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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by mrjonj, Sep 9, 2019.
Nice, glad to see this pop up again in my feed
Sorry to laugh at your expense, but the shot of the afterbite with the dead bee was good.
Looking forward to following along as you make your way north. Hope it doesn't get too nasty as you get up through Montana, been a wet season to the west of the Rockies - caused an issue on a ride I just tried to do last week.
Keep the knobby side down and the updates coming @mrjonj
Day 0 - I was planning on heading out this day on September 9th. Things did not go as planned. I was up up late getting last minute items together. Started the morning with a game of garage dominos with me being part of it. But still set off late in the afternoon with an overloaded bike and difficult goal in front of me. I planned on pushing off from Santa Fe into Abiquiu then following nmbdr to CDR and cut back to chama for the night. Here are pics from the day.
Taking the bdr difficult line later in the day added to my luggage pushing my backpack resulted in a sore day. I was initially planning on redoing items, mailing items home, and getting lighter stuff not but a few hours into the day. With sun setting at the end of day and being somewhat closer to home than chama, I went with a reset. It just made more sense to do these things from home than on the road. Not a great start but needed to happen.
I had a new found respect for big bikes and heavy loads where it takes some work and energy to deal with.
181 miles but was round trip back to the start.
Day 1 - September 13th. I started with a lighter load distributed differently, think I went from 80 L load down to around 55 L. Started earlier in day with a feasible plan for the day. Santa Fe > Abiquiu > Chama > Del Norte. Stay on the main routes to make time.
I stayed at a campground right on the river in Del Norte and had a pizza not far from. Was still picking up navigation skills and pout in over 200 miles for the day. Camped next to couple doing the MTB CDR the other way at camp. They were happy for the warmer weather.
Prior to the trip in general. Had some items to work out and get in line. Batteries for spot, gear motorcycle license sorted out, get the time off of shiny office job of 21+ years.
you are packing light, you're gonna have a great time if it's not to late in the year. I did the S to N run a few years back solo on a R80G/S and had a great time..I did the bike bike route.
Day 2 - Pushing through Co. I pushed off out of Del Norte and decided to take some difficult routes throughout the day. I ended up off of CDR, off BDR, and on endless single track not meant for a bike under load. Ill eventually post some video where pics don't always give credit. I ended up the day at Salida and made no real miles but testyed the skid plate. The city was hot, fire outside of, and I was tired.
By this point I had figured out that seat concepts "concept" was for an uncomfortable rear and it wasn't going to get any better. I had gotten off main routes and explored but got really slowed down as well. I hadn't thrown out daily mileage plans as yet, but I should have.
Day 3 - Lots of miles to Steamboat. Being I fell behind initial plans prior I set out to make up some miles. Made it from Salida to Steamboat Springs and was a full day of riding. Lots of great scenery and places along the way that I wish I could have stayed at longer. Stay the standard routes and just keep moving.