- Some pics of my backyard (almost) New Mexico trails
Having said that, you seem to be doing ok with 45 miles
I use the local trail system for after work rides mostly. Within 20-30 minutes I can access the east side of the Sandia and Manzano mountains where there is something like 130-145 miles of interconnected trails between Otero Canyon, Cedro Peak, Pine Flats, Oak Flats, Faulty Trail, 10K trail and multiple others. Santa Fe area, Jemez mountains, White Mesa, etc are all within an hour, so no lack of riding ranging from easy cruising to extreme technical.Posted 5 years ago
Ottero canyon is a phenomenal ride, really worth getting out to.
If you get this way again, you should check out Otero now. They have expanded it so that it interconnects with a whole trail system that begins at Mars Court trailhead, about 8 miles farther south from the Otero trailhead. I have ridden it dozens of times and still haven’t found all the trails.Posted 5 years ago
Some of the west part of Otero canyon was closed a couple years ago when Kirtland Air Force base reclaimed some land that was withdrawn during WWII for a live firing range–concerned there could still be some unexploded ordanance lying about, athough nobody every got blown up riding and hiking it.
Grew up riding in VT, though, proper muddy old school riding.
I don’t know VT well. Have some friends in Portland, Maine I have visited a few times,but never ridden there. I can imagine it out to be a mud/tree-root heaven at times. Funny, riding here in NM we don’t get much chance to experience mud, but farther up in the mountains one does get the tree root experience.
Abiqiu—Georgia O’Keefe country—gorgeous area.Posted 5 years ago
Really haunted area, Abiqiu. And I can attest to the number of rattle snakes thereabouts. . .Posted 5 years ago
I showed my kids (both born in the UK) pics of the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde the other day to give them a bit of American history and culture. Would love to take the family over to the four corners area.
I guess it might be a bit more built up than 10 years ago when I was there, tho!
4 Corners area hasn’t built up all that much. A lot of oil & gas industry in and around Farmington, NM but still more open space than one could visit in a lifetime.Posted 5 years ago
If you get back, be sure and visit the Escalante Staircase area in SE Utah. You can google it. Hundreds of square miles of sandstone—miles upon miles of remote, beautiful landscape. I always wanted to go ride the White Rim trail, but haven’t been able to pull it off–getting too old to even consider a solo ride and Mrs. Busydog won’t even consider piloting the 4-wheel drive as back-up on those roads.
Sadly not. The only riding out west I’ve done was a few abortive attempts in Oregon, and one ride in Montana at a small local spot near Missoula. It was not memorable apart from the descent down the valley towards the end, which was smooth singletrack where I found myself going so fast I’d have had no hope of stopping if I’d met some walkers around a bend, so I backed off 🙂Posted 5 years ago
although given rocks and trees already frequently attack me
Know what you mean—-rocks and trees have caused me much more grief than the wildlife.
3.9″ in a year?? I reckon we had that today!!!
Things are looking up, we had 1/10 of an inch yesterday afternoon—-will have to get my foul weather gear out no doubtPosted 5 years ago
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