Monticello Box and Palomas Gap Ride - NM

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Post  AtomicXRer on Sat Nov 28, 2009 11:47 pm

Here are some happier times on our first day in Magdalena lined for an AARP special brunch:

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Cruising up Mt Withington

selaznog:
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buggs:
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Jason:
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On top of Mt. Withington:
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Going where no man dare go.
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On the way to Monticello Box.


This was the worst of the weather we got (just clouds on Sat.):
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Big KLR (heavy son of a bitch) from Tejas:
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That's more like it (an XRR). mtech1950
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Entrance to wet n' wild (The Box):
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Only pic of The Box I got (rest of it was a soaking)
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Time for a swim.
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Sunday Morning

After a great time eating & drinking at Los Arcos on Sat. Nite
(I'll let other tell the stories about the Capt's failed attempt at
impressing the ladies), the next moring was a breakfast and getting
ready for the Rio Grande and Palomas Gap.

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Looking like a bunch of scared wussies (as sheep to the slaughter) ready to cross the Rio Grande:
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Why? Because there are plenty of cameras and people watching:
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"The Crossing"

Ok, here are my pics of what I have termed "The Crossing".


Here's that KLR again: Monticello Box and Palomas Gap Ride - NM Thumb
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One by one the sheep cross the stream:
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WildTurkey in his better form (he's a very good rider, and handled that GS really well). Get well soon!
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As commented earlier, there are more straight forward ways to get to
the Palomas Gap (like via Hwy 51), but you just can't keep the AARP
team down w/o an adventure.


The Grande is just that, not so grand here. More like a stream. But, the scenery, temps, and crossing stories are great:
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Next: Up the Gap! Monticello Box and Palomas Gap Ride - NM Ricky

The Palomas Gap is a narrow steep mostly double track that cuts up a
gap in the Caballo mountains behind (east) TorC. It is sandy ay the
bottom near the river and then rocky as you climb.

Here's a pic looking down from part way up. Somewhere in there are some riders down below.
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Here are some of us waiting for the others from below to join us:
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My saber. Have I failed to mention that the riding weather in southern NM can't be beat right now? Monticello Box and Palomas Gap Ride - NM Naughty
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Now I (and some others) took a spill in the Gap too, so I was running
out of energy for more pictures. But, the best are these last action
shots I got of our fine "young" riders.

SloJoe
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selaznog (I think):
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can't remember this one PowerT?
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AKASY:
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WildTurkey:
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CaptRick:
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buggs:
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Jody H:
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mtech1950:
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The Tejas KLR:
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All in all an awesome twoday event ride. Check out SloJoe's report with more beautiful pics and video here:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=11398266#post11398266


Time to plan a BRP XR650R Forum ride Monticello Box and Palomas Gap Ride - NM 689675
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Post  Bump on Mon Nov 30, 2009 12:26 am

I love that area.

I can help you guys plan and all but can't make a ride anytime soon.
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