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Old 01-22-2014, 07:41 PM   #1
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Chasing Trail, exploring New Mexico's dirt....

Well I figure I'll give it a go....

When I was younger I spent most of my spare time Chasing Tail....
Now I spend most of it Chasing Trails around NM...

This Thread is just gonna be ride reports about my NM dirt excursions....



Today I was going to finally maybe make it to the top of a really big mesa overlooking Dixon and the rest of NM.
I had been trying to find a way up to the top for years. I finally relented and opened up Google earth. Wow! No going back now



My friend Sean was going to join me. I got him hooked on dirt 2 rides ago.
Today was his 3rd time on a dirtbike and he now had his own.
We found him a sweet 2001 XR250R.
I had just gotten myself a Husa 390. Always been a KTM guy. Excited....



We left from my little casa. 350 square feet of goodness and the backyard has access to hundreds of miles of trails...






We headed South from Dixon towards Velarde via the Natural Gas Pipeline. A really fun section of nice dirt, whoops, sand and rock.






Looking back towards Dixon and the hills near Penasco. You can barely see Sean.








The Jemez mountains in the Distance....





The pipeline ends near Velarde. We then head West up a sandy arroyo...sand will beat up a newbie...





The Sand only last a little while then we hit a nice old road....






Pretty sure this is where we turn left to try for the mesa. I've probably passed this little washed out arroyo
50 times while exploring for a way up to my mesa goal.
The Truchas peaks are visible in the distance....





After awhile, the arroyo developed into a old road with a few washed out sections. No-one had been up it in a long long time...






A faint trail appeared on the left. We went for it....





Can't tell but I was pretty excited to get to the top. I knew this was part 1 of the Mesa. A small separate mesa,
very close to the big one...Truchas peaks in the background....






I turned to the west for a view of the Jemez mountains. You can barely make out the trail in the arroyo....






I turned to the North. Taos mountains greeted me...





We rode across the mesa and saw this?......





The old road ended at the strange structure so we headed back.....












We headed back down the hill into the arroyo and continued on for a little bit till we came to a bigger hill.
Up we went....






I was so excited. Finally found the way to the top of the huge mesa that overlooks everything in NM.
An old road went for miles across this beautiful place......









Sean learning the lean as we crossed from BLM land into Forest Service land....





More photos of the ride coming soon. Beers, A
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:53 PM   #2
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1. Totally awesome thead and pics

2. Very cool bike

3. Congrats on your priorities

Thanks for posting! What a wonderful riding area.

I can't seem to figure out how to post pics...any advice?
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Old 01-22-2014, 08:01 PM   #3
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Great pictures!

Man that looks like fun!
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Old 01-22-2014, 08:02 PM   #4
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1. Totally awesome thead and pics

2. Very cool bike

3. Congrats on your priorities

Thanks for posting! What a wonderful riding area.

I can't seem to figure out how to post pics...any advice?
Why thank you. Priorities are the key to happiness.....

If you want to post a photo on this site and many other sites, you need to upload your photos
to a hosting site like Photobucket or Flickr.
Or one of the many others available.
Once you have your photos on the site, you choose which photo you want to share, and copy the HTML code for the image (pretty obvious once your on the site).
You then come back to this site, start a thread or post a reply and paste that code onto the screen, preview post and the photo shows up.
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Old 01-22-2014, 08:10 PM   #5
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Thanks...I'll figure it out when I get back to the US.

Again, exciting post.....I fully appriciate what it's all about

Here's to the proper priorities
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Old 01-22-2014, 08:13 PM   #6
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hmmm...wonder what was going on in that little underground structure? you didn't happen to see this parked nearby, did ya>?

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Old 01-22-2014, 09:45 PM   #7
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Hi Atomizer ,recently drove north from hatch and saw a lot of mountains and was thinkin to myself there's gotta be a lot of good trails off in the distance,so I'm going be following along closely!!! And making notes.
That 390 looks like a hell of a bike also (read want one ) ha ha .
Thanks for posting.
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Old 01-22-2014, 10:15 PM   #8
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I want to know more about your house? Garage?

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Old 01-23-2014, 10:56 AM   #9
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The old road across the mesa was really fun to open the throttle on....





We can across another strange structure. Corrugated tin with rocks on it....





The riding was awesome and the views epic....






Sean getting in the groove. For only 3 days of dirt riding under his belt, he is doing awesome...





The strange structures continue....
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Rest break....






My new steed resting.






Old water tank...






Church....





Time to head East then home. Sean is a little speck down on the trail...





We ended up on the eastern edge of the mesa. The old road petered out. Huh?
We needed to get down to the dirt trail shown in the photo...






Found a break in the fence and an old washed out trail headed towards where we needed to go.
It was very steep and loose.





Sliding on down...




Deep rut...








We made it down the hill and a new super cool loop was added to my collection around Dixon.
We hit the Forest Service road towards Truchas and then hit the Tarmac to Ojo Sarko.
Took the Sarco dirt road West to Dixon and made it home. 45 miles. 3 hrs.,,,



Well I have a Baja ride report to finish. Gotta go..
I'll be back on this thread Sunday as a cool ride is happening from my casa again. Cheers, A

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Old 01-23-2014, 11:13 AM   #10
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This looks like some fantastic riding.

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Old 01-23-2014, 11:35 AM   #11
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Awesome!! I might be able to ride this weekend, i'll be in touch..

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Old 01-23-2014, 12:30 PM   #12
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Good Stuff!
Where's all the snow?
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Old 01-23-2014, 12:50 PM   #13
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My best--and completely wild-ass and uneducated--guess as to what those odd structures are would water (rain/nightime dew) collection devices for a buried cistern tank. Used for watering cattle, presumably….or as underground hangars for the UFO crowd.
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Old 01-23-2014, 07:56 PM   #14
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Yup, those are trick tanks. Many variations on the theme, but the roof collects rainwater and holds it in a drinker of some sort. In Arizona they are usually for wildlife and the cows are fenced out. One per section in my country, so lots of them. I've never seen one completely dry -- wildlife doesn't need much. If you look close, sometimes there's a pissed-off turkey hunter all in camo, over there by the shrubbery...

I wanna ride your backyard....
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Old 01-24-2014, 09:29 AM   #15
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Great report... thanks for taking us along.
Those water catchments certainly come in a wide variety of styles.
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