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Re: Ride & Camp to Datil Wells September 23, 2017

PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:16 pm
by SandyBallard
The Ride & Camp to Datil Well Campground was a great success! Amy and I were joined by Art and Lynda Garcia, Larry Mounger, Frank Pierce, Dlck Cochran and new member Richard Hunter for a great weekend of riding, pie eating, camping, hiking, camaraderie-sharing and general wilderness frolicking. Art, Lynda, Richard, Amy and I met in town and were joined en route by Frank as we headed south on 337 toward Mountainair. We met up with Larry in colorful Magdelena after which we headed west across the Plains of San Augustin. We encountered a bit of wind at this point but it only heightened our already considerable hunger for pie, which was finally satiated at the Pie Town Cafe in world famous Pie Town NM. We were joined there by richard who approached from Grants by way of Quemado. After devouring our fill of pie, we backtracked 20 miles to the Datil Well Group Site where we set up camp. Some of us took a short hike on the easy trails that leave right from the campground. As evening approached, the wind was replaced by “soft currents of air flowing gently over the landscape” and finally died down altogether. We enjoyed s’mores and tall tales around a roaring campfire before finally retiring under an amazing canopy of stars. The next morning was clear and crisp but the chill was beat back by another warming campfire. After coffee and a hearty breakfast we all split up and headed home our separate ways under clear blue skies. Overall, everyone seemed to have a rockin’ good time. Thanks to all who joined us for a great weekend!

Sandy & Amy

Re: Ride & Camp to Datil Wells September 23, 2017

PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:32 pm
by SandyBallard
If anyone would like to ride down in a group, meet us at the Smith's on the SE corner of Tramway and Central at 9 am Saturday morning. We will leave promptly at 9:15. We plan to ride South 14 to Mountainair then over to Socorro and on to Datil. We may have to make an emergency stop for pie in Pietown. We'll see.

See you Saturday!
Sandy & Amy.

Re: Ride & Camp to Datil Wells September 23, 2017

PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:39 pm
by SandyBallard
Doing the Devil's HIghway from a base camp at Datil Wells Campground would be an awesome ride. For anyone contemplating doing it, here is a map of what we are talking about. I would imagine that some of the "Male Bondo Riders" probably used to get this done in something less than the time indicated.
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Devil's HIghway

Re: Ride & Camp to Datil Wells September 23, 2017

PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:25 am
by RJMirabal

Before Sandy and Amy's day there was a "Male Bondo Ride" :lol: featuring what is now Arizona Highway 191 from Clifton to Alpine. After a few years women joined the ride and it became the (former) "Route 666 Ride" with Datil Wells as the launch point. So if you missed the Ice Cream Ride and doing the 191, this is your chance. The weather is generally good in September.

Lots of good dirt in the area, too.

Tip: if you do 191, it's much better from South to North than doing the reverse. Trust me on this. :wink:


Re: Ride & Camp to Datil Wells September 23, 2017

PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:33 pm
by DSchrodt02
Great job Sandy and Amy! Michelle and I are looking forward to it. Hopefully, a whole lot less bug bites.

Daniel & Michelle Schrodt

Ride & Camp to Datil Wells September 23, 2017

PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:25 pm
by SandyBallard
Greetings Happy Camp&Riders!

We are happy to announce the second Camp&Ride of 2017! We have reserved the group campsite at the Datil Wells Campground for Saturday night September 23. The campsite has 6 sheltered picnic tables, loads of tent pads and plenty of parking for lots and lots of motorcycles. As with all Camp & Rides, this is a self supported trip which means you need to bring your own camping equipment, food and liquid refreshments. Water and firewood are available at the site, so don't worry about that. The club is picking up the $30 fee for the group campground, which includes day use fees for everyone and their bikes.

Some area attractions include the VLA just east of Datil on US 60 and Pie Town which is 20 miles to the west (Yay Pie!). There is also an easy, 3 mile hiking trail that leaves right from the campground and offers some lovely views of the Plains of San Augustin and the VLA.

These Camp & Rides are a great time, as documented by Jan, the official Camp&Ride Photographer. To excite your enthusiasm, here are some of Jan's photos from the June Camp&Ride to Rio Grande del Norte:

If you plan to come, please let us know so we have some idea of how many folks to expect. But if you decide to come at the last minute, just show up, there is plenty of room for everyone.

There are several ways to get to Datil from Albuquerque. The shortest is to go down I-25 to Socorro, turn west on US 60 which takes you past the Very Large Array (VLA) and on to Datil (140 miles; 2 hours and 20 minutes). A more scenic alternative is to go through Mountainair to get to Socorro, which adds about 50 miles and 1 hour and 10 minutes to the ride. Another option is take I-40 to Grants then go south through Quemado and on to Datil. This route is almost 200 miles and takes 3 hours and 10 minutes (according to Google Maps). To get to the group site turn south off of US 60 about a mile west of the town of Datil. Travel about a 1/4 mile on a very hard-packed and well maintained gravel road, pass the entrance to the main part of the Datil Wells Campground and find the group site a short distance down on the left.

Sandy & Amy Ballard