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post #1 of 6 Old 02-14-2007, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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Once there was this old guy that thought he would get back into bikes. He would wander the internet reading about bikes he already pretty much knew about. Then he saw a phrase ''Dual Sport". Here were several very different bikes of all power sizes. One kept reappearing in conversations. V-Strom! He quickly learned of the two power sizes but both nearly identical in appearance. He went to a dealer & TRIED to sit on them. But he forgot to bring a foot stool. It rather turned him off, but not totally. He asked about lowering, the young sales person said it could be done. Back on the net the truth was revealed. Dog Bones! More searching got a better OTD price from this orginal dealer. This bike had what he wanted in protection & more. The different but {friendly}forum made the selection easy. V-Strom people were a good bit different than the "others". Or at least when in the presence of their bike they were better. There seems to be far less drive to power up the bike than there was to just make simple improvements in general.
Most of which were shortcomings of the manufacturer.
I have always enjoyed the ride to get somewhere. Sometimes more than the destination would yield. But now this bike was even more fun to ride than his earlier more powerful rides. I had a great time learning about the V-Strom.
Buying was not going to yield much in the way of a surprise. But ride after ride, it kept getting better. Thing sounds unusual at idle. The only thing I don't like about the bike is when it is time to park it for the night.
So I decided not to park it for a few weeks. We talked it over & decided to do the "Texasadventure" ride in Junction, Texas. After that we will ride about 6hrs to Big Bend Nat. PK. Been here before in my truck & just knew I had to come back. I figure about 3 days or so & drive TX 170 along the Rio Grande to Candelaria, then make our way to Capote Peak. There is a trail of sorts. About a mile to the north is a better gravel road. From here it is about20 miles to US-90. It is a crossroad called Valentine. Not far is I-10, undecided about that. However, we will get to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. This is a great jump off point to many areas of riding adventure or just go jump in the lake & cool off. We will be headed to Monticello Canyon.
After we check everything out & load up on water & extra fuel, ride 181 north, go under I-25 & turn on 52 headed west, only one way to turn anyway. Just like the sound of "headed west". Less than 4 miles is a paved fork, take the northward road,142. This will take you out in the flat lands for just under 10 miles, another fork, bear right for four miles, & this is still paved. Slow down soon, you will drop down in the wash area. You may feel the temp drop, too. Hey, there is water. You'll cross the river bed, depending on the time of year if your tires get wet right here. Placita is just up ahead on your left, this is a very old Mexican town, it was here before Monticello. Placita was here before there was a USA. Indians lived in this canyon, once.
Mexicans sort of "civilized" the place, hence the name. Enough history.
PLEASE! Respect the land owner's gates. If they are open when you cross a fence line just keep going, but again please, close the gates if you find one or 8 behind you. There is live stock. & it is just plain polite & respectful.
You'll see big official looking signs declaring private property, keep out etc.
Note, this is a US foresty road & you have the legal right to go through the canyon. Just limit your stops to the trail/road/river bed, cause the road will run in the river, both dry & w/ water. At times you must remain in the water headed up stream. Keep your gear selection low & power a bit up. You can make it & it will be pure fun. The wild life through this canyon is very plentiful
& diverse. At one time I saw a mt. lion. Only once, but it was cool. There are many old adobe ruins on both sides of the canyon. Cameras at the ready.
I will not tell you what you will do or see towards the end of the canyon.
But you will never forget it. Just outside of the canyon, park your bike up to the right, you'll see where. Follow the stream about a quarter mile, on foot. You see the stream flowing out of the grey gravel into a little sitting pool. No one will have to tell you what to do now. I know you'll leave nothing behind. The water is hot all year & that keeps the stream from freezing during the winter. I have found 5 streams that add to the canyon. A treat awaits you across the dry river bed. Look to the south & a little west. If you go there stay on the road & just walk through the ruins of an old US Calvary fort. This was built to help chase down Geranimo. So the locals tell me. The place is rather large once you get to walking around. Get back on the orginal road leaving the canyon & in a couple of miles you T into 52, yes the same 52 you were on earlier but this is gravel & very wide. Sometimes there will be live stock on this road so watch out. At this T go left on 52, it will turn into pavement. About the time 52 turns to pavement, you'll see NM59.it too is paved. If you're tired of nonpaved roads for a while, take it to Beaverhead Station. Otherwise stick w/ us, we are headed to Winston. Sometimes the general store is open, the info is iffy at best & hold on to your wallet. They may tell you how to get to Chloride otherwise follow the signs. It is about 3 miles to the real part of the town, this place is only homes. For some reason most of the folks I met here were worth the time.
Go through the main section & stay westward, yeah, another neat word. In this canyon I usually camp. There is plenty of wood, but cut nothing down, even if it is dead, only pick up wood. It is the law! This road is dry & rather cool both in temp too. But very dry. Here you will find an over hang boulder, looks like someone set it there. Park & look to your right of the road. You will discover petroglyphs, some as high as 10 ft. Must have been one big brave. They are all over the canyon so check them out & you may find even more behind some bushes. This trail is seldom traveled, the locals seem to like what is here & keep it quiet. Hmmmm. But the road itself is enough to keep the average car out. There are a couple of hair pin turns & one w/ steep up hill grade. Oh yeah! If you are two up, you may think about these two turns as a time of separation. You will encounter a cabin for rangers. Near by is a pretty clean dead drop toilet system. Before entering check for snakes & other things. You may require your own wipes, etc. Here too is a neat camp area. Flat & on grass. Look up at the pine trees here if you stay. Cones & dead limbs can impact the Vs. Especially if it is windy. This road will remain pretty good ,the cattle are very dumber than usual here. At night when they wander through camp you'll have all kinds of head trips. But don't shoot.
Most of these cattle are near wild & don't always behave as we might expect.
Keep an eye to your right when at the foot of the mountain. You'll see one huge lookout fire tower, it is still manned. You'll alse see the cave in the white/yellow rock face. It is a hike & a half but worth it. It used to be someone's home for many moons. Watch for snakes here, they were everywhere on this side of the cave. This FR will take you to the paved road NM59 that you saw on 52. Here you decide to go back to town or on to Fish Lake w/ me.
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post #2 of 6 Old 02-27-2007, 03:51 PM
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Ok OK,
I'm on the edge of my seat! Tell me there's more!

