Kudos, John. You've done something I've wanted to do and which I've dithered about for years and you set a good example.
I was talking to a wizened old guy at Stevie's yesterday (Wait a minute! He's my age!) who after establishing himself with his clientelel is able to put his remodeling business on hold for weeks at a time ride off from his Corrales doorstep into the NM and CO wilderness loaded with up to 60 lb on his custom 29er touring machine (Co-motion? Nice bike, if very stout.) He's told me some wonderful stories -- camping on a small butte in a narrow valley surrounded by mesas, and while preparing his morning coffee seeing a sliver of moon peek over a distant mesa, with the sun coming up behind it. We've got some good gravel and dirt riding in the Jemez mountains starting about 50 miles from my door; the only problem is that these 50 miles are along a 80 mph 4 lane and then up a very narrow and winding 2 lane until you get to the turnoff, where the network of old logging roads begin. On Mon, Oct 10, 2016 at 8:08 PM, John M <john.mo...@gmail.com> wrote: > > For years I have wanted to make a bike tour out of the quiet backroads and > hidden corners of SW New Mexico where I live. But a whole litany of > excuses, both real and imagined conspired against it—didn’t have the right > bike, too hot, too windy, too little water, not enough time, not in good > enough shape, not safe to go alone, and on and on and on. This year I > became the new owner of a barely used Hunqapillar and resolved to make it > happen. About a month ago I sketched out a rough plan and started putting > touring equipment together. Last Thursday after spending way too much time > agonizing over the final details and packing for my fears instead of my > confidence, I locked the front door and soft pedaled through town headed > south towards the bootheel of New Mexico, destined for the Chiricahua > mountains just over the border in Arizona. > > > I figured I could do 50 miles per day, with a mix of dirt and > pavement—though I haven't had many rides over 15 miles in the last few > years. More worrying than my ability to go the distance was the > resupply—mostly of water, but also food. Water, like towns, are scarce > out here and I planned to pack enough supplies to ride straight through > each day without needing to count on uncertain water sources (cattle tanks) > or stores that might be out of business or closed for the day. I spent 4 > days touring, camping in Forest Service campgrounds or just out in the wide > desert on BLM land. > > > Pictorial highlights here: Flickr photos > <https://www.flickr.com/photos/8375639@N05/albums/72157673725364172/with/30131466572/> > > > Route info here: Plotaroute <https://www.plotaroute.com/route/298220> > > > Other than the Chiricahua mountains which are justifiable famous among > bird watchers (Trogons!) and outdoorsy folk, it was wonderfully desolate > out there. Ranch trucks and the Border Patrol were about the only other > travelers on the roads. On one 20 mile stretch of dirt road, I spent > three hours spinning away in the small chainring, climbing in and out of > small drainages without a car passing me, or even having one in sight. > > The bike did wonderfully—no mechanical failures or tire punctures. I had > converted the Racing Ralphs to tubeless about a month ago to make sure they > would be reliable. I still didn’t trust them completely and rode pretty > cautiously to prevent failure out in the boonies. The bike came with the > Albatross handlebar, and though I am more used to riding with drops, the > Albas were fine. I definitely missed the lack of *comfortable* hand > positions but they certainly didn’t prevent me from finishing the trip or > having a good time. > > > > > john > > > -- > You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups > "RBW Owners Bunch" group. > To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an > email to rbw-owners-bunch+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. > To post to this group, send email to email@example.com. > Visit this group at https://groups.google.com/group/rbw-owners-bunch. > For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout. > -- Resumes, LinkedIn profiles, bios, and letters that get interviews. By-the-hour resume and LinkedIn coaching. 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