Continental Divide Ride August 2009

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

  1. Sirby

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    Enjoying your report. I found plenty of gas 15 miles west of Pietown in Quemado last July '08. Decent cafe there also. You can make Silver City from there which is 179 miles south of Pietown. If there has been lots of rain south of Pietown, the Gila N.F. will be pure muck.

    This is what it looked like last year after it dried out and got dozer'd.

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    If you find it passable on the plains of San Agustin, south of hwy 12, watch for this lady rancher. Made my day.

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    Far off in the distance there is where the aliens landed in 1947. :eek1
    The VLA (very large array) radio telescope is over there too on hwy 60 about 30 miles from Pietown.



    -Sirby
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  2. Red Leader

    Red Leader It's The Wide Open Spaces

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    Enjoying your rr, thanks for the windshield info, I found it earlier along with a lot of other good info on the WR from some of your other posts. I Picked up the WRR on Wednesday evening and I'm going to get out this weekend to try her out.
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  3. AKASY

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    Sorry 10cup, didn't see your reply until this AM--but you have it figured out. You can go east or west on 60 at Pie Town and get gas or do the same when you cross 12 at Horse Springs. Please let me know if that automated pump is working--it was in June but back thru in Aug and no workee. I just pressed on to Silver City and made it with what I had on board.
    While in Silver City be sure to stop by Copper Canyon KTM--go south on 90 it is on the right--tell Dave hi, good group of guys.
    I know you said you were not going to Antelope Wells but if you do you will take 90 south and then take Separ Road which is dirt to I10 then a dirt side road to the highway to Hachita then highway to Antelope Wells. Again no gas anywhere south of Silver City. The station in Hachita was open in June but close in Aug--don't know why but Silver City to AW and back to gas could be a long day--belive me there is NOTHING from I10 to AW except a zigzag at Hachita. Ride safe.
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  4. mtbiker

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    Great ride report and awesome pics! How are you getting along with the sweet cheeks? I have a drz400 and the seat sucks!! You are the first person i've seen using one on ride reports. I would love to do this ride some day! Keep up the good work!
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  5. djaubs

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    So that's what Marshall Pass looks like when it's not raining! Had no clue, went over it in a straight downpour with thick fog a couple of months back. Great report! I'm going across and up the divide with Sean next weekend. Very helpful and entertaining to read up on your trip.:lurk:lurk
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  6. byways

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    10cup, whereabouts are those two water crossings, particularly one you said was deep?

    Thanks again for the informative RR.
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  7. 10Cup

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    Yeah that's funny:D not sure why Garmin can't get this program right but it's rarely correct. Would have been a hell of a fall right?
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  8. 10Cup

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    Great to hear Red Leader! You will love it. I did not have a single problem with the bike the whole trip. Will be close to 4,000 miles when I get back to AR.
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  9. 10Cup

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    Good to know, I did not have internet last night so missed this info. Ended up going to Reflex for gas and then back. The roads were great and fast, really burned them up .... until Hwy 150....HOLY $$%$$##@@
    Still have to do my final day's ride report then I'll expand on this a bit.
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  10. 10Cup

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    Well I'll put it like this, I rode 650 miles today on my way back, all interstate and would not leave home with out the sweet cheeks. If you want to be able ride ALL day for two weeks ....gotta have em. I also wrapped some high density sticky back foam 3/8" thick around the msr bottles so I have a 1/4 gallon or emergency fuel as well as a comfortable seat.
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  11. 10Cup

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    Yeah, was a great morning, very cool and clear with the Sun just coming up. Your ride sounds like my ride over Beartooh Mnt on my Goldwing a few years ago. Have to go do that again cuz didn't see a thing but snow and sleet/fog.
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  12. 10Cup

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    It's after you leave Kremmling, CO., go through Radium and then jump off Hwy 134.

    Don't have screen capture or I would show you. When I get home if you still want specifics let me know.
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  13. 10Cup

