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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.

US 191 Day 10-Ride to Albuquerque NM

Buena Vista – Alamosa – Santa Fe – Albuquerque

The ride was 300 miles with about 5 hours of ride time.

Saturday July 27, 2013

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We were up and packed and ready for the road by 6:30. This is our last leg and I’m ready to be back home. We took US 285 south and used the CO 17 short cut to save some miles.

Our last meal together on this trip is going to be at the Campus Cafe. The Campus Cafe is one of my favorite places to eat. The only problem is that it’s over 200 miles from my house.

We started off with their cinnamon roll as our breakfast appetizer.

We warned Chuck that three pieces of french toast was too much to eat at the Campus Cafe, but he wouldn’t listen. We got a good laugh watching him try to eat all his food.

We gassed up and started for home, these last 200 miles are mostly a blur. I’ve ridden this road many times and I may have gone into auto pilot. As we neared Albuquerque I started feeling nervous about getting a ticket or having an accident this close to home. At home the first thing we did was unpacked and dry our gear, then we repacked it for the next trip. Now it was time to start dealing with all the problems waiting for me at home. My adventure was over and real life was back in full force.

US 191 Day 09-Ride to Buena Vista, CO

Keystone – Custer – Fort Laramie – Cheyenne – Denver – Buena Vista

The ride was 515 miles with about 8.5 hours of ride time.

Friday July 26, 2013

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My day started with flashes of lighting and rumbling thunder, slapping me awake around 4:00, this was followed by the rain. I was hopping it would stop before it was time for us to leave, but it didn’t. Chuck’s tent leaked and he woke up soaking wet.

We packed wet and were on the road by 6:30, we left Keystone and drove into fog for a few miles, followed by rain. At the edge of the mountains the rain stopped and the wind started. The crosswind would stay with us for most of the day.

When we stopped for gas in Lusk WY and I was already beat. We bought some T-shirts at a local shop and got started for Cheyenne.

We ate lunch in Cheyenne at Poor Richards, it was a top ranked restaurant in Google. The food was very good and we all enjoyed our lunch. It was some of the best food we had on our trip.

The ride to Denver was very trying, it took us 3.5 hours to go 100 miles. We were driving in Friday afternoon rush hour stop and go traffic. The James Taylor song “Damn this Traffic Jam” kept repeating in my head. One guy in a white truck almost ran Chuck and I off the road. This ride really tested me. I made a huge mistake in planning the ride, I took us through Denver on a Friday afternoon. Lesson learned.

It was just after 6 when we got to Buena Vista. Chuck decided that his gear was too wet to use and got a hotel room. My daughter and I set up our camp and did laundry before going to dinner. After dinner we showered and used our computers in the rec room. We camped at the Snowy Peaks, it was very nice.

This ride was a hard one. But now that’s it’s over the one thing I will always remember about this day, will be the rainbow we saw at the edge of the Black Hills. It was better than Rushmore and it cost less.