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post #1 of 16 Old 07-27-2010, 04:44 AM Thread Starter
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Question New Mexico Ride

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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post #2 of 16 Old 07-27-2010, 09:45 AM
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Cool 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.

Let us know what you ended up doing, and how it worked out.
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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...

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post #4 of 16 Old 07-27-2010, 01:28 PM
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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...

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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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Smile 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.
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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...

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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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