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post #21 of 62 Old 01-24-2019, 07:19 PM
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I enjoyed your trip, V-Tom, am very familiar with the Socorro/Datil area, and tho' I know I'm closing the barn door too late, others may benefit -

A few years ago, I was driving my 4Runner east on the freeway near the AZ/NM border. Came down into a long dip across a dry wash and saw a large dust devil coming toward me in the wash. Didn't think much of it and went into it at 75 mph. Baaad mistake. It was like a giant hand slammed that SUV and tried to spin it. I came out the other side at an angle and had to fight the car straight on the road. Nearly wrecked me.......a motorcycle would've been cartwheeled into the next county. DON'T ride thru dust devils. (I know you didn't, but your comment brought back the memory)
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Nice pics and write up. Saw some big nasty dust devils in the So East part of Oregon that had recently gotten scorched. Gave the place a real Mordor aspect.
When we'd get hit by the dust devils out in the Mojave desert we were traveling slowly and they weren't huge but it's good to remember to shut the windows of the 4Runner. Gets messy otherwise.
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Nice pictorial and write up, thanks.
Hopefully you didnít blind too many folks with the reflection of those white legs though
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That looks like a great trip, V-Tom, and I'm feeling jealous! I've been to the southwest several times now on a bike, and every time I see photos of it I want to go back. I was just standing in front of that same sign as you at Pike's Peak in June.
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All y'alls make it to Pikes Peak but did you also do Mt Evans? it's actually higher and doesn't cost to get there.
If you look hard on a clear day you can see Ohio from there!
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All y'alls make it to Pikes Peak but did you also do Mt Evans? it's actually higher and doesn't cost to get there.
If you look hard on a clear day you can see Ohio from there!
I needed to save something for next time I'm down there!

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Great write-up! You have ridden pretty much everywhere. Did you think highway AZ191 heading north from the mine was the best? Many claim it's one of the best rides in the country. Living in AZ we not only get to see dust devils a lot, occasionally you have to ride through them. When they cross the road you just hold on tight and go!
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All y'alls make it to Pikes Peak but did you also do Mt Evans?
I've done Mount Evans before and it was amazing. Roads are not in great shape, so you have to go slow in several places. When I got to the top, I was very winded and cold. I started the hike up the path to the very top and got passed by a group of nuns like I was standing still.


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Great write-up! You have ridden pretty much everywhere. Did you think highway AZ191 heading north from the mine was the best? Many claim it's one of the best rides in the country. Living in AZ we not only get to see dust devils a lot, occasionally you have to ride through them. When they cross the road you just hold on tight and go!
It's a great ride for sure!

My wife and I rode it a few years back. We had planned to ride it on sportier bikes but the stupid rental company screwed things up and we ended up doing it on Harleys. Nice bikes but not the best choice for that road. Being alone and loaded up meant I wasn't very aggressive but enjoyed it just the same. In some ways It reminds me of the switchbacks on 89a but it has been a while since I rode that and memories might be getting mixed up.

I suspect there are dust devils and there are DUST DEVILS. I had experienced the little ones here in Canada and they are no big deal. The ones I saw down there looked like much more powerful ones and I wouldn't want to hit one of those in a 4-Runner let alone a bike!

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Great write up, thanks for sharing! I drove a car up Mt Evans in Colorado and it was scary as heck. There were people on motorcycles and bicycles while it started snowing. barely enough room for two cars, no guardrail, straight drop, slippery. I didn't envy the riders that day.

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