The Year of the Second Circum

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  1. cberry

    cberry Been here awhile

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    I'm using a 8" id Lazy Rider bag which is a piece of ribbed pvc drain pipe covered to look like luggage. It is the smaller of the 2 offered. I tried the larger one and it was too large for my 1200RT. It makes a very good back support and holds my sleeping bag and thermorest. I bungee the tent and camel on top of it.
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  2. cberry

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    I’m playing catch-up again. No web access last night. Beautiful weather the past 2 days riding thru <st1:State><st1:place>Manitoba</st1:place></st1:State> and <st1:State><st1:place>Saskatchewan</st1:place></st1:State>. Sometimes absolutely FLAT fields of crops of various beautiful colors, sometimes rolling hills. Lots of flat, shallow ponds with small water fowl in them. Spent Last night in <st1:place><st1:placeName>Riding</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType>Mountain</st1:placeType> <st1:placeType>National Park</st1:placeType></st1:place>. It has a beautiful lake as its centerpiece, and a lot of beach and boating activity. Today’s ride was a long one, 452 miles/ 735KM and 8 hours moving plus 3 more hours not moving on the gps. I am tonight in <st1:City><st1:place>Saskatoon</st1:place></st1:City>, a name which I always thought was an adventurous sounding name. I was too tired to sightsee!
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    The web access at my motel tonight is impossibly SLOW. I’ll have to send the pictures another time.
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  3. cberry

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    A 35 KM ride down this gravel road got me through the “Historic East Entrance Gate” to Riding Mountain NP.
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    The lake was its centerpiece
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    Brilliant yellow and subdued violet fields of crops
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    The Inglis Grain Elevator National Historic Site
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    The Fort Pelly National Historic Site, also down a long gravel road
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    And, a pretty weed found at the site
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    So far. riding thru these northern plains has been anything but boring!
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  4. cberry

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    The last 2 days have been strictly a trip across country. I did manage to visit 2 National Parks/National Historic Sites though. These were the Elk Island NP in <st1:State><st1:place>Alberta</st1:place></st1:State> today and the Batoche NHS yesterday in <st1:State><st1:place>Saskatchewan</st1:place></st1:State>. Both were very interesting. Today I got held up by a herd of Bison in the park. They were all over the road.
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    And, having gotten past the herd, a beautiful lake within the park
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    I quit early this afternoon after only 5 hours of moving time. I stopped in <st1:place><st1:City>Edson</st1:City>, <st1:State>AB</st1:State></st1:place>, to space out the next 2 days of riding. Good thing I did. There was a serious thunder storm that knocked out the electricity in the hotel just after I had put in a load of wash. I’m on the battery now, waiting for the power to come back on. I should have taken a nap instead!
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    Tomorrow promises to be very scenic. I’ll be going through Jasper NP and riding the <st1:Street><st1:address>Icefields Parkway</st1:address></st1:Street> to Banff NP. Other than a stray shower or two the weather has been great. The mornings are chilly, around 50 degrees, and it heats up to the 80’s as the day goes on. Afternoon storms are common, just as they are at home in <st1:State><st1:place>Florida</st1:place></st1:State>.
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    Speed limits have increased to 110 Klicks, and the faster traffic is running about 130. This helps the miles pass quickly.


    I've been using the same batteries for a month now in my SPoT beacon. No red lights yet, and the signals are all getting through fine. SPoT's HOT!
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  5. cberry

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    Day One—The <st1:Street><st1:address>Icefields Parkway</st1:address></st1:Street>
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    This ride through <st1:place><st1:placeName>Jasper</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType>National Park</st1:placeType></st1:place> is spectacular. There is wild life, natural scenery, and glaciers.
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    One of the many glaciers along the <st1:Street><st1:address>Icefields Parkway</st1:address></st1:Street><o:p></o:p>
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    Close up of the glacier
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    Security at the 1 Star Motel
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    Day Two—Lake Louise, Radium Hot Springs, Koonanay National Park, a Ferry Crossing, and more wild life
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    The Freemont
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    The ferry Que for the trip across <st1:place><st1:placeName>Kootenay</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType>Lake</st1:placeType></st1:place>
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  6. cberry

