Me and Ulybrad are taking off for about 9 days of dual sport adventure starting off in RDS World HQ, and going up the whole of New Mexico to Colorado, and back down! Temps are looking HOT, 100 in lower NM and 80s in upper NM.
Thanks to all the TWT convicts for tips, tracks, and info rolled into my trip planning!
Route is looking like this roughly:
Day 1- HQ to Capitan - 200 miles, camp Nogal Lake or Cedar Creek
Day 2 - Capitan to Socorro - 175 miles, camp Water Canyon off 60
Day 3 - Water Canyon camp to Pie Town - 210 miles, camp Pie Town or motel Datil
Day 4 - Pie Town to Cuba, 200 miles, motel
Day 5 - Cuba to Pine CO, 180 miles, camp Elk Creek
Day 6 - Pine CO to Coyote Creek St Park - 140 miles, not including any extra mile in White Peak loop, camp Coyote Creek
Day 7 - Coyote Creek to Capitan - 240 miles, camp or motel?
Day 8 - Capitan to Guadalupe Rim entrance - 110 miles (camp?)
Day 9 - Guadalupe Rim to HQ - 120
We hit the dirt on Saturday, June 15th, which is when I turn on the SPOT tracker and you can follow along here:
On my return, pics and tall tales will get posted!
Its the peak of wildfire season, and every year it seems New Mexico is on fire. This ride was first planned a couple of years ago by me and Kosmic, but we had to bail due to large severe fires ravashing New Mexico. Several are burning right now, but so far does not look to be on the same scale as a couple of years ago. I am monitoring them, and our route comes close to a couple of the fires. So far no road closures are affecting our route.
- Thompson Ridge Fire, larger but mostly contained.....we may have to re-route here which is easily done. Roads are re-opened.
- Tres Lagunas Fire, larger but only closure is the wilderness area.
- Jaroso and Sawmill fires are much smaller
- Silver Fire, has potential to be much larger, and seems to be burning in southerly direction, should not impact our route we are further north on loop to Pie Town.
That all said, things can change!
Here is my XR650R, all loaded up for my first epic DS trip on this bike!
My riding buddy is UlyBrad, submariner, motocross racer, story teller and overall comedian.......I am lucky to have such a well seasoned and happy go lucky partner on this ride! A couple of other buddies were to come along, but mis-fortune struck.....so this ride is for them too, and I know one day they will make this stellar route.
UlyBrad rockin it at BBRSP!
Stay tuned the wide open dirt of NM calls!