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Old 03-06-2014, 08:41 PM   #31
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Dr. Greg, my wife, Dr. Kimberly, is a professor of English and a native Texan, and she takes umbrage with your statement about, "Drive Friendly---the Texas Way." She says "drive" is a verb followed by a straightforward adverb "friendly" and "the Texas Way" is a noun phrase parading as an adverbial phrase. Every one knows that adverbs answer the questions how, when, where, and why--not matter what form the units take.You, my friend, are just an ignorant number cruncher.

BTW, we love your ride reports.
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Nice report. Is that the standard suspension/seat GS?
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Old 03-07-2014, 11:05 AM   #33
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Dr. Greg, my wife, Dr. Kimberly, is a professor of English and a native Texan, and she takes umbrage with your statement about, "Drive Friendly---the Texas Way." She says "drive" is a verb followed by a straightforward adverb "friendly" and "the Texas Way" is a noun phrase parading as an adverbial phrase. Every one knows that adverbs answer the questions how, when, where, and why--not matter what form the units take.You, my friend, are just an ignorant number cruncher.
Hmmm, I know better than to disagree with a Professor of English; just like I wouldn't expect her to dispute the Second Law of Thermodynamics with me. So be it, then---I'll have to quit criticizing the "Drive Friendly..." signs. And---I'm ashamed to admit---this isn't the first time I've criticized them...

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Whew! Then we're still friends . BTW, I try to write grammatically correct (e.g. its vs it's, etc.) Ride Reports, except when I'm intentionally trying to be a "good ol' boy."



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Nice report. Is that the standard suspension/seat GS?
Yessir it is. The GSW is pretty much stock, except for the panniers and tires. Even still have the stock grips, which I will change sometime soon for ProGrip 714s.

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Kimberly is happy to defer to you in all matters involving math and certainly understands "good ole boy" speak. Did I mention she's a native Texan?

I bought an 07 GSA last year and I'm hoping to get Kimberly on some of the better dirt roads in N.M., Co. and Ut. early this Summer. Your trips are always an inspiration.
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Drive...

In Hawaii, they say this:



When I was there in December, I found it to mean: "Drive Under the Speed Limit and Never Look in Your Rear View Mirror".
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Day 4---Quemado, New Mexico to Albuquerque, New Mexico (HOME! )

Slept VERY WELL at the "Largo Motel" in Quemado, New Mexico. Dunno why I always seem to sleep better on trips than I do at home---even when camping. Oh, well...

Y'know, I've stopped at the "Largo Café " countless times on day rides and trips, but never once have I stayed in their motel. Well, on this trip I got my chance.

Since I only had about 150 miles till I got home to Albuquerque, I could afford to "sleep in"---so I did. When I finally rolled out and got dressed, I wandered over to the café and snapped Figure 109 of their sign out front (and a semi truck hauling what looks like some big temp building or the like):


Figure 109. Late winter conditions on Sunday morning at beautiful Quemado, New Mexico.

As you can see, it was cloudy and cold, although 32 deg F is not as cold as it often is this time of year at 7,000 feet. This was due---of course---to the clouds, which also increased the humidity, making it FEEL colder. So it was gonna be a "brisk" 3-hour morning ride home.

By this time, you should know that my response to an anticipated "brisk" ride is a BIG breakfast! I think I OUTDID myself this time with the "Largo Special"!


Figure 110. Just the thing before 150 miles at 32 deg F (finished it all, too!)

Man, if I ate like that all the time, I'd probably weigh 250 lb! Hmmm, maybe THEN I'd be able to pick up the stupid bike...gotta think that one through ...hmm, maybe not; gotta be a better way.

Outside my motel room, I had hoped that both of these pickups would have left before me; gotta "thread the needle" to back the bike out. Ha, ha, J/K---that gap is about 8X wide enough to squeeze thru. I was still a little annoyed. Lots of things annoy me ...


Figure 111. Had to "thread the needle" to back Wotan out thru this tight gap (j/k).

And the LAST FUEL STOP of the trip at Quemado---this gas station opened fairly recently. Even in the Western USA, the range of the GSW is plenty good for most all my situations (inmates like RuggedExposure excepted)---I get well over 200 miles, and sometimes close to 250 miles on a tank. Yeah, I ride like an old lady. Well, whaddya expect!?


