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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Thomas B., Apr 24, 2016.
and it was a nice way to get south in the US. We have been on the pavement enough with the BMW.
We were very lucky that the next day turned out to be beautiful. There was fog in the morning in Silverton, but once we got out of town it was great. We left all our bags at Marks trailer and enjoyed a day of “naked” riding. Our gearing was a bit long and the bald tires were not so great, but we still had a great day of riding in the Rockies. First we went up Minnie Gulch, then up Engineer Pass (where we met Aaron, an inmate from New Zealand on his EXC 500, small world), then up a place (I can’t remember the name, probably Picayune Gulch) where we had to turn around just short of the top, because Sandra and I had too little traction with our tires in the loose rocks. Back over Hurricane Pass (I think) to Silverton. What great day of riding.
Going up Minnie Gulch
old mining Equipment
and coming down again
going up Engineer Pass (3901 m)
great Panorama from the view Point on Engineer Pass
having lunch with a view
and another one of us
more impressiv mining Equipment high up in the mountains
Fantastic area. I enjoy going to places like that where there is historic things to see
There is a lot of old mining stuff to see in the whole Region. Makes the riding even more interesting. And yes the area is fantasic to ride in and on a good day the scenery is just amazing.
We went over Engineer Pass the next day again with the bags and with overcast sky, and spend the night in a motel in South Fork as it was pouring down again. We then jumped onto the CDR again to get down to New Mexico. In Abiquiu we finally left the CDR and headed to Santa Fe where we planned to stay for a couple of weeks. After months or traveling it is good to rest in between and get some things done. Sandra was going home for her brother´s wedding, and I had a long list of things to do on the bikes. Some things weren´t working anymore and had to be fixed like lights, break lights, heated grips, and a lot of other things – maintenance, rebuild forks, new chain and sprocket for me, new tires,….
Sandra found us a small apartment where I can work out and inside, and it is in walking distance to the main plaza of Santa Fe. We are still here now and will be until the 21. October. We are also waiting for new riding Jackets. We had some problems with ours and send them to Klim, and they very generously agreed to send us new ones. Great customer service. So we will be looking a bit different on the pictures in the future as they are a different model. We also still had the BMW here we used last winter to tour the US and Canada and that we had to sell. Well that happened 1 or 2 weeks ago. Not to mention thousands of pictures and GB of Gopros that we should take care of before heading on as it becomes just too much.
Up Engineer Pass again the next day - this time to go over it
Waiting for the locals to clear the road
The old bike is still interesting to People - he walked arround the bike and took Pictures of it from all sides, and then came in to talk to us.
This is where we are staying at the Moment
My rear tire - well used - 18500 Km (11600 mi)
front not looking all that bad, but still done
Open brain surgery in the parking lot, Sandras valve cover had been leaking for some time already and needed to be sealed freshly
Fixing not working lights
some parts needed to be replaced - pin from the rear brake pads
servicing the forks in the casita we are living in
UPS broght new shoes
Sold our BMW we had toured the US with last winter
Loading the bike using one of Marks Trailers as a ramp
Up on the truck
And there it goes - I liked that bike for what we used it for
All of a sudden it got cold in Santa Fe and the weather wasn´t nice for a couple of days.
The tires were too stiff out side so I took everything inside to warm it up and do it there.
Almost there with the work and then we are ready to roll again.
Getting rid or the old tires
When we leave here our general direction is going to be south. Central and South America are waiting. So hang on. There is more to come.
We have been in the USA and Canada for just over a year now. Look at the map to see what we did. Got around a bit and saw some amazing landscapes, met a lot of really great and helpful people, and in general had a good time.
But for me I had enough of the States for the moment. It´s time to move on. We will still be in the US for some time until we enter Mexico (it´s still too hot), but we are on our way to leave. Get to something new and escape the winter.
Our tour through the USA and Canada
Should be back on the road now!!
Yes we are. Only made it to Cuba (NM) today. Had a late start, but we are on the road again heading to Vegas for the big lights.
Update when you can, ride safe and enjoy the journey!!
Thank you and I will.
Leaving Santa Fe we went north to Los Alamos and on to Cuba. Not a great place, but we spend the night there. Then it was on to Chaco canyon to see some of the native history. It was a great place. We did some guided tours around the sites and looked at the rest on our own. Then we had a really cold night on the campsite (freezing).
On it went to Painted Desert and Petrified Forest to do some sightseeing. It was a beautiful ride and a lovely day.
Last stroll through Santa Fe, Indians selling jewlery at the plaza
The big cathedral
and a small church
saw some nice cars around town.
and some art on Canyon road.
Ruins in Chaco Canyon
taking a walk to some petroglyphs
can you spot them?
after a freezing night
Sandra doing Panoramas
on the old route 66
and Petrified Forest
Are we on the moon or what?
but don´t take anything honey
Next point on the list was Las Vegas. Sandra wanted to see all the flash and lights. Of course on the way there my lights went out and it took me a lot of hours to find out the problem was a disconnected wire in the switch of the Ignition. Got some solder and soldered it back on. Lights are ok again. Great!
The Hoover Dam just before reaching Las Vegas
Looking why the lights went out.
Found a lose cable in the ignition Switch, bought some solder and a cheap screwdriver, got the Camping sove out, and soldered itg back on. We have light again!
An adventurer always finds a way
He has to! He wants to ride on.
Was thinking about it, but Sandra said no.
And the Strip
Great photos Thomas!
Thanks, finally off to BAJA tomorrow.
Since it wasn´t too far away –what is close in America –we even made it to Death Valley and had a look around there.
There was some Borax mining going on here in earlier days.
Since our insurance is running out and we don´t want to extend it, we pointed our front wheel south and are now definitely on our way to Mexico. We are sitting in Desert Hot Springs at the moment waiting for a parcel and then we´ll jump the border to BAJA tomottow.
Ride safe and keep us updated when you can!