He says / She says - Roswell NM invasion?

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Vixen, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. JPSpen

    JPSpen At Large

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    Keeping up with the Joneses, OK ?
    Once you're in OKC, You've still got 400+ miles of flat, Boring, and FREAKING HOT before you get to anything..

    I'd definately trailer as far west as you can...There's nothing to see here unless you want to see the Murah Memorial and be depressed....

    I've ridden from OKC to Red River NM... It's not any fun till the last fifty miles... The trip is 550 miles long.. I hope you see what I'm getting at..

    Skip OKC and use that time to explore the good stuff...

    John
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  2. Vixen

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    thanks John. I know it's a trek, but seeing as we'll be unloading the bikes on Friday around noon, we figured the first bit of riding on Friday afternoon won't really matter. It'll mostly be about covering that ground and finding a camping spot for the night, the real adventure will be starting Saturday morning. We're normally adverse to trailering, I think OKC is about as far as I want to travel by cage.
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  3. Eyes Shut

    Eyes Shut See no evil Super Supporter

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    You bet, it's all about coloring in those states! :D

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    Have a great trip!
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  4. Vixen

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    sweet! looks like you're all out of places to ride .... or do I see a white spot in the pacific? :zilla
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  5. rocker59

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    Depending upon how far you're willing to ride, there are a couple state parks you could camp at along the way: Boiling Springs State Park at Woodward (B), or Black Mesa State Park near Kenton (C).

    Then ride NM-456 and NM-72 into Raton. These are a couple of fun roads to run coming/going from Oklahoma into Northern New Mexico:

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    There is also Black Kettle Rec Area in western Oklahoma and Palo Duro Canyon near Amarillo for camping. Then, you can grab some twisties North of Tucumcari before getting to the Sangre de Cristos.

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    There is some good riding in Northeastern NM, before you get to I-25, if you know where to look...
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  6. Vixen

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    2 great options, thanks! We're hoping to be on the bikes and rolling out of OKC by noon on Friday, should be able to put at least 300 or more miles behind us by Friday evening.
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  7. Solaros1

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    So you're going to stop for the evening at 4:00 in the afternoon?
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  8. Vixen

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    haha Jack. Noooo.

    The plan on this trip is to slow down and smell the roses (cacti in this case). We didn't buy that fancy camera just to take pics from the saddle the whole time :D


    and I did say "300 or more".

    We are planning to stop earlier, leave later. It's time we started enjoying the scenery as much as we enjoy the ride :kumbaya
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  9. buls4evr

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    I don't understand why you would stop in that OKC hellhole. Why not just start in NM and south CO? It is cooler in the North at altitude and the riding up there is great. I go through Roswell X2 each year and it is nowhere to be if you like to ride good roads.
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  10. eddie98

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    Out first stop should be Palo Duro
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  11. Eyes Shut

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    Heh....it's Alaska. Hopefully we can get to Alaska next summer. The only other blank space is Iowa -- we've traveled across the country twice and managed to miss it on both trips!

    BTW, come visit CA and you can lane-split to your heart's content. :D
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  12. Vixen

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    this seems to be a view shared by other advers, but again, it just makes sense for us for several reasons. We actually considered Ft. Worth first, but that would mean more travel time south on the return to the trailer (going clockwise). Interstates from Atl to OKC are more direct than other cities. Trailering further is an option, but we think that will be the longest time we will want to spend in the cage. It's sort of a necessary evil and since we've never been to Oklahoma before maybe we'll find something to like about it with fresh eyes :norton
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  13. Vixen

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    I never wanted to ride Alaska before, not until I read Dr. Rocks report.

    Iowa is actually pretty nice....rolling hills on the eastern side that we rode and Eddie did a good job finding some off road routes through it.

    I know CA is a lane splitting state, and it's been that way for a long time. How on earth the voters were able to convince legislature that it's actually safer for bikes to do so is beyond me. I do recall reading something about a California State Trooper and a study done that proved it out. I have only 3 things to say about that....jealous jealous jealous! :ddog
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  14. Vixen

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    what? That's in San Antonio TX......are we going on different trips???? :eek1
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  15. Solaros1

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    Now you're letting the blonde gene out - Palo Dura is just south of Amarillo - NOT San Antonio, TX - due west of OKC
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  16. Vixen

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    blaming this on mapquest....I swear it showed Palo Duro in San Antonio :deal
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  17. buls4evr

    buls4evr No Marks....

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    Palo Duro Canyon is between Amarillo TX and Canyon TX. Not near SATX at all..... Up in the panhandle region.


    As far as discovering Oklahoma:eek1...... Be careful what you wish for. To me that is a waste of valuable riding time right there when you could be in NM,CO,UT.
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  18. BlueLghtning

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    Nancy & Eddie, I sort of agree with what the other guys have said about stopping in OKC, but then again, I do know where you are coming from wanting to fill in your states. I ended up having to do a trip from ND down to TX to pick up all those states in the middle of the US I had kept trailering over every time I went out west. :lol3

    When Sarah & I went out West in 09, we trailered to CO and it worked out great. It's about 24hr straight drive from Atl and you are right, it sucks being stuck in a cage for that long, but I sure did enjoy the A/C across Kansas both ways.

    I think you'll be fine leaving OKC since you'll be fresh but that ride back there after having been on the bikes for a week is going to be hell. :D

    Either way, have a fun trip.
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  19. Okie Preacher

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    Black Mesa is a favorite of mine as it is 358 miles west of my front door. With an afternoon start from OKC it is easy to be settled in your tent before dark. Interesting country as it is very barren right until the moment you drop into that beautiful canyon oasis.
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