The One, the Only, the Original - NMOHVA's 6th Annual Rubber Chicken Ride

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by trailwerks, Jul 11, 2017.

  1. mdsnitc

    mdsnitc Been here awhile

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    The standard Mt Withington loop is ~150 miles fro TorC to Winston (for more fuel). That's with no deviation. :y0!

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  2. trailwerks

    trailwerks Missing Two Wheels

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    The loops will be in the same range of mileage as last year. The longest loop is the big bike loop over Emery Pass at 208 miles but there is gas along the route. The longest true dual sport loop is Mt. Withington at 184 (although you can knock 35 miles off the rear with a gas stop in Winston). The shortest is the Palomas Gap north exit at 40 miles. Most of the loops are in the 90 - 130 mile range and have options to get gas if necessary. I would say a range of 120 miles will get you around most of the loops without too much stress.

    I will be posting the routes in the next week or so but last year's info is HERE at post #115.
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  3. grizzzly

    grizzzly The Pre-Banned Version

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  4. CaptCapsize

    CaptCapsize Been here awhile

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    Desert View is where we stayed while scouting. Great place with a really good host. It is easy walking distance to the Sunset Grill. It has both a liquor store and gas station next door. What more would you need?
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  5. grizzzly

    grizzzly The Pre-Banned Version

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    Normally they have a “ride board” at the sunset grill and all you do is show up in the morning and decide what ride (group) you want to go with that day
  6. DC950

    DC950 Microadventurer

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    a gang of one would be me. Well, if I get a job and there is space left, maybe my 15 year old son too
  7. Prototype4342

    Prototype4342 Long timer

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    A couple good washouts behind the signal tower hill. Everyone ride safe.
  8. CaptCapsize

    CaptCapsize Been here awhile

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    When we scouted a week ago the locals said some area got pounded by rain and others were not. Example Chloride Creek was great, Lost Hills Road was in some places obliterated.
    Ride what you can see.
    We hiked a few times to scout for a way to go around on some Lost Hills Road sections.
  9. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly WGTOWWD/G

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    Uh oh...busted at the bar. It was good to have a beer with you!

    I need some input from you guys on what time to start playing Friday night. They usually don't start music until 7 or later but I'm thinking you guys are more likely to be there earlier. I know this crowd wants to ride and get an early start not sit in the bar all night.

    So how does 6pm for music sound? Earlier 5:30? I usually play about three hours. Appreciate any feedback. The folks who own the brewery are awesome so they'll let me pick my start time.

    Also FYI, there are a couple of food trucks that frequent the alley behind the brewery and have good cheap food. They'll bring it in right to your table.

    Brewery is now open on Thursdays too if you get to the RCR early.
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  10. CaptCapsize

    CaptCapsize Been here awhile

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    It was great to meet you.
    I look forward to your music. I am fine with it starting anytime you wish.
    The Brewery is awesome for both beverage and food.

    I plan on getting to T or C early on Thursday maybe early enough to check out Mt W conditions. I think the crew may be doing some pre-riding this week or next to get some more intel on trail conditions. I have one more day of the Balloon Fiesta, fantastic flying! Then a trip to northern AZ. I am not sure if I will have time for another pre-ride trip before the RCR. Retirement is too much fun, if there is such a thing.
  11. phxman

    phxman "Rocks are my Friends"

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    The pre-ride pictures look awesome. Thanks for doing all that "hard work"....cough cough.
  12. CaptCapsize

    CaptCapsize Been here awhile

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    Less than two weeks away. I have a little time to rest up form the Balloon Fiesta.

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  13. vhortykho

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    Left Las Cruces @ 630am this morning. Tolerated secondary pavement to Radium Springs. Crossed over I25 to E70 and caught the sunrise just East of the BP checkpoint @ MM26. Continued on up to A13. Nasty washout on A13 about 1.5 miles south of Aleman Rd, might be a challenge for big bikes but doable if you're up for the challenge. I see it was part of last years Route #9. The day was still young and I just had too much momentum. Continued on to Winston for a BBQ sandwich because I had read about them somewhere here online. Right tasty, more so when you're starving. Lookout for the 10mph curve, they mean it. Nearly found myself in the on-coming lane while rubber necking. Why do they put sharp curves in such pretty places? Don't they go to school for that kind of stuff? Lost a custom ear plug in the parking lot. Note to self, don't buy flesh colored next time, invisible on gravel. Regular was $2.48/gal. Looks like they had 88 octane & diesel too. $5.00 minimum purchase if you're using a card to pay but they'll work with you to bundle your gas & BBQ in to one qualifying purchase. Bathroom had a shower. Had to duck a flood of elk hunters. I was decked out in high viz yellow and sitting next to my helmet when an old timer approached and asked if I was hunting. Cell coverage nonexistent though vicious rumor has it Verizon occasionally works from the front porch. Before leaving, a gentleman suggested Chloride Canyon. Any other time and I might have but I decided to save it for the RCR and headed out for Mogollon. Lots of golden hues along the way, some red too set off against a nearly cloudless blue sky and the scent of the Ponderosa's, nearly spiritual. Looks like they've wrapped up the road repair in Mogollon, only took 4 years! Pavement to Silver City for gas then more pavement back to Las Cruces. Got home @ 830pm. It was a good day.
  14. grizzzly

