Santa Fe, New Mexico to Villanueva State Park (USA)

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  1. Pangia

    Pangia Been here awhile

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    Much of the national forest is closed in my regular riding area, so I ventured out on the county roads (CR) from Santa Fe to Villanueva State Park & Back. Not a ride report...just some inspiration that there is still some ADV riding in this time of closures....

    Essentially started at Cafe Fina on Old Las Vegas HWY on the outskirts of Santa Fe. Went east a few miles to CR51 up onto Glorieta mesa to CR34 south to HWY 285. Slabbed it for 1 mile on 285 to CR24C east to Gonzales Ranch and then HWY 3 to Villanueva State Park. Headed south on HWY 3 out of Villanueva to a mesa top for a few miles then CR30B back to Gonzales Ranch to CR24C west to HWY 285. 1 mile slab north to CR34 back to CR51 and Cafe Fina. 162 miles, mostly dirt roads, some unmaintained. Some of the National Forests are closed, but there is still some riding to be had. Enjoy the pics....

    PACKED UP READY TO GO
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    COUNTY ROAD 24C
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    COUNTY ROAD 24C HEADING TOWARDS GONZALES RANCH
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    COUNTY ROAD B31A DROPPING DOWN TOWARDS RIBERA
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    LUSH GREEN DOWN IN THE VALLY
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    COUNTY ROAD B41E
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    COUNTY ROAD B41E
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    VILLANUEVA STATE PARK
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    VILLIANUEVA STATE PARK
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    COUNTY ROAD 30B
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    LOST IN THE CLOUDS...
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    COUNTY ROAD 24C HEADING BACK TOWARDS HWY 285
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    COUNTY ROAD 24C SANDIAS IN THE DISTANCE
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    COUNTY ROAD 51 SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS IN THE DISTANCE
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    COUNTY ROAD 51 / 25 MILES TO SANTA FE
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  2. refokus

    refokus Just Learning

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    Nice! Thanks for the write up.....:thumb
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  3. AZ Mark

    AZ Mark Been here awhile

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    Nice pic's... Thanks for taking us along !
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  4. AZ TOM

    AZ TOM Long timer

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    Beautiful country. Thanks.
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  5. Rutabaga

    Rutabaga Been here awhile

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    Always somewhere pretty to ride and you found one.
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  6. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    NIce ride and pics.

    I really appreciate your putting in road numbers. It is nice to know which roads go thru and makes it possible to duplicate some or all of your trip.
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  7. Happycamper

    Happycamper Have bikes, will travel

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    Pangia,

    Great pics!

    How are you liking the Overlander 60 set-up?

    Happycamper
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  8. Pangia

    Pangia Been here awhile

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    Thanks Guys - I appreciate the kudos. This fall I want to connect the route all the way to Kiowa National Grasslands and then maybe into a giant loop (2-3 days) north and west towards Taos...El Rito...the Jemez....back to Santa Fe. It will be 4-5 weeks before i can make it back out that way, but I will update this thread once I get back on the route. Hope to see you guys out there - I was pretty much solo the entire track except for a few ranch trucks and one lost horse.

    Pangia
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  9. Pangia

    Pangia Been here awhile

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    So far I like the set up and it suits my needs. I don't commute with my F800 and I mostly explore / day trip and am currently using just 2 of the 4 15-liter bags in the set up. I wanted soft bags because there are just too many times I can remember riding rocky terrain or sandy terrain, catching my boot and...I am afraid if I have metal boxes, I might injure my leg.

    The system is light (compared to metal panniers) and tough - I have side-swiped a few car sized boulders, hit the bags and they are ok. One time I actually got hung up on a bolder in a rock garden on one of the bags - everything was ok. I have them mounted on a TT frame.

    They are tough bags with a water proof removable lining. The Kriega USA contact is a top-notch helpful, good guy. Like so many things, I think it matters what your needs are - the Kriega system suits my needs well.

    The only question I have to ask the rep about is if the system is flexible enough to swap from 4 bags to 2 bags and back depending on my trip needs. Right now the 2 panniers I have mounted with the hardware are secured with red locktite...I thought that was rather permanent.

    Eventually I will do a complete write up / review on the Kriega Overlander 60 system with pics.

    Pangia
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  10. AtomicGeo

    AtomicGeo Chile Eater

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    Nice.

    Certainly continuing the route to Kiowa Grasslands via Mills Canyon on the Canadian River would be a good route to try to include.

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  11. burtonrider3889

    burtonrider3889 Been here awhile

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    Nice pics! Thanks for sharing. :clap
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  12. Pangia

    Pangia Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the tip Atomic Racer - I just googled Mills Canyon and it looks beautiful. I will find a way to link Mills into the ride and post it up in a few weeks.

    Pangia
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