Next in the BDR series - NMBDR

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

  1. Shawnee Bill

    Shawnee Bill Long timer

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    I wonder about that snow, we rode the BDR through there the middle of May, nice days, no sign of snow.
    I went back the next week on the highway and it was snowing pretty good between Alpine and Luna. Those drifts you saw may very well have been fresh snow.

    But saying that I would expect much of the NMBDR will be snow covered in February.
  2. ridenm

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    It's shaping up to be a La Nina year in New Mexico, more dry than wet. But that's not something you want to depend on for your safety in the mountains.
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  3. GordonLightfoot

    GordonLightfoot McRib Master

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    Hey folks, Moved to NM last year. Haven't had a bike in a while, but just picked one up. Already planning a NMBDR trip for next year, either Spring or Fall (Or both) Ordered my map today.

    If anyone else has plans for next year, let's start talking!

    Oh, and if anyone from out of the area needs a place to keep a truck and trailer PM me. I have room. I live just North of ABQ.
  4. CaptCapsize

    CaptCapsize Been here awhile

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    GordonLightfoot,
    Welcome to the neighborhood. I want to ride it next year but I never plan anything. There are lots of riding opportunities year round in these parts. What bike are you riding?
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  5. GordonLightfoot

    GordonLightfoot McRib Master

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    Hey,

    I have a new Chinese dual sport.

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  6. ridenm

    ridenm Long timer

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    Curious to hear more about this scoot.
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  7. GordonLightfoot

    GordonLightfoot McRib Master

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  8. Bartimus

    Bartimus Been here awhile

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    Welcome GL,
    I will be riding various parts of the surrounding BDR's as time permits next year.
    I've ridden from TorC to Grants so far, was hoping to do the northern sections but the cooler weather moved in.
    That's a huge looking bike! Is it a 650?
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  9. GordonLightfoot

    GordonLightfoot McRib Master

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    Hey there

    No, it's only a 250. It's pretty light and nimble
  10. vhortykho

    vhortykho Adventurer

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    Ran section 1 a couple of weeks ago but ran out of daylight near Weed. Bailed the trail and rode pavement to my hotel in Ruidoso. Saw 36 degrees @ 2030 @ elevation and a few moths that didn't get the memo. The next day I completed section 2 in to T or C. This weekend I'm heading back to Weed to complete the Weed to Ruidoso portion. Anyone care to tag along? Depending on the weather, I may tackle section 3 soon too.
  11. Branchbuster

    Branchbuster Been here awhile

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    I am in Deming from Jan through May 1st. A person can ride down here year round. Lots of good solid BLM land for an ADV bike all around Deming /Silver City areas. Much warmer down there than ABQ area. SE AZ also good in the winter. Contact Branchbuster.
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  12. Prototype4342

    Prototype4342 Long timer

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    Are you gonna be running north to south? I'm thinking of trying it in spring but would probably be doing south to north
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  13. GordonLightfoot

    GordonLightfoot McRib Master

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    I was down in Deming back in the Spring. My MIL has two, five acre lots down there her parents bought back in the 60's from that huge ranch they split up. We went to check them out.

    Having just moved from Florida to NM last year, I don't mind the cold so much!
  14. GordonLightfoot

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    Hey there,

    I'm guessing at this point I'll be running from South to North. I'm still in the planning stages. Was hoping someone has some plans for a trip and could join up!

    Thanks
  15. vhortykho

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    Weed to Ruidoso portion completed. Spotted 18 does with 1 buck just outside of Weed, lucky guy... maybe. Left the house in Las Cruces @ 615 and saw 39 degrees crossing the Tularosa Basin and again near Weed. 64 was the highest on the trail. Started out wearing 3 season gloves but had to switch to my winter gloves. The Weed store had a roaring wood stove I put to good use. I chose the day strictly by the weather forecast, Saturday was the warmest day in the 10 day period. Later on the ride, I realized I neglected to account for weekend traffic and found myself eating a lot of dust behind pickup trucks hauling ATVs & hunters on single lane roads. Shortly, it warmed up sufficiently to transition back to the 3 season gloves for better control feel. The woods were dry. Only one muddy puddle and that was easy to avoid. Saw numerous rutted spots where I could tell that rain would make them a muddy challenge. Recent surface grading along with logging activity made for a loose surface that kept me on my toes. One downhill grade in particular was covered with an even layer of golf ball sized loose rock that caused my heart rate to spike. Long views from Westside Road were spectacular. It had warmed up enough by the time I crossed highway 82 that I put on the summer gloves. I have driven pass La Luz, High Rolls and Mountain Park many times but only stopped at the Apple Barn for apple pie and cherry drink. There is a lot more behind the scenes of all these communities. Guess that's one of the reasons behind the BDR series. The approach to Virden road was miles of more loose rocks, some softball sized with irregular sharp edges. Some gave a random deflection that prevented me from getting much sleep on this stretch. Virden road out to 70 is a properly graded & maintain and you can relax once you hit it. This completed the part I had missed weeks earlier so once I hit highway 70 I hotfooted it home via pavement for a long hot bath & soak. Seems like I never come home from one of these rides without something being stiff & sore.
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  16. vhortykho

