Avoiding Texas Heat and a Different Type of Trip

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  1. old1959

    old1959 Been here awhile

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    I’m retired and a resident of Texas. My thought on retiring in Texas was to enjoy winter time weather, for the most part, and to leave the state in the summer when the weather is miserably hot.

    This summer has taken a different turn of events due to a virus and the fact that I recently had a stent installed due to major heart blockage. Consequently, need to eat healthy along with get plenty of exercise and minimize potential exposure to Covid. Usually I use hotels with an occasional Airbnb and move almost daily. This year I decided to move less frequently and use Airbnb’s more. Also, to facilitate bringing my bicycle, grocery shopping, hiking, etc. I decided to trailer my scoot.

    Here is the thread on getting a trailer: https://advrider.com/f/threads/bought-a-port-a-chopper.1449017/
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    old1959 Been here awhile

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    First destination was Ruidoso, New Mexico. I used to visit Timberon and Cloudcroft area to ride dirt bikes so I wanted to return and see how the area had changed. Below is the view from Airbnb patio. And almost downtown with two grocery stores within walking distance.
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    And just so you all know, I’m a Stent Stud.:rayof
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    I stayed five days in Ruidoso but didn’t ride the S10 everyday since one day I went hiking and some other activities. First ride was south to Cloudcroft, Timberon, Pinon, and Weed.
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    I even found some snow... and cold:doh.
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    old1959 Been here awhile

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    In time, I made it to Timberon but not before an afternoon rain caught me. The road from Sunspot to Timberon used to be dirt but now is a nicely paved road. Timberon itself is still all dirt though.
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    old1959 Been here awhile

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    Left Timberon to the southeast to get to Piñon.
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    Numerous water crossings which could have been troublesome if serious rain had occurred.
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    And I take lots of breaks... I’m retired:happay
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    Another day I rode to the Angel Fire ski resort but since all tribal lands were closed due to virus I had to find my own spot for lunch; carry a small cooler with a picnic lunch to minimize social interaction :hmmmmm
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    old1959 Been here awhile

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    And a couple of days I rode north to Ft. Stanton, which unfortunately was closed but seen it before and highly recommend, but cemetery was open. Also, Capitan, which is where the original Smokey the Bear was found. For some reason, I didn’t take many pictures. Oh, and, I tried a shortcut through the forest but the road was really rough and rain looked like it would start at anytime. The S10 is a handful with its weight and riding alone had me rather cautious.
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    Oh, and bear area. I didn’t want to end up as a meal:dunno
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    Spent other time riding my RAD along with hiking nearby. Overall, cool weather and a fun time.
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    That concludes The Ruidoso portion. Next I moved on to Monte Vista, Colorado. Monte Vista isn’t a major tourist place but I found a very nice Airbnb there plus never visited the Sand Dunes NP. Oh, and most importantly, hot springs are nearby in the Hooper area. I’ve developed serious soaking skills in retirement :-)
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    I’ve been to Colorado numerous times but never knew San Luis was the oldest town in the state. Nor did I know that the community had built a very impressive stations of the cross walk. Even if not religious, I highly recommend.
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    The dunes and Zapata Falls were a car trip since I planned on a lot of walking and didn’t want to mess with riding gear. The falls were neat but the last hundred yards or so is walking in ice cold snow melt water. You will get your feet wet. You’ve been warned. And the road to the trailhead is extremely rough.
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    Back on the scoot, I rode north toward Poncha Springs but due to major rainfall I turned east and took highway 69 to Gardner to return to Monte Vista.
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    I tried some short cuts but they turned out to not work and I just felt like a high plains drifter.
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    All good though as I avoided most of the rain.
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    Another ride was to Lake City and bags some passes. As usually, I had a picnic with me.
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    Diggin' this report!
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    For sure. Enjoying the pictures. Hitting some awesome locations too! Some I'm familiar with. Timberon, NM just went on the list. Back in '16, and on the former Concours 14, I came out of BBNP and rode to Alamogordo via Artesia. Need to hit up some of those gravel roads.
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    Super. I’m glad the effort is appreciated. Several folks have created interesting postings so thought I pay back their generosity. More to come later.
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    Oh, and I also found the oldest church in the state. But not original, someone got a little carried away with candles:dirtdog.
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    Next I moved to Joyful Journey Hot Springs. As I mentioned previously, I’m a rather serious soaker so decided to spend a night here. Joyful has a lodge which includes dinner and breakfast, which were delicious, or one can rent a yurt, camping spot or soon a teepee.
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    If you a little of the 60’s in you or ever wanted to be a bit of a hippie, this place might be for you. Also, a separate gazebo was on the far end of the parking lot for folks to smoke whatever :johntm
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    After a restful stay, I headed out for Montrose which would be my next stay for a week. Taking highway 50 over Monarch pass is a scenic route and I decided to stop at the pass and do a little hike. Unfortunately, the weather forced me to turn around when the light rain turned to sleet. Yes, I’m a wimp:(.
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