Thanks -- some 550 and 4, but much much less.
Do you know: would one have to get advance permission to ride across tribal
On Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 8:25 AM, John M <john.mo...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Patrick-- the RailRunner is your friend. Roll your bike onto the train,
> get off at the Santo Domingo stop and the Jemez is a short spin away.
> Years ago I lived near Madrid and rode over into the Jemez from the
> southeast corner through the Dixon Apple Orchard. Good riding there.
> Mojo-- you'd be interested to see the post-fire condition of the
> mountains. The drainages took a serious beating during the monsoon floods,
> but seem to be recovering nicely. Rustler Park looks good-- though it is
> now a high altitude grassland instead of forest. To answer your question
> about gear-- I have been backpacking for probably 20 years, so my outdoor
> kit is pretty refined and basic. Stove, fuel, one pot for boiling and
> eating out of, water purification tablets instead of a filter and a
> multitool-- that's about the extent of the camping gear (plus tent, bag,
> pad). But, my confidence about mechanical failures and improvised bicycle
> repair is less squared away. I probably took too many spare bits and tools
> anticipating the break-downs that never came. I could have gotten by with
> one spare tube instead of two. What I left behind and should have brought
> was chain lube-- after about 200 miles of dust my chain was pretty vocal.
> On Friday, October 14, 2016 at 12:01:02 AM UTC-6, John M 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
>> 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.
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