He says / She says - Roswell NM invasion?

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Vixen, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. Rider John

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    Having been to Roswell and the museum I must say my wife and I very much enjoyed the area, however...considering the other areas you all plan to explore I would recommend Roswell for another trip when you would not be so rushed. If you try to do all of those areas during a nine day period you will drive right by some beautiful areas that you will always regret missing and if/when you go back to pick up the missed areas for some unknown reason the trip won't seem so special. Save Roswell for another trip and plan around that area to see even more of this beautiful country. What ever you decide have a great time and please keep us posted.
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  2. trailNtent

    trailNtent Been here awhile

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    I also live in Albuquerque, skip Roswell. The terrain is flat and the roads are straight. Save it for another trip, and hit up Carlsbad Caverns when you're in that pat of the state.

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  3. mga60tw

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    I too say skip Roswell, was there last year and nothing to see except the McDonalds made up like a flying saucer.

    One thing nobody mentioned yet is Mesa Verde. The wife and I loved this place, it is really something.
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  4. Jamie Z

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    Nothing to see if that's what you're looking for. As I pointed out earlier, the Robert Goddard museum is a fantastic history lesson and contains an impressive art collection.

    No wonder I was practically the only one there.

    Jamie
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  5. Vixen

    Vixen Been here awhile

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    You guys are awesome! The ADV community has such a wealth of knowledge and it's so wonderful that everyone is willing to share their opinions and experiences. Thanks so much everyone! :clap

    I'm hoping all this input may finally have Eddie convinced to save Roswell for another trip, maybe he'll chime in again. One of the many many many great qualities that I love about him is that he's not too macho man to admit defeat, makes him even more manly in my book :gdog

    The excitement is steadily building and all I can think is "we're not ready, we're not ready!". This isn't our first (longer than a weekend) motorcycle trip, but there's always a certain amount of anxiety that comes across me as we're preparing to leave.....all the way up until it's kickstands up and we're pulling out of the driveway. I'm constantly going over my mental checklist.....camera, check....chargers, check.....bug spray, check....the list is endless. Having two bikes with side cases, top cases and tank bags is great, neither of us ever feel over loaded or that we need more packing space. Studying maps and places to see (like mesa verde and antelope canyon, thanks ADVer's (and Jack :wink:)) is the exciting part. It usually takes less than 50 miles or long enough to get out of traffic for that anxiety to start waning, and a day or two for us to settle into a rhythm and begin enjoying and taking in the experience.

    For this trip we've upgraded to a fancier camera and a new tent. Camping chairs, a jet boil, a pot/pan, cutting board. We're getting better at this, partially from our own experiences and partially from reading others (Dr. Rock & LDF, Radioman, iDave and many others all have my sincerest respect and admiration).

    I'm sure Eddie and I will together share our experience in a ride report. I'm still trying to decide whether or not to pack the laptop and post in real time....I know what an effort this will take but we are planning to stop and set up camp earlier than we usually do if for no other reason than to be still in the new environments that we'll be travelling in....breath it all in, ingrain it in our minds, live in the moment.

    Whew...breath breath breath. Can you all sense my anxiousness??? :knary :lol3:p3rry:kboom
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  6. trailNtent

    trailNtent Been here awhile

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    Didn't mean to imply there's nothing of value there. It's just a big detour for what it is.

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  7. BMW Kurt

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    If you skip Roswell this is what you'll be missing.

    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/XSjwbzHnQyk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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  8. Vixen

    Vixen Been here awhile

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    thanks for the vid....pretty boring and THAT should seal the deal :clap

    You rock Kurt! :super

    oh Eddieeeeeeeeee........................... :augie
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  9. motoreiter

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    I went to Roswell just for kicks, I had plenty of time. UFO museum is kind of a joke, town is pretty blah. I would not bother on a limited schedule. Santa Fe seemed nice.
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  10. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    Nancy, I hope you and Eddie have a good safe trip! :clap
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  11. FotoTEX

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    SKIP ROSWELL. There is so many better area's of NM to ride, like the stuff Barlucci recommended. Do his route. Pass on Roswell. I have ridden NM for over 25 years and that part of the state is NOT where I go. Trust me....
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  12. Gillus

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    +1, Roswell will be 103* and not much to see. If you do southern NM ride to Ruidoso but it is on fire and take 244 to Cloudcroft then ride out to Sunspot to Timberon if you want to have some fun. The Sacramento Mountians are a small riding treasure but you have to ride thru a hot desert to get here unless you live 5 miles away :evil. Come visit Southern NM in the fall, a dry winter or spring when it gets cold up north.

