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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Riding Challenge 2018

Gold Roads of New Mexico

sponsored by

Land Of Enchantment BMW Riders and Sandia BMW Motorcycles

organized by

Sandy Ballard

 

The 2018 Riding Challenge is underway! The rules of the Challenge and descriptions of the Challenge Rides are listed further down in this page.

You can also access information about the Challenge on Facebook.

Pictures of those who've completed some of the Challenges and general commentary about their rides can be found on our Message Board Forum Topic.

CLICK THE MAP to see full size in Google Maps

Email your photos anytime to Sandy Ballard at activities@loebmwr.org - that's how you earn credit for visiting each of the Gold Road challenges.

If you send a really cool photo, it will be included on the Riding Challenge Map and on the LOEBMWR website. A spreadsheet containing a list of folks who have ridden each Challenge ridewill be posted on the LOEBMR website and updated from time to time. Photos must be sent to activities@loebmwr.org no later than midnight, November 4, 2018.

You must be a member of LOEBMWR to win prizes. You can join LOEBMWR for a paltry $35/yr at www.loebmwr.org/JoinRenew.aspx

 

The Challenge Details...

Each Riding Challenge entry described below specifies a section of road that you must travel as well as one or more specific locations where you must take a photo of you, your bike and some recognizable feature on the road. You must ride the specified roads, not just visit the features!

Again, to get credit for your ride accomplishment, submit your photos by email to
activities@loebmwr.org whenever you like but no later than midnight November 4, 2018.

The winners of the Riding Challenge will include those folks who ride the 36 roads specified below. All winners will receive a prize to be awarded at the 2018 LOEBMWR Christmas Party in early December 2018. Note that the Riding Challenge is not a race; the order in which Riders complete the Challenge is not considered.

If you are traveling by yourself and can't manage a selfie, a photo with just your bike is acceptable. On the other hand, if you are traveling with someone else, please have him or her take the photo. Quality photos will sometimes be posted on the Riding Challenge Forum so please submit some nice pictures. Challenge Rider(s) who submit great photo(s) will get special recognition at the Riding Challenge award ceremony, even if they are not Challenge winners.

You are not required to ride on any dirt roads. If pavement ends before you reach the specified destination, just take a photo there and we will call it good. Similarly, if any road is closed due to road construction, just take a photo of the 'road closed' sign and that will suffice. Roads that are closed for the winter or closures due to inclement weather don't count, however. In those cases you will have to go back another day.

You don't have to ride the same bike on every ride. Mix and match, as you like. Also, the ride descriptions might imply that you have to ride the road in one direction, but that is not the case. You can ride the roads in whichever direction you prefer.

The 36 rides are listed below and are also represented on a Google Map that can be viewed by clicking the following link 2018 Riding Challenge Shown on Google Map

Google Maps won’t allow depiction of more than 10 routes on a map so the Riding Challenge Map shows the locations of the 43 points where you need to take your photos. But remember, you have to ride the 36 roads, not just visit the 43 sites.

Feel free to post comments about the rides to this Message Board Forum Topic. This is particularly important since the organizer has not visited many of these locations so there may be unforeseen challenges and other Riders would benefit from your observations. Any updates to the Challenge will be posted on the Forum.

 

Download A GPS File

Thanks to Bede C. who created a GPX file for the challenge. The GPX file can be used in Garmin's 'Basecamp' program (pictured right) and other computer mapping software that can read GPX files, and the coordinates in the GPX file can be uploaded to many brands of GPS'. Click the link below to download that file to your computer.

All the comments about the rides, shown below in the Ride Challenge Routes and Photo Spots section, cannot be put into the GPX routes so you might want to keep those comments elsewhere for reference.

The road segments in the GPX file are as described in the descriptions below, with the start and end points as described. The longitude and latitude were derived from the Google Maps file created for this ride (above) and waypoints were created for the picture taking locations for each route.
 

Have fun out there!

 

The Ride Challenge Routes and Photo Spots

Navajo Dam - Ride the loop consisting of Highways 64, 511 and 539 (32 miles; 45 minutes). Submit a photo of you, your bike and Navajo Dam. 36.80825, -107.61083

Ski Rio - Ride up to the ski area and take a photo of you, your bike and a Ski Rio sign (36.869, -105.4499). A ride up Rio Costilla on Highway 196 to the end of the pavement is also recommended.

Taos Ski Valley - Ride up to the end of the road at Taos Ski Valley (36.59599, -105.4545) and take a picture of you, your bike and a Taos Ski Valley sign.

Guadalupita Highway - Ride Highway 434 from Mora to Angel Fire and take a photo of you and your bike in front of the Coyote Creek State Park sign (36.17807, -105.23472).