Figure 112. Final fuel stop of the trip---Quemado, New Mexico.


My Route From Quemado, New Mexico to Albuquerque, New Mexico

The "direct" route is US 60 East from Quemado to Socorro, New Mexico, then I-25 North from Socorro to Albuquerque. But that's no fun. My alternative is NM 36 North from Quemado, then NM 117 Northeast thru El Malpais National Monument to I-40 just East of Grants, New Mexico. The 70-mile stretch of I-40 is a drag, but IMHO scenically preferable to the similar distance along I-25. There are some dirt alternatives, but that wasn't in the plan for this trip.

Although there are no real "summits" along this route, NM 36 DOES climb slightly north of Quemado; there was a bit of snow here and there...I know, I know, for you folks in, say, Buffalo NY this isn't very impressive...


Figure 113. This snow along NM 36 had fallen in the last 18 hours.

When I left Quemado, it was snowing very lightly. The snow intensified, and became "sleety" as the temp warmed slightly. The road WAS a little slushy, and DID take some care to keep everything "NICE 'N SMOOTH. Y'know, it's funny---after all my "face shield/glasses fogging" problems of the day before, on THIS day it wasn't a problem. The combination of temp/humidity/airflow sometimes makes it miserable, other times not so bad. Who knows?


Figure 114. This was the worst of the "sleet"---road a little slushy. Still winter in New Mexico!

The precipitation began to lessen as I neared the high point of NM 36, just a short ways before the junction with NM 117. Like I said, still looks like WINTER to me...temp was just above freezing. Luckily my Gerbing jacket liner WAS working at this particular time.


Figure 115. At the high point of NM 36, the precipitation had pretty much stopped.

BTW, in Figure 115 that dark "smudge" at the top left of the pic is one of my camera lens cover "leaves" that doesn't quite fully open when rather cold. My previous version of this camera finally quite opening at all. I DO like this camera (Panasonic DMC-ZS8) cuz I can use it while wearing gloves. If I had to stop every time I wanted to snap a pic, this Ride Report would contain about 6 fotos.


Hey, All of a Sudden it's SPRING!

About 20 miles East of the NM 36/117 junction, the weather started to improve. Great, just as I'm getting home...humph!


Figure 116. Riding East on NM 117, finally got some BLUE SKY!

That's OK; I'm not bitter. I have the characteristic (not shared by Mrs. Greg, BTW) that over the course of time I tend to FORGET all the BAD aspects of any particular activity. So in a few weeks I'll have forgotten all about the 80 miles of riding into sleet with an open face shield. Then I'll re-read this RR and remember it all again .


El Malpais Nat'l. Monument

About 40 miles South of I-40 along NM 117 is "El Malpais (The Badlands) National Monument." There are several scenic areas within the Monument. Figure 117 shows a section called "The Narrows." The cliffs at right are pretty imposing, and continue for about half a mile. The photo doesn't really do them justice, as usual.


Figure 117. "The Narrows" at El Malpais Nat'l. Monument, central New Mexico.

Figure 118 shows a general view to the North while riding thru El Malpais. It had warmed up to the upper 40s and was turning into a beautiful day. This was a GREAT trip!


Figure 118. What a GREAT DAY to be out riding a motorcycle!

Approaching the junction of NM 117 with I-40, there is a nice pullout where I took my last "natural break" of the trip. Figure 119 shows the view to the West, towards the Zuni Mountains, Arizona, California, and the Pacific Ocean. Sorry, I get carried away sometimes .


Figure 119. The view to the West from central New Mexico. The Pacific Ocean is out there somewheres...


New Mexico---One Picture is worth a Thousand Words.

While I was uh, up in the brush taking my "natural break," the "inner photographer" in me (usually dormant) sprang to life, and I managed to capture the composition in Figure 120. This foto encapsulates New Mexico in a single picture: (1) barbed wire, (2) a dead coyote, and (3) an empty booze bottle. That just about sums it up...


Figure 120. Barbed wire, a dead coyote, and an empty booze bottle---that pretty much sums up New Mexico.

BTW, not sure Mrs. Greg is gonna share my appreciation of the symbolism of Figure 120 ...


Interstate 40---the HOME STRECH.

