Southern Portion of Continental Divide in 2018

Discussion in 'Americas' started by mpgmr, Jan 4, 2018.

  1. mpgmr

    mpgmr Utard

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    I am planning to ride the Southern portion (from Steamboat Springs, CO or thereabouts) in or about September 2018. I've ridden the TAT, Mex2Can, and Northern portion of the CD so looking to finish the CD this year. I know it's early but if you're thinking along the above lines then give me shout. I'm 68, domiciled in Utah, have numerous bikes to ride but will likely take a WR450F. I want to camp a few times but mostly motel. I also want to try out a drone to help document the trip so this will be a relatively slow ride of maybe 120-150 miles/day, depending on facilities.
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  2. HickOnACrick

    HickOnACrick Groovinator

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    Practice your mud-riding skills. September is Monsoon season - it is the month I did the CDT, and I had to bail out at Pie Town due to heavy rains and impassable roads. I think the 450 is a good choice. The toughest part of the ride begins once you hit the NM border (in my opinion). I camped the whole way so I can't recommend any hotels.
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  3. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks House Ape

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    I hit the same mud (and had to bail) south of Pie Town, but in my case it was in early July. You never know when the monsoon will start in NM.
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  4. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    Me three on the mud around Pie Town except I rode through. WR450 is a great choice to make it through the probable mud sections. Since you're in UT you've ridden in some mountain mud. I'd lean toward a knobbier tire than most recommend. I'd like to see the drone footage when you're done and also how well the drone packed up for transport.
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  5. Ebrake

    Ebrake Adventurer

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    I'm planning on starting in the South (NM) and seeing how far north I can get beginning April 28th. Any advice on the conditions in CO early May this year? Trading some cooler temps in NM for less rain. Trying to do hotel to hotel but carrying a tent for emergencies.
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  6. Branchbuster

    Branchbuster Been here awhile

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    Nothing too cool about the South NM weather now. It is in the 80s day and the 40s night. Mostly it is the wind season but that should wind down in late April and early May. There are no motels on the South route until you get to Silver City. Gas at Hachita and Animas, NM. If it matters there is no premium at either of those stations. First premium would be in Gage. You picked a pretty good year to go North as it is quite dry in all of NM this year. Could not tell you about CO though.Someone else can help you when you get closer up there.
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  7. Branchbuster

    Branchbuster Been here awhile

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    EBrake... Are you riding from the Antelope Wells side of the Hachitas or from the Cloverdale side up to Animas? The Cloverdale side more closely follows the actual Divide but most start at Antelope Wells. What will you be riding? How will you stow your tow vehicle? Always interested on how riders work this part out on stowing a vehicle as the South border has nothing on it at all. Antelope Wells is just a BP station you know, not really a village.
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  8. SquatBirdJunior

    SquatBirdJunior Special Snowflake

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    Gas in Hachita? I wouldn't plan on it being there.
    HachitaGas.jpg 2015, looks the same this year.
    But the rest area is always open:
    WP_20150806_043.jpg
    And the CDT monument:
    CDT monument.jpg
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