Palo Flechado Pass - Ride Highway 64 from Palo Flechado Pass east to Angel Fire. Take a photo of you and your bike in front of the Palo Flechado Pass Historic Marker located at the top of the pass on the west side of the road (36.41462, -105.33676).

Cimarron Canyon - Ride Highway 64 from Eagle Nest to Cimarron and take a picture of you and your bike in front of the Palisades Sill Historic Marker located on U.S. 64 at milepost 293.9, on the left when traveling east. 36.53744, -105.15237

Sipapu Ski Area - Ride Highway 518 from Sipapu Resort (36.15422, -105.54821) to Holman (36.05241, -105.38481). Take a photo of you, your bike and a Sipapu Resort sign.

Capulin Volcano - Ride highway 72 from Raton to Folsum then 325 to Capulin Volcano National Monument and ride to the summit of the volcano. You need to take 2 photos for this ride:

    (1) The first is one of you and your bike in front of a sign for Sugarite Canyon State Park. There is such a sign about a mile up highway 526 from the junction with highway 72 (36.936397, -104.378501).
    (2) The second photo is one of you, your bike and any sign up at the summit of Capulin Volcano (36.78256, -103.97225).

    Pajarito Mountain Ski Area - Ride up the road to Pajarito Ski Area and take a photo of you, your bike and any Parajito Ski Area sign. 35.89501, -106.39091     

    Valles Caldera - Ride Highway 4 from White Rock to Jemez Springs. Take a photo of you and your bike in front of the Valle Grande Historic Marker located at 35.85166, -106.4552

    Gilman Tunnels - Ride Highways 485 and 376 to the end of the paved road. There is a small parking area on the east side of the road on the north side of the north tunnel (35.73519, -106.76496). Take a photo of you and your bike in that parking area.

    Jacks Creek - Ride up to Jacks Creek Campground and take of photo of you, your bike and a Jacks Creek sign. 35.83893, -105.65577. This road is currently closed for the winter. Wait until it opens up again in the spring to ride this one.

    Santa Fe Ski Area - Ride up to the Santa Fe Ski Area and take a picture of you, your bike and any Santa Fe Ski Area sign. 35.79625, -105.80236

    El Porvenir Campground - Ride Highway 65 up to the end of the road at the El Porvenir Campground (35.71039, -105.41418). Take a photo of you and your bike in front of the campground sign.

    This is an exciting road, 1.5 lanes, no centerline, plenty of tight switchbacks and big drop-offs! Enjoy!

    Aside: For those of you who like to grovel in gravel, you can take a dirt road from the El Porvenir Campground up to Johnson Mesa and end up at the end of the road for the Mineral Hill Challenge Ride. While I'm told that this makes a great loop, it is not part of the Riding Challenge.

      Mineral Hill - Ride Highway 283 through the "town" of Mineral Hill and continue to the end of the paved road at 35.63715, -105.42104. Take a picture of you and your bike in front of the signs at the end of the road.

        Aside: For those of you who like to ride around in the dirt, you can take a gravel road from the end of this ride to the end of the road on the El Porvenir Campground ride (~15 miles).

        Sandia Crest - Ride to Sandia Crest (35.21069, -106.44958) and take a photo of you, your bike and any Sandia Crest sign.

        Puerto de Luna Highway - Ride Highway 91 / 203 south from Santa Rosa to the end of the paved road near 34.80036, -104.63369 (about 12 miles). Take a picture of you and your bike in front of the Puerto de Luna Historic Marker (34.8315, -104.62193), which is about 0.4 miles north of Coronado's Bridge over the Pecos River.

        Mogollon - Ride Highway 159 from its intersection with Highway 180 up to the town of Mogollon (33.39795, -108.79677). Take a photo of you and your bike in front of the Purple Onion Restaurant.

        Highway 435 near Reserve - Ride Highway 435 south from Reserve to the end of the paved road near 33.5386, -108.6625. Take a picture of you, your bike, and something recognizable near the end of the pavement (a particularly attractive pine tree perhaps?)

        Highway 180 - Ride Highway 180 between Highway 12 (about 7 miles SW of Reserve) and Highway 159 (the road to Mogollon). You need to take photos of two historic markers which are located at each end of this Riding Challenge road:

          (1) At the intersection of U.S. 180 and State Road 12, on the right when traveling north on U.S. 180. (33.69171, -108.86157).
          (2) At the intersection of U.S. 180 at milepost 47.2 and Highway 159 (the road to Mogollon), on the right when traveling north on U.S. 180 (33.36331, -108.90153)

            Geronimo Trail - Ride Highway 59 to the Beaverhead Ranger Station (33.42427, -108.10938) and take a photo of you and your bike there.

