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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Pangia, Sep 29, 2013.
Thanks for sharing. Looks like a great ride.
I have some Butlers, will probably get the Butler CBDR one of these days. Also I have the tracks for the CDR, also the bicycle book. And am very familiar with most of the Colorado route with the exception of Del Norte to Chama and through the rest of NM. It is the NM section that I'm really looking forward to. I don't think we'll start any further north than Breckenridge but who knows?
Nice pics and report.
Pangia - a few days late but finally had a chance to see your report - such a beautiful part of the world you have on your doorstep! What a fantastic trip.
King, Slideways & Hannda....thanks for your comments. Glad you like!
Duffs, glad you got to see my ride report...thanks for the oil filter tips before I departed. Hope our tire tracks cross paths some time. Look me up if you head over to the US.
Cheers - Pangia
The burger in Platoro looked so good, a friend and I rode over and each had one for lunch today. Yumm. No room for the Cobbler; maybe next time (next Wednesday) ...
Nice trip. Great report and pics.
I was pretty impressed at the way you managed to lift that bike back up.
Looks like you lucked out on the snow. I think a couple of friends were up on the Alpine Loop riding KTM 990s or 690/640s. Any sign of them?
That BURGER is like the Ring in the Lord of the Rings....it keeps pulling on me. My plan is to either go on a day ride (can't let the wife know I would consider an overnight just for a burger...can I?) and leave Santa Fe at 6 am, Dome Road to Jemez to 144 to Coyote to Abiquiu to El Rito to 44 to 690 to 42 north to 111 / 42 to 64 to 421 to 133 to 87 to 87A to Antonito to 17 to Horca to 250 to Sky Line Lodge where I can eat THE BURGER !!...and then slab home....OR...if I can get a few Santa Few compadres to go along...maybe turn it into an overnight and hit what roads we can that don't have snow on them yet....we will see....
WBBNM: That lift up was a bit challenging at first as I had to spin the bike a bit to get it positioned in a way that would work. The front wheel kept rolling as I lifted, so it took several tries until I had a position that would work.
I think I lucked out on the snow too...just enough to be beautiful. I did not press my luck and try the loop to Engineer as it was not clear to me that it was open and I had lots more to ride that day.
No sign of your buds. The only riders I saw on my entire trip were:
1. Two riders from Oklahoma one on a Super Sherpa, the other on a 450 BMW below Stony Pass and above the Rio Grande Reservoir. They have been going there for years to fish. They helped me fix my broken gear shift lever.
2. Three riders from Little Rock Arkansas on top of Cinnamon Pass, I remember a KLR 650 and not sure what else.
3. Two riders in Northern NM just outside of El Rito one on a KTM 690 (I think) the other on a VStrom both from Idaho and doing the CDT.
4. One solo mystery rider on a KLR or DRZ on the CBCDR between Lake City and KK114. I was stopped taking a photo and he / she did not stop to say hi...not sure why.
Cheers - Pangia
Great report and pics. It gives me a few ideas for the next time I'm out that way.
Awesome! There is a lot of beautiful country out here. I'm still getting to know it, but thus far my impressions are that Colorado has dramatic beauty but also more people on the trails...New Mexico has sublime beauty and many times I don't see a soul.
Enjoy the planning...I found that to be more fun than expected.
Excellent trip there. Went through some of that country in August and made a new 'friend' above Lake City. 35 mph speed limit on a sunday morning dang it. Ooops
Thanks for the info. I've ridden around Colorado many times and love it but New Mexico's backcountry would be new territory for me. I think that will be my starting point next time
I couldn't wait until Wednesday to get back to Platoro; so we rode over on Sunday. No burgers this trip; I had cobbler and my riding buddy got the Chef's salad.
The system that moved through CO last Thursday only left a skiff of snow on the higher ground - roads and trails were pretty much as they were on the last trip. The front predicted for Thursday may bring more snow and put an end to riding in the area until next spring. For bikes, that is; I'm sure the snomo guys are gonna be out and about soon.
First rifle starts Saturday...
Your photos are making me HUNGRY!!! The burger still pulls on me.....I had a plan to ride up towards CO and if I had time( I was going to MAKE time) head over to Platoro for a burger....but the route I took was washed out, rocky and bumpy and slow from the rains, so I backed off and went home Burger-less.
I now have a plan for this weekend....looking for a dawn patrol rider to join me on a blitz up to El Rito through Carson Nat Forest to Platoro. Pleaze keep torturing me with photos of food...! I WILL get there again!!
Wachs: Sorry you came all the way from Oregon and met up with CO's finest...how fast waz you goin'?
Beautiful RR and wilderness. Incredible how long you can drive on a dirty road without meet any asphalt.
40 in a 35 but locals around San Cristobal reservoir had been complaining about motorcycles speeding and the guy was just there lurking on a corner. He was actually really nice and only dinged me for stale tags so, non-moving violation. I was in a hurry to get back to Silverton before the daily deluge and barely made it before the lightning and super heavy rain.
Enjoyed your report. Brought back memories of the week I spent in Lake City this summer. The Alpine Loop is spectacular.