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Bitter sweet...home coming while leaving a lovely place. In 2004, I was invited to work and live in New Mexico. I turned it down, as my boy was still in high school, and I had only been home for one year, having spent the last three years living and working in California.

In 2005, I was invited to take a series of two to three week business trips to New Mexico...which my husband and I enjoyed very much. In 2006, I was invited once again, to live and work in New Mexico...and accepted the offer, which was to last only one year. Well, it's been longer than that...and we're finally going home again, home to Texas. The thing is, New Mexico truly is a land of enchantment...and we've been thoroughly enchanted.


Perfect adventure touring roads...
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Super fun pavement...
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Beautiful scenery...and fantastic views
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Places to let loose the fun in the KLRs...
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We're going to miss all that, and many more things that I'm sure I'm forgetting at the moment, but I think what we'll miss most, is the silence.

No man made sounds of any kinds (while our KLRs are resting).....
no planes, trains, cars or trucks...no human voices, no radio.......
just birds, bugs, and wind in the trees...or thunder.
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Our rides are always only day rides, because we're tied to the house by our dogs. We don't like to leave them in the house alone too long...which makes it harder to find new places, but believe it or not...we still do.

During our last month or so here...you can bet your bottom dollar that we'll be out riding and shooting photos, every chance we get. I'll continue to add stuff here, and hopefully, I won't bore y'all, but rather pass on our enchantment.
 
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Wow, beautiful pics. I definetely need to put NM on the list of destinations. I'd be sad to leave too!!! :zen:
 
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Bitter sweet...home coming while leaving a lovely place. In 2004, I was invited to work and live in New Mexico. I turned it down, as my boy was still in high school, and I had only been home for one year, having spent the last three years living and working in California.

In 2005, I was invited to take a series of two to three week business trips to New Mexico...which my husband and I enjoyed very much. In 2006, I was invited once again, to live and work in New Mexico...and accepted the offer, which was to last only one year. Well, it's been longer than that...and we're finally going home again, home to Texas. The thing is, New Mexico truly is a land of enchantment...and we've been thoroughly enchanted.
Northern New Mexico (new and improved over the Old Mexico!) is beautiful. We really enjoyed our trip to Santa Fe a few years ago and the day trip we took through Los Alamos and circling around back to Santa Fe.

But welcome back to Texas!


Lee
(Sugar Land - it's flat and wet, but it's home)
 

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Glad to have the two of you back but it does look like you enjoyed your stay.
Too bad you can't do both!
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On the bright side, welcome back.

On the sad side, I feel your sadness in leaving. If I could in any way swing it, I'd be living there in those mountains, too.(NE NM) It captured me when I was there; part of me is still there. And I vowed to return (this September).

Perhaps you can provide me with some places to go aka "Places You Should Not Miss". :rider:
:)

Thanks for posting the photos. (elicited a 'twang' in the gut: the pull that takes your spirit back there and your body wants to follow)
 
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Thanks for the welcome home Chuck.

TexasShadow - how I wish we could have explored more of New Mexico. However, as I said, our dogs kept us tied to the house so that we could never stay gone too long. They kept us limited to exploring the surrounding areas, which was in the southeast corner of the state. When you come out in September, if you choose to go southeast, don't miss the White Sands and the Lincoln National Forest around the small towns of Cloudcroft, Mayhill, Weed, Timberon and Pinon. The White Sands are down in the Tularosa Basin, desert country. I remember thinking, ah, what's to see? A bunch of white sand? But I gotta say, it's unique and shouldn't be missed.

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I'm all confused about my feelings on leaving. I wanna go home, but I don't want to leave here. I guess melancholy is a good description. At least my husband and I have learned the area well enough to come back and go straight to some fantastic camping spots. Motorcycle camping! Yeah! :sun:
 
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A bunch of white sand? But I gotta say, it's unique and shouldn't be missed.

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Wow! That shot is almost surreal. The contrasts, amazing.

I'm reserving SE NM for another time and instead returning to the NE area this September. Rode through it twice last Sept; on the way home it was torturous. I didn't want to leave and continue east. I felt like the reluctant end of a tightly stretched rubber band wanting to snap back to that which held the other end. It was a visceral feeling that was almost agonizing to resist.

