Alone in the Land of Enchantment

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

  1. ppfeifer

    ppfeifer Adventurer Supporter

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    Hi Dave,
    Really enjoyed your pictures (especially the badgers). I thought you did a wonder job of capturing the beauty and diversity of NM. I think you could get some great pictures on the Camino del Diablo and I saw a video of the ride up the Hualapai Moutains south of Kingman that looks pretty cool, I'll work it into my route.
    Here's a loop in AZ you can try sometime. https://advrider.com/f/threads/the-arizona-lasso-the-perimeter-trail-of-arizona.1188057/
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  2. shadman

    shadman Been here awhile

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    Great pictures. If you need a companion for future endeavors, I live about 5 miles from you (happy valley), with a workshop full of ADV and dual sport bikes ready to escape the PHX heat!
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  3. ridenm

    ridenm Missing my emotional support squirrel Supporter

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    Doug and everyone else, just FYI, if you spot a coati mundi and get a good picture, the Department of Game and Fish would like to hear about it, especially in more northern parts of the state.
    http://magazine.wildlife.state.nm.us/out-of-range/
    The shaded area shows their normal range in NM.

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  4. duggram

    duggram Sunrise Bahia de LA Supporter

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    Thanks for the comment. That shaded area isn't far from Chloride Creek. Now if only I could get one to stand still. That guy was moving out. I like the idea reporting and would definitely follow up.
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  5. 230Rocket

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    Loved this report. Favourite picture for me is the one of the bike next to a busy road, interstate (?), with the red tail lights all streaked out. Coz who the hell ever wants to go home after an epic ride!
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  6. jwc

    jwc Ready to go Supporter

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    Great photos.
    Thanks for posting
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  7. cementhead

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    Great RR! Sure do miss New Mexico. Thanks for posting it.
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  8. frizzen

    frizzen Been here awhile

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    Great pix and report. Gonna have to get my ass out of the chair and on the saddle. It's 75 miles or so to Dell City for me.
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  9. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    Just saw this a few days ago. Great report and pics.

    I had never seen a badger before and would never have know that was one.

    Most of section 5 that you missed is nice but ordinary. But there is one really nice section north of NM 53 in the NF on primitive roads thru a bunch of mines. That is where probably the 2nd most iconic pic of the BDR is of a vertical mine with the bars across the top.

    We have also done a some trips out of the Sands Motel in Grants. For me it is the ideal motorcycle motel. And it is adjacent to the Grants Cafe, a good place to eat if still open.

    New Mexico is kind of notorious for ranchers putting vague No Trespassing signs of public roads thru public lands. IMHO if the gate is not locked and I think I might be on a public road, I just go thru.

    There are several places where the county road goes right thru some rancher's front yard with gates on either side. They will let you thru, but tend to be a bit rude about it.
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  10. chilejack

    chilejack Viajero Viejo

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    Just remember to leave gates like you found them and leave only tire tracks and take only photos.
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