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    What I originally planned as a week of daily rides is turning into a week of R & R. The ride into town from Kelso was beautiful, and one of the finest motorcycle roads I’ve been on. There are 2 other roads into town and I rode one of them yesterday and plan to ride the third on my way out of town. That will be enough because I’m conserving miles to schedule my next service and tire change to coincide with my visit to Rox and Ed’s in <st1:City><st1:place>San Antonio</st1:place></st1:City>. <o:p> </o:p>
    The hotel I’m staying in claims to be the oldest continuously operating hotel in <st1:State><st1:place>British Columbia</st1:place></st1:State>. This picture shows it beyond a beautiful garden on the walk around a portion of the lake.
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    And, here’s the view from the hotel.
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    Yesterday’s ride took me to 2 national Parks, first <st1:place><st1:placeType>Mt.</st1:placeType> <st1:placeName>Revelstoke</st1:placeName></st1:place> then Glacier. I was lucky to ride to the summit of <st1:place><st1:placeType>Mt.</st1:placeType> <st1:placeName>Revelstoke</st1:placeName></st1:place> before the Park Service closed the park because of a couple of grizzly bears in the vicinity of the summit parking lot. This picture is the small pond and meadow near the summit.
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    And this is another view from the summit.
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    Going down the hill I stopped for another view and got pictured myself.
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    This is a better picture of what I was seeing.
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    At Glacier NP there is this nice commemorative of the first crossing of the mountains at this point, Rogers Pass.
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    This mosaic depicts the <st1:Street><st1:address>Trans Canada Highway</st1:address></st1:Street>, the object of this portion of my trip. By the time I finish, I will have completed a trip from <st1:place><st1:City>St. John’s</st1:City> <st1:State>Newfoundland</st1:State></st1:place> to <st1:place><st1:City>Vancouver</st1:City>, <st1:State>British Columbia</st1:State></st1:place>.
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    These mountains are at the far end of Rogers Pass.
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    And here is a shot of one of the many glaciers in the area.
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    Quite a day’s ride, eh?<o:p></o:p>
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  7. Jedediah

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    Yes indeed!

    I have enjoyed your ride from the beginning and appreciate the time you take to post.

    Chuck, I would like you to know that your photographic skills are top drawer.
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    Looking forward to more.

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  8. cberry

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    Jed, you are too kind!

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    As the BeeCee’s rally began to spin down there were some memorable moments for us. There was David Hough caught with an ‘Air Head” hat and then caught again charming some sweet young thing in his flying machine. The Bee Cee’s have been giving the Naksup seniors rides in sidecars for a couple of years and this one was for a family member.
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    The Rotary Club of Naksup put on an incredible edible pancake breakfast for us on Saturday morning after a near full moon over the lake the night before.
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    After breakfast we had a R11/12 ride out to Duncan Dam via some of the very spectacular roads in the Arrow Lakes Region. This, of course, made us hungry and one of our group recommended this California Style restaurant and we had a great lunch in Kaslo. That’s me, the duty photog, caught in front of the lens, and the next shot is our lunch bunch.
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    Tonight, after another fantastic ride through the hills and valleys I find myself in the desert! What a change. I’m in Cache Creek, poised for a run to the ferry at <st1:City><st1:place>Vancouver</st1:place></st1:City> in the morning. It will be another great ride past the 2010 Winter Olympics site in Whistler, BC. <o:p></o:p>
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  9. Jedediah

    Jedediah Been here awhile

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    There you are! Have been looking forward to meeting you.
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    Give your camera to a tourist and show them the zoom function. We would like to meet you!

    I am in the high desert near Barstow. Will you be traviling this way?

    Jed.
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  10. cberry

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    I don't think so Jed. This morning I'm leaving Grand Coulee Dam and heading for Boise, on my way to Rocky Mountain NP. Wish I had time to post more pics but they will have to wait.
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  11. cberry

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    <o:p> </o:p>Leaving Nakusp I took the southern route to the ferry at Faqueir/Needles and followed the excellent lead of the couple on the bike to the right.
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    It was a great ride to breakfast together.
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    Then I found myself in the desert and spent the night at Cache Creek.
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    The next day was a great ride down the Sea to <st1:street><st1:address>Sky Highway</st1:address></st1:street>, past Whistler and the preparations for the 2010 Olympic Games
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    After the ferry from Horseshoe Bay I overnight’d in Duncan, the city of totem poles, where I got severely bitten about a dozen times by bed bugs. (The <st1:place><st1:placename>Duncan</st1:placename> <st1:placename>Motel</st1:placename></st1:place> for your future reference.)
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    On the way to the ferry at <st1:city><st1:place>Sidney</st1:place></st1:city> I rode through <st1:state><st1:place>Victoria</st1:place></st1:state>, and here’s a shot of the harbour.
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    THIS COMPLETES MY TRIP ACROSS <st1:country-region><st1:place>CANADA</st1:place></st1:country-region> FROM <st1:place><st1:city>SIGNAL HILL</st1:city> <st1:state>NEWFOUNDLAND</st1:state></st1:place> TO <st1:place><st1:city>VICTORIA</st1:city>, <st1:state>BRITISH COLUMBIA</st1:state></st1:place>. The Canadian portion of my CIRCUM was 8,617 miles (13,865km), and took 32 riding days, some of which were ‘local’ sightseeing rides. Newfoundland/Labrador accounted for 1,885 miles (3,047km), and earned me a “Ride the Rock” decal, which I proudly display. The weather was amazing. I may have had to ride 4 or 5 days in some rain, but I don’t recall ever having to start out in serious rain and then ride all day in it. Temperatures were quite tolerable for this old Florida Cracker, never too hot or cold for the gear I had available to wear. As an add-on to my Iron Butt USA National Parks Tour I documented visits to 29 <st1:place><st1:placename>Canadian</st1:placename> <st1:placetype>National Parks</st1:placetype></st1:place> or National Historic Sites in 7 provinces on this trip. Last year I visited the <st1:state><st1:place>Yukon</st1:place></st1:state>. That only leaves <st1:state><st1:place>Northwest Territories</st1:place></st1:state> and <st1:state><st1:place>Nunavut</st1:place></st1:state> not visited. I think I’ll save them for another year. This year has been over the top thanks to my many Canadian friends, both new and old.:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap<o:p></o:p>
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  12. cberry

