Alone in the Land of Enchantment

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by dave6253, Jun 30, 2019.

  1. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Yes. I'm using the Locus Maps App for navigation and an old phone for a GPS device. The stats are screenshots of the statistics of each day.

    I have never seen a badger before either. I also saw a Gila Monster for the first time earlier this year in the wild. It scurried off the road into the bushes before I could get a camera out though.
  2. Effendi

    Effendi Been here awhile

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    Absolutely brilliant Mate!!!

    Can I ask you what is probably a silly question but, as a european I don't know, so I'll ask. What do you do when you arrive at private land? Do you just go on and close the gate behind you, or do you go around it?
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  3. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    There was a nasty looking storm passing off to my right. It looks like I will miss this one...


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    ...but it didn't take long to find the roads that storm has been prepping all morning.

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    I began wondering if this slippery, snotty stuff, will deny me a finish today.
    That's piles of hail in the grass and froth in the ditch.

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    The slippery stuff last about 10 miles.

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    The views were top notch!

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    Hi! My Name is 89t. Moooooove it!

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    I love being in the aspens and took another walk in the woods.

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    There's snow on the mountains nearby...

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    ...But only these small letovers of a drift to the side of the road remained.

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  4. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Gates in the Western US should be left in the condition they are found. Usually they are closed. While some of these routes are through private ranch land, I believe the roads on this route are still open to the public. I'm sure the owners would probably deny access and lock gates if they could. Some of the gates even have no trespassing signs posted, but on these public roads that just means don't leave the road. There are of course many private land areas that have no public road access. What was so special about the beautiful area between Grants and Cuba is that very few people would venture down the private looking roads, yet the area is beautiful enough to be a National Park.
  5. glasshousebc

    glasshousebc Adventurer

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    Apologies if this has been answered already... enthralled with the photography... is it DSLR and phone or one or t’other.

    Superb photos.

    Thank you.
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  6. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    The climb around the Los Pinos River Access RD had some steep short climbs up some muddy ruts that were a blast.
    The bike has seen it's share of mud today. Maybe it needs a bath.

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    As I was riding down the rough road towards the river I saw the raging torrent below and began worrying about a reroute. I was sure happy to see there was a bridge as crossing the river here would have been suicide.

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    I was passed by a pickup truck here while stopped taking this pic. I was thinking another foot or so of water
    and it would be over the road. Not wanting to follow the truck's dust I stopped to take a break.
    A short time later, the pickup truck returned. The driver told me the river had washed the road away.
    He said they normally camp down this road. He assured me the road was impassable.
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    Well I just had to see for myself.

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    Uh oh! The bike was begging to be rinsed off.

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    These sections were easily passable.

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    A short time later the trail makes a hard right turn...

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    ...up a steepish climb...
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    ...and not much further I was done.

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    I stopped to air up once I reached pavement near Antonito and the end of the NMBDR.

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  7. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    You are the first to ask - this time. :D
    I used a phone for a few photos. My big camera is a Pentax K-1 ii full frame DSLR. I carried 4 lenses for it. My small camera is an aging Olympus PEN EP-L 1.
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  8. Grestil

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    Great job capturing NM. Wish I was there. Thanks for posting all this up!
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  9. Cro59

    Cro59 Been here awhile

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    Enjoyed the trip, thanks for the RR.

    What are your thoughts on the 690 now that you've lived off of it for a while?
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  10. jeckyll

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    Great stuff.

    That aspen shot is neat.
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  11. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    I'll likely pontificate about the 690 in the build thread some day soon. There's a lot that I like.
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  12. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Once I was done with the NMBDR, I made a right turn from Antonito, Colorado and headed south towards Sante Fe on the highway. I came real close to getting wet, but avoided all but a few sprinkles here and there.

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    The Sangre De Cristo Mountains to the east reminded me there was so much more of New Mexico worth visiting.

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    I got to Sante Fe fairly late on Sunday evening - Father's Day. All the good restaurants were closed it seemed, so I had to settle for fast food as my first meal of the day. I considered booking a room here, as I was quite tired, but I decided after the room debacle in Grants, that I'd rather sleep in my own bed.

    I headed south on Highway 14, through Madrid after dark.

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    I continued south of I-40 on the 337 and found a place to sleep in the national forest just off the highway.

    It was a long day.

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  13. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Day 8

    There wasn't anything special about this campsite...

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    ...except it was free.

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    I am still a long way from home, so decide to just slab it.

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    Like most historical buildings in the West, this little church was built in the 1800s.

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    ...but there's one nearby from 1630?!

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    This place was very cool and free to wander around.

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    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Five years earlier, @Questor and I ate a delicious meal at a Steakhouse in Socorro.
    I had that on my mind as I arrived in Socorro in early afternoon. I'd mostly been starving this entire trip.


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    New name. Instead of a typical family steakhouse, this time it was more of a cowboy chef inspired menu and decor.

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    Absolutely the best meal of the trip. I had grilled chicken wonton tacos and a giant "Ultimate Smokehouse Burger" with bacon, brisket, and a fried egg.

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    Well-fed, I headed west on the highway again.

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    I love the Plains of San Augustin...

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    ...and the Very Large Array, but I didn't stop this time.

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    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    I was making good time across Arizona. I stopped at Willow Springs Lake for a break.

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    I relaxed here for almost 2 hours. I laid on the top of a picnic table reading a book on my phone and enjoying the scenery.
    I wouldn't recommend laying on a metal grate picnic table as I had large waffle-patterned hickies across my entire back the wife demanded an explanation for!:lol3

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    As the fireball in the sky began to set, I figured it was safe to run down the hill towards the inferno I call home.

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    Longest day on the thumper - yet.

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    That's my tale. Thanks for following along.

    8 Days
    2,552 miles
    1 flat
    0 Tip-overs
    1,655 photos taken
    2 Badgers
    5 Turkeys
    Several Antelope
    Countless Deer
    Many Elk
    1 Billion Cattle:topes


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  16. motocopter

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    Pretty cool adventure, Dave! Those day eight miles are impressive being on the 690ER.
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  17. Shaggie

    Shaggie Unseen University Supporter

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    :thumbAs usual, nicely done Dave :thumb

    Lovely pics as always but I especially liked the cropped Aspens and the light trail plus bike in the last post.

    Best wishes

    Shane
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  18. torch

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    WOW!
    Thank you.
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  19. Merfman

    Merfman Cape truster... Supporter

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    Thanks for sharing Dave!
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  20. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    Brilliant RR
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