(the aspens had exploded into golden twirling clouds against the green blankets of mountains and blue sky, and the air was crisp, cool and clear. The only sounds other than my bike and my gasps were the breezes through the aspen leaves and bubbling creeks. It was euphoric. Riding into Texas was so anticlimactic, I just couldn't go home. I veered off into Oklahoma for a few days. :)

I empathize.

Have a good trip home, and you can always go back. It will all be waiting for you.
 
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This thread brought to you by the New Mexico Visitors bureau :lol2:

Just kidding the pics are beautiful. We may be traveling through northern NM on our way to CO next month

Stephen
 
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Too bad...just when we are getting Angel out and riding...we'll make sure and post lots of pics when we ride Cloudcroft in October...
 
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Too bad...just when we are getting Angel out and riding...we'll make sure and post lots of pics when we ride Cloudcroft in October...
Yeah, that is too bad. I sure hope y'all have good weather in Cloudcroft during October. The area seems to be on an early weather pattern this year...early summer rain season. I'm hoping that does NOT mean an early snow season in Cloudcroft.

I look forward to your ride report this fall.
 
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NM is a great place to ride! I love Santa Fe. My favorite tamales are sold on the corner of the old city. yum.
 
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:zen: Another weekend to ride in the Lincoln National Forest. Riding along, enjoying the fabulous mountain air, scented with evergreens of all kinds...wait, do you smell smoke?



yeah, we smelled smoke, and found that campfire unattended, left to either die out or start a forest fire. :thumbd:

:doh: The fire danger level in the forest is HIGH :doh:

What kind of inconsiderate idiot left that fire burning, in this lovely little mountain meadow, putting the forest and all of it's inhabitants at risk? I am one of those inhabitants, at least for another month or so. :angryfire

See the water tank, kind of hidden in the trees, back up the slope a bit?
See the water bottle strapped to the back of my bike?



It took a lot of walking back and forth, and a lot of this...


...to put that fire out. Here's my husband, Scooter...job well done.


Fiery tradegy averted, we got back on the trail and continued enjoying the forest, still dumbfounded as to how someone could come out here, camp, have a good time...and then risk it all being too lazy to douse their own campfire.

And now...some random shots from the rest of the day.













Some cool places, both old and new...









And I'll leave you for today with this rainbow, shot from the deck of our house.
 
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Awesome! Again!! :clap:

Excellent job done. You two get the 'Smokey the Elk' Award!
(Bear already taken ;)

Hmmm...... I'm thinking more and more I should be taking the Sherpa up there to go on those roads; a lot more fun!!

Keep those photos and travelogues coming.
Makes my feet all the more itchy.
 
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:zen:

yeah, we smelled smoke, and found that campfire unattended, left to either die out or start a forest fire. :thumbd:

:doh: The fire danger level in the forest is HIGH :doh:

What kind of inconsiderate idiot left that fire burning, in this lovely little mountain meadow, putting the forest and all of it's inhabitants at risk? I am one of those inhabitants, at least for another month or so. :angryfire
Get a rope!

Seriously, the more I see of human behavior the more I lean to the theory that a large percentage (most?) of modern-day Americans shouldn't be allowed to roam around unattended. :brainsnap

I don't think they are necessarily malignant, just STOOPID.

God bless,

Lee
 
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Seriously, the more I see of human behavior the more I lean to the theory that a large percentage (most?) of modern-day Americans shouldn't be allowed to roam around unattended. :brainsnap

I don't think they are necessarily malignant, just STOOPID
Unless people are held accountable for their behaviour, they don't learn.
Kinda like kids..........
 

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Sandy:

After almost 11 years in Northern NM, for family reasons, I came back to Texas. I love my family beyond all good sense and reason. But not a day passes in which my heart does not yearn for the "Land of Enchantment" where the sky is so blue, your eyes ache if you look too long at it. Some of your pictures remind me of the forrest roads high in the Nicemento's north of Cuba, NM.

Do I know what tugs at your heart? You bet I do. I see those pictures and my soul cries out, longing for those mountains, those wide open country, and the SILENCE... the serenity of sitting alone high on the side of a mountain relishing and listening to the Majesty of God expressed in Nature all around me...

Simply to say, I miss NM and miss those enchanting places is to be guilty of a gross and totally crass understatement.