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    Because of the active hurricane season and the excessive heat this summer, I have decided to head home via the more direct route. That is, from Mt. Vernon, WA direct to Melbourne, FL and not via San Diego, which will be detailed in a follow-up posting. It's been 50 plus days since I've left home and I'm happy to shorten the trip. It has been long enough!:D:D

    I'll be going through some interesting places along the way. Tonight I'm in Pocatello, ID, and I'm planning to be in Vernal, UT tomorrow, and then ride thru Rockie Mt. National Park. Maybe I can post some pics tomorrow.
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  13. cberry

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    Back in 2009 I started this thread and did not complete the ride for a couple of reasons, most notably the lateness of the season and the likelihood of hurricanes along the gulf coast in September. This is where I had been on that ride: https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=214998562630917410831.000452db56de38514e3eb&msa=0
    I have been lucky enough to complete the ride this year. This is an after-the-fact ride report to tie it all up, and I'll post it over the next few days.

    It starts with shipping the bike from Orlando, FL to Seattle, WA, and then meeting it and getting it out of storage.
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    I was fortunate enough to be invited to stay with a husband and wife team of experienced BMW riders that I had met the year before up in Nakusp, BC. They each have over 300,000 miles on BMW's and are a joy to ride with (behind). We had a couple of days before the weekend club ride, so we did warm-up rides and tourist stuff. Every good ride report includes a report on the local cuisine, and I can report that this meal was outstanding.
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    As a retired Submariner, I really enjoyed visiting this museum at Kitsap, WA, and telling war stories to my hosts.
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    One of the more beautiful sites we visited on our warm-up rides was Snoqualmie Falls, pictures here:
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    The club ride officially started with a breakfast in Olympia, WA and ended at Manzanita, OR.
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    My hosts had selected a beautiful and challenging route for the ride that day, and as we approached our destination this is what we saw:
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    After fellowship and a meal, the night passed quickly. The next day is the start of the rest of the journey.
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  14. cberry

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    The ride continues. Here is a Spotwalla track of it from Seattle to home. https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id=b0e253fa2ef0c6b94

    After Manzanita, the first photo-op was the Cape Meares Lighthouse, a very "short" lighthouse.
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    Next was a busy Hang Gliding operation near Cape Lookout, OR.
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    I rode through the Redwoods in Northern California, awe inspiring and beautiful,
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    and across the Golden Gate Bridge.
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    Had lunch at Alice's Restaurant, where the parking lot was still draining from heavy rains,
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    and spent the night at the Naval Postgraduate School's restored Del Monte Hotel in Monterey, CA
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    I was having some issues with my new Schuberth C3 helmet and its comm package, and one of the stops I really wanted to make was at the Schuberth offices in Aliso Viejo, CA. Unfortunately, as the trip was panning out, my arrival would have been on the weekend. I called the office and was put through to Phil Chapman, their super tech. When I explained my situation Phil immediately volunteered to come in on Saturday morning and "...see what he could do." He spent 2 hours adjusting and upgrading my helmet. A great guy! To make the Saturday schedule work out, I spent Friday night in Ventura at a beachfront hotel and Saturday night at the San Diego Naval Base.

    To mark my arrival at the southwestern corner of our country I pictured the Cabrillo National Monument,
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    and the Point Loma Lighthouse.
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    This completes this portion of the ride, from Seattle to Pt. Loma, mostly along the Pacific Coast Highway. The next segment is from Pt. Loma to Carlsbad, NM. Acting on route suggestions from my friends in Seattle, that routing was changed significantly.

