NM/CO Dualsport Run

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  1. RideFreak

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    The plan was simple, hit as much dirt as possible riding from Albuquerque NM to Lake City CO. 2 days up, 2 days in the San Juans doing a few passes and 2 days riding back. The CDT was the obvious choice as a route, mostly dirt and well documented. We panned to ride it north up to the Dome Lakes area in Colorado, then head west 65 miles to Lake City.


    The crew consisted of Everest (Mtech1950) riding an XR650L.
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    His coming along definitely raised the bar, no lollygagging with cameras, forget all about stopping to smell the flowers, :D Ev wanted to ride and ride hard, he's fast, even on a 650L and I worked to keep up with him all week.


    I'd be riding the 650R and trying to video as much as possible.
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    Sy (Akasy) rode up with us as far as the Colorado border near Cumbres Pass. Sy had been up the route before and his being along helped out at some questionable turns. He's a great guide....if you can keep up with him :ricky That day he was on the 650R and we did good to keep him in sight sometimes.
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    Steve (selaznog) was in Durango at the same time so we planned to meet up for a ride.
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    We got an early start, O dark thirty.
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    It had rained the night before so the dirt route out of Rio Rancho was covered with a fine layer of mud which made for an interesting couple miles till we could get off onto the pavement. In Jamez we hit FR376 at the Gillman Tunnels and rode through the western Jamez mountians to catch the CDT as it comes out of Cuba NM. This area has had a couple forest fires recently so there was a closures on part of the CDT. Our route headed over to Coyote NM on FR103 where we picked up Hwy 96. Riding the forest roads as the sun is coming up was pretty amazing, very scenic. Teakettle Rock is a local formation I've been wanting to check out for awhile, the route took us right past it.
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    We slabbed it from there to El Rito. The only gas is in Abiquiu so we fueled up there. It was back to dirt as we headed out of El Rito on the ride up through the Carson NF. This area was nice forest roads that we were able to make great time on. There's a little store we stopped at on the trail in Canon Plaza, it's easy to miss cause it's a shed :D You pull up, hit the horn and the proprietor rides down on a 4 wheeler to serve you. She sells candy bars, chips & drinks but not much else.
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    We came across this settler's cabin, time for some pictures.
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    To Be Continued....
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  2. 75bronco

    75bronco Been here awhile

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    great, i am heading out there soon and will watch with interest!
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  3. NMTrailboss

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    Awesome stuff so far!! Keep it coming! :nod
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  4. RideFreak

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    Curtis, I'm ready for the trials team, only one dab on the steps of Black Bear :lol3

    It was the trials boots Brewtus talked me into :D

    The video is pretty cool, I'll post it when I get to that section.
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  5. RideFreak

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    This is a short video of the morning ride through the Santa Fe National Forest to Coyote NM.

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    Here's the Carson NF up to just north of Hwy 64, mostly just 'crusin on the Forest Roads :D This will give you an idea what the roads are like in the area.

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  7. RideFreak

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    We'd been having allot of rain and the condition of the trail north of Hwy 64 to the Colorado border was a concern. Turns out it was a non issue, there were none of the real slick hills that this area can be known for. Dispite the rain, the trail was easily passible. Funny thing is, we didn't see any cyclists on the trail. Albuquerque to the Colorado border was 250 miles, I had set that as a goal for the first day early on when mud was a concern. We made the 250 mile mark around 1:30pm so we took in lunch at the bottom of La Manga Pass and headed up to Del Norte.


    We always hear Colorado is a 'cool place but we had no idea :beer
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  8. RideFreak

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    This is a 5min vid of the ride from just north of Hwy 64 to the Colorado border. The mud in this video was as bad as it got. :rayof

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    Splat! at 0:21 :rofl ... Nice ride.
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    This is some short video of the CDT from the Colorado border past Platorio and over Stunner Pass. Colorado dirt roads are sure maintained nice.:D

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  11. AtomicGeo

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    Nice report Chris. :thumb How many days were you riding?

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  12. NMTrailboss

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    That's awesome!! Those steps can be intimidating. Great job!! Waiting for the video! :ddog Always looking for new people in the trials club! :ear

    Trials boots are so comfy and work great for dual sport rides. What boot did brewtus talk you into? :dunno
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  13. DocAxeYarYar

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    I never tire of CO pics! Looks excellent and the videos are great. Looks like a nice size group to ride with, and kudos for keeping up....I tend to always drop back at the end of the pack!
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  14. RideFreak

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    Geo, it was 6 days, 1.5 up, 3.5 there, and one going home.


    Brewtus just said to get some trails boots, not specific recco so I picked up a pair of alpinestars, I really like 'em.
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  15. DirtDad

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    Cool stuff Chris. Let's see, 6 days riding with Everest! :huh

    Did you get to really enjoy the scenery while you were riding. :rofl

    Wish I could have made it. :cry
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  16. RideFreak

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    The rest of the first day's ride was pretty uneventful. It had started drizzling after Stunner Pass so we hightailed it into Del Norte. The town doesn't have much to offer, limited hotels and food. If I had it to do again I'd stay in Monte Vista, it's 16 miles east of Del Norte and offers much more in the way of lodging and food.

    We made 351 miles the first day.
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    The next morning we hit the trail out of Del Norte, unfortunately I don't have much video from this day, just a short section that covers the first 50 miles out of town. Once you get down the trail into the Carnero Pass area the riding is pretty awesome, winding two track through high Aspen forests. The trail turns and corkscrews enough to keep it real interesting. By this time we had 300 miles under or belt on the loaded bikes, we were throwing them around pretty good. We hit the Carnero area at a fast clip 'cause that's just how Ev rolls :D
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    We caught the turnoff to Lake City at the Dome lakes, the trail from that point to Lake City is fast and challenging enough to make it fun (with a little speed). Apparently it's an old stage coach route. It was 135 miles from Del Norte to Lake City. Here's the elevation profile.
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    We got a room in the Silver Spur hotel there, it would be our base for the pass rides coming up. The Silver Spur is the only conventional hotel in town but there's plenty of cabins and other kinds of lodging available. The owners are cool and the place is MC friendly.
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    The deer in town think they are dogs and wander around like they own the place.
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    Like I said, they think they're dogs :D
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  17. RideFreak

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    :D Not much, it was all I could do to keep up with him.
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  18. RideFreak

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    Ok, I know, the videos riding up the CDT were a little boring, it's time to break out some of the "Good Stuff" :D

    This is Imogene Pass from Telluride to the top.
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    Enjoy :rayof

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  20. RideFreak

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    This trail looked pretty cool from the bottom. Wrassling boulders at 12,000' wears you out :nod

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