An afternoon in New Mexico

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by tankara fishing, Aug 1, 2019.

  1. tankara fishing

    tankara fishing tierra encantada Supporter

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    It's getting up past 100F (38C) most days lately in Albuquerque and, not only that, I have a long list of "to- do" errands, so what better time to take a little moto ride up into the Jemez mountains instead!

    As the road ascends, I stop for water and gas at Jemez Pueblo (Walatowa is their native name) and - as always - am astonished by the red cliffs. I wanted to get off and walk around, but put my kickstand down in deep red mud, so just took a picture from the saddle while I guzzled a bottle of water.
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    This is an ancient Native American tribe and in the hills around their current settlement are scattered ruins from their ancestors. I love to hike into the Jemez wilderness to explore these ruins and imagine what it was like for them to live there.

    Up higher, the temperatures start to cool and pine forests are bordering the roadside. It is required that one stop in the small town of Jemez Springs at Los Ojos Bar for a green chile cheeseburger, so that happened. I was not disappointed. Not many people there, except a family at a nearby patio table who couldn't pronounce "rellenos" and "tortillas." That's okay bienvenidos.

    At the very top of the Jemez mountains is a collapsed volcano caldera; now a vast expanse of meadow. It's cool and quiet up there.
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    Yep, that's my 2006 Honda 599. I had one years ago and sold it to get a dirt bike. I loved my dirt bike that allowed me to see some really remote areas in my state, but after it got stolen off my driveway, I managed to find another 599 to buy.

    A couple of BMWs passed me on the road, but they don't have ADHD like I do, so didn't see the big herd of elk alongside the road. Even leaning into the twisties, I spot everything out of the corner of my eye.
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    The elk spotted me right away though from a distance and high tailed it into the forest before long.

    I lingered there for a bit and then turned back. Stopped in the shade for lunch. Oh hey, there's my bike Zippy again. moto forest.jpg

    Wish I had more time, but I wound back down the mountain and stopped briefly at Jemez River to dip my toes in and take off my tee shirt to soak. With a wet shirt under my mesh jacket, I am a human swamp cooler.
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    Not much else to report today. Just to say I am lucky to live in New Mexico.

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  2. LApilot

    LApilot Been here awhile

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    We are both lucky to live in NM. Find you a used 500 and I can show you some great Jemez trails.
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  3. tankara fishing

    tankara fishing tierra encantada Supporter

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    Before my Kawi KLX 250 got stolen, I traipsed through trails all over the Jemez! If you find me an extra dirt bike, I'd love to go.
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  4. CaptCapsize

    CaptCapsize Long timer

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    My favorite Jemez ride is FR144 along the north side of the Valles Caldera. Especially after you pass the sign that says "Road not maintained beyond is point"
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  5. kojack06

    kojack06 Long timer Supporter

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    Beautiful photos.
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  6. seaduck100

    seaduck100 You just got smoked by an old guy on a cb500x

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    Awesome stuff. I am not certain if it is an artifact of your photo software, but it looks like your tires are shining. Please don't tell me that you armor alled them.
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  7. ROYAL COACHMAN

    ROYAL COACHMAN Long timer

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    Really beautiful pics!!!
    I have to get out there more often and explore
    Thanks for sharing!
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  8. tankara fishing

    tankara fishing tierra encantada Supporter

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    Yes, very nice! I miss my dirt bike.
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  9. tankara fishing

    tankara fishing tierra encantada Supporter

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    No, I don't treat my tires! I sharpened the photo and I guess it made everything shine.
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  10. red bud

    red bud alky w/motorcycle problem

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  11. tankara fishing

    tankara fishing tierra encantada Supporter

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  12. red bud

    red bud alky w/motorcycle problem

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    I honestly don't remember what I had, but we stayed 2 nights across the st

    so ate there a couple of times & did some late night drinking with some locals
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  13. NCwolf

    NCwolf Adventurer

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    Great trip and gorgeous pictures!

    I have in my stable a 2006 599 as well...bought it new. Shamefully, hasnt been ridden in two years and currently have the carbs out to clean (clogged up).

    Awesome bike though...seeing yours makes me want to get mine back on the road.
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  14. tireatr

    tireatr Let's go for a ride

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    Who's stealing all the bikes in NM?
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  15. ki_ote

    ki_ote Cindi Jo Admirer

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    Thanks for this. A buddy and I have a week long ride around NM planned for next year. Injuries cancelled this year.
    I like these little tidbits of info from folks living there. We have an entire day set aside for the Jemez area.
    It looks awesome!
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