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  15. vhortykho

    vhortykho n00b

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    Couple questions. How is lunch handled out on the trail? Is there a stop on each route when everyone's tummy starts to grumble in unison? Anyone using an app to checkin/out? Coverage would be nil in the sticks but as soon as we return to civilization our phones could automatically report in and scratch us off the sweep list. Is there a sweep list of straggling riders? Some of us need angels. Comm systems, any being used? Might be handier for the group lead to manage his flock. Better than throwing stones to get someone's attention.
  16. grizzzly

    grizzzly The Pre-Banned Version

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    Most groups don’t do “lunch” but take a few breaks to look at the scenery, bench race, and snack or fix broke stuff.

    These “rides” are just suggestions on where to go. it is recommended that you find a group of riders that want to do the same type of riding you want to do, and let the NMOHVA people know how many are in your group and where you are planning on going. And check in when you return.
    Sunset Grill is the place to get started


    Did Someone start a how to ride with a group thread and if so where did it go?
  17. CaptCapsize

    CaptCapsize Been here awhile

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    Group Rides: (Just my opinion, after all it is adventure riding)

    The rides are informal, not officially lead. We divide into groups and select a ride described scale of easy, moderate, difficult, and hard. The GPS tracks named will have a description of the route and difficulty. Something that was easy last year, may not be easy this year. Mother nature will have her way with the trails. We will have a sign up white board at the Sunset Grill. Some groups which usually ride together will just do their own thing.

    We usually have someone who has ridden the route before in front and a good rider riding sweep. We check a headcount at stops. However riding in a group is strictly voluntary. It is the responsibility of an individual rider to know their skill level, but everyone is there to help each other and have fun. Each rider is responsible for waiting for the rider behind them at trail turns and junctions, so every one knows which way to go. Ride at a speed you are comfortable with. I ride kind of slow so I can see what is coming up next. We take frequent breaks for hydration and nutrition. We take a longer break for lunch, but it is each riders responsibility to provide their own water and food. There are not many options for stopping at a place which serves lunch. I usually take 3 liters of H2O in a hydration pack and some power bars, jerky, and trail mix.

    If you wish to leave the group, you are free to do so. Just be sure to let everyone knows you are leaving and where you plan on going. If someone wants to leave it is best that they do it with a group. You know there is safety in numbers.

    The routes generally have a total distance included. You should know your fuel range and plan accordingly. That said some of us carry extra gas just in case. I carry extra, because I am navigationally challenged, and I am not really lost until I’m out of gas. Sometimes a spare gallon of gas may cost you a beer at the end of the trail. We have had to transfer gas from one rider to another from time to time to get everyone back. You should be prepared to fix or repair you bike as needed, including flats. Some of the T or C area has lots of things with stickers and thorns. I personally use a tire sealant and carry spare tubes and tools. It has usually gotten me home.

    We all do look after each other, it is part of the adventure.
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  18. SteveO

    SteveO Long timer

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    looking forward to meeting you all. Going to be a hoot this year.
  19. Jthewood

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    I did the Chloride Canyon ride last year.....it was awesome. We stopped about midway for a 20 minute "lunch" that consisted of whatever people brought. This year I'll throw a frozen sandwich in my saddlebags. The group I was with kept track of everyone in the group, and you can find a link to GPS tracks earlier in this thread. I have a SENA 20s, not sure about others. I'll look for you when we get down there, sounds like you and I are about the same speed. I have a buddy coming, we'll both be on WR250r's. No worries, this is a well run, great event. You'll have a blast.
  20. trailwerks

    trailwerks Missing Two Wheels

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    Sorry for the Really SLOW reply....down in T or C for more pre-riding the last several days. I think a 6:00 pm starting time would be great on Friday evening. We were back at the brewery both Saturday and Sunday night this weekend and the place was rockin' both nights. I think the RCR crowd will enjoy!
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