Any pictures?

You make this on the 650? How many miles? How was it on the unpaved stuff?

OK, I'm ready for more story!

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Awesome story pancho, Halfway through i had already decided i was going. lol, Reality just reawakened. But you wrote it well enough to almost see it myself. If i ever get a free week or two who knows...
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Sorry guys for not getting back. Truly this place is one of the best kept secrets. To answer about the riding, a V will do the program in style. It will not keep up w/ a KTM or the like. However speed just isn't a factor for me in this place. If it starts to get dark, just stop. Make a little fire, heat up the beans & watch the stars come out. If you care to ride at night you can, but really you're just missing some great sights. Relax, enjoy those hot beans.
Hey, if anyone is even thinking about a really neat ride, that you'll never forget & not regret, let's set up something. As soon as I learn how to do pics on this new computer, I'd be glad to share them.
Only thing that I'd like not to hear is super loud exhaust reports. But I don't own an inch of this place, just though I mention it. Wild life will be a lot easer to watch.
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That is going to be an great ride...would like to get in on it dont know if I would ride the DL-1000 or the KLR.I bet there is gonna be a lot of different bikes and the canyon riding would be really cool.What kind of spare parts are you gonna take?I I need to get in on a trip like this good luck and keep us posted .

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Spare parts: rear tire, flat repair kit, oil filter, set of plugs, fuses, valve stem cores, tire sealant Ride-On. I have maped out the areas & on the conservative side, I'll do 2k miles off any pavement. Some on trails that I've been told to rethink by those that have been on them. But they were in street jeeps & I'll be on no time table to speak of. You would enjoy these areas. They offer a rider a place to grow & to relax the mind.
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