we headed north a few miles and found the beginning of the Geronimo Trail Road (GTR) which rambles through the Coronado Nat'l Forest. Upon entering the trail we had multiple Border Patrol agents hauling ass. Everywhere.


This one actually stopped to talk to us. Turns out he likes motorcycles too (dirt, trials, etc) and actually grew up in the same town in CO that me and Bullitman did. Small world! He even took a picture for us (the sign in the background says 'Welcome to the Coronado Nat'l Forest').
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:07 AM   #18
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Backtracking a little bit-
Back on San Luis Pass rd, this area is common for seeing buffalo wandering around. When you think of the US/MX border buffalo don't really cross your mind, but they're out here. Bullitman finds this an opportune spot to mess with his gear:


And here at the turn by 'Been Tank' we both messed with the maps and geo coords to figure out if this was our first waypoint or not. Turns out it was, the taller mountains in the background are Mexico. Bullitman chose to struggle with his Garmin gps, I preferred my smart phone. Both have their ups and downs.


Back to the GTR-
I had never been through the GTR, and it turned out to be an awesome stretch of twisty dirt road with some creek crossings. Beautiful country in those mountains.

At the top of the GTR is a sign commemorating the Mormon Battalion:


Pretty interesting history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mormon_Battalion

At this tall point they had to lower wagons down the incline by rope and you can read in the previous pic what happened.

We had finally reached Arizona! Looking to the west and the valley we would have to descend:


Here is an overview of the GTR, it spits you out into the desert east of Douglas, AZ:
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:23 AM   #19
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I did this same trip a couple of years ago in my pickup truck with a camper shell. just try to imagine how many times I got hassled by the border patrol. it was a very interesting trip and really enjoyed it. looking forward to the rest of your story.
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:33 AM   #20
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This is a great RR. Interesting how the history is interlocking. I just learned something new; Charbonneau on the sign is the child of Sacajawea From the L&C Expedition. He's now buried in a off the Grid location in SE Oregon.



Just thought it interesting how this tie's in with PNW history.
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Old 03-24-2013, 06:42 PM   #21
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I did this same trip a couple of years ago in my pickup truck with a camper shell. just try to imagine how many times I got hassled by the border patrol. it was a very interesting trip and really enjoyed it. looking forward to the rest of your story.
Lol, that's because a pickup w/ camper shell is a popular vehicle for smuggling aliens and dope.
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:49 PM   #22
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After the GTR we hit the border road again east of Douglas, AZ. (Once I'm done processing the time consuming helmet cam footage, I'll post up a montage of the highlights and link it here). Anyways, the border road here was quite steep in sections but was well maintained for the most part.

We came to one spot that was too steep and gravelly for my tastes. If it was hard packed dirt I would have had no issues flying up it, but since it was composed of loose, random sized rocks, I knew better. But Bullitman didn't:

Bullitman laying the DR650 over

And after getting his bike back down the hill he did it again:

(Sorry its not focused, he was cursing like a pirate at me to get over there and help him since gas was flooding the carb)

This time is was followed by a cursing fit since he smashed his finger on the way down and bent the clutch lever.

Looking back east towards NM:


We decided to not mess with the gravel incline anymore and take the bypass:


From the top of that hellacious hill:
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:30 PM   #23
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:30 AM   #24
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Enjoying this, looking forward to more of the RR!
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:25 AM   #25
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I'm in. This is one of those routes that has intrigued me for years.
Thanks for the ride-a-long.
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:18 PM   #26
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Nice stuff RE------looks like the rack you made are doing good------------I Iove riding along the border down there.
Emmerson Bigguns knows those roads like the back of his hand. He lives next door to my buddy Dingweeds.
I'll be in Tuscon in about 10 days----headed West to Death Valley and other stuff.

Keep up the good story.
Mucho appreciated !!!!

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Old 03-25-2013, 09:38 PM   #27
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From the top of that hellacious hill:
Here's a pic down where you can see the change in the fence style in your pic...


I tried hat hill on my 800GS last spring. IT SUCKED! I have a movie from my helmet, somewhere...it was nasty...made it about 3/4 of the way up, but the K60 tire wouldn't grab anymore. Coming down was worse than going up. My pic is headed west, back down. Glad to see you guys made it around! I love riding over there.

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Old 03-26-2013, 08:22 AM   #28
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Stunning desert country. Enjoying your writing and the great photo's.
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:48 PM   #29
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I'm a little late to the tread 'cause homework had me pinned down but I found it. RE was handy w/ the camera documenting the DR fix. I didn't realize he took so many pics. The DR ate 2 gaskets on this trip. The side cover as found by the oil running out of the cases and the cam chain tensioner. The tensioner had been seeping for some time but this trip was the last straw. Not sure why, maybe aliens??

Keep watching, the best is yet to come.

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Old 03-26-2013, 08:47 PM   #30
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The terrain leveled out again near Douglas and this giant wall rose out of the desert:



We had made it to our first real 'city' along the border west of El Paso. Here we fueled up for the first time and also found a Walmart to get some rations. We were planning on loading up at a Walmart in El Paso originally but gasket problems moved food down our priority list.

I don't eat fast food much, but we also found a Carl's Jr pretty much on the border by the Port of Entry and filled our stomachs there:


My knobby tire was starting to show a little wear already at this point (250 miles or so)... I'm starting to worry how far its going to last:
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