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post #1 of 1 Old 06-11-2013, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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long 180 miles

the old man (cpt. innapropriate) stopped over around 10:30 this morning. we had talked about heading to silver city the night before to collect on the money we put as a down payment on the buklr which was stolen about a week ago. but i didnt feel like just running the normal hwy like most people would. i had been messing around on some back roads the week before and found a "shortcut" to hwy 61 which we refer to as the mimbres road because it follows the mimbres river. so we took off and headed up hwy 180 for about 10 miles until we hit dwyer road which is gravel. we cruised down that road for about 5 miles until we came upon a herd of about 20 cattle. both heffers calfs and bulls mixed in together. so i slowed to about 25 and honked about 200 feet away from the closest one to let them know we were coming in and to make a hole. which of course they didnt, i couldnt help thinking to myself " self i says... why is it that there is a million acres out here but these dirty bastards wont leave this road" anyway after a few tense moments of shouting "HYAH" and "GTFO OF MY WAY COW!" we finally made it through although 2 of the bulls decided to fight next to us for a few moments...bulls with thier nuts still make me nervous. anyway, we putzed for a few mor miled until we hit co. road a011 which takes us to an offshoot of the mimbres river where i guy dug out a little pond and dammed it up.

We took a few minutes to relax in the shade of the tree's which is always a nice treat in the desert on a 100+ degree day then headed back out the way we came. when we hit dwyer again we took a left and continued on for about another 7 or 8 miles until we hit hard top again. 61 is a fun twisty road so we clipped along at about 65 swooping and having fun. all the while eyeballing a fire that started about a week ago from a lightning strike up near kingston on hwy 152. when we finally reached the intersection of 61 and 152 i snapped this photo of it.


as of yesterday it has burned 6,700 acres and there is no idea as to when it will stop, it has been over 100 yrs since the last documented fire up there and it has plenty of fuel to go through. Very sad for me, one of the best roads in new mexico to ride. so we decided to do the back half of our gila run and went up through pinos altos and into silver where we collected our money. we took off from the motorcycle shop and headed to bayard where we gassed up. 112 miles on the odo, we downed about half a gatorade each then took 152 out of bayard back to 61. by this time it was the hottest part of the day and we started cooking real bad. my guess would be between 105-115 in the shade, and anyone who rides in that heat knows the heat off the road can take your breath away even if you are doing 60mph. so we made it to the end of 61 where it meets 180 and had to stop and down the rest of the gatorade and some spare water we had with us. this put us about 22 miles away from deming so with me in the lead we hit it doing abround 70 all the way back to town. all in all it was a good day but it's too damn hot for this gringo, cannot wait until next month when i start to head north!

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