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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by bwanajames, Apr 18, 2017.
In, and going to read your AK report too!
Off to a good start, keep it coming.....
Looking forward to hearing about your CDR ride!
I have ridden the CDR on a KLR650. Anxious to see how it goes on a large adventure bike.
Looks like the route goes right thru Yellowstone?
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The dusty town of Hatchita (little hatchet) did have one notable feature: St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church.
Built in the 1930’s, this was originally Hachita's high school. In the 1970's, a retired businessman, Daniel Suozzi from New York, bought the school, remodeling it into a Catholic church.
Featuring a forty-five foot bell tower, with two 800 pound solid bronze bells cast in 1902, and a Stations of the Cross crafted in Germany in 1830, Mr. Suozzi, with the help of Hachita residents, spent years renovating the building.
Now abandon, it is a testament to one man's promise to his mother on her deathbed: that he would build a church dedicated to her memory and her Saint, Catherine of Siena.
Run for the Border?
Hoping to top-off in Hatchita, my tank was down. Time and mileage favored heading south to the border, verses running back to Demming for fuel. But could I make it? This was one of the loneliest paved stretches on the planet, with only the occasional border patrol spotted. Not the place to run out of gas.
It was 100 desolate miles to Antelope Wells and back, then 50 to Demming. Swollen from the heat, my spare gas can never looked so good.
I'll nurse the throttle and see how is goes...
Elevation at the southern end.
I rode the Colorado section North to South a few years back, hoping to pick it up northbound from Steamboat next summer...
Nearing the border, a mini-van corpse baked in the weeds. Torn from a spiral notebook, was a note taped inside the drivers window. The clearly female penmanship told of her plight.
“My car overheaded (sp). I went to get mechanic help. Will be here for it ASAP! Thank you!”
It’s a long walk in any direction. I only hope it wasn’t in the searing heat of summer (But given the nature of the break-down, we can safely assume it was…).
I hope she fared better than the car…
To ride the CDT is something I dream of. Looking forward to read more about your trip :)
Nice looking bike!
You write a good story. I'm IN!
Well, THERE'S her problem! - the van has no tires! Don't need a mechanic to figure that out
Loved your other RR to Alaska, and got this on my watch list. Great writing and photos.
And so it Begins
Antelope Wells consisted of a menacing high-security area with all the charm and warmth of a prison. No other facilities existed. Knowing border personnel have no sense of humor regarding photography, I chose to behave myself. However, this sign, announcing my arrival, seemed like fair game.
enjoying the maps, google earth, and pics....
After 800+ miles getting into position, I was now heading north to Canada on remote backroads few will ever see. With a desert sun beating down, I was filled with a mixture of excitement and trepidation.
On this hostile landscape, yuccas were the tallest feature to be found. Without trace of civilization, oppressive heat and a startling lack of shade or water renewed my interest in prayer. I was hoping BMW’s reputation for reliability was not a myth. Breakdown here and you’d feel like an ant shriveling under the magnifying glass of a sadistic 10 year old boy.
(Did somebody mention being low on gas?).
Motoring back to Hatchita, tall dust devils twirled in the distance. Despite blue skies, isolated clouds could be seen shedding streaks of rain. Ah, that should cool things down. But be careful what you wish for…
Subscribed. Good travels to you Sir.
A man of principle...travelling 800+ miles to get to the proper starting point for our reading and viewing pleasure! Hear Hear! Table clap....