    No bike or bike clothing issues to this point. But I did injure myself on a careless fall on the pier at Ventura Beach. A dime sized piece of skin on my right hand's small knuckle was peeled back and bled severely. I got it stopped and patched well enough to not require medical attention, but it became a continuing problem.
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  16. cberry

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    The ride continues. Here is a Spotwalla track of it from Seattle to home. https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php...253fa2ef0c6b94

    Leaving the cool maritime air of San Diego for the warmer dry air of the desert was approached with some apprehension, but it wasn't nearly as bad as I had imagined...Hot, but not too hot, at first. The first night was spent at the MCAS, Yuma AZ, in a really great little town house. There were a number of them available for transient visitors. The base is first class! The best I've stayed at in recent memory.

    On the way, I tried to get near the US/Mexico border when practical, and this was the first such stop at Tecate.
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    It was an interesting ride until I got on I-8 to Yuma and the MCAS for the night.

    The next day's ride was all slab, and I picked a looser of a motel with bedbugs for the night in east Mesa, AZ. However, it was almost worth the discomfort for the spectacular ride the following day.
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  17. cberry

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    Following US Rt 60 east from Mesa, AZ, I passed by or through towns like Gold Canyon, Gold Camp. and Globe on the way to Show Low. One of the finest rides I have ever experienced: mountains, canyons, cliffs, hairpins, sweepers, and twisties. The road bed reminded me of the Blue Ridge Parkway, but there was no traffic and the suggested speed limit was significantly higher than 45 MPH. It looked somewhat like the Grand Canyon, but I could ride down into it!
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    Check out the run-away truck ramp in the background of this picture, then see if you can find the location from the earlier Spotwalla reference.
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    Lunch was in the town of Show Low, AZ, with an interesting history associated with its name.
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    After lunch, more great riding to Springerville, AZ, on US Rt 60 where I spent the night. The next day's planned ride got significantly shortened by severe thunderstorms, but I was still able to complete another super, scenic and technical road, US Rt 191 from Springerville to Clifton, AZ. Ridden from North to South it is mostly downhill, and would have been more fun going the other direction, but, that's for the next time. Passed this gigantic copper mine along the way. One picture can not do it justice.
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    The routing of today's ride was dictated by the possibility of thunderstorms again in the mountains. Therefore I decided to take the shorter and faster route along I 10 to Las Cruces and then along US Rt 70 to Holloman AFB. Along the way I passed the White Sands Missile Test Range and White Sands National Monument, which I visited briefly, deciding to revisit it the next morning...when it would be cooler.
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    Snow covered field? Cross Country Skiing? It could be. But no, its sand, pure white and very fine.
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    It really is snow, isn't it?
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  19. cberry

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    On this day off I did a nice circular ride from Holloman AFB up to Ruidoso, NM. Some beautiful territory.
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    Here's "The Old Mill", reported to be Ruidoso's birthplace
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    It was an easy 164 mile loop. Not exactly spectacular, but beautiful just the same.

    The next day's ride (5/13) repositioned me to Carlsbad, NM, for a tour of the Caverns the day after.
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    On the morning of the scheduled tour of the Caverns, this is what the sky looked like.
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    The weather that followed was severe. All the guests and non-essential support staff at the visitors center were evacuated under the threat of lightening and flooding of the access road. Being the only biker there that morning, I refused to evacuate, and took some flack from a young employee who was overruled by a more senior person. Later in the day, after the storm had passed, the access road and the visitors center was reopened and I was able to tour a portion of the Caverns. They are, of course, magnificent and immense. I only toured a very small sample of what is there that has been opened to the public. Here's one totally inadequate sample of what I saw.
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    The ride continues. Here is a Spotwalla track of it from Seattle to home. https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php...253fa2ef0c6b94

    The severe weather yesterday caused me to take a room close to the Caverns last night, and today I started out without a declared destination for this evening's lodging, something I rarely do. But, doing so gave me freedom. I wanted to get closer to the US/Mexico border as the objective of the entire ride was to circumnavigate the country. So, I meandered southward along US Rt 180 to Sr 54 which became US Rt 90. It led to Marfa, TX, which was the site of many soaring contests over the years from 1967 through 2006. As a glider pilot and instructor, Marfa has been on my "Must See" list for years.
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    This day it (the airport) looked like just another underutilized general aviation airport. However, in the town I stumbled across this very interesting building which I chose to name the "Pink Palace".
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    Being still early in the day I continued on to the border town of Persidio, TX. I saw lots of Border Patrol Officers along the way all afternoon.
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    Staying in the USA, I followed the Rio Grande river on a very interesting road shown on the Spotwalla site as "Farm to Market 70". I was surprised at how mountainous the area was. Some folks in Marfa suggested that I spend the night in Big Bend NP at the lodge there, which I did. Beautiful setting with the lodge down in a goldfish bowl, surrounded by rugged peaks.
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