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Old 02-16-2014, 06:57 AM   #1
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Chasing Dinosaurs

My wife (Barbara) and I(David) decided to explore some of Colorado that we have bypassed in other trips out there and end up at Dinosaur NP. I'd like to thank Tony (Byways) and Frank (Dockingpilot) for inspiring some of the routes. Tony's books are very helpful in planning and Franks ride reports are always great.
Barb and I usually set up a camp and do day rides from there. We're not quite as adventuresome(or young) as the Wans. We did this trip this past July. The fires changed some of our plans so we did some of the rides on the fly. Here are some teaser photos. while I get my act together.






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Old 02-16-2014, 07:19 AM   #2
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The trip didn't start out well. Luckily, I did have a spare. I decided to buy two new tires in OK City.




Of course we had to stop at the Cadillac Ranch.






We set up camp at the KOA in Raton, NM. Nice, large spots.
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Old 02-16-2014, 07:49 AM   #3
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We arrived Early in the day and decided to take a ride to Capulin Volcanoes NP up Hwy 72.http://www.nps.gov/cavo/index.htm
It's a beautiful ride on a kind of rough pavement road. They were repaving in one section.








The road winds up to the top of the volcano.








This is the walkway to the top.


We looped back around Hwy 87 to Raton and looked back at the Volcano.

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Old 02-16-2014, 08:31 AM   #4
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Good stuff. Rode this area last May and coming back this May. Looking forward to your report
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Old 02-16-2014, 03:30 PM   #5
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The next day we decided to go to Taos to see the Kit Carson Museum. I've read some books about him and thought the museum would be entertaining and educational. As many times as I've been through Taos I've never even stopped in town. I always figured it would be too crowded. It was. And hot!
US 64 starts out very straight and boring.


But it soon turns toward the mountains and goes up through Eagles Nest.











The Kit Carson Museum is his former house.











The museum was small and disappointing.
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Old 02-16-2014, 04:16 PM   #6
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We headed out of Taos to see the Rio Grand gorge. The weather didn't look promising.


Since we've been here before, we took a couple of quick pictures and got away just as the rain really started.




We were going to go up 522 to 38 through Red River, but the rain was over there, too, so we just went back the way we came.



Tomorrow we finally get to some dirt!
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The next day we would go over Raton Pass to Trinidad, Co and take 12 up through Stonewall and Cuchara.

We go around Trinidad State Park and through the old mining town of Cokedale. These are the old coke ovens and the massive slag piles around the town.






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Old 02-16-2014, 09:15 PM   #8
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Traveling in style. Great pics too.
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Old 02-17-2014, 05:11 AM   #9
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Thanks. The real reason I take the enclosed trailer is to bring back massive amounts of beer. Which you can't get East of the Mississippi.
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As we approach the town of Stonewall, we see how it got it's name.









We should have stopped to get some better pictures, but we were planning to come back through on our way back to camp.
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Continuing up 12 we pass North Lake.This is a fantastic motorcycle road. Tight turns, flowing turns, little traffic, and great scenery.






Apparently, there's more than one stone wall.




After going through Cuchara and La Veta, we cross 160 and head north on CR 520 toward Badito. Finally some dirt!


It turns out to be a wide well graded dirt road going through some big valleys.




It does have some wildlife, though.


And some history.


And luckily for me, a bush.
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At Badito we hit 69 toward Gardner. We originally were going to take CR 560 around Little Sheep Mt to CR 572 and over Sangre de Cristo Pass, but the weather started closing in.




We turned on CR 540 and hoped it would go through. The road got less graded and less traveled. I didn't want to be on it if it started raining.




The route was scenic with only a couple of rough spots.But not too rough.


We even made some new friends.




We were able to skirt around the rain.
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We originally had planned to go to Aguilar and turn toward the Spanish Peaks on CR 42 but the rain got there first.




By the time we got back to Raton, it had cleared up so we decided to go up 555 toward Casa Grande. A nice ride. We saw a lot of work trucks heading down the mountain, but no place for them to work. We did notice some oil wells off in the woods. Turns out some guy named Turner owns all the land on both sides of the road along a 30 mile road. That's where all the workers came from.
We did see one interesting thing.


He wasn't too interested in us.


The road eventually turned to dirt and there was a mine up there. There was also a big gate. End of the line.
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Old 02-17-2014, 05:22 PM   #14
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Looks like you had a great time!! Lots of breath taking pictures there. Sights like those are why I know I have to do a trip out west eventually.
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Thanks. The real reason I take the enclosed trailer is to bring back massive amounts of beer. Which you can't get East of the Mississippi.
Good plan .. we drive to Missoula just to drink straight from the trough!!
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