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Fuel Distance on Shadow of Rockies trail

Discussion in 'Americas' started by RivetMaster, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. RivetMaster

    RivetMaster that guy

    Aug 23, 2008
    Austin, TX
    From those who've run Shadow of the Rockies trail.

    What was the average distance between fuel stops on this trail?
    I've read all the ride reports and Sam didn't have anything specific information on this Trail.

    I have ~130 mile tank with an emergency 1 gallon tank, and I'm not sure if I need to upgrade to a larger ~200 mile oversized tank. I'd like to not have to for the $$$ and the lbs.
  2. dutch peter

    dutch peter Been here awhile

    Dec 15, 2003
    Southlake Texas
    Starting to plan the same trip with my brothers and I. Wondering about the same thing to assist with planning. :ear
  3. CNRED

    CNRED It'll be OK

    Feb 17, 2008
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Any one with fuel info?
  4. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

    Sep 13, 2003
    Mt. Vernon, Illinois
    There are 2 shadow of the rockies routes---you didn't mention which one---but after I thought about it the gas thing is the same for both----------you have enough gas to be OK.

    However you have not allowed for something that I always make a priority.
    What if ???? YOu have to re-route for a closed or impassable road ???
    What if you hit a road that is washed out -----you have to back track 50 miles---then find another way ????
    What if you crash and lose a little gas---I've had that happen several times.
    What if a gas station is out of gas or isn't open ????

    Having a 300 mile or more range is much smarter.

    And if you are worried about the weight of an extra 2 gallons of gas that you may never use----think about the weight
    of a 400----to 700 lb. motorcycle you'll be pushing if you run out. You'll make it about 13 ft.

    With limited fuel you may run into a situation where the trail goes right-----------but your gas tank says you better go left for fuel---------I hate that.

    I loved both the shadow of the rockies routes-----the New Mexico one was my favorite as it was more remote and far less people and towns.
    And you can run the New Mexico route much earlier in the year than Colorado---as the snow melts off much earlier-------seems I rode it in March I think ?

  5. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

    Dec 18, 2007
    Another thing that can happen in southern NM is that White Sands Missile Range can close roads on BLM land due to rocket testing. We had that happen on a ride last May.

    I can't remember the exact Shadow route, but 130 miles seems questionable in southern NM. Once north of I-40 you are probably okay with a little research on gas stations.
  6. BlackHawkChief

    BlackHawkChief Been here awhile

    Nov 20, 2011
    Newberg, OR
    I am planning on riding the SOR El paso to somewhere in colorado this fall when I return from Afganistan

    wondering if anyone has any info they would like to share
    fuel stops, route, camping options and mostly route info
    also open to other riders wanting to go

    I'll be on the KLR or DL650 havent decided
  7. NorthernTraveler

    NorthernTraveler Long time Adventurer

    Jan 1, 2009
    The Big Mitten
    There is one section in NE New Mexico that is quite long... 150-175 miles then you have to go something like 20 miles out of your way to get gas.

    This section I carried an extra 2 gallons of gas on top of a big tank (200 miles to reserve) and used it! I went around 300 miles ending at Trinidad Colorado.

    There is also a long stretch north of Capitan... if you have 200 mile range you won't have to divert, otherwise you will have to go 30 miles out of your way to get gas - 30 miles each way!

    So, yeah, you'll probably want a big tank... and might well still carry extra gas. I figure a 200 miles range to reserve, then carry an extra couple of gallons on the long sections.

    BigDog is right, NM is very remote.... and cool. Keep in mind you hit nearly 10k elevation near Cloudcroft, so it can be 'cool' indeed there!
  8. RivetMaster

    RivetMaster that guy

    Aug 23, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Thanks for info guys!