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Work pending, I am planning a trip to NM to see family I haven't seen in as long as 10yrs, some little ones I haven't even meet. I am hoping to do this leaving next Thursday or Friday.

I was wondering how long it might take me to go the 780 miles from the desert north of LA to NM? I was thinking maximize family time so taking the I40 direct and once there they got dirt bikes to play with all week long. Google says 12.5hrs and my few longer rides so far had me stopping every 70miles or so to stretch. In a car I have done similar drives in under 10hrs no sweat but I am figuring a bike will be different. Should I plan on camping somewhere along the way and split it up?
 

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splitting a trip...

My question for you is: what's the longest trip you've taken so far on your bike in a single day? If it's 6hrs of riding, or half the mileage of the NM trip, I'd suggest splitting it. 12.5hrs suggests that you'll be arriving when daylight is gone, and being exhausted at nighttime is increasing the risks of something happening. Nothing would ruin the trip more than having to call them to have to tow you, or pick you up after a crash.:ashamed0001:

Let us know what you ended up doing, and how it worked out.
Good luck. :)
 

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Red Burrito-

I have ridden that far in a day, but geez, be careful on that route.

The heat - factor it in.

Theoretically, that's a two-stop trip, but you're going to need to stop every chance you get for water. You're going to have to watch for signs of heat exhaustion.

I'd make it into a two day trip and pace myself accordingly, just for safety's sake.

edit- I hope that didn't seem condescending; it wasn't meant to be. I just remembered that you LIVE in that heat and have probably forgotten more about surviving in the heat than I know...

Tom
 

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No way would I do it in one day unless I absolutely had to. I get the iron butt mentality, but my butt is more of a soft metal...like gold. ;)

I understand the maximizing visit time, but I agree. If you do it straight, the first day will consist of you moaning every time you stand up and wishing you didn't. IMHO
 

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Good to know. I will for sure make it a no rush 2 to 3 day trip. I may have to leave the bike there and fly back if time is too tight then get it later. I have been holding my breath all day waiting for my client to get back to me with their needed dates but serves me right thinking I would know this far in advance. lol

Any suggestions for campgrounds? Anyone on that rout want to meet up?
 

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edit- I hope that didn't seem condescending; it wasn't meant to be. I just remembered that you LIVE in that heat and have probably forgotten more about surviving in the heat than I know...

Tom
Just saw the edit. I didn't think you were condescending at all, you are absolutely right, I am used to it and didn't even think about the heat factor. Your post opened my eyes to what I am really facing and I will for sure take it easy. The longest ride in one stretch for me so far is 150 miles and I now recall guzzling water for 2 days just to catch up for the swimming pool I was gushing the whole way.

Now that I think of it, I think I need to pull out the credit card, brake the bank and get cooler gear before I kill myself.
 

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I like how you're thinking...

I like how you're thinking.
Two or Three days sounds great.

As for new gear - who doesn't like to get new gear?:)
Your trip is getting better and better!!

Let us know what you buy for hydration/protection.
Thanks.
 

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Adventure just to get to the adventure. While getting packed and ready to ride the 130miles to Santa Barbara for a weekend at my friends house, where my crash bars are, a fire broke out closing all my ways out. Better yet I rushed over to a friend I grew up with's house and helped him evacuate his family right as the flames crested the hill behind their house. As we sat in traffic of everyone leaving we watched the barn burn down and fire surrounded us on both sides of the road. Get to my house a couple miles away to find all the roads closed and sheriffs recommending we evacuate. The ash is like a blizzard and from 3pm till now it has been so dark we needed flashlights and high beams to make sure we had everything and got out. I am 100% sure the fire wont get to me I am far enough into the neighborhoods. So looks like I will have to take the long way around tomorrow.

Update: As I typed this got word from another friend half way between me and the fire saying he didn't leave and was going to keep everything wet and fight it. Said the flames are wiping around and turned south so for now thats good news for him.
 

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Quick update from my phone for the fun of it. Power is out and flames cresting the mountain half a mile up the road from me. Got a couple quick shots of the helios pulling water out of the aqueduct and dropping it a few feet away on the fire. All the fire hydrants have hoses connected and now we wait. Oh, saw a red Gen1 with a couple on it that rode a dirt trail around the road blocks to lookieloo... didn't even have helmuts on... :46:
 

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Sam,

Hope everything works out for you dOOd! Where in QH is the fire? I have friends over by the Golf course on the West side of 14?
 

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Got power back Woot!

Mark,

Your friends house is about the second development from the aqueduct and will for sure be safe but he is most likely evacuated, or was told to as many people are staying around. The flames are running the ridge of the mountain and from here looks like they are stopped at the aqueduct. A lot of homes burned on the other side where my friend's is but have no clue how it is doing. Tons of ash my eyes are burning.
 

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Jesus man. That sounds intense! Hang in there.
 

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So after just leaving an hour ago the fire burned the backyards of all the houses lining the aqueduct but no houses this side of town lost. It is now burning all the fields around and wrapping around more houses. No word on my friends house in the canyon yet though. Im re packing and off to SB to do the DOO and add crash bars. WOOT!

Enjoy your weekend everyone and ride safe! :16a:
 

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You ride safe, man. Sounds like you're gonna be better off on the bike and rolling.
 

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Sooo, I have a fun story for you. Seems my crash had more to teach me still.

While ridding to SB the wind was blowing me all over the road and I was hurting way to much where I impacted to keep wrestling to keep in my lane plus dodge the cars blowing all over the place. I turned around and went home feeling really down. I saw so many motorcycles pushing on and I know I got a lot to learn but still felt beat up. Next morning with the wind much calmer I was really sore and while getting ready to ride I twisted and moved just the wrong way and then I heard a POP and the pain was insane! After laying down for a few I gave in to reason and went to see the doc who after only a few min talking to me put me in an ambulance and I went to the ER. He felt I punctured a lung. Turned out I didn't and the pop was just mussels moving in ways they shouldn't. The short list of injuries I sustained in the crash are; 3 cracked ribs, a severely bruised lung, bruised kidney and well, the whole area is just all bruised up. Knee will be fine and ankle is just sprained. It didn't help I wrapped everything up tight and went right on working and playing so it all caught up to me.

I don't know why I tell such long stories but I can't help myself. The moral of this story is even if you walk away from a crash see the doc as soon as you can and not 2 weeks later. Although, I don't see myself doing anything different had I went to the doc sooner, I would have ended up in the ER anyways. At lest this way I got the good meds and can really sleep at night. Oh and sadly the trip to NM is canceled with the week off work going to not hurting myself anymore so I can finish the season and pay bills.
 

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Jesus. Rest up, dude. I hope they gave you good pills.
 
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