Continental Divide Ride August 2009

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by 10Cup, Aug 23, 2009.

  1. Nice_Rumble

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    Some nice alternatives there byways. What beautiful country!
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  2. dirtbound4Max

    dirtbound4Max Hangin' 10 on the F8

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    Hey 10Cup,
    Great post so far man!!! My buddy and I are getting ready for what we're calling our "4 Days of Dirt" ride through the backcountry of Colorado and I'm curious as to what route you took through our great state. We definitely plan on making it through Quray but other than that, we're open to suggestions....................Sean (dirtbound4max)
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  3. 10Cup

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    8/26/09 &#8211; Day 9 Salida, CO. to <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Chama</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">NM</st1:State></st1:place>. &#8211; 276 miles.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Rolled out of Salida at 0700 and headed for <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Marshall</st1:City></st1:place> Pass. Very chilly morning but the sun was shinning and looked like a great day with not a cloud in the sky.
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    This pass was pretty uneventful and here are a few pictures. <o:p></o:p>
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    This one coming down the other side still at approx 11.2 feet.<o:p></o:p>
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    Once over <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Marshall</st1:place></st1:City> continued on South and ultimately came on this ATV trail that is part of the CD trail. Complete with sand wash, rocks and hoops it was a real work out before getting through the approx mile to mile and a half.<o:p></o:p>
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    Once past this section, still heading for NM I took several shots of stunning vistas. Of course the camera just does not capture the splendor of these mountains, streams and beautiful Pine trees.<o:p></o:p>
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    I noted a strange order after smelling the pine trees for several miles and came around the bend and saw this&#8230;&#8230;.smelly and very difficult to miss all the dung in the road.<o:p></o:p>
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    I took several shots of this mountain that was very stunning in the sunlight for several miles. Found some history on it too. Apparently what you see is iron oxide and it makes the creek below it very toxic. Note the comment about the nail&#8230;gone in 8 months!<o:p></o:p>
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    Dodged rain cells most of the afternoon and finally just as I hit the NM boarder once again snuck through two cells and got a room <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Chama</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">NM</st1:State></st1:place> just as it let loose. Great view from my room don&#8217;t ya think?
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    Works for me, also had a good restaurant and cold beer.

    Two more days to Silver City....
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  4. 10Cup

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    Great info byways, wish I had known about some of this before hand. Thanks for sharing!! Loved your pictures too. Great write up too.
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  5. 10Cup

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    dirtbound4Max, I was just following the route bycicalists put togeter but I would defer your request to byways he lives close by and knows these parts well.
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    Hope you guys have as much fun as I am.

    All the best
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  6. byways

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  7. dirtbound4Max

    dirtbound4Max Hangin' 10 on the F8

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    10Cup,
    Thanks for the reply. Marshall Pass looked like a blast and we are definitely including that stretch in our trip. REALLY enjoying the humor (views from room etc.). I guess it's true ~ Cold beer and good food can make up for almost anything!!!!!!!
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  8. AKASY

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    10cup,
    What is your next stopping point--Cuba, Grants? Ride safe.
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  9. TheTomcat

    TheTomcat The Tomcat is here!

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    CDR in the spring is looking better and better. Thanks.
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  10. 10Cup

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    08/27/09 &#8211; Day 10 <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Chama</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">NM</st1:State></st1:place> to Grants, NM &#8211; 286 Miles<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Once again hit the road by 0700 with the Sun bright and only a few clouds, looks like it will be a great day. The rain clouds that chased me into Chama yesterday afternoon seem long gone.<o:p></o:p>
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    Little did I know that this would be the hardest day yet as far as ridding would go. Almost from the start NM seemed set on putting up obstacles.<o:p></o:p>
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    I rode for about an hour before hitting the infamous mud/ruts that have been mentioned on this forum. Believe me they are not fun. <o:p></o:p>
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    I found that bushwhacking around several worked pretty well! Another two hours and then this nasty one, the mud was getting worse and the ruts deeper. <o:p></o:p>
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    I tried my &#8220;go around&#8221; method that had worked so well but this one stopped me cold.<o:p></o:p>
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    Frustrated I had to back track and detour, hated that but not as much as fighting this nasty mud with the ranchers deep ruts in it..<o:p></o:p>
    This went on for the whole morning and I was really getting tired fighting this stuff.
    I took a few shots as I was detouring around. As usual the pictures don't do the terrain justice but you get the idea.
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    I finally made it to <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Cuba</st1:place></st1:country-region> mostly it seemed via pavement. Not what I had planned at all!<o:p></o:p>
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    Filled up and then again headed south. Roads were much better from this point on but I had my eye on this developing thunderhead to my East&#8230;.<o:p></o:p>
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    The area and roads turned much more desert like with a lot of sand, rocks, cactus and very deserted looking for the next two hours. <o:p></o:p>
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    I stopped in what little shade I could find to take off my pant liner, I had taken off my Gerbings jacket liner in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Cuba</st1:place></st1:country-region>.<o:p></o:p>
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    <o:p>All that was around me at this point was barren land with rocks sand and sage brush.</o:p>
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    Then on we went. Saw the occasional cattle but nothing else for the next two hours. This is a very remote area and challenging riding with the ruts, sand and very deep erosion. Looks like it gets very violent when it rains in this neck of the woods.<o:p></o:p>
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    <o:p>This is what the wash I just rode into look like from level ground...</o:p>
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    <o:p>I rode through three of these things each time wondering what it would look like when it rained. This is all from water erosion so flash flooding would be what causes this. Don't think I'll camp here thank you very much!</o:p>
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    <o:p>Climbing out of the wash I'm looking straight up at the sky..</o:p>
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    After I get out of this wash I look back and see this..
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    I ride on and then my heart sank when all of a sudden I came upon this gate.
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    I had been riding for over an hour in this area and if this gate was locked I would have to back track&#8230;<o:p></o:p>
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    Fortunately it was not and a sign posted to please shut the gate which I was most happy to do&#8230;..Thank you mister rancher!
    Here is my proof! Gate Shut..
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    I press on and take a few shots of the terrain as I go.
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    I'm beginning to wonder if I'll ever get back to civilization...
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    One more gate comes into view. Once again the sign please close the gate. <o:p></o:p>
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    Then I came across this old homestead, which had some more modern additions to it for working livestock. Looked like it had been originally built a long time ago with the stone work I saw.
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    Finally I hit a stretch of pavement and then off once again on a gravel road. I was getting pretty tired by this point, a lot of hard riding today.<o:p></o:p>
    I come out at Grants, NM about 3:30 and decide to call it a day, found a cheap room and got an omelet at Dennys and then off to work on this report.
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    Tomorrow I have about 250 miles to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Silver City</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">NM</st1:State></st1:place> which will be the end of my trip on the Continental Divide. I don&#8217;t plan on riding pavement all the way to Antelope Wells when I have a thousand miles of it facing me before I get back home.

