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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by JaxObsessed, Jun 26, 2012.
Got me there........oser
Hi-Jack over..........sorry Jax!
F that crap...
My friends should feel comfortable posting in my thread.... Post away, this ain't no fascist bullshit thread.
She did get you with the bag lady crack!!!!
Chaco Canyon on deck.... but so is grass cutting.... Now that's adventure!!
I'll be back in a few hours.
This just in....... Columbus didn't discover the New World. He wasn't even the first white guy.
The folks who built the buildings here did so in approximately the same time frame as Leif Ericson was landing in Newfoundland.
For more info about the Chaco Culture click here.
Archaeology has been a life long interest for me and JaxWife. We met at an Archaeological Field School.
This "little" mesa was the sentinel to the south.
There are trails and a driving tour.
Just for a little perspective, there is a woman very close to the middle of this photo:
I took some photos of walls to later look over to see if I captured any petroglyphs. This is the only one I got.... maybe a little more modern than I had been looking for...
A friggin billboard from 1887!!!!!
Next up is the awful road out of the Canyon.....Breaking down, Crappy batteries and good times.
Great stuff Jack
Great pics AND a link to a history lesson!
Mrs. SoPa and I are lovin' your RR Jack, you were only a short distance from one of our favorite places, Shiprock Peak, located on Navajo Nation land in northwest NM, it rises out of the desert 1,583 feet, 7,177 feet above sea level, were you close enough to see it to the west?
There is a video on YouTube titled "Shiprock" that was posted by dontbringmedown1900 that will give you a good idea as to why the Navajo people consider this a scared place!
JAX now thats some stacked stone! Great side trip for history
Great Pic Jack...
I like the side trip too Chaco Canyon..
I can never get tired of wondering around the Cliff dwellers/Canyon dwellers..
The sandstone cutouts always remind me of Ghoul faces ....
Wow Jack, that Chaco canyon place looks sweet; mental reminder to check that place out next time I'm in the area!
Reminds me a little of the pictures I've seen of Machu Pichu with all the stacked stone work. It's amazing to me the structures that past civilizations have built in what appear to me to be some of the most remote areas, and with none of the modern tools that we have today. Then again, I guess manual labor was cheap back then!?
Thanks Chhub! How you doing? We missed you out there.
I'm happy you are enjoying it, Slip!
If you can see Shiprock Peak from where I was, I had my eyes on it, but had no idea what it was.
There are so many sublime/special places out there that you get overwhelmed.
Thanks DC! Yeh it was pretty clear that they were going for cave like structures.
Thanks LD! Glad you are enjoying the show.
Chaco is awfully cool but the coolest Pueblo site (imo) is the cliffs of Mesa Verde The wiki here>
Though Machu Pichu is almost 8000' above sea level, where working would be a bear, Chaco Canyon is between 6000 and 6500'. No oxygen bonanza by any means.
I'll be back in a bit to continue the story.
Yes Mesa Verde I loved that place ... As well as Canyon De Shelly ~ And Bandelier..
Whew....finally finished H14's and Jax's ride report but somehow it never ends.....here's a link, there's a link.
Now I have to read "Ancient Mariners ride the Continental Divide" (who knows how many links are hidden in this RR)
"Active fire map"
"Chaco Culture National Historical Park"
Had to Google petroglyphs.
Google Mesa Verde
Google Cannonshot's R3loader.
I got so many pages open I don't know where the fuck I'm at!
It's 9:30 PM, I'm never gonna get this grass cut!
Great ride report Jack!
One of these days I'm gonna have the Quad-fecta!
Wait now it's 10:00PM cause I just got side tracked again....
Wow, that is one very small woman!
East Coast vs. West Coast riding styles.
I noticed from the pictures that I am always standing and you guys were always seated. I was reading a RR from the guys I normally ride with...
I noticed that they are mostly standing on the pegs. Just curious.
I noticed that you stand alot of the time Lonestar. I do not. Can't speak for other E coast riders though. It is useful for relieving my arse bone, and I am quicker to balance in sketchy terrain while standing.
So, I didn't take any pictures of the road out of Chaco. It was challenging from about just past the campground. An interesting mix of deep sand and washboard. I was standing much of this time. There was no making time or taking pictures. Occasionally there would be thick deep sand with no earth to connect to. I went for it at first but then decided to take it slow... like, how fast would you like to wreck? For me it was about 5mph. That slow. I almost had the bitch done, and my bike started cutting out. I would go 10' and it would stall. Then it started well and ran as I sat there, but it would stall the second I would start any vibration.
REALLY ANNOYING. Another mechanical issue with the bike. :ddog
There were only the two pictures Bill took of my bike on its side.
I took a few things apart to see where the trouble was. I started with a fist to the air box. Bike stalls. Starts right up. Runs fine.
I wack the arrbox again and... Stall.
Something is shorting the electrical system somewhere... CRAP!!!!
That's not really a fecking thunderstorm coming this way?
.... Bill, Lonestar and I consider how to fix this..... Maybe an hour of this type of stuff goes on, and I finally pull the battery and shake it. AH, I don't think it should shake like maracas. :ddog
I always thought that the battery was pretty heavy for as high up in the bike as it is.... I was taken by the lore of one of the new lightweight batteries... saved over 6# up high. Well... the first time it hit the washboard, it took a crap.
The cells were bouncing around in there, stalling the bike and a host of other weird shit..... The 1 gallon left fuel light came on for no reason.... The tach read PEGGED when I was maybe getting 2000 rpm.
I was a bit freaked.... We made for Cuba NM, where we were supposed to meet the others. The bike probably stalled 50 times as we rode the miles to Cuba. I am NOT HAPPY.
I was a bit happier that there was 1 motorcycle battery that would fit my bike in Cuba NM. Thank you NAPA!!!
My new friend Steve and my friend Pomo helped with the battery install. Y'all made it easy!! Thank you both VERY much.
All the symptoms go away!!! Bike is fine today!! YEH BABY!!!! That was a HUGE success for me.
The CDR riders who didn't go to Chaco were waiting all afternoon for my ass to show up. Every rider made me feel ok about the holdup my battery failure caused.
We thought about getting a room in Cuba until some investigation... We made for a campground just north of Cuba.
Well.. I would like to post some pictures, but I can not access my photos.
I can not say for certain, but I think that it may come from the terrain differences. Out west, you are dealing with much more wide open spaces, and the speeds that go along with them.
Back east, we have to deal with the tight technical stuff and lower speeds. Standing is not needed as much for the speed, and it is a bit more energy efficient to stay in the seat when possible.
Hell, it sounds good anyway.
You're crackin me up Slo!!!
Intent is the biggest part of the quad-fecta.....Once i made up my mind that I was going, I WAS GOING!
Here is a H14 photo of me during the battery replacement.
Pretty much sums up how my afternoon went.
I want to personally thank everyone on the trip with me for being supportive and as cool as can be! My battery cost everyone their afternoon ride And not only did they seem to not care, they all tried to make me feel good about the situation!!!!!
ALL Y'all are the BEST!!
I knew Bill would fit in with all you FFs when I dropped my bike. (dropped it getting off) His first inclination was to take photos, not run over and help his life long friend. This is photo 2 where I am bent over laughing after realizing his uh..... FYYFF.
^^ the sign said SLOW.........but maybe not that slow
They were quick to put up that pedestrian sign too, warning other people that someone was floundering around on foot.....
I had not even noticed the signs until you guys pointed them out.
Bill must owe you some payback for previous............
I had to ask him to take a picture of me!