JR
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Great pictures of a beautiful state. I am sure you will miss living up there.....I must get out there to ride. Good on you for putting that campfire out. I have run across such small fires,....what are people thinking? Just hearing about the fires that are destroying homes out south of the Lake Tahoe area, even as we speak should be a reminder to people.

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I fear I will not live long enough to visit all these beautiful places. Life is like an open book; not traveling is like never turning a page.
 
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thanks folks...I can see that my words and pictures have adequately expressed my sorrow of leaving New Mexico. I have last Sunday's ride to add to the report when I get a little more time.

I gotta say though, I love Texas...I think it's also a beautiful state, although maybe in a different way. I'm not sad to be coming home to my beloved Texas, just sad to leave New Mexico.
 
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New Mexico isn't that far away to visit ya' know. If nothing else at least you can say that you lived there for a while and have great memories to boot. I can relate since I moved back here in October after living in Florida for almost 20 years...there really is nothing like coming home to Texas. It's bigger than France !!
 
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Lived down in Silver City when I was a kid. My dad worked at a long range radar site perched on top of a mountain peak, brushy mountain I think.

Just got a chance to go back there last week after 40 years, other than everything I remember being so big as a kid looking so small now like the house we used to live in and my old elementary school, it was great. Especially the memories of the old Mogollon cat walk walking through there and diving into that cold mountain spring runoff.

I'll be going back..
 

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I know of a nice cabin for sale near Tres Ritos between Las Vegas and Taos.
 
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:giveup: Times have been really busy lately. Work, house guests, traveling to Texas to catch up on yard/garden work there. Traveling back to NM for the job, house guests, and getting ready to start the packing for the big move. On yer mark! Ready...Set...(not quite).

:doh: I haven't had time to catch up on posting in our last NM ride report! Well, today, I'm gonna try.

From a couple weeks ago???

Oh yeah...we found this really, rocky, loose and climbing jeep trail. Did I say rocky and loose?
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Up or down, didn't seem to matter...it was just as rocky.
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We stopped for a rest, since wrestling the KLR on all that loose stuff was wearing out my hands...and found even worse conditions to come. I declined to ride the incline in the next set of photos, but I want to point out the post over my husband's left shoulder as he descends the rocky hill. You can kind of use it for size reference, since I'm a poor photographer and didn't really capture the length or steepness of this trail. :lol2:
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We soon found some more relaxing and fun stuff to ride, where all we had to dogde was the occasional fallen tree.
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What a picturesque valley, I could follow these roads happily for years to come.
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Marveling in places like this...
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Look! Elk!
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Finding what's at the end of little used roads like these...
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Oh yeah...:rider: Smooooooth sailing!
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Last week???

Now, I know we've posted almost this exact same photo before...but that has got to be one of the most fun canyons to ride. :sun:
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Look! A cheesy pouf tree! :lol2:
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More downed trees to get around...puddles and more fun roads.
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Another steep incline, but not so loose this time. See me at the top? :zen:
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Roads like this one encourage me to play harder..test the limits of traction.:twisted:
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I do really love being here.
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We stopped to get some vista shots..
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and this little guy nearly got stepped on. :eek2:
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This weekend...I can remember yesterday OK. :lol2:
We found a canyon we hadn't yet been in, so off we go to explore. It's been burned fairly recently, which makes visibility much better, as far as seeing what's ahead on the road or road side.
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Sunny skies...beautiful views....we'll be back right after lunch in the little town of Weed.
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After lunch...the skies aren't looking quite so sunny...so we suit up for rain, which is a common afternoon event in these parts.
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On with the ride!
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Yeah..it's starting to look a bit stormy.
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Looks like that STOP sign has been there a good while...it's made of plywood. :lol2:
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hmmm...the trees have fallen in a circle...odd, don't you think?
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Sure is nice to look at here...smells nice too. Frangrances of pine and fir trees and occasionally sweet grass scents the air.

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Well, the skies are looking pretty threatening, so we best head home.

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Wet streets and trails I expect...
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But snow? In late July?
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Wasn't expecting that...but we made it home safe anyway! :lol2:

Hopefully, we'll ride again today and post a few more pics.:zen:
 
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Awesome roads and photos!!! Thanks for sharing all that.

Makes me have an itch I can't scratch :(

(aka I want my Sherpa........ )

I hope we can meet when you return to Texas.
 
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Makes me have an itch I can't scratch :( (aka I want my Sherpa........ ) QUOTE]

TS, Your "Super Sherpa" has a TALL order to fill,:rider: when you finally get your hands on it.