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    Prototype, I'm eyeing the weather forecast again to see if I can squeeze in another high elevation ride like Section 3, TorC to Reserve, possibly tomorrow. Interested?
  17. vhortykho

    vhortykho Adventurer

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    Gordon, give me a holler when you're ready to tackle the trail in the Spring. I ran Sections 1 & 2 this fall and wouldn't mind revisiting them during a different season.
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  18. GordonLightfoot

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    Cool

    As of right now, I'm thinking of doing the Southern half in the Spring. I have a chance on a trip to Baja sometime in the Spring so I'm not sure how that's going to work out with the schedule. Then finish up the Northern part in the Fall.
  19. vhortykho

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    Completed Section 3, Truth or Consequences to Reserve on 12/4. I chose a Monday because of reduced traffic and that particular Monday because the daytime high @ Winston NM was projected to be sunny & 61, the highest for the week. Left Las Cruces @ 915 and rode pavement all the way to Winston, yecky-poo! Gassed up at the Winston General Store & had a tasty BBQ sandwich. Motored in to the thriving metropolis of Chloride and picked up dirt at the west end of town. The route does a funny little jog to the left to avoid ending up in someone's driveway right at the edge of Chloride, easy to miss. A short ways down the trail I came upon four older women walking a dog and enjoying the day. That proved to be the only "traffic" I would encounter all the way in to Reserve. I picked a good day. Chloride Canyon has some vertical rock walls that were catching the sun. On this day, the air was dead still in the canyon and my thermometer was reading 61 while moving. I stopped for a break and at the base of the sun lit face of the Northern wall the thermometer read 82. The air was so still and I rode through a couple of those hot pockets in the canyon. Somewhere midway to the Beaverhead Ranger Station I broke out in to a clearing and jumped about a bazillion crows. An oddball in their midst caught my attention and I started to slow. It was flying in front of me and directly away so I couldn't see it's head but it had a white tail. I had to stop as it banked to the left and I could see it had a white head too. The bright sun lit up the bald eagle and he was majestic. Now I had to see what all the fuss was about and walked the area that the murder of crows had vacated. I found a gut pile. It was elk season and someone was successful. I took the opportunity to transition to my light jacket and gloves and rode that way all the way to Reserve. A mountain lion crossed the trail in front of me near Corner Mountain. I caught a second glance of it as I neared the spot where it crossed. Sightings like that make the ride all the more special. The Butler map shows a "rocky" section near Corner Mountain. A clue to it's difficulty is that there is an easier but longer, alternate route around it. In keeping with my long standing tradition of boldly going where I shouldn't, I waded right in and opted for the rocky section. I had a very challenging time piloting my packed KLR through that section. There were extended times when 1st gear was too low and 2nd was too high as well as times where I couldn't go slow enough and yet still balance the bike. At one point I had to paddle and my right leg was caught by my Nanuk pannier and it reminded me of the cost of hard luggage offroad. No real damage, not even a bruise but my leg was sore the next morning. I overnighted in Reserve @ the Frisco Lodge. There was a flyer taped to the room door for a spicy meatlovers pizza special from the local pizzeria. I them deliver a large and and two large cokes and feasted on it that night and finished it for breakfast the nest day. It was surprisingly good. Remember I said that a primary consideration for choosing to run this section on a Monday was the temperature? I knew that because of the late season I would not be tackling any more of the NMBDR until at least the spring. After completing the trip to Reserve I figured I would just flip flop and reverse course back to Winston, taking the easier route around Corner Mountain though. I hadn't thought about the weather on the return trip and it turned in to quite an adventure. It was 38 when I awoke. Rain changing to snow was projected in the Gilas. I finished the pizza and had a late start as I waited for things to warm up. It was 44 but clear as I pulled away from the gas station in Reserve and headed up the mountain. Part way up the mountain a cold drizzle started. Precipitation in one form or another stayed with me all the way back to Beaverhead. The lowest temp my thermometer recorded was 34 degrees. The highest for the day was 47 in Las Cruces. Nearing Beaverhead I rolled by/through a herd of around 20 pronghorn. They looked wet and miserable too. It was 44 and drizzling in Winston when I arrived but the rain stopped somewhere east of there. I got a good soaking but fortunately the snow didn't accumulate and become a factor but the cold rain did start to make the muddy sections slippery. My gear selection probably saved my life. This was the inaugural ride for my new wind/rain proof long johns and snowmobile gloves. I put them both to good use and while my outer layers got soaked, my core stayed warm and dry and allowed me to complete the journey home with only minor discomfort. In hindsight, I would have changed in to the snowmobile gloves sooner. I started the day wearing three season gloves and my fingers were already cold when I put them on and they just kept them from getting colder. When I test fitted them I wasn't too impressed with the control feel so I waited too long to put them on wanting the best lever feel until the last possible moment. At the same time I bought the long johns I also purchased a neck gaiter and balaclava. Both of which I left at home because it was 61 degrees for the ride! I could have used them. Ah well, nothing a good hot soak didn't cure.
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  20. LApilot

    LApilot Been here awhile

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    @vhtorykho, Sounds like you made it through as one of the last riders this year for that section. I am looking forward to Spring when I will run it in its entirety.