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    08/28/09 &#8211; Day 11 <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on">Chama</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">NM</st1:State> 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>. 316 Miles<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    On the road at 0710 and the Sun was coming up with very few clouds, another great day to ride!
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    Took some scenery shots as I was on pavement, also saw this natural arch which was neat.<o:p></o:p>
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    I hit <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Pie</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Town</st1:placeType></st1:place> and it was still asleep from what I could tell. Not a soul moving around here. Oh well too early for Pie so maybe next time.<o:p></o:p>
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    Headed on South some more and then hit Hwy 12 looking for gas. Headed West hoping Apache Creek would have some &#8230;. No dice had to go all the way to Reserve, NM., 40 miles. Oh well, next time we&#8217;ll have better info. Needed the internet that night and didn&#8217;t have it available. So got back on the trail and rode hard. Fast and fun dirt/gravel roads for quite a while I was having a blast!<o:p></o:p>
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    Then I come to the "Beaverhead-Wall Lake Road which connects with Northstar Road then NF150.....it says narrow with sharp curves and drop offs..high clearance vehicles only........not a problem <o:p></o:p>
    I&#8217;m thinking this should be a blast. Well it was for a while but 120 miles of continuous switch backs and very rough water ridges from hell and large rocks. I then come to a sign that says Road Closed&#8230;&#8230;&#8230;..not about to turn back I go around and continue on. Road gets very steep and rougher still. I then come up on some Forest Service personnel coming down this one lane (very narrow) road with a horse trailer in tow. I manage to just squeeze by&#8230;&#8230;wow close. On we go. Seems the FS guys had been doing a controlled burn and were just checking it all out via horse back (that&#8217;s how bad this road was) more about this a little later!<o:p></o:p>
    On I go and the road gets worse. I&#8217;m thinking if it&#8217;s not the fire burn then why would they have closed this road. Then I see dozer work with water still running across the road, trees down and pushed aside big rocks moved aside and all the powder dirt from this work, then deep mud/ruts (everyone likes these right) I gas it and make it across this very tough area and then another ½ mile comes another and another until I had gone almost five miles. I finally stop and get one picture..<o:p></o:p>
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    <o:p>It gets worse and then a</o:p>long comes the head FS guy in his white <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Yukon</st1:place></st1:State>. I stop to ask him what is going on and how long this road dozer work goes on. He says well Hi, you&#8217;re the first guy across this road, and we just opened it up. (I&#8217;m thinking then why the hell does the sign back there say closed) but not wanting to get my but in trouble I don&#8217;t mention it.

    He says they had six feet deep water flood this area and take out the road. Had to come back in and rebuild it. (I never want this guy to build me a road if this is what he calls rebuilding it.) Anyway he says it clears up about 100 yards up the road, so I head on.<o:p></o:p>
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    By now I&#8217;m feeling real lucky, one for not getting my ass busted and two for actually making it through this mess. I had mud and sand on my helmet and all over my bike and legs. Got a hell of a work out too.<o:p></o:p>
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    At this point I probably have about 50 miles to go (just guessing) and it is a constant switch back up and down the mountain, complete with mind jarring water ridges. When I come out onto Hwy 35 which takes you into <st1:placeName w:st="on">Silver</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">City</st1:placeType> (via the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Georgetown</st1:City></st1:place> road) I was really tired and beat. This was the toughest road of the complete trip and the longest too.
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    I then hit Hwy 152 and took a picture of the big copper mine there and then started my long trip East up Hwy 152 to I25.
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    Holy crap Hwy 152 while paved is also a ton of 10-15 mph switch backs almost the whole way. I sure got some wear off the sides of my knobbies anyway. I made it to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Socorro</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">NM</st1:State></st1:place> got a room and crashed.
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    <o:p>Tomorrow I have a full day of interstate travel and am not looking foward to it but for now some hard earned rest. Good night, more tomorrow.</o:p>
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  14. 10Cup

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    Just a very long day on the interstate. The little 250 can still put away a lot of miles.

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    Another 210 tomorrow and I'll be home.

    Thanks for coming along.
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  15. Sirby

    Sirby Silveradvo

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    I have the same Garmin 276c.
    I think the problem is caused by losing signal for a bit then re-aquiring signal down the road a ways. The gps forgets the gap in time and thinks you covered the distance at rocket speed.

    I wish they would fix that. Maybe they have, I better go see if there is a firmware update.


    That may be one big plus that the newer models which have the sirf-III chip which does not lose signal so easy in the woods.
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  16. 10Cup

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    That does make sense, I updated to the latest firmware before I left however, think it is 5.40.

    Thanks for the info.
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  17. Fleg

    Fleg Fleg in 2012

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    Great ride report 10Cup. I always wondered why people avoid the chain of craters byway (dirt) and take 117 (paved) south from Grants. I've never understood that.



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  18. Hakatan

    Hakatan quality > quantity

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    Thank you 10cup
    for thoroughly convincing me to avoid this stretch of road on my ride next week to Mexico. It looked like a fun road on paper (I even asked about it in another thread) but -- in its current condition -- I think I will give it a big miss on a loaded 650. :huh

    Guess I'll have to do AZ191 instead :evil

    And Fleg, thanks for the tip on the Chain of Craters byway -- I've added it to my southbound route! :clap
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  19. byways

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    This report has provided a great insight into the capabilities of that 250, which I now think is the bike for me.
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  20. Fleg

    Fleg Fleg in 2012

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    I think I've finally realized why most Moto guys don't run the Chain of Craters route and stick to pavement. The route that I keep seeing on here posted over and over again doesn't include it!! Kind of strange that such a large section of dirt is bypassed for pavement.
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