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Ride to Bi County Fair in Prewitt NM

Albuquerque – Grants – Milan – Prewitt – Casamero Ruins

Ride to see the Bi County Fair –west on I 40 to the Mesita exit, then east on Old RT 66 to NM 124 and NM 122 past Milan to Prewitt, then on to Co RD 19 and the Casamero Ruins. Return trip east on I 40

The ride was 211 miles with about 3 1/2 hours of ride time.

Saturday September 31, 2013

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We had a family event planned for Sunday and my Football draft was on Monday. If I was going to get to ride this weekend it had to be on Saturday. I gave some thought about going to the Hatch Chile Festival, but we did that last year. Then I found the Bi County in Prewitt NM, an event I’ve never attended before.
After a good breakfast we got on the Interstate and headed east. I exited at Mesita and took the side roads (old RT 66) to Grants. These back roads make the ride a little longer, but the views are better and there are no semi trucks to deal with.
After filling up in Milan we rode east on NM 122 about 20 miles to Prewitt.
The Bi-County Fair takes place every year over Labor Day weekend in Prewitt, NM. The fair is for both McKinley and Cibola counties.
The biggest crowd was at the pig competition. Not knowing what to look for in a prize pig made it a little hard for me to follow. But for most of the other spectators it seemed to be an exciting and close contest.
I found the horseshoe contest easier to follow, but we were the only spectators.
After we left the fair we rode over to the Casamero ruins, they are just a few miles from Prewitt.
 After walking around the ruins we started for home. Because my daughter had friends coming over, we rode straight back on I 40 to save time.
It was nice day for a ride, this can be a very windy area and today it was calm. The fair was fun, I really enjoy the sense of community found in small town events. The Bi County Fair is one I will do 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.



Ride to Taos New Mexico

Albuquerque  – Santa Fe – Espanola – – Taos Albuquerque

Ride to Taos with breakfast at El Parasol in Santa Fe —North on I-25 to NM 599, then north on NM 599 to US 285 to Espanola, then north on NM  68 to Taos-Return trip south on NM 68, South on US 285, south on NM 599, south on NM 14, east on I -40

The ride was 270 miles with about 5 hours of ride time.

Sunday June 23, 2013

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My wife and I were planning on riding to Colorado for an overnight trip. But the area were we going to stay was evacuated because of a forest fire. We talked about riding somewhere else, but it just didn’t happen. So we decided to take a ride to Taos for breakfast on Sunday.

We took the Interstate to Santa Fe, as hot as the days have been, it was surprisingly cool in the morning. I really enjoy riding NM 68 between Espanola and Taos. Some people prefer the high road, but I like the low road. What does that say about me? NM 68 runs along the Rio Grande and the morning light can really make the canyon look different.

Seeing these people rafting down the river reminded us of last summer when we rafted down this same section of the Rio Grande.

In Taos we went to a couple of restaurants that already had long lines, we need to start just a little earlier to beat the people leaving church. Not wanting to wait in line we headed over to the plaza and walked around.

After wandering around a couple of stores, we decided to eat lunch in Santa Fe.  So we got on the bike and rode back to Santa Fe for lunch at El Parasol.

El Parasol is a restaurant that I eat at pretty frequently even though it’s 55 miles from my front door. We both had hamburgers and split some fries, the food was good as we knew it would be. Then we took NM 14 back to Albuquerque. We really started feeling the 100+ heat as we got back into the city. We had a great time and it was perfect way to spend a Sunday morning with my wife.