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Offline Hondo

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2 Day Walkabout on the RT
« on: May 27, 2014, 12:15:36 AM »
(May 2010)

I had a few days free so I decided to do what Crocodile Dundee would do if he had a R1150RT -

Go walkabout through Colorado & New Mexico -



i had never been through Northern New Mexico, so the plan was to leave the Denver area and slab it south to Raton, New Mexico, then turn west.

Here's my trip map -



I headed out and immediately rode into very strong winds. I stopped in Walsenburg, Colorado to take a break- the locals reported the winds gusting to 50 mph and I'd guess it was every bit that.

After a break, I continued south and turned west once I reached Raton.

The road I took was part of the Sante Fe Trail -



A long & lonely road shot -



Riding west I passed through the town of Cimarron and entered the Cimarron Canyon. I stopped at this incredible pull off -



A tourist took my pic -



I stopped before descending into Eagles Nest, NM- this is overlooking the town -



The wind was still ripping, creating white caps on Eagles Nest Lake.

I decided to stop for lunch -

Hamburger steak, mashed potatoes & green beans was the special -



From there I suited back up and rode to Taos. I stopped south of Taos when I saw the Rio Grande Gorge in my mirrors -



The Gorge -



From Taos I rode south enjoying the light breezes. The temperature was perfect- approximately 70 degrees.

I rode south to Sante Fe and got a room at a Days Inn- cheap and easy. After a good dinner I turned in early anticipating an early start.

In the morning I packed up my gear and headed north. It was another beautiful day with clear skies, cool temps and NO WIND!   hapdude2

I stopped on 84 to check out the scenery -





A bit farther north I had to stop again- the beauty of New Mexico was shining today.

These formations might one day become arches (like those in Moab, Utah) -



On the other side of the road, looking east -



And looking north, my road ahead -



Just a bit farther north I stopped at the Echo Amphitheater -



Soon I was seeing the southern Colorado Rocky mountains -



i think this one of the most beautiful days I have had the privilege of riding in -



After a quick lunch in Pagosa Springs, I rode northeast towards Wolf Creek Pass and South Fork, Colorado.

On the way up the pass -





I just love to see signs like this -



At South Fork I turned north towards Gunnison via the Silver Thread route. It continued to be a glorious day for riding with perfect temps, clear skies, light traffic and the wildlife stayed off the road -



I stopped at the lookout near the top of Slumgullion Pass.

Looking to the west at the San Juan Mountain Range -



to my right -



And in the distance -



I fueled up in Gunnison, Colorado and continued east.

There was still a lot of snow on the mountain tops- here I stopped at the Monarch Pass summit -





I descended down to Salida, Colorado and paid a quick visit to Hayduke and Bonnie Azbug- great to see you two!

From Salida i rode north towards Buena Vista, CO and stopped for a sunset photo -



My ride home was cool but uneventful.

It was a great 2 days!

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Re: 2 Day Walkabout on the RT
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2014, 12:40:22 PM »
Looks like a beautiful ride! Thanks for sharing, looks like you had a blast
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Re: 2 Day Walkabout on the RT
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2014, 11:02:09 AM »
The picture below the line "i think this one of the most beautiful days I have had the privilege of riding in -" I want framed! Great shot and great ride report. Thanks for sharing!

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Re: 2 Day Walkabout on the RT
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2014, 09:26:31 AM »
I came across the pic of the long, lonely road in this post while looking for an update to the post count issue... man, that's why I ride. If I win the lottery, I'm going to disappear on a motorcycle. I don't have the brass to pick up and take off like Panhead Billy, but he's an inspiration.

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Re: 2 Day Walkabout on the RT
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2014, 09:43:47 AM »
Nice write up, wish I was there!

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Re: 2 Day Walkabout on the RT
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2014, 11:09:36 AM »
Amazing scenery on this ride! Beautiful!

There are some great roads near Santa Fe.  Once in a cage I drove the Turquoise Trail from ABQ to Santa Fe.  From Santa Fe I headed west on 4 through Los Alamos and Bandelier National Monument and into Jemez Springs.  Absolutely gorgeous through there.  The whole drive I wished I was on my bike....Someday!

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Re: 2 Day Walkabout on the RT
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2014, 01:33:56 PM »
 I need to get my bike up to par so I can plan a trip to the mountains!

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Re: 2 Day Walkabout on the RT
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2014, 06:05:01 PM »
Nice RR, Hondo. I love Colorado Rockies. Wish I can retire there some day.
I remember the Monarch Pass Gift Shop. We stopped there in the summer of 2012. I guess it was over 10,000ft.

 

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