The ride wasn't as bad the last 100 miles or so as it became cloudy, still hot but bearable. Before that it was miserably hot and not a whole lot of fun. Riding slowly through the Gila National Forest the heat became so intense I stopped and removed my jacket. I figured if I fell off the damn bike I'd likely only be going 20 mph and the risk was worth it. Maybe I'd get lucky and land on my noggin, straight up and down.
So here's the pics, not many but it was not a great day for them.
|The dreaded oil spot is back....! No idea yet where it's coming from, surely not the BB?|
I know mining provides badly needed jobs and necessary materials but I can't get around how nasty it makes the ground look, At least with logging you can replant the forests but what can you do to replenish minerals?
The Gila National Forest - what a treasure it is. Bikers love the road going through the park, tight twisties all over the place. Not quite as much fun on a hack but if you go slow it's pretty cool. This was my 2nd trip and it was great.
|View from up top|
BB posing in front of the Post Office in Hillsboro, NM*
[*Not Texas as posted earlier, Thanks SGT Stumble!]
New Mexico really knows how to build rest stops. These little cabin-like structures are positioned just right to catch the cooling winds while you rest in the shade they provide. I was ready to take a nap in one.
This is part of the Apache Reserve in New Mexico. I stopped for a cold soda pop and spent some time taking in the quiet vastness of it. I can't imagine what it would be like to live off the land in such a harsh environment.