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Problem Solving yields safe riding on the Continental Divide Day 3

Continental Divide day 3 began with problem solving for Randy.  He discovered a nail in his rear tire on his Suzuki 650 V Strom. Luckily for him and all of us, he has tubeless tires. He was able to fix it easily with a plug. The tire held up fine for the 195 miles of very rough terrain today.

Nail Discovered

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a breakfast burrito and coffee we were off out of Grants New Mexico. We rode about 18 miles of pavement before hitting the wet mountain roads.

Steve checks the mud.

Thundershowers can change these roads within minutes from fun to impossible. Continue reading “Problem Solving yields safe riding on the Continental Divide Day 3”

Day 2 Motorcycling Continental Divide

It was as a very long hard day, 263 miles of dirt, sand, rocks, and mud.  Thunderstorms and rain showers mixed with dirt to give the greatest challenge of the day —- slippery mud.

Randy on a 650 v strom picked up so much mud his front wheel wouldn’t turn. With Steve’s help we cleaned out the fender then put a bungee cord around his front tire to clean out the mud with each turn.  Fantastic problem solving Steve! It worked!!

V Strom Wheel Locked With Mud
V Strom Wheel Locked With Mud

The water crossing was crazy deep.  Take a look, can’t see the bottom.  Most of us tried to go around it.  And yes, almost all of us took a mud bath. Sorry, no photos of the mud bath!

Motorcycle Water Crossing GCD, NM
Water Crossing Continental Divide Trail New Mexico

New Mexico is vastly empty yet very scenic. The air is clean and when it’s not raining, the sky is deep blue.

Motorcycle Scenes -- Church --Continental Divide, New Mexico
Motorcycle Scenes — Church –Continental Divide, New Mexico

Tonight we stay in Grant New Mexico in a cheap hotel on the historic Route 66.

Motorcycle Route 66, Grant, New Mexico
Motorcycle Route 66, Grant, New Mexico

All riders made it to Grants safe and sound.  Stay tuned for day 3….

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