The onramp of Figure 121 got me into one of the main arteries of the southern Yewnited States: I-40. I used to think I-40 had a lotta truck traffic till I encountered I-70 in Pennsylvania. But that's another story. Anyway, the developing BEAUTIFUL day had my spirits soaring even as I entered an interstate highway.


Figure 121. Dr. Greg on the onramp to I-40, 70 miles West of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

About 10 miles later I pulled over and tried to get a picture of 11,301-foot Mt. Taylor (formerly called Cebolleta, or "tender onion"). (Re)named for General Zachary Taylor, this conical volcanic peak is one of the four sacred mountains of the Navajo. I suspect it's got a foot or so of new snow...


Figure 122. Mt. Taylor is off in there somewhere.

After passing the "Route 66" casino in the Rio Puerco valley, one begins the descent into the Rio Grande basin, and the thriving metropolis (well, it IS) of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The good Dr. cruising along at a sedate 69 mph (pretty fast for him, actually).


Figure 123. Descending I-40 into the Rio Grande valley, elev. 5,660 feet, 69 mph.

A couple miles further, one passes the "9-mile hill dirt riding area & junkyard." My boys and I used to haul the dirt bikes out here and ride occasionally. There's some sand hills, and brushy open country. This was Sunday afternoon, so there was a bunch of quads, trucks, and the odd dirt bike out there. Mostly drinking beer and shooting off bottle rockets


Figure 124. The "9-mile hill" dirt riding area and junkyard.

Funny (TRUE) Story about "9-Mile Hill": One Sunday afternoon many years ago we were all out riding at 9-mile hill. My second son Keith (who is a pretty fast dirtbike rider) was out on his KX250, and he rode back to our truck laughing. He had encountered another pretty good rider out back of the sandhill who was just ranting to himself..."I HATE this place! Ya come around a corner and there's a fuckin' REFRIGERATOR in the way!!!" We all got a laugh out of that one...


Safely at HOME.

After all that, we made it home. I'm ashamed to admit that this is the first trip I've taken on the GSW, despite owning it since June 2013 and putting almost 11K miles on it. But better late than never.


Figure 125. Back home: picture says it all.

I thoroughly ENJOYED this little trip. I absolutely LOVE the GSW, as you can hopefully tell from my comments. My big trip of the summer will be from Albuquerque back to a resort in Killington, Vermont, where I have a week-long reservation. The real reason for that trip will be to explore the Adirondacks. On the way there and the return I hope to stay with as many ADV inmates as I can line up. Dunno my route, but I'll allow plenty of time for the trip.

Fellas (and the odd lady, perhaps), I've VERY MUCH enjoyed sharin' this trip with ya. I truly enjoy writing these reports (hopefully that comes through). I'll be happy to respond to any comments you might have, either as PMs or thread posts.

My 20-year old son Jeff (youngest of the four) recently got back from a year in China at the Shaolin Monastery learning Kung-Fu from the monks there; we're gonna take him plus my 2nd son Keith (the fast dirtbike rider) and their ladies out for dinner tonight. Gonna be fun!

Finally, I WILL try (starting tomorrow) to write up a comparison between the 2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200S and the 2013 BMW R1200GSW. They are both great bikes. I'll post the writeup as a link in this thread.

Adios amigos,

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I'll be looking forward to your Adirondacks RR...it's high on my fly-and-ride list. Any research on roads and sights so far?

Thanks for this RR...I'm torn as to my next bike, and the GS is on the list. In the meantime, I'm keeping the Ulysses dream alive.
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Doc, as always, very much enjoying your report. As another Greybeard (who only rarely shaves it off) I am curious, and hope you share why you shave your beard on March 8 every year ...
As they said in Fiddler on the Roof: TRADITION! For many, MANY years, I've begun to grow a beard on my birthday (September 8), and left it untouched for 6 months, shaving it off on my half-birthday (March 8). That's TODAY! Actually, this spring I trimmed it before going on a business trip, so it was a little "sparser" than usual.

Thanks for following...and that's the "beard" story.

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I'll be looking forward to your Adirondacks RR...it's high on my fly-and-ride list. Any research on roads and sights so far?
Do you recall the extensive thread by inmate prometheus_rising (I think that's correct, and it was in Day Trippin') on "The Adirondacks and Beyond"? That's a good source for info. Actually my interest in the Adirondacks stems from my reading of the "historical" novel An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser; concerning an (in)famous murder which occurred in the Adirondacks in 1906.