            Emory Pass - Ride Highway 152 from Hillsboro to the intersection with Highway 61. Take a photo of you and your bike in front of the historic marker at the top of Emory Pass (32.91008, -107.76639).

            Gila Cliff Dwellings - Ride Highway 15 from Silver City to the Gila Cliff Dwellings, with a short detour to the east on Highway 35. You need to take 3 photos on this tour:

              (1) one that includes a Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument sign (33.22952, -108.26448)
              (2) one at Lake Roberts Picnic Area on Highway 35 (33.03413, -108.16697); and
              (3) one at a historic marker near Pinos Altos. The Pinos Altos historic marker is located at 32.85897, -108.223, which is on State Road 15 at milepost 6.2, on the right when traveling north.
            Ski Apache - Ride Highway 532 to the Ski Apache Ski Area (33.39738, -105.7887). Take a photo of you, your bike, and a Ski Apache sign.
                                                                       

            Alamogordo to Cloudcroft - Ride Highway 82 from Alamogordo to Cloudcroft. Take a photo of you and your bike at the Tunnel Vista Observation Site (32.94625, -105.86027).

            Weed - Ride Highways 130 and 24 from Cloudcroft to Weed (32.80246, -105.51704). Take a photo of you and your bike in front of the Weed Post Office.

            Timberon - Ride Highways 6563 and 537 from Cloudcroft to Timberon. Take a photo at the Timberon Post Office (32.64426, -105.69435) or the end of pavement whichever comes first.

            Apache Point Observatory - On your ride from Cloudcroft to Timberon on Highway 537, take this short detour to an Apache Point Observatory (32.7802, -105.81974). Take a picture of you, your bike and any observatory sign.

            Silver Lake Campground - Ride Highway 244 from Cloudcroft to Silver Lake Campground (33.01796, -105.62929) and take a photo of you, your bike and any campground sign.

            Bottomless Lakes State Park - Ride the loop road around the park. Take a photo you and your bike with any park sign (33.33822, -104.33462).

            Sitting Bull Falls
            - Ride Highway 409 to Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area (32.24528, -104.69662) and take a photo of you, your bike and any SBFRC sign. If its a hot day (when is it not hot there?) you might want to take a dip:
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IowL8FebJ5I

            Dog Canyon Road - Ride Highway 137 to the New Mexico - Texas border 1/4 mile north of Dog Canyon Ranger Station in Guadalupe National Park, Texas. Take a picture at the border (32.00000, -104.83407) or at the ranger station, your choice. Note that you are not required to ride your bike into Texas to satisfy this Riding Challenge requirement!

            Note that as of December 2017, highway 137 is closed due to road washout a mile or two north of the Texas border. Hopefully, the road will reopen in early 2018. If you go there while the road is still closed, a photo of you and your bike in front of the ‘Road Closed’ sign will be acceptable. Check http://www.nmroads.com for the latest information.

            Encinoso - Ride Highway 246 between Roswell and Capitan. Take a photo of you and your bike in front of the old schoolhouse in the 'thriving metropolis' of Encinoso (33.68563, -105.48331). Don't worry, you won't have any trouble finding the schoolhouse. OK, this is not an official gold road, but IMHO, it should be.

            Trujillo to Mosquero - Ride Highways 104 and 419 from Trujillo to Mosquero. You need to take two photos for this ride: (1) you and your bike in front of the Canadian Escarpment Historical Marker (35.51486, -104.68866), and (2) you and your bike in front of the Headquarters Restaurant in downtown Mosquero (35.77704 -103.95867). BTW: the fried pie at the Headquarters is out of this world!

            High Road to Taos - Ride the High Road to Taos from Nambe to Rancho de Taos with an exciting excursion to Santa Cruz Lake State Park. Don't take highway 98 through Chimayo; stay on 503 through Condiyo. You need to take 3 photos for this ride:

                  (1) Santa Cruz Lake State Park (35.98007, -105.91562),
                  (2) Truchas Peaks Historic Marker located on Highway 76 just north of Truchas (36.050133, -105.810333) and
                  (3) SMU-in-Taos at Fort Burgwin located on the east side of Highway 518 about 6 miles south of Rancho de Taos (36.27485, -105.57638

                Devil's Highway - Ride Highway 191 from Clifton, AZ to Alpine, AZ. Take a photo of you and your bike in front of a Hannagan Meadow sign (33.63663, -109.3291).

                OK, I know, this ride is no longer in New Mexico. But back in the day, what is now Arizona was all part of the New Mexico Territory. Devil's Highway was stolen from us when the Arizona Territory was created in 1863. I think this was a huge injustice and we should advocate for the return of this fabulous highway to its rightful owners: New Mexico. All it would take is to move the border 20 miles west and that would do it. Write your congressman!
                                                                                               

                   

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