BigDogs ride to the CDT monument---some New Mexico Dirt.

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  1. BigDogAdventures

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    The CDT monument has nothing to do with what most of us have come to know as the CDR ride (Continental Divide Ride) which I rode first in 2004 and have come across many times since on other rides.
    This is a spectacular monument put up by the BLM that marks the Southern end of the famous CDT which stands for the "Continental Divide Trail"-------------a hiking trail that follows the continental divide mostly from New Mexico to Canada--most of which motorized vehicles are not allowed on. And the gps coordinates are cut into the stone right on the front of it----which let me navigate to it.

    Here is a map which gives you an idea just where this thing is---------it's not anywhere near Antelope Wells New Mexico---the Southern end of the CDR.
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    The red track---is the actual route we road to get to the monument---all dirt. The CDT trail does not follow this track much---but this tracks lets you get to the monument on public BLM lands without trespassing, or riding thru private property or some cowboys ranch. The route is signed public lands.
    The light blue track is the actual CDR route----this part of it in New mexico is paved.
    The darker blue track to the left is the actual Continental Divide----I drew a track of the complete thing as a reference when I'm out riding.
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    I've been down close to the Mexican border for over a month traveling and riding.
    I was camped in Pancho Villa state park in Columbus, NM when my good buddy Allan Anderson shows up in his cool transit van with his KTM 350 EXC inside.
    We went to breakfast and pondered riding and I told him about this waypoint I had of the CDT monument and we decide to go try and find it.
    He rode his KTM350 and I rode my Honda 250 Rally---which I bought not long after my KTM690 blew up----I've only had it about 3 months.
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    This dirt road had been freshly graded as we past many places that had been previously washed out.
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    Knowing the road was a dead end I feared the road would detereorate into an impassable road, which
    is what a lot of roads do. It was nice----------and a lot of fun.
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    We passed some signs that assured us we were on the right track.
    As it felt like we were trespassing on some ranchers land----we were not.

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    We got to the end of the road at a border fence to Mexico and I didn't see the monument.
    Thankfully Allan spotted it a bit to the North of where we were.
    The location of the monument was spot on to my waypoint.......and it was spectacular.
    The middle of nowhere we were. Put here by the BLM.

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    It just didn't seem real that this thing was in the middle of nowhere.
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    And this is the freshly put up border wall just installed by Mr. Trump.
    The dirt road on the other side was Mexico.
    And I think the border patrol was watching us............yes they were.

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    Neither one of us could resist stepping in to Mexico.
    We both have passports----but not with us.
    But.............there was nobody to look at them anyway.

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    When backtracking on a road you had just ridden..........the ride back is just as spectacular.
    As the scenery is all different. And we rode the 45 miles back to Pavement North of Antelope Wells, NM
    The old windmill that fills this water tank for the cattle was broken down and a solar panel
    powered a pump to fill it.

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    I follow Alan back out and the colors and scenery are spectacular-------this is why we ride.
    Plain and simple !!!!!

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    We hit the pavement and head North towards Hachita, NM
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    Adventure riders take note----there is once again gas in Hachita New, Mexico.
    It was shut down for years but is now back open for business.
    This is right on the Continental Divide ride from Mexico to Canada.
    And is in a place where gas is badly needed.

    Next door to the East is the old gas pump and cafe where I got gas and food back
    in 2004 when I rode the CDR-----it's still there but has been closed up for years.
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    The ride to this monument on the day we rode it was very easy.
    But was freshly graded and we could see so many places that had been washed out
    but recently repaired--------might be impassable when wet.
    I think in the hot summer the route might be poof dust.
    This day it was awesome----January 11th, 2019..
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    Here is the track we rode---------I strongly suggest you follow it exactly to keep off private ranches. There are a lot of other roads out there that may be trespassing ?????

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    Meanwhile further West I head----------to ?????????
    The government shut down has kept me out of a lot of places.
    But I got to enjoy Big Bend National Park fully--------as I got the last camping spot in the park in a private CG and did a lot of riding and hiking.

    Oh heck almost forgot the video of our ride.
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    Sorry to hear you missed all the snow back home.
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    Hey Brad,
    Snow !!!! Didn't know that .
    I ain't comin' back till it's gone :lol3
    In AZ right now....wanting to head up into the Chiracahua National Monument------------but hell it's shut down too !!!!!
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    Snow! We ain't got no stinking snow. Hate you guys. LOL LOL LOL LOL.
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    I was going to mention the Chiracahua monument and mountains since you are so close, a place I have wanted to visit.

    Stop by when you get back.
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    Interesting monument in the middle of nowhere. The CDT hiking trail passes within a mile of my house in Montana and I ride my mountain bike on it many times every summer. For the next few months at least, I'm not that far west of you should your wanderings bring you over this way. I'm always up for a ride.
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    Hey Mr. Jonz,
    You are always up for a ride-------even with a guy on a girls bike !!!!
    I'm going to ride back up into the Chiracahua area probably tomorrow.
    There are some great backroads up there----one year I went down a dirt road to Johnny Ringos grave............need to see if he's still there :lol3
    I didn't go to the end of that road which dead ends at the mountains-------------and see what's there !!


    Yeh----------Johnny Ringo was the fastest pistolero in the West..............untill he wasn't.
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    Darn--I should have taken you up on the invitation to head west:(
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    It’s not to late buddy.
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    very nice!
    got a question, two; what were the day time temperatures during your January trip, and what gps/x device do you use.
    hope all is well
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    Looks fantastic!
    You guys are lucky!
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    Would that road be any good for a heavier bike like a Vstrom? Looks like it might be.

    So isolated though. Probably not smart to try that trip solo huh?
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    Hey Martin,
    Daytime high was about 60.
    I use a garmin Montana gps......my buddy used a garmin 276CX........I have one of those too, but use it on my big bike and 4 wheeled vehicles.

    Retirement has been good to me so far.........just old too tho!,,

    Well hey buddy"........thanks for that offer.
    Don’t know where I’m going?....
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    Hey DD,
    Road was in super shape the day we rode it, you should be good on the big bike.
    I didn’t want to do it alone either.....yes ......so isolated. There were a few rougher spots I might have turned back if alone. And before I did it I wasn’t sure my route was good........but it was.
    BigDog.
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