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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Day13, May 6, 2012.
Great pics Mark. More please!
Those are videos. If you click on them it should take you to it.
Even better! Good stuff. Thanks for posting.
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.
I love New Mexico
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.
::: playing the Cancer Card to get a good deal on a Tiger :::
Nice report. Need to put NM on my list!
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.
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It was some fabulous terrain to ride and the going was rough in some places but overall just challenging and exciting.
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If it looks like fantastic riding, that's because it is...
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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.
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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.
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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.
Thanks for the ride report.
Hey Wolfgang - thanks for sending me the link for this ride report. I am so jealous and hope to join you guys one of these days. I do miss Jacksonville. Houston is not the same. This ride report reminds me of India. There are parts of India near Jasalmer (50 miles form Pakistan Border) quite desolate and not infested by tourist or locals.
Sorry I haven't gotten back, but been riding.
Hey, about going to India......let not get into the 50mile from the Pakistan border. Isn't that an impact area. Need more that riding armor.
Well as usual Dave is a first rate job w this RR. Would like to add that this area is only a small part of New Mexico.
This is a first rate riding area. It's also easy on your wallet. Have found the local to go way out of their way to help a bunch of dusty, dressed funny, riding even funnier bikes, out of state scooer trash.
If anyone wants more info on this area around T or C, I be glad to share what I can remember.........gettin old here.