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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Drunk_Uncle, Oct 5, 2020.
In for more
I miss you guys, too. Bigly.
I will post pics of the bike Sunday. One more farkle in route to arrive tomorrow. Trying our a set of PIAA LED lights about the same size as Rigid Industries square lights. These are a single LED with large reflector working like BMW brake lights. The forward light is from the reflector. Also set of SW Motech pegs that are supposed to mount 15mm lower and 20mm risers from Touratech coming in tomorrow.
cuba NM. Got to eat at prescilianos. best red chili around. (no one in cuba eats at brunos, it is horrible) just north of town is juicy jitters coffee. tent camping and hot showers. only good cup of coffee available on 550. Very good dude owns that place
Thank you for the information. Imagine by then a hot shower will be needed.
She is already to go. Cases are packed, dry bag, tent, and rotopax in the hotel ready to be strapped on. SP is 0600 tomorrow.
Left Killeen,TX at 0611 after topping off bike and Rotopax. Fairly uneventful slab on pavement until between Orla and 62 junction. Will oil fields comes lots of construction with flangers and one lane road lights. But, got one good picture at a picnic area on 190 a few miles before the 10. Now sit and wait for the infamous Dan Diego.
Hope you brought a magazine cuz that guy is slow...
Yesterday Dan caught up and after a convenience stare super we went to Pine Springs campground and it was full. So we headed down the road and found an abandoned gas station with a dirt road behind it. Half a mile later we were pirate camping. Got started the next day gazing up in Dell City at the NAPA auto parts store. Had a pretty easy ride most of the day. Two lane gravel roads that circled Dog Canyon and then a nice ride to Weed. They had fuel, but we pushed to Cloudcroft. That is when the trail got interesting. Went from 3rd/4th gear riding to mostly 2nd with some 1st gear riding. Might be over riding the little 700GS a bit, but she is doing great. We are looking at about 225 miles a day. Here are pictures in no particular order.
If you are wondering about the Dunlop Missions. I call them a solid 80/70 tire. 80% the performance of a street tire and 70% the performance of a knobby. They move some on loose gravel between the tracks but catch. I have more opinion after sand and wet pavement which I am hoping not to see. They are perfect for this bike. Allow me to reach my limit of the bike and lacking the grip to over ride the F700GS off road.
Like DU said, it was a really good day of riding.
We met at White city yesterday —which is a real crap hole —and from there we went to the Pine Canyon campground in the Guadalupe national forest and it was full. I like pirate camping so we went about a 30 miles away and found a place and just pirate camped last night.
We didn’t get on the road until 0830 and headed to the start of the route and made Dell City right away.
The route is mostly hardback dirt and caliche roads, and they were pretty well-maintained —we actually saw grader along the way
My main reason for riding this BDR was to see New Mexico and I wasn’t disappointed. The views from the canyons and mountaintops were spectacular. Very enjoyable.
We did see one rider today, @duggram going the opposite direction. Not much traffic at all, otherwise.
The weather has been perfect. The warmest was 88 down in the valleys and it was pleasantly brisk at elevation.
Looks like 210 miles from Dell City, plus 30 from the campsite. Easy day.
Checking this out, want to ride the NMBDR in the next year or so.
I like the "pirate camping" thing.
As long as you have that Jet Boil, life is good with coffee in the morning.
I'm feeling famous seeing my trail pic that was taken yesterday. You are quick with the posting. I did stay the night before at Dog Canyon and was the only camper there. Just don't drink the water. Happy trails and be safe.
Sorry folks tired as all get out. Did Cloudcroft to Truth or Consequences today and bushes. Eating dinner and crawling up in my sleeping bag.
Paging Dan Diego to the white courtesy telephone....
Don't make us hold up cardboard signs for you Dan.
We made TorC just before dark yesterday. We’re up and around and having coffee and oatmeal. Not a really cold night. Coyotes howled close by.
Some quasi-technical portions (rock) through the mountains on yesterday’s section. 50+ miles on dirt/gravel/sand ranch road (Buckhorn Ranch). Found camping just before dark.
Only 165 miles to Reserve today and it’ll be at elevation. Maybe we’ll stop at the AZ border or Luna.
If you're looking to stop around the AZ border - there's a neat little BDR detour that I ran when I did this N-S a few years back. On the BDR track (S-N) you'll see a distinct right turn off Pueblo Creek Rd (pretty much at the border). If you continue straight (west), you'll descend down along Steeple Canyon to Blue River Rd (AZ FS281). That runs north all the way to Hwy 180 (just west of the NM/AZ border). I stayed at the Luna Lake CG in AZ. I believe there is camping along the Blue River road as well as another CG. Skips a bit of the NMBDR...but at the time I did it (again running N-S)...I wasn't able to find much around Luna, so headed west for camping options when I ran across this CG (think I had dinner in Alpine). From there it just seemed like the Blue River route made sense to rejoin the NMBDR heading south.
Just saw your post and thought I'd offer up the info and option.
I heard a couple of days ago that Luna was out of gas. Better hit Reserve first.