    Hope you all enjoyed my adventure today. It was challenging and fun but I'm glad to be able to relax for a while.

    More as it happens!
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  11. byways

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    Great job, 10Cup. You're holding our attention, to be sure.

    BTW, haven't seen photos of the KLR since the start of your report. Is he still with you? How is he and his bike doing?

    Does the mud seem permanent in those places, or do you think it's from recent rains?
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  12. Nice_Rumble

    Nice_Rumble Long timer

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    3.5 gallons of fuel is enough for the longer sections? Who makes the windscreen?
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  13. 10Cup

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    No, the KLR and I split up in Wise River, he is ridding with his buddy and I decided to go solo. They are about a day behind me currently, they are in Chama tonight so there are in for a fun day tomorrow.:evil

    On the mud, it is drying out but the ruts are so bad from the ranchers trucks that it will be very difficult riding for a long time. Not sure I would want to try it even when dry due to the depth of the ruts and the fact that there isn't a way around some of the worst ruts. Shame it turned out like that because they don't do any maintenance on the dirt roads that I can tell.

    Also thanks for hanging out with me on this ride. I really appreciated your input and interest. Hope we can meet some day.

    All the best.
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  14. 10Cup

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    Yes, the 3.6 gal tank was perfect. I have a range of over 225 miles and carry a couple of MSR fuel bottles just to be safe. I did one section from Pinedale, WY to Rawlins WY that was 226 miles and I had .5 gallons left. Rest of the trip was not much of a problem.

    Windshield is a MRA VARIO and has been fantastic, especially with the high winds we encountered in WY and MT. It also comes off should the need arise by loosening too screws. 30 seconds and it can be under your net on the tail. I have yet to have to remove it however.
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  15. AKASY

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    10cup--hope you picked up that there is NO GAS on the Bigdog track between Grants and Silver City. You have to deviate to get to a station. There used to be an automated pump approximately 4 miles east of where the track crosses highway 12, north side of the road--may be marked Old Horse Springs on the map. When I tried it earlier this month it was on but would not operate. Enjoy the Gila and Pie Town. Ride safe.
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  16. 10Cup

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    AKASY, thanks! I was looking at the route tonight and wondering as I did not see anywhere to fuel up. Do you have any suggestions on what might work if the auto pump is still out? If not I'll probobly have to use my MSR bottles after all. It will be very close though...

    Looks like a 21 mile one way west down Hwy 12 to "Apache Creek" I'll have that as a fail safe. Thanks for the heads up!
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  17. GsVs

    GsVs Goin' Somewhere

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    Yes ...
    Great Ride Report
    ... Great Pictures
    ... ... Nice R² (I'm hope to get one of those soon !!)
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  18. flyguync

    flyguync Been here awhile

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    You hit 160 mph on that leg? I just happened to see that on the GPS:evil Nice report!
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  19. Cloud9

    Cloud9 I was HERE?

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    Really good stuff! Thanks for the ride. :thumb
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  20. dirtbound4Max

    dirtbound4Max Hangin' 10 on the F8

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    10Cup,
    Thanks for keeping us up to date along the way. I've never been one to live vicariously through someone elses adventures but "life happens" and here we are. You'll definitely have to give us the low-down on your route (once you've finished up and arrived safely back in AR). Oh yeah, where are you from in AR. I'm from Clarksville. Graduated highschool in 87, joined the military and have been stationed in Colorado since 1991 (on and off but steady since 2001). The family still lives in Clarksville and I get a good amount visits in per year but my "fun meter" is pegged after a few days of intense humidity, chiggers, ticks, mosquitos, poison ivy, etc. etc.. Anyway, good luck on the rest of your trip and thanks again for sharing your adventures along the way...................Sean :thumbup
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