Looks to me like you need to go ahead and be saving up those nickles & dimes for the bigger brother 650 KLR!
 
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TS, Your "Super Sherpa" has a TALL order to fill,:rider: when you finally get your hands on it.

Looks to me like you need to go ahead and be saving up those nickles & dimes for the bigger brother 650 KLR!
But I'm short :mrgreen:
I think the 250 will work well for me, mostly because I am vertically challenged :) And I've heard some folks say the the Sherpa will go places even the 650's can't go.
I guess I'll have to find that out, won't I? :trust:
 
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But I'm short :mrgreen:
I think the 250 will work well for me, mostly because I am vertically challenged :) And I've heard some folks say the the Sherpa will go places even the 650's can't go.
I guess I'll have to find that out, won't I? :trust:

Thanks TS.

Up here, altitude is the problem. Think about a three percent loss in power per thousand foot in altitude. Most of these shots were taken about nine or ten thousand foot. A thirty percent loss in power of a 250 doesn't leave much. I can really feel the loss on my 650.

There are tricks for us shorties. Shaved seat, lowering links, high heeled riding boots.:lol2:
 
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Up here, altitude is the problem. Think about a three percent loss in power per thousand foot in altitude. Most of these shots were taken about nine or ten thousand foot. A thirty percent loss in power of a 250 doesn't leave much. I can really feel the loss on my 650.
Re-jetting the carbs? I remember a few KLR riders mentioning doing this for riding at high altitude (with attitude -sorry, couldn't resist) Colorado.

There are tricks for us shorties. Shaved seat, lowering links, high heeled riding boots.:lol2:
Well, I already did that to the Whee, but no high heeled anything :mrgreen:
I don't think I'm willing to forsake the road-worthy Whee-strom for a KLR650. At least, not yet. Although that '08 I saw yesterday could tempt me :trust:
 
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Hi,

Those are all excellent pictures.

I too went DS'ing earlier this summer in New Mexico. A lovely route is taking the next road (Van Bremmer) going south on 64 (south of Raton). That road has lots of "sub-roads" and at one point ended up on Ted Turner's land. Apparently he has purchased large tracts of land near Cimarron. I also ended up on a really off the beaten track on CR 21.1. It was a very rugged surprise.

I even tried to ride up the desolate ski mountain called Cuchara near the New Mexico and Colorado border. With the V-Strom I could not quite make it to the top, even with TKC-80 tires....just a little too heavy!

Do you have a GPS file or CR names in which you traveled in New Mexico?

RB
 
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Headed to somewhere in the vicinity of Red River to camp for a week next saturday , Cant wait . I used to ride my 250 2 smoke there , never had any problums , just a little less power but still plenty . I didn't rejet and no issues there either . SEYA
 
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Hi,

Those are all excellent pictures.

I too went DS'ing earlier this summer in New Mexico. A lovely route is taking the next road (Van Bremmer) going south on 64 (south of Raton). That road has lots of "sub-roads" and at one point ended up on Ted Turner's land. Apparently he has purchased large tracts of land near Cimarron. I also ended up on a really off the beaten track on CR 21.1. It was a very rugged surprise.

I even tried to ride up the desolate ski mountain called Cuchara near the New Mexico and Colorado border. With the V-Strom I could not quite make it to the top, even with TKC-80 tires....just a little too heavy!

Do you have a GPS file or CR names in which you traveled in New Mexico?

RB
Thanks...sorry, no GPS files and way too many CR names to list. You could safely say that our exploration has been west, east and south of Cloudcroft, north of Timberon and west of Alamogordo. Very little riding to the north of Cloudcroft, as it just started putting us too far away from the house, since we have those hounds to care for.
 
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Sunday's ride...it was quite a bit wetter today than yesterday. In fact, we didn't even get all the way out of the canyon where our rental house sits before we had to stop and don gear to keep us dry. Here's a shot or two of the canyon that almost always begins our rides.

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We played on numerous, little used roads...

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Had to do a turn around now and then, when we found a dead end...

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Or, just stop and rest a while, wait out some more rain...goof off. You can see our bikes are pretty wet here.