    I would miss Abq as the cages will try to kill you there. Sante Fe and north of there to Espanola is a race track but the High Road to Taos is very nice. Taos will take 15 mintues to go thru but the Enchanted Circle is nice, Angle Fire, Eagles Nest, Red River but it was 32* in Eagles Nest last Wednesday am at 5:30 with a herd of elk standing on the road. 64 west of Taos is wonderful, in CO take155 from Delores to Ridgeway but watch for Deer or the Million Dollar hiway Silverton to Ouray. Take 92 west of Gunnison across the dam at the end of the lake and ride up the hill to see the best views (Black Canyon of the Gunnison) in CO and back down. Ride this one in the morning to experience the "moment". Then head south of Gunnison on 149 to South Fork and you will :D. Ride east to La Veta on 160 and head south on 12 over Cuchara Pass and you will thank me later.

    Have fun and be safe!!
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  13. NL7U

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    OK, I also think to skip Roswell. I was stationed there in the early '60's and never did see an alien, or even the smell of one, and I was in every building on that base (Walker AFB) as an electrician.

    That being said, to the west of there is White Sands Nat. Monument, Cloudcroft, Ruidoso, and quite a few places where you can travel 100 miles in just ONE HOUR (or less, if you are brave). Look on the bright side, riding is not all twisty roads and mountains.
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  14. little foot

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    Hello riders
    I read you are trailering to OKC, I am an 1 1/2 hrs east near Tulsa Oklahoma. If you don't have a connection in OKC to leave your Vehicle. You are welcome to leave it at my place. I can also steer you twards the Colorado Mountains. I go at least once a year. Send Pm if interested, if not have a great trip.
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  15. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    Um... Why not trailer all the way to Santa Fe?

    If you don't like I-40 East of OKC, I don't see you liking it West of OKC.

    Oh, and skip Roswell unless you just happen to be going through.

    Nine days will not be much time to get very deep into the States you're going to be riding through..
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  16. Tragic Image

    Tragic Image Been here awhile

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    I lived in Alamogordo for a long while.

    Skip Roswell, visit Carlsbad Caverns if you can.
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  17. Vixen

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    thanks Dan, and thanks for sharing your map routes with Eddie. We knew you & Sarah had ridden out there and would have some suggestions for us. Getting super excited now...Eddie put new chain and sprockets and tires on the bikes, been getting some tools and supplies lain out and ready for the trip. The clock is ticking down :wink:
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  18. Vixen

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    Thanks so much, this site is full of amazing people and we appreciate the offer.

    We found an ADVer on the tent space list and he has graciously accepted our request to park and unload on his land just south of OKC.

    OKC just seemed like a good starting/stopping point. The interstate runs right through there. There's not much left of Oklahoma to ride after that, and it'll give us another state checked off our "to ride" list. You know, coloring in those states is important LOL :lol3
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  19. Vixen

    Vixen Been here awhile

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    Wow...thanks so much! I think Eddie has all of those spots/roads on the planned route. We hardly ever stick to our "planned" route though...so we'll see what happens. I'm heading to mapquest to see if I can follow your suggestions....but from northern New Mexico we're heading west to 4 corners then north into (southern Utah) and west through southern Colorado. Something like that.

    It's almost time to start checking the weather forecasts :clap

    thanks for the warning about Santa Fe cagers....Montreal was the worst ever, they absolutely try to run you over there and I don't think they'd blink twice if they did. Riding through Milan Italy and other large European cities was about the same, but having the "legal" option to filter (lane-split) made it FUN FUN FUN! I typically do that here in Atlanta traffic, but only when traffic is at a crawl or a stop. Had a couple of cagers open their doors or pull their bumper in to block me, but more times than that I've had cagers flip their mirrors in or move over to the far side of their lane to allow me more room to pass. Lane splitting should be legal here in the US...top of my wish list.
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  20. Vixen

    Vixen Been here awhile

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    thanks FotoTex and NL7U for the votes, and anyone else that I missed.

    Love the people on this site! :wings
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