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Old 10-27-2014, 04:38 PM   #1
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Location: Austin, TX USA
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Ghost towns and gulches in Western NM

New Mexico! As the t-shirt says, it ain’t “New” and it ain’t “Mexico”. But whatever you call it, the western part of the state is a fantastic place for exploring on a dual-sport bike.

I spent a few days looking for ghost towns, most of which were down dirt roads, earlier this month. Many interesting and image-provoking names are part of the fabric of the region – miners, Mogollon, ranchers, Apaches, Geronimo, Billy the Kid, the Cavalry, Chloride, Pinos Altos. Very interesting history lesson and great riding.

The link takes you to a few of the photos; due to popular demand, I even included some video footage. Thank goodness a friend mentioned the RAIN that swamped much of the Gila the week we had originally planned to go. It would have been a wash-out. As it turns out, I rode through a few of said wash-outs… the erosion and rocks that were moved around indicate some powerful forces at work. The Forest Service said “…you shouldn’t try to get to Mogollon…”. But there were a few pick-ups and SUV’s coming and going, so it was obviously passable.

I only “tumped over” once… thus re-learning the lesson about not stopping on a steep, uphill, unpaved road. A tourist had stopped, blocking the turn, right in a rough section where unpaved transitioned to semi-pavement. He wanted to know if it was OK to proceed. I said yes. He slowly went down the road. I tried to get rolling and fell over where there was no footing.
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