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Nice place to come to an end though.
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The rain caused us to dodge some puddles and ride careful on wet rock.
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Fully deployed outriggers here.
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As usual, the views do not disappoint....rain or not.
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You guys are so lucky to be able to rode together in such a great place to explore! I really miss the days when Beth and I could just hop on the bikes and go... It is not that the kids aren't worth it, they are, I just miss it... Awesome pics... Like Elzi, they make me itch in a bad way :doh:
 
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Didn't think there was anything west of there except the White Sands Missile Range... ;-)
:doh: I meant east...did I say west? :doh:

You guys are so lucky to be able to rode together in such a great place to explore! I really miss the days when Beth and I could just hop on the bikes and go... It is not that the kids aren't worth it, they are, I just miss it... Awesome pics... Like Elzi, they make me itch in a bad way :doh:
;-) :-P
That's because we already did the kid raising thing...and sometimes, he comes along for the exploration on his own KLR. :clap:
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That's because we already did the kid raising thing...and sometimes, he comes along for the exploration on his own KLR. :clap:
Hah! Now *that's* the ticket! I suspect that if my daughter ever decides to move close by, she'd be tempted to do the same! And she can fit on one; she's six inches taller than I :mrgreen:
And she's a bike mechanic, too. Hmm.... I think we need to tempt her here and ride with us. Then we'd have a mechanic on the trail, too :trust:
 

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Hah! Now *that's* the ticket! I suspect that if my daughter ever decides to move close by, she'd be tempted to do the same! And she can fit on one; she's six inches taller than I :mrgreen:
And she's a bike mechanic, too. Hmm.... I think we need to tempt her here and ride with us. Then we'd have a mechanic on the trail, too :trust:
Yep, there are two good things to bring along on a trail ride. A good mechanic and a good medic. Helps if they are good company too.

A question for Sandy. When are you going to be moved back to Texas? I think I'm going to meet a couple of my brother-in-laws in Cloudcroft in Sept. Will you still be there? If not, can I PM you to pick your brain on some places to ride? Can you give me an idea of what will the weather be like? All I've found is that the average daily high between Sept and Oct drops 15 degrees, so I'm guessing that Sept is when it starts cooling down.
 

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Dang, seeing these pictures all over again make me miss NM all the more...

Someone mentioned re-jetting for altitude. If anything you need to go LEANER. Lower air pressure at altitude causes breathing problems not only for people, but for normally aspirated engines. There's the thing called: VE: Volumetric Efficiency, or how "full" the jugs can get on the intake stroke. Less outside air pressure pushes less mixture into the chambers therefore you get less power on each power stroke. I laboured across some tall passes in Colorado in a 40hp VW Bus once... I made the mistake of pulling off road on a steep incline upward at above 12,000 feet... I had to race the engine to red line to make the bus move again... I calculated it later as being down to about 27 or 28 horsepower... In general ELECTRONICLY FUEL INJECTED engines don't need mixture adjustment. Carb engines do better if re-jetted one or two jet sizes LEANER if operated constantly above about 5000 feet...

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Sandy & Scott,we're going to have another Tech Day out here at my shop sometime after August. Hope you and Scott can make this one. I think we are going to concentrate on swing arm maintenance this next time. I know I'll be installing grease zerks on mine. We'll do the doo for those that need it but I'd like to work on suspensions this next go round.

I lived in Roswell New Mexico when I was younger and miss the camping trips my Dad would take us on. I go back there every 10 years or so and see the old house and Elementary school I attended and am amazed at how small it is. It was so big when I was ten. :rofl:

Your pictures make me want to go on my ride tomorrow instead of this August. I am planning to get on Hwy 380 up here in Decatur and ride it west till it ends. Then see where the GPS takes me.

Melissa had fun Saturday with all the folks out for the Tech Day, and she wants us to plan on cooking up a lunch for the next one. So do plan on coming out. Still hoping to get her on a bike so she can see what she's missing. She loves to camp and hike, but her knees hurt real bad after a long walk, so I think a little trail riding would be the ticket. If I could find a trail bike with an automatic transmission she'd be set. (We almost divorced after teaching her to drive her 5 speed Miata.:giveup:)

Anyway, back on topic. Glad to have you guys coming back near us again, but am also sorry to see you come back. I had high hopes of coming out that way and riding the area with you guys. But the Summer Storms have kept me busy. I still have 5 weeks of vacation I haven't touched yet this year. Better get busy and take some time off.

