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  1. baldwithglasses

    baldwithglasses Godspeed, Robert

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    Hell naw, it's Kennesaw!
    ...that's better.

    Oh, and this is still US 60 S.

    At the bottom of the canyon, one can dive and swim. Next time, Arizona, next time.

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  2. baldwithglasses

    baldwithglasses Godspeed, Robert

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    Hell naw, it's Kennesaw!
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  3. baldwithglasses

    baldwithglasses Godspeed, Robert

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    Hell naw, it's Kennesaw!
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  4. baldwithglasses

    baldwithglasses Godspeed, Robert

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    Hell naw, it's Kennesaw!
    My friends kept telling me, "BaldWithGlasses, just remember- when you're riding out west, you have to stop at every gas station, because you don't know when the next one is coming around.

    This is foreshadowing, by the way.

    I was captivated by how much the landscape changed- one minute you're in the mountains of Arizona, then you're on the high plains... just like that.

    Outside Springerville, US 60 E

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  5. baldwithglasses

    baldwithglasses Godspeed, Robert

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    Just like that, outside the White Mountains only miles from NM, the landscape changes.

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  6. baldwithglasses

    baldwithglasses Godspeed, Robert

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    Hell naw, it's Kennesaw!
    Wait, that's That's Escudillo Mountain.

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  7. baldwithglasses

    baldwithglasses Godspeed, Robert

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    Yeah, I'm a redneck at heart. Sometimes I hide it well, other times, not.

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  8. baldwithglasses

    baldwithglasses Godspeed, Robert

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    Pack up all those phantoms
    Shoulder that invisible load
    Keep on riding North and West
    Haunting that wilderness road
    Like a ghost rider

    Carry all those phantoms
    Through bitter wind and stormy skies
    From the desert to the mountain
    From the lowest low to the highest high
    Like a ghost rider

    Keep on riding North and West
    Then circle South and East
    Show me beauty but there is no peace
    For the ghost rider

    Shadows on the road behind
    Shadows on the road ahead
    Nothing can stop you now

    There's a shadow on the road behind
    There's a shadow on the road ahead
    Nothing can stop you now

    Sunrise in the mirror
    Lightens that invisible load
    Riding on a nameless quest
    Haunting that wilderness road
    Like a ghost rider

    Just an escape artist
    Racing against the night
    A wandering hermit
    Racing toward the light

    From the white sands
    To the canyonlands
    To the redwood stands
    To the barren lands

    Sunrise on the road behind
    Sunset on the road ahead
    There's nothing to stop you now
    Nothing can stop you now


    Shadows on the road behind
    Shadows on the road ahead
    Nothing can stop you now


    Neal Peart, Ghost Rider

    By the way, your book is on its way, Nathan. Y'all visit Boxerworks when you're in Georgia!
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  9. baldwithglasses

    baldwithglasses Godspeed, Robert

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    Hell naw, it's Kennesaw!
    Not long after this shot, I realized how little fuel I had, so I turned around and pule-and-glided my nearly-empty-gas-tank-ass back to Springerville AZ, 30 miles away.

    That's right- I said "pule" and not the hypermiler word, "pulse". I was whining to myself about not checking my gas sooner.

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  10. baldwithglasses

    baldwithglasses Godspeed, Robert

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  11. baldwithglasses

    baldwithglasses Godspeed, Robert

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    Hell naw, it's Kennesaw!
    This is not too many miles from Arizona. I love the fleshy folds of earth here.

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  12. baldwithglasses

    baldwithglasses Godspeed, Robert

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    "bout out of fuel, and it's getting darker and chillier, and I'm wondering if I was gonna be sleeping by the side of the road or not.

    I'll mention this again to y'all visitin' out west for the first time: If you're riding out West in the desert, stop at each gas station.

    I still loved the colors.

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    baldwithglasses Godspeed, Robert

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    I finally made it back to Springerville AZ.

    Stayed at this cheap (35 bucks!) hotel room and it had a kitchenette! i could cook my own dinner- cantaloupe, pork belly with garlic, gala apple, and sugar snap peas. Watched some TV, wrote a letter, thought more.

    65 degrees at night here.
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    baldwithglasses Godspeed, Robert

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    Mornin'! Headed eastbound to New Mexico. US 60 into the sun.

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    baldwithglasses Godspeed, Robert

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    Made a left turn north on NM 36/ 117 at Quemado.

    I'm all proud and smug about the bike rack I made, as one might be able to guess. However, riding down this empty road I noticed that the bike's shadow was moving funny. I pulled over and saw this:

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    Broken rack mount. I sat on the side of the road trying to whittle a replacement out of a Tupperwear lid. A guy stopped, and while I borrowed his pocket knife to continue the whittling project, he volunteered to drive the 15 mile round trip to pick up some washers and spaces.

    He came back, the replacements worked well, and the bike rack was back in one solid functional piece.

    Thanks, New Mexico Department of Roads guy!

    It's cool the people you meet on the road when you need 'em.
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    baldwithglasses Godspeed, Robert

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    NM 36, turning off of NM 117.

    Did I tell you I'm en route to Albuquerque to see fellow Huntsvillian and ADVer playsoutside ?

    I am, thus the northeast jukes.

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    baldwithglasses Godspeed, Robert

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    baldwithglasses Godspeed, Robert

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    This photo of the cliffs on the side of Ramah Lake were so colorful, and this photo barely shows the amazing red-and-biege striations of layered rock.


    About Ramah:

    "
    History

    Ramah was first settled in 1882 as a mission outpost for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Their work was concentrated among the Navajo and Zuni.
    A dam started by the pioneers in 1883 was destroyed by floods twice. The current dam, 1906, maintains Ramah Lake, a favorite fishing spot..."
    http://ggsc.wnmu.edu/mcf/museums/ramah.html

    The lake's dry now, and all the fish died a couple of years ago when the lake got to low, the water heated up, and algae blooms made the water lethal to the fish population. But it shore is purty!
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  19. baldwithglasses

    baldwithglasses Godspeed, Robert

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    I'm glad I made some little side trips; I've never been disappointed about the little discoveries uncovered.
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  20. baldwithglasses

    baldwithglasses Godspeed, Robert

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    All right, it was a silt-inspired low-speed get-off with no damage and no pictures- I was on a reservation road and felt it most respectful if I made a graceful exit.

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    Looking north while headed east on NM 53, a few miles from Ramah, one can see these amazing sandstone spires there on the Zuni tribal land.

    I tried taking the tribal road out to get a better photo, but the road was washboarded with fine, silty sand. I dumped the bike twice in only a mile, and figured the Zuni gods deserved their peace.

    Next time, I'll ask for permission first.
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