September 24, 2017
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sammyjava
2017-06-04 22:29

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Unintentional return to 106

After some unphotographed meandering, including the discovery that the road I wanted was a pasture full of cattle, I unintentionally wound up back at 106.

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sammyjava
2017-06-04 22:29

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More stuff on FR 737.

We've had some rain recently, which fills in these mud holes.

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sammyjava
2017-06-04 22:29

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Stuff happens on FR 737

Guess how I got past this tree. (Not too difficult.)

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sammyjava
2017-06-04 22:29

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View from FR 106

Nice view of the Sangre de Christo range to the south.

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sammyjava
2017-06-04 22:29
sammyjava
2017-06-04 22:29

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Borracho

Don't know what the story is with this house. It's on NF land where FR 44 and 106 meet, marked with a shelter symbol on the map. Maybe it can be rented? Or squatted in? Sweet spot if so!

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sammyjava
2017-06-04 22:29

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BEER EARNED

After more shenanigans involving a road that vanished, resulting in a more manageable climb over the rocky hill (not very far from where I had dropped the bike earlier), I finally reached FR 793 and got back to FR 106. From there, smooth sailing home.

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sammyjava
2017-06-04 22:29

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The resulting rut

...leaving behind this rut in the rather soft ground.

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sammyjava
2017-06-04 22:29

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Rok-Straps to the rescue!

In my brilliant wisdom, I had a pair of Rok-Straps in my tail bag, so I hooked them together to make a tight line between a young tree and the right fork leg. This gave enough extra pull that when I pushed on the bars with gas, the bike popped over the ledge...

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sammyjava
2017-06-04 22:29

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Stuck in a rut

So then to get back around that big tree, I had to climb OUT of the creek bed, and I couldn't get enough traction on the rear while pushing the handlebars and giving it clutch and gas. (A run-up wasn't possible with the terrain out of view to the left.)

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sammyjava
2017-06-04 22:29

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Too steep for me

Remaining undaunted by my lack of actual NF road, I decided that I should find my goal, FR 793, just a ways up this fairly steep hill. Except I'm not good at slippery hills, or the bike doesn't have enough torque, because I stalled and fell. Not the first time.

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sammyjava
2017-06-04 22:29

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The no-name road

I thought I was still on a NF road when I hit this impediment. Not to be deterred, although it would have been better if I had been, I managed to cross a creek bed to the right and get past the tree. We'll return to this soon....

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sammyjava
2017-06-04 22:29

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FR 796  into the drink

FR 719 sprouts a FR 796, which crosses the Rio Vallecitas in drier conditions. It's raging full now, and I wonder if there are significant trout swimming up. But I don't have fishing gear and turn around.

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sammyjava
2017-06-04 22:29

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FR 719

View to the opposite direction: I'm actually on the "main" FR 719, which you can see signed in the background. (Click picture to zoom.)

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sammyjava
2017-06-04 22:29

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Minor road sign

If the minor NF roads are marked, it's with these vertical brown posts. This one looks brand new. If the road number has letters attached it's usually a pretty rough road, although this one is excellent right here.

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sammyjava
2017-01-05 21:15
sammyjava
2017-01-05 21:15
sammyjava
2017-01-05 21:15
sammyjava
2017-01-05 21:15
sammyjava
2017-01-05 21:15