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New Mexico Off-Road: The Cloudcroft Recon

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Ride Report Just-for-Fun Fact #3:

In 1950 the little cub that became the National Fire Safety symbol, Smokey the Bear, was found trapped in a tree when his home in Lincoln National Forest was destroyed by fire.
 
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Ride Report Just-for-Fun Fact #4:

In some isolated villages in New Mexico , such as Truchas, Chimayo', and Coyote in the north-central part of the state, some descendants of Spanish conquistadors still speak a form of 16th century Spanish used nowhere else in the world today.
 
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National Solar Observatory

A little bonus touristy thing to do while up in the area we rode is to stop by Sunspot and visit the National Solar Observatory. It's not too far from Cloudcroft.

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That is the Dunn telescope, one of several on the site. They are located here on the rim of the Sacramento mountains due to isdolation from any major source of air and light pollution. This particular telescope is about 130 feet above ground and 230 feet below ground, so what you are seeing is only the tip of the iceberg.

Link to the National Solar Observatory

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Ride Report Just-for-Fun Fact #5:

New Mexico has seven National Forests including the nation’s largest, 3.3 million acre Gila National Forest which includes the Gila Wilderness. Though many people picture New Mexico as desert terrain, ¼ of the state is actually filled with forests.
 
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Re: Ride Report Just-for-Fun Fact #4:

In some isolated villages in New Mexico , such as Truchas, Chimayo', and Coyote in the north-central part of the state, some descendants of Spanish conquistadors still speak a form of 16th century Spanish used nowhere else in the world today.
No kidding? Really interesting...
 

JT

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Here is a link to the Forest Service map webpage, I wish I had found this before the trip.
Lincoln N.F. maps, Sacramento District

This is looking west from the Rim Trail, T105, Westside Road is in the middle of the shot, White Sands is visible in the distance.

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Here are Bob and Richard heading up Westside Road,

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I believe this is in Hay Canyon,

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Bob stopped to wait for us and this tree almost got him, good thing he was wearing his helmet. :eek2:

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I will definitely return, hopefully on a lighter bike next time.
 
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I'll page Richard and John to pipe in with more of their photographs.

Richard had the G11 crankin' out the miles and John took more pics that the papparzzi
 
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