After spending 3 nights in Albuquerque, getting the new tires put on at the local BMW dealership, and doing a little sightseeing it was time to get started on the actual ride!
We had a meeting Friday night to discuss some stuff that I won’t go into here, but it basically came down to wheels rolling at 8:15. So I got up too early, got ready too fast, and waited for about an hour.
We started the day with about 70 miles on the highway to get to Grant, NM, where, after a quick fuel stop, we hit the dirt. The trail there almost immediately pine forest, and riding through there was really great. We rode a while and stopped at a pretty amazing overlook, which my picture doesn’t really do justice. A bit more riding and unfortunately, we were out of the forest and into the desert.
The desert scenery really intrigues me, maybe because its so different from home. What doesn’t interest me so much was the trail conditions at times! There are some patches of really slick mud that currently are difficult for me to get through. We spent the majority of the day in the desert, but thankfully the mud sections weren’t as plentiful later in the day.
One of the things that we are doing is posting a person at intersections where it would be easy to lose the trail. When the next person rides to where you are you tell them to wait for the next person and which way the group went. At one of these points there had between some trouble behind me and I ended up sitting at an intersection for over a half hour. It was really cool just sitting out there by myself for a while. I took a couple of pictures while I was waiting.
I’m going to cut this short, I’m really tired. We made it to Cuba, grabbed a shower and had dinner at a local mexican restaurant. I don’t have internet access on the laptop, so no pictures, and we are camping out tomorrow and I dont know if I’ll have phone service to post, but I will try.
Total miles travelled: 1678
Altitude: 7000 something.