Why I ride--Why do you 2, Los Alamos

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by AKASY, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. AKASY

    AKASY Noob

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    In 2000 a major fire burned the Los Alamos NM area, here is a link that gives the details
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerro_Grande_Fire
    Since most of the areas is 7000 feet plus recovery is a long term process. We decided to take a ride into a portion of the area and see what it looks like today. I started from Albuquerque and had about a 2 hour ride to get to the meet point--started early for me..

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    Of course the ride up is great
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    Met up with AtomXRer, DownhillDave, Hunter40 and one more who I missed his screen name--sorry--

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    All went well

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    Until we noticed that we only had four instead of five..Had to find DD

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    Well I've learned three truths in 45 years of offroad riding, you will fall down, if it can go wrong it will and there is no such thing as a gentleman's ride

    Proof one
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    A trip to town

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    Three--yes three new tubes later don't expect to find a 21" tube in Los Alamos---so....

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    Don't ask DownhillDave will have to explain

    Then the rest of the ride--about 2 hours later....

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    proof 2 is lacking pictures due to quick actions on the part of the involved parties--but check the "route" you can visularize....

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    Proof three, there is no such thing as a gentleman's ride--yep that is the route...

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    Single track gets a new meaning...

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    Then it gets a really new meaning..yep that is the trail...

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    Toward the end the trail gets better--huh..

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    Ahh road....

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    U-turn time...
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    Nice views...

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    And back out heading to lunch--nearly four and I've still got a 2 hour ride back...

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    Back to the mountain....and home

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    Why I ride..why do you?
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  2. eljeffe

    eljeffe R.I.P Jeff

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    I wonder if Roy Weaver still gets death threats. I know he was forced to retire and left the state after the fire.

    He's the guy who gave the order to begin the prescribed burn, when both the National Weather Service and the National Forest Service had warned him not to go forward with it due to high winds in the forecast
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  3. justplainray

    justplainray ucancallmeray

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  4. eljeffe

    eljeffe R.I.P Jeff

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    Nice how they shifted most of the responsibility to the Burn Boss, when it was actually Roy Weaver who authorized the burn even after the National Forest Service had expressed concerns (and had suspended their own prescribed burns) due to the weather forecast for high winds.
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  5. redog1

    redog1 KLR650-2009

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    1. Escape the rat race.
    2. See new country.
    3. Experience the feel of being FREE.
    4. Get back to nature, smells, sights, sounds, everything.
    5. Keeps my life in perspective.:deal
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  6. Slojoe

    Slojoe Easily Amused

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    Akasy, thanks for the great ride report.
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  7. AtomicGeo

    AtomicGeo Yep, ranked 49th.

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    Thanks AKASY :thumb Nice Report.

    Last I heard, Roy Weaver went on to AZ (I think) to manage a forest near you!
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  8. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    Very cool, nice ride!
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  9. selaznog

    selaznog Avoiding pavement

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    Good lookin' new scoot' Sy. I'm interested to hear how you like it over the little Honda.
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  10. eljeffe

    eljeffe R.I.P Jeff

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    Are you still able to connect with all the roads that spider out from Pipeline Road and Quemezon? There used to be a route where you could connect from Pipeline and make it around to Guaje Pines. There's some old reservoir over there that I remember from my childhood years.
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  11. AKASY

    AKASY Noob

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    area of expertise I was along for the ride so to speak--maybe AtomicXRer or Hunter40 will see this and post.

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  12. eljeffe

    eljeffe R.I.P Jeff

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    Back in the 79-80 timeframe, my buddy and I used to ride our dirtbikes up Pipeline Road all the way up to the gate on the Baca Property (now the Valle Grande National Preseve) and around the back side to Coyote. There was an old guy in Coyote that would give us gas and beer, and then we'd head back. But that was so long ago. The Baca Land and Cattle guys only caught us once, and they were pissed, because they needed to use the helicopter to find us. After a stern lecture, they let us go. I think they enjoyed the excitement

    I tried retracing the route in a 4x4 a few years ago, and had to start at Camp May since Pipeline was so screwed up. The Valle Grande National Preserve people don't take kindly to vehicles. :huh
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  13. Downhill Dave

    Downhill Dave Busco aventura

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    Well I don't know yet where the problem is in my front wheel. After Rob (the great American hero :clap) dropped me and my unicycle off at my house I went to SMR (local independent bike store with emphasis on dirt bikes) and SFe Motor Sports to find out that there are NO inner tubes available for the front wheel of a DRz :dunno until the middle of this week. This seems like a liquor store with no beer!

    Have 1 tube reserved at each store. Since I can't fix the problem now I've kicked the DRz into the back of my garage while I work to get a 650 in top condition.

    Sorry for the delays, the sweating, etc. on Friday:baldy . I'm gonna kill that F$#king Murphy when I see him. Next time I'll be more prepared (2 tubes in the emergency kit?).
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  14. NMTrailboss

    NMTrailboss Team Dead End

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    Great report Sy!! Looks like some great roads and country in the Los Alamos area. That's one area of the Jemez I've not ridden much. Would love to hook up with you guys for another ride in that area some time. Nice photos!! :thumb
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  15. bash3r

    bash3r I ain't no DingWeed

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    Nice Ride Report and NICE bike :thumb
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  16. AKASY

    AKASY Noob

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    AtomicXRer even with my GPS track I doubt I could do that again--it would be fun to watch Retoon out there in those stumps!

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  17. Hari in Gila

    Hari in Gila Adventurer

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    May be up around Flagstaff? They've been buring a lot lately up there.

    coincidence? Perhaps....
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  18. AtomicGeo

    AtomicGeo Yep, ranked 49th.

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    Drove thru there just the other day...yeah, I saw patches of burnt trees from I40....must be a Weaver area.

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  19. AtomicGeo

    AtomicGeo Yep, ranked 49th.

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    That Pipeline rd. route went away years ago when infrastructure for Quemazon subdivision went in back in mid-90s...county and people got pissed when people were still riding the trail.

    The Guaje pines trail (behind the cemetery) is still rideable....all the way up the ridge and around to Rendija. :thumb

    Geo

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  20. AtomicGeo

    AtomicGeo Yep, ranked 49th.

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    Ready to name a date?

    :deal

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