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Old 06-30-2013, 02:09 PM   #1
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Hunters Camp Ride 6-29-13

Beating the forest closures here in New Mexico has become a good reason for some great rides. This ride would cross Hunters camp (scheduled closure June, 30) and Mt. Taylor to be closed July, 1st.
We decided to meet at the gas station in San Ysidro to fill the bikes.


My riding partners for the day were L to R Retroone, LunchKit and AKASY.


Retroone proudly showed off the new cylinder head on his Ural.






We rode as far as possible on the pavement to prevent fouling the air filter on the Ural.


Cabezon Peak is in the distance.


This was our first stop at the bridge over the Rio Puerco.


There had been a recent rain so the dust was not bad in this area.




Someone must have been going too fast and hit this cow near the bridge.


AKASY’s new DR650 was getting checked out.


LunchKit’s KLX250S




My favorite bike is still my very much used XT225. This ride would be a test to see if the timing chain repair job I did was any good.


Retroone’s Ural






















This mud is slick and sticks to bikes and riders.


The Ural has the advantage of not falling over in slick places.






We were able to go around some of the mud holes.


















Retroone demonstrating how to fix a flat without pulling the wheel.











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Old 06-30-2013, 02:10 PM   #2
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While the tire was being repaired I decided to check out a nearby pond.








A nice accessory in the Ural is the handy tire pump with a bracket to keep it in place.


A rock in the road caused this pinch flat.




We arrived at the Kiva Café for lunch.


Chips and salsa were served while we waited for our lunch.


Retroone decided to change his air filter while lunch was being prepared.






The XT225 used the least gas at 1.5 gallons giving 75 mpg while the Ural used the most fuel at 3.4 gallons.




From the Kiva Café we rode to La Mosca Look Out on top of Mt. Taylor.
















This is a High Altitude Horny Toad. The fellow manning the look out tower said these were the only reptiles he had seen this high on the mountain.




















The Ural needed another air filter after some dusty roads.




This filter was really plugged.














The animals come out before a rain around here.


We were headed into the rain so this is the last of the pictures.


The rain was not too bad but we didn’t stay in the area long enough to see if the roads were going to get muddy. This was a good ride with a cool start and mild temps till the very last of the ride near Albuquerque where it got hot. My GPS logged 303 miles for the day. The XT held up for the entire trip so I guess my repair work was good enough.
Thanks to LunchKit for inviting me along, Retroone for the great lunch and as always AKASY.
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Old 07-01-2013, 02:45 PM   #3
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Great ride--glad I went along. The storm clouds forming as we left the high mesa had me concerned but they held off. Your pics are great as usual--you forgot to mention that the toad did a 10' header into the rocks to get away from your camera
Filled up today and got just over 60mpg on the return leg
First service is also done on the DR--took most of the afternoon for the full service--guess I'm a bit slow
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Old 07-01-2013, 03:15 PM   #4
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Nice country there ,, are all the forests closed up there this summer ?
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Old 07-01-2013, 07:12 PM   #5
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Nice country there ,, are all the forests closed up there this summer ?
A lot of the forests are closed especially south of Carson NF. Carson is still open as far as as I know.
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Old 07-02-2013, 11:30 AM   #6
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Hey, that looks familiar

Glad to see the Ural got some head and is back motivating
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Old 07-02-2013, 06:02 PM   #7
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This route is becoming a weekly riding event for you ain't it?

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Old 07-02-2013, 07:26 PM   #8
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:46 PM   #9
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Good test for the new timing chain.
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Old 07-09-2013, 05:24 PM   #10
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Great ride report - as usual. Thank you for sharing it!
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Old 07-12-2013, 11:49 AM   #11
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Nice report and pics Joey!!
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Old 07-14-2013, 07:24 PM   #12
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Looks like fun!

The whole ride looked cool, bet Retroone had fun in the mud! I'd think that'd be a blast, especially on a 2wd!

Nice pix too, thanks for posting!
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