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Glad you followed along. The Uly is a great bike; I'd likely still be riding mine if Buell hadn't been killed. After getting the MTS1200 then GSW, I still commuted on the Uly, but it started giving me trouble and I sold it fairly recently (I still own too many bikes).

In my "ADV bike" sequence: '06 Uly, '10 Multistrada 12S, '13 GSW, so far the GSW is the "best," although they were all excellent, and I put nearly 150,000 miles on them. Maybe get more than that out of the GSW (lessee: 26 years X 20K miles/year = ...)

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Thanks Doc, great ride. Multistrada vs. GSW, what do you like more about about each bike over the other?
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Dr. G - please say thanks to Mrs G. for "pushing" you back out the door in the interest of science so we can be the beneficiaries.

Great report. .

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Dr. Greg, I want to first off say Thank You, your RR is top notch and was an absolute joy to read and view. This, coming from a Native New Mexican.

I was born and raised there and your RR makes me miss it incredibly. Something about that place really is just captivating and enchanting, not to mention it's absolutely beautiful and is a dual-sport motorcyclist's wonderland.

There's only one glitch in the entire thread that I found very confusing. You mentioned being able to see the Texas plains from South 14 (now named NM-337). My Grandmother lived out there when I was a kid and I spent a lot of time up there... I'm pretty sure you can't see Texas from there being as it's right on the back side of the Sandia/Monzano Mountains smack dab in the middle of the state

I know I'm probably missing a joke here and will feel awfully silly.
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Kimberly is happy to defer to you in all matters involving math and certainly understands "good ole boy" speak. Did I mention she's a native Texan?

I bought an 07 GSA last year and I'm hoping to get Kimberly on some of the better dirt roads in N.M., Co. and Ut. early this Summer. Your trips are always an inspiration.
OK, it's a deal. Congrats on your "new" GSA, and good luck on your upcoming rides. Write 'em up so we can all make fun of follow along with your trips .





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OK, ok, I was finally enjoyin' a day off from the keyboard. I'll try to get that written up tomorrow. I'm almost glad I waited this long cuz I have a better "feel" for the GSW now. And I can't possibly disappoint an inmate of GB's stature .





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Dr. Greg, I want to first off say Thank You, your RR is top notch and was an absolute joy to read and view. This, coming from a Native New Mexican.

I was born and raised there and your RR makes me miss it incredibly. Something about that place really is just captivating and enchanting, not to mention it's absolutely beautiful and is a dual-sport motorcyclist's wonderland.

There's only one glitch in the entire thread that I found very confusing. You mentioned being able to see the Texas plains from South 14 (now named NM-337). My Grandmother lived out there when I was a kid and I spent a lot of time up there... I'm pretty sure you can't see Texas from there being as it's right on the back side of the Sandia/Monzano Mountains smack dab in the middle of the state

I know I'm probably missing a joke here and will feel awfully silly.
No, you are completely correct. From that vantage point one can see, maybe, 50 miles at most down into the Southeast New Mexico plains. The Great State of Tejas is a HECK of a lot further away than that. It just SEEMS to me like I can see forever---even as far as Texas

New Mexican really is an "enchanted" place, despite Figure 120. Thanks very much for following my report; I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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Thanks for your latest report and looking forward to your motorcycle comparo. The Adirondacks?... Really?

Your little narrows along NM 117 is more interesting than anything I've ridden through in upstate New York. The best they have going around those parts is the lakes filled with Garwood speedboats and those cool little namesake pine deck chairs they have to watch them from.
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Thanks for your latest report and looking forward to your motorcycle comparo. The Adirondacks?... Really?

Your little narrows along NM 117 is more interesting than anything I've ridden through in upstate New York. The best they have going around those parts is the lakes filled with Garwood speedboats and those cool little namesake pine deck chairs they have to watch them from.
You're in that neighborhood, so what can I say? However, what say you to the enormous response to Adirondacks and Beyond...

Seems like there's more there than one cliff face, no? Plus I have historical interest: the Theodore Dreiser book.

Finally, there's a LOTTA country between New Mexico & The Adirondacks---both GOING and COMING. Surely it's not gonna be a waste of time!?

Please someone say NO cuz I've already got my reservations...

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