A Spring Sojourn from the Snow to the Southwest - Tripus Interuptus

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by bigjohnsd, Mar 21, 2021.

  1. bigjohnsd

    bigjohnsd '14 BMW R1200 GS Adv Supporter

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    Freya all loaded Saturday night, all I had to do was back the Ridgeline up to the trailer in the garage and hook up. On the road at 0545, next stop Alamosa CO.
    It was snowing lightly in Spearfish when I departed but once South of the Black Hills in Wyoming it was fine.

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    The big snow here last week still has some snow on the ground in Southern WY and Northern Colorado.

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    Once South of Denver the Rockies were beautiful and the traffic was light heading South.

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    All was going really well, making great time and 20 mpg while towing as I approached Salida CO.

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    Ridgeline 1 Deer 0!

    No injuries to me, no airbag deployment, my friend Kip drove up from Alamosa and retrieved Freya, the trailer, and me.

    I am recovering from the stress with the aid of

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    Jamesons and fresh Peanut Butter Cookies.

    Heading South in the morning, may ride, may have to trailer to Santa Fe due to predicted snow in the passes. We will make the ride/trailer call in the morning.
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  2. TheAdmiral

    TheAdmiral Long timer

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    That sucks. Looks like there is more Jamesons than there are peanut butter cookies! :lol3
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  3. bigjohnsd

    bigjohnsd '14 BMW R1200 GS Adv Supporter

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    Rode South, 29F when we left Alamosa. In Socorro NM now, heading West somewhere from here.
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  4. black 8

    black 8 motography memories...

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    D@mn... good on ya' for forging ahead despite the deer strike...

    I had one of those myself but no where near like yours...
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  5. bigjohnsd

    bigjohnsd '14 BMW R1200 GS Adv Supporter

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    We ended up in Silver City NM tonight after a great ride on NM 152 from Truth or Consequences West.

    https://www.relive.cc/view/vrqDQedBkwv


    Heading somewhere after breakfast in the morning. Eventually to Tucson tomorrow evening.
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  6. bigjohnsd

    bigjohnsd '14 BMW R1200 GS Adv Supporter

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  7. bigjohnsd

    bigjohnsd '14 BMW R1200 GS Adv Supporter

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    Day 3 Tucson to Organ Pipe National Monument via Nogales.

    A great dirt run along the border.

    A fast run to Organ Pipe.

    A cold night in the tent.

    https://www.relive.cc/view/vevWpGYXXGO

    A 200 mile ride to breakfast in Wickenburg.
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  8. frizzen

    frizzen Been here awhile

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    Next time you are in Silver City take NM 15 up to the Cliff Dwellings. Fantastic twisties and the visit to the historical site is worth the trip.
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  9. bigjohnsd

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    So far so good!
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  10. bigjohnsd

    bigjohnsd '14 BMW R1200 GS Adv Supporter

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    Today, Saturday, we left Tucson Base a little before 0800 bound for Coronado National Monument.. Mostly Slab to get there then a great ride along the border and then up to Sonoita for lunch.
    after lunch at the Cantina we Headed North on AZ 83 for a bit before taking to the dirt on AZ62 to the West and through another canyon coming out at Sahuarita. We then slabbed It back to Tucson Base.
    Today's ride and pictures are here:
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    You can see the Border Wall heading to the East.
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    Tomorrow we have a big loop ride planned from Tucson Northeast to Superior then a rendezvous with the AZBeemer group from Phoenix, then up to Show Low for lunch, West to Payson, where we will head South back towards Tucson on AZ 188.
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    Monday we plan to ride up the dirt to the top of MT Lemon and back down the paved side.
    Tuesday, Kip and I will head back to Alamosa.
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  11. RoundTrip

    RoundTrip Unintentional deerslayer Supporter

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    You're getting some of the best rides in AZ. Good onya and nice weather for you too. The back of Mt Lemmon has been paved for a good way up but it is still a great ride. When you get to the top, turn right and head up another couple of miles to Summerhaven for a break.

    Have fun!
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  12. bigjohnsd

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    Day Seven - up the backside of Mount Lemon.
    Not a long day but a rough one.
    Today's Video:
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    Lunch atop the mountain, 8,000 feet and 61F.
    It was 90F when we reached the bottom at 1430.
    Only 90:miles but there were 30 rough dirt miles going up the back gaining 6,000 feet. A few drops but no harm to the bikes or the riders.
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    bigjohnsd '14 BMW R1200 GS Adv Supporter

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    Tuscon to Alamosa, a long, cool, and windy ride.

    Only one picture came out, my phone quit due to the cold, battery expired.

    Relive came through again though, not sure how relive worked without the phone, maybe the InReach or the Garmin link.

    https://www.relive.cc/view/vXOdK1Bzp4v

    Day off tomorrow, going to go look at the Ridgeline damage.
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  15. bigjohnsd

    bigjohnsd '14 BMW R1200 GS Adv Supporter

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    It was 17F in Alamosa when I got up at 0630, 19F at 0700 and 26F when I departed at 0810.
    I rode US 285 North to Denver a beautiful route up through Salida, past the site of recent deer strike, when I passed the site there were two deer crossing the road this morning but this time they were far enough away. The Temps stayed in the high 20's - low 30's until I was through Fairplay and across the South Park before I saw 40F. Once I dropped off the front range down through Evergreen into Denver the Temps climbed into the 50's and I saw 60 at Littleton where I stopped for gas and quick Wendy's lunch. I then ran I-25 North go Wheatland WY before taking some local roads over to US 85 for the run North to Spearfish. It hit 70F once along the way. The wind blew constantly from the NW from Cheyenne on.

    A great 3,500 mile motorcycle trip!

    https://www.relive.cc/view/v1OwNPRzjEv
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  16. Ol Man

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    That was quite a day.
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