This report is more like a diary for me to enjoy in the future. I hope you find it entertaining and informative. Here's the New Mexico Backroad Discovery Ride website. Who Went Originally there were going to be 3 of us on the ride but for various reasons, I ended up doing the ride solo. There are advantages and disadvantages to solo but I had a great time. Going solo is much more time efficient since you’re not waiting for anyone which allows you to ride slower (AKA safer). Also the only debate you have about where to go or what to do is with yourself! I like to take lots of pics along the way. Here’s the Google Photos link to the album I travel with a DeLorme InReach SE and it works great. Two-way satellite texting is superb as is their solid Bluetooth to iPhone interface. I would never travel on these trips (especially solo) without my InReach SE and Glock. The planned route (and actual) was to do a minor-abbreviated version of the NMBDR originally to accommodate the group’s work schedules. I camped off the bike the entire trip and would typically eat one meal at a restaurant at the same place which I would be gassing up for the day. Timeframe and Route I did the NMBDR from south-to-north. I slabbed it from Scottsdale to Carrizozo, NM (440 miles) and back from the north end (580 miles). I started the trip at the end of May (25th) and planned for it to last about 1 week. These dates were originally chosen for accommodating work-related schedules (Memorial Day long weekend) and time it so that the snow was gone and all roads were passable. The BDR guys recommend that you starting no earlier than end-of-May. The trip was an odd one because a couple days in, my battery shit-the-bed with a dead short. My wife came and rescued me (more on that later). My 2014 KTM 690 Enduro R and I went home with our tail between our legs. I restarted the NMBDR after nearly a month (June 21st) and finished on Sunday 25th. I think of this as the Bastard NMBDR because of the abbreviated version and disjoint riding schedule. The good news is that there was no snow on the routes but the bad news was that it was hot riding on sections 4-7. Sections: Section 1 - Skipped due to time constraints plus I ride in this terrain around where I live already. Section 2 & 3 – Started at Carrizozo and ended just outside of Reserve. Section 4 & 5 – Bastardized by replacing the Indian Reservation portion of the ride with a spectacular ride through the West Malpais Wilderness. Section 6 – As is in NMBDR plan. Section 7 – Ran into a forest fire so I had to improvise. My sleeping gear is a 1-person 3-season tent (Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 1), inflatable mattress (Exped SynMat 7 Air Pad with Pump & Schnozzel Pumpbag), sleeping bag (Kelty Coromell 25 Degree Long), pillow (SHO Self Inflating) and camping chair (G4Free Portable Ultralight). I pack everything except the chair in a 35L Sea to Summit dry bag. Riding gear is sunglasses, Klim Adventure Rally 2 Jacket (1.5L water bladder)/pants, gloves, Alpinestars Tech 1 Boots and Shoei Hornet X2 Helmet with Sena SMH-10 Bluetooth Headset. Camping gear is Jet Boil, 3 1-liter stainless steel water bottles, 7” folding camping saw, collapsible glass/bowl/spork, plastic hammer, lighter/matches, survival blanket, TP and wipes, nylon rope, insect repellent wipes, Tylenol/Advil, external power bank battery, various flashlight & lantern, misc. charging cables, spare reading glasses, misc. toiletries, misc. Band-Aids/tape, protein bars, various Mountain House meals, flask of favorite libation, coffee and hard candy. Camping shoes, spare socks, shirt/shorts, sweat pants/long sleeve shirt, water-proof jacket and hat. Bike gear includes Garmin Oregon 600, 1 gallon Rotopax gas container, misc. tools, spare 21” tube, compressor, Al wire, 6 22” Spare Cuff Disposable Restraints, tire repair kit, spare oil, spare ROK straps, SAE/alligator jumper cable and Adventure-Spec Magadan Panniers MK2. Here’s a link to my bike setup Campgrounds: Valley of Fire BLM Dipping Vat Campgrounds USDA Forest Service Pueblo Park Campground USDA Forest Service Coal Mine Campground USDA Forest Service Resumidero Campground USDA Forest Service Day log will follow as comments while I get the time.