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US 191 Day 05-Ride to Big Timber

Victor – Jackson – Grand Teton – Yellowstone – Bozeman – Big Timber

The ride was 300 miles with about 6 hours of ride time.

Monday July 22, 2013

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We were up at 6:00, packed our camp and hit the road. The road back to Jackson was packed with cars, it was like rush hour over a mountain pass.

At dinner we were given the name of a place for breakfast, when we got there it had been closed for over a year. We headed to downtown Jackson and ate at The Bunnery. The place was crowded and the menu looked very interesting, making us all excited for our food.

It turned out the service wasn’t very good and the food was average. After breakfast we started north on US 191 and into the Grand Tetons.

The views were beyond my ability to capture in words or pictures. Experiencing these mountains is something you need to do in person at least once in your life.

After a few more miles we came to Jackson Lake, the deep blue of the water set against the mountains makes for lots of postcard worthy views. As we neared Yellowstone the traffic became a giant convoy, a line of cars that we were a part of till we left the park.There were thousands of people and it was a Monday.

 

As we were pulling in Old Faithful was going off, this meant we had to wait an hour and a half before it would go off again. I gassed up and we walked around waiting for the next eruption.

While in Yellowstone we saw deer, elk, buffalo and lots of antelope. We exited through the west gate and started north to Bosezman. In Boezman we stopped for gas and relaxed in front of the gas station for a few minutes.

Then we hit the Interstate for the last 60 miles of the day. We only covered 300 miles but it took all day.

In Big Timber we followed the GPS into a large empty field and listen as it told us we had arrived at our destination. We rode back into town and had dinner at Frostey Freeze. For my meal I had the Big Arn, it’s name made me get it. They had potatoes cut into slices, battered and deep fried call JoJo’s and we all had them. They were the best part of the meal.

After dinner with new directions we rode to our camp. It was a beautiful place, but some of the bathrooms were broken and it forced us to walk a long way to the John.

This day lived up to my expectations, it had more beauty than I ever expected. This is an area I will be returning to with more time to see it. This time I was just passing through.

US 191 Day 02-Ride to Eagar AZ

Tombstone – Bisbee –  Douglas – Safford – Clifton –  Eagar

The ride was 334 miles with about 7 hours of ride time.

Friday July 19, 2013  

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We were up early and packed just after the sun came up. It was very overcast–good thing for us because we were crossing the desert in the middle of the summer.

Our first stop was in Bisbee for breakfast. We were told by several locals that the Bisbee Breakfast Club was the best place for miles around to eat.

My breakfast was very good, I had some of their homemade patty sausage and eggs. After we were done eating the waitress convinced us to try a piece of their coconut cream pie.

We were now ready to start our adventure, our next stop was the Mexican border and the beginning of US 191.

After taking a few pictures we started north on US 191!!!

About 20 miles from Willcox we spotted a crop duster, buzzing a corn field. We paused our ride for a few minutes and watched him work.

We gassed up in Wilcox and continued north to Clifton.

After Clifton US 191 turns into one of the best motorcycle road I’ve ever ridden. It’s over 100 miles of hair pin turns and amazing vistas. Instead of warning you before each turn you get signs telling you that the next 16 miles is going to be curvy.

Forest fire really hit this area in the last few years, now flooding has damage parts of the road. If you haven’t ridden this road, add it to your list.

Chuck made sure we stopped at the arrow tree, it’s a tree hunters tag with an arrow after a successful hunt.

We got hit with hard rain just as we were getting to Springerville. After checking in we headed over to Booga Red’s for dinner.

The food seemed really good after a long day of riding.

After dinner we headed back to our cabin to shower and wash our clothes.

This was an amazing day, the great thing is that these are roads that I can easily ride again.

Ride to El Vado Lake NM

Albuquerque  – Bernalillo – Cuba – El Vado Lake – Espanola –  Santa Fe –  Albuquerque

Ride to El Vado Lake with breakfast at Cuban Cafe in Cuba —North on NM 313 to US 550, then north on US 550 to NM 96, then north on NM 112 (16 miles unpaved) to US 84, then south on US 84 to Espanola, then south on US 285 to NM 599, then south to I – 25, then south to Albuquerque

The ride was 302 miles with about 6 hours of ride time.

Saturday June 29, 2013


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My plan for the day was to get up at 5:00 and ride to Alamosa for some breakfast, but I overslept by a couple hours. Not wanting my breakfast to become brunch I decided to change my plans. Now armed with no destination I started north on NM 313.

Anytime I’m heading north I take NM 313, it’s not as fast as the Interstate, but the personality of the road is so much better. NM 313 is two lane rural, something we don’t have a lot of in New Mexico.

A couple of weeks ago in Bernalillo my wife spotted a giant lizard in a front yard.  Here is a picture of this unique piece of art.

I turned north on US 550 with the idea of riding up NM 04. As I neared the turn for NM 04, the idea of eating at Cuban Cafe in Cuba entered my head. It’s one of those places I always ride past and think I should try eating there someday. Well today was the day.

The food at the Cuban Cafe was average, their version of huevos rancheros was a green chile cheese enchilada with two eggs on top. It was different, but it just didn’t blow me away. The service was outstanding and everyone in the cafe was very friendly.

After topping off my tank I rode north to NM 96. NM 96 is a great motorcycle road that takes you north to US 84, it’s one I ride several times every year.

As I was riding NM 96 I came to NM 112. Now I have ridden past this highway many times, but I’d never been on it. I knew from my atlas at home that part of this highway was dirt. While I love my Valkyrie, navigating unpaved roads are not it’s strong point or mine.

After giving it few minutes of thought, I decided to ride NM 112. The first 17 miles were paved and the road was in good shape. I didn’t see any other vehicles on this section of the highway.

When the pavement ended I stopped and gave myself one more chance to turn around before starting on the dirt.

The first 6 miles of the dirt wasn’t too bad, that’s when I caught up with a truck, the first vehicle I’d seen since leaving US 550. The dust was not blowing off the road, it was covering me. I pulled over, had a drink and waited for the dust to settle before continuing at a slower pace.

If I didn’t have to fight the road, this would have been a nice area to ride. There was great scenery and nobody else around.

The dirt road ended at the El Vado lake dam. The last couple of miles were a little rough, the road was filled with large rocks, the kind that I put my tires over when driving my Jeep. That tactic doesn’t work at all on the bike.

El Vado lake was almost drained of all it’s water, it was sad to see it so empty.

After leaving the lake I made my way to US 84 and headed east to Espanola. Made one quick stop to filled up, but made no more stops for pictures. Took the Interstate back into Albuquerque. hit town around 2:00 with the temperature around 102. It’s amazing how the heat doesn’t affect me till I slow down, then it’s kills me. Nothing like a few red lights to let you know how hot it can get.

Anybody that has ridden with me knows I will go out of my way to avoid a dirt road. So on this ride I surprised myself, but it didn’t change how I feel about riding the Fat Lady on the gravel. This was a good ride, it took me to a part of the state I’d never seen before and brought me home.