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Motorcycle Ride the Continental Divide (Riding the Divide)-On my own

Posted by on Aug 30, 2012 in Continental Divide Trail, USA | 5 comments

  So. Said parts did not arrive when we expected them, which rearranged out timetable, and basically ran us out of time. I left Albuquerque quite sad, and quite alone, but determined to continue riding the Continental Divide. After changing a flat front tire,       I headed out in the afternoon and picked up where we had left off–just north of Grants, NM in the Gilas.       Can you see the storm rolling in above? Sheesh. What to do? When lightening crack right beside me on the trail, I decided to park the bike and wait it out. Yep, the warmest, coziest, driest place I could think of was standing inside my Klim Latitude suit, so that’s where I remained. Helmet on, watching the storm. The strikes were so close that the hair on the...

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Motorcycle Ride the Continental Divide (Riding the Divide)-ABQ

Posted by on Aug 29, 2012 in Continental Divide Trail, USA | 1 comment

I’m about a week behind in my story now… And a week is precisely how long we waited in Albuquerque for another part, this time the diode board for the GSPD. Actually, we got that ordered the same day we returned home, Friday. The part came in on Monday, yet once it was installed we were both really bummed to see that the bike was STILL not charging properly…that ‘s okay for around-town ventures but across country? You need your bike to work right. So. Monday night we order a whole new charging system for the GSPD  from a BMW aftermarket electronics firm. They say they’ll get it out the next day (Tues), so we settle in to wait. It’s probably not that wise for me to ride alone in all that empty desert, and I’d like for Clark...

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Motorcycle Ride the Continental Divide (Riding the Divide)-GSPD blues (or, more properly titled, back to ABQ)

Posted by on Aug 16, 2012 in Continental Divide Trail, USA | Comments Off on Motorcycle Ride the Continental Divide (Riding the Divide)-GSPD blues (or, more properly titled, back to ABQ)

Thirteen miles north of Grants, the paved road turns to dirt and were back in business. It’s around 6 pm, and we decide to start looking for a camp site.   We rode up a rocky forest trail to where the land leveled out just over 9000 ft, and set up camp.       Petty flowers growing way up there. We eat cheese and crackers for dinner, enjoy the adult beverages we purchased in town, and get a terrific night’s sleep in the crisp mountain air. The next morning we take our time packing up camp, gearing up, and starting the bikes. Only mine starts. The short version of events after that includes much cursing, Clark coasting his GSPD down the rocky trail to the main (gravel) road, my unpacking to get to my tools (and doing some...

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Motorcycle Ride the Continental Divide (Riding the Divide)-Pie Town

Posted by on Aug 15, 2012 in Continental Divide Trail, USA | Comments Off on Motorcycle Ride the Continental Divide (Riding the Divide)-Pie Town

We get up early to beat the heat, and we ride ~160 miles of pavement to get back to Old Horse Springs.   We gas up in the same spot where we broke down, hang a right on a dirt road, and make our way forty miles or so up to Pie Town.     Pie Town, NM is famous for it’s, well, PIES! (Here’s some info in the quaint little town if you are interested: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pie_Town,_New_Mexico ) We stopped at the PieO Neer and I ordered a slice of the the apple cranberry crumble yummy goodness.   Fueled by a massive dose of sugar (Clark thought MY pie with ice cream was so good he ordered one for himself after his cherry pie), we once again headed North for another ~120 miles to Grants, NM. Events along the...

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Motorcycle Ride the Continental Divide (Riding the Divide)-GSPD in ABQ

Posted by on Aug 14, 2012 in Continental Divide Trail, USA | Comments Off on Motorcycle Ride the Continental Divide (Riding the Divide)-GSPD in ABQ

Clark, my riding buddy, lives in Albuquerque, so in the morning we have the GSPD towed again back to his place.  He has a garage there with all sorts of tools, and it was a convenient place for me to hang out while we waited for the new relays to come in the following day. After picking up and installing the relays , the bike still wasn’t charging quite right. A new battery and substantial testing later, Clark goes to check the diode board and it falls off in his hand. Not good! Much of the afternoon is spent trying to remove the hardened rubber mounts for the diode board. Bike gets put back together around 10 pm, we have a few beers, and fall asleep dreaming of being back on the trail. Please follow and like...

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Motorcycle Ride the Continental Divide (Riding the Divide)-GSPD Blues II

Posted by on Aug 13, 2012 in Continental Divide Trail, USA | Comments Off on Motorcycle Ride the Continental Divide (Riding the Divide)-GSPD Blues II

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