New Mexico Only Rides

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by AtomicGeo, Jul 28, 2018.

  1. AtomicGeo

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    NMBDR Day 3: Truth or Consequences to Chloride Canyon - Gila National Forest

    Map of Day 3 Section 1:

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    AtomicGeo Yep, ranked 49th.

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    Day 3: We enter the Gila National Forest in SW New Mexico.

    Video of Day 3 Section 1: Truth or Consequences to Winston then Chloride. Best part of this section is Chloride Canyon . The creek (Chloride Creek) sometimes has water running in it, but it being late June, it was dry:

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    Day 3 Section 2: Across the Gila NF to Reserve, NM (green track below)

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    Day 3 ends with us pulling into Reserve, NM after some great mountain riding in the Gila NF:

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    Next on deck: Day 4 Part 1: from Reserve, NM to US Hwy 60.

    Out of the Gila NF and thru the Apache NF near the AZ border:

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    Looks like a really cool ride, enjoyed the video (and I like Rush). Cool that you included the place names.:clap
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    NMBDR - Next on deck: Day 4 Part 2: from US Hwy 60 to Grants, NM

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    Ok next vid on deck - Day 5 Part 1: Mt. Taylor

    Here's the map for Day 5 starting in Grants all the way to San Ysidro:

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    AtomicGeo Yep, ranked 49th.

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    Next on tap - Day 5 Part 2: Mt. Taylor to San Ysidro.

    This is the final portion of our summer NMBDR ride due to just announced Stage III fire restrictions in both the SFNF and Carson NF at the beginning of our journey.

    We plan to finish the final northern leg(s) of the NMBDR next month (Oct.).

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    AtomicGeo Yep, ranked 49th.

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    Ok, while my "NMBDR finish ride" is next weekend (because of forest closures back in June/July), I participated in a 3-day DualSport trail ride that DirtDad leads the weekend of Sept 7-9 with several other ADV Riders. Here's the first vid from that ride. I'll post up the map later.

    Yes, that's a flying wild turkey in the pic for the vid... :lol3

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    Thanks for posting this. I'm planning a ride down that way for next year. dd
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    AtomicGeo Yep, ranked 49th.

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    Sounds good! When do you think you'll do it?

    Let me know if you need any tracks or logistics info.
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    Here's my second vid from DirtDad's Northern NM Dualsport Ride:

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  18. Buddy_Holly

    Buddy_Holly That'll be the day..

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    Did a little one day trip into the Cibola National Forest. I know this area from living in Gallup (and surrounding areas) and riding there frequently. FR 400/50 is a favorite- I think I ran into one or two vehicles on the ride.

    I had wanted to overnight and ride the NMBDR from Grants to the CO border- but checking the weather it looked like rain everywhere I wanted to go. Having traveled part of that in years before I know being solo, and on the roads that have turned the clay to snot is not something I want to repeat. So a day trip it was. I went thursday, and except for being hit in the face by a wasp or bee that after hitting me decided to sting me at least twice, it was a great trip.

    Rough route was ABQ to Grants on I-40 take the NMBDR until it meets 50 headed west on that until getting to the 4 corners intersection south of McGaffey and then going south to Ramah on 157/12. There was some mud- but not terrible- only at one point on 157/12 did I get the bike perpendicular to the road and had to finesse it through the mud to continue.

    All in all a great day trip.

    Zuni Canyon Road south fo Grants:
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    50 headed West:
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    Coming into one of my favorite and sections a lone birch tree:

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    My favorite section- its short but uphill and pretty:
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    The 950 did great- it was loaded to do a multi day trip and I kept it loaded even though I knew camping equipment wouldn't be needed today:
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    With the weather closing in and having had even a bit of rain I decided to slab it back to ABQ- This got me to stop in for lunch at the Ancient Way- good food for anywhere- excellent for being so remotely located:
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    Burrito with Red:

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    The Cibola is a blast on big and small bikes- small bikes for some of the more remote and less well used roads is suggested (but not necessary)- there can be some traffic during hunting seasons- some ATV and mostly trucks. Roads outside of the well traveled 50/400 and 157/12 are not maintained- and this means they are highly enjoyable, but can be dangerous when wet, or if approaching a blind corner. The terrain mixes from red dirt to rocky sections to flat sections of stone where discerning the road is a matter of looking for cairns or the opening in the forest where you will enter (totally fun). Some gates exist.

    In wet conditions I have personally A) burned out the clutch plates on a KLR650; B) had to leave a XR650R on the side of the road and walk back to camp because of mud clogging the tires and for fear of repeating case A; C) trucks make huge ruts when conditions are wet- I fell into one of these ruts on the XR and did a slow tip over causing a broken collar bone and 45 miles of painful riding back to Gallup- alone.

    Thanks for reading.....BH
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  19. AtomicGeo

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    BH:

    Those are some beautiful pics! They really add some great perspective of the area.

    Geo
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  20. MarcoSolo

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    Hi,

    Great and inspiring info. I am looking at being in NM from the latter half of Nov and a chunk of Dec and am hoping to get in some rides like these. I know altitude is a factor - is Nov/Dec too late in the year? I did the CDR in MT and part of WY this fall and I'm not averse to cold (I'll be coming from WI) but I'm wondering if snow is likely to be a problem. Thanks again for this wealth of information.
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