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klrno2
03-17-2006, 04:50 PM
We took a ride today, from our new location in New Mexico. No long commute, no traffic, just hit the mountain roads right from our house.
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That's it, behind all the trees.

We decided to ride some familiar fire roads and ATV trails, more or less off the beaten path.
We found that the fire roads had deteriorated quite a bit since our last ride in this area.
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Riding the ridges affords some nice views.
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We decided to cut from one valley to another via ATV trails. We didn't exactly get lost, but we did get powerful confused for a couple of hours.
The ATV trails were really rough, rocky and difficult to get any pictures of the more difficult sections, as we couldln't stop.
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We ran into a few of these...
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And a few of these...
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And we even found some remnants of an era gone by...trestles from an old narrow guage railroad used in logging.
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We finally found familiar territory and found our previously left markings had deteriorated also. Time for a new sticker.
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Wolves?
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And Elk..
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And the players...
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klrno2

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Scooterhose

If you look hard, you can find some snow.
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Then we twisted our way back home.
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More later from Scooter and K2. Adios!

Snoopster
03-17-2006, 04:54 PM
Great pics. What's your secret with taking pics while on the bike? I seem to run into trouble while attempting this. I'm always afraid I'm going to drop the camera.

Blue Bomber
03-17-2006, 04:55 PM
:uhoh: I hope Tourmeister dosen't see this thread. We may have to move there. :flip:

bobcat
03-17-2006, 05:08 PM
Very nice, I'm green with envy! :mrgreen:

klrno2
03-17-2006, 05:20 PM
Great pics. What's your secret with taking pics while on the bike? I seem to run into trouble while attempting this. I'm always afraid I'm going to drop the camera.

One word "lanyard"

Cagiva 549
03-17-2006, 06:28 PM
No more post like this unless were all invited . Tantalizing photos like that could be considered torture to us flatlanders . SEYA

Tourmeister
03-17-2006, 06:45 PM
Yeah... it's just bike porn. Get's you all worked up with no where to go... :suicide:

Lessee... Cloudcroft looks to be about as far as El Paso... :ponder:

Squeaky
03-17-2006, 07:24 PM
Awesome pics and ride! Looks like the area is ready for ya.

I know you two like to get down n dirty, but if it's Ok, the Fearless Foursome might be able to use your NM expertise for route ideas once we get over there (street-only, though).

klrno2
03-17-2006, 07:29 PM
Awesome pics and ride! Looks like the area is ready for ya.

I know you two like to get down n dirty, but if it's Ok, the Fearless Foursome might be able to use your NM expertise for route ideas once we get over there (street-only, though).

Streets? I think we saw a paved road.:lol2:

Sure we'll help in any way possible.

Gilk51
03-17-2006, 07:35 PM
Is it just me or does anyone else want to ban Sandy, Scott, and Jason from ever posting again about rides in NM and NC? ;-)

I know LockMart has an office in Greensboro, wonder what they have in northern NM (yes, I know about Los Cruces)... :trust:

dbdolan
03-17-2006, 07:36 PM
Great pic's, so your hosting the next DS ride and camp out..hehe. Beautiful country, so how do you like those Kawi saddle bags? I have some but haven't used them yet.

Gilk51
03-17-2006, 07:36 PM
Scott
Uh, Sandy's Scott, not the ones in Huntsville or Austin... :roll:

klrno2
03-17-2006, 07:59 PM
Great pic's, so your hosting the next DS ride and camp out..hehe. Beautiful country, so how do you like those Kawi saddle bags? I have some but haven't used them yet.

Put them on and haven't taken them off yet. Both loaded to the gills. They don't interfere with our riding, on or off road, no matter how rough the off road gets. We love 'em. The added weight tends to make us bottom out the rear a bit more, when we're jumping some, but not enough to really bother us.

Tourmeister
03-17-2006, 09:22 PM
No probs with them melting on the exhaust? Do they have rain covers or are the water proof without covers?

klrno2
03-17-2006, 10:09 PM
No probs with them melting on the exhaust? Do they have rain covers or are the water proof without covers?

No melting. More rain resistant. Been in rain a few times with no problems.

Big Bandit
03-21-2006, 05:53 PM
Awesome pics and ride! Looks like the area is ready for ya.

I know you two like to get down n dirty, but if it's Ok, the Fearless Foursome might be able to use your NM expertise for route ideas once we get over there (street-only, though).

