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Re: Ride to Jemez

Postby RJMirabal » Wed May 06, 2020 2:34 pm

:eek: 8)

I feel your pain. I have done a few really nice roads in the Jemez on a GS and other times, I nearly killed myself on some. The road north from Ponderosa goes from pavement to reasonable forest dirt road all the way up to NM 4 just a few miles west of the Caldera. That's a good road for a GS. Some of the side roads off that track north of Ponderosa are OK for a GS if you don't mind a few fist-sized rocks.

The thing I learned on a GS is that when it seems like the road is a getting a little dodgy--turn around while you can still do it without dropping the bike! :lol: Those kinds of roads don't get better, they get worse and then it may be impossible to turn around.

If you want the forest road numbers for a few more better dirt roads in the Jemez, send me an email at communications@loebmwr.org and I'll look up the road numbers for you. Sorry I can't ride with you because the only sporty ride I have now is a Miata--not good ground clearance on the forest roads! :lol:

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Re: Ride to Jemez

Postby RJMirabal » Wed May 06, 2020 2:34 pm

:eek: 8)

I feel your pain. I have done a few really nice roads in the Jemez on a GS and other times, I nearly killed myself on some. The road north from Ponderosa goes from pavement to reasonable forest dirt road all the way up to NM 4 just a few miles west of the Caldera. That's a good road for a GS. Some of the side roads off that track north of Ponderosa are OK for a GS if you don't mind a few fist-sized rocks.

The thing I learned on a GS is that when it seems like the road is a getting a little dodgy--turn around while you can still do it without dropping the bike! :lol: Those kinds of roads don't get better, they get worse and then it may be impossible to turn around.

If you want the forest road numbers for a few more better dirt roads in the Jemez, send me an email at communications@loebmwr.org and I'll look up the road numbers for you. Sorry I can't ride with you because the only sporty ride I have now is a Miata--not good ground clearance on the forest roads! :lol:

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Ride to Jemez

Postby bluedakar » Mon May 04, 2020 8:33 pm

On April 30, I rode my GSA up NM 4 and tried to get to Cuba via 126. I had been told that Jemez Pueblo was closed and there was no access to the national forest. This is not the case. It's true the Pueblo is closed, but that only means they aren't accepting visitors. NM 4 is open. However, once the pavement ends on 126 just past the fish hatchery it gets "challenging". I made it about 2 1/2 miles before the sand/dust/talcum powder got really bad and I dropped my bike. I'm still not used to riding my GSA on dirt, but past experience on my GS650 taught me a little about sand (mostly to avoid it) but this was really tough. Fortunately the driver of a passing truck took pity on me and helped lift the bike up and turn around. Long story short, be aware that 126 is pretty nasty.

I was probably foolish to attempt 126 on my own. If there are others out there who want to take advantage of the Pandemic to get out and ride, let me know. I'd like to explore some of the better forest roads, but now I'm skeptical about riding alone. If you would like to do some riding let me know. By the way, I won't attempt 126 again, at least not until I hear it's not so sandy.

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