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Next in the BDR series - NMBDR

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by eakins, Nov 7, 2014.

  1. chilejack

    chilejack Viajero Viejo

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    when do you plan to do the NMBDR?
  2. sceep

    sceep Long timer

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    The catwalk in Glenwood is about a 30 minute detour and is worth it IMO.
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    Socorro Springs Brewery in Socorro makes a mean pizza and calzone.

    White sands national monument just W of Alamogordo.

    Carlsbad caverns.
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  3. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    Palomas gap SE of T or C is spectacular, but is a little on the hard side going west to east. Not so bad the other direction.

    How are you planning to get to the AZBDR? It would be a long and probably not all that interesting ride from Dell City to get from the very end of the NMBDR to the very beginning of the AZBDR.

    A convenient way would be to take the CDR south from where it interesects the NMBDR and then cut SW at Silver City. But then you would miss Chloride Creek riding n to s on the NMBDR. Chloride is one of the top 2 or 3 attractions in NM
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  4. ridenm

    ridenm Missing my emotional support squirrel Supporter

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    Re: Alamogordo - if you are into space history there's a fantastic museum there.
    The Trinity site is only open twice a year but worth a side trip if your timing is right.
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  5. scanda

    scanda Trooper

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    Leaving from 3 Step hopefully 28 April. I realize we may have to start from Cuba pending snow, no worries.
  6. scanda

    scanda Trooper

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    Gonna stick to the trail. Yes, we realize the connection to AZBDR will suck. I have until 21 May to be back home.
  7. chilejack

    chilejack Viajero Viejo

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    Do you mean 3 Step in Utah? I am confused about your route. The issue on the NMBDR in spring in the high country is mud from run-off. June or September-Oct. are your best bets for dry conditions.
  8. bigmo

    bigmo The Great White North

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    We did it earlier than you with no problems. We were the second group to officially do the NM BDR. Big Dog beat us by 3 days...

    Here's our ride report from the April trip. I'd expect you'll run into similar issues (random downed trees etc.) as you'll beat the crowd. We missed the final 120 miles due to snow, but did it the following year. Didn't feel we missed much. Stellar route in late April. Still my favorite BDR to date.

    https://advrider.com/f/threads/the-almost-virgin-new-mexico-bdr.1142081/

    PS - there's a link to Big Dog's report in the first post. We could see their tracks on the trail and kept thinking we'd catch them.
  9. scanda

    scanda Trooper

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    Thanks. Yes, parking at 3 Step...I am doing AZBDR too. Pending on time, maybe a run into Moab from 3 Step. That’s why we are staging there and 3 Step is pretty awesome. Not worried about ideal conditions of trail.
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  10. ReadyorNot

    ReadyorNot professional olde phart Supporter

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    west of Cloudcroft, at the point where the southern BDR joins hwy 82 onto Westside road,
    go east about half a mile to the next canyon entrance (Karr Cyn). it runs through the NF about 7 seven miles and intersects Sunspot Hwy (#6563). turn south to sunspot observatory, its a worthwhile scientific stop with a self guided tour, great vistas, and a nice ride. you can also access it from the south end of Westside rd where it terminates onto #6563.

    also puts you close to Cloudcroft; great BBQ at Mad Jacks, or burgers at Daves....and generally speaking, remember to load up on green chile while you're in the region.

    i note you're not worried about ideal trail conditions, but be aware that the mud here is not like anything in the southeast....it progress from rideable to unrideable pretty quickly.....:muutt
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  11. unit3890

    unit3890 Been here awhile

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  12. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    Probably heading south from 3step and riding the NMBDR south starting in Cuba.
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  13. 2 SPOT

    2 SPOT bring the rape whistle

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    i was lucky enough to walked the old catwalk before it was washed away,, the new one is still a cool thing to experience
  14. PYG RYDR

    PYG RYDR Adventure-Dual Sport

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    Scheduled to ride the NM and AZ BDRs 2nd and 3rd weeks of May. Joining the 2 BDRs and making a big loop. Any report of snow depth in the mountains?
    Thank you very much!
  15. sceep

    sceep Long timer

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    Warming up quick and wasn't too big a snow year.

    We can still get a few more storms but they likely wont pile up enough to matter at this point.

    Things are looking good for a mid-May trip RE: snow.

    Watch for the spring monsoons and mud.
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  16. ridenm

    ridenm Missing my emotional support squirrel Supporter

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    Sacramentos (southern mountains) got 18" in places just two days ago. Lots of rain in the southern desert around Alamogordo.
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  17. GS Dave

    GS Dave Chicken Farmer

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    just checking in to see how things are looking on the south end of the NMBDR, any info would be great. thanks
  18. rimtrail105

    rimtrail105 http://advrider.com/index.php?account/

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    A little rain in the valley around dell city.Cool temps with lower temps in cloudcroft area and ruidoso.You can check webcams at cloudcroft. Ruidoso also has live webcam.
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  19. shotty_co

    shotty_co Been here awhile Supporter

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    As restrictions ease a bit, is anyone thinking about a NMBDR run mid to late May?
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  20. ridenm

    ridenm Missing my emotional support squirrel Supporter

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    NM governor's stay-at-home order was extended to May 15 yesterday.
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