Southern Portion of Continental Divide in 2018

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  1. mpgmr

    mpgmr Utard

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    I am planning to ride the Southern portion (from Steamboat Springs, CO or thereabouts) in or about September 2018. I've ridden the TAT, Mex2Can, and Northern portion of the CD so looking to finish the CD this year. I know it's early but if you're thinking along the above lines then give me shout. I'm 68, domiciled in Utah, have numerous bikes to ride but will likely take a WR450F. I want to camp a few times but mostly motel. I also want to try out a drone to help document the trip so this will be a relatively slow ride of maybe 120-150 miles/day, depending on facilities.
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  2. HickOnACrick

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    Practice your mud-riding skills. September is Monsoon season - it is the month I did the CDT, and I had to bail out at Pie Town due to heavy rains and impassable roads. I think the 450 is a good choice. The toughest part of the ride begins once you hit the NM border (in my opinion). I camped the whole way so I can't recommend any hotels.
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  3. WoodWorks

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    I hit the same mud (and had to bail) south of Pie Town, but in my case it was in early July. You never know when the monsoon will start in NM.
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  4. jonz

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    Me three on the mud around Pie Town except I rode through. WR450 is a great choice to make it through the probable mud sections. Since you're in UT you've ridden in some mountain mud. I'd lean toward a knobbier tire than most recommend. I'd like to see the drone footage when you're done and also how well the drone packed up for transport.
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  5. Ebrake

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    I'm planning on starting in the South (NM) and seeing how far north I can get beginning April 28th. Any advice on the conditions in CO early May this year? Trading some cooler temps in NM for less rain. Trying to do hotel to hotel but carrying a tent for emergencies.
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  6. Branchbuster

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    Nothing too cool about the South NM weather now. It is in the 80s day and the 40s night. Mostly it is the wind season but that should wind down in late April and early May. There are no motels on the South route until you get to Silver City. Gas at Hachita and Animas, NM. If it matters there is no premium at either of those stations. First premium would be in Gage. You picked a pretty good year to go North as it is quite dry in all of NM this year. Could not tell you about CO though.Someone else can help you when you get closer up there.
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    Branchbuster Been here awhile

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    EBrake... Are you riding from the Antelope Wells side of the Hachitas or from the Cloverdale side up to Animas? The Cloverdale side more closely follows the actual Divide but most start at Antelope Wells. What will you be riding? How will you stow your tow vehicle? Always interested on how riders work this part out on stowing a vehicle as the South border has nothing on it at all. Antelope Wells is just a BP station you know, not really a village.
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  8. SquatBirdJunior

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    Gas in Hachita? I wouldn't plan on it being there.
    HachitaGas.jpg 2015, looks the same this year.
    But the rest area is always open:
    WP_20150806_043.jpg
    And the CDT monument:
    CDT monument.jpg
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  9. Ebrake

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    Thanks for the replies. I will be following the GPS Kevin tracks. The route technically starts in Antelope Wells but from the Google Maps Satellite view it seems the route from the border to I10 is paved (ok one small section of dirt as you near the 10). I can't see the point in useless paved miles so I will ride from Tucson to the first dirt section north of I10 at Separ. So I can't claim I rode border to border but I'm not doing it for the bragging rights.

    I'm riding the Husky 701. Haven't actually worked out all the little details so kinda half assin' it. I thought about towing the bike (back of my pickup) to save tire wear getting to NM but I've decided to launch from my garage. The company I work for has a factory in Yuma AZ which is halfway to Tucson for me. This gives me a convenient reason for a mid-ride break. I'll stay over in Tucson, get my tires changed there, and I will have 175 Mi ride until I hit dirt. Planning on reaching Separ before noon. I've got a list of hotels at each crossing of a major E/W Hwy and seems there are plenty of options. I'll book rooms a day in advance once I understand the terrain and achievable mileage. I think I know what I'm doing but I'll find out once I get on the road :photog
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    Squatbird Jr., There is gas in Hachita . The station is reopened there and has been making it through all of 2018 so far. I bought gas there last week.

    E Brake, There is no gas at Separ at all so your last chance is in Lordsburg ,NM. If you go just a little farther East to Gage at exit 68 there is an Exxon station that has premium for the Husky. You can go right back NW to the Separ rd on the Gage/Separ access rd then on up to White Signal located on NM90. That is a pretty road, all nice gravel as well. If you want company that is my backyard there. PM me if you like. Or just pick my brain for details.
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    I guess I should have said last September it looked like that, no gas. I've seen reports over the years, I wouldn't want to screw someone over. I'll be going by there in two weeks. Thanks for the first hand knowledge.
    On one trip, I ran out gas 5 miles from Columbus, had to use my rotopak.
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    Glad to help SquatbirdJr. It was an empty station until just this year. I try to fill there just to keep them going. I like the new station on the West side of Animas on NM9 also. It is pay at pump so you don't need to go in and looks to have new tanks. The East Animas Mini Mart is too old and you have to go inside to pay. The guy who runs it is a grouch too.
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    Thanks BB. My plan was to fill up in Lordsburg - see a couple truck stops there. Is there no Premium? Thanks for the tip to hit Gage as an alternative. I'll post here once more to confirm I am on schedule. I will PM as well to see if you want to join up on Saturday afternoon. Any tips for the route north will be much appreciated.
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  15. mpgmr

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    Branchbuster: I assume the East side station is Bootheel Grocery? Do you have a cross street for the West side station in Animas? Is it at the Valley Mercantile?
    Thank you!
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    The Mercantile has premium and pay at pump. It is on NM9 right by the high school. West side of town.
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    E Brake... How are you doing on the trip? All going well?
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    Here is a pic as of 5 May 2018, Hachita.
    20180506_094349.jpg
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