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Old 04-13-2018, 09:57 PM   #41
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Re: 10th Annual Smokey Bear Dual Sport Motorcycle Ride 7/30-8/3/18 Cloudcroft, New Me

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Lot of Campgrounds in the Area, Any recommendations? would like to get a site reserved for this trip. Thanks!
Getting a reservation is a good idea. Summer is probably busy up there. Late July is the early part of the monsoon season I think, so the desire to camp in the afternoon rain is an requirement.

There are many national forest campgrounds in that area. Or there used to be. I haven't been there in a few years.
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Old 04-15-2018, 03:19 PM   #42
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Any big bikes going? I would be interested if there are. I am on an africa twin and don't want to do difficult single tracks.

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Old 04-15-2018, 07:49 PM   #43
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Any big bikes going? I would be interested if there are. I am on an africa twin and don't want to do difficult single tracks.

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There are many twisty paved roads and quite a few gravel roads as well in that area of New Mexico. I'm not sure what bikes I'll even own by then or which of them will be operational. So I might bring the big GS. No guarantees.
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Old 04-17-2018, 02:09 PM   #44
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Well, I'm out. Maybe next year. Y'all have fun and ride safe.
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Old 04-18-2018, 05:40 PM   #45
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Re: 10th Annual Smokey Bear Dual Sport Motorcycle Ride 7/30-8/3/18 Cloudcroft, New Me

BBJ there are a lot of great forest roads that out there. We rode several hundred miles there and barely scratched the surface plenty of fun to be had on and off road on a big bike. One of my riding partners was on GS800 and he went everywhere we went. I would really like to go this year but I am not sure I am going to make it. We are doing the NMBDR in early June and my son will be gone during this years event. I am sure i am going to be way behind on work and I'm not sure Ill catch up in time.
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Well, well...I am in Mayhill, New Mexico for the weekend with Jazzy Gina. I was sitting at lunch today and the park ranger mentioned that due to the extreme drought conditions, they may close all FR trails to motorized vehicles including hikers by May 12 if they do not receive significant rain.

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Well, well...I am in Mayhill, New Mexico for the weekend with Jazzy Gina. I was sitting at lunch today and the park ranger mentioned that due to the extreme drought conditions, they may close all FR trails to motorized vehicles including hikers by May 12 if they do not receive significant rain.

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Aaagghh!! Say it isn't so. I was worried about that because of the drought. Let's hope they get some rain pronto.
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That isn't uncommon before the monsoon season hits.

Spring is the windy season. These high winds dry the forest to the point of extreme fire danger. Fire is a constant threat in the Lincoln National Forest. The fire season usually starts in March or April and continues through mid-July. If the fire danger becomes too high, open fires may be prohibited, and forest areas and roads may be closed. The rainy season begins in July and continues through September, helping to end the immediate fire threat.
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I saw that they issued stage one restrictions already. Since 2010 they have only closed the fire roads once that I'm aware of. Hopefully it won't happen this year.

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A friend in Weed just sent me this. I have another trip with the family planned for June 1 and it may be a bust. The monsoon season normally doesn't start until the first of July. He said they had a good chance of rain 2 days this next week. Hopefully it will green up before any fires break out.

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I saw that they issued stage one restrictions already. Since 2010 they have only closed the fire roads once that I'm aware of. Hopefully it won't happen this year.

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Your right we have been doing the ride since 2009. In 2011 the forest was closed early in the summer but opened back up the week before the ride started. That's the only closure I know of.

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