I spent a few days in New Mexico last week camping with my kids. 244 goes from Cloudcroft to Ruidosa and is rated one of the top motorcycle roads in the nation by Texas Traveler Magazine. After driving it in my truck, I really want to ride it. Great curves and beautiful scenery.

We also went to the Gila Wilderness and wanted to see the cliff dwellings, but as we headed up the mountain I was proabably averaging 20-25 mph because there were no straightaways, it was one curve after another. We passed a couple of campgrounds, free by the way, and saw a sign that said "Two hour drive to cliff dwellings, open 8am-4pm" and it was 3 pm, so we did not see the road to, or the cliff dwellings. We went back to one of the campgrounds and set up camp. But if the upper road is like the lower road I think we have a challenger for the Dragon's Tail. When we left the Gila Wilderness we took 78 over into AZ. I couldn't see the scenery, because it was dark, but lots of curves and elevation changes. 78 took us to 191 in AZ. One of the prettiest roads I have ever been on. I was there 11 years ago and went out of my way on this trip, to drive it again. Right after you get on it, there is a sign "No services for next 90 miles". Ther are also free campgrounds on 191. Once you get to Alpine, AZ, 191 becomes a lot more civilized and tame. I would turn around and go back to the Gila Wilderness, looked like there were lots of good roads around there. I do not have my kids next year for Spring Break and I am already planning to ride to the Gila Wilderness and set up a base camp and ride those mountains for a week, including 78 and 191 in AZ.

Rod

Tourmeister
03-22-2006, 02:33 AM
:tab 191 from the Copper Mines North to Alpine ranks as one of my most memorable rides. They had just repaved it before we got there and it was smooooth... We saw one truck and three motorcycles in that whole stretch. The weather was totally clear with temps in the low 80's. It was one of those transcendent rides :zen:

DaveC
03-22-2006, 07:48 AM
This looks like the destination of choice, how big is that back yard and does it have hook ups?:trust:
I'll be your friend!
If I could figure out how to make a living up in the mountians of the Southwest I pack it up and move it on up there. Short of winning the lottery (which you have to play to win :doh: ) I am looking at riding vicariously through ya'll.

punk_emo_tx
03-22-2006, 06:36 PM
I like that lonely pay phone on 244 half way between Cloudcroft and Ruidoso.

I had to stop and take pictures..lol.

Tx Rider
04-02-2006, 12:56 AM
I spent a few days in New Mexico last week camping with my kids. 244 goes from Cloudcroft to Ruidosa and is rated one of the top motorcycle roads in the nation by Texas Traveler Magazine. After driving it in my truck, I really want to ride it. Great curves and beautiful scenery.

We also went to the Gila Wilderness and wanted to see the cliff dwellings, but as we headed up the mountain I was proabably averaging 20-25 mph because there were no straightaways, it was one curve after another. We passed a couple of campgrounds, free by the way, and saw a sign that said "Two hour drive to cliff dwellings, open 8am-4pm" and it was 3 pm, so we did not see the road to, or the cliff dwellings. We went back to one of the campgrounds and set up camp. But if the upper road is like the lower road I think we have a challenger for the Dragon's Tail. When we left the Gila Wilderness we took 78 over into AZ. I couldn't see the scenery, because it was dark, but lots of curves and elevation changes. 78 took us to 191 in AZ. One of the prettiest roads I have ever been on. I was there 11 years ago and went out of my way on this trip, to drive it again. Right after you get on it, there is a sign "No services for next 90 miles". Ther are also free campgrounds on 191. Once you get to Alpine, AZ, 191 becomes a lot more civilized and tame. I would turn around and go back to the Gila Wilderness, looked like there were lots of good roads around there. I do not have my kids next year for Spring Break and I am already planning to ride to the Gila Wilderness and set up a base camp and ride those mountains for a week, including 78 and 191 in AZ.

Rod

My parents used to take us kids camping at Gila it would have been back in the 60's when we lived in Silver City. Got a few memories and I think that was part of what has given me a sense of enjoyment of outdoors. We used to hike up the long catwalk and I guess hiked to the cliff dwellings. The old catwalk there was washed away many years back, I assume they rebuilt it.

Used to hunt for pottery and arrowheads in the Silver city area, and dad used to take us to a cattle ranch he moonlighted at on his time off in eastern Arizona.

I really would like to take a ride out there again some time.