|At the parking lot: so far, so good. Sun shining.|
Saturday didn't feel like a good day. It was such a struggle to get up to Cloudcroft. CC is a neat town. It's a resort town, with rows of cottages on wooded hillsides. It's a bit run-down in the way that towns get to be when they're covered in snow for half of the year. We poked around in town then headed south toward Sunspot. I found the pull off I wanted and we unloaded and got the bike off and going. Then we set off down some rocky trails. The riding was so-so. I saw a proper trail heading down the mountainside so I veered off down that. Immediately, I realized I was getting into more than I could chew. The trail dove down the hillside and I thought "can I get down that?" immediately followed by the thought "can I get back up that?".
I went back to the car and got the ratchet straps I use to tied down the bike on the trailer. With these wrapped around a tree, I thought I could inch the bike up the hill. I got it stabilized, and even moved it uphill a few inches. But then I couldn't release the straps to start over -- the bike would slide back down. I was at a loss. I had nearly exhausted myself. I couldn't push or pull any harder. I needed help.
|Stabilized. Now what?|
Right about this time a downpour started, and it continued to rain more or less the next 12 hours. Sab and I visited Sunspot, NM and did another very short ride in a meadow up into the forest. We went back into CC for dinner and eventually found a camp spot, which involved lots of driving around in the rainy dark.
|Sun telescope near Sunspot, NM. Note approaching clouds.|
|Moto-hiking in a forest meadow.|
|Best I could do with what I had.|
|Osha trail (for the Osha plant).|
|Osha trail II.|
|Ready to depart for home.|
- ride with someone else, or even a couple of people
- find a place to camp early, and camp with other people
- have more than just 5 rounds for your handgun
- always have a plan, and a backup plan
- bring lots of food
- bring beer
- bring a lock for your bike
- get a new car/SUV with more power
- check your (car) tires for wear
|Umm, what are those strings coming out of my tire??|