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Old 05-14-2012, 05:25 PM   #16
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Todd with the white Tiger. I know you I wasn't at Wolfgang's changing my oil but you know me from the CADS meetings. I sat on your Tiger the first time you brought it to a meeting and said I wanted first dibs if you ever sell it!! I had the tonsil cancer last summer, remember? Let's hook up and ride some before it gets too hot. That won't be long.

Hope to see you soon.

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Old 05-14-2012, 06:14 PM   #17
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Now back to our regularly scheduled programming...


Wolfgang had told us that there would be some water crossings in this day's ride, but holy cow! This was water crossings run amok! I think counting the land crossings would have been easier. Trying to keep your attention focused between the water and the unbelievable scenery was somewhat of a juggling act at times. The terrain was so rugged and picturesque, I kept expecting Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach to come riding down out of the hills at any moment. No doubt we were in the WIld West.






We followed the stream through the canyon and came around a bend and lo and behold a little Cinco de Mayo warm up party was crankin' up. These Native Americans had made this spot a gathering place to have fun with the family and friends. They even steered us around a sink hole in the stream. I'm sure they would have invited us to stay and eat if we had slowed down long enough. Whatever they were cooking smelled great! Really nice people.





We headed back to the hacienda after our first full day in NM. What a blast! The pavement riding was out of this world. Just the ride home was fabulous. A wonderful dinner and a warm bed were waiting courtesy of our sweet hostess Colleen. Then up the next day to do it all again, only in a different direction.


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Old 05-15-2012, 04:29 AM   #18
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Hey Dave,

I do remember! haha...I still have my xc800 Tiger and love it. You are still welcome to ride her! Sorry I have a competing requirement on Wed that just is not letting me make the meetings. I am thinking about riding the KLR Sat if you're interested?? I could put it on our CADDs post and head south to the Ocala Nat Forest! Let me know my friend.

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PS> Lovin' the vids and pics!!
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Old 05-19-2012, 03:12 PM   #19
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We began the next day by going through a couple of makeshift gates (this seemed to be a recurring theme ) in a particularly desolate area. This made me a little uneasy but we were assured it was OK. I'm sure as long as you don't get caught this would be the case.





But this got us out to where the good stuff was. Actually, it was all good stuff!


This was an old abandoned gold mine that you could crawl into through an opening about 18" high and actually stand up once you were inside. I learned this by hearing, not by doing!







Now this kind of cave was more my speed. No helmet required to keep from scraping your noggin!







I bet Wolfgang felt like he had the weight of the world on his back carrying us around!





Here are a couple more caves we were told we could hike up to and explore. Actually, you had to hike down to them. From the top!





One of the neatest things we saw this day was a real working cowgirl rounding up strays from up in the mountains and driving them back to a corral. She and her three dogs were pure poetry in motion. Someone made the comment that it doesn't get any better than this for a dog. Running through the woods herding cows. They were good at it, too.



We were eating lunch later that day and relating the story to the proprietor of the store who suddenly exclaimed, "There is her brother, ask him." Sure enough, we described what we had seen and he confirmed that it was indeed his sister and her dogs driving the cows out of the hills and down to the transport truck.


She was totin' a shootin' iron, too.





Riding out







I had almost forgotten how good this area was. Get a load of that sky!









That is Calamity Jane's rig we passed on the way in. Later confirmed by her brother.





Man, you talk about epic riding! It was literally more than I could take in. The thrill of negotiating the terrain plus the awesome scenery was a double shot of goodness that was hard to beat.





Time to head home. You can see by afternoon it had started to cloud up!





There's still more to come. Slowly but surely.
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:00 AM   #20
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Awesome report. Makes me wish I had gone. Keep it coming!!
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:32 AM   #21
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A View from the KLR Prospective





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Old 05-22-2012, 05:54 AM   #22
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Great pics Mark. More please!
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:20 PM   #23
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Great pics Mark. More please!
Those are videos. If you click on them it should take you to it.
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Old 05-23-2012, 02:43 AM   #24
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Even better! Good stuff. Thanks for posting.
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Old 05-25-2012, 06:57 PM   #25
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gates

The gates we went through were to private property )many) that is true but when the county or state does the maintenance, we the tax payers will have the right to use these roads. Try to stay on the two track.
BIG POINT: These gates separate ownership of the live stock. We must keep them shut if we open them.
These ranchers & farmers work their butts off to make a living in these remote areas. It would just be stupid & unexcusable to not shut a gate if found shut.

There are signs on the gates & fences proclaiming PRIVATE, KEEP OUT. If you know for sure the roads is tax dollar maintained or have permission to ride through then do so & always watch out for live stock.

The local forest office is a good place to check about road closing due to "controled burn" areas. We went through one such area w/o a pause or down shift only. When entering these areas the smoke can panic some wild life & the open range live stock....look out for them.

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Old 05-25-2012, 07:03 PM   #26
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Good vid guys

Dave your vid is great & the copy fits. Glad you enjoyed your time. The sound from your 400 was perfect.

Mark your vid captured the ride from the cabin mine to the hill top. Notice you didn't look over the edge on the way up....smart man. There are 3 or 4 mines down in that narrow area. Going to work in those mines "in the day" must have been fun....if you were a goat.
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Old 05-25-2012, 07:12 PM   #27
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Todd with the white Tiger. I know you I wasn't at Wolfgang's changing my oil but you know me from the CADS meetings. I sat on your Tiger the first time you brought it to a meeting and said I wanted first dibs if you ever sell it!! I had the tonsil cancer last summer, remember? Let's hook up and ride some before it gets too hot. That won't be long.

Hope to see you soon.

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Old 05-26-2012, 08:27 AM   #28
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Nice report. Need to put NM on my list!
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Old 05-27-2012, 01:21 PM   #29
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The Home Stretch...


This was my last day of riding as the cumulative effect of five successive days of hard riding had taken a toll on my somewhat diminished physical condition. In fact, I left the group before lunch. Wolfgang had thoughtfully planned a bailout point and as much as I hated to, I took advantage of it. It proved to be the right call.

We headed north on a long stretch of pavement to get to the off road area but it was a nice ride and very enjoyable. As I said earlier, everything seemed (is) so far flung and widespread that there was a lot of ground to cover no matter what you did. The good part is that it was all good part getting there. This day was no different. We got off the pavement and began to close in on the mountains down some long dirt two track.





It was some fabulous terrain to ride and the going was rough in some places but overall just challenging and exciting.





If it looks like fantastic riding, that's because it is...





After I broke off from the group and headed back, I was even more keenly aware of the the vastness surrounding me. Being alone out here literally in the middle of nowhere really drove home the perspective of just how small we are. I smiled as I came upon some of the locals (cows) and thought about what my wife always said, that the cows have the best views of all.





Again, even the pavement portions were awesome. Not another car in sight. I was trying to appreciate all I had been able to partake of and the solitude of the ride back served to enhance that feeling immensely. I was gonna miss this.





I love taking pics of unusual road signs. Ones you don't see all the time (me, anyway). Here are a few that caused me to stop on the way back.









Being a locomotive engineer for the railroad back in Florida, I was reminded by this shot of how quickly this fantasy week was coming to a close and that before I could turn around I'd be climbing back up on a locomotive and resuming normal operations. This has helped me to have a little different perspective of that old railroad track, though...





Well, that's all I've got. Thanks for the patience as I dribbled it out. And thanks to Wolfgang and Colleen for putting it all together and allowing me to be a part of it.

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Old 05-27-2012, 08:33 PM   #30
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Thanks for the ride report.
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