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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by knybanjo, Aug 23, 2010.
Making new friends...can you see him?
...and back into the wind.
Met up with some ADVers there in TorC and had a good time, even got to see @CaptRick 's new place there.
All was well except for two things really....and we somehow survived them. 1) it was hot there, but it's in the desert so it's a dry heat. 2) I almost got myself squashed forgetting that I was riding on a one-way street and nobody was coming from the other way...well they were coming up from behind me and I almost turned left into them. Thankfully it was nothing more than a wake up call to pay more attention.
An interesting thing about T or C that you probably already know is a section of the town sits atop of natural mineral hot springs. The little old hotel/spa we stayed at was one such place that had pools that naturally bubble up hot water out of the ground with no need to even pump it. so what does one do on a hot afternoon in the desert after almost getting oneself kilt?
Hop in some even hotter water, off course.
I opted for #5
It was quite relaxing actually.
Heck, the "cold" water in the shower was hot.
I needed a snow bank to roll in.
A couple of mine from the fort.
These little buggers where buried in the gravel. As you walked a long they would skamper out from under it.
Interesting way to make a flag pole when all you have is short trees.
Today would be the last big day in New Mexico this year....and it would be the biggest yet all the way fro the '591' to the '627'
Started out running the 52 to the 59 which was about 75ish miles of pavement that would then put us on about 70 miles of dirt across the the north side of the Gilas before making a run for the Colorado border area. Two hopes: 1) to get across the dirt before it rained...again. 2) to get back to civilization before dark.
Not a bad way to start the day.
Dust equals no mud, right.....right?
This short section of the 61 we used to connect to the 159 is just a little bit bumpy....no clearance issues but pretty choppy for a clunky old Strom.
Well the skies are still looking great!! But we're at a three tined fork in the road without signs...on a surface that you want to be dry.
Maybe this thorny flower will whisper which way we should go?
Eenie, meenie, mineie, moe.....up the middle road we go!
Sure glad it's not raining!
That was a sharp and deep looking drop....in real time....but we found a way to not go over the bars...thankfully.
Geese can swim anyway...no worries.
This was one remote and lonely looking ranch.....no matter which way you riding in from.
The road did show more signs of recent maintenance work out the other side though.....they must shop in either Alma or Reserve?
This looked like a pretty fresh burn....maybe only a few weeks old?
Doesn't look like I took any pics going over the mountain on the 94 just beyond here....but it was really steep in places and also ran a long way through a valley of sorts with a river...or maybe dry wash...but at any rate it looked like we passed through just after some major road work had been done to repair some major flood damage in that area...sorry no pics.
Back out on pavement....
An old church in Quemado.
Heading up the 117 between the lava fields to our left and the El Mapais on the right.
Heading out across the desert north of Grant.....
Under a mining haul road...
....and looking for a shortcut through the reservation up to Bloomfield....if we miss it or it looks too bad we go to Cuba.
Well...we found the shortcut...and we made it...before dark...and in the dry....but it was kinda washboardy in places and not very much fun....must have been too much chattering going on to bother with pics.
Tomorrow we go back to Colorado in search of golden aspens....the weather had been looking better up there the past couple of days....at least that's what our phone radar apps would lead us to believe.