Great pictures! I can smell the smoke in the pine trees just looking at the photos.

I can't sleep this morning, so that's why I'm rambling. I stop typing now and go read something else.

See ya'll soon.

Curtis
 
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A question for Sandy. When are you going to be moved back to Texas? I think I'm going to meet a couple of my brother-in-laws in Cloudcroft in Sept. Will you still be there? If not, can I PM you to pick your brain on some places to ride? Can you give me an idea of what will the weather be like? All I've found is that the average daily high between Sept and Oct drops 15 degrees, so I'm guessing that Sept is when it starts cooling down.
We'll be moved back to Texas by mid-August. As to riding places, what kind of riding are you going to want to do? My husband has done a small amount of single track riding here (I have too, but only lasted a few minutes before I squawked "this isn't any fun on a KLR.") We've done some ATV trails, but more often than not on ATVs rather than KLRs. Mostly, the KLRs are great fun for the fireroads, paved twisties and jeep trails.
I'm always following my husband around, so I really couldn't tell you much, other than what I told the other who asked the same...South of Cloudcroft, North of Timberon and East of Alamagordo.


HA! Got it right that time Chuck!

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Oh yeah...weather in September? Having only been here for one September so far, I could only guess that there will be almost daily afternoon rain showers, possibly more, possibly less. You saw that it snowed up near Cloudcroft just this last weekend, not much...but that's in July. Come prepared for all kinds of weather, from warm to wintry...and expect to see all kinds.
 

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HA! Got it right that time Chuck!

:lol2:
Even though ya'll will be relocated out near Aledo, you will have to visit the Tuesday night Tarrant County get togethers from time to time - just like you used to do...
 
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:sun: Hi Curtis,

I saw several tech day reports from your place. Looks like all had a good time. Somebody should have brought y'all some pie!

Maybe you could get Melissa a small off road only motorcycle and let her practise around the home place til she gets comfortable, then slowly graduate her up in bikes, work on some street skills (in a parking lot), get her enrolled in the safety course, licensed and out there riding with the rest of us. ;-)
 

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We'll be moved back to Texas by mid-August. As to riding places, what kind of riding are you going to want to do? My husband has done a small amount of single track riding here (I have too, but only lasted a few minutes before I squawked "this isn't any fun on a KLR.") We've done some ATV trails, but more often than not on ATVs rather than KLRs. Mostly, the KLRs are great fun for the fireroads, paved twisties and jeep trails.
I'm always following my husband around, so I really couldn't tell you much, other than what I told the other who asked the same...South of Cloudcroft, North of Timberon and East of Alamagordo.


HA! Got it right that time Chuck!

:lol2:

Oh yeah...weather in September? Having only been here for one September so far, I could only guess that there will be almost daily afternoon rain showers, possibly more, possibly less. You saw that it snowed up near Cloudcroft just this last weekend, not much...but that's in July. Come prepared for all kinds of weather, from warm to wintry...and expect to see all kinds.
Well, I was in Cloudcroft for Memorial day and it was afternoon showers then too. We did some single track (Rim Trail for one), but I didn't get much exploring done on the fire roads. We pretty much stayed in the area between Cloudcroft and Timberon. I'd like to explore the area over towards Pinion a little more next trip.
 
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:sun: Hi Curtis,

I saw several tech day reports from your place. Looks like all had a good time. Somebody should have brought y'all some pie!
I agree, I would have liked some pie. German Chocolate Cake would have been even better! But, that's OK. Ron Criswell and I rode up to Muenster today for steaks and Struddel. Only got rained on the last five miles to Muenster and out of it. After that the sun came back out and dried out our clothes. A good day to play hooky from work.

Maybe you could get Melissa a small off road only motorcycle and let her practise around the home place til she gets comfortable, then slowly graduate her up in bikes, work on some street skills (in a parking lot), get her enrolled in the safety course, licensed and out there riding with the rest of us. ;-)
I'm in the market for a 50 to 80cc scooter for her, to get her used to riding on her own out here. Then maybe something bigger. I have my doubts that she'll ever get into riding a street legal street/ DS bike by herself. Now maybe a Burgman 400 or MP3 later but that would be pushing it. She's just not into 2 wheel adventure like we are. Clutches and her don't mix well.

Now if I could find a dirt bike with an automatic clutch or transmission she'd be set.

Curtis
 
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